2015 – the year we said hello to Amy Schumer (and goodbye to Cecil the lion *sob*), Bruce become Caitlyn, and avocados took over our Instagram feeds as well as our toast. It was also the year of The Pool (*cheers*) and The Pool beauty (*double cheers*). Over the past nine months, we’ve videoed, blogged and giffed about the best beauty bits, from brilliant high-street mascaras to fake tans that don’t whiff. It’s been quite a journey. And, while everything has been commendable, there have been some real standouts. Some absolutely-couldn’t-do-without, use-it-over-and-over-again, please-can-someone-buy-me-another products. And, in the spirit of the season, we’ve decided to award them for their excellence. So, without further ado, here are The Pool’s 2015 beauty awards.
Award for the best doesn’t-budge-lipstick goes to Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet, £8.99
This is one of the best lipsticks I’ve come across and remains in regular use. I’ve told everyone who will listen to buy it and, at £8.99, many have. Hot Pepper is my favourite shade – a punchy red that really stays.
Award for the best face-transforming foundation goes to By Terry’s Light-Expert Click Brush, £49
Over the past year, I have tried several foundations, but the one that I have used, rebought and put on my Christmas list is By Terry’s Light-Expert Click Brush. It gives excellent coverage, is easy to put on and feels lovely to wear. Out of all the spendy products I’ve tested, this one is seriously worth it.
Award for the best invention since sliceD bread goes to Deborah Lippmann’s The Wait is Over Quick-dry Drops, £18
I am constantly on the hunt for products that save time and this bottle of nail drops is one of the best I've found. Drying your polish within seconds, it makes painting your nails during the week actually doable. Just paint, drop and go. This is one of the most useful beauty products I’ve come across.
Award for best SO-GOOD-WE’VE-COINED-A-NEW-TERM-for-it hair product goes to Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, £16
Following an enthusiastic recommendation from Stacey Duguid, I blogged about Elasticizer back in October. Originally developed for Audrey Hepburn, this conditioner makes your hair supremely shiny and helps stop breakage. After the feature, I had a lot of feedback from those who had given it a go – general consensus was a massive thumbs-up. My favourite comment was from someone who said that the conditioner had given her hair the equivalent of a facial – a haircial, if you will. So there you go: conditioner that gives you a haircial.
Award for best where-did-that-spot-go? concealer goes to AmazingCosmetics’ Amazing Concealer, £19.50
Earlier in the year, I was experiencing uncontrollable breakouts due to God knows what, and was recommended AmazingConcealer. I haven’t looked back. Use it on your spots, use it under your eyes – use it on anything that needs camouflaging to a military degree. I cannot express enough how brilliant this product is.
Award for best I’m-not-hungover face mask goes to Origins Drink-up Intense Over Night Mask, £23
Practice makes perfect and I am well practised at having a hangover (probably TMI – ah, well…). To avoid a dried-out face the morning after, slap on a generous layer of the mask before bed. No need to wash it off – just let in soak in overnight and reap the benefits of glowing skin the next day. This has been a permanent fixture on my bedside table for months.
Award for last-minute entry goes to Clinique’s Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara, £17.50
I haven’t blogged about this yet, but I felt it needed an award for being the very best mascara I’ve tried all year. Lengthening, thickening, blackening and wonderfully soft, this turns my early morning piggy eyes into something resembling doe-y. I‘ve just bought my second tube.