2015 Beauty Favourites

I hope you guys all had an amazing Christmas – can you believe it’s all over for yet another year? It always goes way too fast for my liking but at least we still have New Year’s Eve to look forward to. At this time of the year, it’s become a bit of a tradition here on my blog for me to share my favourite beauty products of the past year. I usually split this post into categories but there’s some things such as hair / body care that I just don’t have enough products to warrant their own post so I’m just popping it all into one instead.

I always love reading these posts as it shows what people have really really really loved throughout the year and if it’s made it into my yearly favourites post, I can assure you I LOVE it a lot. So, without me blabbering on any longer, here’s what I was loving (and still am) throughout 2015. You might want to grab yourself a cup of tea because this is going to be a long one...

Rodial Skin TintThis has definitely been my favourite base product of 2015 - I recommend it to everyone as it's nothing short of amazing! When I first received this in the post, I thought it would be quite a sheer product, almost like a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. However, it really surprised me as it has amazing coverage - I'd consider it a medium to full coverage with a buildable formula. Put it this way, it covers all redness and blemishes with ease but doesn't feel heavy on the skin and gives a really nice glow too. It's quite a pricey product but it's so good that I'd say it's worth the price.

Illamasqua Brow Cake; This has been my most used brow product of 2015 and one I'll continue to use for the foreseeable future. It's essentially just a brow powder but what I love so much about it is the colour and the pigmentation. It's often hard to find brow powders that don't have that awful organge undertone but the shade '....' which is the one I use is a perfect match for my brows with no orange tones in sight. It also has great pigmentation so I only need to use a tiny bit each time to create a defined brow. I use it with an angled brush and it's just so easy! Apparently this can also be used wet but I'm yet to try that - maybe I'll give that a go next year.

Lottie London Brushes; I was introduced to Lottie London makeup brushes this year and I'm a huge fan! They're really reasonably priced at around £8 per brush and I love how they all have different colour handles with the same colour at the top of the bristles - so so cute. My favourites from the range and the ones photographed in this post are the blush brush, powder brush and kabuki brush. They're ridiculously soft and blend products effortlessly. I'd highly recommend giving them a try!!

Elemis Pro-Oxygenating Night Cream; As I'm sure you guys know if you read my blog regularly - I'm a huge fan of Elemis skincare products. I've been absolutely loving their Pro-Oxygenating night cream and am now scraping the sides of the pot. It's a really hydrating moisturiser and it leaves my skin looking plump and glowy and feeling super soft. To be honest, although it says it's a night cream, I use it both day and night as I don't feel it's too heavy for day time use and makeup applies well over it. Elegies products aren't cheap but I do think you get what you pay for!!

Ardell Demi Wispies; I'm sure you've all heard of these lashes before as it seems they're a bit of a cult favourite but it wasn't until this year I finally bought some to try. I decided to order a few pairs off Amazon a few months back and since then they've been my favourite lashes to wear on a night out. I love that they're fluttery and glamorous but still look really natural too.

MAC Twig Lipstick; This has been my most worn everyday lipstick of the year as I find it's a great 'my lips but better' kind of shade so it looks really natural but still adds a little something something to my lips without being too OTT. I'd describe it as a dusky pink shade with brown tones and it's quite nineties so if you like that whole Kylie Jenner look that's been huge throughout 2015 then I think you'll like this lipstick. The finish is Satin which is one of my favourite MAC finishes as it isn't too matte but still has amazing pigmentation and a slight sheen.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curlers; I'm pretty sure I included this eyelash curler in last years beauty favourites but I just have to include it again as it's something I use every single day and couldn't be without. It's definitely the best eyelash curler I've tried - it lifts and curls my lashes perfectly! Also, it's rose gold, what's not to love?!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder; Again, I'm pretty sure this made an appearance in last years post but like the lash curler, I use this powder to set my foundation every single day. It's definitely the best powder I've ever used - it almost blurs imperfections and gives a really flawless finish to the skin. It also doesn't cling to dry patches or feel heavy either. It's just a fabulous powder that everyone should have in their makeup bags!

Bourjois Gold Bronzing Powder; This bronzer is one of those that instantly brightens up the whole complexion and that's the reason I love it so much. I like to use it after I've contoured and dust it all over my face to achieve that lovely sun kissed look. It has a slight gold shimmer running through it too which really illuminates my skin. It's also really affordable so I have absolutely no complaints!!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Palette; I'm sure this product will feature on a lot of people's 2015 favourites list because it has to be one of the most hyped products of the past twelve months and it seems every man and his dog owns it. However, I can totally see why. I've been using this almost every day since I got it and there isn't one shade in the palette that I don't use. My two favourite shades are definitely the yellow toned powder on the middle of the top row as it's great for setting under-eye concealer and also the contour shade in the middle of the bottom row as it's a very neutral brown shade and creates a natural looking shadow.

Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom Cologne; Oh my goodness, I think this is my favourite scent ever, never mind 2015. I'm no good at describing scents so I'd suggest you go and give it a sniff but what I will say is that I feel very grown up when I'm wearing this fragrance. It's a sexy musky scent that makes me feel all sophisticated. Also, Jo Malone feels so much more special and luxurious than other fragrance brands and I love having the bottle out on display in my bedroom. This 30ml size is also perfect for popping in my handbag so I can spritz myself throughout the day!!

Benefit Porefessional Primer; I never thought a primer would make it into my yearly beauty favourites post as before using Porefessional, I didn't think they made any difference to my makeup. However, this one has converted me and I really can see a big difference when I use it! It minimises the appearance of pores, makes my skin feel silky smooth and ensures my foundation glides on with ease for a flawless finish.

So there we have my 2015 beauty favourites!! I hope you enjoyed reading about the products I've been loving over the last twelve months and I'd love to know what your favourites have been so let me know in the comments below.

Only a couple of days until New Years Eve - I hope you're all excited!!


  1. Awww I loved reading this Kayleigh - it also reminded me I need to buy a new pair of eye lash curlers as I have lost mine. I love Illamasqua Brow Cake it has been a staple in my kit for years!

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

  2. Porefessional is definitely one of my most used beauty products this year too! I also really want to try the Rodial Skin Tint in 2016 :)

    Caz | thisiscaz

  3. Twig looks like such a gorgeous my lips but better shade, one that I can actually pull off. The Anastatsia contour kit is one I really want to try, it looks like a great little kit!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  4. Love these sorts of posts! Great beauty products and some which are also my favourites too!:)


  5. I have recently just rekindled my love for eyelash curlers, I love them!! I really want Mac Twig too, such a nice colour! Lovely post! x


  6. everything looks fab, love the look of that contour palette!

    rachel // Style Soup

  7. I have heard amazing things about Rodial Skin care!! I need to try it! xx


  8. I like how fluffy those brushes look!

    I also wish I'd bought the Anastasia Contour Kit, but I opted for Kat Von D's, whereas it seems the Anastasia powders might suit my skin tone slightly better. That's one for the new year, along with some Elemis, and MAC's Blot Powder.

    I've kept my eye on QVC since you posted about the products you bought so fingers crossed I find a good bundle to try!

    Shanelle || SLovesAutumn

  9. That Bourjois bronzer smells so lush, but I'm super pale and it just looks orange/mucky on me! I'm definitely wishing I bought the ABH original contour lot; I splurged on the cream version this year and it's a bit of a regret. I'll definitely have to give Lottie London brushes a go now I've read this!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  10. Awesome picks! <3


  11. Yes, they are all pretty good products. I've heard lots of them but especially, porefessional. Have a great new year! Don't forget to check about my blog :)
    Nazlıgül | on my own way

  12. I really want to try the MAC Skinfinish powder! Those brushes look lovely x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  13. Great selection - I love Porefessional x

  14. So many beautiful products - I'm also a huge Elemis Fan! I adore their Tri-Enzyme Range

    ♦The Jewel Beauty Blog♦ || Would love you to stop by! ツ

  15. Those brushes look amazing and I love Ardell lashes! Great favorites for the year! XO -Kim

  16. Twig has to be one of my all-time favourite lipsticks (if not #1!) and I've really been loving the Ardell lashes for party season - well worth the hype! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  17. Love this post, I always enjoy reading posts like this. I've been loving the porefessional from Benefit too this year as well as the Mac mineralize skin finish natural finish. Abi | ramblingsofablonde.co.uk

  18. Porefessional is easily one of my favourites, it's incredible :)

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

  19. I love reading posts like this! The brushes look super cute, I love The Porefessional too x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  20. I really want t try the Bourjois Powder :) Lovely post! Super cute xx

  21. Love the list, would love try a few products mentioned. A very nice post indeed!

  22. i dont know why i still haven't tried any bourjois bronzers, they sound fab!
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  23. I got the Porefessional sample in a set I bought just before Christmas and it was lovely when I tried it, the difference it made under my eyes was so good! Definitely one of my 2015 favourites too. Also, I've never heard of the Lottie London brushes but they look lovely, definitely going to look into getting some x

    Mollie Victoria Beauty | Blog

  24. I love reading your blog, your photos are always amazing and the content is just as amazing. This year I have been loving a whole range of things, especially highlighters such as MAC Soft and Gentle which I wear daily. I got the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette which I actually love more than the ABH Contour Kit.
    Happy New Year
    Black Kats Design

  25. I'm definitely going to have to get the ABH contour palette now! Lovely post too! :)


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