top 10 beauty products of 2015

Happy New Year! To celebrate, I thought I’d do a round up of my most loved makeup of 2015. It was hard to pick just 10 products, so this is quite a carefully-considered list of things that made me the happiest to use. Some made the cut for their excellent formulas, some for their visual appeal, most because they have both:

top 10 makeup products

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
I used to be afraid of wearing non-matte blushes because of my skin texture, but these were game changers for me. I love that the subtle glow in this formula makes my skin look luminous and healthy.
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2. SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Quads
My SUQQU obsession is already well documented on this blog, so I’ll just summarise by saying they were by far my favourite shadow formulas of 2015. #18 Sakuraori and #19 Awafujisukashi were the first two quads I purchased.
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3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
I’m pretty terrible with brow pencils, so this was my saving grace during the bold brow trend of 2015…though I find it versatile enough to use for more natural looks too. My only gripe is that it dries out pretty quick.

4. Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
I can’t say enough good things about this. It’s ultra-finely milled and blendable, you get tons of product for the price, the contour isn’t orange, the highlight is matte, the compact has a gigantic mirror but is still lightweight…basically it’s perfect.
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5. Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Clouds
Magic in a bottle, and undoubtedly the star of my Highlighter Chronicles. I love everything about this highlighter, from the bottle to the scent to the formula. Of the three shades, Sea of Clouds remains my favourite.
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6. Wayne Goss Brushes
I was torn between these and my Hakuhodos, but for price and accessibility these take the cake. I really should do a full review on these brushes, but in short, they’re excellent and I’m planning to buy more. (And with free international shipping, why not?)

7. MAC Lightscapade
It was a close call between this and Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, but ultimately this won for being pretty – good makeup should delight on multiple levels. The opal-esque marbling is so dreamy, and I like that it won’t rub off with use.
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8. Make Up For Ever Aqua Matics
These for me are the goldilocks of eyeshadow sticks: not too dry, not too slippery – just right. I reach for these every time I have to do five-minute-makeup that I do not want to look like five-minute-makeup. Even my mom loves how foolproof these are.
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9. Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipsticks
My favourite lipstick formula of 2015. I have very dry, deeply wrinkled lips and have always assumed that lipstick was just something to suffer through for the sake of vanity…till I discovered these creamy, pigmented, long wearing and kind-to-my-lips gems.
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10. Guerlain Météorites
Specifically these limited edition Perles des Neiges, a late but stunning addition to my 2015 faves. Trust me: nothing makes you feel quite as glamorous as finishing your makeup routine off with a dusting of Meteorites. And this version has stars to boot! Review coming soon.

fotd: bright bite pink

November 9, 2015  |  Beauty, Bite Beauty, Face of the Day  |  6 Comments

I have a particular affinity for bright lipsticks. They just brighten everything up and make whatever else is on my face appear so much more interesting in combination.

Bite Palomino 1 Bite Palomino 2 Bite Palomino 3

This particular colour is Bite Beauty’s Luminous Lip Creme in Palomino, which is described as a vibrant magenta. Not to split hairs or anything, but I’d describe it as a bright fuchsia pink with a bit of a chameleon undertone. On first glance it looks like a blue-based pink, but overall it actually comes across as quite warm. Strange, but wonderful!

PS If you’re interested in trying this colour but aren’t entirely sure about it, you can buy this in a mini size Mix and Mingle duo. It comes with a mini of Pomegranate, Bite’s ever-popular red (read: a failsafe classic in case bright pink doesn’t work out for you!)

Face: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites
Cheeks: Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
Eyes: Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette, Sephora Long-Lasting Liquid Liner, Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Brows: MAC Eyeshadow in Mystery // Lips: Bite Beauty Luminous Lip Creme in Palomino

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fotd: black, orange and red

November 6, 2015  |  Beauty, Bite Beauty, Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Now that you’ve seen what I looked like on Halloween night, here’s what I looked like during the day! Much easier to look directly at…and I have a feeling our mailman would agree. Let’s just say he made the mistake of showing up after I’d switched faces for the evening (don’t worry, I made it up to him with candy).

black orange red 3

black orange red 4

In keeping with tradition, I went with a coppery orange lid and black eyeliner plus falsies too, just for a bit of drama.

black orange red 2

black orange red 1

The red lips are courtesy of Bite Beauty’s Cashmere Lip Cream, which is a matte liquid lipstick. Although I’ve yet to find a more perfect red, I’m not sure it’s as good to my lips as their Luminous Creme Lipsticks – it’s quite a dry and drying formula on me. Oh well, looks like it’s a good excuse to try out some other reds from different lines. If you’ve got any leads on a red like this, I’d love to hear them!

Face: Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation, Cle de Peau Concealer, Too Faced Primed and Poreless Loose Powder
Cheeks: Bare Minerals blush in Lovely, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Poured Moonstone (review up next!)
Eyes: DIY copper eyeshadow (similar: MAC Amber Lights), MAC Brown Down, Sephora Long-Lasting Liquid Liner, Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes, Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eye Mascara on bottom lashes
Brows: MAC Mystery // Lips: Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Rioja

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