Over the holidays I made one small Sephora order for the Buxom Shimmer Shock Lipstick in Volatile. Although I really liked the lipstick’s creamy texture, it was a complete glitter bomb and the color was too brown for my liking. I returned Volatile but the experience wasn’t a total waste because I ended up really liking the free sample of IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination concealer that had been included in my order.
Would this qualify as a capsule collection? Not counting nail polishes but including brushes and tools my current collection totals 35 pieces. I feel like capsule collections are usually even smaller than this but I’m quite satisfied with how much I’ve eliminated from my makeup stash over the past two years. For a girl who started with 100+ blushes, 100+ lipsticks, and dozens of eye shadow palettes and highlighters, I think I’ve come a long way.
I’ve been gradually purging makeup since 2014 in an effort to streamline my makeup regimen. It had gotten to the point where I felt burdened by the sheer amount of makeup I owned. When I realized I could literally use a different blush or lipstick everyday for four months straight with no repeats I decided I needed to make a change. A kinder person (or an enabler) would’ve called me a makeup collector but the truth was I was a makeup hoarder. Even though I had so much makeup, I was really only using a handful of products regularly. I decided then and there that I had to edit my stash, keep only the items that I truly love and use, and get rid of everything else.
Letting go was, and is, a constant struggle especially when it comes to purging limited edition makeup but I’ve done it and I have no regrets. If you’re considering purging but feel hesitant, just know that the process gets easier the more you do it. It’s the first step that’s the most difficult.
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.
In no particular order, my 2015 favorites are:
- bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 The Overachiever
- bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 The Hot Spot
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear BB Cream & CC Cream in Light
- Up & Up Complexion Brush
- e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush
- IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush #4 Love this brush but I lost some weight recently and it’s really showing in my face. I’m currently on the hunt for a smaller blush brush that fits my cheeks better.
- BECCA Mineral Blush Bolero
- Beautyblender Pro
- Coastal Scents Bright Eyed in Ivory
- 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.)
- Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil
- BECCA Beach Tint Grapefruit
- Maybelline Face Studio Master Matte Blush Stick – Fiery Flora
- 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.)
- Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm – Curviest Caramel
- Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick – Nudist
- Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum
- Almay Butter Kiss Lipstick in Nude Light-Medium
- Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint Moisture Balm in Health Nut (This is another long discontinued item that I purchased ages ago from a CVS semiannual sale. It’s very glossy with a vanilla scent.)
- Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Nirvana
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.
I got the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush which I reviewed the other day as part of a set when I purchased the CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush but it was the blush that mainly interested me. Even though I’ve had very good luck with all of the IT Cosmetics products I’ve tried so far, I had expected to dislike either one or both items in this set. I’ve always been an “expect the worst, hope for the best” type of person. To my pleasant surprise I ended up loving both products.
The CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush is available in two shades. I have the pink version, Je Ne Sais Quois, which retails for $24.
For the longest time I’ve heard that IT Cosmetics makes great brushes but I’ve never felt the need buy any because I’ve been content with the drugstore brushes I own. [I hate to keep repeating myself but that Target Up & Up Complexion Brush is fantastic! If you regularly use liquid or cream foundations and love the Real Technique Expert Face Brush or Sigma F80/F82 for application, I think you’ll fall in love with the Up & Up Brush.] However, I recently got the opportunity to try the the Heavenly Luxe French Boutique Blush Brush when it was included in a QVC IT Cosmetics kit that I purchased and I honestly love it.