2016 High End Beauty Favourites

You might want to grab yourself a drink and some snacks, because it turns out we are really bad at narrowing things down to just one favourite and this post became a lot longer than we intended.  Having said that it’s full of awesome products that we really do adore! If you want to see what we loved the most in 2016, keep on reading!

Skincare

M

Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

I’ve always been a bit lazy with eye cream but I have used this one religiously since I rediscovered it in my skincare draw earlier last year! It’s the only eyen cream I’ve used where I can actually see results! It is so moisturising and light weight enough that I can wear it under makeup as well!

Hair Care

M

Davines MOMO Hair Care

I’ve written a full review on this here. This hair care range has changed my hair so much this year! I love it so much ch and will continue to purchase it!

 

N

TIGI S-Factor Diamond Dreams Shampoo & Conditioner

This stuff smells amazing. Like wow. I can’t quite put my finger on what the smell is exactly, but whatever it is it’s amazing. It also leaves my hair with a weightless volume that I adore. Big thumbs up for this one! Made washing my hair so much less of a chore.

Scent

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Si by Giorgio Armarni

This is the ultimate musky, feminine perfume! This was my favourite last year too but, to be honest, I just haven’t found anything that compares! I’m awful at explaining fragrances so I won’t even try – just go smell it asap! You won’t regret it!

N

See by Chloe EDP

This was a little pressie to myself at the beginning of 2016, and I still adore it. It’s my go-to for when I’m feeling a little special or pretty. I am terrible at describing scents, but what I will say is that this is classy without being too old, and doesn’t overwhelm the senses. Give it a try when you’re next at the perfume counter.

Primer

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Becca Backlight Priming Filter

We’re a little late to the party with this one, but we’re officially on board. This will make you look like you glow from within. Dry-skinned peeps you are going to love this. Mixed with foundation or worn on its own as a primer, it’s amaze if you’re after glowy unicorn princess skin. And who isn’t?!

Foundation

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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Finland Light 1

I realise that this is technically a tinted moisturiser, but I would be lying if I didn’t put this in number one place for 2016. I found myself reaching for this on the daily. It’s so easy to apply and leaves you with a naturally radiant looking complexion whilst evening out skin-tone. I adore it.   If you’re into the super natural look, give this a go. It’s worth the price tag. And buildable if you’re wanting more coverage too.

Honoural Mention

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in BD20

An oldy but a goody. Still my go to for any special occasion. It does have SPF in it, but I don’t experience any flashback. It gives a great buildable coverage, wears like a dream and never looks cakey no matter how dry my skin is. My OG foundation fave.

M

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Light

This is so worth all the hype it gets online! It has amazing coverage, SPF and a beautiful natural looking finish!

Concealer

N

BareMinerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Fair

Hydrating and lightweight coverage; perfect for under the eyes, even with dry skin like mine. Big thanks to the girl at Mecca that recommended this one to me. I far prefer it to the Nars radiant creamy concealer.

Honourable Mention

Benefit Fake Up

This is my everyday concealer. I am so disappointed if I have left it at my boyfriends and can’t use it. I have actual feelings of missing it, like an old friend. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again, I’ll never get why this isn’t more popular.

M

IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Undereye in Medium

If I really want to block out all discolouration under my eyes I pop this on before any concealer (or on natural days I will use it alone). It is the best under eye corrector that I have every tried! So worth the hype!

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Radiant Concealer in Fair

This is such a beautiful natural looking concealer for under the eyes or covering any blemishes or discolouration. It doesn’t have crazy pigmentation but is build-able and looks beautiful on more natural looks!

Powder

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

If you wan’t to look airbrushed but in real life, then get this powder. Any of the colours will do. But get it. Even my dry skin that normally cakes up at the mere sight of being set with powder doesn’t mind this miracle powder. Love love love. Even if you do have to mortgage your house to buy it.

M

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in Petal

I’ve never been a huge powder lover as I have super dry skin but when I was given this powder this year that completely changed! It is so nice as either a setting powder or an all over base for a natural look! It doesn’t make me look cakey or emphasise any of my dry patches. The shade range is pretty slim though which is my only complaint!

Contour

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Nars Paloma Duo

This is old news, and admittedly when M is home I definitely reach for her Kat Von D palette, but I have travelled with this duo and still love it. The contour blends so easily, you don’t even have to think about it. It leaves a natural shadow that I love. It can be muddy if you’re a little heavy handed, but I just build it up slowly.

M

Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Cream Kit in Fair

I’ve got a complete review on this palette here including the way I like to use it. I was a bit scared of cream contouring before I found this product and have quickly fallen in love since! 

Honourable Mention

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette

Ah Kat Von D, I am yet to find a product from her line that I’m not completely in love with. This creates the most amazing Contour of any product I have tried to date. You need this!

 

Bronzer

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Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea

As you can tell, I’m really good at choosing one favourite. This bronzer is very different to the Urban Decay one though so it’s totally ok yeah? This is an absolutely stunning shimmery bronzer that has a lovely sheen with no chunky glitter!

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed

You need this bronzer! It is an absolutely stunning matte bronzed shade and is beautifully build-able! Love!

N

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil

This bronzer makes me happy. I get excited to use it. Perfect natural bronze for pale girls like me. And it smells like chocolate. What more could you ask for?

Honourable Mention

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel

I never used to like this cream bronzer, but in 2016 I embraced cream products.  This makes me look like a Grecian goddess and I’m always down with that.  A staple of 2016.

Blush

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Mineral Blush in Amaretto

KathleenLights inspired me to get into nude blushes. I have a bit of a natural flush (it sounds pretty, it’s not) and so natural blushes work well for me. This one by Becca in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill (part of the face palette) is my favourite so far. I love it, and always feel naturally beautiful when I wear it, a gorgeous natural satin finish. If you haven’t already bought this palette (and let’s be honest, you probably have) then get it in your life. It will be all the shinier for it.

Honourable Mention

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in 2 Calypso Coral

Cream blushes scare me a bit, I’m always worried I’ll end up looking like a clown. This one by Bobbi Brown has helped me to embrace them. I wear this on the days when I want that no-makeup-look-whilst-(obviously)-wearing-makeup. It’s gives me a natural blush and really doesn’t at all look like makeup. This became a staple of my 2016.

M

Becca Mineral Blush in Flowerchild

The colour and formula of this blush are so luxe and unique. Everyone needs this shade in their collection. A++

Honourable Mention

Tarte Blushes…all of them

The Tarte blushes have, by far the best blush formula I have ever tried! They last so long on your cheeks and the pigmentation is insane! I use these blushes on every one of my makeup clients!

Highlight – Beaming

M

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Jaclyn Hill and Becca completely changed the highlight world with this release! It looks amazing on all skin tones and has the most beautiful sheen! Love, love, love!

N

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

This whole palette is da bomb. Definitely glad I purchased it. The two highlighters (champagne pop and prosecco pop) will burn the retinas of anyone that passes you by and some days that’s just what you’re after. They can be applied with a lighter hand if you’re not looking for unicorn-esque beaming highlight that particular day, but you’ll still be pretty beaming. I particularly love combining to the two, the colour they create is perfection. Plus that’s what Jaclyn says she does so obvs I had to do that too. Cause we’re besties.

Highlight – Natural(ish)

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Beige

There’s a reason one of these sells every second or whatever that insane statistic is. This is my highlight I chuck in when I’m travelling because it can be used lightly as an everyday no-yeah-i-totally-glow-like-this-all-by-myself or heavier handed for that dayum-girl-strobe-much?! look that 2016 was all about. I am pale af and just lightly run my brush across all the colours and it’s not too dark. Definitely one I recommend for people easing into the highlighting game.

M

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle:

I rediscovered my Soft and Gentle highlight earlier this year and have used this nearly daily since! I even like wearing this when I’m not wearing any other makeup to give my full skin some light. Perfection!

Eye Primers

M

Mac Prep + Prime 24-hour Extend Eye Base

This is the perfect eye shadow primer for hooded eyes! It keeps my eye shadow from creasing and moving around like nothing else I’ve tried!

Too Faced Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer

This will make any shimmer eye shadow or glitter stay on your eyes 5eva and make the pigment pop like crazy! If you like shimmery eye looks you need this in your life!

Eye Shadow

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection

M moved away from me this year (rude) and took with her all her makeup (even ruder). After months and months of “bugger, wish I had the chocolate bar palette” moments I finally gave in and bought one of my own. Still the best palette out there. Ride or die. Perfect all in one, and the palette I recommend to anyone looking for just one palette. It’s love.

 

Honourable Mention

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

When I was going through my draws picking for this post I saw this and realised, I use it almost every day. The reason? The finish. It’s this soft satin finish that just sit so naturally on the eyelids. It’s perfect for every day as it doesn’t leave you looking too overdone (if that’s not what you’re into). The lightest colour is the one I use to just cover the veins on my eyelids on days when I want to look neater but not like I’ve actually tried…even though I did try…hard…this don’t happen easy kids.

M

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection

This palette has brought me so much happiness this year! It has all the colours you could possibly need and the formula is out of this world! Too Faced have got the eyeshadow game perfected!

Brow Product

M

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown AND Taupe

This has changed my eye brow game in 2016! It is so easy to apply and makes my brows look so full and fleeky!

Mascara

M

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Brown

I have written about my love for this mascara in a post here. It’s my holy grail! Love!

N

Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in Black

Still my go-to for nights out. I often combine it with They’re Real or Roller Lash for extra length, but this baby lasts forever! Which is exactly the reason I bought it. This was worth the price tag. Love.

Lips

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Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita

I was going to choose another lippie and then I realised that, if I’m being honest, this is the one that has lived in my handbag. I have a very undefined lip line, which can make applying lipstick a very annoying job. This pencil makes easy work of it. Plus the colour is so natural and yet pretty. LOVE. So glad I rediscovered this in 2016. In fact imma go put it on right now.

 

M

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick…all of them

Can you tell that I have a love for these lippies? If you love liquid lipsticks then you need to give this line a try! Keep your eyes peeled for a review coming soon!

Brush

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Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush

I have a feeling I chose this last year. How boring of me. But it’s still my favourite. Perfect for both cream and powder blushes. Blends and applies with no effort. Perfection.

M

MAC 135

N gave me this for Christmas in 2015 and she will forever be my favourite sister because of it! It is the most perfect bronzing brush that I have ever used! Is it worth the whopping price tag?… yes! 100% yes! 

Honourable Mention

MAC 127

This is my absolute, hands down favourite brush for highlighting! I haven’t used anything else since I discovered it at the end of 2015! This one is limited edition but they have it in black in their permanent collection! Definitely give this one a go if you are looking for a new highlighting brush!

Tanning

N&M

Loving Tan 2hr Express Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark AND Medium

Ah Loving Tan! We are definitely not tanning pros but feel like it when we use their products! It is almost impossible to apply this wrong which, for us less coordinated people) is everything! Medium is our perfect shade during the Winter months and dark gives us that extra boost in the Summer! So, so worth all of the internet hype!

 

What were your high end beauty favourites for 2016? Did we match up on any? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay beauitful, N&M x