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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Favourites: Stand Out Products.


The end of 2017 is basically here, how that happened I'm not quite sure, so it's time to share my top products from the year. I originally wanted to share a favourite from each beauty category, however that would be a very very long post, so instead I'm going to tell you all about the bits that have really stood out to me throughout 2016...

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel: I think I'm on my fourth or fifth bottle of this stuff, so I had to give it a mention as it still remains my favourite cleanser ever. If you're looking for a cleanser which is going to brighten the skin, that smells nice, and that will remove any excess makeup, this is it! I think this will always be in my bathroom cupboard.

Foreo Luna Play: I'm so surprised that I have stuck to using this every night. Normally with these skin gadgets I use them for a couple of weeks then I just forget about them, this however, I've been using for the past few months and I adore it. The silicone is very gentle on the skin, but it still leaves my face feeling so so soft and radiant. This little one is perfect for travelling, and I'm considering buying the bigger version in the new year.

This Works Energy Bank Skin Glow: Mid-way through the year I had a massive skincare switch-up. I picked up loads of new products to test out and this one stood out to me the most. It's a daytime serum which adds glow to face as well as having a ton of skincare benefits. It's basically a dewy primer which is amazing for your skin, my dream product! On no makeup days this is also a must have.

Fresh Rose Face Mask: I got a sample of this in August when I was in NYC and I'm so happy I tried it because it has quickly become my favourite mask ever! Yes that's right, my favourite mask ever! I neeed to go to the Fresh store in London ASAP to repurchase this because I need to back in my life. For a mask, it does a bit of everything. The rose makes it super hydrating and toning, it has cucumber extract which soothes the skin, and rich green tea to brighten.

L'Oreal Nude Cushion Foundation: Cushion foundations have been everywhere this year, and I love this L'Oreal one! It's the easiest foundation to apply day-to-day, it's very dewy and the coverage is buildable. It's definitely been my most worn foundation this year, purely because it's so quick to blend and always looks good. It's also very travel friendly, and great for touch ups. 

MAC Pro Longerwear Concealer: This was one of the first concealers I ever tried many many years ago and I never repurchased it again until this year. I've fallen in love with it all over again. The coverage is quite high, but my under eyes definitely don't mind that. It has a very long wearing formula, as the name would suggest, and if you're on the hunt for a fuller coverage concealer this one comes highly recommended. 

Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter: This is fairly recent addition to my collection, but I still want to give it a mention. It's a beautiful golden, champagne shimmery shade which is very pigmented and looks so stunning on the high points of the face. I always reach for this over my other highlighters, I love it! 

Benefit Gimme Brow: I think I may have mentioned this in last years favourites, but I still love it and use it every single time I do my brows. I'll use this to set my brows in place if I've used a pencil or powder beforehand, or I'll just use it on it's own to subtly  define. It's such a great tinted brow gel. 

By Terry Ombre Black Star in Bronze Moon: I am so so obsessed with this. It's a beautiful bronze cream shadow stick which lasts all day on the lids. My favourite way to wear this is on it's on with loads of mascara to give me that Olsen twin smokey eye. It's not too light, or too dark, so it's perfect on the lids and it gives such a nice amount of definition to the eyes. If you invest in one eyeshadow in 2017, make it this one. 

MAC Syrup Lipstick: MAC lipsticks will always be some of my favourites, their nude/everyday shades are like no other and their formulas are all beautiful. Syrup has become one of my favourites, and as I picked it up earlier in the year I had to include it. It's a lustre finish, so it's quite sheer but super moisturising and adds a nice shine to the lips. The shade is a mauvy pinky purple, but as it's very buildable it's a lovely everyday shade. 
& Other Stories Fig Fiction Body Oil: I love to use body oils over creams and lotions. I feel they're a lot more luxurious and they're also nicer to apply post shave as they don't irritate my skin. These ones from & Other Stories are fab as they come in spray bottle so they're so easy to apply and you don't get oil everywhere. Their scent selection is also lovely. This fig scent is very fresh and subtle, it's lovely in the evenings. 

Aveda Volumising Hair Tonic: I've tried loads of Aveda products this year and this one is such a gem. My hair is super limp and lifeless so I always love to try out products which claim to add volume. This one really doesn't weigh my hair down, it smells great, and it adds a nice lift to my roots. 

Jo Malone Sweet Almond and Macaroon Candle: I think with scents, it's very easy to establish which ones you love as you don't have to trial them for a few weeks. This is a slight cheat as I have only recently got this candle, buuuut I have been smelling every time I go past my local Jo Malone counter, so that's justified right. If you love sweet scents, this is the ultimate candle. Jo Malone don't really do sweeter scents, so I definitely think this is worth the splurge. It's very almond-y, but not too much like marzipan, I'm just so obsessed. 

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