It’s here. The Styling You top 20 beauty products 2016.
This list features products that were released on to the market in 2016.
Most of the products below come from the posts I featured each month up in my monthly beauty favourites posts. Others have come from themed posts and sponsored posts.
The big test for their inclusion here was based on whether I was still using them and in some cases had re-purchased once and twice after the original sample had finished.
In most cases I was initially sent the sample to trial and possibly share with you. In other cases I bought the product. For a product to even to be featured on my blog, it has to have some kind of difference or special appeal that warrants a trial and then I have to be blown away during that trial.
With sponsored posts, yes I’m paid to write about those products featured, but I think it’s the ultimate test if long after that job has finished that I’m still using and buying that product because it was as effective and useful as I initially found it.
The top 20 appear below in no particular order but they are grouped in beauty product “type”.
I’ve also included online links to where you can buy the product or contact someone via online to find a stockist near you.
So, with the disclaimers out of the way, let’s roll on with my top 20 beauty products for 2016.
The VERY GOOD news is that one lucky SY reader and beauty lover is going to have a chance to win all 20 products. That’s one big beauty haul. Read on for details on how to enter.
1. NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil ($14.95): If you’ve been put off body oils because they feel like a greasy alternative to a lotion, then take note, this one is worth a go on your skin this spring. Not only does it quickly absorb but it it does more than hydrate. The Q10 formula works to give the skin on your body a boost by helping even out skin tone, reduce visibility of stretch marks and firm up skin (much as the Q10 does in NIVEA face products). The lightly fragranced formula is free from mineral oils. It includes avocado, macadamia and cottonseed oils to nourish. I was totally surprised by how much I liked this product – great for post-shower and no problems about being able to dress straight away.
2. Twenty8 Rosa Damascena Flower Water ($19.95): I call this a fragrance with benefits. This 100% organic hydrosol is produced using organic Bulgarian roses. You can use it as a fragrance, as a face toner in your skincare routine or a hydrator throughout the day. I also love to spritz it around my work zone – it works to keep me focussed on the task at hand as well as making my general desk area smell pretty damn good. Twenty8 is a 100% natural range, free from all synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fragrances. (Not tested on animals)
3. Banana Boat SunComfort SPF 50+ sunscreen spray ($16.99): This sunscreen had me at “sand easily brushes off”. I love the beach but … THE SAND … not my favourite bit. On a recent beach day I gave this a try on me and my son. And guess what, it worked. The sand didn’t stick so I could easily give it the flick off my legs. It’s going to have a permanent spot in my beach bag. Other benefits – the high SPF, four-hour water resistance and it hydrates your skin. Available at supermarkets and pharmacies.
4. Sodashi Arabian Oud Body Oil ($159): Oh MY. There are body oils and there ARE body oils. This new offering from luxury, chemical-free skincare brand, Sodashi, is self-care in a bottle. Oud is the most prized “wood” in aromatherapy and helps to release stored emotions and calm nerves – the perfect anecdote to tiredness and stress. In this product the Oud sits as a beautiful fragrant layer alongside frankincense, sandalwood and rose. Apply on damp skin after a shower or bath and your skin will also thank you for the hydrating benefits that come from cold-pressed macadamia, almond, apricot kernel and jojoba oils. Not tested on animals.
5. bhave super nova leave-in elixir ($41.95): I’ve been a huge fan of the bhave range of products since having my first bhave Smoothe treatment almost two years ago. This is the latest styling product in the range and has quickly risen to my favourite. You wash and condition your hair as normal and then spray on towel-dried hair. It nourishes, helps prevents frizz, protects from UV rays, leaving hair feeling oh, so soft and glossy and so much more. Warning: it will be addictive. (Not tested on animals, free from parabens, sulphates and sodium chloride)
6. Kevin Murphy Re.Store Repairing Cleansing Treatment ($55): My beautiful hairdresser Nadine at Cheveux Design and Espresso handed me this product a couple of weeks ago as I walked out all salon-fresh from her handiwork. My inner lazy-girl beauty was intrigued. This was a treatment that also cleansed your hair. How does that even work? Does it work? OH YES IT DOES. It’s a bit out-of-the-box in terms up application: you wet your hair and then apply this to your hair and scalp as you would your shampoo. BUT, it doesn’t lather up. You leave it on a few minutes and rinse. Your hair feels immediately soft and smooth but, YES, it’s cleansed as well. It’s sulphate and paraben-free and chock full of proteins and amino acids to rebuild and restore your hair. I’m packing it for my trip to Bali next week because packing one hair product instead of two is a great idea. Available at Adore Beauty and in Kevin Murphy salons.
7. Rimmel #InstaFlawless ($13.95): I often joke that it would be ever so lovely to be able to walk around with an Instagram filter on my face. It would certainly save a lot of faffing about with a full face of makeup. This product won’t replace a full face but for some it might be enough to enhance and brighten without adding a foundation on top. It’s a moisturiser with a SPF15 and it sure does give a radiant glow to the face. I need a bit more coverage for when I’m out and about but I’ve been popping this on over a primer and under a foundation for a little extra oomph. Rimmel does call it a primer but I need my primers to have a velcro-like effect between my foundation and my skin. Available in two shades – Light/Medium and Medium/Dark at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Target, Kmart, Big W, selected pharmacies and selected Coles and Woolworths.
8. OZK.O Makeup Glasses ($19.95): No matter which way I look at it, I’m not getting any younger … and my eyes are not as sharp as they used to be, which is why I think these glasses are genius. Apply your eye makeup on one eye with the lens magnifying through the other. Then simply switch the lens across for the other eye’s application. Suddenly my eyeliner application is exactly where it should be. Available at selected pharmacies. Email OZK.O via the contact page for a stockist near you.
9. YSL Vernis a Levres Vinyl Cream ($55): I’m a long-time fan of YSL hybrid lip products and this particular one is my new fave way of getting a colour pop on the lips. The applicator brush is the same genius angled brush that I love on my Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain but it’s the formula that gets so many big ticks for me. For maximum colour pop, apply one coat and let dry. Then apply the next. The formula is such that it operates at a skincare level first – with ceramide-like ingredients to work with the skin on the lips for comfort and hydration. The second part of the formula is all about the mix of pigments. They are bright and long-lasting. There is some lip transfer to a glass but not excessively so. My lips don’t dry out at all wearing this. The shade pictured is an orange-red (Rouge Remix – 402) and it goes on my darker lips like a deeper red. Available at David Jones and Mecca.
10. Go-To Skincare (Pinky-Nudey) Lips! ($17): Golly gosh that Zoe Foster Blake always knows what we need in our beauty kit. This product answers the nudey-pinky lip call for all of us looking for a nourishing lip balm product that also looks good for the every day. My lips are a pretty dark pink so this gives a slight, kind-of-perfect-but-not-to-obvious tint. It’s a handbag and desk no-brainer for me. (not tested on animals, no artificial fragrances, petroleum, PEGs, mineral oil, sulphates)
11. Erin Bigg Cosmetics Pressed Pigment Quad in Dusky Orchid ($75): Erin Bigg is a Brisbane-based makeup artist who first did my hair and makeup the spring-summer FRANKiE4 Footwear campaign. The end result was AMAZING and she arrived next time with samples from her makeup range for me to play with. You know how I love a good eye palette? Well, this is my new favourite. The four colours are me to a tee and the pigmentation is incredibly high, with a gorgeous shine finish on application. I use the vanilla as a brow highlight; the copper across the lid and the two darker browns in the corner and crease of my eyelids.
12. Mecca Cosmetica In a Great Light Compact $60 (refills $42): This baby slipped into my carry-on bag on a trip to Sydney (damn you Mecca and your Brisbane Airport-convenient-shopping-location). I’ll admit I was seduced by the pretty packaging and the promise of SPF-packed luminous coverage but since we’ve gotten to know each other at home, it’s been love. This product is known as cushion makeup. I only know that it’s called cushion makeup on account of receiving a David Jones email alert last week, telling me it was so and that there were six others I could be choosing from. Not surprisingly, it’s a trend that’s evolved from Asia (specifically South Korea) as it is the collective quest of the women in these countries to have blemish-free, even-toned skin. Hence, why we have BB creams. Cushion makeup works by dispersing just the right amount of liquid foundation on to the accompanying sponge and then you dab the sponge on your face for even coverage. This Mecca one provides a light to medium coverage that is buildable and perfect for my every day – plus the SPF is a spectacular bonus. I’m wearing Fair. (Made in Australia)
13. NEEK Skin Organics lipstick ($28): I first introduced you to this lipstick brand last year. I loved it then but there’s more to love now as the formula has been tweaked with the addition of avocado oil for moisturising your lips. The tubes are now bamboo with a copper inner. What is still the same is the availability of the same shades – my fave is the pictured nude/pink Sweet About Me. This is a natural, vegan lipstick and the shades are achieved through a mixture of natural micas and pigments. It’s the perfect everyday lippie for lip care and subtle colour. Stockists here. (Not tested on animals)
14. Sarah Jean Three Piece Lash Kit ($57): I LOVE false eyelashes – and the effect they have on a makeup look for events or photography. But I also love someone else putting them on. I basically sucked at doing them myself. Not any more. Sarah Baker (aka the woman behind Sarah Jean Lashes)challenged me to give her kit a go. She started her business because she thought there had to be an easier way to apply lashes. The genius of her method of application is that you apply the adhesive first on to your lashes like you would mascara – it’s even applied with a mascara brush – then you add a little more along the base line of the false lash before applying and press it into place using the tweezer applicator tool. I worked with a black adhesive, which kind of got a bit messy on my fingers (rookie situation) but you get a very defined eye with the black. There is also a clear adhesive version. The lashes themselves are wonderfully light in weight. You can see the results on me here. There are plenty of tips on how to apply here. (vegan friendly, cruelty free)
15. MUD Make-Up Design lip pencil in Nude ($6): I first talked about MUD makeup products in 2015 – quality makeup you can pick up while doing your groceries at Woolies. Eleven new products have recently been added to the range, including a primer for $10 and nail colour for $3. It’s the lip pencil I’m featuring today because everyone needs a nude lip pencil in their kit. Use it as your lip colour (with clear gloss over the top) or use it to line the lips before applying another colour. I use Nude even when wearing a red lip as a clean outline to the main event. Lining your lips with this creamy texture means you’re preventing colour bleeding but avoiding any dryness.
16. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream ($48.99): Remember when I introduced you to the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo last year? Have you continued to use the product? (I have – in between trialling others as part of this job) The missing piece in the skincare puzzle for the range launched this year. The Micro-Sculpting Night Cream has been formulated to work on your skin while you sleep – this works with the normal repair rhythm of your skin. What I love about this night cream is that it’s different from traditional, rich and heavy night creams. It has a gel-like texture that absorbs fast and goes to work on helping your skin cells renew and repair. If you’re still loving the Miracle Duo, add this one and make it a Miracle Trio. Available at all leading supermarkets and pharmacies.
17. Ultraceuticals Ultra Red-Action mosituriser ($79): I’ve been having regular Ultraceuticals facials at Beauty on Latrobe since I wrote this post about LED light facials. I’m getting great results with my skin and one of the reasons why is that my therapist, Clare, has been targeting the redness/sensitivity in my skin, strengthening my skin and treating this particular concern. This moisturiser is very much supporting at home what’s being achieved in the salon. It’s bringing down the redness – there is a visible difference and my makeup is not having to work as hard for an even complexion but it’s been a fabulously hydrating formula as well. At the moment I’m using it night and day but with a sunscreen over the top in the day. (not tested on animals, paraben and synthetic fragrance free)
18. PuraSonic ViVA ($69): What I love about cleansing using the PuraSonic ViVA is that you skin seriously feels softer after just a few uses. I love that my skin feels and looks clean but not so that it feels like all the natural oils have been stripped from it. I need this kind of anti-ageing help. I’m not getting any younger and my skin cells no longer have their former self-renewing super powers. A big bonus … I’ve noticed that the serum and moisturiser I use following my twice-daily cleanse are working more effectively. Hello holding back the years.
19. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water in oil ($14.99): If you fell in love with Garnier Micellar water a couple of years ago, and long-lasting makeup is very much a part of your daily beauty kit, then you’re going to love this. I have been using a separate eye makeup cleanser as well as Micellar water but this does the job of both. Winning. It’s so gentle on your skin because it dissolves makeup without rubbing. And don’t panic, the argon oil doesn’t make your skin feel oily. Available at supermarkets, discount department stores and pharmacies.
20. Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF15 ($70): While this may not be the most inexpensive primers on the market, if you suffer from sensitive or sensitised skin like me, then you are always on the search for holy grail products that disguise the redness. This is a product I’ve continued to buy long after the first tube finished. It does offer a skin smoothing and velcro-like property that I require in a primer but then I get the added benefit of the sheer green tint to help neutralise my red zones before I apply makeup. Apart from the cosmetic bonuses, it also is a product that will help calm redness over time thanks to the inclusion of yeast, oat and oat kernel oil.
ONE Styling You reader will win a beauty haul containing each of these 20 products. This hamper of beauty goodies is valued at $921.72 and will have you glowing well into 2016.
To enter, simply answer the question below in the comments on this blog post:
Name the one beauty product YOU’VE tried and tested in 2016 that you’ve fallen in love with … and why?
Entries open Wednesday, December 14 at 4.30am (AEST) and close Wednesday, December 21 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. The prize will be sent to the winner mid-January 2017. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.