Hi guys! I wanted to give you all a little life update as well as share my best of beauty for 2016, as some of you may know I had originally hoped to get this post up as one of my first YouTube videos but it seems my YT debut will have to wait a tiny bit longer!

This past year has been incredible, full of highs and lows and so many amazing opportunities! My now fiancé and I got engaged last April in Paris and bought our first home (which we are in the process of re-modelling) in December – that on its own has taken up so much of my time, so I apologize if I haven’t been constantly active on social media. I also travelled a lot in the past year so it was tough not having constant access to chat with you all! I have such a good feeling about 2017 though and so many new, fun and exciting projects in the works- can’t wait to share them all with you! I’m so grateful to be able to share bits my life with you all and to have met such amazing people…who would’ve thought that you guys would become like a second family to me ♡

All right enough rambling, let’s get into my BEST OF BEAUTY 2016! I’m not sure if *all* of these were in fact launched in 2016 but regardless these were some of my favourite, new products (to me, at least!) that I kept reaching for throughout the year:

NAILS

essie Gel Couture range

essie x ‘lauren’s list’ – I mean, you KNEW this one would make the list right? 😉

Sally Hansen Color Therapy range

L’Oreal Le Vernis à l’Huile range

LIPS

Maybelline Color Jolt Lipsticks

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks

Colourpop x KL Ultra Satin Lip ‘November’ – all ultra satin lipsticks, really

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

TARTE Creamy Matte Lip Paints – this stuff does not budge!!

EYES

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy & Bronze Palettes

Colourpop x KL KathleenLights Eyeshadow

TARTE Tartelette In Bloom Palette

L’Oreal Voluminous Priming Mascara

Maybelline Push Up Angel Mascara

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

BROWS

Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil

Benefit Ka-Brow Cream Gel

ABH Brow Definer

FACE

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

MUFE HD Foundation Stick – perfect for travelling!

TARTE Empowered Hybrid-Gel Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

TARTE Shape Tape Concealer – totally worth the hype

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – smells amaze

ABH Glow Kit

Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector ‘Light Peach’

SKIN CARE

Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel Duo

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycoic Night Serum

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid & Cream

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Face Masks

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Cream

Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes – perfect for travelling or those late nights

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Clarisonic MIA Fit Cleansing Device

Kate Somerville Exfoli-Kate Exfoliator – this has been around for ages but it’s just SO good

Bioderma ATODERM Body Cream

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

HAIR

OUAI Wave Spray

OUAI Texturizing Hairspray

Pantene Alcohol-free Hairspray

Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray

Garnier Whole Blends Range

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil

So that’s about it, although I’m pretty sure there are a few (lot) I forgot to mention! I’m honestly such a beauty junkie and LOVE discovering new products! Help a girl out and let me know what some of YOUR favourites were through 2016 🙂

♡ Lauren