Top 10 Beauty Favorites From 2016

For my first blog post of the year, I’m sharing my top beauty picks from 2016! I discovered so many great brands and products last year and they deserve to be talked about! Amazing product finds shouldn’t be kept a secret!

The 10 makeup items that made the list are ones that work exactly as their labels claim, last all day, blend flawlessly, smell fabulous, and work well for my skin type. To me, this is what quality looks like! These are the beauty products I find myself reaching for the most. They’ve become regulars in my daily routine!

Tarte – Limited Edition Tarteist x Nicol Concilio brush set

When this brush set collab came out in August I really didn’t know what to expect… but I needed an affordable and effective set and I’m so glad I gave these a chance! They’re absolutely gorgeous (hello, gold)! At about $5.50 per brush, this was a steal for the quality. They DO NOT shed! I use almost every brush daily. They’re simply amazing.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – stick foundation

Foundation in a stick just sounded cool to me! It seemed more efficient too! Turns out, it is and I’m obsessed with stick foundation now. I use the shade “Ivory”. If you have an oily t-zone, this demi-matte formula is great for controlling that throughout the day!

Benefit – Dandelion blush

Besides how precious the packaging is, the blush itself is just lovely! It has the faintest floral scent and just a hint of shimmer. Since I’m so fair, I try to stay away from heavily pigmented/deeper blush tones, but this gives my skin the perfect, subtle pop of pink on the apples of my cheeks!

Becca – Shimmering Skin Perfector

If you follow highlighter trends, you already know Becca is one of the leading brands. I had to give theirs a try! I have the shade “Opal” and I’m loving it! It’s very subtle on my skin but gives off the prettiest glow when it hits the light!

Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

I discovered these at the beginning of 2016 and have acquired quite a collection ever since! They’re just the best liquid lipsticks in my opinion. I can’t get away from them. They don’t dry out my lips and the formula, no matter the color, is VERY consistent. There’s no patchiness even with darker shades. They really do last ALL day, too! My favorite shade is “Baci”. I basically live in this color.

NYX – matte eyeshadow singles

This past year I got sick of paying an arm and a leg for an eyeshadow palette only to end up using 3-4 shades out of 8 or 12. I know which colors I gravitate towards so I started buying singles! Best decision ever! NYX singles, for the money, are amazing! I’ve been using very light, matte shades like “Whipped Cream”, and I use it as a transition shade before applying a darker color from the palette I’ll talk about later.

Taste – Shape Tape

There’s a reason they can’t keep this stuff in stock and now I know why! I finally got my paws on a tube in the shade “fair” and life hasn’t been the same since haha. I’ve really never had anything like this in my makeup collection. It hides every form of blemish, dark circle, and redness. It’s hydrating yet stays in place ALL DAY. Everything about this concealer is awesome!

Kylie Cosmetics – Holiday Edition Kyshadow palette

Alright I know I said I was done with buying palettes but I could not get over these colors and I wanted to give her formula a try. This is now my go-to palette, believe it or not! Her formula is to die for! The colors blend seamlessly and they stay put! I find that there’s very little fallout too, which makes me feel like I’m not wasting product!

Too Faced – Chocolate Soleil bronzer

This has always been highly recommended to me but I wasn’t prepared to pay $30 for a bronzer. Luckily, I received a deluxe free sample of it this year! What I love most about this bronzer, besides it smelling like chocolate, is that it’s a MATTE bronzer with NO shimmer. That’s extremely rare! I love that fact and I use this to contour and warm up the edges of my face!

Lush – Papa Noel cleanser

I recently started to fall back in love with Lush products. They’re all just so yummy smelling and filled with natural ingredients. So I got a sample of this and the next day I was back at Lush picking up a whole container! It’s the strangest cleanser you’ll ever use. It’s in the shape of Santa’s beard, it’s like Jell-O meets Play-Doh, and the smell is AMAZING! Once you figure out exactly how to use it to scrub your face, you’ll be amazed at its ability to soften and brighten your skin!

So these are the top 10 beauty buys that made me feel beautiful in 2016! Some are new to the market while others were just new to me, but they’ve all stood out among the many products I’ve used in the last year! I tried to keep the descriptions short and to the point but if you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, DM me, or e-mail me at