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Hyacinth Girl Best of 2015

So I’ve been a shit blogger in 2015 but I’ve still been using products and trying products and having thoughts on them, so I’m still going to write a Best of 2015 post. This time I thought I’d keep it nice and brief with one favourite high end product and one favourite affordable option. Conveniently they also work out to be one makeup product and one skincare product! Nice and symmetrical. If this isn’t enough for you, feel free to read my 2014 and 2013 favourites, all of which I still like.

High End: MAC Beauty Powder in Summer Opal* (was $28 USD)

This powder came out with the MAC Bao Bao Wan collaboration collection and it is definitely not available anymore, but it was my absolute favourite new launch of 2015 so I’m writing about it anyway. MAC Beauty Powder is a bit of a weird in-between product that gets less love now that Mineralize Skinfinishes are a thing (as well as Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors and everything else that’s been released since highlighting has blown up in the beauty world). This one is definitely a highlighter, rather than an all-over powder, because it does have visible glitter in it, but the glitter is so small and fine and honestly this product can do no wrong. With its pink tone and not-so-subtle gold and silver shimmer, it’s like the highlight version of NARS Deep Throat blush. It is actually a re-release of the Belightful Beauty Powder; I know this because my press sample says Belightful on the back, instead of Summer Opal. Hopefully that makes it easier for people to track down if they so desire – otherwise, Belightful is sure to get a repromote soon. See it on my face on Instagram.

Cheap End: Goodness Every Evening Cream, $23.99 NZD

I’ve only mentioned Goodness once before on Hyacinth Girl, but it’s a brand I’ve had my eye on and am quite prepared to endorse wholeheartedly, not least because it comes from the same people as Trilogy. The Every Evening Cream’s purpose is quite clear. I’ll admit I don’t use it every evening, because there are at least five other evening products in my rotation, but it’s a good one. The chia seed oil base doesn’t seem to irritate my skin at all like some other oils do, and it smells bloody fantastic due to the honeysuckle flower extract. While fragrance-free might be a good thing most of the time, I don’t care about it if it makes my night cream smell this summery. Goodness products are about half the price as Trilogy and definitely more than half as good, so don’t let the price put you off!

If you had to pick one makeup and one skincare item for your Best of 2015 lists, what would they be?

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  • Ooooh this is a tough one. I think Benefit Roller Lash mascara might be my favourite, I’m bracing myself to buy a new one. Or maybe Clinique anti-blemish foundation, I really love that. Skincare? Hmmm. I feel like I liked a lot of skincare this year but nothing really changed my life. Maybe the Za Water gel?

    • I just bought the Za water gel bc of you and Christel! I’m so glad you like the Clinique foundation tho :3

      • I have a review I wrote like 2 months ago but haven’t taken photos wearing it yet…i’ll get there eventually

  • I’ve been meaning to try out the Goodness range, and now I’m going to have to try that evening one. It sounds great!
    My best of 2015 list is hard to choose. Makeup would probably be Gerard Cosmetics lipstick in 1995, as I can’t get enough of the colour. Skincare would be Bossy Cosmetics emulsified body scrubs which I’ve only recently discovered, but am completely in love with!

    • I’ve heard mixed things about Gerard Cosmetics but it sounds like their lipsticks are pretty nice. Goodness is great – you should check out the sampler box if you get a chance, it has a wee one of all of their products!

  • That’s the good thing about MAC LE’s – they’re bound to roll around eventually! I’ve never tried the beauty powders, but now that I have the hourglass edit palette I really don’t think I need any more highlighter type products. It was just such an extravagant purchase for me that I’ve realised I don’t need to add much more shit to my makeup stash!

    Skincare fave this year is probably the La Roche Posay Cicalfate cream, or the Body Shop sensitive skin cleanser. I need to write a post on both!

    • Eek yeah I just bought some more highlighters bc I have a problem 🙁 I haven’t tried Cicalfate but I love the Toleriane fluide! More on that soon actually x