As we near the end of 2015 (hasn’t it flown over!) I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favourite products from the year. For me, 2015 was a year of discovering lots of new products from various brands. Although I tried to compile all of my 2015 favourites into one post, there are A LOT so I’ve decided to split this post into two parts. The second part will be going live tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for part two. Anyway, here is part one:
Best. Moisturiser. Ever. I cannot believe that it took me so long to discover this product but boy am I glad that it is finally in my life! Its lightweight, fast absorbing and feels like silk on my skin. It’s one of the most effective moisturisers I’ve ever tried and despite being a little pricey, I definitely think it is worth the money and I will most definitely be repurchasing this for the foreseeable future as I find it highly effective for my facial skin dryness.
The first of two eye creams I thoroughly enjoyed in 2015 was the Biovea Advanced Firming Eye Cream. Not heard of it? Well its a cruelty free and organic product that hydrates the skin and in my personal experience helps to improve the appearance of under eye circles. It reduces puffiness well and slightly tones the area in the process. The product contains Matrixyl 3000, a combination of two peptides that trick the skin into creating more collagen and elastin. I think this would be great for anyone who suffers from quite noticeable puffiness and for those with more mature skin who are in need of that extra bit of skin lift. I’ll be posting a full review of this product in the near future with more details on the pros, cons and formula.
When it comes to body moisturisation, one product has really stood out from the rest. That product is the AVON Skin So Soft Dry Oil Body Spray. The reason why I like this is because it is quick, easy to use and super convenient for when you are in a rush or when you simply cannot be bothered with applying a decent layer of body butter. To use this product I simply apply to my skin right after I’ve had a bath or shower. The result? It leaves my skin feeling nice and soft, silky and not sticky or greasy in the slightest. It absorbs fairly quickly and really helps to lock moisture in, even on those stubborn areas like the knees and elbows. Here, you can read my full review of the AVON Skin So Soft Dry Oil Body Spray.
Priming water wasn’t something I was aware of until 2015. I’d tried many cream and gel primers, but never a liquid primer. When I first received this I honestly thought it was one of those daft products released however, when used on my combination skin, it worked very well and I was left feeling impressed. To use, I simply spritz two to four sprays on my face after moisturising, I then wait a minute or so for the product to fully sink in and then apply the rest of my makeup like I usually would. The result? When spritzed onto the skin, this water gives the skin a wonderful burst of hydration. It leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and definitely helps my dry patches. I will say that this might not be the best for those with oily skin, especially if you’re someone who loves a really matte makeup finish. Having said that, if you’re the opposite and strive for a nice dewy finish, you can also use this to add a slight glow over the top of your foundation, sort of like the way you’d use a setting spray.
My favourite exfoliater of 2015? It definitely has to be the Temple Spa The Big Reveal Glycolic Resurfacing Peel. This isn’t your typical exfoliator as it doesn’t have a scrub formula. Instead, the product has a peptide packed formula that is perfect for sensitive skin as it isn’t abrasive in the slightest. The product has a thick clear gel like formula. To apply you simply pop a thin layer onto the skin, wait a minute and then gently massage the area using circular motions. At this point you’ll begin to see the product and dead skin cells roll off the skin. Personally I like to use this for tackling black heads and preventing breakouts. If you’ve tried the Ginvera Exfoliating Marvel Gel, this is a pretty similar product.
The second eye cream I’ve been a big fan of in 2015 has been the Vichy Idealia Eyes. This is a non comedogenic, hypo-allergenic cream that is free from parabens and is even suitable for sensitive skin. Much like the Biovea Advanced Firming Eye Cream this is great for reducing puffiness however, I would say that this is ever so slightly better for me. It is also a fantastic cream for softening and hydrating the skin, thus giving it a lovely smooth appearance and feel, I also find because of this, the cream also slightly brightens the skin too which is something I greatly enjoy when using this product. Another thing I enjoy is the applicator. This has a very unique silicone applicator which has a very soft but precise feel that helps to spread the product onto the skin effectively and evenly. Here, you can read my full review of the Vichy Idealia Eyes.
Another Vichy product I truly loved in 2015 was the Skin Sleep Night Cream. This is a product that is a cross between a cream and a gel. It is super refreshing, hydrating and brilliant for tackling dry patches. I personally like to use this as a night cream, just like it is intended to be used. Overnight it works its magic and by morning the skin feels smooth, hydrated and has a very radiant appearance. The downside? It is a little price however, you really only need to apply a very small amount to see results. Here, you can read my full review of the Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Night Cream.
I’ve tried the pricey Urban Decay Primer Potion but to be honest, this affordable primer is just as good. It provides my lids with a smooth base and really helps eyeshadow to adhere to the lids and stay in place for longer than they do without the product. I even like to use this on those days when I don’t wear eye makeup. As I have quite blue veiny eyelids, I like to pop a little bit of the Freedom Makeup Pro Eye Primer on, just to give my lids a slight concealed look. It also really helps to temporarily get rid of sallow tones too. For £2.50 I really don’t think you can go wrong with this stuff.
After a beautiful wearable baby pink lip product? Check out the Freedom Makeup Pro Melts Lipgloss in Up. Up is a lovely cool toned baby pink. Its not too pale nor it is too bright, making it perfect for every day wear. The product has a lovely glossy finish that isn’t sticky or heavy on the lips. The best bit? Once the shine and gloss wears off, you’re left with a nice little stain of colour which is a refreshing change from those quick wearing lip glosses that I’ve tried.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am really partial to a pretty berry like pink and whilst this isn’t exactly your typical berry shade, it is gorgeous nevertheless. Violet Pop is a absolutely stunning blue toned pink. It’s not your typical barbie or bubblegum pink nor is it your typical berry shade, it is slightly more red toned and very flattering. Due to the beautiful blue tone, it also makes the teeth look that little bit whiter which is always a plus. If you’ve tried the NYC Lipstick in Blue Rose or MAC Show Orchid, I think you’ll definitely like this. In terms of the formula it is very comfortable on the lips, well pigmented and has a glossy finish that surprisingly lasts well.
What products made it into your top 2015 favourites list?