Image: Our picks for 2015.
Yeah, 2015 has been a big year for beauty. But while the rest of the world might be obsessed with contouring kits and Kylie Jenner lip pencils, The Glow team have fallen for some other products that won’t reach their use-by date in January 2016.
“Like the frenemy within your group, I’ve always been distrustful of matte lipsticks. Sure, they look pretty but they feel heavy, seep into the lines in my lips and make me look like I need several glasses of water. Not Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty. It feels as though you’re wearing nothing at all, and holy Christmas — the staying power is almost absurd. Coffee, lunch, snacks. They are all impervious to this bullet’s super powers.”
Neutrogena Clear Face SPF30, $16.99
"No word of a lie, I’ve been using the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen range for around 10 years now. Neutrogena Clear Face SPF30 is a liquid sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection without that gluggy, thick feeling other face sunscreens come with. It’s oil-free (tick) and non-comedogenic (double tick) which means my skin won't rebel when I apply it."
The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask, $22.95
"Lately I’ve fallen victim to some angry, hurty hormonal acne. I’ve taken to coming home, washing off my makeup and chucking this mask on for about 15 minutes. The tea tree is perfect for acne prone skin and absorbs all the excess oil I’ve got going on. My skin is a whole lot calmer because of it. Plus, looking like Shrek makes me laugh."
Actually, we were all partial to a face mask this year — here were some of our favourites. (Post continues after gallery.)
Kahla, Associate Editor
"I was suffering from BB Cream fatigue after using the same products for the past few years. Then this little Smashbox wonder came along and reignited the flame. Almost any time I wear it, friends will ask me what I have on my face. It's not cheap, but the water-like consistency means a little bit will go a surprisingly long way (plus, the 'dropper' is a lot more fun than your regular squeeze tube). It's also SPF 30, which gets a big thumbs up from my Snow White complexion."
Alpha Keri Sugar Body Scrub, $14.95
"I've only had this product for a few weeks but I'm already a huge fan. I love a good scrub and this one does the job well with the aid of sugar granules, not those awful waterway-clogging microbeads. Thanks to the various oils it contains, the scrub also leaves my skin feeling incredibly supple for hours on end (read: I walk around the house running my hands all over it). Usually I need to put moisturiser on immediately post-scrub, but there's no need with this one. Seriously impressed."