With hundreds of thousands of new beauty products hitting the shelves every year, it’s hard to filter through and discover those little gems that really do make a difference. The beauty industry is incredibly clever at launching a product and claiming it to be revolutionary, when realistically it’s just a re-packaged version of something that was discontinued five years ago. We’re all sold ‘miracle’ creams and ‘innovative’ formulas on nothing other than a string of hope and good marketing, but I make it my priority to sift through the newness and bring you an edit of some of my personal favourites on a daily basis. But how do you whittle down the 451 posts I wrote in 2015 into a manageable edit of true recommendations? It’s a hard job, but someone (i.e. me – who else?) had to do it. Here are ten ‘best of the best’ beauty products from the last twelve months and the purchases that you simply won’t regret making – even during the cash poor weeks of January.

L’Oreal Professional ProFiberHair System (From £12.99)
If you’ve ever wanted to grow your hair just an inch or two longer, but
have to chop off the ends because they just look so horrendous, then
you need to know about ProFiber. This treatment programme is L’Oreal’s
most prescriptive ever, combating multi
levels of damage across all hair types. It starts in salon with an intense treatment, and is
re-charged at home using a prescription of shampoo/conditioner/treatment/styling products – meaning you not only step out of the salon with
fabulous hair, but you can boost the effect every week too. There are three levels of intensity, depending upon your personal damage, and hair is instantly left feeling soft,
frizz-free and ‘freshly-cut’ – I couldn’t believe how much the ends of
my hair had been ‘repaired’ in one treatment, looking like I’d had a
trim without a pair of scissors even going near me. The result was super
shiny, bouncy and healthy looking hair that I’ve maintained since. A game changer.
(Read my original review here.)

Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Prime Lipstick (£16.00) 
Although applying that first swipe is a pleasure, the texture of most
lipsticks dries to leave lips feeling less than hydrated; topping up
throughout the day over already compromised lips can be somewhat of a challenge. In 2015 Clinique listened to
consumer demands and developed a lipstick that offers a
serious colour result, but with the added benefit of shea butter to ensure comfort and hydration. These
super cute bullets apply dreamily to leave lips coated in pigment with a
touch of shine, simultaneously offering longevity thanks to ‘primer’
technology that helps colour last for longer. If you’ve ever struggled
with lipstick, then these offerings could be a great first step into
a new arena. They’re undoubtedly my favourite lipstick of the last twelve months. (Read my original review here.)

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil (£18.00) 
As a cleansing addict, 2015 has been a great year for newness. Although there have been a huge number of launches, this 100%
natural and incredibly lightweight oil from French skincare brand Caudalie has become a personal favourite. It contains sunflower, castor, sweet
almond and grape seed oil to nourish while makeup is removed, leaving skin feeling
perfectly cleansed, refreshed, soft and moisturised. The formula is incredibly gentle, yet thoroughly effective; it doesn’t strip skin or leave it feeling parched. You need only a couple of squirts, massaged into the face, to lift away a day’s worth of makeup or dirt – double cleansing ensures a squeaky clean complexion that’s prepped for your nighttime moisturiser. It’s a great price for the quantity too, seeing as I’ve been using this for over three months and still have a third of the bottle left.
(Read my original review here.)

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (£20.00)
Primers were big news in 2015, but only a few brands dared to take this into the mascara category. Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer
was launched to meet the needs of the modern woman, providing a
fabulous lash line in seconds while working with any one of the current
mascaras within your repertoire. It can be used in
three ways (to tint, amplify or set lashes) and is as easy to apply as
your existing products; the primer can be used alone to tint lashes for a natural understated
look, underneath mascara to amplify lash length while boosting the
performance of the other product, or over the top of mascara to set
lashes for a water-resistant and flake-proof finish. I reach for this when I want my lashes to look even better than normal, helping to amplify the performance of my usual mascara and leave lashes looking as perfected as possible. It’s the product you never knew you needed. (Read my original review here.)

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil (£18.00) 
Scrap balms, greasy
potions and messy pots of sickly sweet pink things, as the Clarins Lip Comfort
Oils provide all the hydration you need in an easy-to-wear oil format.
Featuring a luxurious blend of hazelnut, mirabelle and organic
jojoba oil, the formula ensures glossy and luminous lips while
protecting them from sun, wind, and dehydration. If you’re put off by
the inclusion of oil (in both the name and formula,) then this is
actually more like a gloss than a runny oil and provides the benefit of a
balm without as much wax. Available in two shades that provide just the
subtlest hint of colour, this is incredibly comfortable and
long-lasting; it provides comfort to sore lips without compromising on
the look, thanks to its glossy texture. Launched initially as a limited edition product, I’m SO glad they’ve decided to keep these within their permanent line-up… I’m addicted. (Read my original review here.) 

Nanshy Makeup Brushes (From £5.95)
A new brand for me in 2015, Nanshy focuses on creating great tools at affordable
prices that are both ethical and durable. The simplicity of the design keeps the focus on the performance of the brushes, rather than overcharging for on-trend colours and fancy handles; the black handles and silver ferrule
are understated but sophisticated, providing a tool that’s pleasant to
hold and light enough to prevent arm ache when you’re creating an extra
smokey eye. The ombre effect of the bristles also helps to control the
amount of product that you pick up on the brush, minimising waste and
encouraging a little buffing too. I’ve been seriously impressed with how
great these brushes are and have totally swapped them with some previous favourites. If you’re in the market for any makeup brushes now or in the future, then Nanshy are definitely one to watch. (Read my original review here.)

The Body Shop ‘Oils Of Life’ Skincare (From £15.00)
If there was one skincare range I recommended to friends and family more than any other last year, it was The Body Shop’s ‘Oils Of Life’. The collection has been designed to intensely revitalise skin and
revive radiance, leaving your complexion glowing – whatever your age. (It’s great to see a historically ‘youthful’ brand step more into a 30+ category.) Together the four new ‘Oils Of Life’ products provide a comprehensive routine, but individually they provide an incredibly pleasant helping hand – there’s a day cream, moisturising gel, oil and essence to choose from. Each one contains precious oils to help nourish and protect skin; Black cumin seed oil is known for its concentration in antioxidants, Camellia seed
oil is naturally rich in oleic acid,
while Rosehip seed oil is rich in both omega 3
and 6. The combination of unique ingredients make these affordable skin treats
instantly effective, as well as the highly-sensorial texture providing a real moment of ‘me time’. This is definitely affordable luxury. (Read my original review here.)

Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener (£12.50) 
Although this wasn’t a new launch in 2015, it was new to me so that totally counts! Applied as a base coat up to three times a week, the Mavala Scientifique Nail
Hardener turns soft, flaking or splitting nails into healthy and strong
ones. Its strengthening formula hardens the nail plate so that the nail
can restore its normal growth, instantly penetrating to get to work
where it’s needed most. It dries within seconds, meaning there’s no
faffing or waving your hands in the air, plus it’s practically
undetectable on the nail – it won’t interfere with polish if you wish to
apply it straight over. Not only does it help nails to look healthier
without polish, but it gives me the confidence to go polish free; the last few months I’ve had naked nails more than polished ones, which is a real testament to the confidence this provides. The little blue bottle is a saviour I can’t get enough of and always turn to when my nails are starting to look a little dodgy. (Read my original review here.)

Batiste Texturising Spray (£4.49) 
Dry shampoos have never just been about skipping a hair wash (they add
volume, texture and hold on even the cleanest of ‘dos,) so it seems only
right that Batiste is no longer just about dry shampoo either. 2015 saw the launch of a whole new ‘stylist’ range of products, of which there are some great little finds – but it’s the Texturizing Spray which has been by my side ever since it launched. The lightweight non-sticky spray provides an invisible ‘bed head’ matte texture
when you just don’t want to look all polished and preened; it’s great on
tousled hair or second day curls just to add a bit of oomph. Unlike the traditional Batiste formula, it’s not chalky or dusty, leaving hair looking more volumised and waves fashionally ‘messed up’ in seconds. A real bargain of a buy. (Read my original review here.)

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (£85.00) 
A begruging inclusion due to the sheer eye-wateringly expensive price tag, but this really is as close to a ‘wonder product’ as you’re going to get. This multi-tasking treatment can be used both as a serum and intense
mask (when applied liberally and left for ten minutes,) that smooths,
refines, clarifies and brightens, whilst improving your skin’s thickness
and elasticity. Lactic Acid is the wonder ingredient here: sourced from
sour milk, it helps to slough away dead skin cells from the surface of
skin while encouraging collagen production. It also allows for the
penetration of moisturiser to deeper levels than would otherwise be
possible, as there’s less obstruction on the surface; that’s why it
works even better when used in conjunction with a face cream, as it will
‘boost’ the performance practically instantly. When applied as the
first step in my routine after cleansing, it instantly lifts and plumps
my complexion while helping to smooth out fine lines and imperfections.
I’ve taken to applying this when I know I want to look my best or have
had a rubbish night’s sleep; it’s also great as a little treatment
before bed, helping to awake with a clearer and brighter complexion. Expensive, but worth it.
(Read my original review here.)

So those are my personal picks of the last twelve months that you really need to know about. Have you tried them? Or have you added any to your ‘must buy come payday’ list?

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  1. Girl Abroad
    January 4, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Being a long time lover of Batiste products, I had no idea they did styling sprays like this one! Great post

  2. Bettina@BeautySwot
    January 4, 2016 / 11:47 am

    I agree completely with you re The Bodyshop Oils Of Life range – it completely revitalised my complexion after months of me being poorly. Also Estee Lauder's Little Black Primer – it never left my makeup bag & I used it daily. Fab product.

  3. Beauty Bloss
    January 4, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Love your picks! I have to agree with the Clinque Lip Pops and Sunday Riley Good Genes. They are both amazing products xThe Beauty Bloss

  4. Zoe Newlove
    January 4, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I love the Clinique Colour Pop lipsticks and I use Batiste every single week, no idea what I would do without it! Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

  5. Madeleine S-B
    January 4, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Oooh definitely going to look in to the Nanshy brushes! I need a few more eye brushes but don't want to spend a bomb on them!

  6. Tasha Rose
    January 4, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    great products! loved this post x

  7. Emmys Beauty Cave
    January 4, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    I have really been loving Nanshy brushes lately, they are just as good as Zoeva ones xEmma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  8. Color U Bold
    January 4, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Wonderful Post! These products look amazing I would love to try out the cleansing oils as I'm so used to just using regular cleansers I would like to switch it up for 2016!Jasmine :)

  9. Pam Scalfi
    January 4, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    First of all, yes for the colourful layout! I freaking love it!!!! So much nicer than the usual black people go for. I don't feel alone given I also have a bit of colour in mine :pSecondly, Clinique is a brand I really need to try more of, especially their lippies after getting that freebie in the magazine earlier this year! I am hooked hahawelcome back beauty! We have missed you, hope your time off was enjoyable 😀 Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Hayley Carr
      January 7, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Awwww thanks so much Pam – and for all your support in 2015 x

  10. Janice Lowry
    January 4, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Those Clarins lip comfort oils sound right up my street!

  11. Life Styled by Jennie
    January 4, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I'm definitely buying Loreal's Professional ProFibre Hair System next! I'm trying out Essentious at the minute and it's good but quite pricey… This sounds exactly like what my hair needs �� Happy New Year

  12. Julie L
    January 5, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I agree on your review about the Batiste Texturising Spray. I have used this and it really adds volume in a great value.

  13. Back To Beauty
    January 5, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    I love the Batiste spray and in fact everything they do! I have thick waist length hair and their products work perfectly! Fab post Hayley x

  14. Kathryn Williams
    January 5, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    I haven't tried anything from your favourites, which makes me a bad blogger haha!I'd love to get my hands on some Sunday Riley products.Love the new layout by the way!Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

    • Hayley Carr
      January 7, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks Kathryn!

  15. Emma Bought What
    January 6, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Batiste is my go-to for dry shampoos! x

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