I know this is a little bit late, I had planned to get this up on New Year’s Eve, but life got in the way. And hey, better late than never! I loved a lot of makeup and skincare products in 2016 but a select few favourites were constantly being used and will probably be used throughout 2017 too. I also made a lot of new beauty discoveries in 2016 and tried a lot of new brands I hadn’t used before. Here’s a roundup of my most loved beauty products from the last year..
I’ll start with skincare and my now favourite cleanser, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I bought this in the summer and have rarely opted for any other cleanser since. I’m surprised it’s not empty yet! It’s well worth the price tag, it’s light and great for removing makeup. I also love using it in the mornings as it’s so refreshing and really awakens you. I love how my skin feels and looks after removal. Clean and radiant!
I have gone through a fair few serums throughout 2016 and lately I’ve been loving Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum for dry, sensitive skin. I wouldn’t say my skin is overly sensitive but it’s very dry and this has been lovely. It’s very light, soothing and as the name suggests, hydrating.
The Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads have been a welcome addition to my skincare routine. I use these every morning after cleansing and they are incredible! At first, my skin was a little sensitive to them but now my skin laps it up and is left looking smooth and radiant. My blackheads are significantly less visible too.
Now onto makeup! As I mentioned in my Two Foundations To Try From L’Oreal post, I’ve been absolutely loving the Nude Magique Cushion Foundation the past few months. It gives the skin a lovely dewy glow with a light, sheer coverage. It’s compact and perfect to pop in your handbag if you need to touch up on the go.
Two brands I was introduced to in 2016 were Becca and Hourglass. I had lusted after their products for so long and finally splashed out on the Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector and Luminous Flush from the Ambient Lighting Blush range with my birthday money and I haven’t stopped reaching for them since!
Both are well worth the money. Champagne Pop is absolutely stunning and just makes your skin look flawless. Luminous Flush is beautiful and adds a nice pop of colour to the cheeks. Another highlighter I loved in 2016 was theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. I don’t reach for it as much now but it’s a beautiful highlighter!
Mascara wise, I loved Clinique’s High Impact Mascara. Unfortunately, it’s dried up a bit now so I need a new one! It gave my lashes incredible volume, length, and definition.
My favourite lip products of 2016 have to be the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and MAC Brave Lipstick. I can’t stop wearing Brave. I have loads of lip products but for some reason, I just keep reaching for this. It’s such a wearable, day-to-day shade and it suits me to a tee.
And as for the Soft Matte Lip Creams, I also can’t get enough of these. I’m basically hooked. I have 5 at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll be buying more throughout 2017. They’re matte but comfortable on the lips and not drying in the slightest. The shade range is great and not to mention, they smell like cake. Yum.
Other favourites from 2016 include Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Spectrum Collection Brushes (The Siren Smoke Set, especially), Bourjois City Radiance Foundation, No7 Soft & Soothed Toner, Lush BIG Shampoo and EOS Lip Balms.