Saturday, January 9, 2016

2015 Beauty Favourites

Happy New Year!

I'm not sure how 2015 went by so fast. I honestly wore nail polish just a few times last year, but I still wanted to post my 2015 Beauty favourites here for posterity. If you're interested in my non-makeup favourites (clothes, household, movies & TV), you can head over to my other blog.





THREE Emotional Rescue (discontinued)
I long put off purchasing this blush, and when I finally got it, I kicked myself for not getting it sooner! Despite its appearance, these blushes are sheer and easy to layer. I recently read online though that this formula is being discontinued though, so if you are keen on this shade, get it before it's gone for good! The replacement blushes seem to be of a different formula, and are also debossed with a logo (so you should be able to tell it apart).

Addiction Eye Kohl in Night Dive (discontinued)
I had my eye on this eye kohl for a while, and I'm so glad I pulled the trigger, because just a couple weeks after I ordered it from Ichibankao, they were discontinued. This eye kohl is an amazing eyeliner, and gives the soft look of shadow applied as eyeliner, but much more opaque and long-wearing. It quickly became HG status for me. I just wish I had also ordered Arabian Nights (the burgundy-black split pan)!

Koyudo C008P (CDJapan)
I also have the regular Black one, but the pink one is a little shorter and easier for me to use (and it's pink!). This is perfect for use with the Addiction Eye Kohl. Very soft, but still firm, and makes applying a little eyeliner wing super easy.

Shu Uemura Brow Sword in Stone Grey (shuuemura-usa.com)
I pounced on this as soon as it showed up on the Shu Uemura USA site, and it does not disappoint. The colour is fantastic for me, and it's easy and quick to use. My only complaint is that after a few months, pulling the cap off the brush end actually pulls out the sharpener, as the threads are not that deep. Oh well. Small annoyance.

Sonia Rykiel Glowing Powder Blusher Color 01 (discontinued)
I purchased this blush purely because of the cute stripes in the pan, and because Sonia Rykiel makeup was being discontinued, but this actually turned out to be a favourite purchase of the year. The formula is nice, but I especially like that it comes with a little flat brush (not THE softest, but not scratchy) -- making it perfect for travel.

Paul & Joe Spring 2015 Protective Pressed Powder in 002 Nude Beige (aka Sean Connery Cat Compact) (limited edition)
I won't lie; I bought this purely for the packaging. The powder is awful (extremely fragranced and looks very powdery on), but I still love it. Eventually, I will put out the existing pan (it's easy to remove, since it's only that Japanese soft glue) and put something better in it.


Benjabelle Tulip Brush Tree (BenjabelleBeautylish)

For a long time, I resisted buying this, thinking it would just be another piece of plastic junk in my home. When I decided to just give it a try, I realized I was completely wrong about it! It is substantial feeling and sturdy, cuts brush drying in half, and disassembles easily to store flat. I can't recommend it enough. I purchased one of the smallest sizes though, as I don't have that many brushes.