My 2015 Must Haves

What make-up and beauty items have I not been able to live without in 2015? I think it’s time for a round up!



Smashbox. Do I really need to say anything else? Nothing beats this stuff. I tried out using the Nivea For Men post shave balm as recommended by Nikkie of Nikkie Tutorials but either it doesn’t work with my skincare or my other products or something as I found my base no longer blended properly which drove me potty! I’m willing to keep trying with it but maybe only on days when I’m lounging around the house.


Benefit’s ‘Hello Flawless’ liquid foundation is a long time favourite of mine, many have tried to knock it off the top spot in my heart and all have failed although this year one foundation did come close and now sits next to it on the top tray of my make-up box. What is it I hear you ask? It’s L’Oreal’s ‘Infallible 24 Matte’ which is also an absolute bargain as it’s a “drug store” level purchase and it’s available absolutely everywhere to boot. The L’Oreal offers slightly more coverage than the Benefit and to my eye their palest shade is ever so slightly paler, I actually like to mix the two palest shades together to get my absolutely perfect colour. It definitely is long lasting though I haven’t tested them on it lasting 24 hours…


I don’t use much powder, pretty much all I do with it on myself is set concealer. I’ve tried several but somehow always end up back here. L’Oreal ‘True Match’ pressed powder. So much easier to use this pressed than loose for every day although I do own more than one loose powder and somehow this shade (‘Golden Ivory’) has always been just perfect for me.

Concealers and Correctors

Let’s face it “drug store” concealers are useless, especially if you actually have something to cover. When it comes to concealers professional brand Kryolan’s ‘Derma Colour’ is where it’s at. You can get ‘Derma Colour’ in practically any shade you can think of and it’s designed so you can actually blend them together and make even more shades, you can get palettes with pre-set shade collections or you can buy individual shades and they really aren’t all that expensive. Totally worth it.
I always have green and salmon toned correctors in my make-up bag. At the moment those are the Max-Factor ‘CC Stick’ in green and Pixi ‘Correction Concentrate’. For those who have missed the boat when it comes to colour corr24092418435_10b6507a54_zecting, green concealers or correctors are used to hide redness (if you have redness everywhere you can even get green primers and bases with a green tint) and salmon or pink is used to cover darkness. It’s a technique very worth learning and if people are interested I will do a post on colour correcting techniques.


Illamasqua cream blush in ‘Seduce’. This product is just so easy to use. Easy to blend, buildable, and stays put!
The NARS multiple in their classic shade ‘Orgasm’ offers a little bit of highlight along with your blush. A great natural looking daytime blush which can be amped up with the addition of a little of it’s powder twin.

Eye Make-Up

Benefit’s ‘They’re Real! Primer’ is something that although it only came out technically on Boxing Day (I think?) I’ve had a sample size of for several weeks and have barely put it down since! I went straight down to my local counter for a full size as soon as I heard they were in so that’s waiting to be started. I had been using this alone on my lower lashes and using this followed by mascara on the top lashes and I loved the effect but I had my lashes tinted at college so I’ve been doing only the top lashes followed by mascara. They may be tinted but they still need volume! Handy not having to do the bottom ones though, it’s such a faff isn’t it?
Art Deco’s ‘Liquid Star Liner’ in shade 32 which is a beautiful blue purple is a great favourite of mine, I always get compliments when I wear this one as it goes fabulously with my green eyes.
And now to the high street for Rimmel’s single eyeshadow in ‘Millionaire’ – best used over a skin tone primer such as NYX Eye Shadow Base this is the shadow shade you can wear with literally any lip colour. Very handy if like me you are somewhat obsessed by lipstick and might want to change your mind during the day!


Illamasqua’s ‘Glamore’ lipstick in ‘Minx’ is a fast favourite, their formula is long wearing pretty much second to none and this shade is just a beautiful plummy blend of deep rose and brown and yum.
This I was surprised by, I actually received this one as a sample. Clinique’s ‘Nude Pop’ is a pinkish nude with a slight frosty finish. You don’t expect it to work, but somehow it just so does. I’ll definitely be getting a full size when this is gon
And back to the high street with Maybelline’s ‘Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil’ in shade ‘210 Keep It Classy’. Much deeper than you’d expect from the shade shown on the end of the pencil this is one of those products where Maybelline hit it out of the park. The product 23797014150_d100687de3_zis super creamy, goes on beautifully and lasts! I have I
think 3 of the different shades but this one comes out o
n the regular, it’s a gorgeous deep plummy tone.

Swatched here L-R: ‘Keep it Classy’, ‘Minx’, ‘Nude Pop’, NARS Multiple in ‘Orgasm’.


23464186224_fe5b239901_zI can’t leave home without my Tartelette. If I’m away for the weekend (or longer) this baby is coming with me! I need it! The shadows are highly pigmented, so blendable and just feel amazing. I can’t wait until Tartelette 2 is delivered, hurry up Mr Postman! Where are you?
A new must have for me is the NARS+Steven Klein ‘One Shocking Moment’ face palette which contains contour, highlight, bronzer and a choice of blushes in a beautiful palette with a large mirror. Not only is it gorgeous to look at it makes packing a travel make-up kit super easy.

I realise I haven’t included skincare but I figure by this point my post is more than long enough to have bored you to death. Maybe I’ll do skincare as a second post 😉

Do let me know your thoughts!

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