Happy New Year! I hope you all rung in the New Year in style. I spent it with my friends, Chilli Heatwave Doritos and Matthew McConaughey…..
If like me you aren't ready to leave your sofa, let alone your house and the idea of making life plans for the year ahead makes you want to have a nervous poo, don't worry you are not alone.
As is tradition, I wanted to share my makeup favourites from the past year. I love reading/watching these yearly favourite posts…anything that keeps me procrastinating.
1. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (2.5, Warm Sand)
The first Bobbi Brown foundation I've tried and it definitely won't be the last. This is my ideal foundation, it's lightweight, provides a medium coverage and looks natural on the skin. It might be strange to say but I also love the colour of this foundation, Bobbi's foundation's are quite yellow based and I love the warmth this gives to my skin.
2. Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in 'Candlelight'
Still my favourite highlighter, even though I've used it all up *sob sob*
It's just the perfect highlighter, it goes with everything but is subtle enough that it doesn't look obvious. I want my highlighter to look natural, not like I've got huge chunks of glitter on my face.
I am dying to repurchase this, and once I've got a through a few more highlighters I definitely will.
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
When someone who works in the beauty industry raves about a product, you listen. My friend Lucy loves this palette (I think she is on her second) and now I know why.
This is a powder for people who hate powders, it sets my makeup and gives me a glow.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl in 'Barbarella Brown'
I'm not much of an eyeliner person anymore, but every time I go 'out out' this eyeliner makes an appearance. The dark brown colour is much more flattering on my blue eyes than black, it blends beautifully and lasts all night. Truly the only eyeliner I need.
5. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in 'Amazing Grace' and 'Walk of Shame'
My favourite of my favourites, no other lipstick comes close. I love everything about Charlotte's Matte Revolution lipsticks, the square tip is the perfect shape and makes application easy, the matte finish is non drying and makes my lips look fuller and the shade range is my perfect lipstick wardrobe.
I wore 'Walk of Shame' for my entire 2 week holiday and 'Amazing Grace' is the most beautiful pink. Shout out to Bond Girl, which only wasn't included as I haven't had it as long.
6. Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder
I used up 4 powders this year, all of them were more expensive than this powder but none of them were half as good. Besides my beloved Charlotte Tilbury powder, this is hands down the best setting powder and it costs less than a fiver.
7. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in 'Formentera'
My makeup favourites are Charlotte Tilbury heavy this year, but I really have fallen in love with her range and it's easily become my favourite makeup brand.
I wore this Beach Stick for most of the summer as it was the perfect russet bronze shade for that 'I've caught the sun over the weekend' look. These cream blushes are ideal if you have oily skin as they are non greasy and dry to an almost powder finish.
8. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
This concealer is an absolute delight. Ridiculously creamy and you can use it both under the eyes and to cover spots/redness. My favourite thing though has to be the doe foot applicator. I know that might sound ridiculous but it has a little dip in it, so it dispenses the perfect amount of product with no dragging. As you can tell, I love everything about this.
9. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
After all these years this is still my favourite eyeshadow primer. It does exactly what you want an eyeshadow primer to do, stop your shadow creasing and increase the wear time, plus it's lightweight so it doesn't interfere with whatever shadow you put on top.
10. L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in 'Dark Brunette'
The only brow gel I used all year. It sets and tints and is so much better than the ridiculously overpriced Benefit Gimme Brow.
11. Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
A very late addition to this years favourites but easily the best mascara I have found this year, possibly ever. This mascara does it all and gives me amazing length, volume and curl, which lasts all day. Obsessed with this.
12. Anastasia Brow Wiz
Anyone who reads my blog will know how loyal I am to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, but it has finally been eclipsed by the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I did try this eyebrow pencil a few years ago but didn't like it as I felt it was too harsh and I went back to my Hourglass, but I've realised the key is getting the right shade. I am now using the shade Caramel and I love how this makes my eyebrows look full but still defined.
13. Bobbi Brown Corrector
If you struggle with dark under eye circles, forget concealer this is the stuff you need. It honestly makes dark circles disappear.
14. Ciaté Precious Metal Eyeshadow in "Lincoln Road'
As eyeshadow is the one makeup product I change the most often, I always find it hard to pick a favourite but this loose pigment by Ciaté really was a standout for me. Most loose pigments are a messy nightmare, but this has to be the easiest one I've used. It comes with a primer in the lid, which actually works really well and stops you getting eyeshadow all over your cheeks.
This bronzy shade, paired with my Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace lipstick is still one of my favourite looks.
15. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Last but not least, bronzer. I cannot do without bronzer, even in Winter and this Too Faced bronzer quickly became my go to for warming up my complexion. Anyone who knows me will know I'm all about the warm tones and I just love the colour of this bronzer. Not only that but it also makes a great eyeshadow for those of you with baby blues.