Favorite Skincare of 2015


It’s that time–2015 skincare faves. This isn’t all my skincare, but these are the stand-out/most repurchased items. Here we go!

First Cleanse: I’ve gone back to Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. It was the first oil cleanser that I used when I started using oil as step one in double cleansing. I had switched to One Love Organics (OLO) Vitamin B Cleansing Oil because it was organic and, like Tatcha, it emulsifies when you add water and splashes off (meaning you don’t need to towel it off). I went through many bottles of it. Then OLO hit a little blip this year when they reformulated the cleansing oil (and raised their prices) so that it didn’t emulsify–oh hell no. You can’t just become a towel-required cleanser without warning! OLO listened to customers and went back to the old formula. However, during the blip, I turned to  Tatcha because emulsifying/rinsing clean are musts for me. I realized that Tatcha works a bit better–you really could just use it as do one step, thought I don’t. It’s not organic, but that doesn’t bother me because I am using it to remove makeup and cleansing again after.

Second Cleanse: This won’t be a surprise for the handful of you following along. Yuli Panacea Cleanser. I have gone on and one about this one. It is perfection for a second cleanse or morning cleanse. Read my review here.

Spray Toner: Another Yuli fave (also not news since I have loved this one for awhile): Yuli Panacea Elixir is glorious. Read my post on it here. I also started using Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. This spray has trace mineral elements and is soothing and refreshing. I think it’s a great inexpensive way to set makeup or just add a little slip to skin when applying skincare. It is a good option to have on hand so you don’t use up your Yuli too fast!

Sun Protection/Correction: The first product I apply after cleansing in the morning is Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. I think this is a dupe for Skinceuticals CE Ferulic at a much better price AND it’s organic. This is one of my best finds in green beauty. Oh, and it’s available at Sephora. Read my review here. My sunscreen fave isn’t news: Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen. Reviewed here.

Acid Toner: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads–again. Reviewed here.

Eyes: Skin Owl Eye+. A fresh, cooling, cucumber-infused jelly that I adore. I sometimes put a thin layer all over my face for a plumping boost. Just love this stuff. Read my first impressions post here.

Retinols: There are two that I alternate between: Sunday Riley Luna Oil and Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum. Read my retinol roundup here for the skinny on these two very good options–with higher/lower price points.

Hair: This isn’t really skincare, but it was a favorite hair addition this year. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a cult fave. I wanted to experience what the internet was raving about, so I got the travel size and was thoroughly impressed. This hairspray dry shampoo hybrid adds fab volume and and slight hold while keeping oiliness at bay.  Totally worth the hype. I also had to add the Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties. I love these for throwing my hair up in a messy bun. Since I am not picky about the color, I stock up when they’re on sale.


Make-up Faves 2015


Sorry that I’ve been away! I changed jobs (loving the new job), prepped for the holidays, had lovely family visit from out of town and more–all good stuff that pushed blogging to the back burner. But I am back.  I’m starting with make-up that I’ve used a lot this year. Some green, and some not. As I’ve always said, this space is greenish! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the holiday season!

Mascara: This year, I returned to Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. This is the ONLY mascara that doesn’t smudge on me. It stays put so well that I can wear it on lower lashes. I don’t even try that with others. It very black and provides great volume and length in just 1-2 coats. It can be clumpy, so you have to clean off the wand a bit before you start.

Concealer: Onomie’s A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment and Bright Concealing Elixir were staples this year. Read my review of this under-eye circle brightening and concealing duo here. I also succumbed to the internet buzz about Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless complete Coverage Concealer. I bought it during the VIB sale and, well, wow. It’s a high-coverage, lasting product that truly is weightless. It doesn’t crease and lasts all day. The internet was right about this one.

Eyeliner: I am still loving the Youngblood Dual Highlighter Pencil for brightening tired peepers. I should probably get a new one soon. Read my review here. I also love the soft, pigmented, smudge-able, and long-lasting Sephora Collection Contour Eye Liner. I have it in brown and use it a ton.

Base: This year, I made the biggest dents in bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (reviewed here);  Nars Sheer Glow. (I’ve never reviewed it, but it’s the best foundation I’ve ever used. It’s not perfect, but pretty damn close as far as department store offerings go.) In terms of green bases, it’s Gressa Minimalist Corrective Foundation all the way. See my post about it here.

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is perfect, you hear? Perfect. I especially love the yellow-tinged Diffused Light for finishing my makeup and setting concealer. You only need a touch on a fluffy soft brush.

Lips: I made the biggest dents in Ilia Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady (reviewed here); Jane Iredale Lip Pencil (liner) in Peach (I use this with lip colors ranging from nude to watermelon); and the newest addition is Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig (a peachy-nude-rose that is a tad bright, but in a very good way).

Tools: I own a fancy Japanese blush brush and I never use it. Instead, I go for the EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush. (Read about my most-reached for brushes here.) I also love the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, though this year I got a few of their Miracle Complexion Sponges and I love them. If you wanted to (specially when traveling) you could use this one tool for base, concealer, cream highlighter, and finishing powder. They work as well as a Beauty Blender for one-third of the price. Love.