So in 2016 there have been lots of new makeup releases and lots of makeup now available in the UK. This has meant my collection has grown quite a bit in the past 6 months - when it really shouldn't have since i've been a student with no money until now. Here are the products I have been reaching for the most this year.


This is my most recent favourite product after picking it up a couple of weeks ago. I've been loving this foundation as its just the right amount of coverage and finish for everyday wear. Although it's a matte finish but not as drying as others such as the L'Oreal Infallible Matte foundation.

I've tried out a lot of new foundations recently and had to include two in this post. This YSL foundation is there new formula which has a fuller coverage without feeling heavy on the skin. I've been loving wearing this on those days when I want good coverage but not something as heavy as Estee Lauder Double Wear.

If you want cream contour that is quick and easy then you need this stick! I have always been a big fan of the ABH cream contour palette but hated having to apply with a brush. This contour stick has both a contour shade and highlight shade and they are so easy to apply with the angled stick. The product blends really well into the rest of my makeup and doesn't sit on my skin too heavy.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Primer | £7.99 | post

This has been one of my favourite primers that I've been using this year as its great at smoothing out my skin. The primer is silicon based so it smooths out your skin creating the perfect base for your foundation and it also reduces shine and mattifies.

Benefit Erase Paste | £20.50 | post

One of my biggest struggles when doing my makeup is covering my under eye dark circles and I've tried out countless concealers. I picked up this one when I was in Benefit for an eyebrow wax and I'm so impressed! This is a really creamy based concealer and it has a pink tint to it, which is why I think its so amazing at covering my dark circles.

Freedom Pro Conceal Palette | £5.00 | post

I actually don't use this as concealer for my under eyes but its great to use to outline my eyebrows to make them more defined. This palette is really handy as it has 6 shades so perfect for when I'm pale or more tanned.

NYX Studio Finishing Powder | £8.00 | post

This is my favourite loose powder for setting my makeup as its reduces shine and keeps it in place all day. I've also heard its a great dupe for the famous Laura Mercier setting powder that I'm dying to try.


Laura Geller Gilden Honey Illuminator | £21.00 | post

Highlighters are one of my favourite products to have so I had to include another in this post. This Laura Geller illuminator is a shimmery gold shade in this gorgeous swirl pattern. The gold is a really great highlighter for the summer months when your skin is a little bronzer.

This palette has blown up recently after the likes of Jaclyn Hill and Jeffree Star have started using it. I'm sure this was actually released at the end of last year but I didn't get mine until this year and have been using it non stop. The gorgeous gold packaging houses 4 highlighters (3 powder and 1 cream) and there is a shade for every skin tone and every look. My favourites are Hemisphere (shimmery peach) and Subsolar (shimmery champagne).

Ciaté X Olivia Palermo Cheekbone Cheat Blush Duo | £25.00 | post

This is one of those amazing TK Maxx finds that I think I got for around £10. This compact has both a blusher and a bronzer so really handy for carrying around with your or on trips. The blusher is a rosy pink shade and the bronzer is a cool toned brown. Both have a matte finish.

H&M Powder Blusher | £6.99 | post

These are one of my favourite blushers as they add a lovely flush of colour. I also love the hexagonal packaging of the compacts.


BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette | $14.50 | post

This is one of those blogger induced buys as i'd seem so many people go on about it. The palette includes 10 eyeshadows in a neutral shade selection and 4 highlighters. I have found these to be so pigmented and they blend well on both the eyes and cheeks with the highlighter.

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara | £7.99

I actually hated this when I first got it as it was just too liquid for me and made my eyelashes wet and slimy. However, now that it has dried out slightly i'm loving it and using it more and more. I tend to use this on top of another mascara for added volume and length.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows | $5.00 | post 

These are a recent find of mine and I'm so glad I've finally tried them after waiting so long. The Super Shock Shadows are creamy and buttery in texture and are one of my favourite formulas i've tried. I have the shades La La a true rose gold, Weenie a pinkie rose gold and Fringe a shimmery champagne.


NYX Lip Lingerie | £6.50 | post

As far as liquid lipsticks are concerned the Lip Lingeries are some of my favourites. Its a collection of 12 nude variations. These are quite watery when you pull the wand out of the tube but they feel very weightless on the lips. Some of my favourite shades are Bedtime Flirt and Embellishment.

NYX Liquid Suede | £6.50 | post

These are lot more intense than the Lip Lingeries and a brighter selection of colours. The Liquid suede is a little heavier on the lips but still wearable and I have found they are super long lasting with a matte finish.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | £5.50 | post

As you can probably tell I love NYX lip products and these are probably the most wearable of the three types in this post. The soft matte lip creams are more of a mousse texture rather than liquid and feel completely weightless on my lips.

ColourPop Lippie Stix | £5.00 | post

Out of my entire ColourPop haul this product was definitely my favourite! I love the ease of application of the Lippie Stix and have found they can be used on their own or as a liner with another lip product.


Morphe Brushes | post

I have recently started using Morphe brushes after signing up to there #MorpheMe subscription with Live Glam. I have been loving their Elite collection and the E3 and E4 are perfect for contouring and highlight.

Are any of these products your favourite? 



  1. The NYX Lip Lingeries are some of my favourites too, definitely need to stick up on a few more shades :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

  2. I LOVE the Laura Geller highlighter, it's such a nice colour I always like to use MAC's Fix + to make it even more intense!

    Shellie Skillen

  3. Love this post! I think some of my most used products this year is Urban Decay Naked Concealer, Becca Backlight Priming Filter and MAC Whirl Lipstick!

  4. I love the NYX lip lingerie they are so pretty and come in so many beautiful shades. Can't wait to try more!


  5. I'm so desperate to try Carli's palette! I've heard great things about it x

  6. I like the sound of benefit erase paste! I am always on the look out for a better product to cover my dark bags around my eyes!

  7. The Stila palette is so so pretty! x

  8. I really want to try the NYX Wonder Stick! Great post :)

    xo, Liz

  9. I really want to try the Benefit erase paste but I haven't heard much about it really! Glad you mentioned it in this post, will have to invest :) x

    Just Little Things

  10. The L'oreal Matte primer is great! Does a great job of keeping me matte especially during the summer. I find that it doesn't work quite as well in the winter though
    Kathy x

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