A Year of Favourites – 2016

2016 has flown past and with it, I have tried and tested a multitude of different beauty and skincare products.  Throughout the year I have posted a few blog posts about some of my favourite products and sometimes entirely random things that I have just loved over the previous month.  For this post I thought I’d share with you a few of the highlights from those posts (just in case you missed them) and to serve as a little reminder for future me about the things I once, and possibly still used.


Officially starting my blog back in March, I don’t have any favourites posts for January or February, so let’s skip forward to my first favourites post – March Favourites.  Back before I owned a decent camera to take blog photos, so apologies for the lack of picture quality, I was rather excited to dig out the bronzer again and make way for warmer and sunnier weather.  I still love and use my The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in the shade 01.  It remains one of my all-time favourite bronzers as it isn’t orangey or too dark, it provides a beautiful natural colour to the face and works really well for contouring as well.


One of my ‘random’ favourites from March was Disney Monopoly Deal which still remains as one of my favourite card games ever.  It is so much fun and can get quite hilariously competitive too.  Anyone with a love of Disney and card games would love this, and it’s pretty much a quicker and more travel friendly version of Monopoly.


April Favourites followed soon after in which I ranted on about my love for the Collection Contour Kit (which has changed an awful lot since I last photographed it – don’t you just hate hitting pan?!).  Which for an unbelievable £4 you get a contour shade that isn’t too orange and blends out really easily AND a very pretty highlighter that accentuates the cheekbones and is a beautiful champagne-y shimmer.  For the price there isn’t really much to complain about with this one!


Moving onto mascara and to one of the best mascaras that I’ve tried in a long time, the Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara.  In the time I have used this product (of which is now sadly dried up) I definitely noticed a change in the appearance of my natural lashes, they appeared longer and healthier and I noticed that not as many seemed to fall out if I so happened to rub my eyes.  I 100% prefer fibre mascara brushes, the plastic ones seem to make my lashes clump up and look a little worse for wear.  On my next visit to Boots I shall definitely be picking up another of these mascaras and I might perhaps try a few other bits from Chanel whilst I’m there.


Onto one of the most exciting products that I purchased this year, the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette.  If you haven’t already realised, I own a fair few make up brushes and giving them a deep clean can be a time-consuming task that let’s face it, not many people actually enjoy doing.  After watching a few YouTube videos and previously lusting over the Sigma Brush Cleansing Mat which is £20, I decided to give this version a try instead as it fits nicely onto your hand and makes the process a lot easier and quicker.


Fast forward to my September Favourites, summer flew past and before I knew it September had arrived and so began a compilation of the products I had been using and loving over the previous few months.  I started using the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in the shade 100 Ivory again during the summer and fell in love with it all over again.  The coverage is medium but provides a beautiful natural glow to the complexion and perfectly matched my skin tone during summer.


[Shades pictured (left to right); Buenos Aires & Cannes]

Some of the most exciting purchases I made during 2016 was a couple of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, as NYX beauty counters began popping up in Boots stores I felt that it was only right to purchase one of the most hyped up lip products at the time.  For just £5.50 I think they’re a complete bargain and I truly shall have to invest in a few more shades.  They last well on the lips (they will however need to be reapplied after eating) but for the price I can’t really complain as they don’t leave your lips feeling dry and chapped like a few matte lipsticks tend to.


October Favourites quickly came around and the autumnal colours came out in full swing.  The weather remained rather warm and so I opted for long-lasting products for my everyday make up.  I purchased and quickly fell in love with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in the shade 2N1 Desert Beige which is a very full coverage foundation, but applies so easily and feels incredibly lightweight.  It has since become one of my favourite foundations this year.


For my brows I repeatedly used The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit in the shade 03 Black & Brown, with my trusty Real Techniques Bold Metals 202 Angled Liner Brush.  The powder is so quick and easy to apply, and because I have quite dark brows I usually mix the two shades together to create the perfect match.


In my November Favourites it was no surprise that once again my love (and frankly my obsession) with Real Techniques re-emerged in the form of the spectacular Real Techniques Mega Set which came out on Black Friday for just £40, a bargain that I just couldn’t refuse.


And to top it all off, I also invested in some of the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks and I’m so glad I did, despite the expense… I fell in love with the shades Candy K and Koko K immediately and I was incredibly surprised at the longevity of the products despite not purchasing them with the matching lip liner (explained in my Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks Review post).

Feel free to leave in the comments some of the products that you’ve loved during 2016 or links to your blog posts as I’d love to give them a read and perhaps build up a little shopping list for the beginning of 2017.  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all a truly wonderful and Happy New Year! xx



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