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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Best Of A Very Sweet Blog 2015

Hey everybody! I rounded up some of my FAVORITES from this year. Some were released in 2015. Some from year's past (and I just got around to trying them this year HaHaHa). They definitely get my seal of approval. Enjoy, God Bless and See you in 2016! I'll be stopping by your blogs tonight.

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!


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! 

Doll 10

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.

See previous The Best Of A Very Sweet Blog blog posts click HERE.



  1. Hi Jess,
    I have enjoyed visiting your blog and all of your awesome make up reviews. Wishing you a Happy New Year!!
    Julie xo

  2. Thank you for the shout out Kim! Such an awesome way to wrap up a year of blogging!

    Hope you have a wonderful 2016 and it's full of nothing but the best - and lots of great products to try and share with us! :) Happy new year.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. You've accomplished a lot Kim! Your reviews have always been very thorough, creative, and incredibly helpful :)
    My favorite was probably the Star Wars one though - getting to dress up is so fun and I loved seeing your spin on it :D
    Cheers to 2016 my friend and God bless!

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    xoxo Thania & Aime

  5. Such a great bunch of favorites, Kim! You know I also love too faced, and I'm so excited for that new peach palette!! And girl I could eat a whole bag of skinny pop!!! Thank you again for all of thegiveaways and contests you included me in!! Your friend ship means the world me to and I'm so lucky to have met you through blogging! Happy New Years!

  6. Hi Kim!! I discovered your blog through Kizzy, and Jackie is a Good friend of mine, too. I always have so much fun reading your posts. The humor is incredible, and your reviews are on point. So many favorites and so much goodness to choose from. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. May all your wishes come true. May your blog flourish. And may God grant you good health and happiness. Thanks for the shout out!! Happy new year 2016, dear friend!!

  7. Your blog is one of my favorites! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  8. Very sweet pictures indeed! Happy New Year!

    - Che

  9. Your posts are always very fun and interesting, the ones about Too Faced have been my faves, Ive finally tried one of their Melted and love it. Still remember the fun post of Halloween. Happy New Year to you too Kim! xo

  10. All of thsese products are amazing!!!
    Good choices!!!
    Happy new year

  11. This is an awesome recap of all your 2015 faves, Kim:) Thank you for being so generous with your time in doing these reviews and letting us know what works and what doesn't. I have added so much on my to-try list...hehe....and girl, thank you for the shout out! You're one awesome lady and seriously one awesome blogging friend. Love you lots:) Here's to a great year ahead!

  12. Love the recap for 2015 so many amazing products. May 2016 bring you joy and blessing doll to you and your family. Happy New Year.

  13. Oh Kim, sorry and please excuse me for calling you Jess as I didn't mean to. You know what I mean. LOL!! I hope you have a wonderful 2016 and thanks for the year of fun makeup reviews and different products.
    Hugs, Julie xo

  14. Happy New Year Kim! You did a great job this year sharing so many products and great reviews. Wishing you all the best in 2016. xo


  15. Happy New Year my dear friend!! I loved all the round up, I remember these posts well. All the lipsticks were marvellous and I really enjoyed learning about the Aveeno products because I had never heard much about them before, will need to try some. It's always a joy to come here, it's a light in a grey day really!! I wish you even more happiness and great things to come in the New Year, you deserve it and so much more!! Lots of love and blessings to you always my dear <3 those products I sent got me loving cherry scents as well, smells so beautiful, ha!

  16. It was a great year for finding new, fabulous products! I relate most to the popcorn which I make just about every other day!

    Wishing you a fantastic 2016 full of love, health and happiness! Thank you for your support throughout the year. :)

  17. You've had such a great year, Kim - and it's been such a pleasure reading along. It's because of you that I now use Too Faced products every day, and I'm so glad I discovered them through your blog! Keep doing what you do so well, I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for you! Happy New Year!

  18. What a brilliant year for you and your blog, Kim and because of you, I love everything Aveeno and the brand is a permanent staple in our home. Your reviews and thoughts have definitely influenced my purchases but most of all, I want you to know that your passion and dedication to give your best, most honest and thorough reviews to your readers is one of the biggest motivation for me to be a better blogger myself. Hugs!

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  19. Wow, such an amazing round up of some really awesome blog posts! I'm so glad that we've connected and that I've found your blog! You are extremely talented and dedicated; I know 2016 will reward you in more ways than you can imagine :) Wishing your a very happy and prosperous New Year, beautiful!



  20. Sounds like you had great year, Kim :) I wish that 2016 will be even better for you, my dear :)

    I wish you amazing NYE amd happy New Year, dear!

  21. A Very Sweet Blog is one of my favorite reads and it will always have a special place since we started out around the same time. It's been so cool to see your blog grow Kim while you still remain the same sweet, down to earth and honest writer that you always have been. Happy New Year my friend! Here's to many new and sweet adventures in 2016! xo

  22. Gorgeous list! You covered so many amazing items. I already love the Too Faced Candlelight powder and the Cafe du Bain cherry looks fantastic. Benefit is always a favorite too. Happy New Year Kim!


  23. seeing all your posts rounded up like this really shows all the hard work you put into your blog!! have a wonderful 2016 as well Kim!!

  24. Love this blog round up. Your makeup collection is serious goals for me ;-D Sending you tons of love and cannot wait to read more of your awesome blog this year 2016. XOXO

  25. Awesome post.

  26. Thank you for the shout out Kim. You are a true inspirations to all of us. Best wishes for continued success in 2016 and I would love to do a giveaway with you.


  27. Such a great round-up, Kim! And thank you so much for the mention - sending you a big big hug in return! X

  28. Such a full year! Looking at all this makes me realize how your blog is a treasure trove of wonderful and useful information! Happy New Year, Kim!

  29. Lots of great products this year, Kim! I got the Semi-sweet palette for Christmas, and I can't wait to blog about it!

  30. WOW KIm... and to think this was just a "best of.." have you an idea of how many products you try a year ?
    Oh and my fave was the one of you with the Princess Lea hairdo... I thought it rocke.d

  31. How did I miss this post? Kim, you're fabulous! I love your blog because of the variety topics you included. Thank you for the shout out! It's very sweet. Btw, love the brush, I've been using it every day. Wishing your blog nothing but more beautiful posts! Love you!

    xo Jo

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