Looking back over the blog, I can't believe that I didn't post a 2015 beauty favourites to look back on. However 2016 for me, was the year of new beauty discoveries, and apart from two products which I bought towards the back end of 2015, all these products were discovered in the last year. Two massive highlights for me, was the massive American Beauty Haul which Angela brought me back from Florida, and then secondly the fact that I was able to FINALLY experience Sephora for myself whilst in New York.
2016 was the year I finally caved into liquid lipstick and actually lining my lips - for lip liner, MAC Subculture has to be the one, a slightly darker nude liner, this looks amazing by itself as a colour, but also compliments any nude lipstick. As for liquid lipsticks, Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Lipsticks have to be the most comfortable, long lasting, pigmented shades I've tried. Currently I own four shades - Pure Hollywood, Naked, Milkshake and Crush. Naked and Crush are my two go to shades. Also if you don't know - ABH now have a UK website.
Keeping with the make up, Essie Tying the Knottie has been my go to nail polish throughout the year, best £2.99 I've spent on a polish. I've done a full review with swatches here, The two products which were bought in late 2015, however I've included them in my favourites is The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer which gives the most perfect champagne glow to the cheeks. I also use this to highlight my brow bone too, and find that it makes my brows look more defined. Again you can find a full review here. MAC Extended Play Mascara is one of those products which you find very few UK bloggers mention, however watch any YouTube video from American Bloggers and this product is raved out, I never use this for my top lashes, only the bottom lashes. This mascara adds length to my lashes, but never makes them look spider like or clumpy. If I'm desperate for a more natural look, I will use this on my top lashes, but this is literally once in a blue moon.
Whilst at IMATS last summer, I picked up a couple of new brushes from Royal & Langnickel and one of them was their Crease Brush from their Pro Silk Line. Hands down these are some of the best brushes which I've ever used - they pick up just the right amount of product and then also blend shadow so easily. Can't recommend the brand enough. Over the last year I've been taking more of a conscious effort to look after my hair and one product I can credit for helping to improve the condition is Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Masque* which I received to review from Hairtrade. I've done a full review on this here, however since using this I've noticed very little breakage at the front of my hair and hair which had previously been damaged and snapped, I can finally pin back, something which I have not been able to do in years.
A bit of a random favourite, yet the world's most expensive tube of toothpaste from New York (£9 I kid you not), Crest 3D White Brilliance has to be one of the best whitening toothpastes I have ever used. I actually prefer Crest whitening strips over the Oral B ones, and this toothpaste I'll be continuing to use in conjunction with oil pulling to keep my teeth white. An expensive body butter obsession has begun thanks to Sol de Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - one of the most luxurious, hydrating moisturisers I've ever used (and it smells amazing).
Finally onto skincare - now this has been the section which was the hardest to choose my absolute favourites as I could have included way more products. First up is my favourite sheet mask, sorry but I couldn't part with $6.50 (excluding tax) for the Sephora ones, plus I'm happy with my Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask which I use once a week, for an added boost of hydration into the skin. Plus for 99p you can't be robbed for that. On a whim in Boots I ended up buying Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pad Extreme which is a less abrasive way (and lazy) to exfoliate your face. Normally I only use this once a week as at times my skin can become very sensitive - regardless this was a fab buy and a product I'll continue to repurchase.
Finally Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - the ultimate discovery of 2016, the one product which you can rely on to get rid of spots quickly, Even if you can feel one under the surface of the skin - this will prevent it from ever surfacing. I don't know whether this has a nostalgic feel to it, as it reminds me of chamomile lotion from chicken pox. All what you need to do with this is always keep it upright and then dip a cotton bud into the pink solution and then dab onto the skin and leave it overnight, or on the skin for a few hours. So those are my 2016 favourites, and if you managed to get this far, give yourself a high five. Are any of these your favourites?
* PR Sample