With another year’s worth of beauty testing in the bag, our team is ready to rehash all of our very favorite products from 2016. Read on for a thorough breakdown of everything we’ve tried and loved, featuring more than 28 individual must-haves! Did we leave your top 2016 pick out? Be sure to add your links in the comments below.
Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil: This cleanser is hands down one of our absolute favorites from this year. It’s super gentle and creamy and leaves our skin feeling brand new! We’re totally obsessed with it.
Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial: You know it’s going to be good when Gwyneth Paltrow is behind it—this is an all-around team favorite.
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish: Smells heavenly and leaves skin silky smooth. The packaging is pretty sweet, too.
RMS Makeup Remover Wipes: By far the best face wipes we’ve tried. They are packed with coconut oil and leave your skin so soft and smelling great. Plus, they easily remove stubborn eye makeup.
Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum: Wow, this stuff works wonders on our skin. When applied nightly for a week, we noticed our skin was smoother and fine lines on our forehead looked less noticeable.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum: Hands down, this has become a must-have item this year. We’ve always been a fan of face oils for their moisturizing properties, but this stuff is full of 22 of the most active and potent botanicals that really do act like more of a serum when it comes to results.
Glossier Super Bounce: An awesome, light serum that also is super effective for moisturizing dry winter skin.
Kypris Beauty Elixir I – 1,000 Roses: This serum is quite pricey, but it’s one of the best ones we have ever used. Our skin looks radiant and glowy after just one use.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream: Easy to apply and fast-absorbing, this cream leaves your skin feeling soft, supple and is a great base for makeup.
French Girl Organics Crème Lumière: Finally, a natural moisturizer that soaks in and WORKS! We love how it makes our skin feel by morning.
Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask: Firm and hydrate your moisture-starved skin with this cocoa-infused mask. It’s truly a sensory experience that will leave you feeling pampered.
Pixi Glow Tonic: This is one of the standout products that changed our skincare routine this year. We love the pre-soaked pads for travel, too.
Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm: Smells incredible and keeps our hands feeling soft and smooth.
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: This pretty little pot adds a ton of shimmer and natural glow.
Glossier Haloscope: This is so easy to use and gives us that highly coveted glow. We keep ours in our purse for whenever we want a quick touch up. We also use it for eyeshadow when in a pinch.
Blush & Bronzer
Hourglass, Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette: The ultra-fine illuminating particles in this blush adds an instant soft glow to your look. The trio of color options allows you to customize your palette, too! We are also obsessed with the Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light and their Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Bronze Light.
NARS Audacious Mascara: Editor, Erin, was always a believer that drugstore mascara was just as good as higher end, until she tried this one. This has become a beauty must-have for its lengthening, thickening effects, sans clumps.
Glossier Boy Brow: We use this every day for full bushy brows!
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Iluminating Moisturizer: We love the subtle shimmer that this moisturizer adds, and application is a breeze with the built-in brush. We apply it after our moisturizer on our cheeks, forehead and tip of our nose before applying the rest of our face makeup.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup: This offers full coverage and stays in place all day. Plus, it lives up to its claim of feeling weightless. It’s not greasy and is great for building upon—think bronzer, highlighter, etc.
‘Magic’ Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: This foundation is seriously awesome. It’s got pretty decent coverage, but doesn’t make you look like you have makeup caked on. We also love that it has some SPF in it.
Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Color Correct: Not only does this range color correct any kind of skin issue you have, but it is super long-lasting. Follow it up with the 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal for a flawless look.
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor & GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss: We fell in love with these lip products this year! Between the color range and formula, these get an A+ from us. Abby wore the shade “Snarky” on her wedding day.
Aveda Shampure: Hands down the best dry shampoo we’ve tried in forever! It absorbs oil without leaving a white powder and smells amazing.
StriVectin Hair All Smooth Overnight Anti-Frizz Serum: No need to stress over the state of your hair this dry season. Just spritz on this leave-in overnight serum, and you’ll have softer, smoother-looking locks come morning.
Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort.Spray: A few spritzes of this surf spray on damp hair will leave you looking like you just took a swim in the ocean.
Ouai Wave Spray: We can’t live without wave spray. This one smells incredible and leaves us with that “cool girl” beach hair that we adore.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime: We usually shy away from shine sprays because they can easily make your hair look greasy or over-styled. That’s not the case for this oil mist, which adds shine and moisture to your hair (we use it exclusively on the ends).