Missy’s 2015 Favorites and Regrets

HAPPY 2016 EVERYONE!

2015 was an exciting year for me. In January I gave birth to my first child, by August I had made two new friends, in October I went on a holiday to Florida, by December I had lost over 55lbs (half baby weight/half ‘I ate too much’ weight), and throughout the year I bought ALOT of make-up (VIB ROUGE FOR LIFE!). All in all it’s been an unforgettable year of firsts and fabulousness. I tried out new products and brands and I was blown away by most and dissapointed by some. In this post I’m going to do a 2015 fave list and then talk about some make-up regrets.

There’s a lot of compromises you have to make as a new mom and one thing I wasn’t willing to compromise was looking/feeling good about myself. I made an effort every day to shower, get dressed, and apply at least a little bit of make-up. Now this didn’t happen everyday but I have to say I can count those bad days on one hand … (the Cheerios incident will live on forever in its infamy). I am also lucky enough to live in a community with lots of parks and city sponsored drop ins and library groups so I always had someplace to go. B.B. (Before Baby) I went for bolder brands, but during 2015 I embraced softer, build-able products that would look great at a park or on a date. I also liked products that wouldn’t wipe off onto baby.

So without further ado, Missy’s favorite brands of 2015 are

#1 bareMinerals

They get top marks for high quality natural looking colors that go on soft and are layer-able. Special mention goes out to their lip gloss and Royal Wardrobe palette

bareminerals be a force

#2 tarte

I loooooooove their lipsurgence line. The lip gloss/liner/crayon are gorgeous, moisturizing, and they last! I also picked up a holiday pack of 12 eyeliners which I use pretty much every day. I have no idea why they didn’t do another holiday pack like that but their loss. I also am starting to see the allure of their eye shadows which go on soft at first and then build to a beautiful lasting color.

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#3 Clinique

Their cheek pop line is cute and perfect for creating a pretty flushed face. Their Chubby Eye Pencil in beige is part of my five minute face routine and it is the perfect travel companion.

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#4 Benefit

I don’t think you’ll ever see me part with my ‘Hello Flawless’ powder foundation or ‘Instant Brow Pencil’. They are just good products! I’m now a fan of their industrial strength ‘Boi-ing’ concealer and ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow’ liquid foundation which is proving to be awesome at covering up the lumpiest of hormonal acne flare-ups.

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And now here’s the stuff that I wasn’t so fond of

#1 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone (Clear) … this product kind of makes me feel like the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ fool. Is it working? I don’t know! I really can’t see a difference between this clear pencil and using nothing. I love my other 24/7 lip pencil but I would never purchase a clear one again. If anything I find it highlights any dryness on my lips. So blech.

Ozone... Is it on? Ugh what's the point???
Ozone… Is it on? Ugh what’s the point???

#2 Burberry. Burberry was a HUGE let down. I purchased one of their kits and it was just meh. nothing really swatched well and the products certainly did not last. I would hesitate before buying any of their pricey products again.

Burberry ... Stick to scarves and jackets please!
Burberry … Stick to scarves and jackets please!

#3 Benefit ‘World Famous Neutrals Palette in Sexiest Nudes Ever’ . It was just a badly chosen palette. First of all I wouldn’t consider really any of the colors nude except for the beige cream shadow. The colors just really don’t pair well on my eyes. I would wear them alone with other make-up but I find that defeats the purpose of the palette.

World Famous Neutrals - Sexiest (more like suckiest!)
World Famous Neutrals – Sexiest (more like suckiest!)

All in all 2015 was a great make-up year. I definitely had more loves then regrets! I hope 2016 brings some exciting new make-up my way!

Missy

 

 

2 thoughts on “Missy’s 2015 Favorites and Regrets

  1. I agree with Burberry being a disappointment; I grabbed a palette of theirs during one of the Sephora 20% VIB Rouge sales and I was SO excited to get it! Once I tried it on I thought “that’s it?”, the pigmentation was weak and it just didn’t live up to any of the hype. Their single shades are supposed to be better, but I think I’ll stick with my 500 other palettes for now (or until tomorrow if we’re being honest!).

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