Friday, 1 January 2016

2015 Favourites

Hello Everyone!

It's been a while since my last post, but I'm determined to make 2016 the year of SubtleCoral.  I was a little rusty starting off again (proven by the swatch I attempted that resulted in lipstick all over my camera lens) but hey ho.  I thought it would be nice to round of last year with 5 of my 2015 favourites.  All of these products are items I discovered and fell in love with in 2015.

1.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit - Fair

I'm just going to get honest here.  I'm pale.  Extremely pale in fact.  It comes with the ginger gene.  When contouring first came on the scene, it wasn't something I was able to experiment with as no palettes or colours suited my skin tone. 

This palette changes that.  The highlighting colours have given my dull eyes a new lease of life - who knew there was a colour lighter than my own foundation? The fair creme contour palette explores contour colours of a more ashy undertone, rather than orange based.  The fawn colour (bottom left in picture) is the perfect shade for defining those cheekbones without having an orange streak across your face that makes it look like you have drawn two carrots on your face.  All my pale girls raise your hands because this is perfect for you.  If you're worried about blending and working with creams, seriously don't be.  The creams are so easy to blend and apply flawlessly to the skin.  I use my real techniques sponge to blend everything in and I just love the way it looks.  Seriously love, love, love this palette.  It might be a bit of extra effort in the morning but I think for a special occasion it helps bring your makeup to life and lift your face - perfect for photo opportunities.  I wouldn't say I use it everyday as I quite like a natural look but I definitely miss it when I don't use it, which says a lot.  

Victoria's Secret - Pure Seduction Body Spray 

This is what I have smelt like for a large part of 2015.  Is that odd to say? Regardless, this red plum and freesia body spray is probably my favourite of the VS body mist range.  I love the fact it also has Aloe Vera in it, so it is very conditioning for the skin.  Its a very girly scent, but still very sexy.  Pretty much Victoria's Secret in a bottle.  

Pro tip for you UK'ers who don't live near a VS shop, the website SecretSales often have Victoria's Secret Body on flash sale so keep your eyes peeled.  You're welcome.  

Barry M Nail Polish - Ballerina 

Simplistic.  That's what I like about this nail polish.  The pretty nude pink is perfect for any skin tone and occasion.  This colour just gives a very polished look without being too in your face.  I started working full time in 2015 and this is perfect for the office, but can also be rocked up for after work with a glitter topcoat or some funky rings.  I love how versatile it is.  

Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation - Shade 007

First of all, having a shade 007 makes me feel James Bond cool so one point to Lancôme.  The story to how I came across this foundation is a sad one - with a happy ending don't worry.  MaxFactor discontinued my beloved CC cream (BOO!).  Or at least I can't find it in any drugstore anymore and its out of stock constantly online.  I had been using the CC cream for a good few years and after the realisation it was gone I began a search for a replacement. 

I started in drugstores but I've always struggled to get my skin colour in drugstore makeup brands.  For some reason they seem to be considerably more orange. I knew I was going to have to bump up my budget a little if I wanted a perfect match.  

I strolled along to the premium counters and right enough I had much more variety for shades there.  I looked at many before picking this one up.  I hadn't done any research prior which made me slightly uncomfortable at making such a large purchase on a whim (it was more than 3x what I paid for my CC cream).  I figured it had everything I wanted - bare skin look, SPF, reflecting natural light - so I just thought what the heck.  Luckily all turned out well and I have been loving this foundation.  I haven't really noticed much of a difference moving from CC cream to foundation other than blending time.  The foundation needs worked into the skin a little more but still feels really light to wear which I'm happy about.  

Whether I'll stick with this or try something else I'm unsure about, but at least I know it exists and its there for me - unlike the CC cream *cry*. 

*not fully blended, just a sploge on my wrist to show paleness*

MAC Lipstick - Velvet Teddy

Would this even be a SubtleCoral post without a MAC lipstick? Probably not.  Better add one to be sure.  

In all seriousness I love this lipstick.  It feels very velvety on the lips (sticking to the name I guess) and it applies so creamy and smooth.  The colour is gorgeous, a mix of nudes, pinks and a slight coral tone.  Think Kinda Sexy but pinker.  A very pretty lipstick for everyday wear, but it also complements dramatic eyes perfectly. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know your 2015 favourites in the comments and who knows, maybe they'll end up in my 2016 favourites! 

Love Katie


  1. Some lovely faves, I was meant to try Velvet Teddy last year (feels weird saying that haha) but I will prob get it this year maybe xx


  2. Some amazing favourites. I keep meaning to pick up Velvet teddy. It's such a beautiful shade. SO nice to have you back blogging.
    Great post.

  3. i need velvet teddy -- its so pretty x

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