My Favorite Beauty Products of 2016


20161229_17040820161229_170331Hi There! Hope you are having a wonderful day. It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of 2016. With only a day till New Year, I thought I would take the time and share with you – my beloved and wonderful readers – my favorite beauty products from 2016. They are by no means the best-selling or the most popular beauty products but I have come to appreciate them and enjoy them over the past year.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – That Glow ($40)

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Description: This is one of the most popular collections from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This glow kit contains four metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity. The kit is currently sold out everywhere. You can add your name to the waitlist and get notified once the kit is available.  Layer shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, or wear them separately, on the face and body for a radiant glow.

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Verdict:  This is hands down one of my favorite beauty products from 2016. This is such an amazing product. They are such high quality, it’s incredible. It’s so smooth and buttery can be worn so it looks natural or so you can be seen from the moon. I have That Glow color and it has a great mix of colors. The colors are super pigmented and are really easy to blend. The colors are long-lasting as well. I have medium skin tone and I can wear all of the colors except bronzed as a highlight but they all look good as eyeshadows as well.  If you can get your hands on this product I would highly recommend it for everyone.

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2. Oval Brush Set ($15.99) at Amazon

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Description: Oval Brushes have become quite popular this year, and if you are like me you will try out anything new in the beauty world just to discover the hype for yourself. I have been using this Yoseng 10 Pcs New fashionable Super Soft Oval Toothbrush Makeup Brush Set the past 6 months and I absolutely love it. These brushes come in various color design, and are made with high quality synthetic hair providing superb ability to hold powder, liquid and creams.

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Verdict: To be honest, when it comes to face make-up I know no longer use my old love, kabuki brushes. I have these oval brushes they blend the make-up so much better.  However, when it comes to eye-makeup, I am still more comfortable with the old make-up brushes. It perhaps have to do with my lack of hand flexibility to maneuver the brushes to do eye make-up post my hand surgery but I just love using my old eye makeup brushes more.  If you are willing to try new brushes click on the link above and try out these oval brushes.  I would highly recommend the oval brushes to everyone. I love beauty I am always looking for a quick way of doing things. Hence I am I find these brushes more time saving then the beauty blenders. Perhaps it’s the artist in my talking but it’s the brushes are designed to give your better control.

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3. BH Costimetics’ Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow Palette($14)

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Description: This palette includes a range of out of this world colors that work for everyone. From everyday neutrals to vibrant hues, your look will undoubtedly be Galaxy Chic!

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Verdict: If you have not tried this eyeshadow palette yet you should order as soon as possible. Trust me my beautiful friends, for $14 you will not go wrong with this investment. The colors are so beautiful and blendable. I have absolutely fallen in love with this palette. Even our friends at Allure cannot stop raving about this popular product from 2016. It’s basically every shimmer you need.

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4. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette($49)moondust

Description: This eyeshadow palette takes glittery eye looks to a whole new level. Laced with micro-fine bits of iridescent sparkle and lush 3-D metallics, these shadows create a gorgeous, diamond-like effect.

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Verdict: I know I am just an eye shadow fanatic but this is another of my favorite beauty product from 2016. I love everything about this palette: from the gunmetal case to the beautiful and sparkly shadows. I know that my mom have tried to steal this palette from me whenever she has gotten the chance.

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Description:This is a liquid-powder highlighter that gives a luminous, well-defined finish. I got the one in Beaming Blush. It is designed to sculpt and highlight your face.

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Verdict: To be honest, I like it better than Anastasia Beverly Hills illuminators. That being said, this powder does not replace the glow it, which is a versatile product. I have not stopped using it so far.  It blends flawlessly over the skin to add radiance and shimmer. It looks beautiful when the light catches it. I am so glad that I walked in the Mac store at Union Station on November 23rd and was recommended this powder.

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Description:This is an oil-controlling tinted primer, color corrector and sun protectant. This is a multitasking formula that evens skin tone, increases luminosity and inhibits oily shine while protecting from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This moisturizing primer also keeps skin fresh and hydrated throughout the day.

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Verdict: I got the color Recharge because of my horrible dark circles and it does wonders covering it. I use concealers along and the color corrector from Tarte, which is so dark. However, this one can just use it by itself when I am lazy I just use to instantly lighten my dark circle and just and my hyper-pigmentation and just leave home with a light foundation power. I loved this so much I just ordered this online again. I am completely dependent this primer because I can dab this on to cover my dark circle even when I am too lazy to wear make-up.

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Description: This palatte puts a present-day take on Renaissance colors, this eye palette features 14 shades that let you create stylish, day to night looks.

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Verdict: I absolutely love the palette because of the versatility of the color and look your can get from the palette. The shadows are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! They are also very buttery and incredibly easy to blend. My only problem is sometimes it’s too easy to over-blend. I usually blend my shadows a lot, but for these, I need to blend very lightly or else they blend out too much. If you think about it, it is less expensive than a lot of other comparable palettes which is nice.

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8. Loreal EverPure Volume Shampoo and Conditioner 

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Description: Thanks to Influenster VoxBox, I found my new haircare best friend. As I have shared with you earlier I have very thin, color-treated and hard to adjust hair.However, when I receive the Loreal Ever Pure VoxBox it was easier for me to try because of crueltry-free, vegan poduct. Additionally, color-treated hair requires special care. This formula is especially gentle on color. There are no harsh sulfates, salts, or surfactants that can strip, dull and damage hair. One can experience a purely sensational luxurious lather and a fresh aromatic fragrance that bloom. EverPure is 100% sulfate-free, Paraben-free, and vegan with no animal derived ingredients or by-products.

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Verdict: My hair absolutely loves this product and since I have started using EverPure I have been using less, and less hairs. Yes! My beautiful and wonderful readers, you have heard me right. In fact, by my calculation, my hair loss has reduced by greater than 50%. I cannot ask for anything more. The smell is nice and I loved the lather it formed. At end my hair felt light and alive at the same time. The beautiful readers, thanks to influenster, my hair just found a new best friend. The best part is the product is vegan and cruelty free. Overall, I absolutely love EverPure Volume shampoo and conditioner. My hair now can breathe freely.

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9. Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up ($19)

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Description: Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick combines highly-pigmented, gorgeous matte, long-wearing lip color with hyaluronic acid for its intense lip-conditioning benefits so that lips appear fuller, while feeling more supple and smooth.

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Verdict: I actually got two of these: one through the Ciaté London Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Makeup Set from Sephora and the second through the Ipsy December Glam bag. I am so that I was introduced to this lip color and it is beautiful.   I love the color of the lip creme. It would look good on anyone.  It goes on so smoothly and is really well-pigmented. This lipstick is long wearing, nondrying and there is no fading in the inner lip area. I have another of this from the Ciate London Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Makeup Set. I am glad that now I have two of this beautiful love liquid lipstick and I will use it.You can get the lipstick for $19.

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Description: This is a dry, makeup-removing sponge that allows you to switch colors without having to switch brushes.The special material allows you to remove pigment from your brushes without brush cleaner formula. Simply swipe the brush over the sponge until pigment is removed and move on to the next color. The sponge is completely reusable and can be cleaned by washing it with warm water and soap or it can be sprayed with disinfecting brush cleaner for a quick cleanse.

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Verdict: My beautiful readers, as I have mentioned earlier, I love beauty and makeup but at the same time I love efficiency. This brush cleaner brings efficiency to the palm hands. You can switch between different color powder eyeshadow swatches without a touch of water. If that is not efficiency than what is? My eye makeup time has been significantly reduced in the morning time thanks to this cleaner. The fact that I can quickly clean by brush without water just between color switches is amazing and a huge time saver. Did I mention that I absolutely love this? It is hands down one of the most useful products to have in your collection!

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It was my absolute pleasure sharing my favorite beauty products from 2016. What are your favorite beauty products from 2016? What products would you not like to see in 2017? Please share your beautiful thoughts with me in the comment section. My lovely readers, thank you for spending your 2016 with me and supporting me throughout the year. I look forward to sharing an amazing fun filled year of 2017 with you. Hope you enjoy this post as much as I loved writing about it.

With Love

Munziba

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Sephora Collection Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleaner


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Hi There! Good morning! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I have some great news. My heater is finally fixed. Again, enough about me, I want to know about you. What did Santa left for you under the tree this year? Hope you got wanted. It was a great day for me because I got to be with my love ones.

My lovely readers, today I will talk to you about this because stalking staffer that I received that year that I would recommend to everyone. It’s the Sephora Collection Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner, which is available at Sephora for $18.

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Description: This is a dry, makeup-removing sponge that allows you to switch colors without having to switch brushes. This cleaner is inspired by a common makeup artist dilemma of how remove powder product from brushes without the drying time of a liquid brush cleaner, this sponge offers a dry alternative. The special material allows you to remove pigment from your brushes without brush cleaner formula. Simply swipe the brush over the sponge until pigment is removed and move on to the next color. The sponge is completely reusable and can be cleaned by washing it with warm water and soap or it can be sprayed with disinfecting brush cleaner for a quick cleanse.

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How to Use: In order to use this cleaner simply glide any eye shadow brush in a circular motion against the Color Switch sponge to remove one color and then switch to the next color. In order to reuse or disinfect the Color Switch sponge, add a small drop of soap, run it under warm water, squeeze out all pigment, and lay flat to dry. Finally, for a quick clean, spray the Color Switch Sponge with disinfecting brush cleaning spray and lay flat to dry.

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Verdict: I absolutely love this product. The fact that I can quickly clean by brush without water just between color switches is amazing and a huge time saver. Did I mention that I absolutely love this? It is hands down one of the most useful products to have in your collection! I also think this would be a great addition for someone who is low on brushes or just getting started with makeup. I have lots of brushes but with this product, I can use the same brushes over and over. I would highly recommend this product to everyone

Above you will find a video from Sephora on the Color Switch brush cleaner. Hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. What was your favorite stocking stuffer you got this holiday?

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Hi There! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. I had a great time enjoying Thanksgiving turkey feast potluck with my family. The main fun came after the Thanksgiving holiday in form of Black Friday shopping. I had the chance to shop at Macy’s, The Limited, New York and Company, Sephora, and the of course, Mac Cosmetics. Over the next few days, I will publish my review on each of my haul away.

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Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Gift Set: I got this for my dad from the Sephora for $42. He absolutely love this fragrance. The gift set contain the classic L’Homme, Perfum Intense, and La Nuit De L’Homme. Infused with the force of attraction of a man with style and sensuality, the classic fresh, woody fragrance is effervescent with bright, sparkling notes of bergamot, ginger, and vetiver. A fragrance of contrasts it is a unique combination of luxury, art, and modernity that exudes a timeless elegance. Intensify the power of seduction. Perfum Intense, the new masculine addition from Yves Saint Laurent is a provocative blend of woody notes wrapped in a sensual suede accord. The magnetic power of L’Homme is now even more irresistible. Finally, La Nuit de L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent tells a story of intensity, bold sensuality, and seduction that lies half-way between restraint and abandon. Bright, masculine freshness combines with sophistication and nonchalance to create a fresh, yet deep and mysterious scent with notes of cardamom, cedar, and coumarin — a structure of contrasting forces.

I got this a gift for my dad. My dad absolutely love these fragrances. Now, he can carry his favorite collection with him wherever he goes. I love the small of the classic perfum. I also loved La Nuit, as it smelled this is one of my favorite alongside Chanel Blue and Spicebomb. Unfortunately, this set is not available online, but I am so glad that I got it at store.

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Sephora Collection – The Mini Kisses: Kiss Me Balm Trio ($12): cute gift set with three different mini Kiss Me Balms. It contains three luscious colors that will make you swoon, including one color specifically created for a magical holiday season. Try them all, or gift them as the perfect stocking stuffers. The gift set contain Kiss Me Balms in Charming, Pink Bubblegum, Cotton Candy.

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I got this for my sister. She loves the esos lip balm and I wanted to get a stocking staffer for her. I really like the size, colors, and feel of this lip balm. It will be easy to carry in her purse.  Its oily enough to keep her lips soft and smooth. She has used the other versions before. This is no EOS, and can’t replace that quality but you probably have to reapply it every few hours.

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Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm ($7): This lip balm was created especially for Sephora, this must-have lip balm calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns. Easy-to-use and versatile, dab it on chapped lips, elbows, or knees to condition and relieve dryness.

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This is actually the 7th or 8th one I bought. In winter, my lips gets chapped all the time, and this lip balm is an absolute life saver for me. I gave to my family and they all love it as well. This is hands down the most moisturizing balm I’ve ever tried. I really enjoyed this lip balm. I used it everyday! The only thing I really did not enjoy was the fact that the lid simply would not come off sometimes! It was so annoying. I had to fight and wrestle my way into the lip balm goodness. Anyway, the lip balm went on smoothly and left my lips feeling lovely and soft. Definitely would recommend this product. Hopefully they do something about that pesky lid though!

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Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer ($36): This is a hydration-replenishing formula to provide long-lasting moisture and brighten dull-looking skin. This lightweight, refreshing moisturizer features a special emulsion system with droplets packed full of brightening and nourishing ingredients. The innovative formula bursts into tiny water droplets when applied—providing instant hydration and brightening dull, lackluster skin. Great for all skin types, it relieves dry, sensitive skin, revitalizes, and prevents visible signs of aging with concentrated antioxidants for a healthier-looking complexion. This moisturizer is parabens, sulfates, and phthalates free.

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I received this as a sample. It comes out gel-like and melts into your skin as if you’ve applied water and sinks into the skin very quickly without leaving a sticky mess. However, I only used it twice. I will definitely update and let you know if I see any issue with is moisturizer.

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Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen (Coral Pink- $26): This is a long-lasting lip color with a smooth, semi-matte finish that provides ultimate hydration. Velvet lip glide is soft, yet strong. Effortless and intense. Polished and provocative. It encourages you not to compromise. Glide on strength. The finish is semi-matte, long-lasting, and non-drying for luscious, vibrant lips. Water lily flowers and white tea extract are infused into this hybrid lip glide for antioxidant protection and ultimate hydration.

I received this as a sample I can’t stop using it. I received the sample in Playpen and the color is absolutely to die for. One thing however that I am not a fan of is that it does not dry completely. It doesn’t stay long like Kat Von D, but it is also does not over dry your lips. I am not sure if I am going to pay the full price for this item.

Did you do your Black Friday shopping? What did you get and what products would you recommend? Hope you enjoy this post as much as I writing about it.

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