8 Life-Changing Beauty Products of 2016

There were A LOT of products that I discovered and fell in love with last year, but only a handful of them deserve the title of “life-changing”.

I’ve done quite a lot of research before deciding to go on Accutane and knew that extreme skin dryness was to be expected, but didn’t realize how extreme it’d be. I always had dry lips, but the treatment turned them into even a bigger mess. For the first couple of weeks, I couldn’t wear lipstick at all as my lips were dry to the point of cracking and bleeding. Two products that brought me extreme relief were the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lano Lips Superbalm. They are both formulated without petrolatum and heal my lips without leaving a nasty residue and are probably amongst the the best lip care products I’ve ever used. And trust me, I’ve used A LOT of them.

I already raved about this Mun AKWI Cleanser* on my Instagram a few weeks ago and I’ll repeat myself by saying that I’ve never used a cleanser like this one. It’s a gentle, oil-based, pH-balancing cleanser that softens and moisturizes skin and heals dry patches. It comes in beautiful glass + pump packaging that I love. AKWI cleanser is sort of a combo of an oil and a balm and I love using it for double-cleansing. If you like using oils on your skin, I’m sure you’d love this cleanser as much as I do.

Another cleanser I’ve been loving is the Mario Badescu Cleansing Milk with Carnation & Rice Oil. Guys, this stuff is amazing. If you have dry, sensitive skin, you’ll absolutely love it. It’s very gentle and doesn’t leave your skin feel tight and dry like some cleansers tend to do; it actually moisturizes your skin. I like to use this cleansing milk in addition to my cleansing gel. I use the cleansing milk first, remove it with a moist washcloth and follow up with a gel cleanser like this one.

I do this because this milk cleanser is a tissue-off cleanser, so it does leave a slight residue on skin unless you do a good job at washing it off; it’s probably not ideal for removing makeup BUT it’s really great for dry, itchy, patchy skin.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is hands-down THE best texturizing spray I’ve ever used. I don’t usually splurge on hair care or hair styling products, but this spray is totally worth the splurge. After buying the purse-size months ago, I knew I was going to have to pick up the full-size one, pretty much after the first use. It adds volume, texture and also sort of acts as a dry shampoo, absorbing excess oil.

It also has a gorgeous scent. Whenever I don’t have enough time to style my hair, I just use a bit of this spray, and use my fingers to create that “done, but undone” look that works really well with my short hair. My hair is always super flat and can’t hold a curl for life and this spray has totally changed that.

I already talked about this Weleda Skin Food cream right here. Such an amazing product, especially for this time of year, or if you suffer from dry/extremely dry skin. It’s multitasking, affordable and works amazing. I use it on my hands, feet, cuticles, body, face, brows- pretty much all over. It’s definitely one of the best skincare products in my collection.

During summer I also fell in love with this sunscreen from MDSolarSciences and it’s still my favorite sunscreen. Even though it has a very matte finish, it works nicely over my Cetaphil Cream and under my makeup and does not dry me out. I can’t stand greasy sunscreen creams/lotions that take forever to absorb and this one has a really lovely finish.

As far as makeup goes, there’s only one product I want to mention: the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal Light Blush, Bronzer & Strobe Powder Palette. This one might not be exactly life-changing, but it is one of my favorite makeup purchases and all the powders included are absolutely beautiful. I use it all the time and I’m thinking of getting my hands on another, back-up one, while I still can.

What were some of your beauty discoveries in 2016?

*PR samples


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    Caked To The Nines
    January 6, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Yaas girl love the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. It’s also in my favorites, but my tube is dingy AF lol! I’ve been wanting to try the Oribe texturizing spray for ages, but I’m not one who splurges on hair care products either especially when my hair was so long and flat because nothing works. I cut off 7 inches about two months (so two inches have grown back lol) so perhaps I’ll invest in more hair care!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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      Paula @
      January 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

      They have it in a balm form now! I just ordered it :) My hair is exactly the same, that spray is amazing though!

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    January 6, 2017 at 3:40 am

    I am still amazed at how well my snail cream works – by far the most adventurous thing I reached for not only in 2016 but in my life. My bf still thinks I am crazy. I don’t blame him.

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    Ambar Syed
    January 6, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I haven’t tried any of these so I guess I’m missing out on a lot! Will be adding some of them to my wishlist so that I can try them. Thank you for the recommendations!
    – Ambar x

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    Kiss & Make-up
    January 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I got a sample of that Oribe dry shampoo, will have to try it then!

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    January 6, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I really love posts like this because I am not really all that up to date on beauty and tend to just use the same stuff I’ve used for forever, so it’s great to get an overview of the best products of the year. I have yet to try out anything from Mario Badescu but I consistently hear good things about his products!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    Millie Robinson
    January 6, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I picked up the Hourglass Surreal Palette too last year and I love it! x

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    Dagmara Klich
    January 6, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I’ve only recently tried the Oribe spray and I’m impressed as well, I’ve never liked any texturizing spray or dry shampoo as much!

    And the Hourglass palette is my absolute favourite as well! x
    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    January 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love all the products from Weleda, they are absolutely amazing! But I would love to the Oribe spray as well!!

    Great post!

    N, xoxo. |

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    January 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Girl, that Oribe spray is to die for. I have been buying it for years! I cannot get enough of the scent, and I have really flat hair as well. It always fixes me up on a jiffy. Definitely life-changing!! Xo

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    January 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.I’m hoping a little goes a long way?(:

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    Mikéla Davelyn
    January 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing hun! Haven’t really heard of these before your blog. Mun Akwi sounds so good!

    xo, mikéla /

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    Shannon Darko
    January 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Weleda Skin Food is my holy grail, I absolutely love it! I slather it on every night and my face always looks so glowy in the morning!

    I’ve been dying to try the Oribe spray for ages, I think I’ll finally have to purchase it now!

    Shannon x

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    Katie @ Over The Moony
    January 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I received that Hourglass palette as a Christmas gift and it is so gorgeous! It’s so different from anything else I’ve ever used in that realm. The highlight is so subtle and beautiful. I totally get what all of the hype is about!

    My favorite discovery was my Sebastian Dry Shampoo. It’s hands down the best one I’ve laid my hands on and it’s made my hair life so much easier!

    Katie |

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    January 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Amazing selection of favourite products, I am in need of that BITE lip mask for sure and yes to the Weleda Skin Food, such a fab cream for dry skin x

    Beauty with charm

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    The Gossip Darling
    January 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Love this!!! I want to try the BITE lip mask. A bunch of people have recommended it….

    Mel |

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    Ana Vicioso
    January 9, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Amazing beauty product photography! I would really love to try the Oribe spray!

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    The Sunday Mode
    January 19, 2017 at 12:41 am

    The Oribe spray sounds amazing, especially because my hair has been so so flat lately and all i want is volume! Does it make your hair feel crispy at all? As in, is it one of those sprays that you can really feel in your hair?

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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