TGIF, loves!! I have finallyyyyyy completed the compilation of my 2016 beauty favorites! In no particular order of amor, I will begin with lip products. For 2016, and life in general: color was (is) key. Throughout the year I loved NYX’s Butter Lipsticks in the shades: Thunderstorm (I wear this nearly every day of my life), Moonlit Night, Sweet Shock, Afternoon Heat, & Rootbeer Float.
My most loved daytime foundation for 2016 was my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, SPF 15, Shade: Light/Medium. This BB cream provides outstanding coverage with major skin hydration benefits that my dry skin needs. What’s great is that its finish doesn’t appear to be overly saturated with moisture or dewiness. It leaves your skin looking flawless, with coverage, and rarely required the use of powder. Hands down my go-to foundation product for most of my on-camera work in 2016. I’ve raved on and on about my love for Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Balm over the last year, so I of course had to include it in my yearly faves. This creamy oil balm is the perfect fix for parched skin, lips, cuticles, etc. I wear it on my lips nearly every day. OBSESSED.
If I didn’t have L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Blur concealer in my life, I would be lost! This light liquid type concealer is the perfect amount of coverage for hiding darkness and circles, without looking like you have concealer on. It really does blur the underyes, and its thin, light & creamy texture gives a weightless appearance to undereyes. Dream come true concealer!! Another makeup item I would be lost without are highlighters! My favorite face bling set in 2016 was Anastasia’s Sundipped Glow Kit.
My favorite shades in the palette are Tourmaline & Moonstone. They also make beautiful eyeshadows….
Bellápierre’s Contour & Highlight mineral powder palette was used on the daily in 2016. These shades are so buttery and blendable. I love the combo of cool and warm bronzers, and the yellow shade is perfection for setting under eye concealer. This palette is definitely well-traveled. My most cherished pink/white/lilac highlighter for inner eye, brow, cheek bones, cupid’s bow brightening was (is) my Measurable Difference Baked Face/Body Bronzer (but really it’s a rockin highlighter :))) It is one of the softest & smoothest baked highlighters I’ve ever used, & blends to perfection. I’d say I used it about 99.9% of the year for waking up my eyes!
Another Measurable Difference fave for 2016 was my Rose Hip Body Oil. While meant for the body, I use it on my face (don’t worry, the bottle says it can be used on the face ;). It has an authentic rose scent and I love the pretty flowers floating in it. A great facial hydration oil and bath oil as well. LOVE it.
2016 was definitely the year of the oils for me. I am getting very low on my giant bottle of Ole Henriksen Body Oil (oddly, it looks full in the photo, but it’s not). In fact, I am starting to fret as I am nearing the 75% empty mark. This was a big part of my nighttime relaxation ritual and helps me to get to zzzzzzzz. Mos def a 2016 favorite.
A girl without bronzers is a girl with pale skin, like me, lol. I have two bronzer adorations for 2016 (and well on into 2017 :))): Sonia Kashuk’s Cream Bronzer in the shade: Rich, and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, in the shade: Bronzer.
I love the creaminess and blendability of Kashuk’s bronzer. Amazing for dry skin. And the Butter Bronzer is one of the most buttery powder bronzers I’ve ever used. It was the perfect shade in wintery pale skin months. I’ll be loving these just as much in 2017, too. My favorite cream blushes were NYX’s Tickled & Boho Chic. Tickled is a shade I will describe as looking similar to LAVA. This lavalicious shade is perfect for brightening skin with gorgeous color in summer and winter months. Boho Chic is that perfect pink for cheeks that look like your own with that hint of pink flush.
Milani’s baked blushes are drugstore gems!! If you have never tried them, they are uber pigmented and STUNNING!! They give a sheen to the skin that is so gorgeous. My favorite shades are Luminoso, Rose D’Oro, Berry Amore, & Dolce Pink. I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the shades from the line.
A skin brightening liquid product that I adored in 2016 was Bare Minerals’ Biolucent Mineral Brightening Treatment. It gives glow and great moisturizing benefits as well. I like to apply it all over my face & undereyes after moisturizer, and before foundation. It gives my skin radiance without looking overly glowy/dewy.
My beloved Eucerin was my most used face moisturizer in 2016. The larger than life bottle is nearly gone as I used it a ton for facial massages. It’s one of the moisturizers that makes my skin feel and look hydrated when I wake up in the morning. Holy grail moisturizer fo sho!
In addition to moisturizing, proper exfoliation (once a week or so) are a must for keeping my skin healthy. I also like to drink rice water before my shoots to boost the health & appearance of my skin. That said, I am obsessed with Pacifica’s Rice Bright Luminizing Cleansing Paste. It exfoliates, boosts, & moisturizes my skin, all in one product!
As I am sure you have heard me go on and on about, Pacifica’s Dream Big Mascara was a big hit for me in 2016. The revolutionary, hard plastic magic bristles (that adjust via the handle) give me the precision for lower & upper lash building into the look of falsies. I am convinced this mascara is magic.
Anyone else with a taupe obsession?! My most used cream shadow in 2016 was Rimmel’s Shadow Stick in the shade Bluffing. This taupe shade has a duochrome-like soft lilac vibe that is so stunning.
If you made it through the end of this post, then I am sure you were wondering about palettes. Drum roll plzzzzz…for 2016 my most loved and used eyeshadow palettes were Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palettes. I used them a lot with the Rimmel Bluffing shadow stick. Perfect pairing! They were compact & sleek for travel & have great shades for quick & natural looks. The brilliant array of cool tone shades in the palettes I use a ton for my brows.
That leads me to my……..
HAPPY NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY! Thank you to my subscribers for helping me reach 200 subbies this week!!! You guys are amazinggggggg!!!! Thank you for seeing me through 2016!!!! Much love for you!!!!!!! One subscriber will win:
1) L’Oreal Limited Edition Electro Sky Palette
2) Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoo cream shadow in the shade, Shimmering Sea (sky blue shade with duochrome yellow/gold shift)
3) L’Oreal Limited Edition Touch-On Color Cream Highlighter (also great for eyes) in the shade: Golden Amplifier
TO ENTER: just be subscribed to my channel and below my Yearly favorites video just leave me your New Year’s resolution (if you don’t have one that is totes fine 😉 & a comment that you are interested in winning the makeup! Easy peasey!! GOOD LUCK, MY LOVES!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT IN 2016!!!!!! CHEERS TO A ROCKIN YEAR, MY DEARS!!! MUCH LOVE!!! ❤ ❤ ~Kelle