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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Best Beauty Finds of 2015


Happy Wednesday! I have been meaning to post this for at least two weeks now and keep forgetting! As we start a new year, I definitely want to incorporate more beauty posts into the rotation. So, to kick this new category off, I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty discoveries of 2015. I have purchased {and in many cases, re-purchased!} all of these items and have loved each of them! 

Clarisonic Brush with Cashmere Cleanse Brush & Gentle Hydro Cleanser: One of my favorite beauty finds of 2015 has to be the Clarisonic brush. I had debated purchasing one for awhile and much to my surprise, my mom bought me one last February! Needless to say, I was pretty excited. I have super dry and sensitive skin and have found this brush and cleanser to be the best thing that has ever happened to my skin!

Bond No. 9 - Washington Square Park: This is by far my favorite scent of all time! It is definitely more of a fall/winter scent so I am always anxiously awaiting the cool weather to be able to wear this! With scents of purple rose, amber, leather and geranium {just to name a few!} it has the warmest scent that will truly last all day. It is priced on the higher side, but my current bottle {which I just ran out of!!} has lasted me over 2 years {**although I do only wear it during the colder months**}. It's definitely worth the investment!!

diptyque "Baies" Scented Candle: I never was much of a candle enthusiast until I met my husband. I always saw candles to be HUGE fire hazard and I was way to cautious to ever actually burn one haha! But then I was introduced to this candle and since then, I am most assurdedly a candle enthusiast. Or maybe just a diptyque enthusiast ;) The mixture of roses and black currant combine for the freshest scent. I am on my third candle in the past year {oops!} and I am still not sick of it. It's the perfect candle for your bedroom or bathroom!

CND Weekly Nail Polish: I have mentioned my love for this polish in a few posts {see here} and I still can't stop talking about it! This weekly polish lasts just about a week and only takes about 10 minutes to dry {win-win}! One of the things I hate most about polishing my nails is the dry time. I cannot stand just sitting around doing nothing while my nails dry! This polish was definitely invented to compliment the hectic lifestyle! Currently my favorite colors from CND are this soft pink {#135} and this red {#158}. Still trying to get my hands on this dark purple {159}!

Essie Gel Setter: When I can't find a CND weekly color that I'm in the mood for, I usually use this gel setter. In my experience, I find that the polish doesn't dry quite as quickly and it doesn't last as long as the weekly polish, but the plus side is that you can use any regular polish you have in your collection. My current favorites include this basic, everyday nude color {ballet slippers} and this bright pink {pansy}!

Pink Lipstick: Lancรดme Lip Crayon {#200}, NARS lipgloss {turkish delight} and YSL {#31}. Well, I couldn't just pick one pink lipstick because I have too many favorites! And, as far as I am concerned, you can never have enough pink lipsticks! Typically I like to use this lip crayon as a base and put this lipgloss over top for a glossy appearance. So that only counts as one, right? :) And although I have a few favorites when it comes to bright pink lipsticks, this YSL color definitely takes the cake. Not only is it the perfect color but it's also much creamier than other YSL lipsticks, making it so much easier to apply. 

Beautycounter Foundation & Face Oil: You may remember several months ago I did a review of Beautycounter products {see post here}. And since sharing my amazing experience with you back in June, I haven't stopped using these fabulous Beautycounter products! I think it's safe to say I am addicted! Both the foundation and face oil are a perfect match for my dry and sensitive skin and above all, the products are safe. I also use the daily body lotion and it smells absolutely amazing!

L'occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream: My skin is always so dry, but in the winter, it's just awful! I recently discovered this dry skin hand cream and I'm obsessed with it! There is a pretty high percentage of shea butter in this hand cream so it makes your hands super soft. Just recently, I have been mixing this cream with a little of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Miracle Oil. Use this oil on your face, body or hair and it leaves your skin moisturized for up to 12 hours! It truly has been a miracle for my hands!

Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium: This is my favorite hairspray of all time! Not only does it smell SO good, but it's light and flexible and doesn't leave a sticky residue like so many hairsprays do. This is definitely my go-to when it comes to hairspray!

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow for an all new outfit post!




  1. I love finding new beauty items to add to my ever growing collection. I can't wait to try some of the nail polishes you posted. Thanks for sharing!
    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. when i saw your comment on my blog, it made me giggle since we're both talking about moroccan oil products today. they're good stuff!! that hand cream is on my nightstand right now!

  3. I love seeing everyone's holy grail beauty products! It's such a fun way to discover new things. I love my Clarisonic and that Essie gel top coat is the bomb!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. NARS Turkish Delight has recently become my favorite go to lipgloss! So perfect for every day! And I really need to try that face oil! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. Amen to that weekly polish - it's a life saver and really does last the entire week! I love that bite beauty pencil too - the color is so pretty! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. Rachel, love these finds! I have been looking for some pink lipsticks and glosses and love the shades you found. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

  7. Ok, so now I have my list and I am so going beauty shopping, lol!! I am loving all the pink lipsticks, makes me think Spring!! ;-)

  8. Can't go wrong with pink lips! I love YSL lip products, I don't own #31, but now you're making me want it. :)
    xo, Lily

  9. I need to check out that gel setter! Most of my regular polishes are essie, so that would be a nice edition. I also have a tube of L'Occitane next to me on my desk. :)

  10. That gel setter sounds awesome! Thanks for the tip!

  11. I love CND Polish. It's the only thing I use any more. Thanks for sharing your other favorites.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  12. I definitely need to invest in buying the cleanser. There have been so many good reviews about it!! Loved this post.

  13. Loving the pinks! I just can't bring myself to spend that much on lipstick!

    Wishes & Reality

  14. hey love! thanks for sharing your favorites! I really need to try that exfoliate brush! Hope you have a great day, loves!

  15. Love love love my Clarisonic! And I've been meaning to try the Moraccan Oil line, that hairspray sounds fantastic <3
    Green Fashionista

  16. These are some awesome products, thanks for sharing!!

    Adi xx

  17. I am obsessed with the gel setter polish too! I usually just use the top coat though. It works so well

  18. I need to try some of these! I never try new products, but these look fun!

  19. So many awesome products :) I would love to try the NARS lipsticks!


  20. I've heard such great things about the Clarisonic brush, I'm thinking that I might need to try it out! Although, I might wait for the Sephora semi annual sale so I can get it at a discount!


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