2016 Favourites: What’s Made the Cut?

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My one and only 2016 resolution was to learn how to use makeup. And I can honestly say it’s the only resolution I’ve ever kept! I’ve really enjoyed learning about and using makeup and have found an awesome community of people through it.

I subscribed to GlossyBox for one year, and though I’ve now not renewed my sub with them for next year, I can honestly say it did give me the chance to try some things I wouldn’t have otherwise tried.

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So, I’ve compiled a list of all the things I’ve talked about over the year, that have earned a place in my favourites for the whole year. They’ve stood the test of time and I think these are worth the hype.

I’ll start with non-beauty favourites and then get into the makeup!

Music:

Ariana Grande’s album Dangerous Woman has been my album of the year. Since it came out, it’s pretty much been the only album I listen to. Fact.

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TV:

I’ve watched so much amazing tv over the year. Here are the ones I LOVED:

  • Love
  • Gilmore Girls
  • House of Cards
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • The Night Of
  • The Man in The High Castle
  • Making a Murderer
  • The Jinx
  • Billions
  • Stranger Things
  • The Affair

That’s not to mention things I’ve continued to watch, but these are the ones I discovered this year.

I also got heavily into YouTube this year, partly through watching makeup YouTubers (that’s a real word now btw) and partly through watching Disney Vloggers.

So now onto the beauty side of things!

I started the year with the Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk and Honey bath, which was given to me as a Valentine’s gift. I’m still working through this jar, though I can see myself needing a repurchase towards the start of next year. It’s an amazing bubble bath, which smells so relaxing and gives the best bubbles. It’s a real treat every time I use it!

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Gwen Stefani had an amazing year collaborating with Urban Decay. I picked up the shadow palette and a couple of her lipsticks, but the one that really stuck with me all year was this blush palette. I’ve used it so much and can find use from every single shade. The powders are pigmented, buildable and blend-able and last all day. Plus the packaging is awesome!

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TheBalm Balm Shelter is a tinted moisturiser I use practically every day that I wear makeup. It’s pigmented, light, comfortable and gives natural coverage. Enough said. Oh and I bought it a year ago and it’s still going…..

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2016 was the year NYX came to the UK and I’m so glad it did because I’ve found a few staples for my makeup collection. The Tres Jolie gel eyeliner pencils, for tight lining, their Dark Circle under-eye concealer and their Pro Mix foundation lightener. Amazing.

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PIXI Glow Tonic (I no longer need to exfoliate, like, ever!) and the PUR Hydra Gel under eye primer – just buy them. Seriously, you’ll thank me.

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Makeup Revolution’s Radiance Palette transformed my summer look. I adore this palette and for basically no cost. The powders are pigmented and buildable and give the perfect amount of bronzing, shimmer and highlight.

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Better Than Sex by Too Faced and Cover Girl’s Clump Crusher mascaras have changed my eyelashes from straight thin wisps to fabulous girly lashes.

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My go to and absolute favourite lipstick this year has been the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Stoned Rose. It’s a fantastic pinky, nude, brown. It’s long lasting, comfortable and smells amazing too!

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And lastly, I managed to pick up a full size of the Victoria’s Secret body mist in Coconut Passion, which I drench myself in daily.

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So, those are the things I’ve loved over 2016. Have you used any of these this year? I’d love to hear what you’ve been loving – comment with a link to your 2016 favourites! I’d love to have a read.

Keep an eye out for my 2016 overview!

15 thoughts on “2016 Favourites: What’s Made the Cut?

  1. We need to be friends so you can teach me how to be girly! I’m so clueless when it comes to makeup!! I love the tinted moisturizer. Do you wear it as a foundation?

    1. Hello! Thanks for commenting 🙂 I only got into makeup this past year and it’s a steep learning curve knowing what will work for you but it’s so much fun! Your face is your palette 🙂 Yes, I wear tinted moisturiser in the week as a daily foundation. I don’t like the feeling of foundation heavy on my skin but this is so light and wears really well. Plus it has spf!

  2. I love the Better Than Sex mascara, it’s such a lovely formula and doesn’t feel heavy or clumpy like some others I’ve tried!!🙂

    1. It’s certainly a good one! I do think I might have picked up an old one since mine has been a little clumpy from the start but I can use a lash brush to fix that. I’ll find out when I replace it!

  3. Lovely post! I spotted a few of my favourites on your list. I have to give the Laura Mercier bath stuff a try. Xx

      1. Oh, some of their stuff is amazing! Their highlighter Mary Lou-manizer 😍 and their liquid lipsticks are so comfortable and long lasting and smell amazing too! Go give them a try!

  4. The internet has been going crazy for the Pixi glow tonic lately – it’s making me so tempted to buy it for myself!! Everything in this post is making me so jealous haha
    Elen x

    1. Everything in this post is well worth the cost! M&S stock Pixi now – why don’t you go and pick up one of the smaller bottles (they had some sets with a mini bottle over Xmas which I think they still have) and see what you think. It’s really helped my skin 🙂

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