Cherry is SO VERY!
I never expected to love cherry scents so much! I love them! There were two products from the UK that blew my nose off: Cafe de Bain Cherry & Almond Frangipane (Thanks Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House) and Patisserie de Bain Sweet As Cherry Pie. The "cherry on top" was Kate Spade's Magnolia Bakery Cosmetic Cases that I received for Christmas...LOVE!
Delicious Organic & Non Organic Drinks & Snacks!
I've always loved popcorn. It's a great snack. I'm happy to have found popcorn that's good for you and tastes great! I LOVE GH CRETORS out of Chicago! It's super awesome! But I've found another popcorn brand that's easier to get...It's called SkinnyPop (not featured on AVSB)! I found it at Walgreens/Winn-Dixie (organic aisle). It tastes really good. After trying a gazillion health bars, I finally LIKE one! They're called GOMACRO and they are EVERYTHING! If you haven't tried Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches (not featured on AVSB), please do. So delicious. TryTreats is an excellent subscription snack box that features snacks from all around the world! I would like to thank Try Treats for the boxes they sent and that I shared with an AVSB reader. And Community Coffee is a local favorite that I highly recommend for coffee drinkers.
Two NEW Superb Products From Aveeno
Aveeno came out with two amazing products this year! I love their new Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion. It's perfect for those hot Summer months. I also swear by their Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream. I use it every night and it's done wonders for my skin. I also want to thank Aveeno for asking me to be an Aveeno Ambassador for 2014 & 2015. Thank You. It's been an amazing experience.
Sensitive Skincare! That Works!
I have tried SO MANY skincare products that didn't work for me. I finally found two that work! My absolute favorite is REN SKINCARE. It is AMAZING, if you have sensitive skin. I have purchased some more REN products to review in 2016. So look for my upcoming reviews! Murad is my second choice! I love their Renewing Cleanser! It feels very good to the skin. I was also impressed with their Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum. I have a lot of Murad products to review, so I'll let you know my thoughts in 2016. Thank You Murad for sending me products to try and time to test them out!
Head To Toe HEALERS
If you have cracked heels or want to soften the bottoms of your feet, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Surgeon's Skin Secret and (Thanks Ashley of Ashley Sue Makeup) Petroleum Jelly! Exfoliate your feet, slather those products on and put a sock on it! They're awesome! Also, all of my readers know about my hair catastrophe this year! Well Neocell's Biotin Bursts are definitely helping. I'm seeing improvements. Biotin is great.
I Love Too Faced
Too Faced just bangs out products and guess what? For the most part, they are really good! Love their new Born This Way foundation. Loved their Natural Eyes Palette (Pssst, hate the Matte one LOL). Candlelight Glow is a fabulous highlighter and look for a review from me in 2016 about their new Candlelight WARM GLOW. Loving their Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer. So smooth! I didn't think I could love another primer as equally as good as Smashbox. Primed & Poreless is fabulous. Loved their Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar! Look for a giveaway in 2016 of their new bon bon palette. So much love for Too Faced!
The Doll 10 brand was new to me this year! They have a great (and first of it's kind) Blendsmart Rotating Makeup Brush. It has a whirling sound and can probably be improved, but it applies beautifully. I purchased two more brushes for the one I have and gave one as a gift. Me and blog buddy (Ashley of Ashley Sue Makeup), won a contest hosted by Doll 10. We won a contour palette and makeup brush. THAT BRUSH IS THE BEST! It has the softest...I don't even want to call them bristles. I can't wait to try more products from this brand.
Some Oldies But Goodies From Benefit
Another contest (Benefit #Curlfriends Contest) me and my blog friends won (Rowena of Rolala Loves, Ashley of Ashley Sue Makeup, Jackie of Beautify Jackie Harrison) was a Benefit Rollerlash Mascara Contest. We won a lot of products! So it gave me a chance to try some of their older products. I love Hoola! What a great bronzer! Sun Beam gives me a wonderful glow! I love both. I have a couple of more products from my winnings that I will review in 2016.
Tarte Palettes & Lipsticks
Two palettes I love from Tarte is their new Tartelette In Bloom and Poppy Picnic. The colors in both are so beautiful! I'm so glad to have them in my makeup collection. I also love their lipsticks! They feel very good on the lips.
Scents I Love
I'm finicky about scents. I don't like many of them, but in 2015 some really surprised me. If you love chocolate get Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash and Serendipity 3 Serendipitous Perfume. I'm trying perfumes again and really love Dolce by Dolce Gabbana. Whish came out with a Key Lime Body Butter and boy did it smell good. Not sure if this was LE or Permanent, but it was nice. I tried Rituals for the first time and I love their Sakura Spring Body Wash! I tried practically all of Farmhouse Fresh's body lotions and fell in love with Sweet Cream. Don't get the cute bottle below, because it is so hard to dispense. However the cute milk bottle is much better. This scent is heavenly.
The Force Was With Me This Halloween
I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I gave my readers another fabulous tour of the beautiful homes here in New Orleans. Star Wars was definitely the popular theme for 2015, so I took that as a que to be Princess Leia. Had fun with that! Cover Girl released a Star Wars #beautyforce makeup collection and the best from it was definitely their lipsticks.
The Best Blog Buddies & Friends
I want to give a shout out to blog buddies and friends who have always been with me through thick and thin! Kizzy of The Dainty Dolls House, Jo of White Roses & Coffee, Little Luxury List, Rowena of Rolala Loves, Dale of Savvy Spice and Savvy Sleepers, Ashley of Ashley Sue Makeup, Jackie of Beautify Jackie Harrison, Mica from Away From Blue, Nerline from Chic from Hair to Toe, Cee from Coco and Vera, Madison from Fashion Tales, Julie from Julie's Lifestyle, Shireen from Reflection of Sanity, Sam from Samantha Mariko, Emmy from Scarberian Fashion Lover, Pam from The Style and Travel Magazine, Lauren from Will Sing For Makeup, Jane from Winding Ridge Lane, Desle from Diva Desle, Natalia from Fashioned by Love, Ira from Journal of Style, Val from Miss Val's Creations, Becks from Oomph, Margo from Pretty Panda Makeup, Keisha from The Chrysalis Gal and Linda from The Dragonfruit Diaries. Thank You!
The Perfect Accessories
I don't wear a lot of accessories, but there were two that I became smitten with in 2015. The Happiness Boutique has the prettiest statement necklaces and jewelry! I love their prices! Aveeno sent me an Angela Roi bag! The leather is buttery smooth! She makes the prettiest bags. Definitely check her collection of bags out. I want to buy more! VistaPrint made me some business cards this year for my blog. I needed them right away and they shipped them overnight for me. I was so happy. Excellent quality also :) Highly recommended!
Some Of My Favorite Beauty Treats
Clinique came out with a Lip Pop Lipstick in 2015. I have to get more of them, because they feel so good on the lips. It's primer + lipstick in ONE! Burt Bees sent me a sample of their Napa Vineyard Lip Crayon Lipstick. I was super impressed. Great color payoff and feels great to the lips. Milani Cosmetics continues to impress me! What an amazing company! If you haven't tried their blushes and lipsticks, you don't know what you're missing! Treat and Whim were two nail lacquer brands that truly impressed me with their quality. Whim also has an excellent PRICE POINT! I love Marc Jacob's Lipgloss! My favorite mascara is Urban Decay's Perversion. It makes my lashes HAPPY! I finally got the chance to try Tom Ford's lipsticks. They are luxurious. Lipstick Queen continues to impress me with their lipsticks. It's an oldie, but goodie...The SMASHBOX Full Exposure eyeshadow palette is of excellent quality. Had my first taste of Lorac's Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette and now I want more. The icing on the cake this year was Bobbi Brown's Sandy Nudes Collection! It blew all the other bronzers out of the water. She made me look like a different person! LOL So glad I tried it!
A Big Thank You To All My 2015 Sponsors
2015 AVEENO Blog Ambassador, MURAD Skincare, The Art of Not Having It All (Book Review), IPS (Intelligent Protein Snacks) All Natural Snacks, Nature's Gate, eShakti, Milani Cosmetics, EOS (Evolution of Smooth), Burt's Bees, Go Macro, Rituals, MediaBuzzer, Community Coffee, Arctic Zero, Clairol, The Happiness Boutique, HASK, Eat Nak'd, NYCCosmetics, Whish, Rimmel, G.H. Cretors, Savvy Sleepers, Dandi Creations, Rimmel London, Dandi Creations, , NYC Color, Doll 10, Neocell, Whish, Treats and Simply Scrub.
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