Best in Beauty 2016, Part 2

Now that you've seen my skincare favorites, let's get into the good stuff. I started off 2016 saying I was not going to buy new makeup. I have literally outgrown my makeup room and need to use what I have. I was successful at not buying things like foundations and glosses, but eyeshadows are my weakness and I need them all. I definitely have my favorites for certain things. Some may have come out before 2016, but nonetheless they are still a favorite for this year.

Face Makeup:


Elizabeth Arden Pravage foundation spf 30- Great throw on and go makeup with spf. It has a nice coverage, nice hydration, and feels like skincare.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation- This is my HG. Combined with miracle cream and wonder glow, this makes my skin look plump and youthful and makes all my melasma less noticeable.

Urban Decay All Nighter foundation- This was my favorite full coverage makeup. I don't often reach for a full coverage, but I do love this formula for coverage. It doesn't feel heavy or dry or tight.

Honorable mention- Gerda Spillman Biofond cream foundation. This product is expensive, but the coverage is nice and it is wonderful on dry skin.


Most people who know me know that I despise primers. I don't believe in them, they are a waste of money and only created as another way to sell a consumer an extra product. I believe in prepping with skincare. That said, I love Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow and Becca Backlight Priming Filter. Though I don't use them as "primers' in the sense to make my foundation last longer or fill in pores. I use them for the light reflecting properties under my foundation. It's the only way I have found to cover my melasma without leaving the look of a shadow through my foundation.


Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation- Before this I had certain powders that I liked okay, but nothing that I loved. This powder really rocked my world this year. It is smoothing, non drying, doesn't cake under my eyes, wears all day, and feels like nothing on the skin. And the coverage is great. It's everything you could want in a powder.

Lorac Porefection Baked Perfecting Powder- This powder is very underrated in the beauty community. It is great alone for a light-medium coverage, and even better as a setting powder over a liquid foundation. The formula contains salicylic acid making it great for even acne prone skin.

Honorable Mentions- Though these didn't make favorite status, they are still really great and deserve a mention- Bare Minerals Ready Touch-up powder in translucent. I love this powder for setting my concealer. Bravon Beauty The Eraser Tinted Diffusion Powder in translucent. This powder is invisible on the skin and works over any other product. Lancome Absolute Peche loose powder. This powder has a beautiful glow to it that makes any flat, matte, foundation look healthy and luminous.


Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher- great, great, lightweight, natural looking concealer. Easy to use. I have three shades that I mix and match. Looks excellent anywhere on the face.

Tarte Shape Tape- I really didn't want to like this concealer because I am angered at the fact that Tarte puts more effort into entertaining influencers, than keeping products in stock for the paying customers. But, alas, it is fantastic. Full coverage, non creasing. Expanded shade range. I highly recommend it when you can find it in stock!


I don't really use a lot of bronzer. I don't contour or any of that silly stuff. I like the look of skin and the real shape of a person's face, not a recreated one. But, I still have a couple bronzers that are natural looking and work really well for me.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow- Duh, this had to be on here. The color is fantastic. The formula is fantastic. The packaging is gorgeous. It makes you feel fabulous just owning it.

Gorgeous Cosmetics Endless Summer Bronzer- I found myself reaching for this neutral toned bronzer during my entire wedding season this year. I used it on countless wedding parties and it worked on everyone.

Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer- One of the few drugstore products that I love. The smell is delectable. The color is perfect. And the formula is like butter.


I don't contour and I also don't care for highlighter. I occasionally do a very soft and subtle glow, but not the outlandish gleam from outer space that is trending still. For myself, I look to my skin prep to give me the glow I want. But, for bridal parties no one has that kind of time. So, this palette was my go to this year.

Anastasia Sun- Dipped glow palette- The colors in the palette are all beautiful. The formula is nice. And it was easy to pack in my kit.


I have at least 100 blushes in my collection. So many, that I rarely use one twice. It was very hard to pick a favorite. Had I picked by just color, I'd have picked my Mac Tipsy from the original launch that is long discontinued. I haven't found a suitable dupe for it yet. I also have a Borghese blush that I reached for much of 2015 that is still one of my favorites. But this year I'm judging by formula alone and not color.

Powder Blush- Bravon Beauty Susumi Suede Blush. I bought every shade in this line. Bravon uses only high quality ingredients and no binders. So, you will find that these will kick up some dust when using. But, the pigmentation and blendability on the skin is what makes them so great. He was very thoughtful in the color range he presented and covered all skintones. There's a reason he has such a great and loyal following of fans.

Cream blush- I am a huge believer in creams. I prefer them over powders any day. And my very favorite formula is Senna Cosmetics Cheeky Blush. The cream to powder formula sets to a beautiful non tacky finish. It's great for layering or wearing alone.


Microblading ruled 2016 and will be even bigger in 2017.

That being said, it doesn't get better for me than the It Cosmetics universal brow pencil.


Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl mascara- A new discovery this year and instant favorite. It makes my lashes lush and beautiful, and it doesn't transfer to my brow bone.

It Cosmetics Superhero- When I want drama, this mascara is it. It is thick and black and wow. The only setback is it is very hard to remove. But, it doesn't transfer to my brow bone either.


Both lipliner and eyeliner go to Bravon Beauty this year. I didn't try many formula's because I already have a drawer full I don't use. But, I own all of Bravon's and reach for them more than anything. His color selection is everything you need, and nothing more. They last well on the waterline as well as the lashline and lipline. And they wash off easily with my face wash.

Eye Primer:

You're gonna think I'm crazy, but I rarely use an eye primer. I just think quality products don't need primer. If you have oily lids, I can see the need for something, but my lids are normal and I don't need it. When I do, I have a drawer full and I just grab one. They all work equally for me.

Cream Shadow:

My favorite! I love creams.

Mally Shadow Sticks- never fail, easy to use, beautiful colors.

Charlotte Tilbury pots and pencils- same as Mally, never fail, easy to use, beautiful colors.

Wander Beauty liquid eyeshadows- Small color selection but I can literally out these on with no mirror, blend with my finger, wait a few seconds, and walk out the door. They are idiot proof. Anyone can use these no matter their experience or talent with makeup.

Powder Shadows:

I am an eyeshadow hoarder. I love color, I love shimmer, I love palettes. And, I don't care about price.

Tom Ford/ Charlotte Tilbury quads- luxurious, amazing quality, and you get a ton of product for the cost.

Bravon Beauty- great price, loose shadows have every color imaginable, matte pressed shadows are some of the best matte's I've ever used.

Eyeshadow Palette:

Senna Cosmetics Decades palettes- Especially the 90's palette. This concept was unique, the Senna formula is amazing, and the color schemes are all very thought out. You'll feel nostalgic wearing these. When I thought back on all the palettes that came out this year, this was the most memorable one.

Anastasia Modern Renaissance- I didn't want to listen to the hype, but the reds in this palette won me over. I love red, cranberry, rust, and berry shadows

Stila Soul palette- I reached for this so much this year for wedding parties. The colors all work so well together for all the ladies who want those warm eye looks.

I will say, I didn't meet an eyeshadow I didn't like this year. I have so many I'd be embarrassed to count them all. And they are all great.


It was the year of the liquid matte lipstick. The controversial Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks are still one of my favorite formula's ever. I hate that he is so despised when he makes such a good product. I'm hoping for Jeffree to make amends with all the people in the world that he has hurt and to pull a Justin Bieber and do something to make people like him again. That being said, there are so many good lip products out there now. I have super dry lips, so most of the time I'm just wearing lip balm. But, when I want to reach for something, these are it.

Jouer liquid lipstick- Comfortable matte in wearable colors. No blues or grays in this line.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution- A very unique matte formula that is comfortable and non drying.

Bravon Beauty Motto Matte Moisture lipstick- matte and moisture? you got it. High pigment lip colors. Great color selection. These do not set to a complete matte.

I'm not a gloss person so no favorites from me. I still use and love my Mally High Shine glosses with the click pens when I want a gloss.

2017 is going to be the year of the gloss I think. The matte lips are gonna fade and the high shine lips are gonna be back. I think we will still be seeing the metallic trend carrying over in more subdued shades. I am hopeful that skin will be in and the layers upon layers of makeup trend will fade away. I think we are gonna see more of a natural glam look this year with influence on the 70's. I think color is also gonna make a scene and we are gonna see more playful and fun makeup looks. I want to see people going back to looking like themselves rather than turning themselves into a completely different person, unrecognizable without makeup.

What are you hopes for the makeup scene this year? What were your favorite products of 2016? What's on your wishlist for 2017? I know my main want items are the Natasha Denona palettes and Cozzette shadows.

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