As the year comes to an end, I have to say my thoughts echo those of John Oliver’s exactly. NO THANK YOU, 2016!
But it hasn’t all been bad – the world gave us Stranger Things, Joe Biden memes and the breakup of Brange (good for me, anyway I have big dreams). 2016 also brought some new beauty favourites that I know will still be lingering in my bag in 2020.
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
To anyone who suffers from the constant and forever darkening under eye area – this corrector will save your life. If I was on a lifeboat and had an option between this and fresh water, I’d seriously have to consider my options – that’s how good it is.
I’ve tried EVERYTHING from drugstore to high-end could never find anything that actually corrected the darkness under my eyes and didn’t crease. The first time I tried it I was so skeptical it was actually going to work that when I put it on and noticed a difference right away, I thought no it’s definitely going to crease during the day. By the end of the day my under eye area looked the exact same – bright, and awake.
After months of use, I might love this corrector even more because it’s held up against everything, weather, hangovers, late work nights, you name it. It’s so good that I’ve even warn it alone, with no concealer.
Tip: I apply the corrector by hand, and I like to “warm” the product with the tips of my fingertips before applying.
Benefit Roller Lash
I hate mascara. It smudges, it smears, and it can give you raccoon eyes – not cute. Like clockwork every three months when my mascara ran out, I would go and try another new one someone swore by, only to be disappointed and try again. I’ve bought Benefit Roller Lash three times.
Roller Lash is incredible for so many reasons, it curls, lengthens and DOESN’T smudge. The applicator is incredible, there are never any chunks and it evenly distributes the product. After wearing eyelash extensions for two years, my lashes paid the price and were short and straight – Roller Lash grabs the small lashes that are pointing down and straight, and helps lift and curl them.
It washes off like a dream – no more lingering mascara for days. Another perk, it’s affordable and in my opinion, beats all other high-end mascaras (and I’ve tried them all).
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Can you tell I have a thing for my under eye bags? They are the bane of my existence, and I would walk to the fires of Mount Doom in order to get rid of them forever. Since that is not an option, I have found the second best thing.
Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder will set and lock your corrector and concealer in place all day. No creasing, no settling into fine lines, and it really gives the under eye area a pop. Less is more with this product, a small amount goes a long way.
Tip: Apply this with a very damp beauty blender and let sit for a few seconds before lightly brushing off.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette
Becca released some of my favourite beauty products this year and another has made the list, the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette. Unfortunately this is a limited edition palette – which they should definitely reconsider because it’s that good.
The two highlighters are heavenly and give you that ethereal glow without being too look at me. They’re both great for daytime or nighttime and are easily built up to create a more intense glow.
The blushes included have an amazing silky formula and are extremely pigmented. They glide beautifully on the skin and the colours are to die for. Again, mixing and matching lets you create the perfect blush. Travelling can be exhausting and packing even more so, but this palette is great to throw in your bag and go.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Having an olive complexion can be great, I tan easily and I don’t have any redness but that also means in the winter months my complexion turns ugly and sallow. It looses all colour and I feel like I look sick. Pop some Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer on and I am transformed into a healthy, bronze goddess reminiscent of Gisele herself. Or not.
It helps naturally contour the face and gives a natural bronze glow – nothing fake or harsh. The colour isn’t too orange, dark, or shimmery – it imparts a nice sheen that is subtle. A sun kissed look all year round never hurt anyone who doesn’t live in California.
Sugar & Co. Products
Last, but certainly not least Sugar & Co. body sugaring products have left my skin smooth, soft and hairless. Made with all natural ingredients, sugaring is a gentler, less abrasive form of hair removal.
Waxing has been the mainstream form of hair removal for centuries, but why? Sure, it’s fast but is leaving with a patch of your skin missing sexy? No. Sugaring cannot burn, lift or tear skin and can be used on all skin types.
I’ve said goodbye to razors, razor burn, ingrown hairs, and irritated skin. And I guarantee once you try sugaring, you’ll join me in realizing that #sugaristhenewwax.
Sugar & Co. would like to thank everyone for their continued support and for pushing us to create products that our practitioners and client’s alike love. We have big things in store for 2017 and we can’t wait to show them to you. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours!
See you in 2017,
Samantha x Sara