I’ve been wanting to write about my 2016 Favourites for a while, but the start this year has been a bit manic. So, I’m glad to be getting this published and to get started on all of the exciting posts I’ve got planned.
You can also see my 2015 Favourites here. Two of the items from that post have made it onto this years. The ‘Iconic 3’ palette and the BB Cream.
This is quite a long post for me. So, you might want a cuppa to go along with it.
Easy on the eyes
Last year, the eyeshadows I reached for the most were the Makeup Revolution ‘Iconic 3’ and W7’s ‘Beat it’ palette. They were not only great on their own but together. I had my crease colours and a mix of shimmers and mattes. As well as the ability to go subtle on the eyes or bold.
The quality of the shadows is incredible and as well as budget friendly, they are also cruelty-free and vegan. They’re soft, pigmented and easy to blend.
I prefer the packaging of W7’s eyeshadows. The metal container is strong yet light and great for travel or when I happen to drop it. Which I, of course, have on occasion. As you can tell with the Makeup Revolution palette on the left of the picture, which has a crack now and the lid came off its hinges.
I’ve tried quite a few primers over the last few years in an effort to make my makeup look better for longer. It’s been more difficult that I expected. Especially, when I made a concerted effort to buy cruelty-free. Last year I was all about staying matte. But my skin has changed a lot this year for many reasons and I’m looking for something that looks more natural.
However, Mally Cosmetics primers are without a doubt, my favourite primers. I have three this year as they are all great in their own special way.
The first I tried was the Perfect Prep Poreless Primer. As I got it in the Barely There Collection. This is great on dry skin and became a go to for those types of days. I’ve only got a tiny bit left as I’ve used it so much. It creates a smooth base and doesn’t dry out my skin throughout the day. (More images/Read more here.)
The second I tried and loved was the Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer in the Good Life Collection. This has a slight colour to it to combat redness etc. I have used it for my entire face but my favourite way to use it is under my eyes. It helps to conceal some darkness without creasing throughout the day. It can a little dark for my pale skin, especially during the winter, but it can be lightened with my base or a tiny bit of concealer in a lighter shade. (More images/Read more here.)
The Lightest Touch
I found my favourite highlighter this year on Christmas Day. So, just in time really. I was given a new Mally set for Christmas and this huge compact was inside. I don’t tend to fall in love with highlighters. I’ve found they can have chunky glitter in the past or look like that by the end of the day.
But the Glowing Goddess highlighter is just that. A glow. I use a fan brush and barely let it touch the finely milled powder. As a tiny bit goes a long long way. It catches the light and doesn’t make me look like a glitter ball. I’ve never used a highlighter I loved so much. So, of course, I had to include it in my yearly faves post.
In the UK, you can get Mally Cosmetics from QVC. That’s where I get it from. They often have specials on.
Skincare, Hair Care & a Good nights sleep
I used to love using the Pixi Glow Tonic. But this year was looking to try something that was easier to get a hold of and better for the budget. The Botanics range at Boots became something I got into this year after trying their Biodegradable Face Wipes (Review here).
This Cleansing Toner using AHA’s. It smooths my skin without irritating it and I could tell the difference straight away from the first use. I used up my Glow Tonic and been using this all year. As well as a British brand, it’s cruelty-free and tries to be eco-friendly. The bottle is made from a minimum of 25% recycled plastic.
To combat the skin that had become sensitive around my eyes, I was looking for something that went well under makeup. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Refreshing Eyes Cube does that very nicely. It soothes the skin but unlike a cream doesn’t allow makeup on top of it to move around. I like to think of this as a lip balm for my eyes.
This is the second one I’ve bought this year. Great during the summer and the winter. It’s easy to use and nice and compact to keep in your bag if you want to reuse it during the day or travel with it.
I have combination skin and on occasion have dry skin patches. Normally around my eyes or blemishes. I was previous sent a couple of their products from Dr Botanicals that I reviewed here. The Advanced 8-Hour Overnight Renewal Cream became an instant favourite of mine. It was more like a balm than a cream and melts into the skin. So, that I wake up with my skin quenched and feeling comfortable all day. I’d like to try more of their products.
They use 100% natural ingredients, are cruelty-free and preservative free. They’ve currently got a sale on their website .
You may have seen this appear in My Hair Care after Hair Loss post back in August. Thankfully, my hair is now back and growing well. But I’m still using Lush’s No Drought dry shampoo weekly. I apply a little directly to my hair and rub it in gently. Then after a short while comb it out. My hair is refreshed for another day and smells like fresh grapefruit.
For a couple of years now I’ve had to have a bottle of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Whether I’m home or away it helps me drift off sleep. It’s relaxing fragrance and essential oils have really made a difference in the quality of my sleep. Especially, when I wasn’t very well and struggled to fall asleep.
Making it up
I managed to find a waterproof mascara that did what it said. The large brush and formula make my lashes longer, fuller and stay curled all day without ending up making me look like a panda. I even use it as a primer for other mascaras and again on top to lock it into place. This Essence mascara is vegan, cruelty-free and budget friendly. I buy mine from Wilkinson’s in the UK.
A couple of months ago I wanted to try something from Freedom Makeup and decided to buy their Brow Powder in Blonde. As it seemed fair enough and had the ability to be made darker. It’s great!. With an angled brush and a little of this pigmented beauty, I can make my eyebrows a little bit more defined while still looking natural. Although, if you’re into a more dramatic brow look it would still be good for that.
The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream has been a long-standing favourite of mine. Easy to wear and works well when I have blemished skin. Which is why it’s included again this year. (2015 Favourites post).
I’ve been using Concealer sparingly this year. As I love the staying power and pigmentation of Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer, but it can be drying. Especially, by the end of the day. So, if you know of a great version of this concealer that’s better for drier skin, please share it down in the comments.
Sleek’s ‘Pink Lemonade’ Blusher Palette has been the most reached for blush this year. It has a cream and two lightly shimmery blushes. Making it great to mix and match and wear throughout the different seasons. As seen here in my Spring Edit post. The packaging is light and durable. Making it great for keeping in my bag for touch ups.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that I love a good nail polish. (You can see all of my Nail blog posts here ). These were my favourites this year. I’ll link an image to each colour, if possible, to how they look on the nails.
Throughout the year, Butter London’s ‘Muggins‘ was always the colour I reached for when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to apply. Barry M’s Nail Gelly’s are one of my favourite ranges, as they’re so glossy. I bought ‘Black Cherry‘ in time for Autumn/Winter and loved the colour.
Nails Inc’s ‘London Lane‘ was a lovely bit of sparkle during the Christmas season and my favourite colour. I’d love to try this with a peel off base coat, though. As we all know how difficult it is remove glitter nail polish.
Last but not least, earring jackets. These earrings have been my favourite this year. Something different with a bit of sparkle. Been wearing them with different types of outfits. From casual to formal. I bought these particular earrings from Asos.com.
What were your favourites in 2016?
Disclaimer: All products mentioned were either purchased by me or given to me as a gift. The Dr Botanicals product was given to me for review by the company, but my opinions on everything are as always, 100% honest. Full Disclaimer available here.