Buona Fine e Buon Principio – Happy End and New Beginning Tag #2015-2016 Edition

Happy 2016 everyone! 
To start this new year on the blog, there is no better way than to draw some beauty conclusions with this tag by Laura from Il Mio Beauty. A way to look back at the beauty year that just went by and to look ahead to the new year we just started. I want to thank Fran Being Cute is not a Crime for tagging me. I definitely enjoyed reading the tag.
Let’s get started.

1) What is the best makeup/skincare product of 2015, the best of the best, the must have among all you tried this year?
Forgive me, it’s the first question, and I’m already going off topic. The one thing that made a huge difference in my skin has been changing my food habits. Vegetables, water and less sugar have cleared up my skin and while I was busy loosing weight, I also earned some clear, glowy and less oily skin. You can read more about it in this post here. I can’t stress this enough: your skin looks like what you put into it! 
2) What is the one product that you absolutely fail from 2015?
Quite a few fails this year (there will be a post coming soon) but mainly  I was extremely disappointed by Kiko foundations. Both the Unlimited and Liquid Skin foundations go on patchy, highlight my pores and seem to sit n top of my skin instead of blending into it.

3) What is the makeup challenge you won in 2015?
I feel like I finally cracked eyeshadow blending, false lashes and contouring this year. I can finally use a black eyeshadow and know how to blend it so that it doesn’t look patchy and muddy. I also discovered contouring at the end of last year with the Kiko Daring Game palette and got better at it day by day. Now I just need to understand all the shades in the Anastasia Powder Contour Kit I got recently. On false lashes, I went from “absolutely no lashes ever” to “half lashes every day!”. I love the look of corner lashes on my eye shape and I even fooled my all-seeing boyfriend who didn’t notice I was wearing them!
not yet mastered the false lashes here but just to give the idea 🙂
4) What beauty product were you wishing that Santa brought you?
This year my Christmas wishlist was packed with skincare and makeup products since I went back to Italy. Santa came in the form of my own self though and I got quite a few bits among which the Tangle Teezer half-paddle brush, the Pupa Made to Last foundation and the Wycon liquid Lipsticks that I really wanted to try. A haul post on these goodies will be up soon.

5) What is the best discovery product of 2015?
The best discovery of this year was definitely the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. I had it for a while already but never used until a few months ago. Now I can’t do my makeup without it! And a small shout out to the Essence Half Lashes. Another discovery this year.

6) What is the beauty product that you will absolutely buy in 2016?
I really really really want to get my hands on at least one (if not all, hihih) of the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. Rumors have it that they’re going to be available at Boots soon so fingers crossed.

7) What beauty product will never conquer you and you will never buy in 2016?
I am pretty sure I won’t ever purchase the Laura Mercier loose setting powder which is all the rage with the beauty gurus nowadays. I fiercely believe that you can find good products at more affordable prices.

8) What is the makeup challenge for 2016?
My challenge for 2016 will be finding the perfect concealer, especially now that my beloved Maybelline Fit Me has been discontinued in The Netherlands (WHY?!?!?) and I want to learn to do my hair. Just lately I bought a curling iron and now I want to develop a good styling routine that gives me healthy long lasting curls (probably with the help of Fran, my Joico-goddess).

9) What are your beauty resolutions for 2016?
Like every year, wash my makeup brushes more and finish more products before buying more. But who am I kidding, I am a makeup- and shopaholic. It just makes me so happy.

10) What colors will you use for makeup in 2016?
As I am learning more about my own undertones and what fits my skin and my hair color best, in the coming year I will keep sticking to my warm tones, but I love to branch out to the complementary zone with greens and plums. I don’t think I’ll stray much from the orange-brown-champagne and red colors and surely won’t go the pastel pink and blue that are the colors of the year (WHY???).
So here were my answers to the Buona Fine e Buon Principio – Happy End and New Beginning Tag. As you might have imagined, I translated it in English from Laura’s original one. 
I would like to tag:
and I would like to invite you all to take a look at your past year in makeup and comment down here on your beauty favorites and fails of 2015 and resolutions for 2016.
xo
A

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