The E-List: Best of Beauty 2016
Happy 2017! The past year has been an... interesting one. Behind the madness, there were moments where I was able to forget about all that was going on in the world and just appreciate the little things - like a great makeup day. As so many YouTubers have done, I have put together a list of my favorite products from 2016. Unlike most YouTubers, I don't have a product for every category - just a plain and simple list of the makeup (and hair products) that have made me genuinely happy this year.
This was the primer that I reached for for the majority of the year. Although it was very hydrating, it never made my combination skin feel greasy - even in the summer months. I knew that I could rely on this primer to give me an extra boost of hydration, without irritants or clogged pores.
I was shocked when I realized how much I loved this foundation. As someone with typically oily/combination skin, I have been addicted to matte formulas for years in order to try to keep the shine at bay. However, with the advent of extreme highlighter and the strobing trend, I recently decided to embrace shine. In a way, I think it makes skin look more alive! This foundation does exactly what it says it will do; it leaves skin dewy and smooth, with no flaws in sight.
There's a reason that this is the only concealer that I've been using for the past three years. It is extremely blendable, but has enough pigment to cover up discoloration - whether that's from a spot or from sleepless nights.
This product has been my lifesaver this year. I had never added a color corrector to my routine before, but it made an insane amount of difference. This particular formula was creamy and pigmented enough to cancel out my dark circles - which is saying something. If you need help with undereye discoloration, layer this under your concealer.
After convincing myself that I didn't need (slash couldn't afford) the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (I'll always love you <3), I fell in love with the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer. It has the same small pencil point and the perfect spooly brush on the opposite end. The only problem with this product is that the color selection is not great!
This palette is the love of my life. Upon swatching perfectly buttery shade after perfectly buttery shade at Sephora, I sprinted to the checkout counter and purchased this palette perfection. It contains so many gorgeously wearable colors that blend like a dream - without losing their pigment. My personal favorites are Isabel, Kim, Marina and Paris. Let's just say I do not regret this investment.
This mascara has been my ride or die ever since my BFF Kelsey suggested it to me. It is black - the blackest black - and has a stunning formula. It makes my lashes look longer and thicker than they've ever looked and I'm never going back to any other mascara. Sorry Too Faced Better than Sex - you're not better than the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.
This is the only highlighter you need. Yes, I said it. Even if you're addicted to makeup like I am (as are many of my friends), you can get by with only this highlighter in your kit. It's a perfectly pinky champagne shade with a gold reflect - giving you a lively glow without ever accentuating texture on your cheeks. I use it on my cheekbones, down the center of my nose, on my cupid's bow, on my collar bones, on my shoulders...
This blush, while only setting you back $2.99, will fulfill all of your highly pigmented rosy cheeked- dreams. Instead of applying it just to the apples of my cheeks, I've been experimenting with sweeping it back toward my hairline and I've found that it accentuates my cheekbones a bit more.
I own four of these. Enough said.
This was the first item that I purchased from Glossier and it blew me out of the water. I credit this serum with single-handedly stopping my perioral dermatitis from coming around this winter (as it has every winter since I turned 18 - awesome). I use it only at night, after cleansing my face thoroughly and I follow it with a thick moisturizer from Aveeno. This serum is meant for skin that has issues with redness and breakouts which is just my style. If you frequently tell your skin to "calm down", then you need this serum in your life.
I recently got this Foreo Luna Mini 2 for Christmas, but it has already quickly changed my skincare game. Get this - it's made washing my face fun. I know, crazy talk, but it feels like I'm giving my face a mini massage every night when I cleanse my skin. Its bristles are made of silicone, which means that bacteria doesn't grow on them, which also means that you don't have to replace the Luna Mini 2. It also holds a charge for months so you don't have to worry about bringing your charger with you when you travel.
This was the year that I became obsessed with the ingredients in my products, which led me to toss out all of the face washes I was using that contained salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. While they are effective at treating spots for a time, they can dry out your skin and irritating it into breaking out even further. No thanks. This cleansing milk promised a deep, but non-irritating clean and it delivered. I use this in conjunction with my Foreo Luna Mini 2 every night for a deep clean that leaves my skin soft, not stripped.
I've documented my scalp issues thoroughly on this website in the past, but I've never laid out what product has brought my scalp the balance it craved. While I frequently flip flopped between having an oily scalp with dandruff issues to a dry, flaky scalp, I tried product after product to get rid of issue after issue. What I needed all along was balance, and this shampoo gave me just that.
This is the only hairspray that I use (again, another recommendation from my friend Kelsey) and it has never done me wrong. From long hair to short hair, I have been able to use this brushable, strong hold to its full advantage. It allows me to have those textured, tousled waves that always seem to be in style without making my hair sticky or damaged. Bonus points for protecting my colored hair from UV damage.