Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Favourite Products | Beauty, Skincare and Makeup

So as 2016 is closing its curtain, and I am making a list of beauty products that I need to repurchase from the Harrods Beauty Hall, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to do a round-up of beauty products that I have been loving during 2016. Some are new discoveries while others are previously loved products which my love for them has been rekindled.


Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - This product has remain as a firm favourite for the last two years and I suspect that it is not going anywhere (just yet). It's absolutely brilliant at removing even the toughest make-up and does not leave the skin feeling tight, which is something I commonly experience when using a foaming cleanser.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0 - I genuinely believe that it was the Clinique 3-Steps skin care that sparked my love for skincare and our relationship goes a long way. We have had some bumpy roads along the way, and mainly because I was having flings with other skin care brands (naughty me!!) but since the introduction of this alcohol-free version into their skincare line, I have re-incorporated it back into my daily skin care routine. It removes any traces of dirt left on the skin, as well as de-flakes and protect the skin moisture post cleansing, getting it ready for the next skin care steps.

Clinique Moisture Surge - I don't suffer from many skin issues and my skin tends to behave most of the time. But if there is one thing that I often complain about it would be dehydration and lack of glow or lustre. I have been using the Moisture Surge to combat the lack of hydration issue on my skin. The texture of the cream / gel is very light and a little bit goes a long way. I have noticed that my skin has become more plump, smooth and supple since I use this religeously as part of my daily routine.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum  - A cult and award-winning product on the market and I have gone through many bottles of this. It took a while to get me onboard but I became fully converted when my age turned to the 'other side' of 35. I am not taking any aging-risks, and the fact that people often under guess my age, something about this product must be working well.

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Cream -  Absolutely genius and it makes all the difference when I wake up in the morning. Without it, my skin looks dull, lack lustre and radiance, and I feel that any products applied onto the skin are not fully absorbed. I've decided that this is a must in my skin care routine.

Clinique All About Eyes - Another product that makes all the difference. Great at removing (note - not just minimising but removing!) puffiness in the morning and minimising the dark circles underneath the eyes.

Make Up 

Foundation - I am half way using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation but I am currently finding that it's too matte for my skin. As such I have been having a fling and may well have fallen in love with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. The consistency is so creamy and it glides so smoothly when applied onto the skin. Absolutely love it. I also recently received a sample size version of the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation. After a few trials, I am seriously considering getting the full size version once my current foundation runs out.

Eyeshadow Palettes - Given that I qualify (and probably may need) to start attending 'palette-addict-annonymous', it's hard for me to narrow down my favourite. However, the two that stood the test of time this year are  - Bobbi Brown in Brown Stone and the Party to Go Palette. No doubt that the Party to Go palette is a recent discovery as it was part of the 2016 Holiday Wine & Chocolate collection, but it's been my favourite since I unboxed it and the one I reach out for during this holiday season.

Blush - I have not found a new favourite this year, so the Clinique Aglow remains the one that I reach out for Btw, how long does it take for a blush to hit pan? I have been using this blush for years and it's definitely still going strong!

Lipsticks - My most favourite discovery is definitely the Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour in the shade Cute Pop. It's in my handbag all the time and practically has become my everyday nude lip colour. And if I needed a pop of colour on my lips, the Bobbi Brown Burnt Red and the Laura Mercier Scarlett (no longer on the market) have been my top two favourites.

So there you have it. My favourite beauty products for 2016. If you have any favourite products that you think I should give it a try, please do share. I would love to hear about them. x

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