The beginning of the new year is always flooded with beauty round up videos and blog posts. I honestly love reading and watching them because every product is an absolute obsession of the person sharing them. I haven’t done an end-of-year round up in years, but I am dying to share my 2016 favorites with you because I have fallen head over heels for some products and they are just so damn good.
When I did my e.l.f. First Impressions video, I didn’t think I’d be finding one of my holy grail products. I have repurchased the e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer 4 times this year. I can’t get enough of the stuff. It fills my pores and smooths my skin without clogging it up. It offers my base some extra lasting power and the 2.0%% salicylic acid makes me feel like it’s giving me a slight skincare benefit.
Speaking of lasting power, the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray really changed the game this year. My makeup benefits from having something mattifying seal it because I have such incredibly oily skin. It has been my go-to setting spray since the beginning of 2016 and I can’t see myself using anything else.
Who’s surprised that I’m talking about MAC Warm Soul? It has to be my most worn blush of all time. It goes with absolutely every makeup look and flatters my skin tone all year long. There’s a subtle shimmer in it that adds a soft focus glow to the cheeks. I’m convinced everyone needs Warm Soul. Seriously.
I don’t know how, but I’ve become a nude lip addict. Well, not to every nude. It has to be either the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita or Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Safe Word. Lolita is probably my most worn liquid lipstick of all time and Safe Word is the nude that changed my mind about nudes. They are such gorgeous shades for everyday and they keep my lips feeling comfortable.
If you’ve read this far, you’ll notice there isn’t an eye shadow palette in this year’s beauty round up. I didn’t (and still don’t!) want to use anything but the Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige on the day to day. It offers a soft wash of color to my eyes that smooths out any veins or discoloration on the lids. It takes seconds to apply and it sticks around all day long.
But what is eye shadow without mascara? I have fallen into a deep love affair with the Cover Girl Super Sizer Waterproof mascara. It doesn’t flake or smudge, it holds a curl, and it gives my lashes amazing volume, length, and separation.