Best In Beauty: Top 16 of 2016

It's time for my annual Best of Beauty! These are the products I used the most throughout the year:

Row 1:

Essence Lash Princess--A new fave that gives me crazy long lashes for $4.99

Ouai Hair Care Beach Spray--The best beach waves spray I've tried (that I didn't make myself).

MAC Lady Danger--My fave red--everyone asks what shade I wear, and it's usually this one.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation--The best foundation for my dry skin.

Row 2:

Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads--Soft skin in 5 minutes

Essie Gel Couture Polish--My nails easily last over a week with this--but you must use both the Essie gel couture polish and top coat--I've posted it on my social media many times.

Too Faced Palettes--I'm posting a pic of the new Peach palette, but this was the brand of palettes I used the most this year.

Davines Oi Hair Care--This is what I use on my hair before a blow out.

Row 3:

Buxom Full on Lip Cream--It's a sticky gloss with a minty feel that looks so pretty on lips. White Russian is my fave.

Hot Tools--I used several of their curling irons and wands the most over the year.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup--I got really into cleansing balms this year, and this was one of many I used.

Jessies Girl Liquid Liner--One of the best liquid liners, only $6.99, that I would put up against high end ones.

Row 4:

Target Up&Up Polish Remover--The scrubbers inside combined with the acetone make this the best polish remover I've ever tried, and I've tried them all. Glitter comes off easily.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlight--My favorite brand of highlighters. The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer was a close second.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb--I don't wear perfume often, but when I do, this makes the list.

Makeup Revolution Makeup Brushes--I loved using this type of brush for foundation, and this brand is super affordable.

Are any of these your faves as well?
Which of these have you tried?

Extra Elle:
Doing a major house cleanup! I've gotten rid of so much stuff and it's not even the new year yet!
HAPPY 2017!!!


  1. It! Buy Buy Makeup is the best. it takes off my stubborn mascara, which is super had to do! I need to try the beach waves spray. I miss summer hair!!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. There are so many things here that I need to try - you're recommendations are always the best!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. I still want to find those make up brushes.
    Good for you doing a clean up... I cant wait to start purging - my house needs to shed so much JUNK

  4. I have such oily skin and I love the Armani foundation, it is great how it works for so many skin types.

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  5. nice roundup! i should add that polish remover to my list to grab next time - scrubbers def help with glitter! and i love love that ouai spray too. and the essie gel - the best!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. I always love "best of" posts, I'm working on mine for next week! I will have to check out MAC's Lady Danger. I'm always looking for a good red lipstick! Have a great New Year's, Elle!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  7. Such great picks! The Armani foundation is going to be perfect for my dry skin x


  8. I love best of posts! Especially beauty ones as I am often clueless about what to get!

    The Adored Life

  9. I don't think that I could ever get enough of Flowerbomb it just smells so good! And I'd love to try out that MAC in Lady Danger! It looks so pretty!

  10. I think a cleansing balm is on my list to try in the coming year and I might finally cave and try that foundation since my skin gets so dry in the winter!

  11. I love the Ouai spray! I may need to do that this weekend when I was my hair, why just save it for the summer!? I love flowerbomb too. I need to check out a cleansing balm.

  12. i love doing a major house clean up, so refreshing, right?!
    i haven't tried any of these products, but i have a list going thanks to all your reviews of things to buy when my shopping challenge is over!

  13. Elle, I love Flowerbomb too! That's my current perfume. Such a great scent IMO:) And seriously, this list is dangerous for me. My to-try list has just grown exponentially:P

  14. I love this recap of your all time favorites. I really need to try the texture spray and I want some of that Buxom lip stuff too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  15. I spy some major faves- like the Ouai waves spray; it's amaaaazing!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  16. I haven't tried any of them (except MAC lipsticks, but not Lady Danger), but a few are on my wish lists.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  17. Oooh I love round ups like this...thanks for sharing! I know how much work these can be to put together! Cheers babe!

  18. Great list of favorites! I loved my becca highlighter a lot this year too!

  19. So many goodies!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

  20. I was hoping for more of the Essie gel nail polishes for Christmas because I love them so much! They are a great product!

  21. I do love the Essie Gel Couture Polish!! I am a total Essie addict, tho!


  22. I need the cleaning bug to come bite me! I love up and up polish remover and too faced is one of my favorite brands for a lot of things, especially palettes! I will have to try that Mac color because red always looks so good on you and we have similar skin tone, eye color and hair color.

  23. Thanks for sharing it. great list.

  24. This is a great list! Love that MAC color and the Essie gel polish! And love everything IT Cosmetics comes out with! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  25. Great list! My newest discovery is the awesomeness of a wet brush! Happy New Year!

  26. I was very bummed with my lash princess purchase. It flaked and smudged terribly. A bad one perhaps? I had high hopes. Man, I can't believe how many things on this list I haven't tried!

  27. Many things that I'd like to try and I chose 3 to the top :) Essence mascara, it seems to be really good, Armani foundation and Becca highlighter - I still didn't buy it, shame on me! Dear Elle, I'd like to thank you for being such a lovely friend, virtual or not, friends are always important! Hope you have an excellent 2017, with even more success than this year!

  28. Nice roundup! I still have to try those brushes! I also like that beach spray! I received a sample in my Birchbox and have loved it ever since. It smells so nice!

  29. I love a bold red lipstick. And those peel pads sound heavenly for the skin! Great beauty picks babe!

    xx Yasmin

  30. omg! I don't have any of these. I totally want to try a curling iron again, because right now I am just using a wand

  31. Love your list! I need to try the Essie Gel Couture Polish :)

  32. Great post dear, looking forward to following you into 2017!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  33. I love when you make lists like this! You make me want to run to Sephora and try it all out asap! :)

  34. I always look forward to these posts! The Essence Lash Princess made my list too. I can't believe I don't own Lady Danger. You wear red lips so well! I've loved the Essie Gel Couture line too and I really want the Peach palette. I've heard so many good things about the Jessies Girl liquid liner, I need to find it and give it a try. The Mary Lou-Manizer was my top highlight and I loved the oval foundation brushes too. Can't wait for 2017!

  35. Great post! Happy New Year! All the best in 2017 :)


  36. Flowerbomb is one of my favourite perfumes as well, it smells so flowery and pretty but not too much. I wish you a wonderful 2017! :)

  37. Officially putting those essie nail polishes on my list!

    7% Solution

  38. I need to try that Essence mascara! I love the sweet peach palette. That maybe be one of my favs for 2016 too.


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