Best of 2016 {Beauty + Fashion}

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season! There were many beauty favorites this past year and thanks to the endless phone chats and shopping excursions with my sister Marcia, I discovered new products that were major hits for me in 2016. It was difficult to narrow it down, but all the products below (beauty and fashion), have been used religiously and I highly recommend them all!  

This past year has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, and beauty ended up being the outlet that kept my spirits high. I've always been a beauty guru of sorts, looking for new products that bring out the natural beauty and youthfulness in my skin. I may have wanted full coverage back in my 20's, but my 30's are all about looking flawless, without looking overdone. Let's just say that I have secured my platinum/rouge status for the next couple of years at Sephora & Ulta. I know, I know...

With that said, I'm so happy to share the products I've loved this past year and let's get right into it!


I have been a loyal Tom Ford makeup user ever since I first discovered the brand at Neiman Marcus back in 2011. Every eye shadow palette and limited edition launch always worked with my skin tone and I felt I was meant to be a Tom Ford gal. There are a few things that became daily wear for me in 2016 and that is their Illuminating Primer and their Traceless Foundation Stick. The illuminating primer adds a hint of glow & hydration under your foundation, while helping to minimize pores. To achieve the best results, apply 1 pump to the areas of your face that you want to highlight (cheeks, forehead, and chin). The TF Traceless Foundation Stick is a cream based formula that glides onto your skin incredibly smooth and provides medium to full coverage. I like applying it with TF's cream foundation brush or with a beauty blender for medium coverage.  Apply more to the areas you desire coverage using your fingers tips. You'll have a radiant natural finish that looks absolutely amazing! For reference, my color is Sable (medium w/ yellow undertones) most of the year and Bisque (light-medium w/ yellow undertones) during the winter months.


Becca's Champagne Pop is my favorite highlighter and when the Limited Edition Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette came out, I knew I had to have it. Highly pigmented with a buttery formula, these blushes and highlighters are a complete dream and stunner on the skin! The blushes are perfect for day or night, with my favorite being Pamplemousse (a vibrant coral peachy pink). I also love mixing Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop together to highlight my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose, and my cupid's bow. Although the palette was limited edition, they do have the duo's with these shades, which I love as well. The duos are great for traveling, carrying in your purse or gym bag, and the packaging is oh so pretty. 

Among the many bronzer's that I own, the Too Faced Soliel Matte Bronzer in Chocolate takes the cake as the most worn bronzer of 2016! This bronzer is made with real cocoa and is perfect for contouring and adding warmth to your skin. Not to mention, it has a light chocolate scent when you apply it. Yum!  It's a product I fell in love with at first swipe and is now a staple in my makeup collection.


As a mama and avid coffee drinker, dark circles have made their way into my life and I make it a priority to find the products that help brighten up my under eye area. I picked up Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder halfway through the year and I've been using it ever since. It keeps my under eyes looking bright and refreshed, and it doesn't accentuate fine lines or wrinkles. The powder is so finely mined, that it creates a beautiful veil over your skin. It does contain white pigment, so I reserve it for under the eye area only and follow up with Laura Mercier's Translucent Powder in my t-zone. These products have done wonders in making my makeup look flawless throughout the day.

>> LIPS <<

Charlotte Tilbury is another brand favorite, having many of her makeup line from her magic cream moisturizer to lipsticks and everything in between. The Charlotte Tillbury "Lip Cheat" Lip Liners were hands down my favorite lip liners this past year. Pillowtalk and Iconic Nude are the two that I wore 98% of the time and you can tell they were well used. They apply with such ease and precision on the lips, making them fool proof. Some liners can be too buttery or dry to apply and these are completely opposite. Pillowtalk is a beautiful pinky nude and Iconic Nude is the perfect beigey nude. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks are also among my favorites because they're so comfortable on the lips and her shades are spot on. My favorites are Penelope Pink and Kim K.W.


Josie Maran products have been my go to for hydration this past year and I have found two products I can't go without. They are the 100% Pure Argan Oil and the Body Butter in Vanilla Bean. During the day, I like using argan oil as my moisturizer. It's lightweight and makes my foundation glide on smoothly. It's very calming on my skin and I really love using it everyday!

I am hands down a body butter person and I can never go a day without this body butter. The entire family feels the same and it just leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and supple. It has a soft whipped texture that feels so divine on your skin.  I highly recommend these two products to anyone and everyone!


For the past couple of years, I was drawn to floral and deeper scents (which I still enjoy), but in 2016 that all changed when I purchased this perfume by Jo Malone in Nectarine Blossom & Honey. This fragrance has such an inviting, flirty and fresh scent! I get compliments every time I wear it. The scent is subtly sweet and citrus-like and it works well with any of the scented lotions I pair it with. The best part about Jo Malone fragrances is that they can be worn alone or layered with others scents to reveal another amazing fragrance. Try a sample at Nordstrom or Neiman's; I think you'll love the many fragrances they have to offer.


The jewelry piece I've been loving the most this past year has been cuffs. They're so pretty and comfortable to wear, with a classic and elegant style to them. They compliment all my outfits and rose gold and gold work with absolutely everything! The two cuffs above are from Kate Spade and Henri Bendel. The Kate Spade gem cuff is currently 30% off on their website, using coupon code SPRINKLES and you can get 20% off your first purchase at Henri Bendel

For what seems forever, heels/wedges were my day to day wear, no matter the occasion. To me, they were the only way I felt sophisticated and confident. That was until my hubby started warming me up to the idea of casual sneakers. Kicks have really taken over my shoe game in 2016 and with the many stylish details to simple sneakers, I grew to be a huge fan. I narrowed down my list to the top 5 sneaker picks in a previous post, which you can see here. Sneakers like these by Kenneth Cole are what you'll find me wearing most of the time with casual and dressier looks. I'm now living proof that a nice pair of kicks can make you feel put together and sophisticated, while being comfortable at the same time. 

Lastly, to the best fashion piece I've purchased in 2016!  Every year I have this tradition to find a special dress or coat, and a pair of boots. Dresses and boots have been my thing since I was a little girl and I have tons of old photos to prove it.  So, I make it a mission to find the perfect dress and pair of boots for that year to add to my collection. This Fall, I purchased the Holding Horses Velvet Shirtdress from Anthropologie and it was love at first sight! If you follow my blog, I've expressed my excitement for the velvet trend and love how ethereal and romantic this dress is! It's incredibly pretty and I feel like Juliet when I wear it. It's perfect for date nights, outings with friends, and so much more! I purchased this in Mauve, which is a vintage rose shade, and it's also on sale with an additional 40% at Anthropologie using coupon code TAGTIME. 

That about wraps up my favorites for 2016! I'd love to hear what your favorites were this past year in the comments below. I can't wait to give them a try!  Until next time lovelies ....

Warmly ~

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