Best in Beauty 2016

Today’s post is all about beauty!!
I am a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. I put together all my most used and most loved products for all of 2016. Most of these are items that I’veΒ  repurchased over and over because I know they work.To start off I am going to talk about my favorite, which is makeup. I have always had a love hate relationship when it comes to makeup. Well I love it and it hasn’t always loved me. The past year I have had the worst allergies and makeup was one of them. I tried a new eye liner and eye shadow and things went wrong. My eyes swelled up for a solid month. So I ended up going back to my Maybelline eye liners and mascara because they are gentle and affordable. If you are havingΒ  similar issues I highly recommend this brand for their eye products. They’re both long lasting and easy to apply. Another makeup item for eyes is the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. It’s a palette Ive used for a while now and I love it. Its a perfect balance of shimmer and matte shades so you can switch it up. My favorite shades are booty-call, snakebite, and tease.

I also included my favorite foundation, concealer and powder which cover and conceal everything. Both foundation and concealer are from Estee Lauder the double wear stay in place line. If you have acne prone skin this will not break you out and it lasts all day. The best way of applying them is with a beauty sponge or a dense face brush. I included my two favorites, which are both from the drugstore. The pressed powder is by Rimmel London in the shade 001 transparent. It’s very affordable and you can find it in the drugstore. I have tried many high end and low end powders and this one is the one I always go back too.

For skin care I have found the brand that has really worked for me and that is Clinique. To give a little background of my skin, I have very oily, acne prone skin, and it’s been a long journey to really find what works for me.Β  This brand has always been gentle enough for daily use but still harsh enough combat acne. I highly recommend checking them out if you have similar issues with your skin. The other Clinique products I wanted to mention are the clarifying lotion for after you wash your face and the moisturizing gel for oily skin. These two have made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. They other Clinique items are the acne face mask, that I use as a spot treatment for blemishes and the eye cream. Both I have been using for years now.

As far as hair care, this has been the year I have really taken the best care of my hair. It’s fuller and thicker than its ever been and I truly give credit to the products that I have been using. I wash my hair every 3 days and instead of a conditioner I use a deep repair mask that I let sit in my hair for 5 to 10 minutes. It has made a huge difference in the texture of my hair. It’s the Macadamia deep repair mask. Another favorite it the Perfect 10 leave in spray. It does so many things, from conditioning, heat protection, and controling frizz, and more. Without this my hair gets very dry at the ends and hard to style. Another great tip, if you don’t wash your hair everyday, is to use a dry shampoo. I have tried many different types and I always go back to the Baptiste dry shampoo. It works well and it’s affordable.

That’s all of my favorite beauty buys for 2016. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you use any of these items or recommend something new for me to try.

Here are all the products mentioned and a few more below with links to buy πŸ™‚

 

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Favorite Drugstore Nude Lilpsticks

When it comes to lipstick I am a true fanatic. Ever since I was little I would run around wearing my mom’s lipstick where ever I went. ( I thought I was so grown up) It was my first real introduction into loving makeup. Skip to 20 something years later and nothing has changed. I can’t leave the house without a little color on my lips. But finding a good lipstick can be a challenge. You want to find one that goes with your skin tone or that looks great with your outfit, but drugstore makeup is always a hit or miss. The one thing I can’t stand is buying a bunch of drugstore makeup and getting home and not liking what you bought.Β  It feels like such a waste. Now before I buy, I love to check out reviews on certain products. So I have gathered up my own favorite drugstore lipsticks to give my own review. Now I tend to gravitate toward nude shades for everyday, so I put together 6 nude shades with slightly different undertones. I love theses because they’re inexpensive, they have great pigmentation and they don’t dry out your lips.Β  So go check them out. πŸ™‚ Let me know if you have tried these out or if you have a favorite you’d like to share.Β 

1. Revlon Lip-butter Pink Truffle- Very creamy and a darker nude shade that is more on the berry side
2. Covergirl -Sultry Sienna- Deeper nude shade
3. Rimmel London- Airy Fairy- Perfect pinky nude color with slight cool undertones
4. Revlon- Demure- This is great for the spring and summer. It has a coral undertone to it so it complements skin with more yellow undertones.
5. Miliani – Nude Beige- Smells like watermelon and is a slight pink nude color that looks very natural.
6. Revlon Lip-butter – Creme Brulee- This is the lightest I go for. Its not so nude that you can’t see you lips but It does have more of a taupey undertone so your lips have that perfect nude look that goes great with a smokey eye.
Thanks for stopping by!
Caitlin