I can’t believe 2015 is over in a couple of days. This year has gone so fast. I thought that a good way to end the year here on my blog would be to post the ultimate Friday Favourites (even though it’s not a Friday today, but just ignore that bit). I want to show you the absolute favourite products that I have been loving this year – the products that I would definitely re-purchase over and over again.
Topshop – Smoke Sticks (£6.50 each)
So I first fell in love with Charlotte Tilbury’s golden shadow stick. Bradley bought it for me for Christmas last year and I used it so much that it pretty much disappeared within 6 months. I saw a gift-set that had a trio of shadow sticks and a black liquid liner in Topshop about a month ago. It was priced at £22 which I thought was pretty decent considering how many full-sized products you were getting. But I didn’t buy it because I thought maybe it was too good to be true and the shadow sticks couldn’t be that great.
Fortunately for me however, Bradley remembered how I was umm-ing over this and when he saw the same gift-set on sale for £10, he bought it for me. I am super glad because the shadow sticks are incredible. Not massively impressed with the liquid liner, but the three sticks have totally made up for it. Yay!
OGX – Kukui Oil Shampoo (£5)
Okay, hands up if you remember me harping on about Bumble&Bumble’s Anti Frizz shampoo several months ago.
It was my all time favourite shampoo and I kept saying how I would never use another shampoo ever, ever, ever again. Well I used another shampoo. £22 for a small bottle was pinching away at my soul, and I couldn’t live like that for ever. I did however, find this bad boy. This shampoo does what it says on the bottle – hydrates and defrizzes. It’s a God-send, as well as being a fraction of the price of that other God-send.
EOS – Lip Balm (£3.75 on Amazon, £7 anywhere else)
I have been faithfully using EOS since I was in Year 12 at school. So that’s almost 6 years (oh my gosh, I’m getting old). No other lip balm compares and I’m pretty sure it never will. I have worked my way through the majority of flavours and I’d say that summer fruits, blueberry and mint are my favourites, in case you’re wondering.
Soap & Glory – The Scrub of Your Life (£7)
This is another product that I’ve been using for years and years. When it comes to body products, S&G are my go-to. Their scrub is my particular favourite. I started using their Breakfast Scrub first, but the fact that it was in a pot with a screw lid really annoyed me because I tend to drop things in the shower (it’s a serious problem that I battle with daily). So when I got my hands on this squeezy tube Scrub of Your Life, which I think is an even better scrub than the other, I was praising the Lord. The smell is amazing (one of those smells that you could eat, but shouldn’t eat) and the scrub itself is amazing. This is the best way to get soft skin.
Pearl Drops – Ultimate Whitening Toothpaste (£4)
This is one of those products that the majority of people roll their eyes at. I think I rolled my eyes at first too. I can testify that it delivers on it’s promise of really whitening your teeth within 3 weeks. It hasn’t got the best taste in the world – it’s not super minty. But I can’t use any other toothpaste now because there’s a visible difference when I don’t use this. Also, it does last longer than what you would think. It looks like a really small bottle that would run out within a couple of weeks, but mine usually lasts me 4 months and I brush twice a day.
Urban Decay – Naked Eye-Shadow Palette (£34)
Oh, my trusty Naked palette has served me so well this year. I remember when I told Bradley how much this cost, and he looked at me like I was insane. But anyone who has used Urban Decay eye-shadow before will stand with me on this one. Naked palettes never disappoint and they never fail. Okay, admittedly there are a few colours that I don’t use (the black and the grey – they just ain’t me). But the others well and truly serve their purpose. There’s a good mixture of matte shadows as well as shimmer ones. I tend to reach for the shimmer ones more often, particularly ‘Sidecar’.
Bare Minerals – Original Powder Foundation (£20)
This is yet another product that I have been using for years. I’m not a fan of liquid foundations at all, so I need powder that actually covers. And this is it. I wrote a blog post all about it here.
Charlotte Tilbury – Full Fat Lashes Mascara (£22)
For months I have been trying to find a mascara that compares to this one. I find £22 so much to pay for just a mascara, but I simply can’t find anything else! It lengthens and volumises. Personally, the volume is more important for me and this mascara just creates it effortlessly. It doesn’t smudge throughout the day and it’s easy to take off with make-up remover. This tube is running out on me, so I might just have to bite the bullet and buy a new one. It’s heart-breakingly perfect.
Pixi Skin Care
And then last but not least, Pixi Skintreats have been the products that I have also fallen in love with this year. I won’t blab on too much about them as I wrote a post about my skincare routine a week ago. You can read that here.