Best in Beauty 2016!

best-in-beauty-2016-1So many amazing products came out in 2016 and I was introduced to so many great new brands. I compiled a little collection of the best of the best of 2016. These are products that really stood out to me and that I would recommend to a friend.

Face:

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer– This is my favorite everyday bronzer and it’s affordable (only $15)! It is very natural and illuminating. The Butter Bronzer glides on so easily and blends out beautifully.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer– I had the hardest time finding a suitable primer for my dry skin until I found this. Most illuminating primers for dry skin are so greasy that they make you makeup slip off throughout the day. This absorbs into the skin immediately and locks in the moisture. It is expensive but the bottle is huge and glass and has a high quality pump.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer– I haven’t seen a Best in Beauty for 2016 that didn’t contain this product, and with good reason. Tarte totally stole the show with this concealer. It has completely replaced my holy grail Urban Decay concealer. There is an enormous color range, it has a great applicator, doesn’t crease, blends out easily, and is full coverage.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder– This under-eye setting powder is so under-hyped! It is the only powder I’ve found that completely eliminates under-eye creasing and I do notice a brightening effect.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23– This highlighter brush has completely revolutionized my highlighter game. It is the perfect size and is super durable and high quality. Makes applying highlighter so easy.

Mac Pinch Me Blush– Ever since Fall started I have been using this non-stop, I have to practically force myself not to use it everyday. Pinch me is a dark reddish color that matches tons of lip colors. This shade adds that natural flush to the cheeks and is very bendable and easy to apply.

Eyes:

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IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara– I always thought that all mascaras were created equal. They all worked really well for the first few weeks but then completely dried out. The Superhero has lasted me two months so far and is still going strong. It is incredibly volumizing and black.

tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette– My Mom bought me this palette for Valentines day 2016 and it is still my favorite. All the colors are wearable and they are by far the easiest to blend. Plus this palette smells so good, like chocolate!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz– All Anastasia Beverly Hills products are incredible but this is my favorite. It is perfect for sparse or thick brows, comes in a variety of colors, and is easy to apply. It is so perfect and precise; there is literally nothing I would change about this product.

Hair & Body:

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Shea Moisture Jamaican Castor Oil Shampoo-I’ve been using this shampoo as my pre-poo for the last couple of months and I can definitely notice a difference in my hair. This shampoo removes the excess product buildup but is still safe for color-treated hair. My hair is left light and with more body and movement.

Stella McCartney Pop– This is such a perfect fragrance! It is not too sweet, which can sometimes smells to young, but also not too musky. Pop is perfect balanced and lasts all day.

My 4 Favorite Lipsticks

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I recently dyed my hair much darker and I am loving it! But because my hair is now dark and my skin is light I feel like I have to have lipstick on every day to complete my look. Luckily there are so many great lipstick options on the market right now. Here are my four favorite lipsticks right now. 

dsc_0210Anastasia Beverly Hills- Liquid Lipstick- Pure Hollywood– The ABH liquid lipsticks are my favorite formula on the market right now. They dry so smooth and last for hours. I love to apply them, let them dry for 30 seconds and then apply a gloss over them. Pure Hollywood is a perfect brownish-nude shade. 

dsc_0208NARS- Velvet Lip Glide- Unlaced– NARS recently came out with this new Velvet Lip Glide formula it is a very unique formula that is a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipgloss. It is not long wearing but is so hydrating and easy to apply. If you are intimidated by highly pigmented matte lip products or are looking for something soft and natural these are a great option. The shade Unlaced is very neutral color that is wonderful for light skin tones. 

dsc_0215MAC- Lipstick- Velvet Teddy– MAC lipsticks are great because they are somewhat inexpensive ($17),  come in a million colors, are creamy, and pigmented. The shade Velvet Teddy is a beautiful reddish-brown. It matches tons of eye looks and during fall/winter I wear this at least once a week.
dsc_0216Kat Von D- Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- Lolita II– Kat Von D products always have the most beautiful packaging and the liquid lipsticks are no exception. I always feel like such a bad a$$ when I take this out of my purse. The shade Lolita II is a vampy, rich, maroon color and it looks beautiful with my new dark hair. These liquid lipsticks are extremely matte and long-wearing but can be somewhat drying.