Happy New Year, loves! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and maybe even had some gifts to feed your beauty addiction. I asked you all if you wanted a new review or a wrap up of the best in each beauty category for the whole year and I had unanimous support for the best of beauty! So here we go these are my favorite products over the last year..
primer: nivea mens post shave balm
This balm is super affordable and helps to fill in pores and extend the wear of your foundation. It performs very similar to the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer with a much more reasonable price tag. You can find my full in depth review here.
foundation: l’oreal infallible pro glow foundation – 202
If you are a frequent reader you know I have a very hard time finding a foundation I love. This one is definitely it. It is a super lightweight texture and gives medium coverage that can be built up while giving a youthful glow that isn’t oily. You can find my full in depth review here.
concealer: tarte shape tape concealer – fair neutral
This concealer is newer to the market and I’ve only had it a short time but it is maybe my favorite that I own. It gives full coverage while still looking like skin. It brightens and is definitely the most crease proof I have tried. A little goes a long way so you are getting a pretty good value. If you would like a full review than let me know in the comments!
powder: mac pro shaping powder – emphasize
I use emphasize to set my concealer and the T-zone of my face. The powder is super creamy and ultra brightening. I like too use it to really brighten my under-eyes and highlight the middle of my face. It sets my concealer beautifully and doesn’t look cakey at all.
contour: dolce & gabbana the blush – tan
I started using this blush to contour on the recommendation of youtuber Claire Marshall. It has the perfect amount of cool tones to imitate a shadow without making it look like you smeared mud on your face. It blends easily and is perfect for any skill level because it isn’t too pigmented and is very hard to take overboard.
bronzer: nars bronzing powder – laguna
I bought the Steven Klein Nars face kit last winter which contains the crazy hyped laguna bronzer. I do like it quite a lot. I think it is a perfect neutral bronzer and has the right amount of pigmentation to prevent giving yourself a bronzer helmet. This took over my Benefit Hoola bronzer because I got quite a bit more color than usual this year and it has stayed in my routine ever since.
blush: wet n’ wild color icon blush – apri – cot in the middle
This blush is crazy pigmented and gives a beautiful coral glow. This is my favorite shade to use all through summer or when I can’t decide what to put with the rest of a look. The blush is super blendable and only costs a few dollars. Crazy deal and one of the best blushes I own.
highlight: becca champagne pop face palette – champagne pop
I originally purchased champagne pop when it first came out because I have endless admiration for Jaclyn Hill but to be honest I wasn’t crazy about it and definitely didnt think it was a champagne shade. It was way more golden. When I ordered the face palette, I was really surprised at how different the champagne pop shade was. It was much more champagne and I completely love it. If you want to see my review of the whole palette you can read it here.
eye primer: smashbox photofinish 24 hour primer
Most of the time I don’t actually use a primer on my eyes I just use a concealer to even out the color on my lids but when I want my shadow to have crazy staying power I use this primer. It has a slight silicone feel but still allows the shadows to glide on and blend with ease. There will be no creasing with this primer for sure.
eyeshadow: makeup geek single shadows – mirage, peach smoothie, cocoa bear, americano
This year I fell in love with makeup geek shadows. I love being able to customize my own z palettes. They are so cheap and they are pigmented and bendable. My absolute favorite shades are mirage, peach smoothie, cocoa bear, and americano. When I am lacking inspiration those shadows are my go to’s for multiple looks.
eyeliner: anastasia beverly hills waterproof creme color – jet
Ever since I started using liner in middle school, I have always been a gel liner girl. I just think gel is super precise and the most matte and black liners out there. The anastasia liner is the best I’ve found. It is super dark, completely matte, and stays in the waterline. You get a ton of product for your money as well. My trick if it ever feels dry is to put a drop of baby oil in it and it is back to new.
mascara: mac extended play gigiblack lash mascara
This mascara has a a very small precise brush that I love using to get every lash. It makes me have really natural looking long thick lashes. Most of you know this is my forever go-to for mascara to blend false lashes with your real lashes. For my full review you can click here.
false lashes: lena lashes – tina
A few years ago Jaclyn Hill raved about lena lashes and I have been crazy for them ever since. She makes beautiful lashes that are easy to apply and have a super comfortable band. Lena’s always having sales too so the lashes end up being fairly reasonably priced around $13 if you order at the right time!
brows: anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pomade – taupe
Ive been using the dipbrow for about 2 years in various shades. It is my holy grail brow product. I can make super natural hair strokes or more bold brows depending on my mood. It always looks like real brows and the color taupe is perfect for any blonde or light brunette. It has just the right shade with cool tones to flatter lighter hair.
lipstick: colourpop lippie stix – cookie
I dedicated a whole week on my blog for colourpop products and these may have been my favorite from them. The formula is creamy and pigmented and super easy to apply. I love the shade cookie. It is the perfect nude for people with lighter skin tones because it is very neutral toned. I have been carrying this everywhere with me since I got it. The full review & tons of swatches can be found here.
lipgloss: kylie cosmetics lip gloss – so cute
As most of you know, Im not a super huge fan of glossy lips so I was a little skeptical when I ordered this gloss but it is incredible. It has such a lightweight consistency and the perfect amount pigment to make it look beautiful on the lips. I love it over the cookie lippie stix and it says in my bag everywhere as well. You can get my in depth thoughts here.
setting spray: mac fix +
To finish off my makeup I always spray my face with fix +. It is not meant to extend makeup like most setting sprays but it makes powders look much more natural and adds hydration to the skin. I think it makes my face makeup look more natural and dewy throughout the day so it is a must for me.
So that wraps up a whole bunch of beauty favorites for the year 2016! Here’s to new discoveries and new reviews this year! I can’t wait for all the new launches getting ready to come out and to give you all fresh new content every week! Let me know if you see anything you want me to review or have any ideas for new blog posts you all would like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
love & lipstick kisses 💋