During 2015, there have been a lot of ups and downs, like many of you. But, I have had a year of gratitude, and really want to share a lot of the things I have absolutely loved this year!! I will list my 2015 makeup favorites first, but stick around ’till the end if you are interested in a few life updates.
Starting with primers, the hype has been huge for the Nivea Post Shave Balm (sensitive version). I love this product as did most who reviewed it. All of the reviews are very genuine. If applied and allowed the appropriate amount of time to dry (let this product dry until a touch sticky), this is a wonderful product you will enjoy that adds minimal texture, with lots of longevity and staying power for makeup. And, no (!!!), you will not smell like a dude.
I really only had one blush that I fell in love with this year. That blush, made by StudioMakeup, in the color Wildflower, has been amazing! This was a product that came in the boxycharm subscription box, and looked really useless at first glance. Do not be shocked or underwhelmed by the photo. One try, and I was hooked! This color is pigmented enough to look flush, but sheer enough to be the perfect natural blending color between a highlighter and a contour.
This year really has been all about that base – eye base, that is! I have enjoyed a number of base products and will likely go into more detail in a blog of its own. In short, using an eye primer before powder product application, will be a game changer. Not only does a base add dimension, but it also adds a great deal of longevity to pigmentation throughout the day. Many of the eye bases I was in love with during 2015 can be easily worn alone for a very natural and every-day look.
Morphe has taken over social media this year! No doubt about it, using Jaclyn Hill to get the attention of her YouTube community and Instagram following was a stroke of genius! But, for good reason: Most of their products are pretty good, considering the price point. This year I put together a custom palette of shadows, which I use for myself (even though I do not use them on my clients). I really like them for everyday wear and the pigmentation is well worth all of the hype.
Sadly, there has not been a single thing this year in the lip product category, that has taken my breath away. 2015 was the year of the liquid lipstick, and while it has been fun, and it definitely has its place, I do not use them with my clients, because they can be a mess past a couple of hours of wear. There are a few brands that make a better liquid lipstick if you are in the market. Ofra hands down, has the best formula with the best wear. But, they are a little pricey, so get on their mailing list until they blitz with a sale! If you are in the market and just want to run by a drug store to pick up a liquid lipstick, feel free to visit the NYX kiosk. NYX lip creams are really great for all practical purposes. The pigmentation is great they wear off nicely.
and highlighters. Because there was so much chatter in the area of highlighters this year, nearly every brand came out with or promoted a highlighter within their line. There have certainly been a few frontrunners. The first that comes to mind is Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics with Jaclyn Hill. Becca makes absolutely, hands down, the best formula of powder highlighter. It is sheer enough to not add another cake layer of powder, while delivering maximum glow. That said, I have been loyal to Loreal Infallible eyeshadow loose pigment in Iced Latte. While the color is a bit different, the consistency of the product is the most similar to the Becca highlighters. Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are!
Illuminators are really a different animal for me, so I do want to give them honorable mention. I work with many different age demographics, but find that powder highlighters are not always a good fit for clients over 30. Powder highlighters tend to do just that – highlight – even fine lines, pores, and wrinkles. A better product for skin with more texture are liquid products that melt into the skin giving a softer glow versus a shiny or orange-peel finish. I love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight, but also feel like the Jelly Pong Pong product gives a similar finish once tapped into foundation. Again, this is all about personal preference so try as many as you like until you get the desired effect.
On A Personal Note:
If you are still hanging out with me and care to read about a few personal things, you are in the right place. Our family has had a hectic 2015. There were lots of sad things that happened, but also many (many, many, many) blessings.
I started last year with the death of my Dad. That was a pretty low time, but during that time, there was not a single day I felt fatherless. I am so grateful that I have a super strong relationship with God and for many year have given HIM responsibility for my parenting. Although I miss my dad a lot, and am so glad I got him (honestly, hard to say after years of wishing I could just have a dad like I thought everyone else did), I suffered through his loss with a lot of love and support.
After rebounding from that, my business took off like CRAZY and I got to spend a lot more time being creative and practicing the art that I love. While I still do not demand that my art support me, I am really proud of my hard work and super happy that I was able to share the lives of so many incredible women!
The summer of 2015, my oldest son had to be hospitalized and have surgery of both of his femurs (he is now “The Titanium Man”) after a terrible accident that broke both of his legs and nearly killed his dad. Not only did God teach me many lessons about trust during this time, but there were so many blessings that I did not have much time to feel sorry for myself or my son. My son (now 15 years old), has worked SO HARD (some of you have seen his progress on my Instagram or Snapchat)!!! I am so proud that he never gave up and although he still has to be in physical therapy, HE IS PLAYING HOCKEY AGAIN! Side note: his dad is also back to work and well on his way to being back to himself. So you see what I mean about being grateful.