Soooooo this post started out as my Top 5 of 2015, except I got stuck. I narrowed my list down to 6 and just could not delete it down anymore. So y’all are getting a bonus item! *insert happy dance here* The items listed below are in no particular order. Since I did not take a decent picture of them when purchasing the items, I am going to post pictures form the sellers websites and where you can purchase them. I know some of these items were not released in 2015, BUT 2015 is when I discovered them. Consider that your disclaimer!
The Beauty Blender
NOW I know this sponge costs $20. I know that is expensive for a sponge. BUT, it is worth EVERY FREAKING penny! I honestly would pay $40… I bought my first Beauty Blender in March or April of 2015. Originally I was going to go with a cheaper one at Ulta and the girl told me to walk over to Sephora and buy the original. When a salesperson tells you to go somewhere else to buy something, you listen! I know there are 10,000 knock offs, most have really crappy reviews, but I would maybe be willing to give some of them a shot. (For the purposes of this blog and all that jazz.) Anyway, back to my thoughts, I bought my first blender last spring and I just recently trashed it. It probably could have lasted longer, but I was pretty lazy with cleaning it, so that’s all my fault. I got a new one for Christmas (Thanks Gee!) and decided I would start using it at the beginning of 2016, so we will see how long it lasts. That is with frequent cleaning! This is where you can purchase your Beauty Blender! I know they come in black, pink, and white. I have seen the minis in green, but I’ve never tried them. Also, they had red, at one point in time. This sponge is great for apply foundation, BUT it is my go to for concealer. I will apply my concealer under my eyes, crease of my nose, up the middle of my nose, and draw a flower on my forehead and this baby pats it out sooooo evenly! There are no lines, there are no creases, there is nothing, except beautifully even concealer.
Now if you want to try something similar and less expensive, Real Techniques has a Miracle Complexion Sponge for $6.99 at Ulta. *Currently they are buy 1, get 1 free on the Ulta website, just click the link above.
2015 was the year of highlighters! You highlight the tops of your cheeks, your nose, your cupid’s bow, you highlight everything! #highlightonfleek
Anyway, I was slow to get on the highlight train. I’ve highlighted for years, but I have always used a pale pink blush, not a champagne, gold, or even white color. PEOPLE, what rock was I under?!?! This product is $38, and only sold at Sephora. It was limited edition, but Becca just announced last week that it would not be going anywhere! *insert happy dance* I know this item is pricey, but it is near impossible to finish this container. This compact will last you YEARS!
This is my compact of Champagne Pop, I’ve had it since the beginning of October and it looks like I’ve barely touched it. I apply it to the tops of my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose, my cupid’s bow, and right under my eyebrows.
I don’t typically apply highlighter on my chin because it sticks out so far as it, but do as you please. You can always ease into it! Start with the top of your cheeks, until you feel comfortable, and then move on.
Becca has several amazing Shimmering Skin Perfectors (highlighters) on their website.
Moonstone – pale gold
Opal – golden opal gold
Topaz – golden bronze pearl
Champagne gold – soft warm gold
Rose gold – soft gold infused with rose tones
Now they have 2 highlighters I can on find at Sephora –
Pearl – soft luminescent white
Champagne pop – soft white gold with pinky peach undertones
Try them out! Let me know what you think about them in the comments below!
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo
I will be the first to tell you, I hate my eyebrows! They grow like a weed, they are bushy, and I could put Bert to shame with a uni brow in the matter of a week! BUT, this product has made me actually like my eyebrows! Sometimes, miracles can really happen.
I got this at Sephora in Dallas. I went in to purchase Champagne Pop and asked the girl what she would recommend for eyebrows, she suggested this and applied it. I was instantly sold! It is $23, but my brows stay on alllllll damn day!
This is only the second product I’ve bought form Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I have been impressed so far. This company seems to have really boomed in 2015! They have good eye shadows, liquid lipsticks, but I think their brow products are the best.
They have 11 different shades, mine is in dark brown. I won’t lie, I like the web site set up on Sephora way better than the actual company website. Also, I apply the brow powder with a Sephora Pro Brow 20 brush.
Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!
***I know I said this would be 6 items, but since this post is going to be so long, I decided to post 3 today and then the rest tomorrow or early this week. Happy blogging and if you have any questions leave them in the comments below or email me!