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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Best In Beauty 2016- part 1

2016 was an amazing year for beauty companies. There are so many great products on the market that's it's becoming harder to pick favorites. I can't even really remember any bad products that I tried this year except for the couple items I'll mention at the end. I'm so excited to see what 2017 will bring us!

I want to start by mentioning a few brands that I found to be very consistent with both quality and ease of use. I find that anyone of any age can benefit and quickly use and get out the door with any of these lines.

I want to start with my high end favorite, which is no surprise to people who know me-

Charlotte Tilbury

My other favorite is also no surprise since I actually have a Facebook fan group for this line, and this is my favorite Indy brand from my friend Bravon Pascua-

Bravon Beauty

Lastly, but not least, is my favorite newly discovered product line. I have actually had the fortune of talking to the co-creator of the line and tried many of the products. I think we are going to see big things happening for them next year and this is-

Wander Beauty


2016 has been the year I re-discovered a passion for skincare. I kind of dove head first into finding products that work, and discovered a whole world of pharmaceutical and medical grade skincare lines. I actually use very little consumer products anymore.

My favorite cleanser comes from Elemis. This is a European spa line of skincare, that I have found works great on my sensitive and acne prone skin. The Cleansing Balm has a fresh scent and once water is added, will slightly froth and lift up makeup and grime without stripping the skin. It is pricy, but worth it.

While we are talking about Elemis, they also made the cut with my favorite facial oil. The superfoods oil is a powerhouse on dry and sensitive skin. I keep it beside me bed as a last step over my nightly skincare.

My favorite day cream comes from Charlotte Tilbury. The Magic Cream really is Magic on my skin. It primes as well as moisturizing and I always feel like my makeup looks better with it on.

If you are over 35, such as I, a vitamin C serum is a great addition to your routine. I love Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. Only a couple drops will do, and the natural glow starts coming back to the skin. I knew after the first couple days of use that this would be my favorite this year.

My favorite anti-aging product is my Refissa tretinoin cream. If you are experiencing collagen loss or wrinkles, tretinoin is a game changer. Start slow, it's very potent.

If you struggle with texture issues and large pores, an exfoliant can be your best friend. My favorite is actually a cult favorite and for good reason. The Paula's Choice 2% bha liquid is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin like mine, but strong enough to do its job. And the price point is great.

Last, but arguably the most important is my favorite spf product. Spf is makeup is not enough. You must use an spf under makeup as well. I tried many medical grade spf's this year, and the one I like the best is from Elta MD, the physical broad spectrum spf 41 (tinted). It plays nice under makeup, adds extra coverage, and doesn't burn my eyes.

Stay tuned for part 2