2015 is almost over and I’m sad to see this great year go. It was an amazing year for change and growth for me, but that’s a blog post yet to come. Today I’m here to round up some of the best stuff I loved this year, from beauty, pop culture, and more!
Best Makeup of 2015
This wasn’t a huge year of trying new makeup for me, but there were definitely some standout new products and products that were just new to me that became my staples throughout the year. Although it’s hard for me to justify spending money on yet another neutral eyeshadow palette, the Lorac Mega Pro 2 was an amazing investment and I don’t think I’ve used another eyeshadow palette since buying it. Another product I’ve used exclusively throughout the year since discovering the e.l.f. store near NYU is the e.l.f. Contour Palette. With 2015 being the year of sculpting and strobing, this contour palette is a steal among all the other high-end palettes out there. I’ve used up all of the yellow setting powder for under my eyes, and I’ve used this bronzer to contour every day. The highlight in this palette isn’t the best, but luckily for my birthday my sister got me the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. I know I’m the millionth person on the Internet to talk about this product, but it truly is a gorgeous highlighter, and the best way to get a highlight on fleek. I also decided to splurge and get the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, and honestly I don’t think I can go back to drugstore foundation after this – it’s just that good. My other drugstore staples this year were the new CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara, the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice, and the new NYX Micro Brow Pencil. I love CoverGirl mascaras, and this is the best drugstore mascara to come out this year, and the Maybelline lipstick was the perfect everyday color to get that Kylie Jenner lip look. As for the brow pencil, this is an exact dupe of the Anastasia Brow Wiz, but half the price, which is great for someone like me who has no eyebrows.
Best Pop Culture of 2015
2015 – for me – was undeniably the year for TV. Moreso than the movies that came out this year, so many TV shows left a lasting impression on me, and I’m dying to see them come back next year.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was by far my favorite new comedy this year. I don’t what to say about it other than it’s pure delight, Peeno Noir is an iconic piece of American musical history, and I’ve sang the autotuned theme song more times than I can count (“It’s a miracle!”). The only thing I didn’t like about this show is how quickly it went by – as a Netflix original series there were 13 episodes, but at less than 30 minutes per episode I finished the first season more quickly than I’d like to admit…
Speaking of Netflix original series, I was struggling to pick between the two Marvel shows that premiered this year, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but in terms of my emotional attachment to the show I have to go with Daredevil. I love Matt Murdock and Daredevil as a superhero, and every time I walked near Hell’s Kitchen in NYC this summer I couldn’t help but to think of my darling Matt Murdock. I’m so excited for this show to come back, and I hope he gets some screentime with my other favorite Marvel babes.
Has any nonfiction TV show had a more satisfying finale than The Jinx? This HBO series was incredible and kept me on my post-Serial high throughout the beginning of the year. The Jinx is a pop culture phenomenon that only comes around once, and I cannot shout its praises enough (you can read a more in-depth review of it here!). Seriously, anyone who is interested in true crime/documentary, this show is a must-see.
Oh, and even though this show is not new from this year, I have to say it: Game of Thrones. I don’t think any other form of media captivated me so much this year as that damn show.
I have to say that none of the movies I saw this year would make any sort of “top 10” list for me. Out of all that I saw, Trainwreck was my favorite comedy, but the movie that stuck with me the most was Mad Max: Fury Road. I went into Mad Max with low expectations, which were completely exceeded in this post-apocalyptic thriller. It’s full of badass female characters, harrowing action scenes, and it kept my heart racing throughout the entire thing. That being said, I anticipate seeing a bunch of year-end movies around the holidays, so my true favorite movie of 2015 may be yet to come.
Podcasts became a new love of mine in 2015, but since Serial Season 2’s premiere date is TBA (grrrr!), I’ve found many other podcasts to listen to my commute and during my work day. One of my favorites is Radiolab, which very much satisfies my inner science nerd, and along the same lines is Love + Radio, which posted one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to called “The Living Room” (seriously, check it out). I also love Coffee With Chrachel, made by one of my favorite YouTubers and her boyfriend who just shoot the shit and talk to you like you’ve been friends your whole life. I would also recommend Lena Dunham and BuzzFeed’s podcast Women of the Hour, which I’ve discovered is just the right amount of Lena Dunham I want in my life.
My favorite book I read this year was S. by J.J. Abrams (full review here), but like the movies I read this year, I don’t think I read anything that really made one of my all-time favorites. Honorable mentions are The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
And that’s all, folks! I tried to think of another category, but this pretty much sums up everything that was the best of the best this year.