Monday, 16 January 2017

2016 Favourite Beauty Products

Happy 2017 everyone! 
I'm so excited to be back blogging after my annual holiday break away from all things digital and blogging related! 
For my first blog post of 2017 I want to share with you my favourite products from 2016. 

I was lucky to be given the opportunity to trial a lot of different products throughout 2016. I also purchased numerous new products with my own money as well as repurchased finished gifted products that I loved.
For a product to make it onto my favourites list I need to have loved it enough to still be using it after the initial trial finished. If I've repurchased it after finishing the original product then it definitely achieves the favourites status required to be included in this list!

This list is grouped into beauty product categories.
For your convenience I have also included online links to where you can buy these products. 
2016 Favourite Beauty Products

HAIR
Regular readers of Fabulous and Fun Life won't be surprised to read that the bhave Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner have made it onto my 2016 favourites list. 
These are total holy grail products for me that help keep my hair frizz free and healthy despite my frequent harsh treatment of my hair with regular swims, heat drying and heat styling.
bhave Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner

In 2016 I also first tried the new bhave Super Nova Hair Elixir. This is a true multi-purpose superstar hair product. 
You spray it onto your towel dried hair and it effortlessly detangles your hair, fights frizz, repairs and strengthens brittle hair, thickens thinning hair, protects it from UV damage, and adds super shine and softness! 
This product has been a true hair saviour for me especially during the Summer months.

bhave Super Nova Leave-In Elixir

EYES


I may have only recently received this palette but as soon as I laid my eyes on The Balm's Appetit palette it achieved instantaneous favourite status! I mean seriously beauties, have you seen this gorgeous palette! 

My absolute favourite shade from this palette is the totally swoon-worthy Chris B. Bacon shade (last shade, middle row across). Please note that this photo does not do justice to this shimmery shade, it looks a lot more stunning in real life, trust me!

The cut out "Eat Ur Heart Out" layer lifts up to reveal easy to access square pans. If you're looking for a new palette I highly recommend this one! The pigmentation is amazing and the shades can be used dry or wet.

The Balm Appetit


Elizabeth Arden's Grand Entrance mascara has been my clear cut favourite mascara this year. It significantly increases my lash length and volume and also helps curl my lashes giving my eyes a more youthful appearance! 

It is easily buildable and can take me from day time to night time depending on the number of layers I use. 

After finishing my original gifted Grand Entrance mascara I immediately repurchased it with my own money. I need this mascara in my life!

I reviewed this mascara HERE.
Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

CHEEKS

This innovative Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil in Sparkling Framboise is such a flattering shade! It's my new go to blush since discovering it in early 2016. 

It also has the benefit of resulting in a lovely dewy youthful looking finish! Yay - as I need all the help I can get!

To read my full review of this blush you can click here.

Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil

LIPS

Choosing my favourite lip products from 2016 was as difficult as choosing my favourite child! 

In the end I considered the lip trends of 2016, namely nudes and vibrant lip colour, as well as liquid lipsticks, and this helped narrow down my choices. Even so I ended up picking three favourites. 

My first favourite is the Boho Nude lipstick shade from the Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 15th Anniversary Lipstick Collection. 

It is a lovely warm caramel toned nude which is also one of Kate Moss's favourite nudes so I'm in good company picking this as one of my favourites!

It is smooth and creamy to apply and comfortable to wear all day. 

You can click here to read my full review of this collection and to see swatches of them.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick in Luscious Raspberry ($34)

I love pinks and I love the vibrant shade of this lipstick! I also love the innovative click style of application. You push a lever on the side of the lipstick which then dispenses the correct amount of product onto the flocked tip applicator. This seems like a more hygienic method of dispensing liquid lipstick than other methods I've seen and used.

This high impact colour lipstick has the finish of a gloss. It feels moisturising and comfortable on the lips and is long lasting.

I'll be publishing a more detailed review of these Elizabeth Arden bold liquid lipsticks with swatches within the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that post!

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion * ($23.95) 

This is another lipstick I have regularly been reaching for since receiving it. It's got a beautiful lightweight moisturising formula that's comfortable to wear. I really don't have time for lipsticks which feel dry and uncomfortable!

The Devotion shade is a lovely rose pink colour that suits my skin tone (and I suspect flatters most people's skin tones). It is the perfect lipstick for every day wear. I've been wearing it to work most days recently!


2016 Favourite Lipsticks


Blistex Happy Lips Lip Balms * ($3.99)

On days I go makeup free, usually weekends when I'm active outdoors, I always apply lip balm to protect my lips.

The fruity mango, strawberry and melon varieties of Blistex Happy Lips lip balms quickly became my favourites. I always have at least one, if not more, of these lip balms in my handbag!

Blistex Happy Lips

FRAGRANCE
Roses de Chloe is a beautiful woody floral fragrance with fresh top notes of roses and bergamot, gradually joined by a heart of damascena rose essence and modernised with a magnolia accord. On the skin it leaves a lovely trail of white musk and amber, a signature of the Chloe house.
This fragrance makes me feel beautiful and graceful, and I always receive compliments when I'm wearing it. It's another definite favourite!
Roses de Chloe

SKINCARE

I've been using these Ultraceutical skin care products every evening for only just over 2 months now and I'm already seeing an actual improvement in my skin tone and especially my hyperpigmentation.

Ultraceuticals have a RVR90 program which promises 'Real Visible Results in 90 days'. At the launch for this program Ultraceuticals introduced its real people ambassadors at the event and showed their before photos plus we got to see their real life after treatment results. In a word they were IMPRESSIVE!

Click here to go to the Ultraceuticals website to see some convincing before and after Ultraceutical treatment photos for yourself!

These products are not cheap but they have real proven results and are based on scientific research. They are another definite favourite of mine, I just wish they were cheaper given my part time income! 

If you are interested in trying these products I would strongly recommend consulting a skin therapist listed on the Ultraceuticals website here so you can be prescribed relevant effective products for your skin's exact needs, so you are not wasting money on un-necessary products that your skin does not need.

Ultraceuticals Skincare

Save Our Skin By Innoxa NoTox Hyaluronic Eye Patches * ($99 for 4 pairs) .

I've been searching for an effective under eye treatment in vain for what seems like years to combat my ever increasing fine lines and wrinkles. The older I get the more I need such a product - lol!

I can finally say that I have found a product that achieves good results and doesn't require any injections. I'm too much of a wuss to try anything injectable!

I have already repurchased these Save Our Skin By Innoxa eye patches. Given my budget I don't use them every day obviously but I do use them the night before any special occasion that I need to attend. If you have any weddings or special parties to attend and want to smooth out your under eye wrinkles for a more youthful effect I can highly recommend these patches! 

Save Our Skin By Innoxa NoTox Eye Patches


Are any of these products your favourites too?

What products did you discover in 2016 that became your favourites?
xxx
Ingrid.

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78 comments:

  1. That palette is adorable. I love rimmel lipsticks too- my go to is the 16 hour "provocalips" ones!

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    1. Provocalips are another favourite lipstick of mine and could have easily made this favourites list!

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  2. I seriously need that bhave product. My hair is a frizzy mess in this humidity!!I love the names of those palettes. So cool!

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    1. You should give bhave a go. It makes a huge difference to my hair!

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  3. The bhave Leave In Elixir sounds amazing! I still have a bhave mask in the cupboard I've yet to try. Totally agree with you on the Rimmel Kate Boho Nude lippy, I use that one a lot too. And The Balm palette is so cute. Love the packaging design!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. You need to try the bhave mask! One of my goals this year is to use more of the sample products I already have!

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  4. The bhave products were on my favourites for 2016 as well, they are so good!! The theBalm palette looks gorgeous and the Chloe Perfume!! Such a great list xx

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au

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    1. We have such similiar taste in beauty products Laura!

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  5. I've decided to go back to using the rescue shampoo & conditioner from bhave (I bought the rescue gift pack from Alive Skin & Hair, which also contains the elixir spray) as I've found that nothing else compares to it. I've noticed that my hair is soft even when I use the mask with a different shampoo!

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    1. It's hard to use anything else after using bhave products!

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  6. Love, love love Chloe! It's my go to sent. Will look out for this one, it sounds delightful.

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    1. The original Chloe is such a lovely classic!

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  7. Lucky you getting to try all these fabulous products. I need all the anti aging ones ... say's me as I go back to pore over those one! ;-)

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    1. Those are the same ones I most need too Min, trust me!

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  8. So many of my faves as well! I'm loving Ultraceuticals, the Rimmel lipstick and the Blistex lip balms!

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    1. I've noticed quite a few of my favourites, especially the Ultraceutical products, popping up in your lovely IG feed!

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  9. I need to try the Innoxa eye patches

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    1. These patches are one of the very few eye products available in the market that I've tried and am happy to endorse and say definitely works for me!

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  10. I love Chloe Roses perfume. I have it on today. I've been meaning to buy the Bhave shampoo and conditioner but would waver on which one to buy. You've put a link on here so I will check it out and buy it for when I run out of my current shampoo and conditioner. I still haven't been able to find a shampoo and conditioner I'm happy with and my hair has been quite dry.

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    1. I prefer the Rescue version of the bhave shampoo and conditioner as it helps me combat the damage I do to my hair with heat styling and drying. I guess it depends on what your main priority is with your hair as to which one you choose. They do also have travel sized packs you could use initially to check you're happy with the product you choose first without committing to buying full sized products.

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  11. So much awesome in one post. I must try that Bhave Elixr - I totally need that in my life!

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  12. I really need to try bhave products. They look so good!

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    1. Let me know what you think if you do try them. bhave also have travel packs with smaller sized products which would be good for trialing the products without committing to buying the full sized products.

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  13. You know what, I've had my eye on the eye patches for a while now but didn't want fork out the money if they didn't work. Happy to hear that they do.

    Bec. (Beauty With Bec)

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    1. They definitely work! I've been really happy with the results.

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    2. The eye patches are now on sale at Priceline from 24/1/2017 until 26/1/2017 if you are interested. They are 40% off. For convenience I have popped a link in the post above.

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  14. I really enjoyed your favorites post! I have a cushion blusher from another brand that I also really like, I have to try the Lancôme one! :D Ive heard so many good things about the Revlon lipcolor!

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  15. The bhave products sounds great. I have their GunPowder and really like it! Loved reading about your faves.

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  16. Still to try bhave, although loving the sound of the new product. I am however a huge Ultraceuticals fan, I swear by their C23 cream! Xx

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    1. You need to try bhave Bev! And I need to try the C23 cream!

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  17. How cute is the fruit salad! but I guess that's not your point ;)

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    1. Thanks Lydia! I love eating fruit salads especially in Summer, so the fruit salad could be classed as a favourite of mine too!

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  18. I like the sound of the bhave hair elixir. My hair is out of control in this heat and humidity and I'm willing to try anything! Thanks for this list. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Summer humidity does bad things to hair!!!

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  19. I've been looking for some new face products but haven't tried Ultraceuticals so might give them a go!

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    1. Check out the before and after photos on the Ultraceuticals website! And make sure you get the products prescribed to you so you buy the most effective ones for your skin!

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  20. Ooh I love beauty products and you've provided a great selection here for me to drool over.

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  21. I was given two perfumes for Christmas that I absolutely love: Coach, and Fifth Avenue by Elizabeth Arden - so they are my latest favourites!

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    1. I'll have to have a spritz of Coach in store! I've never tried it.

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  22. I'm a sucker for beauty products that look pretty. That Lancome blush and the Elizabeth Arden mascara both look so luscious
    #TeamLovinLife

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  23. I am still eager to try this shampoo and conditioner and I will have to remember to seek it out. I love the sound of the mascara and the Kate Moss lippy too. Stop encouraging me to spend girl!! X

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  24. My leave in conditioner is one thing I won't travel without! It's also a detangler, which is super handy as I have fine hair that would tangle even if I was standing perfectly still in a hermetically sealed room.

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  25. Those eye patches look amazing! I'm going to keep an eye out and hopefully see them on sale sometime in the not too distant future!

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    1. Priceline often have sales, so hopefully you'll see these on sale soon!

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    2. Rachel, I've just spotted the eye patches are now on sale at Priceline from today 24/1/2017 to 26/1/2017. If you are interested they are now 40% off. I have popped a link in the post above :)

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  26. This is a great post. I always walk into somewhere like Priceline, usually with my kids and get overwhelmed at all the choices and usually walk out with something. I have committed to using what I have in the cupboard this year but I do have a birthday this month and need new foundation and a lipstick so that Revlon lippie might be coming home with me.

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  27. Thank you for the tips 😉 My tired old face could use some love.

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  28. Awesome post, thank you!!! I really want to pick up the balm appetit palette.

    Shannon x.

    www.shannongibb.blogspot.com.au

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  29. The Lancome blush is so lovely! Good to kniw sephora starts free shipping. I hope they start International delivery too!
    http://www.reviewandswatches.com/

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  30. So many amazing products in just one post that I would love to try!
    Hope you have a great 2017 :) x

    Jessica | www.jessicaduartemua.com

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  31. i am a mascara junkie and i have never tried any elizabeth arden mascara ! this one seems really interesting to me as it gives volume and length !

    clairetalksbeauty.com

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  32. What a fab favourites line up! We definitely share a lot of the same but there's also some I have added to my wishlist! Especially the Lancome Cushion Blush - it looks divine :) xx

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    1. I have a tendency to add to my wishlist too when I read your posts!

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  33. Welcome back and happy near year, Ingrid!

    I'm loving Rimmel lip products too. I have an old faithful lip gloss / lip stick with all the label rubbed off that I am still enjoying this summer. Been meaning to try the Kate range of lipsticks too.

    SSG xxx

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  34. I have to check out the Bhave hair products as my frizzy hair is so out of control at the moment!

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  35. Lovely to read and see what you've been finding great too. Thanks for linking up #lifethisweek 4/52. Denyse

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    1. Thanks Denyse! I love linking up each week!

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  36. Thanks for that lovely post Ingrid. Now I'm interested to try Bhave and Innoxa SOS. xx

    Jacqui
    jacqwritesworld.com

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    1. Thanks Jacqui. The eye patches have just gone on sale for 40% off from 24/1/2017 to 26/1/2017 at Priceline.
      I've put a link in the post for this if you are interested :)

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  37. Crazy about your choices Ingrid, I want them all! Especially those under eye patches - Barbe the Babe recommends them too, top of my list xxx

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    1. The eye patches are now on sale at 40% off at Priceline from today 24/1/2017 to 26/1/2017. Link in post if you are interested.

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  38. I must try the BHave range. Chloe perfumes are beautiful and the bottles are just as gorgeous xx

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    1. I do love the signature Chloe fragrance bottles with their trademark ribbon!

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  39. Oh we certainly have the same taste in lip products. Agreed with everything you picked!

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    1. I have noticed we tend to love the same products!

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  40. What a great post gorgeous!

    I absolutely love the Rimmel London Kate Moss lipsticks soooo much. The rose gold packaging, the shades, the formula and AHH just everything about the whole collection!

    I still need to try the Bhave products!

    Elley xx
    www.elleymae.com

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    1. Thanks Elley!

      Rimmel London really outdid themselves with the 15th Anniversary Kate Moss collection lipsticks, especially with THAT packaging!

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  41. Great favourites! I'm so curious about the Lancome cushion blushes - they look so cute! I also love the Rimmel Kate Anniversary range - My Nude is my favourite!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  42. Some beautiful products included in your favourites list! I really wish I could get the bhave products in the U.K. As I've heard so many amazing things about them and I just feel like my hair needs it in it's life! Great post!

    Ellie xx

    www.elliesbitsofbeauty.wordpress.com

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  43. I really want to try so many of these products! Bhave looks like such a great brand! Xx

    Stacey x
    www.staceylouisewhite.co.uk

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