Welcome to the best of beauty 2016, I've also posted my skincare edition on a separate post so if you're a skincare junkie like me pop along and check it out. 2016 has definitely been a year with amazing launches hence amazing products and those who made it into my faves of 2016, this is my 1st yearly round up post I've done and I really wanted to include my previous favourites prior to 2016 but that can be a holy grail post.


Starting with foundations and concealers, my favourite foundation of the year has to be the Milani Conceal and Perfect which shouldn't come as a surprise, it's full coverage and does not melt off my face - this was my go-to foundation in the Summer when the shade was perfect. Because I'm much paler now my winter foundation is a recent addition, the L.A Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation - I tend to lean towards dewy foundations in the winter since my skin becomes drier - This is lightweight and is the perfect medium coverage for everyday wear. The EX1 Cosmetics Inviswear Liquid Foundation is another amazing affordable foundation that truly offers full coverage, this is on the semi-matte side and was one of my favourites in the summer especially since they came out with a better shade selection. If you have combination skin like me check these 3 out.

There has been one standout concealer for me, I've tried out so many concealers and with dark circles a full coverage cover is what I look for, the Ardere Cosmetics Flawless Concealer is hands down holy grail - lightweight and full coverage - it even beats the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye undereye that I wanted to try out for soo long! I've done a full post on all the undereye concealers that I have used. Shade 2 is the perfect undereye concealer that helps brighten and cover my undereye area.


This category is all base and finishing products. Starting with primer, I have been using the Nivea Men Sensitive Shave Balm as a face primer since I fell into the Nikki Tutorials hype, this helps my makeup apply smoother and last longer, the scent lingers for a few seconds when you apply this on your skin but it creates a perfect tacky texture.

The winning setting powder has to be the RCMA No Color Powder which is translucent powder and set your foundation and concealer perfectly, it does not leave a white cast and is great for 'baking' under your eyes. This is soo affordable and everyone needs to try it out, I've poured mine into a loose powder compact so it is easier to use and store.

Contour has been a huge thing and I am not into cream contours for everyday makeup. But I do love using the NYX HD Blush in Taupe to help bring out my cheekbones, it has an ashy undertone and helps creates the perfect shadows for where you want to be more chiselled.

Bronzer choice favourite has to be the Ciate London X Olivia Palermo The Cheekbone Cheat Duo in Bluff point. I love using this to add warmth to my skin, it's super smooth and blends like a dream.

I love the Milani Illuminating Powder in Amber Nectar to overall blend everything in, it has a beautiful mauvey undertone with slight shimmer. An illuminating powder is basically bronzer, blush and highlighter all in one and does a bit if everything.

Favourite blush colour has been Benefit's Rockateur, I absolutely loved this in the summer. it is pretty coral shade and my other favourite blush has been Amaretto from the Jaclyn Hill Face Palette, it is a warm almond colour and can almost be a bronzer shade of lighter skin tones.

Highlighters that I have been obsessed with is Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop, I normally mix these together to create the perfect shade. I love this highlight so much and a little goes a long way/

My favourite setting spray is the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day in Peach, if you use a lot of powders this then sets your powder and makes your skin look flawless. A setting spray helps prolong your makeup and the scent peach is divine.


I had to include a separate section for eyeshadows since I have loads of eyeshadow palettes that I love. For the first half of the year, I was truly obsessed with the Freedom Black Arts Palette with 35 shades, this palette is very affordable and pigmented, you can see that I have hit pan in most shades and it a palette that I reach for if I am opting for more colour.

The most travel-friendly and insanely pretty packaged palette has to be the Ciate London X Olivia Palermo - The Smokey Suedes palette which has a mix of everyday shades, I have been loving the bone shade, the transitional trade and the rose gold is my favourite as an eyeshadow topper.

A palette for all shimmer lovers is the Morphe Brushes 35F palette, a perfect autumnal palette with a row of matte shades, I've had so much fun with shimmers and I am obsessed with the metallic colours, they are pigmented and easy to blend, I have a full review and where you can buy this in the UK ( I will also be giving one away at a later date).


Brows have been a huge thing for me since I have a lack of brows, I love the Ardere Cosmetic Brow Fibre in Light, the fibre helps mimic hairs really well and is a buildable product. For a more easy brow, I use the Freedom Brow Pomade in Ash Brown which I have truly mastered to use this year, this has more of a bold effect and I like using both these together sometimes.

For eyelashes I adore the Maybelline Lash Sensational in Waterproof Black, this helps me to define and lengthen my lashes without weighing my curls down, I like going in with a second mascara to volumise and again lengthen and I love using the Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara to do this. 

My favourite eyeliner that has beat out all other liners is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, it's a paintbrush -like nib and is very easy to draw a winged liner. It's super black, precise, sharp and also smudge and waterproof, everything that I'm looking for in a liner.


I have a lot of lipsticks and these are the standout ones that I have been constantly reaching for this past year. I've very much been in the 90's brown lip trend, therefore, all these are a nudish brown tone. I've mentioned these throughout the whole year and will continue to wear them.

My favourite and most used everyday lipstick are Mac Taupe, which is a nude with a little more red, this has taken over Velvet Teddy and is that perfect 'your lips but better'colour. I love the matte finish and how it stays on all day on me.

Favourite lip crayon has been Nars Tortola a true brown colour in a velvety matte finish, It is the darkest brown that I have ever use and has an incredible staying power. It's really easy to apply and the finish is perfect.

I'm sure everyone has a favourite liquid lipstick and the ones I have been loving is NYX Liquid Suede in Sandstorm and Colourpop Cosmetics in Calypso. Sandstorm is straight up brown shade and I love the liquid suede formula, they are matte but has a slightly tacky texture so your lips do not dry out and become uncomfortable. I also love using Sandstorm to tone down my brighter lipsticks. 

Calypso is a firm favourite that I have been reaching for every single day since it arrived on my doorstep.  the Ultra Satin Lip formula is super comfortable on the lips and leaves a slight stain on the lips. It is a mid pink colour and looks lovely for some colour.

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Until next time!

Joyce x

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  1. I have many highlighters! But my fave is the sleek soliace palette but I also got the benefit advent calendar before Xmas and I'm loving the benefit highbeam from that too

    1. I still haven't tried the sleek solstice palette!! x

  2. I love my Estee Lauder double wear foundation, inglot gel eyelinner and beauty blender

    1. I love my beautyblender but yet to try the other two x

  3. Such a great roundup of a lot of the best things from 2016.. the Freedom palette looks absolutely stunning


  4. Great round up! My stand out product of the year is the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

  5. Love the post! My stand out product has to be urban decay naked 2 as it's so versatile!x

  6. Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation

  7. I REALLY need to get my hands in one of the Morphe palettes ASAP!! The one that you got looks amazing!

    My favourite makeup of 2016 has been the Benefit Erase Paste. I know not very exciting, but it has been a saviour for me this year and now that I run out I really miss it.

  8. I loved the Maybelline lash sensational mascara this year as well, serious game changer! I've been wanting to try the LA Girl foundation as it's such a good price and I've heard so many people talk about how good it is for dry skin! xx

  9. Physician's formula happy booster blush!

  10. Probably the KVD liquid lipstick in Lolita! dont sell the brand in my country, So in 2016 I was able to buy it with a friend who traveled and I love it !!❤️💄😍

  11. Physician's formula happy booster blush!!!

  12. That Becca palette is absolutely gorgeous! My fave product of the year is definitely the MAC Warm Neutrals eye shadow palette, it has so many gorgeous shades in it:)

    Emily xo

  13. My favourite product is the Nuxe lip balm. Just great to protect your lips from the cold!

  14. You included a lot of products I always wanted to try- Milani, EX1 and LA Girl foundations and RCMA no color powder. :) Great picks!

    Michelle Morchella

  15. I'm in love with my Benefit blush palette right now - the colors are fabulous!

  16. I think makeup product of the year has to beeeee Becca Champagne pop! Really want to try prosecco pop, as this isn't the first time I've heard that together they make the best shade ever! also loving the Ex1 foundation though!! <3
    Now looking at the Ardere concealer - thank you! I'd been wanting the it offering too, so hopefully this will do the job.

    :D x

  17. I'm in love with a lip tint by wycon cosmetics! :D

  18. I love matte liquid lip stains!! Also highlighters!

  19. Morphe Brushes 35F palette has been my all time fav of 2016

  20. Great post.
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  21. Aaaah so glad I found your blog. Looking forward to the giveaway.

  22. I love my Essence Lash Princess Mascara

  23. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand, best concealer ever! All these products look amazing!!

  24. The Morphe 35F is my favourite palette! I'm in love with all the shimmers and the perfect array of mattes!
    Zara x

  25. I really love Pixi Natural Brow Duo which really helps me create a great brow

  26. My Morphe 12s palette is definitely my product of the year, I've only had it a couple of months and have hit pan on some of the shadows already! Alsoooo great giveaway! xx

  27. I loved Mary Lou-Manizer by the Balm and NYX Tame & Frame brow pomade x

  28. I have been loving W7 Genius Feather Light Foundation. I have heard some wonderful things about Milani but I haven't had an opportunity to try it. Like you I have pretty bad dark circles and need a full coverage concealer and I was totally underwhelmed by IT Cosmetics Bye Bye under eye so can't wait to try the Ardelle Cosmetics that is your favorite.

  29. Oh, I'd love all of these, but my favorite out of these are eye palettes and lipsticks. :)
    My favorite product is Prime and Fine professional contouring palette by Catrice :)

    great post
    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

  30. This past year has been a great year for makeup, so many great products and discoveries. The best one is Lancôme Hypnose drama mascara , I'm in love! A bit expensive for my budget but the best mascara ever. I've also tried Dior rouge lipsticks, they're amazing specially the matte ones, again too expensive for my pocket but nothing beats a luxurious lipstick imo. I'm going to leave them for special occasions and special dates.
    Love your blog!💖

  31. There's quite a few products in this post that I've never tried (yet) but this year my absolute favourite products have been the Urban Decay naked concealer and MAC lipstick in the shade New York Apple!


  32. Love the ex1 foundation but I wish they had a few more shades though. Great picks :)

  33. My favorite product of the year is the Moonchild palette from ABH. Absolutely love it!
    (It is Cirilla Rianon in case my post says anonymous)

  34. I really want to try the Morphe palettes!! Everyone loves them so much :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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