2016 has come to a close. It was one of the oddest years, yet. So much joy and yet so many unfortunate events.
The Positive: We traveled to many wonderful places and were able to get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules, I left the corporate world and got a new job at an awesome advertising agency(!), my husband continues to hold a 3.9 GPA in his MBA program (Finance & International Business) and should graduate this summer(!), we spent a great amount of time with family and friends, added another puppy to our family, and found out we have a nephew & a cousin on the way!
The Negative: We mourned the loss of our Grandfather, was emerged in some extreme family drama that lasted months, I was hospitalized for 36-ish hours (from flu complications), and had our 2-year old puppy rushed to the ER for emergency surgery + overnight care (she’s good as new now, thank God!). Needless to say, we’ll be putting 2016 behind us and we already feel like we have a wonderful fresh start with 2017.
On the lighter side of things, throughout 2016, I’ve had a great beauty collection that is tried and true! These 17 products will definitely be in heavy rotation for 2017 as well!
Here are my favorites, alphabetically organized by brand name (not in order of favorite):
#1 Aveda – Rosemary Mint Composition Oil // My husband and I use this for head massages! It smells amazing and is so great for your scalp and skin.
#2 Aveda – Balancing Body Mist #3 Intention // I have the entire mini-set of balancing body mists, but #3 (Intention) is my favorite. They recommend spraying then meditating/praying after to clear your mind. I’ve just been giving a quick spray to my wrist and the invigorating scent really gives me the boost of energy to get things done!
#3 Clinique – Clarifying Lotion 3 // Using this morning or night, I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in the softness of my skin! It’s so easy to use – just grab a cotton swab and swipe it on your face. 3 is the right choice for me, but you may have a different number that is best for you!
#4 Clinique – Moisture Surge // Mostly at night, I’ll use this to keep my face smooth and hydrated when sleeping.
#5 Derma-E – Purifying Gel Cleanser // Once a week, I’ll cleanse my skin with this gel. It as algae and the finished product is clean, smooth skin!
#6 Derma-E – Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer with Activated Charcoal // After I use the gel, I follow it with the moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated.
#7 IT Cosmetics – Bye Bye Under Eye with Illuminizer // Dark circles be gone! Using this almost every day to get rid of any trace of sleepiness.
#8 IT Cosmetics – Superhero Mascara // IMHO, this is one of the best mascaras out there! Thick, long lashes are easy to get with just 2 coats!
#9 Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Foundation // This company makes great products that are HD ready! The HD Foundation smooths out your skin and makes it look flawless! It comes in MANY different shades.
#10 Make Up For Ever – Hydrating Primer // Use this before you put on your foundation for a hydrating addition. It fights dry, winter skin.
#11 Origins – By All Greens Mask // The smell is so good! Plus it makes your face feel oh-so-smooth after the treatment
#12 Origins – GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer// An orange zest smell which instantly awakens you! Great for an every day moisturizer or for a no-makeup day.
#13 Rimmel London – Exaggerate Eyeliner // Between the automatic “sharpener,” smudger, and manual sharpener, this eyeliner is now my go-to. It goes on almost like a gel and lasts!! Not to mention that it’s SO affordable!
#14 Strivectin Hair – Max Volume Shampoo // Without this product, my hair is so flat. The first time I tried this brand, I was amazed. The amazement never went away. I’ll keep purchasing this shampoo to volumize my hair!
#15 Strivectin Hair – Max Volume Conditioner // Of course, you’ll want the conditioner, too!
#16 Strivectin Hair – Max Volume Root Lifting Spray // For an additional boost, grab this little guy as well!
#17 Tula – Exfoliating Treatment Mask // Exfoliating is the key to amazing skin. This brand is definitely a go-to of mine! Their ingredients truly make my skin glow after use!
What are your go-to products for the new year?