L'Oreal Professional ProFiberHair System (From £12.99)
If you've ever wanted to grow your hair just an inch or two longer, but have to chop off the ends because they just look so horrendous, then you need to know about ProFiber. This treatment programme is L'Oreal's most prescriptive ever, combating multi levels of damage across all hair types. It starts in salon with an intense treatment, and is re-charged at home using a prescription of shampoo/conditioner/treatment/styling products - meaning you not only step out of the salon with fabulous hair, but you can boost the effect every week too. There are three levels of intensity, depending upon your personal damage, and hair is instantly left feeling soft, frizz-free and 'freshly-cut' - I couldn't believe how much the ends of my hair had been 'repaired' in one treatment, looking like I'd had a trim without a pair of scissors even going near me. The result was super shiny, bouncy and healthy looking hair that I've maintained since. A game changer.
(Read my original review here.)
Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Prime Lipstick (£16.00)
Although applying that first swipe is a pleasure, the texture of most lipsticks dries to leave lips feeling less than hydrated; topping up throughout the day over already compromised lips can be somewhat of a challenge. In 2015 Clinique listened to consumer demands and developed a lipstick that offers a serious colour result, but with the added benefit of shea butter to ensure comfort and hydration. These super cute bullets apply dreamily to leave lips coated in pigment with a touch of shine, simultaneously offering longevity thanks to 'primer' technology that helps colour last for longer. If you've ever struggled with lipstick, then these offerings could be a great first step into a new arena. They're undoubtedly my favourite lipstick of the last twelve months. (Read my original review here.)
Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil (£18.00)
As a cleansing addict, 2015 has been a great year for newness. Although there have been a huge number of launches, this 100% natural and incredibly lightweight oil from French skincare brand Caudalie has become a personal favourite. It contains sunflower, castor, sweet almond and grape seed oil to nourish while makeup is removed, leaving skin feeling perfectly cleansed, refreshed, soft and moisturised. The formula is incredibly gentle, yet thoroughly effective; it doesn't strip skin or leave it feeling parched. You need only a couple of squirts, massaged into the face, to lift away a day's worth of makeup or dirt - double cleansing ensures a squeaky clean complexion that's prepped for your nighttime moisturiser. It's a great price for the quantity too, seeing as I've been using this for over three months and still have a third of the bottle left.
(Read my original review here.)
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (£20.00)
Primers were big news in 2015, but only a few brands dared to take this into the mascara category. Estee Lauder's Little Black Primer was launched to meet the needs of the modern woman, providing a fabulous lash line in seconds while working with any one of the current mascaras within your repertoire. It can be used in three ways (to tint, amplify or set lashes) and is as easy to apply as your existing products; the primer can be used alone to tint lashes for a natural understated look, underneath mascara to amplify lash length while boosting the performance of the other product, or over the top of mascara to set lashes for a water-resistant and flake-proof finish. I reach for this when I want my lashes to look even better than normal, helping to amplify the performance of my usual mascara and leave lashes looking as perfected as possible. It's the product you never knew you needed. (Read my original review here.)
Clarins Lip Comfort Oil (£18.00)
Scrap balms, greasy potions and messy pots of sickly sweet pink things, as the Clarins Lip Comfort Oils provide all the hydration you need in an easy-to-wear oil format. Featuring a luxurious blend of hazelnut, mirabelle and organic jojoba oil, the formula ensures glossy and luminous lips while protecting them from sun, wind, and dehydration. If you're put off by the inclusion of oil (in both the name and formula,) then this is actually more like a gloss than a runny oil and provides the benefit of a balm without as much wax. Available in two shades that provide just the subtlest hint of colour, this is incredibly comfortable and long-lasting; it provides comfort to sore lips without compromising on the look, thanks to its glossy texture. Launched initially as a limited edition product, I'm SO glad they've decided to keep these within their permanent line-up... I'm addicted. (Read my original review here.)
Nanshy Makeup Brushes (From £5.95)
A new brand for me in 2015, Nanshy focuses on creating great tools at affordable prices that are both ethical and durable. The simplicity of the design keeps the focus on the performance of the brushes, rather than overcharging for on-trend colours and fancy handles; the black handles and silver ferrule are understated but sophisticated, providing a tool that's pleasant to hold and light enough to prevent arm ache when you're creating an extra smokey eye. The ombre effect of the bristles also helps to control the amount of product that you pick up on the brush, minimising waste and encouraging a little buffing too. I've been seriously impressed with how great these brushes are and have totally swapped them with some previous favourites. If you're in the market for any makeup brushes now or in the future, then Nanshy are definitely one to watch. (Read my original review here.)
The Body Shop 'Oils Of Life' Skincare (From £15.00)
If there was one skincare range I recommended to friends and family more than any other last year, it was The Body Shop's 'Oils Of Life'. The collection has been designed to intensely revitalise skin and revive radiance, leaving your complexion glowing - whatever your age. (It's great to see a historically 'youthful' brand step more into a 30+ category.) Together the four new 'Oils Of Life' products provide a comprehensive routine, but individually they provide an incredibly pleasant helping hand - there's a day cream, moisturising gel, oil and essence to choose from. Each one contains precious oils to help nourish and protect skin; Black cumin seed oil is known for its concentration in antioxidants, Camellia seed oil is naturally rich in oleic acid, while Rosehip seed oil is rich in both omega 3 and 6. The combination of unique ingredients make these affordable skin treats instantly effective, as well as the highly-sensorial texture providing a real moment of 'me time'. This is definitely affordable luxury. (Read my original review here.)
Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener (£12.50)
Although this wasn't a new launch in 2015, it was new to me so that totally counts! Applied as a base coat up to three times a week, the Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener turns soft, flaking or splitting nails into healthy and strong ones. Its strengthening formula hardens the nail plate so that the nail can restore its normal growth, instantly penetrating to get to work where it's needed most. It dries within seconds, meaning there's no faffing or waving your hands in the air, plus it's practically undetectable on the nail - it won't interfere with polish if you wish to apply it straight over. Not only does it help nails to look healthier without polish, but it gives me the confidence to go polish free; the last few months I've had naked nails more than polished ones, which is a real testament to the confidence this provides. The little blue bottle is a saviour I can't get enough of and always turn to when my nails are starting to look a little dodgy. (Read my original review here.)
Batiste Texturising Spray (£4.49)
Dry shampoos have never just been about skipping a hair wash (they add volume, texture and hold on even the cleanest of 'dos,) so it seems only right that Batiste is no longer just about dry shampoo either. 2015 saw the launch of a whole new 'stylist' range of products, of which there are some great little finds - but it's the Texturizing Spray which has been by my side ever since it launched. The lightweight non-sticky spray provides an invisible 'bed head' matte texture when you just don't want to look all polished and preened; it's great on tousled hair or second day curls just to add a bit of oomph. Unlike the traditional Batiste formula, it's not chalky or dusty, leaving hair looking more volumised and waves fashionally 'messed up' in seconds. A real bargain of a buy. (Read my original review here.)
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (£85.00)
A begruging inclusion due to the sheer eye-wateringly expensive price tag, but this really is as close to a 'wonder product' as you're going to get. This multi-tasking treatment can be used both as a serum and intense mask (when applied liberally and left for ten minutes,) that smooths, refines, clarifies and brightens, whilst improving your skin's thickness and elasticity. Lactic Acid is the wonder ingredient here: sourced from sour milk, it helps to slough away dead skin cells from the surface of skin while encouraging collagen production. It also allows for the penetration of moisturiser to deeper levels than would otherwise be possible, as there's less obstruction on the surface; that's why it works even better when used in conjunction with a face cream, as it will 'boost' the performance practically instantly. When applied as the first step in my routine after cleansing, it instantly lifts and plumps my complexion while helping to smooth out fine lines and imperfections. I've taken to applying this when I know I want to look my best or have had a rubbish night's sleep; it's also great as a little treatment before bed, helping to awake with a clearer and brighter complexion. Expensive, but worth it.
(Read my original review here.)
So those are my personal picks of the last twelve months that you really need to know about. Have you tried them? Or have you added any to your 'must buy come payday' list?
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