Best of Beauty 2016

This post is a few days late, but because of my car accident I'm a little behind! Anyway, before blogging, I was an avid watcher of Youtube 'Beauty Gurus' and I would always eagerly anticipate they're 'best of beauty' breakdowns for an entire year. I would literally get myself a notepad and write down what I wanted to put on my wish list. Fast forward a few years, and I'm a blogger myself. So why not join in on the fun? 

I've tried really hard to include products in every category across skincare and make up, as well as to only name one or two where possible to really understand what is the creme de la creme of beauty for 2016. I've tried to keep my summaries as to why I've picked each product short. If I've already reviewed it, I've just provided a link so you can go and check it out. 

I had acne when I was 17 and I feel like in 2016 - the year I turned 20 - was the time I really buckled down in terms of skincare. I made an effort to educate myself on what my skin needs, what certain ingredients do, and how often to treat my skin. So I do have a lot of skincare picks.. 
Cleanser: L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil 

Exfoliator:  L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Scrub
Last August, I reviewed the whole Sublime Perfecting range from L'Occitane here.

Moisturiser:  L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream
See above! 

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot
 I first discovered this serum in a sample a long while ago, and I have been addicted ever since. I know it seems a little odd that someone who's 20 is using a firming serum, i.e it's targeted at mature skin. However, despite not having any saggy skin or wrinkles (yet) that need tending to, I do find I love the feel of elasticity and suppleness this gives to my skin, both immediately and long term. My skin is generally clearer when using this, too. My favourite thing about it is that it seems to amplify my moisturiser! It seems to make my moisturiser 10x more effective at softening and hydrating my skin! I love using it as part of my pre-make up application skincare routine because it makes my skin feel ultra soft and smooth.

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Serum
I admit Korres only found its way into my skincare regime towards the end of 2016, but I was so impressed with their products I've had to include them. My biggest pet peeve in regards to my skin has always been the uneven pigmentation. It's not super noticeable but it does bother me that some areas are very yellow, others are red, others are quite dark. I've tried a number of serums that promise to even skin tone but this one takes the cake. It actually does what it's claims to be able to and evens and brightens my complexion. I only really have bags under my eyes now in terms of discolouration, the patchiness has more or less gone away!

Eye Cream: Clinique Pep Start
Only around mid-2016 did I introduce an eye cream into my skincare routine at all. The pep start eye cream from Clinique came to me in a mascara gift set I bought myself, and I was hooked. It immediately deflates puffiness and practically erases dark circles. It's an incredibly light weight formula so I'm not putting anything sticky or heavy around my sensitive under eye area. It absorbs into the skin so fast as well, which I love because then I'm not left with residue or a tacky surface to apply make up onto. 

Make Up Remover: Clinique Take the Day Off
I know this is a product I'm late to the hype to. I'll admit this is something that I only purchased fairly recently, but I am truly impressed. I have struggled to find something to fully take off my make up at the end of the day, but this literally melts it away. New holy grail, seriously, it's amazing.

Okay, I couldn't choose just one. I've already reviewed all of them separately so I'll link the posts for you to have a read. (Hint: I think they're all amazing). 
 Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Mask | Review
Korres Wild Rose Peeling Mask | Review
Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask | Review 
Vichy Pore Purifying Mask | See above

Nighttime Skincare
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I recently purchased my 7th bottle of this guy. It's that amazing! I first started using it to clear up acne scars I had from a bout of bad skin back when I was 17/18. It literally faded the scars within a week, and I continue to use it because, a) it's ultra hydrating and, b) my skin just really loves this product and in my experience it prevents against future outbreaks, c) should I get a spot, any persistent marks (not necessarily scars) left over from it are cleared pretty much before they even begin. This stuff is honestly a miracle worker. It's got a high price tag, but it's worth it for all the good it does.

Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
Korres only fairly recently made its way into my skincare regime but I am addicted. When my skin adored the Wild Rose face mask so much, I went straight out and bought the night cream from the same range. It really is a facial in a jar. It's so hydrating and it feels so good to put on! My skin has been so much softer and - more importantly - clearer ever since using it. An added bonus? It smells amazing.

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Make Up
Primer: Guerlain L'Or 
This popularity of this primer gained momentum over 2016. I had been loving it since June, when I bought it as part of my French beauty haul (here). It makes your skin feel amazing! It has a silk-like, light weight formula that makes your skin glow. It makes my skin look so smooth and even, it's literally a perfect base for make up.

Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown Corrector

Foundation: Hourglass Stick

Concealer: Kat von D Lock It Creme Concealer
I am in love with this concealer! It's full coverage without being heavy at all. It looks perfect all day, with no caking or creasing. My favourite thing about it is that there are so many colours! If you struggle with finding a good concealer to match your skin tone - try Kat von D! If you're extra pale, she even has a white concealer!

Powder: Chanel Poudre Universal Libre
This has been my favourite powder than a lot longer than just 2016. Once you apply it, my make up looks immediately flawless. It doesn't mattify your skin, rather it smooths over it and perfects it. It does take away excess shine but any glow you've applied under power will still be visible. It locks your make up into place all day, your base will not budge a full 8 hours minimum. You also get a tonne of product! The pot is huge. I am in love with this powder and would recommend it to anybody.

Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick Fawn/Mink/Shadow
If you're familiar with Anastasia's Cream Contour Kit, these are like a creamier formula of that. It blends so smoothly! I prefer these to the contour kits for a number of reasons. Firstly, the kits are designed for make up artists so half the shades you're probably not going to use. With individual sticks, you can purchase your specific shade. Secondly, you get a lot more product. You get a whole stick of your shade rather than a small pan. Thirdly, the stick form cuts out the middle man, i.e the brush. You can apply it straight to the face, easiest application going!

Highlight: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
These bad boys really don't need much explanation. I've got three highlighting shades: moonlight, sunlight and celestial. They are absolutely beautiful and such a flexible product! You can use them as an illuminating primer, mix them into your foundation for extra illumination, but are also so light weight that you can pack them on top of your foundation on the high points of your face for a stand-out highlight. This is a must have in any glow-getters kit.

Bronzer: Cover FX Cover Drops
The shade Sunkissed is a matte bronze shade, and it's gorgeous! Where it's a liquid, it's  build-able so you can essentially customise your shade. I would definitely suggest it's universal! The formula is the exact same, so the same can be said as above.

Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blusher
I got this blush for Christmas 2015 and I'm still obsessed. You can see in the header images it doesn't look touched! The quality is amazing; they're super pigmented and wear all day. What I love about CT blushes is that they're designed to, as she says herself, "swish and pop": you swish your brush around the lighter colour, and pop it into the darker colour, to product a beautiful blush shade. I think the fact it's designed for this technique makes it unique. Love is the Drug is the only shade I have at the moment, but I intend on buying the other shades available.

Palette: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Face Palette

Eyeshadow Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
This palette took the internet by storm! It has everything a beauty lover dreams of: high shine, uber pigmented shimmers, a bunch of transition shades and an array of beautiful warm mattes, all encases in a velvet palette. What's not to love?

Eyeshadows: Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil and Glitter Eyeshadow Duos 
These double ended eyeshadows include a chunky glitter on one end, designed to layer over a metallic liquid on the other end. Of course, you can wear them separately. I always get compliments when I wear them! When I say chunky glitter, I mean chunky; in your face, shiny glittery glitter. Despite this, they're really not heavy.  These wear all day with no primer or glitter glue. So impressive! What's even more impressive? There's no fall out. Literally at all.You can see swatches in this post. Touch in Sol is a Korean beauty brand that I've only been able to get hold of from America from Sephora which, plus duty, makes them expensive (although I'd say still worth the price, in my opinion). I do have a drugstore dupe coming up on my blog very soon! 

Nars Eye Paint
Stila Kajal "Onyx" 
I love this eyeliner for my waterline; it's super creamy. It's richly pigmented so is uber black, so is perfect for smoked out eye looks.

Mascara: Blinc Mascara Amplified
This mascara contains fibres so makes your eyelashes huge! It is amazing for lengthening and thickening. It lasts all day without flaking off or smudging. The applicator is chunky in the middle at tapers, which I find to be the perfect shape. I use the entire brush to pack product onto my top lashes, and the tapered end to feather my bottom lashes. 

3INA Lip Pencils
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips
Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks
I won't go into too much depth because an upcoming post I have planned is my Jeffree Star liquid lipstick collection with a thorough review alongside swatches. But you kinda get the idea already: they're amazing. They're so opaque, non-drying, and there's such a beautiful range of colours. At less than £20, I think they're really good value too. In short: they're the best liquid lipstick I've ever tried, let alone just in 2016.

Thank you so much for reading! What were your ultimate favourites of 2016?
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  1. I need to pick up another bottle of the Kiehl's midnight recovery, I really recommend getting the Daily one as well. I agree that it really settles acne scars and also helps with my fine lines, I've noticed a difference (not in a good way) in my skin since I've run out and stopped using it! I really want to try the Cover FX Cover Drops. everyone has been mentioning them everywhere and how good they are! xx

  2. I'd like a lot of these, but my favorite has to be Hourglass foundation. I've seen it all around and it looks amazing :D

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  3. looking through this page, theres a lot of items i would like to try. Especially the Kat von D Lock It Creme Concealer

  4. Clinique pep start sounds just what I need, my eyes have suddenly aged!

  5. Some great products here. I've still yet to try Charlotte Tilbury products!

  6. I love Benetint - for eyes & cheeks - this is a great product, for lazy days and adds a nice touch of colour xx