Beauty: Beauty Favourites of 2016 ft Charlotte Tilbury, Beauty Blender & Bare Minerals

Monday, January 09, 2017

 Over the past year I’ve really fell in love with beauty blogging. I’ve been lucky enough to try out a lot of products this past year, but also this seems to be where the rest of my pennies seem to go! So I’ve looked back through some of my old posts and my make up bag to put together a post showing you all my favourite products from 2016.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - £31

One of my favourite beauty discoveries of 2016 has definitely been Estee Lauder double wear foundation. This is my second bottle of this foundation and I absolutely love it! It sits on my skin perfectly and gives medium/full coverage. I’ve always struggled being a mixed raced girl to find a good foundation and so I am so glad I’ve discovered this.

I’ve always been a huge fan of BareMinerals and these two are my favourite products I’ve tried from the brand. Complexion Rescue is my go-to product for when I’ve got about 10 minutes to do my makeup but I still want to look put together. It’s not a foundation it’s more like a tinted moisturiser but the coverage is still quite high. One of my favourite concealers is this BareSkin concealer and the coverage this gives is amazing! I use this under my eyes but also to cover spots. It’s a really hydrating concealer and appears dewy on the skin and it works perfectly with the Complexion Rescue.

If there’s one product I couldn’t be without (makeup wise) on a daily basis, then it’s this concealer from Urban Decay. I’ve gone through about 3 or 4 of these in the past two years and I haven’t found a better all round concealer. It’s great for under your eyes, covering blemishes and sorting out uneven skin tone.
When it comes to bronzer, I’ve never really fallen in love with a product I’ve tried but I’ve always gone back to using this glow bronzer from Barry M. I find that this is great for when I want a light (or heavy) coverage and it matches up well to my skin tone and it’s under £6 too which doesn’t break the bank.
Beauty Blender in Black - £16
I need to wash this beauty blender but it’s also proof that I use this everyday! It’s an absolutely amazing product for blending in your make-up for a flawless finish. The best way to use this sponge is to dampen it before using as the sponge expands when it’s wet to nearly double the size. 
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - £16 (currently £14.40 on Feel Unique)
I’ve never found a primer that works as well as this one for keeping my eye shadow in place. I love how a little of this product goes a really long way and also how easy this is to apply. I’ve had this about a year now and use it every time I want to create a statement eye look.

As you can see, I’ve hit pan on one of these shades in the cocoa blend palette as I have used this so much. I found that this palette from Zoeva has the perfect mix of colours from mattes to shimmers and they are all warm toned. I love using the colours freshly toasted, sweeter end and subtle blend.

Whenever I’ve gone out over the past year this palette from Charlotte Tilbury (and the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette) have been the first eyeshadow palettes that I’ve turned to. I absolutely adore this palette from Charlotte Tilbury and it really is worth the money. I love how on the back of the palette it shows you how to create the look too. My favourite shade is the top left and bottom left colours but I use them all to create a gorgeous bronze eye for an evening out.

This highlighter from TheBalm was my highlighter of choice for 90% of 2016 and I absolutely love it. My first Mary Lou I bought in 2015 and I used that all up so I had to pick up another. If you want an affordable drugstore highlighter then this is your go-to. It gives a gorgeous shimmer to your skin and can be used as an inner corner highlight for your eyes too! I also use this under my browbone.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal - £32
After reading probably a million reviews about Becca highlighters online, I decided to make the splurge and I don’t regret it. Opal is a golden opal pearl shade and it goes perfectly with my skin tone. This highlighter is really creamy and blends so easily on the skin. It immediately hides any signs of tiredness/dull skin and leaves you looking glowing!
If you’re looking for a finishing spray that doesn’t break the bank, then you need to pick this up when you are next in Boots. I love using this and have gone through about 3 of these this past year. I love using the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray but for a more affordable version I use this.
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Dirty Matte - £17.50
This is the favourite matte nude lipstick that I own and I don’t go anywhere without it. It’s a gorgeous brown too with a hint of pink to it and it lasts so long on my lips. I love wearing this with a bronze eye look or just on an everyday basis with minimal make-up. It’s definitely my ‘your lips but better’ colour.

 Benefit 'Goof Proof' Brow Pencil in Shade 4 - £18.50 (currently £14.80 here)
 Benefit High Brow Glow Pencil - £17.50
 Benefit 'Goof Proof' Brow Pencil in Shade 4 - £18.50 (currently £14.80 here)

If there is one beauty brand that knows how to do brows, it’s Benefit. I’ve been so impressed by the brow products I’ve tried and which one of these three I reach for depends on my make-up look. At the moment I tend to go for the goof proof pencil for an everyday look and for an evening look I reach for my Ka-Brow. When I want a highlight under my brows to look really natural then I use the high brow glow pencil.
If you’re looking for a quick fix for your brows and you don’t want to spend over £10, then I’d recommend picking the brow artist plumper up from L’Oreal. This is the perfect go to brow product for when you’re on the go.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - £17.50
This mascara is an absolute dream. Since I’ve tried this I don’t think I’ll ever try any other mascara. This mascara leaves my lashes looking lengthened and full and so many people have asked me if I am wearing false lashes when I have just been wearing this! The only problem with this mascara is it occasionally leaves me with panda eyes after a long days wear. Would any of you recommend trying the waterproof version?

First of all, hats off if you’re read all of this post, it’s taken me over 4 hours to write! I love each and everyone of these products and they have really made me up my make-up game in 2016. I am so excited for what 2017 brings and also they’ll be a skincare favourites of 2016 up this week on my blog too!

What are your beauty favourites from 2016? Do you have any recommendations?
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Eloise said...

I don't feel like a real blogger, I STILL haven't tried a beauty blender! xx

Unknown said...

These are so really good products !


Frances Hemmant said...

Love your choices! I really want to try the Too Faced mascara! xx

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