Whether you discovered your love of the instagram brow, blinded yourself with highlighter or pledged allegiance to the liquid lip, 2016 was a great year for beauty. I fell in love with so many amazing products last year so I’ve whittled down my favourites into this list of my true loves from 2016. Warning: you may want to grab a cup of tea – it’s a long list!
Kiehl’s, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado – Before trying this I really believed eye creams were a bit unnecessary but I firmly admit the error of my ways. If you’re yet to be convinced by an eye cream then you need this in your life. Starting as a cream, this turns into a gel-like consistency once applied and it’s so refreshing and nourishing. I love using it in the morning and just before putting on makeup as concealer sits so well on top.
Tony Moly Sheet Masks – I rave about these a lot so chances are this pick isn’t a surprise. Sheet masks have revolutionised my approach to looking after my skin and in a totally positive way. These masks are practical for travel, they’re affordable and really do hydrate the skin.
Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’m super late to the Liz Earle party but thankfully 2016 introduced me to this absolute star of a cleanser. A creamy, deliciously smelling, gentle cleanser that can melt makeup but I prefer using it as a second cleanse. This is the only cleanser I look forward to using both morning and night. I talk about it in more detail here if you want a full review.
Clinique, Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – My makeup resolution of 2016 was to banish face wipes from my routine and this product made that far easier to achieve! I use this balm every night to remove my makeup and follow it up with a second cleanse. If you’re yet to try a cleansing balm I’d highly recommend this – it’s a simple yet highly functional product. I couldn’t be without it now.
Clarins, Santal Face Treatment Oil – Facial oils are sort of becoming my secret skincare addiction and this Clarins oil started off the whole thing. This was the first facial oil I ever used and I just can’t shake it off, I keep coming back to it. The Santal face treatment oil is designed for dry skin and if you use it before bed your skin is beautifully nourished and hydrated in the morning. It’s a luxurious step in any routine and this is a product I will always repurchase.
Clinique, City Block SPF – SPF was another mini resolution of mine last year and I can honestly say I’ve wore this product every single day since I bought it. I’m on my second tube of this now and I won’t be swapping anytime soon. Clinique have got this spot on – they’ve managed to cover your daily SPF in a formula that is also a perfect primer. Makeup sits really nicely on top of this as it’s not greasy in the slightest. City Block has just become a part of my routine, it’s no longer something I think about, I just pop it on every morning.
Benefit, Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation – A truly hydrating buildable foundation that leaves my skin glowing. You can read my full review here.
Benefit, KaBrow Brow Gel – My first foray into a non-powder brow product and I adore how precise this is. It’s waterproof and once it’s on, it’s not moving! You can read my full brow routine here.
Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette in Solstice – Until this product I was a little blasé about highlighting but wow this palette is amazing. There are three powders and one cream highlighter, each with different tones for different looks. It’s a versatile makeup bag must-have for me now.
Morphe 350M Palette – A full review of this palette is definitely on it’s way because it’s just AMAZING. If you love a brown smokey or neutral eye you’re going to adore this palette – think autumnal shades with rich browns, dusty brick reds and your skin but better neutrals.
Maybelline, Lash Sensational Mascara – This has been my go-to mascara of 2016! I know I’m not alone in loving this as this mascara has taken the beauty world by storm. The curved wand allows you to get volume and length and the formula is jet black – it’s a great mascara.
Bare Minerals, Lash Domination Liquid Liner – I’m not a natural when it comes to liquid liner -for me it’s all about practice and the actual liner and I get on so well with this one. The nib is a narrow felt-tip that’s surprisingly easy to use. It’s one of the only liners I’ve been able to do a cat flick with so a big win!
NYX, Soft Matte Lip Creams – I have a handful of these that I use regularly but my go-to is probably Stockholm. The formula, lasting power and price are all fab – you can read my full review here.
Bourjois, Healthy Mix Foundation – This is a late entry but a firm favourite. Healthy Mix is a totally affordable, high quality foundation with a fabulous finish. I’ve done a full review of here if you want to read more about it.
Maybelline, Eye Eraser Concealer – Another Maybelline winner! This concealer is phenomenal especially under the eyes. It has one of the highest coverages I’ve seen in a concealer and it doesn’t move, crease or do anything it isn’t supposed to. This concealer has been all over the beauty blogs this year and with extremely good reason. Since the day I first tried this, it hasn’t left my makeup bag.
Makeup Revolution, Sculpt & Contour Kit – I started 2016 using lots of high end, premium makeup products and I can whole heartedly say I swapped my beloved Dior bronzer for this palette – it’s so good. There are so many of these bronze/highlight/blush palettes on the market but this is £3.50, the colours are perfect and the longevity of the makeup once it’s applied is phenomenally good. The blush is a total dupe for NARS Orgasm and the bronzer is a beautifully matte shade so great for just adding warmth to skin and can be used for a full contour too.
COLAB, Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo New York – I’m not a huge experimentalist when it comes to my haircare routine but through the latter part of 2016 I was on a mission to reduce the frequency of my hair washing. Through those efforts I stumbled upon the COLAB dry shampoos and they’re just amazing. They don’t leave any residue in my hair, the formula really does spray on invisibly and the New York version smells fruity and fresh. It’s definitely the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used and since June/July 2016 it’s the only one I was reaching for.
…and, you’re at the end of the list! What were your 2016 beauty favourites? Let me know what you think about the products I picked and I’ll be back at the start of February with my January favourites. Do tell me if I’ve left out any of your favourite products too!
Sincerely, Sarah xx