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Best In Beauty 2016

I was to do a Faves In Five post since October. After that didn't materialize I decided to compile everything here. So, prepare to scroll. Also, click the links for more information. Many of these items weren't new to the market in 2016, just new to me.

M.A.C 221

I almost went with the Wayne Goss #19 but I've come to expect a certain quality from his brushes. That's not to say that M.A.C quality is poor but sometimes it's the luck of the draw. This brush was sadly limited edition; they absolutely need to bring it back. Talk about a perfect blender brush for people with small eyes! Cha man.

M.A.C 221 -

I haven't tried every single item in the range but almost. They're one of my most repurchased and gifted products from Pure Source Barbados. They also make great Christmas travel size value sets.

this works Christmas 2016 ornaments -

Healthy Kinks hair products

If the labels look ratchet it's cause de products gettin n'use. I am very impressed with this brand and greatly pleased to have a locally made alternative for hair care. A very special thank you to the Healthy Kinks Team for making available for purchase  - and delivering - a travel size care package. I'm getting full sizes of everything fo sho!

Healthy Kinks hair products -

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss '420 Reckless Bloom'

This lives in my 'carry everywhere' bag. If I wasn't trying to reign in the spending I would buy a few more from this range.

Nest Dahlia & Vines Eau de Parfum

I never knew myself to be a big fan of floral perfumes but this hey convince me. This only proves that getting a sample of a product really could change your life.

"Dewy daffodils, peony, and rose are blended with the essence of garden vines. This combination reveals a romantic floral that exudes elegance, grace, and luxury.

Inspired by the works of 18th Century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, Laura Slatkin collaborated with master perfumers to translate these works of art into luxurious fragrances that capture the essence of each of the botanicals that adorn the products' striking packaging.

Dewy Daffodils, Peony, Rose, Garden Vines.
Elegant. Classic. Romantic.

Nest Dahlia & Vines Eau de Parfum sample -
Sephora haul -

I literally just talked about this.

Suki Concentrated Clarifying Toner

I'm impressed with every Suki product that I've tried by way of obtaining a sample from Pure Source Barbados. When I was collecting a few new toners for another round of comparisons I decided to put Suki in the mix. This product makes my face feel so soft and smooth. Suki has not let me down yet.

Suki Concentrated Clarifying Toner -

Viseart Eye Shadow Palette '4 Dark Mattes'

Sooooooooooo pigmented. So blendable...and the right kinda blendable cause they disperse but don't disappear. This formula just might be the eyeshadow for non-eyeshadow people.

Paula's Choice Resist Youth-Extending Mattifying Fluid

This has dethroned the Clarins sunscreen as the best I've tried. It has the thinnest formula ever which is a dream for us oily skin folk. Paula's Choice also allows you to purchase samples and trial sized kits.

Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Trial Kit -

L'Occitane Amande Shower Oil

Move over Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel. Seriously, I haven't repurchased a shaving gel since I started using this.

Ilia Pure Eyeliner 'My Generation'

"A hybrid of muted violet hues blended with the deep tones of merlot. My Generation can be used as an accent colour along the lash line or blended out into the crease of the eye for a stronger look.

ILIA Pure Eyeliner brings rich, creamy colour to the eyes which blends and builds for a day to night look. Packed with the healing oils of vitamin E and sesame, they work alongside soothing butters of shea and coconut to moisturise and protect the delicate area of the eye.

Ilia Pure Eyeliner 'My Generation' -

Just impressive on a whole.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 'Radiant Light'

I'm going back and forth about these Hourglass powders...I think it's the shade range; finding one that actually compliments darker skin tones. That said, the first time I tried 'Radiant Light' and saw the soft focus glow in a photo I was a believer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 'Radiant Light' applied -
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 'Radiant Light' -
The sun is totally washing out the colour

Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner

Got my third bottle recently. One word of caution though: if you sweat from your scalp a lot like I do I wouldn't recommend using this when you have a sew-in.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970

If you are serious about acid toners then look no farther. Expect a full post on this.

 Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 -

Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask

This in on my 'get the full size' list for sure.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula™ Luxury Facial Oil

This is a late addition but it proved itself during my recent travels. If you want to combat the damages of recycled air get you some face oil. Even if you have oily skin. The 1 oz. size is $72USD though...lawddddddd.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula™ Luxury Facial Oil -

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 'Radiance'

Ladies we are sleeping on radiance primers. I know what you're thinking: our oily skin is radiance enough. That was how I felt too until I gave this a try. Lord it pretty! Just don't apply on your nose 😀

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 'Radiance' -
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 'Radiance' applied -

I'm pretty much done with cream polishes from O.P.I but I can't deny that these two products from them are stellar.

Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid To Mattes 'Libra' and 'Wrath'

Classic case of 'when a product name makes you buy it'. I've worn 'Wrath' a few times in the latter half of 2016 and I am very impressed. Considering how many new lip products I have yet to open...let's just say, more to come on these.

Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid To Mattes 'Libra' and 'Wrath' -
Black Moon Cosmetics packaging -

Sharalee said there ain't nothing like it and she is so right. Every black woman should own this blush.

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof '4'

I almost didn't include a mascara yuh. There are a few that I used for the first time last year but nothing moved me like Lancome Hypnose Drama. Til my wife sent me a lovely blue mascara and I was reminded of how much I like using them to add a pop of colour to my lower lashes.

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof '4' -
YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof '4' wand -
YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof '4' applied -

and finally...

the Balm Cosmetics Overshadow The Sexpots

the Balm has the best packaging! And the names just fit the themes perfectly. These two eyeshadow pigments are called, 'you buy, I'll fly' and 'no money, no honey'. 💓 Better still, I got them from Hautelook1 at half price.

the Balm Cosmetics Overshadow The Sexpots -
the Balm Cosmetics Overshadow The Sexpots -
the Balm Cosmetics Overshadow The Sexpots swatches -

If you've made it all the way to the end I hope you've seen something new and interesting. Let us know what your 2016 beauty favourites were in the comments.

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