Favorites of 201511:30 PM
Now that we're about a week or so into 2016, this post seems a little outdated, but I thought it would be a fun post to share nonetheless.
2015 was a big year for me in terms of makeup exploration (just check out some of the looks I've done here). I have grown a lot as an artist, and I'm a lot more confident in my own skills and abilities.
With that, I've also cycled through a pretty alarming amount of makeup products (let's not talk about it...) and have tried a number of products, which means that my favorites for 2016 are pretty selective! Here are the ones that I have loved and will definitely stick with me throughout the new year.
Without further ado:
My Favorite Lip Products of 2016:
During 2015, I actually really started wearing lip products. Before that year I was not as interested in lips as I was in other makeup--especially eyeshadow.
I bought a dang large amount of lipsticks throughout 2016 from all sorts of brands, but here are my three absolute favorites: the Maybelline Creamy Matte lipstick in Touch of Spice (my favorite lipstick color and formula EVER--had this for about two months and I've worn it almost every day), the L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Secret (I also have the color 'Fleur' that I love), and the Milani Color Statement lipsticks (I own more than 12 different shades, both regular and matte versions, and I love them all).
My Favorite Cream/Liquid Eye Makeup Products of 2016:
Starting with eyeshadow bases, I loved the E.l.f. Smudge Pot in the color "Cruisin Chic." It's the perfect taupey-gold shade and it's a very pretty, wearable color. The formula is perfect--it's much creamier than the Maybelline Color Tattoos (I have quite a few of those), but it's not overly creamy to the point where it would slip and slide around. I'd still probably wear it under eyeshadow, but I think it's a very versatile base. I also started using the NYX jumbo pencils and BLACK BEAN CHANGED MY MAKEUP GAME. Up until I got it, I pretty much always put shadows over a neutral or white base, and I never realized how intense some shadows can look over a black base (try it for your duochrome eyeshadows)! Now, I use it all the time and I'm obsessed. I use the E.l.f. gel liner in Coffee for my eyebrows as a sort of "dip-brow pomade" dupe and I love it and have used it for about an entire year, if not more. For my liquid liner, I have tried all sorts during 2015 but the two that remain my holy grail are also the cheapest: N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner and Wet n' Wild MegaLiner.
As you can see, Wet n' Wild gets the cake for my highlight and contour products. I really love their products, and the contouring palette in Caramel Toffee (Note: they have since reformulated the product and I do not like the new formula), the Reserve Your Cabana highlight, and Hollywood Blvd Shimmer Palette (my favorite highlight ever). For everyday face makeup, I usually just throw on this Pond's BB Cream (which has been discontinued but I stocked up!). It gives me a more even coverage and definitely has a bit of a luminous finish which I really enjoy. I don't like wearing foundation daily as my skin starts to breakout when wearing it for too long (I worked at Macy's over the summer and I had SO many breakouts from wearing foundation everyday). I recently picked up the Kleancolor Spotlight blush in Sable for $1 from Shopmissa.com and have been wearing it nonstop. It's such a beautiful warm peachy tone, and it's super pigmented and easy to blend. Finally, I'm a contouring addict, so the NARS Ita brush is a must for me. It makes getting a sharp but blended contour line super easy. It's a pricey buy, but I definitely recommend it as it's my favorite brush of all time (and I've used about a hundred different brushes over this year alone)!
My Favorite Beauty Tools of 2016:
And that's all! Congrats-you've survived this incredibly long post that has taken me the last hour to write. I'm excited to try new products in 2016 and share them with you all!