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!

Going Coconutty!

Ever since last summer, and receiving Sugar Baby’s Aloe Sailor body cream in a pass the parcel in Ibiza (click to read more!), I have been obsessed with coconut and pina colada scented body products.

The scent takes me right back to summer holidays and also Las Vegas, where our first visit took us to The Mirage and their Pina Colada scented lobby fountain.

So going into the warmer part of the year has brought an awful lot of coconut scented products to the shelves, and luckily for me I’ve been able to pick up a few bits. Here are my current favourites!

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Of course I have to talk about the aforementioned Aloe Sailor. I’m right at the bottom of the tube, and every time I’m near a TK Maxx I hunt the shelves to see if they’re stocking it. Sugar Baby are an Australian brand and don’t ship internationally. I have yet to find this in the store again, but they did stock the Sugar Baby self-tan range this year, so I am still holding hope! I’ve actually seen a Pacifica body cream that looks like it might work instead, but again this product seems only to be available in the US so I’m going to try to hunt it out in September when I’m there.

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Next is a product I actually picked up in TK Maxx when I was searching for Aloe Sailor. Textured Waves from By Nature is a natural surf spray with coconut scent (they also to a lemon version!). This is a New Zealand brand and to avoid disappointment, I actually picked up two bottles of this. At £4.99 each it didn’t break the bank! I’ve actually run out of my beloved Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and wanted to see whether this would work instead because I can’t afford to shell out £24 each time I go through a bottle. I’ve been impressed with this. It doesn’t have quite the same volume and hold on my poker straight, fine hair, but it gives a darn good effort. The coconut scent is lovely, and lasts a couple of days. It doesn’t dry my hair out, and the hold is adequate. My hair is matte and somewhat thicker using this. It works better on semi-dry hair, whereas the Bumble and Bumble equivalent works well on towel dried but wet hair. I prefer to put product on straight from towel drying, and have found Textured Waves is weighed down by very wet hair a little more. But I’m still happy with the result and love how it doesn’t build up in the hair.

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On my trip to New York over Christmas I picked up a set of tiny vials of fragrance mist from Victoria’s Secret. I love their scents and thought this would be a great introduction to their fragrance mists. The one I found myself using the most, and have now finished but can’t bring myself to throw away, was Coconut Passion. This smell is heavenly. It’s so good. Light but coconutty enough with a hint of something sweet. I must pick up a full size and a body cream in Florida in September. They do sell this here, but I think it’s a bit more expensive.

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I recently spoke about Treacle Moon in a favourites blog, and their fabulous shower gels. I’m still working my way through the honey tub I bought, but I also picked up a travel sized Coconut Island as I’m travelling a lot in the next few months. I’m yet to use this, but it smells amazing!

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The last product I want to talk about is from Barry M. They’ve just released these lip oils at £4.99 each. I managed to pick mine up during a buy one get one half price offer, which I think might still be on. They look like lip glosses and come in lip gloss packaging but once applied feel a whole lot lighter. I have really dry lips and am constantly applying lip balm but find I don’t have to apply so regularly with this one. The one I want to talk about today is Coco Loco but they also have Berry Good. Coco Loco is made with coconut oil and is really hydrating. It smells coconutty and looks like water on the lips. Yum! It’s not sticky and even though my hair can attach itself to my face when I’m wearing this, it doesn’t leave a gunky mess!

If all this wasn’t enough, I’ve recently found out that The Body Shop have just launched a Pina Colada scented range of body products. So guess which store I’ll be heading to after pay day?

Have you tried something coconut or pina colada scented, recently, that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear about it!