29 Dec 2016 36 comments

2016’s Best Beauty Discoveries.

My end of year beauty roundup came round fast, but rest assured I have some pretty exciting products to introduce you to! 2016 was a great year for beauty finds – I actually had to make a few lists before I nailed down this final lineup!

From skincare right through to haircare and fragrance, here’s the best of the best…

Pixi Glow Mist; This dreamy skin spritz has become a staple of mine this year, it’s a must have for setting and reviving makeup throughout the day. I usually find skin mists like this make skin feel tight and uncomfortable after application, but this is infused with oils that keep the complexion softly hydrated and seriously dewy.

The Estee Edit Up & Out Mascara; It’s been a while since I’ve found a mascara I love enough to recommend on here, but this double-ended wonder is my pumped-up lash staple. I usually use the thicker end for my top lashes and use the smaller spoolie for separating the bottom lashes. It’s a wonder worker for awakened eyes.

Byredo Mojave Ghost; I know, I know – I’ve mentioned this fragrance NON FREAKIN’ STOP! I’m obsessed with this heavenly scent, it’s easily my favourite perfume find ever, the woody, floral combination is just perfect.
I love the way it smells on first spritz, but it settles on the skin throughout the day to become the most intoxicating fragrance. It’s one of those perfumes I constantly get compliments on too, and who can argue with that!

BECCA Luminous Blush in Camellia; I’ve been sticking to the same few blushers on rotation for a while, so I added a new one to the mix. This Becca blush instantly adds a perky pop of radiance to the skin, giving a seriously flawless flush with just the right amount of shimmer.

Ouai Texturising Hair Spray; I think everyone who tried this Ouai wonder became smitten with it on first use! I always love a bit of texture in my hair, and this gives freshly washed or too soft hair just the right amount of grit and hold. I’m on to my fourth bottle!

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets; Another sell-out product of the year was these Lip Magnets; creamy lipsticks that glide on and produce a vibrant punch of non-budge colour.
I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by these, but I have to say they’re some of the best lip products I’ve ever tried. Application is a dream, the colour range is absolutely spot on and the formulation is faultless!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal Edit; I doubt this palette needs an introduction, but for those who haven’t spied me squealing about this marble-wrapped edit, it’s all you need to achieve supermodel-esque skin in a flash.
The palette contains five unreleased shades, from Ambient Lighting Powders to blushers and a bronzer. I won’t be without it, it’s definitely my favourite palette find of the year!

Oribe Matte Waves; This was an impulse buy on one of my many Space NK trips and I knew from the name that I’d love it!
I love a bit of grit to my hair, and this mattifying lotion encourages textured waves without the effort. I sweep it over damp hair and leave to dry, it brings out beachy locks in my fine, flat hair.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow in Pebble; This quickly became my go-to, everyday shadow since I first tried it during a tour of the Bobbi NYC HQ! It’s a beaut glitter eyeshadow, it has only a hint of colour and it’s so subtle that it just makes eyes pop. I adore how pretty it looks, and it’s so simple to just sweep on. Well worth a try!

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Cleanser; I’ve recommended this cleanser a few times, it has a great texture and it deep cleanses the skin so effortlessly. I love the way it melts away makeup and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and supple.
You can also leave it on for a few minutes as a purifying mask, which is great for a once-weekly deep cleanse!

Clinique Pop Lip Matte; This was a lipstick launch I was eagerly awaiting, and this did not disappoint. I adore the original Pop Lipsticks, and the matte range fits in basically every shade you’ll ever need.
They apply well, last throughout the day and don’t feel too drying either. Another Clinique range I love!

Estee Lauder Wake Up Balm; I loved the sound of this wake-up skin balm, and I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl. The radiance-boosting base is glides on to skin to hydrate and prep, creating the perfect canvas for makeup.
It’s a must have step in my everyday routine, and it makes such a big difference to the overall look of my complexion!

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement; Finally, a skin serum I absolutely cannot get enough of! I’ve talked about this a whole lot (it even got it’s own post!) and it’s still a skincare staple for me.
The lightweight formula nourishes and perfects the skin, sinking in instantly and leaving my complexion looking fresh and dewy!

All in all, a seriously good year for beauty! Have you got any of these little lovelies on your wishlist?

  • So many lovely products! I love the look of that dreamy Hourglass palette, I’ve still yet to try any of their products though – may have to make it a new year resolution 😉 x

    Sick Chick Chic

  • so soooo many lovely products. the hourglass palette is such a special and beautiful product and looks perfect in every flat lay.


  • I actually haven’t tried any of these products yet! My beauty wish-list just got a whole lot longer!

    Lynnsay x

  • clare⭐

    Lovely! I love the hydrating milky mist from pixi but I really want to try the glow mist too 🙂


  • Lovely list, definitely want to try out the Glow Mist from Pixi, love everything I have tried from them so far. The Armani Lip Magnets look gorgeous too, thanks for sharing. Hope you had a great Christmas x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Lovely picks! I really want to try the Pixi Glow Mist, it sounds amazing! x


  • Ayesha

    The hourglass palette is so pretty, but keep hearing so many mixed reviews, so have put off getting it? But reading a good review like this it sounds so great. What does everyone else think?

    Ayesha – typeandteaa.blogspot.com

  • These products sound bloody amazing! That Hourglass palette will forever be on my list to buy and maybe one day i’ll treat myself! Lovely post xx


  • Great discoveries! I couldn’t agree more about the Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets! I’ve never heard of the Estée Edit Up & Out mascara before, but it sounds rather lovely, especially as I like layering my mascaras!


  • A beautiful round up! I love the Pixi Glow Mist too – and the Hourglass palette looks so stunning!
    – Ambar x

  • Wonderful round up. I love Clinique lipsticks!

  • The Pixi glow mist is very interesting. I would love to try that product too. 🙂
    Bonne Annee!

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I really want to try more products from PIXI, it is a brand I always seem to forget about. I posted my 2016 faves too.

    EmmysBeautyCave | Blog Header Designs | Instagram

  • Maggie

    I forgot how much you liked this bobbi brown eyeshadow now I am going to have to check it out!


  • I LOVE the Bobbi Sparkle shadows – Cement is a really good one to try as well! I so want to try the Hourglass palette as well it is just too dreamy! Beautiful post as always x

    Laura x

  • Great picks! The Bobbi Brown shadow is so beautiful! x


  • I’m intrigued by the pixi glow mist. I am a big fan of the glow tonic so I would love to try out the mist too! The hourglass palette is to die for. I currently own the edit palette and I have been itching to get this one too 🙂

    Great post. Have a lovely day ♥

    Ying | * Y i n g c b e a u t y *

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  • Frances Kayleigh

    Oh my goodness sooo many beautiful things I want to try in this post – particularly the Armani lip magnets, they seem right up my street! xx


  • I really want to try the Ouai texturising spray but I’m weary of it after trying the Charles Worthington texturising spray as I hated that. I’ve seen a couple of people say it’s a dupe and it left my hair so knotty and difficult to brush the next day, I now have a fear of all texture sprays haha! Love the roundup, the Byredo fragrance sounds right up my street too x

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

  • Amazing products, I love them!!


  • I received the Hourglass palette for Christmas and I can’t wait to use it! I just don’t want to touch it – it’s too pretty! I need to try that Pixi Glow Tonic. I put it on my Target list every time I go and I never actually buy it. I will definitely be buying it soon!

    Katie | http://www.overthemoony.com

  • I’ve yet to try the GA lip magnets but all the good reviews makes me want to splurge on it!


  • Really want to try that Pixi mist, the Hourglass palette, and all of the hair products! You always have the best recommendations! Wishing you a great 2017 as well!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • The Hourglass palette is at the top of my want list at the moment! I’m loving the look of the Bobbi Brown shadows, it’s such a pretty shade! Happy New Year!
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

  • Jen

    I love Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Shadow in Cement–will have to check out Pebble! It looks gorg. x

    Jen | affecionada

  • I NEED the Bobbi Brown serum and the Ouai dry texturising spray in my life stat! They’ve been on my hit list for ages, but everyone deserves a treat once in a while right? – these will be my “welcome to 2017” presents to me! lol

    Hayley xo | Sailor Stories

  • I feel so out of the loop ive only used Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow and thats it out of this selection i really to try more!


  • Grace Campbell

    So many of these products I am yet to try! They all sound amazing!!

    Grace x

  • Gorgeous favorites! I just picked up my first Byredo perfume and love it. Mojave Ghost is next on my wishlist, but they have so many I want. I also love the HG Surreal Light palette.. such a stunner! Those Bobbi Brown eyeshadows have been on my wishlist for a while. I think it’s time I pick one up. If you love a good facial spritz, I’ve been loving the Complex Beauty Afterglow Complexion Mist. It has so many amazing ingredients and leaves my skin so glowy, fresh, and hydrated. Love!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  • 2017 needs to be the year where I get my first Byredo perfume!

    Laura | Laurzrah

  • Loved your 2016 beauty favorites! I actually posted mine today too ^^


  • Ashley Laughlin

    Such darling picks and photos. The hourglass palette is gorgeous! Too bad I’m not a ‘subtle highlight’ girl.


  • Raeanne Lydia

    I NEED to try the Glow Mist from Pixi! I always hear Aspyn Ovard raving about it, so it’s definitely going on my wishlist 🙂

    Rae // http://www.raechic.com

  • I can’t believe I’m yet to try out anything from Ouai yet. Everyone raves about it so I’m pretty sure I should be trying it out lol xo

  • I’ve been loving Pai a lot this year, but I tried Byredo Sunday Cologne and it smells incred!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Natalie Redman

    All of this looks beautiful, really want to try some Pixi products!