Friday, 6 January 2017

2016 beauty favourites

Hey loveliess

So I thought I'd round up the year with a post including a whole years worth of beauty favourites instead of a December favourites.  You've probably seen most of these products mentioned in a previous post but if they've made the list, they've served me well. Grab a snack because this is a long one.


MAC Studio fix fluid NW 13
I've loved this foundation for years and years, it's the only full coverage foundation that doesn't look and feel heavy on my skin. The colour match is perfect for me and it blends into my skin like a dream. I've tried other MAC foundations and they don't have the same effect.

Make up revolution blush palette "hot spice"
This little palette contains 8 shades of lovelyness to chose from and they all seem to work well with my skin tone, I use this blush on a day to day basis and I don't seem to reach for anything else when it comes to adding a flush of colour to my face. Two of the shades double up nicely as a higlight too.

LOreal infallible primer
Replaced my smashbox primer which is a huge deal, I love how this feels on my skin and all my base make up sits perfectly on top and doesn't move all day.

Collection lasting perfection concealer "Fair"
A product all bloggers are probably sick of hearing about but I'm mentioning this for good reason. It does a fine job of brightening my under eyes and covering imperfections. For the price you can't go wrong and it's something I'll purchase for a long time to come. (forgot to add this into the photo above because it was in my bag)

Real techniques miracle complexion sponge
A staple in my collection! I get a smooth even base with this sponge and it doesn't soak up all my foundation like regular sponges. I love how to can get different finishes depending on HOW damp the sponge is. I don't know what I'd do without this sponge now.

Maybelline fit me foundation
This is my day to day foundation and it does just what I need it too, the coverage is medium but really buildable and blends well into my skin creating an even matte base.

Make up revolution contour kit.
I struggle with finding a contour shade that doesn't look muddy on my skin and this one seems to work well. The highlight shade is subtle yet gives a pretty glow but can be made more intense on top of a cream highlight. I don't really tend to use the blush shade, its just a bit too pink for me.

Freedom fixing spray.
Once I've done my entire make up, I spritz this all over my face just to set everything and keep it in place. Works really well for me.


Benefit roller lash.
I could talk about this mascara all day, I wont, but I could. It's the best mascara I've ever used (Bold statement) but it just really curls my lashes, give my eyes dimension and captures lashes I didn't even know I had. 

Maybelline lash sensational 
In my opinion the best drugstore mascara out there at the moment. Another product I use day to day and I love how it opens my eyes right up and doesn't crumble after a few hours

Barry M dazzle dust.
I used to use these when I was a teeny bopper but I've recently added a few pale shimmers to my collection, they're really good for adding some glamour to an eye look or just adding a small amount to the inner corners can really make a smokey eye pop

MAC "lingering" brow pencil
Perfect for outlining and defining my brows, the tiny nip makes it super easy to create natural looking hair strokes at the start of my brows. This pencil should be in everyone's collection for sure.

NYX eyeshadow - fantasy
I'm a big fan of NYX cosmetics and this shadow is no exception, its the ideal colour for my crease and blends like a dream. 

Rimmel exaggerate liquid liner 
The blackest of black liners available in the drugstore, I've used the liner since forever and I still love it to this day. Super easy to change the thickness of your liner and define your eyes. Love love love this.
Maybelline master precise eyeliner
Recently discovered this liner when I won it in a giveaway and I've fallen in love with it. It's like a felt tip pen which is great for winged liner novices like myself. Super precise as the name suggests and I've already bought a new one for when this runs out.

Glitter eyes loose glitter pot in "Mocha shine" 
Such a pretty glitter, I'm obsessed. This was my glitter of choice at Christmas time because I found it really complimented my nude lips and looked super glam on my eyes. Search hooked up shop for more shades! 

Amazing shine lashes- 43
Pretty whispy lashes that finish off any eye look, this set fan out towards the end which I love. The band on these is really flexible and they're so easy to apply. Huge fan of these lashes, deffo on my repurchase list.


MAC Velvet teddy.
2016 was the year of the nude lip and this shade was made popular by Kylie Jenner. It was a must have in my over flowing collection of nude lip sticks. The shade is something that will suit any skin tone and the creamy matte formula lasts all day and all night. 

MAC Honey love.
Another matte nude shade from MAC, very similar in colour to velvet teddy and an absolute dream to wear, doesn't dry out my lips and lasts all day.

Make up revolution- chauffeur.
ANOTHER nude but at a more affordable price point. The quality of this lipstick is amazing and the rose gold packaging is stunning. 

NYX mega shine lipgloss 
This is a really pretty shimmer gloss that looks stunning on the top of any nude lipstick. The formulation isn't sticky or heavy either. This gloss smells like cherry candies and sweets which I'm obsessed with. 

Soap and glory sexy mother pucker - rose and shine
A pretty natural pink shine gloss that's perfect for every day wear. This gloss has a slight tingle which helps make my lips look fuller and more plump. I love the clever play on words soap and glory does with their product names too.

 Jeffree star liquid lipstick - androgyny
Probably my favourite lip product of the year. I wear this all the time now and it literally lasts all day. One swipe even application means the product lasts so much longer, I'm so glad beauty bay now carries Jeffree star cosmetics, you'll be seeing a lot more of them on here this year.


L'Oreal elvive extraordinary clay shampoo and conditioner 
I now only use these products to wash my hair. The work so well because they're designed for oily roots and dry ends which my hair is. The shampoo lathers up and leaves my hair squeaky clean while the conditioner smooths my hair and gives it a soft glossy finish. 

L'Oreal elvive nutrigloss conditioning shine spary. 
To my knowledge this is discontinued but you can buy some on amazon. I swear by this spray, no other shine spray actually leaves my hair shiny but not greasy and heavy. If you can get hold of this I'd 100% recommend picking it up. It's become a holy grail in my hair care routine.


L'Oreal pure clay mask. 
I tried this recently and my only regret was not trying it sooner. I wrote a full review HERE if you want to find out more.

Garnier miceller water.
Every blogger and their dog has written about this product this year and it seemed only fitting to add it to my beauty favourites. I love how gentle this is and doesn't irritate my overly sensitive skin.

Garnier fresh clarifying wash.
I used this wash every day in the shower for the most part of the year. It helped reduce blackheads, breakouts and imperfections while leaving my skin feeling super clean.

Soap & Glory vitamin C face wash
This is now what I use with my cleansing brush to clean my face. It's so refreshing and smells incredible. Soap and glory do some of my favourite products and I'm so glad I picked up this face wash.

Electrical Cleansing brush.
This is a real game changer for me. I've wanted one for ages and finally got one for Christmas, I've only had it a short while but it's so good I couldn't not mention it. You can read a full review on this brush HERE

So that's a round up of my favourite products this year. Please let me know what yours are in the comment section below. 



  1. I really need to try Collection lasting perfection concealer.
    Great post!

    Vanessa x |

  2. Absolutely love all of these pieces! x

  3. I love the Real Techniques Sponge and the Micellar water!


  4. Great suggestions! I love the colors you have picked. Thank you for the tips. :)

  5. So many good products! I love mac velvet teddy! Also usually use smashbox too, do you think the loreal primer is better do you notice the difference? I just finished my smashbox wondering if I should get the same or replace it!

    Foirell |

    1. For me, they are pretty similar the only real difference is the price point x

  6. You've selected perfect products. I love sponges, the Garnier products and I really need to get that loreal mask!!

    Style & life by Susana -

  7. Gotta try that L'Oréal primer! I also love Makeup Revolution, amazing quality for such good prices :)

  8. Wow, that palette of blush have beautiful colors. The mask of L'oreal I'm going to try in the next week because is at my home :-D Now I'm in home of my parents in Rome :-P

  9. I'm really keen to try the make up revolution contour kit, looks so much like sleek!! x

  10. Great post, I see that we use almost similar products, especially with makeup and face care. For my hair I use Garnier fructis range.
    Ash |

  11. I loved this post, I have tried some of the products but there are so many I want to try too xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  12. I've recently got so much makeup revolution products and I loveeee them. I also brought Velvet Teddy this year and I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed reading this post!

  13. Love this post. We have a lot of similar makeup products!

    Xo, Patty

  14. I love this Barry M pigment <3 I have the gold one. It's perfect :)

  15. perfect selection! i need to try the L'Oreal elvive shampoo and conditionner. i always hear great things about them!

  16. Amazing post. I love Maybelline fit me foundation.Give just perfect finish.

  17. I've heard so many good things about that maybelline fit me foundation! I should definitely try it out xx

    ♥ Jasmin N | Little Things With Jassy