2015 Beauty Standouts

I wanted to share the products that were the heavy hitters for me this past year. I don’t have an item for every category, I really just wanted to spotlight what made the biggest impact on my beauty routine. I didn’t do this last year because I had only been blogging for a few months, so some of these items might have been discovered at the end of 2014, but were still mainstays in 2015.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50. This stuff has the best coverage and is good for your skin. Every other tinted moisturizer or BB cream I’d tried before it either broke me out or made my skin look too greasy. And pretty much 100% of the time if someone was complimenting me on my skin, I was wearing this.

Covergirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara. It was a tough choice between this and the Maybelline Lash Sensational, but I definitely repurchased this more often last year. It holds a curl so well, doesn’t smudge like crazy, and gives great length and volume.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow. I’ve used the bronzer in this palette so much I’m surprised I haven’t hit pan on it yet. It’s probably been my most reached for product this year. The highlight isn’t my favorite, but it’s still good and I actually really like it for my inner corners. The bronzer though is just perfect, not too warm or too cool and it blends nicely so you don’t get that stripey, patchy look.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. I only have a deluxe sample of this and I’m definitely going to have to repurchase. The soft gold, champagne tone seems to just work with my skintone. It’s pretty much taken the place of the Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer as my top highlighter.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I love these. Love. They work great for setting your makeup without looking cakey and dry, and they give that kind of ‘soft-touch’ effect to your skin. I use them pretty much every time I do my makeup. I started with the palette and liked it so much I had to pick up a single, along with the blush palette.

Wen Cleansing Conditioner. My thick, dry hair loves this stuff, anytime I’ve tried to veer away it hasn’t gone so well. And I always come back to Wen to save my hair. It’s definitely more effort, but it’s worth it because my hair is much less frizzy and dry when I’m using it.

Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength 3% Retinoid Plus. I was actually using the 1% version of this and when I was ready to repurchase the brand came out with this one. I feel like this one works even better at keeping my skin clear and even in tone. Using a retinol has been a game changer in my skincare routine and if you aren’t using one yet, start now!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. I’ve talked about this several times and almost didn’t include it because I felt like I’ve mentioned it too much. But it would have been wrong to keep it out because I still use this daily just in the areas I tend to break out or as a spot treatment. It’s been the best thing for my acne-prone skin.

Hakuhodo Blush Brush. This way by far the favorite of the Hakuhodo brushes I bought last year, it’s super soft and applies blush perfectly. It washes well and hasn’t shed at all since I got it. If you only get one brush from the brand, get this one.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This brush is awesome and affordable. It blends my foundation and concealer so smoothly. I use this brush on a daily basis and it’s better than any other more expensive ones that I own.

What beauty products blew you away in 2015?


10 thoughts on “2015 Beauty Standouts

  1. I NEED that IT Cosmetics CC cream! And the CG mascara!
    Re: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I think I asked you this before. Which colour do you use? And do you use them as all over powder or just as highlight?
    I really want to place a Hakuhodo brush order but the Canadian dollar is SO terrible right now, it would make everything 50% more expensive. Ugh. I guess that’s a good deterrent for shopping online.

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    • Yes both are so good, get them ASAP! If you’re looking for just one to do all over the face, I’d go with diffused light, the one in this post. I sometimes just use it to set my concealer and then use dim light from the palette if I’m having a bad skin day. I don’t use them to highlight really, sometimes incandescent light if I’m going really natural.
      Yikes! Definitely wait on on the Hakuhodo order then, the shipping is bad enough you may as well buy all the ones you want at once!


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