Favorite Beauty Products of 2016


This year I tried out a million beauty products and finally narrowed it down to my absolute favorites from the past 12 months. I usually go for a really simple look when it comes to makeup, and I've really fallen in love with curling my hair and working on getting as much volume as possible. The bigger the hair, the closer to God, right? Let me know if you love any of these products too, or if you end up trying any of them out on your own! I've included links to each of the products below!


Bobbi Brown Bronzer


This is a soft, matte bronzer that is smooth and blendable. I use it year round- during the winter months to even out my tan, and in the colder months to add a little color to my complexion. It goes so well with the highlight drops that I talk about below!

Buy it here!

Cover FX Highlight Drops


Okay y'all, this is without a doubt my favorite product of 2016. These Cover FX highlight drops are incredible and are so easy to use. You can use a drop on your cheekbones for a traditional glow, but you can also add them to your foundation and moisturizer for an all over shimmer. The swatch above is in the color 'Sunlight' and it gives off a soft, golden glow.

See the drops act as a highlighter here!
See the drops act as a highlighter here!

Buy it here!

Lancôme Concealer


I fell in love with this product when I ran out of my old concealer and stole this one from my mom's drawer (sorry not sorry)! It never creases, and I use the same shade year-round since it blends well with different foundations. It's also completely waterproof and lasts all day!

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Urban Decay Primer Potion


Urban Decay's Primer Potion is no joke when it comes to keeping your eyeshadow and liner in place all day long! This primer preps your eyelids for a crease-free, vibrant eyeshadow look. I am so obsessed with this product and am so impressed by the formula.

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara


Testing out new mascaras is one of my favorite things to do. I am always looking for one that gives me dark, voluminous lashes without dealing with applying with faux lashes. This is it y'all! It lasts all day, and never smudges! I don't even feel the need to reach for a lash curler either!

Buy it here!


Que Bella Mask


These adorable face masks are from Target! The brand offers tons of options when it comes to the type of treatment you're looking for. My favorite (shown above) has a lavender scent to help me relax, but I also love the masks for skin brightening, purifying, and moisturizing too!  I have super sensitive skin and this mask does not cause any irritation at all.

Buy it here!

Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion


Clinique's Dramatically Different lotion is a classic, and I used it all throughout my freshman year of high school, and this year I fell in love again. It's lightweight and gentle on all skin types. I have really dry skin, and I use this every morning and then again before bed. It's great under foundation and is in no way greasy.

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Evian Mineral Water Spray


I use this mineral water spray to dampen my beauty blender every day. You can also use this as a setting spray after applying your makeup, or carry it in your purse on a hot day to help cool off!

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Clarisonic Mia 2


I finally invested in the Clarisonic Mia 2 cleansing brush! I simply leave it in the shower and use it every day! It came with 2 brush heads and has two speeds. The brush has a 1-minute timer that pulses when it is time to move to another part of your face to ensure even cleansing! It's rechargeable and includes a travel case.

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drybar Detox Dry Shampoo


No matter how many dry shampoos I test out, I always find myself going back to the drybar Detox dry shampoo. It smells delicious and leaves me feeling as if I just left the drybar after a blowout. It does not leave any white residue, and adds texture which makes your hair easier to style!

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TRESemmé Heat Protectant


Say goodbye to damaged hair TRESemmé's Heat Tamer works wonders when it comes to protecting your hair from the dangers of heat. I curl my hair almost every morning, and before I came across this product at a friend's house, my hair was falling apart. It was so dry and frizzy due to how often I was using heat. I began using this every morning, and now my hair seems invincible!

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NuMe Curling Wand 32mm


Before my senior prom, I was searching to find a large curling wand. I did a ton of research and settled on this 32mm barrel from NuMe. Its titanium surface heats up to 450° and creates large, loose curls.

I used the wand to style my hair for my Senior Prom. I loved how loose the curls were, and the titanium barrel helped them last all night!
I used the wand to style my hair for my Senior Prom. I loved how loose the curls were, and the titanium barrel helped them last all night!

Buy it here!

ColorProof PowderFix Texturing Powder


Another one of my favorite finds of 2016 was this texturing powder. My hair stylist used this when she did my hair for my Junior Prom, and I've used it ever since to achieve similar looks! Simply sprinkle the powder on dry hair at the root, and massage with your fingers. I love applying the powder and then throwing my hair up in a messy ponytail! The volume this product will give your hair is so beautiful and easy!


I hope y'all enjoyed reading about my favorite products of 2016! I'm so excited to see what 2017 has in store for Making Joy and Bliss. Let me know if you fall in love with any of these products too!