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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Favorites

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best beauty products of 2016

Since 2016 is coming to an end I've decided to do a round-up of my favorite new discoveries this year. I was really set in my beauty routine but I tried a lot of new things this past year. These products may not necessarily be new this year, but they're new to me and special enough for me to tell you about 'em.

  • NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar- I tried so many liquid lipsticks this year but I think regular lipstick is still my go-to lip product, specifically NYX's matte lipstick in my favorite shade *ever*, Whipped Caviar...but man, what a gross name. 
  • Pacifica Power of Love Essential Eyeshadow Palette- I had been eyeing this palette for a long time but couldn't justify dropping $20 for it with the small pan sizes and some pretty mixed reviews I saw online. Thankfully I found it at TJ Maxx for only $10. The colors are beautiful, blend well, and feel so smooth. This is a great everyday palette. 
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper- Everyone and their mom had been raving about this eyeliner, so I was very happy when my sister gifted it to me. However, my first impression wasn't good. I was used to a shorter, thicker applicator so I had trouble with the long, thin applicator. I eventually got the hang of it and now I'm hooked. This liner lasts the longest and looks the best of any I've used.
  • Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion- I didn't see the point in using a shadow primer before I used this. I had never used one before because I thought it wouldn't make a real difference. I received a couple free samples from Ulta, tried it out, and loved it. I definitely notice and miss it on days when I forget to wear it. 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - I love this product to finish off my brows because it fills them in and just makes them look so clean and nice. Plus, it goes such a long way and when they say "waterproof", they mean it. 
  • Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette-  I haven't been using this very long but oh my goodness, I am in love. It makes me feel like a little ethereal pixie and it's all I can do not to go overboard and put it all over my face every day.  
  • Pacifica Dream Big Volumizing Mascara- This mascara has plant fibers in it to help lengthen lashes and the length of the wand can be adjusted. 
  • Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette- I wouldn't classify this as an everyday palette, but I do use it every day. My favorite shades are Gossip, Iced, and Mean. 

  • Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask- I wasn't a fan of the baby powder-y smell at first, but I got past that when I realized how great this stuff was otherwise. The formula is nice and thick and goes a long way. I mentioned a while ago that I actually use it as a cleansing conditioner.
  • R+ Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner- This stuff. Is. Amazing. I mentioned this a while ago as well and no, I did not cool on it. Washing my hair less often to preserve my color was killin' me, so this product was a lifesaver. It just makes my hair feel so clean and light and it smells so good. 
  • Bed Head Rock-n-Roller 2-in-1 Bubble Curling Wand- This curling wand definitely resembles a sex toy, but it is the only curling wand I've ever liked. I use it to make my hair more wavy than curly and the waves hold very well throughout the day. Usually when I use a curling wand the curls or waves fall out almost instantly, but not with this wand. 
  • Sparks Color Care Protecting Spray- I started using this during the winter, so I haven't been outside much and can't yet say how much UV protection it provides, but it makes my hair so soft and silky and smells amazing. It has jojoba oil, sunflower oil, carrot seed oil, and more. Basically just a concoction of good-smellin', hair-softening goodness. 

Face & Body:
  • Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask- Though the bottle is a little smaller than I was expecting, I love this stuff. I don't feel much of a difference when rinsing it off, but once I pat my face dry it's like "oh, hello, baby-butt face!" 
  • Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb- It's no secret that Lush makes amazing products, especially bath bombs. This one is woodsy and wonderful. 
  • Tony Moly I'm Real Sheet Masks- I thought I was a cucumber peel-off mask kinda gal, but these are so much better. Not only do these masks not get stuck in my hairline, they leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed. 
  • Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner- I don't know why I ever used any other toner. This one doesn't dry my skin out, doesn't have a harsh smell, and leaves me feeling so soft and refreshed. 

What new discoveries did you love this year? 
1 comment on "2016 Favorites"
  1. I lovvvvve anything by Pacifica (although admittedly I was a bit surprised when I purchased a pack of their lipsticks recently and it said it was made in China- made me question them a little bit, tbh). But I made an Ulta purchase recently and bought like everything of Pacifica- eye concealer, powder, mascara, etc. I love finding their stuff at TJ Maxx because I agree, sometimes a few of their things are a little pricey (especially the powder that comes in a gold case, not sure if you've tried it? It's $17 and the size of an eyeshadow, really, I wish it was a lot bigger). Other than that, I love their products!

    Happy New year!! :)



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