15 Beauty Favorites of 2015

15 beauty favorites of 2015

I originally planned to do a separate post for each category of my green beauty favorites for 2015, but to be perfectly honest, the thought of writing all of those posts overwhelmed me and left me in a right state of anxiety so I said fuck it. Thankfully, a bunch of other bloggers were sharing 15 beauty favorites of 2015 and I thought, why the hell didn’t I think of that? and proceeded to jump on the easy bandwagon idea. So, thanks guys. And let me just say how difficult it was to actually pick 15 (ONLY 15!!) beauty favorites for the entire freaking year. I had like 3 pages worth of products broken down into each category. But alas, over NYE, I took some time out and decided I would need to narrow it down to 15. Here are those 15 products that I’ve absolutely been loving this past year and into 2016 and beyond. They work well, smell nice (mostly), and are extremely effective at getting the job done and sometimes more than that.

15 Beauty Favorites of 2015

15 beauty favorites of 2015

  • True Nature Botanicals Exfoliating Moisture Mask // Click Here for the Review // This face mask feels very much like a gel and you apply a thin layer over your face. This one is actually pretty intense to use as it’s one of those tingly masks that you can feel working, but it uses lactic acid and avocado butter to gently exfoliate and hydrate all in one go. Many people have also said it helps get rid of acne and blackheads, but I’ve found it’s great for giving my skin a glow and improving cell turnover so I use it for that once a week. I recommend it for acne prone or dry skin types or skin that’s looking dull thanks to winter! It’s a great pick-me-up.
  • Leahlani Mermaid Mask // Click Here for the Review // Another face mask favorite ( I have a face mask obsession ) is this Leahlani Mermaid Mask. It smells and tastes (it happened) delicious! Very sticky, honey, like lemonade or punch or something. It’s green so it’s very mermaid of the sea-like, super gentle on skin, and very lovely for helping hydrate, soften, and gently exfoliate without causing irritation like more abrasive masks might. Also, it’s lovely for helping heal skin and it’s not drying like some clay masks might be. This one is lovely if you have dry or sensitive skin. I love using it to soften and hydrate as well as heal since it has honey (hydrating and healing humectant) and spirulina.
  • MAHALO Rare Indigo Balm // Click Here for the Review // This is a slightly newer discovery of mine from MAHALO. It dropped this past fall and has been a love of mine ever since. It’s a violet balm that helps soothe, hydrate, and heal skin, especially sensitive skin types that need a little extra love. It’s nourishing without being too heavy, smells like an intoxicating floral dream, and works great!
  • Nudus Lip Euphoria (Dirty Diana, Fairy Tales & Revenge) // Click Here for the Review // Nudus lip colors are not only stunning on the lips, they’re extremely pigmented, naturally formulated, and created using a variety of plant pigments and ayurvedic herbs. The result are some amazing colors for all seasons. My favorites are Revenge (a true blue red), Dirty Diana (a deep burgundy), and Fairy Tales (a beautiful nude).
  • MOSS Skincare Ceremony Skin Exalting Everlasting Beauty Balm // Click Here for the Review // MOSS Skincare is basically THE brand for you if you have acne prone skin, especially if it’s a very stubborn kind of acne. The founder, the lovely Celestyna, has a crazy kind of intuition for healing what ails you. This beauty balm is a kind of all-in-one skin healer, moisturizer, age preventative, natural sun protectant, and it has some gold mica to give your skin a beautiful natural glow. It’s lovely and you need a pinky fingernail’s worth each time to cover your entire face and neck.
  • Herbfarmacy Pure Hydration Serum // Click Here for the Review // This is, hands down, my favorite serum for hydration out there. It’s a kind of gel serum that is formulated with hyaluronic acid, marshmallow extract, and various other soothing plant oils and extracts to help hydrate your skin. And IT WORKS. I am in love with this stuff. I just ordered another bottle as we speak. So there you have it.
  • Kypris Beauty Elixir II // Click Here for the Review // This is my favorite face elixir from Kypris. Formulated for inflamed, irritated, and clogged skin, the elixir uses active plant oils and extracts alongside CoQ10, vitamin C, and various phytonutrients to heal, hydrate, soothe, brighten, and clear your skin. It’s amazing. I use it almost every night to help keep my skin clear and calm.
  • Kester Black Nail Polish (Poppy and Buttercream shown above) // Click Here for the Review // These are the prettiest colors! I love using them together or on their own and Kester Black makes some other lovely non-toxic nail colors for any kind of taste.
  • Kure Bazaar Nail Polish (Smokey, Boyfriend, Sofisticato shown above) // Click Here for the Review // I rant and rave about the non-toxic, 5-free nail colors from Kure Bazaar, but I’ll say it again. They’re beautiful, high shine, long lasting, and have so many stunning colors. They’re my favorite.
  • May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden Mist // Review coming soon! // This is a very recent discovery for me! I just got this one last month. It narrowly beat out my other favorite, the Pacific Mist from TN Botanicals, because I had this on hand and not that one, but if I’m honest, they both smell incredible and work really well to help hydrate and refresh skin. You will love either one!
  • Studio78 Paris Concealer // Review coming soon! // This concealer has been on my favorites list for months and months now. It has just the perfect consistency between hydrating, pigmented, and non-creasing. It’s amazing, you will love it, and you need only the smallest amount to cover dark circles and blemishes. It’s awesome. I will review this when I remember to – sorry for the lax!
  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer // Review coming soon! // Another favorite since forever, this is one I use all the time. It’s so subtle for highlighting high points on your face, inner eye corners, brow bones, and cupid’s bow. It’s lovely and not overly shimmery or glittery. It’s perfect for anyone who wants the glowing skin effect without looking oily, greasy or like a 12 year old girl who got hold of glitter.
  • Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum // Click Here for the Review // This is the face serum to end all face serums. I love all my other face serums and I will continue to use them, but if I could only have one, it would probably be this one because it does it ALL. It helps clear acne, heal scars, prevent aging, hydrate skin, and even out tone all in one go. It’s amazing. Try it. It’s awesome. April. the founder, is a freaking genius – go buy her serum ASAP!
  • Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation // Click Here for the Review // Gressa is and has been my favorite foundation for years. I use other ones here and there, but I always come back to this one because it’s brilliant, looks like a second skin, applies like a serum, and actually IS a serum. It includes pigment that offers light-medium coverage to even out your skin tone while the serum part of this fights off free radicals, heals and nourishes skin, and even helps heal acne. It’s amazing. You will love it. It’s expensive, but it lasts forever because you need literally 6-8 dots of this stuff to cover your whole face depending on the level of coverage that you want. I love it. I get so many compliments wearing it. People say I have perfect skin; I don’t. I have this.
  • W3ll People Expressionist Mascara // Click Here for the Review // This mascara is a recent discovery from the Best of Green Beauty 2015 Box I got from The Detox Market and I’ve loved it since I got it. The wand separates lashes flawlessly and gives decent volume to my lashes while the formula is light, gentle, and non-irritating so it doesn’t weigh my lashes down, irritate my eyes, or make them itch at any point. As someone with bad allergies and sensitive eyes, I call that a major win.
  • May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Face Mask // Click Here for the Review // Another constant favorite of mine, the May Lindstrom Problem Solver Mask has yet to be dethroned as my go-to acne fighting mask. It’s just amazing. It warms up on your skin and helps calm, clear, even tone, and declog pores in what feels like an instant. I definitely think it’s helped keep my skin consistently clear over time. I use it on small spots, as a weekly mask to fight breakouts and clear out my pores, and basically whenever my skin is breaking out for no reason. This does the trick every time and until it stops doing it’s job or I find something else that does it better, I will keep on purchasing.

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It was SO hard to pick just 15 products for this list so if it did make the list, then you know I REALLY loved it! That said, there were a few more products I felt compelled to mention in this post because they truly were loved throughout the year, were repurchased, or are on my list of items to repurchase.

Honorable Mentions: TN Botanicals Pacific Body Oil, TN Botanicals Pacific Mist, TN Botanicals Hair Care (fine hair), Tabitha James Kraan Hair Care (imbalanced scalp and damaged hair), MAHALO Balm, RMS Buriti Bronzer, One Love Organics Pink Heart Konjac Sponge, Alima Pure Eye Shadows (especially the pearl and shimmer ones), Antonym Cosmetics Eye Quads (matte colors), TN Botanicals Pacific Face Oil, Zyderma Cream, Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydration Serum, Kypris Body Elixir Inflorescence, JustNatural Skin Calming Body Wash, Vitruvi Aromatherapy, Morphologically, Cocovit, Leahlani Honey Microdermabrasion, MOSS Equilibrium Serum, Graydon Sun Cream, Thesis Deodorant Spray, Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, TN Botanicals Gentle Retinol Serum, Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo, One Love Organics Dry Shampoo, ZAYA Hair Oil, Kumari Luxury Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment, One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Polish, Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream, White & Elm Cleansing Oil, Mungo Murphy Seaweed Bath, Tatcha Blotting Papers, Hourglass Ambient Blush, Kypris Blemish Clearing Serum, and Zuzu Luxe Lipstick in Rapture. <<< You can find reviews for all of these products by typing them into the search bar at the top of this page or leave a comment below and I can link you directly. 


Top Green Beauty Brands for 2015: MAHALO Skincare, Kester Black, MOSS Skincare, Gressa Skin, Vintner’s Daughter, True Nature Botanicals, Josh Rosebrook, Leahlani Skincare, Tabitha James Kraan Hair, Kure Bazaar, One Love Organics and Kypris Beauty. 

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36 thoughts on “15 Beauty Favorites of 2015

  1. January 6, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Awesome review! And I’m with you, 15 is enough 😉 You can message me on fb about no sugar if you want? We could check in at the ned of the day? You can message me if you have a craving? Let me know 🙂

    1. January 6, 2016 at 3:09 PM

      thanks Helene! 🙂 Yeah, it’s like ridiculous how many products I was planning on putting out as favorites in each category lol. There were so many good ones! But it would’ve been so exhausting. thanks I will msg you! not sure the time difference between us but sounds good to me ♥

  2. sue
    January 6, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    What a great comprehensive post I’m liking the sound of the True Nature Exfoliating Mask and the Moss Skincare Ceremony Skin Exalting Everlasting Beauty Balm – certainly with a name like that my skin would be beautiful 🙂 Thank you for sharing your top 15 favourites from 2015 with us at #overthemoon link up

    1. January 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      thanks Sue 🙂 The TN mask is AMAZING. It really rejuvenates skin. And MOSS Skincare is lovely. The balm is so great for hydration, natural sun protection, and general skin health. Both are amazing! Thanks for visiting me ♥

  3. January 7, 2016 at 4:12 AM

    I’m trying not to spend money on any new skin care products until I use up all the ones I currently have, but ahhh! You make it so hard. 😛 Great review! <3
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    1. January 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM

      haha sorry to keep tempting you, but these are just SO GOOD! I love all of them 😀 hope you find some new things to add to your wishlist for when you’ve finished your current ones ♥

  4. January 7, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    I want it all! Seriously, this post is a gold mine of useful products! Have you heard of or tried Zoya nail polish? I think it’s supposed to be more natural…

    1. January 8, 2016 at 9:04 AM

      They are ALL amazing! And these are just the ones I had to include lol. I had an entire list of products I loved from this year. And yes, I have tried Zoya – love their polishes! I’ve shared them a few times on the blog as I’ve purchased some colors from Ulta Beauty before. I really love their color selection and they are a lot more natural compared to what other mainstream nail brands are available.

  5. January 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    There are so many products out there that I got lost in the maze. But I do value your input as a blogger so if ever I have enough money to afford these, I’m coming straight to this list! ♥

    1. January 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM

      I know! It’s insane how many products are out there. Thanks for that – I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I hope you can try some of these one day. They are amazing and not all are expensive ♥

  6. January 8, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    All of the products look so amazing! would diffidently like to try some of them.

    1. January 8, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      they are all seriously awesome! let me know how you like them if you try them ♥

  7. January 10, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  8. January 13, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    What a great collection of beauty products!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!

    1. January 13, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      thanks Elaine! I’m glad you like my picks 🙂 They’re all really awesome ♥

  9. January 15, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    What an awesome list! I might have to try a few of these! Thanks so much for linking up with The Alder Collective. Hope to see you again next week! Have an awesome night!

    1. January 19, 2016 at 9:22 AM

      Thanks – I’m glad you like my picks! All of these are awesome so I hope you like them ♥ thanks for stopping by Cristi 🙂

  10. February 2, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    The Vitner’s Daughter serum sounds like a must try!! I need a good serum in my life.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    1. February 2, 2016 at 1:29 PM

      it is a wonderful serum! Definitely in my holy grail of serums. ♥ let me know how it goes if you give it a try!

  11. February 5, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Great reviews! The masks sound amazing and the serum sounds like something I need to try!

    Doused In Pink

    1. February 9, 2016 at 9:31 AM

      they are all so wonderful! I keep coming back to them again and again. Hope you try something and love it! thanks for visiting me, Jill 🙂

  12. February 5, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Great reviews! I will definitely have to try it!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    1. February 9, 2016 at 9:45 AM

      thanks Katie! Hope you find something fun to try out!

  13. denise low
    February 7, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Thanks for sharing. There are some nice products

  14. Edna Williams
    February 9, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Awesome post! Thanks for the review!

  15. February 12, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    I’m totally on the market for a NEW face moisturizer and a NEW eye moisturizer because hot damn my face is DRYYYYY and flaky. It’s disgusting – ha!
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    1. February 12, 2016 at 11:53 AM

      lol I know what you mean! I’ve been peeling and just dull skin -_- it’s awful. The Beautiful Day Moisturizer from Odacité is amazing for that. Also, the Herbfarmacy serum is a godsend (like a drink of water for your face), Rare Indigo is great if you don’t mind a balm (and smells so relaxing at bedtime), and then there’s the Mermaid Mask which is great for getting rid of dead skin without causing irritation. Also, it smells incredible. Like, good enough to eat ( i may have tried it on accident…) I also just recently tried the MAHALO Petal Mask which is equally amazing and smells like roses. If you want something good for eyes, my favorites are the Herbfarmacy Just Eyes Cream (really light and almost watery serum texture) or my holy grail is Pai Echium Eye Cream. It’s just amazing. It’s expensive, but works really well. I haven’t found anything better 🙂 hope this helps you out, Gigi!

  16. February 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    I haven’t heard of any of these products, but some of them I am going to check out from your reviews!


    1. February 12, 2016 at 11:56 AM

      definitely do – they are all amazing! Hope you find some great new products to try ♥

  17. February 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Nothing I’ve heard of, but a few things I hope are available here as they sound lovely

  18. February 26, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    I also love Kester Black nail polish very much! 5-free formula and the colours are beautiful!


    1. February 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

      me too! It’s so pretty 🙂 what are your favorite colors?

  19. April 6, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Stellar line-up!!! Agree with so many mentions! So curious to try anything True Nature Botanicals! And the Moss Ceramony balm!!! Kester Black polishes are a certain fave as well as Nūdus. OLO Oil Cleanser – the best! What kind of results have you gained from the Zyderma?
    Much love T Xxoo

    1. April 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

      thanks Taylor! Glad you like a lot of these products too! TN Botanicals is SO GOOD! You must try them! Definitely try their Pacific Mist, Pacific Face Oil, Gentle Retinol Serum, and hair care! Totally worth it! Zyderma has been amazing for when my skin is breaking out, dealing with redness or feeling inflamed. It’s such a gentle cream, but it helps calm and soothe redness, fights acne-causing bacteria, diminishes small acne scars over time, and also works to hydrate skin without feeling too heavy. At the same time, it feels like it has anti-aging properties to it, though it’s not marketed for that. Just my thought. They also recommend it as a makeup primer, but I prefer my face oils and makeup primers. Hope this helps you out Taylor! ♥ thanks for visiting me ♥

  20. Starla
    April 26, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    So many awesome products. Most of those I have never heard of- love the fingernail polishes!

  21. seem b
    May 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Great review

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