Monday 9 January 2017

2016 Favourites

It's that time again! 

The end of another year means another annual favourites post. I seriously cannot believe how fast 2016 went! It is true what they say - that the years pass quicker, the older you get. I am starting to think how nice it would be if we could slow time down little occasionally, really give yourself a chance to enjoy a good moment. But then it would also be nice to speed through the bad times wouldn't it?

Enough of my ramblings, onto the beauty! After all, that's why we are all here. 

What can I say about beauty in 2016? I bought too much, learnt new techniques, invested in some products, wasted money on others and had some new beauty experiences. 

Apologies in advance for my bad photos. I cannot seem to find good light lately!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY - Light Wonder Youth Boosting Foundation
I have liked all products from Charlotte Tilbury that I have tried and this is no exception. I adore this foundation. The coverage is light, it leaves my skin looking natural and radiant with perfect amount of glow. It is so easy to apply too, it has come my go-to everyday foundation. 

NARS - Radiant Creamy Concealer
This concealer was in my annual favourites a few years ago. When it ran out I didn't get around to replacing it (I like to try new things). I finally replaced it and I remember why I love it so much. A perfect colour match, it's hydrating and really helps cover my dark under eye area. 

GUERLAIN - Meteorites Compact
My 2015 Favourites included the Meteorites Pearls, in 2016 I discovered the compact version. I still love the pearl version but the compact is so much easier for travelling. I love this as an allover finishing powder. It sets my foundation and helps blur any imperfections.

LA PRAIRIE - Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
2016 was the year I started to 'bake' with loose powder when I needed my makeup to last. The La Prairie is my favourite for this purpose. It is a freaking expensive product but you get a lot of it. The little pot in the photo is 10g you also get a massive 56g pot to refill the little pot with. La Prairie has a had a lot of blogger/vlogger love lately. I also purchased the Caviar Foundation but my opinion on that is still undecided. 

BURBERRY - London with Love Blush Highlighter
I reviewed this during 2016 HERE. I still love it as much as I did then. A perfect shimmery pink blush!

CHANEL - Joues Contraste
I love all my Chanel blushes but I fell hard for this permanent shade in 2016. The shade is 64 Pink Explosion and I love it for a fuss free everyday blush. The cool pink shade with a small amount of shimmer works perfectly on my fair skin. 

LAURA MERCIER - Face Illuminator Powder
I had quite a thing for highlighters in 2016. When Laura Mercier first released this range of highlighter, the sole shade available was too dark for me. I was super excited when I saw another 3 shades had been released. This shade is Devotion and it is a gorgeous soft pink which highlights my cheekbones perfectly. 

BECCA - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
I can't believe it took me this long to try the highly raved about Becca highlighters. This shade is Pearl and whilst it is a powder, it is so smooth it could be mistake for a cream. Pearl is a lovely icy silver shade. Perfect for highlighting pretty much anywhere. 

WAYNE GOSS - The Air-Brush
This brush is one of the softest brushes I have ever felt. In 2016, I became a total Wayne Goss brush convert. I adore them! The Air-Brush has gone well with my highlighter addiction. It blends out a cheekbone highlight to perfection. 

CHANEL - Crayon Sourcils
I knew I had to try this eyebrow pencil when I saw Zoe Foster-Blake raving about it on Instagram. The pencil is firm but still soft enough to blend out easily. I use the shade 30 Brun Naturel which is a nice cool brown and works well with my brows. I love the spoolie at the other end. This should be mandatory on all brow pencils!

CHANEL - Stylo Eyeshadow 
This same product was featured in my 2015 Favourites. Firstly, I still love this product - it is super easy to use and lasts all day. Secondly, Chanel released new shades in 2016 that made me fall in love with this product even more. The shades are 157 Beige Dore, 167 Bronze Platine and 187 Brun Chatain. 

CHANEL - Rouge Coco Stylo
A new release from Chanel in 2016. These are similar to the Rouge Coco Shine line. The stylos are more balmy and hydrating than the Shines but surprisingly I find they are more pigmented too. Perfect for days when my lips are feeling dry or when I don't want to have to put a lot of effort in. The shades I love are 202 Conte, 208 Roman and 212 Recit. 

Until the release of the Hot Lips collection my only criticism of Charlotte's lipsticks was there wasn't enough shades. The two pictured are Electric Poppy and Bosworth's Beauty. They are the Matte Revolution formula which I love, it is a luminous matte - long lasting but easy to wear. 

CHANEL - Rouge Allure Ink
Another new release from Chanel. These are Chanel's take on a liquid lipstick. I seriously adore them, I purchased a few shades when they were first released and went back a couple of weeks later to buy more. They are highly pigmented, easy to apply, long lasting and still comfortable to wear. The shades pictured are 146 Seduisant and 150 Luxuriant (I have another 3 shades, these 2 are my favourites). 

There you have it! My favourites for the year that was. Happy New Year, I hope 2017 brings everything you wish for! Now if it could just deliver that Chanel Large Classic Flap bag to me...

What are your favourites for 2016?

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