Applause, Applause: The Best Beauty Products of 2016

Ouai texturizing spray


I’ve lost count of the numbers of new beauty items I’ve tested and tried over the last year (mostly for work but sometimes for fun)—creams and serums, blushes and bronzers, mascaras, brow pencils and pomades, lipsticks and stains, oil-based everything and a few new brushes and tools to apply said products.

But not every item that starting popping up on shelves as far back as January is worthy of being singled out. The six gems I’ve chosen weren’t even part of my beauty routine Some nine months ago and now I can’t imagine going without them. Cue the applause.

Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray
The product description says it all—”Like dry shampoo and hairspray had a baby.” If you’re not a fan of celeb stylist Jen Atkin‘s cult hair product line yet, one spritz of this light-as-air, heavenly-scented spray (made with Ouai No. 3 fragrance that has notes of Italian bergamot, water lily and white musk) and you will be hooked. Worth the $$$.

Stila Star Light, Star Bright highlighter palette
‘Twas the year of highlighting and all through the land, not a lady was found without a compact in hand. Yes, in 2016 we traded the multi-step face-changing trend that is contouring for the simplified and youthful highlighting option and Stila’s no-fuss trio offers three shades to suit different skin tones and each was perfect for adding a little, or lot, of shimmer to your life.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil
With real rose petals suspended in the bottle, using this can’t help but feel like an opportunity to treat yo’self. The powerful formula is also boosted with Super C, which helps the skin absorb Vitamin C and reap the benefits of the wonder ingredient.

Treat yo' self parks and recreation

Tom Haverford knows what’s up (Via

NARS brow defining cream
This little pot isn’t about giving you Instagram brows but more inclined towards the illusion of fuller brows with a highly blendable creamy formula that goes on  smooth and sets with ease for a day of enviable arches.

O.P.I. Washington D.C. Collection
It was always going to be an emotional election and the powers that be at OPI saw the opportunity to head to the real and fictional White House for mani inspo with some truly stellar results that reflected the state of things. The collab with Kerry Washington, that referenced her Scandal character, produced amazing aubergine and slate-green colourways.

The Estée Edit pore vanishing stick
More than a primer or blurring tool, this perfect-for-your-purse tube does what it says thanks to a dual approach—the outer area has oil-controlling elements while the formula at the centre is a universally flattering sheer pigment. The results are immediate and undeniable and gives me  a clean slate for applying my makeup.


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