Year in Review: Best of Beauty 2015

December 30, 2015Kelly Baum
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Can you believe it’s almost 2016? Where did 2015 go? To be quite honest, I’m not sad to say goodbye to 2015, it was just a dreadful year that only slightly looked up in the last few months so I’ll be ringing in 2016 with lots of hopeful and positive thoughts!

But despite the year, I have used some really spectacular beauty products this year. This was a superb year in the growth of my collection and I’m definitely going to be “shopping” my collection and adding to it in the new year.

//But for now, here’s the year in review, the best of beauty 2015!

Year in Review: Best of Beauty 2015
No, this post hasn’t been sponsored by elf, even though I just realized that pretty much all of these are their products! Let’s get cracking:

ELF STUDIO BLUSH PALETTE IN LIGHT, $6

What a gorgeous blush palette. Without a doubt this is what I reach for when I fancy blush in the morning because I don’t have to think, I only have to reach for one palette and make my selection. This has four fantastic shades from a warm burnt orange to a deepened rose that are all pigmented and blend beautifully.
//elf Studio Blush Palette at Target

ELF STUDIO CONTOUR PALETTE, $6

2015 has definitely been the year of the contour! I haven’t been much into contouring, mainly because my cheekbones are kind of non-existant, but this palette makes contouring very easy for the occasional contour! I like that I can use one shade as a highlight, one as a setting powder, one as a bronzer, and one as a contour. Seriously, go buy one of these palettes.
//elf Studio Contour Palette at elf Cosmetics Online

ELF STUDIO ILLUMINATING PALETTE, $6

2015 has also been the year of highlighting/illuminating/strobing. I’m sure they’ll find a new way to call it in 2016 (“disco lighting”, maybe?)! This is great if you want a product in the same market as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders but on a budget. I use a mixture of all these shades as a setting powder and it’s simply marvelous-it sets my makeup but leaves me with a dewy-esque finish but definitely not oily. A solid buy in my book.
//elf Studio Illuminating Palette at elf Cosmetics Online

ELF STUDIO FLAWLESS FINISH FOUNDATION, $6

I quite like this foundation! I didn’t think I would, but the more I used it, the more I realized I like it for an every day foundation. It’s a medium coverage satin finish that gives me a little perfection without looking too matte or mask-like.
//elf Studio Flawless Finish Foundation at Target

MAYBELLINE BROW DRAMA BROW MASCARA, $7

I have never been one to fill in my brows until I met this product. This is a life saver! I use this product every single day and that ain’t no lie! This lightly fills in sparse or discolored areas and is perfect if you only want to lightly polish your brows.
//Maybelline Brow Drama at Amazon.com

ELF MOISTURIZING LIPSTICK IN BORDEAUX BEAUTY, $3

This is my fall/winter staple lip color! It doesn’t come out as scary as it looks in the tube, it’s more of a delightful berry stain and the formula is creamy and long lasting. A perfect match for $3!
//elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Bordeaux Beauty at elf Cosmetics Online

ELF GOTTA GLOW LIP TINT, $6

I don’t know what kind of sorcery the magicians at elf’s laboratories have concocted to come up with this lip tine but it’s a brilliant lip balm! It’s very moisturizing and glossy and adapts to your body’s pH levels to produce a customized color. On me, it turns a bright fuchsia pink which is an excellent match for my coloring. I love it so much, I even bought one for my mom!
//elf Gotta Glow Lip Tint at elf Cosmetics Online

I’d love to know, what product would you choose as your “best of beauty 2015” winner? Let me know in the comments below so I can start making my shopping list for 2016!

Thanks for reading,
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    nicole

    January 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Love Elf makeup. I love Milani Lipstick, smooth and it smells good.

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      January 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Same! I think Milani has changed their scents on their lipsticks but I have a few older ones that still smell like watermelon-yum!

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    CourtneyLynne

    January 2, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Oooooo I’m going to have to try some elf stuff out!!!! You now have me curiose!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      January 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      elf comes highly recommended from me! It’s a great budget brand with a lot of high quality products!

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    Debra

    January 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Such a great selection! I tried so many new beauty products in 2015 and finally found some that I love!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      January 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Same here, if 2015 was good for one thing, it was beauty! 😀

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    Di

    December 31, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I actually love some of the ELF products too! Their lipsticks are amazing, good stayng power and strong colors too!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Agreed, I definitely planning on stocking up on more of their lipsticks in the new year!

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    Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com

    December 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

    This was a great post for me to read as I’m out of blush and heading to Target in a little bit! I’ll be on the lookout for the elf compact you mentioned!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Yay! There’s two shades to choose from but the “light” blush palette is definitely my favorite!

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    Roxanne

    December 31, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I love all these choices!! ELF make up is a great brand to use! I gave away some ELF pallets for Christmas this year to some very deserving moms.

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      That’s good to hear! I love to give elf products as gifts, too!

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    Claire

    December 31, 2015 at 8:46 am

    This is a great selection of beauty products 🙂 I love a good palette, I have about 3 of them!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      I have SO many palettes, it’s kind of crazy! But I really love these three from elf, they’re definitely staples in my collection!

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    Yanique

    December 31, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I love this round up of products. I especially like the Maybelline brow drama.

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      I’m obsessed with my Brow Drama, I already have backups! 😀

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    jill conyers

    December 31, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Love the colors and shades of the different palettes. I would like the contour and illuminating palette colors in eye shadow.

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Definitely, the Illuminating Palettes makes for a great shimmery wash of color on the eyes, too!

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    Ana De- Jesus

    December 31, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I can tell that you like ELF. I have never tried their products before but the palate looks lovely especially the burnt orange although I don’t know if that would suit me!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      I love elf, they’re just a great affordable brand with lovely high quality products! I definitely recommend checking out a product or two from their Studio line!

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    Stacey

    December 30, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Starting the year with new makeup always brings me a smile. Something about cleaning out the old and ushering in the new. You have some great choices there and I am ready to go shopping!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      December 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Agreed, and I always get so excited for all the new product launches in the new year!

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