Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2016 Top 10

Ok I lied again lol!

I mentioned my grand plans of how I wanted to do my favorites for 2016 with a top 5 in different categories and ummmm yeaaaa...

I've had some stuff going on that really hasn't allowed me the time to my 2016 favorites in categories. Then I really didn't have 5 absolute favorites in each category. I didn't want to list stuff just to have five items in that category. I started to get frustrated. I was all over the place as usual. This is supposed to be fun and easy for me. I had to regroup and said ok let's just do a top 10 like I did in 2015.

So here are my top 10 favorites for 2016.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

This is probably the palette that got the most use in 2016. I traveled with it and kept it in easy reach when it was at home. You can do a variety of  looks with this palette from a barely there neutral look to a dark and smoky look. And it has a purple shade. I mean come on! LOL! I just think it's  very versatile palette with good quality eyeshadows.

tarte Tarlette Tease Palette

This is another palette that got a lot of love from me in 2016. It's an easy palette to use. I like that it doesn't have a ton of shades and that all the shades pair nicely together. Heartbreaker is the shade that I have gotten the most use of it. It's the perfect matte brown shade for a one shade look.

Laura Mercier Artist Palettes

I mentioned in August that I contemplated on sending these two palettes to Glambot.  I'm glad I didn't. I have constantly reached for these two palettes. I've used them on their on or paired them with other palettes. Especially if I need some darker shades. I also like that the packaging is slim and compact. It makes them easy to store and travel with. So it's safe to say that these are definite keepers in my stash.

tarte Shape Tape Concealer

This concealer right here is holy grail! I got it for giggles based off of all the hype I had heard on both YouTube and Instagram. It is well deserved hype! This concealer has awesome coverage and the u staying power is phenomenal. I originally picked it up in Deep to use under my eyes. More shades have been released and I picked up Rich to use on the rest of my face. I enjoy both shades. If you are looking for a new concealer, I highly recommend this one. It is pricey but you can catch it on sale and you a ton of product.

MAC Taraji P. Henson Collection

I rarely loose my mind over MAC collection nowadays. Well I lost my mind over this collection. I picked up 2 of the lipsticks and both MSFs. I was tempted to pick up backups of the MSFs. Not like I really need backups. These items were in heavy rotation for a good while. The lipstick (Strip Me Down) is a very pretty nude and you can have some fun pairing it with different lip liners. The MSFs (Highlight the Truth and Taraji's Glow) are pigmented and blend nicely onto the skin. I also like that this collection didn't have a TON of items like some MAC collections. Hopefully they'll do another on with her in the future since this one was so popular.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Hot Toddy

I first mention this back in July and I just mentioned it again in December. It has gotten a lot of use on its own or with other lipsticks. Buxom glosses are my absolute favorite lip glosses because they give you more than just some color on your lips. They are conditioning and good for your lips. Hot Toddy is a good everyday shade. It's described as toasty nude and it's super pretty on. If you're looking for a new nude lip gloss to try, pick this one up.

LORAC Alter Ego Lipgloss in Secret Agent

I first mentioned this gloss back in March when I got it from Ulta on sale along with  Jet Setter. I have reached for Secret Agent the most. Secret Agent is described as a plum brown. Whenever I've worn a purple eye look, I instantly reach for this gloss. I've always had trouble finding the right lip color to wear with a purple eye and this pairs nicely with a purple look. I've also reached for this gloss when I don't know what to put on my lips. On me it's a nice nude shade that goes nicely with my skin tone. I pair with Colour Pop's liner liner in Too Lips.

Serious Skincare Vitamin A Line

If you've been following my Shop My Stash posts. then you would have noticed items from this line showing up a lot. I started using the line around June and I have enjoyed every item I have used. It has really been a game changer for my skin. It has helped smooth out and clear up my skin. If I had to pick only one item to stick with then it would definitely be the A Force Serum. If you're looking to incorporate Vitamin A into your skin care routine then I highly recommend the Vitamin A line from Serious Skincare. The items I have picked up have been from HSN.

philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask

I picked this mask up back in March from Sephora and it has been my go to mask. It is easy to apply and remove. You only have to leave it on for a couple of minutes. Once I remove it my skin is so soft, bright and clean. It does not have that tight feeling an my skin does not feel dry after removing. This is a product that will remain in my skincare arsenal.

philosophy Pure Grace

I got my hands on Pure Grace back in June from QVC and I have continued using it. It an easy fragrance to wear. It's a no frills scent. You just smell nice and clean. Also for me it's a calming scent. It's a scent that I'm plan to keep within easy reach.

And a non-beauty bonus fav is Beyonce's Lemondae! I mentioned this back in May and I'm STILL rocking out to it. It's just that good and definitely my album of the year.

I was going a separate post on my top brands for the year but I'll just throw it in right here. My top 3 brands for 2016 are tarte, philosophy and Serious Skincare. No surprises here.

Not a bad list if I must say. I probably could have added 5 more products. I tried to keep it short and sweet. Thanks for following me along, commenting and sharing. Let's see what 2017 brings.

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