For me, 2016 was the year of the lip. As I put together my favorite beauty products of 2016 I kept thinking of really great lip products that have not only taken over my vanity but my Louis Vuitton handbag as well. But I didn’t want my 2016 obsession to take over this list so I truly narrowed down my top makeup, hair, nail and skincare picks that I raved about earlier this year (or recently discovered) that I’m still using to this very day.
$4,000—that’s the amount the average woman will spend in her lifetime on mascara. If you’re a major beauty product junkie, that number probably doesn’t scare you but if you consider yourself to be pretty low-maintenance, then it’s best that you invest in a few tubes for every occasion. Personally, I never walk out the front door without a coat or two of mascara. On the weekends I like to keep things fuss-free and mascara keeps me looking awake and polished. From lengthy tubes to hourglass wands, I’ve rounded up my current mascara favorites.
This isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed Benefit They’re Real! Mascara and I constantly reach for this tube when I want to lift and separate lashes while lengthening (it’s like a push-up bra for your lashes). I highly recommend using it in conunction with Benefit’s little sister Tinted Lash Primer because it makes it easier to remove at night.
With each coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, my lashes look more luscious and dramatic. The want can get a little clumpy so occasionally I’ll wipe the excess formula before I start applying. If you want more volume, this tube is perfect for date night.
The hourglass wand on Ciate London Wonderwand Intensely Volumizing Mascara really works wonders without clumping. One coat gives you carbon black lashes, two coats gives the illusion of wearing false lashes (perfect for weddings and special occasions).
I’m used to layering lash primers to enhance my eye look but this Pixi by Petra Lengthy Fiber Mascara has the opposite effect. Apply a coat on top of your favorite mascara and this will instantly give you longer, luscious lashes. I like to carry it with me when I travel if I need a quick touch-up or use it when I take my look from day to night.
Photography by Andrea Rodway
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Last year it was my mission to find my signature red lipstick. This year, it’s all about finding the perfect pink pout. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I couldn’t think of a more perfect reason to treat myself to a new tube. Depending on your mood, the type of finish and staying power, I’ve rounded up the best hot pink lipsticks for date night.
I love the creamy consistency of Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick in melted fuchsia. It has true staying power and it instantly brightens my mood.
There’s something about a tube of Le Metier de Beaute Lipstick that just makes me feel so Parisian. This formula (shade is called Paris) has a silky finish that won’t smudge or feather.
Revlon is my go-to drugstore brand for lipstick budget buys. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, 815 Fuchsia Shock looks like a lipstick and feels like a balm. I do recommend applying lip liner as a base if you want a full coverage lip look.
Every now and then I crave an ultra glossy pout so I reach for Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in hot pink vinyl. But be warned—it is a little sticky and you’re significant other may avoid kissing you.
I’ve always had a special place in my purse for NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu, a bright pink portable pencil that’s shinier than a lipstick but a lot less than a gloss.
Do you have a go-to pink lipstick? Leave your picks in the comments section!