You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately and that’s mainly because of two reasons: (1) I had family visiting this past month so I couldn’t blog and (2) my makeup routine has remained pretty consistent.
I think I’m in the final round of the purging process and I’ve nearly sold off all the makeup I’d been hoarding and not using. Now I feel like I’ve whittled down my makeup collection to the handful of products that I really love and use. Continue reading →
Nothing terribly exciting. Just a few items that I purchased here and there over the past few months.
Target Beauty Box. It’s not the most recent Beauty Box but one that they offered a few months back. I set it aside and never got around to opening it until recently. I wanted to finish up some other products in my collection first.
Coastal Scents African Black Soaps. I’ve used other brands of African Black Soap before but I wanted to give Coastal Scents’ version a try. They offer a few different varieties on their website but I decided to go with a bar of their Unscented African Black Soap with Shea Butter and purchase a sample of their regular African Black Soap. The bar soap that comes in the box is hard and solid like a typical mass market bath soap but the small sample in the plastic baggie feels soft and malleable like molding clay. I’m curious to see if they perform all that differently.
e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush. I’ve owned this brush in the past and liked it well enough but this new version feels a lot less dense than I remember. I’m not sure how well it’ll work as a blush brush actually. It might work as a highlighter brush though.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50. The compact is too cute, I couldn’t resist. I chose the lightest shade (Light) but Physicians Formula foundations usually run a bit dark, so I’m not sure if the color will even work on me.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes (Natural Nude). I used to own the darker Warm Nude shade and while the color was a bit too dark to work as a highlighter for me, the texture and formula were divine. It’s definitely one of those hidden drugstore gems that rarely gets mentioned. The product is multi-functional and can be used as highlighter, bronzer and eye shadow.
These are all of the beauty products that I loved and used consistently throughout 2015. I tried my hardest not to include any recent discoveries from November/December because I thought it was premature categorizing them “Best of 2015” beauty products when I barely got two months’ worth of use from them. Oftentimes there are products that seem to work great during one season and then perform dismally the next. I kind of want to see how some of the newer products I’ve purchased work in the summertime before I declare they’re a “Best of the Year” product.
With the exception of the e.l.f. Smudge Pot and beautyblender PRO, I believe I’ve blogged about everything else before so I’ll link you to those posts.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (The one I used previously was in the shade Light but I currently use the shade Neutral Medium. I use it so much, the silver writing on the tube has completely worn away.)
NYC Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm (These are long discontinued but I stocked up when they popped up at Dollar Tree. The shade I’m currently using is Sugar Baby but they’re all great. It’s the super moisturizing formula I love and not necessarily the colors although they do add a nice, subtle tint to the lips. I use these balms mainly as a nightly lip treatment. I slather some onto my lips before bed and when I wake up the next day it’s still on my lips. In the morning I take a wet towel and gently scrub my lips with it and the dead skin literally sloughs off, leaving smooth lips behind.)
Although highlighter is one of my favorite makeup categories, I didn’t pick a favorite this year. My favorite and most used highlighter was the RMS Living Luminizer but it was dethroned in December by Tata Harper’s Very Illuminating cream highlighter. It’s gorgeous and has worked its way into my everyday makeup routine but I didn’t feel right including it in my annual favorites list so soon. I’ll definitely be including it in my January favorites though. And I didn’t want to include the RMS highlighter as a “Best of…” product since I had already discovered something better.
The internet was all abuzz during the holiday season when Coastal Scents released their Revealed Palette. A neutral palette composed of 20 matte and shimmer eye shadows it was instantly dubbed by many as an Urban Decay Naked and Naked2 dupe, so it came as no surprise when it sold out online. Considering the Naked palettes are $52 apiece, it’s difficult to resist a dupe with a retail price of only $19.95. And it was impossible for me to pass over when Coastal Scents reduced the price to a mere $9.95 for their Black Friday sale.