Monday, 2 January 2017

Best Beauty Discoveries 2016

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Happy New Year everyone! I thought I’d kick off the new year with my favourite beauty discoveries from last year! I’ve split it into skincare, makeup, bodycare and hair and though I probably could have done a separate blog post for each I’ve really tried to whittle these down to my absolute favourite newbies to my collection in the last year!

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Skincare
A blue liquid that maintains healthy looking skin targeting all signs of skin ageing including textural damage, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores and a lack of radiance, this has quickly shot to the top of my favourite skincare list and I mentioned it here too! I finished a 15ml bottle a few months ago and kept my eye out for a replacement in the Black Friday sales but I couldn’t get a discount code to work! I then saw the NIOD bundle Deciem had on their website so for £60 I got this and 3 other full sized products – I only realised after I opened it that I had to the 30ml bottle which is priced at £60 individually so I was chuffed! This product does exactly what it says and more for me, my skin just looks and feels better when I use it and I don’t want to be without it again – I would love to try the 5% version too! It works very quickly on my areas of concern and evens out my skin tone and though it doesn’t say it does anything specifically for acne – I’ve had a cluster of spots on my jawline that wouldn’t go away and they reduced considerably after using this for a few nights! Magic! 

I’m going to talk about the next two products together because I mix them - The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% +HA works to reduce the look of spots and hyper pigmentation and The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula that reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion as well as balancing sebum. As well as being super effective on my scarred, acne prone skin, The Ordinary caused a storm when it was released earlier this year due to the super affordable prices! Buying these two together will set you back a massive £12! As a side note, both NIOD and the Ordinary are brands under Deciem and though I have a soft spot for CAIS, the Ordinaries offerings are amazing whether you are on a budget or not!

This is a 2 in 1 mask and exfoliator and I absolutely love it! It gives a real deep clean and my skin looks so much more refined and even toned when I rinse it off. I mentioned it here as well

This had been on my wishlist for the longest time but seemed to be out of stock forever! I finally got my hands on it though and I’m so glad I did! I like using this as a morning cleanser and it really refreshes my skin getting rid of dull skin cells and oil ready for makeup application!

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Makeup
You all know I am a matte eyeshadow lover and this Kat Von D palette has been a major standout to me this year! There isn’t a shade in here I wouldn’t use (yes, even the warm toned quad!) and these are the most pigmented shadows I have in my collection!

This has got to be my favourite liquid lipstick formula! I don’t have many to compare it to but when a seasoned lipbalm addict like myself can put this on at 7pm and last through dinner and drinks all night without feeling the need to top up with anything then I know it’s good! That was when I was on holiday last month and I haven’t tried it since then in colder weather but really that was enough for me to know its good!

It was love at first swipe with this lipstick! It really is the most beautifully pigmented formula I have tried! It glides on so easily and feels so moisturising, I love it! I bought another shade in Vintage Rose but it’s nowhere near as easy to apply so I’m not sure why the difference in formula but Rodeo Drive is beautiful!

I still can’t believe I only discovered this earlier this year! It quickly became a firm favourite and I bought another shade but Pillowtalk is my favourite! It’s the most beautiful muted mauve pink that goes with anything and the formula is so creamy and pigmented, it’s amazing! Worth the £16!

Another CT standout for me and though I don’t love this lip colour on its own, along with Pillowtalk it’s a dream team! Super long lasting and comfortable to wear! Both featured here!

I’m sorry to include a limited edition sold out palette in this round up but I couldn’t not! I have barely put this down since I got in in November! It has an amazing mix of matte blush shades plus a bronzer that I thought would be too warm (but somehow, it’s not) as well as a range of highlighters to the right-hand side! Full review here!

Bodycare
Another product I was so happy to find this year! I usually go for tanning lotions but decided to give this spray a try and man am I glad I did! Now, a negative to begin with – this is messier than lotions and I always lay a towel down when I’m tanning with this but the resuts are completely worth it! It gives the most beautiful streak free tan in the loveliest medium to dark shade that wears off so evenly! It has a lovely light coconut scent and dries in so quickly too! Love it! Also mentioned in this post!

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Haircare
You are all probably sick of me talking about these two by now but I had to mention them again! For super soft, swishy hair that smells AMAZING, you need these guys in your life! They are the most expensive shampoo and conditioner I’ve used and I have repurchased because I can’t be without them! Have a sniff if you spot them in Space NK, you wont be disappointed! Full review here!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own.

So, there we have my best beauty discoveries of 2016! See any of your favourites here? Tell me yours!

Danielle xx




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  1. I've been meaning to get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury since so long! Only if I could get it in India! xx

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  2. That blush palette is just utter perfection, so so beautiful.

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  3. This selection is great! I have yet to try any of the charlotte tilbury products. Hope you have a Happy New Year!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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  4. I've also been loving the Niacinamide too! It's amazing for the price! That blusher palette from Smashbox is to die for! Xx

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    1. It's so good isn't it! Love the blush palette, so glad I got it! Xx

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  5. Really pretty colors that blush palette.
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  6. I've been thinking about trying out Pixi products for the longest while. I know their toner is supposed to be amazing but I had no idea that their other skin care products were just as good.

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    1. I absolutely love their toner! The glow mud cleanser has been my favourite find from them this year! Xx

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  7. That Smashbox palette looks amazing. I would love to get my hands on the Pixi toner, but I have to finish the toner I am using right now.

    Hannah
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    1. Ah I know how you feel, I am on an empties mission this year! Xx

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  8. I need Charlotte tilbury In my life! Great choices
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  9. All great picks babe! I'm so keen to try The Ordinary serums.

    Lexie | nailgirl.net

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  10. I should definitely look into Gerard Cosmetics then. I've never really heard much good about the brand, but that lipstick looks really pretty! Defintely want to get my hand on that Pixi product too.

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    1. I am obsessed with their lip products! Pixi skincare is amazing! Xx

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  11. I love Pixi, I need to try that cleanser!

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  12. I've been considering purchasing a CT lipstick for so long now and now I'm wanting one even more haha. Her new matte lipsticks look really beautiful, too. I also hear so much about the Pillowtalk lip liner, seems like a really versatile shade. Matte eyeshadows are probably my favorite formulation as well!

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    1. Pillowtalk is the most amazing shade, I am obsessed! I've just bought one of her matte lipsticks too 🙊 Xx

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  13. I want to try the oil version of that tan but couldn't find it when I was out the other day so will order online! I love the KVD palette too! That blush palette is fab! xx

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    1. Palette obsessed! I love the tanning oil, would love to hear what you think of it if you get it! Xx

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  14. that kat von d palette has been on my wishlist for so long! NEED it in my life! I also need to try CT more this year!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. You do Pam! It's the most amazing formulation! And don't get me started on CT ❤️ Xx

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  15. I've heard so much about skincare brand The Ordinary, so definitely feel like it's a brand that I need to try out in 2017. Just need to get through some of my current products first. Happy New Year x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. It's so great to have a budget brand that is so effective! Happy new year to you too! Xx

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  16. I really love your makeup picks. I love their basic, neutral shades, especially the KV Palette!

    This is actually my first time hearing about The Ordinary, I have some acne spots I can't just get rid of so maybe I will look out for them online.


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    1. Thank you! I think these are great for acne and marks left over! Xx

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  17. These sounds like some really good products though i haven't tried any of them yet.
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  18. That mud cleanser from Pixi sounds really nice, I've just started using the pixi glow tonic and I'm in love!
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  19. I really want to try out the Kat Von D light and shade palette! Great products xx

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  20. This is such an amazing roundup and I love everything from The Ordinaries too! I need to get my hands on the Noid serum but so far I have 6 serums from The Ordinaries that I layer so I first need to get through that.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. The NIOD CAIS is amazing but I know what you mean about getting through what you already have! I am trying to do the same this year! Xx

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  21. I haven't heard of NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% but it sounds like something worth trying. I've been battling with acne for years.

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  22. I love Charlotte Tilbury lip products. I first tried them a few months ago and I am obsessed with them now!

    Danielle xx
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  23. I love the Bondi sands tanning oil too. It is messy, I somehow always manage to tan the bottoms of my feet haha! I need to wear Bitch Perfect more, its such a pretty shade xx

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    1. Haha I get it all over the bathroom tiles but it's worth it! Xx

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  24. I would love to try the Kan Von D palette, it looks so beautiful!

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  25. I can't stop staring at that blush palette, so gorgeous! I definitely want to try the Kat Von D palette as well as her contour palette. x

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    1. I'm so glad i picked it up! Love the contour palette too and I think these are now my favourite eyeshadow formulation! Xx

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  26. I'm obsessed with Pillow Talk, I love it so much! I need to get my hands on this Pixi Mud Mask, it sounds amazing.

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    1. It's the most perfect lip shade ever! Xx

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  27. I have the same GC liquid lipstick - it's such a gorgeous colour! I remember seeing your previous blog post about that Bondi Sands Self-Tanning oil, I still haven't found it in shops where I live :(((((( I'm still on the hunt though lol x

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    1. Ah no! It's definitely exclusive to boots so maybe try online if you want it! Xx

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  28. I'm not familiar with a lot of these brands but it is lovely to read about them, plus those lipstick shades are gorgeous!

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  29. I need to try the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser!

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  30. WAHH You really have some cool brands that I've never heard of before here! Fantastic job. Must try the skincare

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    1. Thank you! Definitely do, it's so good! Xx

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  31. These are great brands and products!! I'm totally loving the nude colors! <3

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  32. That Smashbox blush palette though! I finally started using the Pixi Glow Tonic this year after hearing it raved about everywhere and I'm so glad I did because it's amazing! x

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    1. Hehe I know! So glad I got the cleanser too after it was out of stock for so long! Xx

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  33. Some lovely products here - a great round up of the year!

    Charlotte x

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  34. I love the CT lipsticks, they're definitely my favourite!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. It's so refreshing and gives me such a good base for makeup! Xx

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  36. I love the Pixi Glow Mud cleanser :) the Rodeo Drive lipstick looks gorgeous too!

    Jasmine xx

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    1. I am obsessed with the shade and pigmentation, it's completely perfect! Xx

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  37. You have some great products here. 2016 was a great year for beauty discoveries for sure. I want to try some things from the Ordinary. Great round-up. x

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  38. The Kat Von D brand is one of my absolutely favorites! Love this! xx

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

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  39. I love this round up! The KVD Eye Contour Palette looks right u p my alley.
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  40. I need to try out Kat Von D! I have been lusting for ages! Ah I might bite the bullet and get some bits! Lovely post, so many brands I want to try are on here! HAUL NEEDED!

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  41. Happy New Year, I hope you will have an amazing year :) There are so many CT products in my wishlist, I keep avoiding buying them for some reason. I should really change it this year :)

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    1. Yes you definitely need to treat yourself to something. This year! Pillowtalk would be a great start, i am obsessed with it! Xx

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  42. such good picks! pixi is my favourite skincare brand right now but I haven't tried the glow mud cleanser yet! i also love everything from KVD! happy 2017 :)

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    1. Thank you Clare! Ah it's so lovely and gentle yet so effective! Happy new year to you too! Xx

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  43. Love these palettes!

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  44. You already know how I feel about Pillow Talk and Bitch Perfect haha! I'm so upset that my lip liner has basically finished, need to repurchase that one ASAP lol! I recently tried some products from Ouai and I loved them. Now I want to just purchase the whole range!xx

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    1. I do haha! I couldn't believe the size of it in your video! You'll be needing a backup asap is right! I love the OUAI! Xx

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