Sunday, 17 January 2016

My 2015 beauty favourites - cruelty-free

As if you haven't read/watched enough 2015 favourites posts right? Here's my two cents!

So how shall we do this - left to right? I've set myself a challenge of only writing two sentences about each product to try and keep things bearable for everyone - let's see how it goes...

The Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray was a completely new discovery for me this year - I'd never tried a setting spray before. I love this because it takes away all powdery-ness from the skin, and can be used to make pigments and eyeshadows ultra-pigmented and smooth.

2015 was the year of bad skin for me - breakouts, scarring, you name it. The B. Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel is such a gentle, non-grainy exfoliator which can be used multiple times a week without irritation - I've written a more in-depth review here.

Next up, my absolute favourite ever highlighter - the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. Its super-blendable cream formula looks like skin on the skin (if you know what I mean), in a glowy, healthy, lit-up kind of way. Gorgeous.

The Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask has been a favourite of mine for years now; it's the perfect weekend treatment that I can slap on, and it instantly calms my skin.

Nails next! Orly's Bonder Basecoat is in my opinion, the best you'll find - it has a rubberised formula which allows polishes to stick to it and last that little bit longer. I love it - again, I've used it for years. A new launch for 2015, however, was the Barry M Daylight Curing polishes. These last a full week on me with no chipping, and come in some gorgeous colours - hands-down my favourite product discovery of last year.

Although on my radar, I'd never tried Paul Mitchell products until towards the end of 2015 - did you know they were the first ever professional beauty company to stand up against animal testing? I've genuinely loved everything I've tried from them, but the Super Skinny Shampoo & Conditioner has been a staple - super moisturising, but not too heavy on my sensitive scalp.

Sleek's Matte Me Lipstick in Party Pink was a real favourite of mine back in the summer. It's a lovely coral-red (despite the name), and is one of the least drying yet more long-lasting formulas I've tried.

Ah, my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - how I love you! Used damp, it creates the most natural, dewy base when bounced over the skin, making even the heaviest foundations seem well, seamless.

Sigma were another brand I tried a little later in 2015, but I had to include a few favourites. I'm obsessed with the E40 Tapered Blending Brush - it's a hundred times better than the MAC 217 (which I'd now never recommend anyway, obviously) and makes softening any eyeshadow a breeze. The E65 Small Angle Brush is also completely awesome; it's almost more flexible than others I've used, making winged liner much easier.

The Amika Heat Defense Serum is a professional product, so it's pretty pricey, but if you struggle with dry, damaged hair it's really worth a try. I love that it's a serum and heat defense in one, so you can whack it on when your hair's wet, and it will protect as well as keeping you soft and shiny - that psychedelic packaging also makes me happy!

Aaaaand finally - the MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion. I'm not really a bath-kinda-gal normally (don't judge me), but this oil has made me love taking a bath - the scent is so fresh and minty, yet calming, and leaves the skin beautifully soft. A real treat at the end of a long week.

So that's it! I think I only went over my two-sentence rule once - not too shabby. I'd genuinely love to know YOUR 2015 cruelty free favourites! Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @GoodBeautyGuide. 


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