I hope you're all surviving the first week of 2017! I don't know about you, but the start of a new year always seems to really motivate me and I have been super productive these last few days! For once I actually feel somewhat organized and it feels great! I have some fun ideas for the blog, but first it's time to share my favourite high-end beauty product discoveries from 2016!
This strangely shaped brush has become a total game changer for me! Admittedly, I've never been one to frequently brush my hair. In fact, there were many days that I went without brushing it at all, turning to my fingers to loosely tame my bedhead. The Tangle Teezer glides through my hair so easy and the small size, along with protective cover, are perfect for tossing into a handbag for use on the go.
Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser
I love oil cleansers! Especially during colder months when my skin needs a little extra moisture. I like that the Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser is all-natural and rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. Not only does it remove all of my makeup, but it is also seems to help with hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone typically caused by blemish scars. It smells pleasantly like grapefruit too!
Pictured is a travel size bottle because I just finished my full-size a couple of days ago. Spoiler art: you can expect to see it in an empties post soon!
My skin just seems so happy when I consistently use this natural oil. I massage about 4-5 drops over my entire face and down my neck every morning to prep my skin for makeup. It absorbs quickly and contains vitamin E, so it's highly nourishing. Earlier in the year I experienced some major dry patches under my eyes and concealer was nearly impossible to blend without looking like I had wrinkles. As soon as I started using this product my skin concerns seemed to vanish! I will definitely buy a full-size bottle in the near future.
Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner
This stuff is constantly sold out on the Sephora website - and for good reason! It cleans brushes without having to wait 24 hours for them to dry. Plus it leaves them smelling of vanilla! I managed to make mine last practically the entire year, but it's time I purchase another (and maybe a back-up).
Last year my high-end blush favourite was Orgasm by the same company, and while I still love the golden peach stunner, I seemed to have used this deep plum more during 2016. It is quite dark in the pan but I find a little goes a long way and when applied with a light hand it works well with my fair skin. I particularly like to pair it with a bold lip. There's a hint of shimmer, but it's not chunky or too intense like Orgasm can be. The NARS blush formulas are also silky smooth, super long lasting and easy to blend. They're definitely worth the price tag if you ask me.
OH MY GOSH! Where has this been all my life? Why didn't I make the splurge sooner???
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this subtle 'matte' highlighter. It looks absolutely gorgeous when applied to the cheekbones, but I've been known to douse my entire face with the marbled champagne powder for a ultra dewy look. It's quite natural looking and achieves that 'lit from within' glow I often aim for.
For some reason these seem to smell more and more like cough syrup to me, but I've learned to become a mouth breather (basically) while wearing these lip stains because the colour range and formulas are really, really good! This shade in particular is a newer favourite of mine (as mentioned in my Five Favourite Lipsticks For Winter last week). I'm simply obsessed with the wine colour!
In case you missed it, click here to check out my top drugstore items from 2016. What were some of your favourite beauty discoveries last year?