2016 Beauty Favorites

Am I the only one who feels like 2016 was the quickest year of their life? Because it certainly flew by. I started a new job in January and moved into my own place with Brett, and in November we got engaged! I've tried so many new beauty products this year - I decided to narrow it down to ten things to keep this post from getting out of control.

Glossier's The Supers* (review) | This was one of the most exciting launches of the year for me, and I was so grateful and excited for the opportunity to test them out early to help spread the word. I'm smitten with all three serums, but if I had to pick a favorite I'd have to say Super Bounce. All three have been working wonders on my skin since trying them, and I love that you can use them depending on how your skin is feeling.

Glossier Stretch Concealer (review) | Glossier had lots of exciting launches this year, and the other one I found myself using the most was their Stretch Concealer. It's super creamy and dewy on the skin, so it's perfect if you have dry undereyes like me. I also like that it's not super heavy coverage, so it's still good for a "no makeup" makeup look. You can shop through my rep page to get 20% off your first Glossier order!

Drunk Elephant SkincareI've been playing around with my skincare routine all year, but I think I'm just now settling into one that really works - if I can manage to stick to it for a little while longer, I'll be sure to pop up a post on the products I'm using. But I've fallen head over heels for some Drunk Elephant Skincare products I've picked up this year - mainly their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and their Lala Retro Whipped Cream. They've been perfect for my super dry winter skin.

Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara* (review) | 2016 was the year I found my holy grail mascara, and it figures that it's limited edition. I definitely need to run and stock up. It gives me the perfect lash look for me, fanning out my lashes and gently adding some volume. And best of all, it doesn't smudge on me despite being a regular, non-waterproof formula. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (review) | I kind of fell off the eyeshadow bandwagon this year, but I still had to mention this beauty. Almost every time I reached for an eyeshadow palette, it was this one. The formula is beautiful - Anastasia's eyeshadows are my favorite, and they don't crease on me all day long. There are enough neutral shades for me to reach for this every day, but enough pops of color to keep things interesting and bump up the drama.

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow, 'Meteore' (review) | When I wanted a single eyeshadow, I time and again reached for this one. The formula is super lightweight and full of "chic" sparkle, and the color is the most perfect everyday bronze-y copper shade.

NARS Satin Lip PencilsI fell hard for the NARS Satin Lip Pencils this year - I've still got a whole list of shades I want to add to my collection, but I'd say adding three within the last four months is enough to bring them into favorites territory. I pretty much can't be without either Bansar or Het Loo now.

Bite Beauty Multisticks (review) | This is another launch I was super excited about this year. I pounced on the Sephora website when they came out, picking up three shades, Biscotti, Mascarpone, and Cashew. I've definitely worn Cashew the most out of the three, but I love using all of them for monochrome looks. I really want to do a look on the blog in the new year showcasing these, so keep an eye out.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic, 'First Love' | My deep love for neutral blushes grew even deeper, and my favorite one of all to dust on this year has been First Love from Charlotte Tilbury. It's the perfect barely there pink shade that adds the softest flush without making me look too rosy.

Banila Co. Clean It ZeroI've found a new makeup remover of choice - the Banila Co. Clean It Zero. I picked this up on a whim when I saw it on sale at Peach and Lily, and it's been love ever since. I love a cleansing balm to remove my makeup, but this one is such a unique product - they call it a "sherbet" texture, and I guess that's accurate. Other cleansing balms I've used have gotten clumpy when I get to the end of the tub, but this one stayed super smooth and silky the whole way through. I'm working through my second tub now.

What were your favorite products this year?