27 January 2017

Best in Skincare, Haircare and Body Products: 2016

My apologies that this is late hitting your inboxes and feeds, but I still really wanted to go ahead and publish this post. I thought some of you might find my recommendations helpful after such great feedback on my Best in Beauty Products 2016 post. I wanted to highlight my favourite skincare products, as well as miscellaneous products within haircare, tanning and body categories that I thought are worth knowing about! I have stuck to products I have not talked about before on my blog or which were new discoveries for the year. These are the best of the best and I have really narrowed it down for you so you can get to know my absolute must-have products!

Although I have been using this tanner for quite some time, it has never been reviewed or mentioned on Bows & Pleats (bad blogger), so I wanted to mention it here as it is my go-to self-tanner for special occasions when I want a nice dark but natural looking tan. I am definitely not a consistent self-tanner, and find tanning to be a bit of a chore but I apply this one at night after my shower and sleep with it on and then rinse it off the next day for a perfect tan every time! 

Because I am so lazy with my tanning as previously mentioned, a standout product for me this year has been the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk which is basically just a body moisturiser that contains pigment to build up a very natural tan. I love this product because it has encouraged me to be more consistent in using a body moisturiser and then gives me the benefits of a sun-kissed look! It only take about 3-4 applications to achieve a really noticeable tan with this product.

Although I have mentioned before the To Save Face Sunscreen by Mecca, this one is slightly different as it offers SPF50+ opposed to SPF30+ with the original To Save Face I was using previously. Both have very similar consistencies and formulas but I do find this one slightly creamier and more hydrating and I have been loving it throughout the summer here in Australia. It sits perfectly under makeup and does not go greasy or shiny for me.

I have a full review of the Rosehip Plus skincare range which you can read here. The standout product for me has definitely been this cream cleanser which I used non-stop throughout 2016. It is quite rich and creamy, so probably best suited for normal, combo and dry skin types and I tend to use this more during the winter than the summer, when my skin needs some extra hydration in my cleanser. It works really well to remove makeup, oil, and dirt and feels super luxurious on the skin. 

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel
Although the newest addition to my regime in 2016, this one I just had to sneak in there and mention since it has been a real game changer for me. Much more than just a simple moisturiser, this product works so well for those of us who are like me and have combination skin. I always struggle to find a good moisturiser which isn't too rich and doesn't increase my breakouts. This moisture gel is super lightweight and silky and can be added into your routine at night for moisture in just the areas where your skin is feeling dry. It also contains ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of pores and firm the skin. This product is also well-suited to wear underneath makeup during the day when you need extra hydration. It has no SPF so can be worn day or night, however I have been mainly using this as night to give my skin a boost of hydration and I wake up with happy skin.

Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask
This mask was definitely a dark horse in my collection. I feel like it came out of nowhere and was added to my collection when there was a lot of hype around it within the beauty community and I threw it into my pile to try. Out of the many, many face masks I have trialed this year, I have to say this is the one that I would consider the best all rounder and the one that I would turn to the most in my skin's time of need! It is a great charcoal mask that assists with congested, dull and blemished skin. After using this mask, my skin feels brighter, cleaner, softer and clearer. It also helps to visibly reduce the redness from my blemishes or acne scars. I am almost out of my pot and I would definitely repurchase this again. It is super affordable coming just under $20 AUD.

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Gel Cream*
This has been such a great moisturiser for me and I just love the consistency of it, which is like a whipped cream that is very hydrating but quick to dry and feels matte once applied. It is the absolute perfect base for makeup and works so well underneath foundation. I used this on a couple of my clients for freelance jobs this year and they loved it so much they asked for sample pots and have bought it themselves! This moisturiser leaves your skin feeling nice and hydrated while still allowing it to breathe. I would highly recommend this as a daily moisturiser!

Dream Dots Overnight Acne Patch
These dream dots have been an absolute lifesaver for me this year. I absoloutely love them, and since being sent an initial pack, I have been so hooked and repurchased these several times. I have tried different patches similar to this, but these are by far the best I have ever used. Every time I have a big, irritated pimple, instead of turning to a spot treatment I do my usual skincare routine and then pop one of these patches over the pimple. They work amazingly well at drawing all the fluid out of the blemish so you wake up with a smaller, less-irritated spot. If you use them a few nights in a row, I have found my pimples heal so much faster. They are great if you have a big event on and you need a spot gone quickly!!! Holy grail status for sure. You can get these at local pharmacies such as Terry White Chemists and Chemist Warehouse.

When it comes to hair products, I stay pretty consistent with the same products throughout the year, but this flat iron spray from TIGI has been a great addition to my collection this year and my go-to when I am doing any sort of heat styling with my hair. It doubles up as a heat protectant with a thermal shield as well as providing a lustrous shine to the hair. It smells like candy, honestly one of the best smelling products ever and makes my hair look so healthy and shiny without looking greasy. 

I am the first one to admit that I am not a big facial mist person and I am often cynical if they even do anything but this facial mist from Skinstitut has changed my mind about them as it has become a staple in my nightime skincare routine. I spray a few pumps of this as the last step in my skincare routine and I feel like it has made a huge difference to my skin. This mist contains vitamin B3, ginseng, green tea and licorice root and helps to soothe irritation and sensitivity, provide hydration as well as increasing the skin's resistance to daily stress. I have almost finished a full bottle of this stuff and I definitely feel it is worth checking out. 

This is a very luxurious, moisturising cream for night time use to help to address the first signs of aging. It is really ideal for those who have sensitive skin or who haven't used retinol before since it contains a softer dosage. This cream assists healthy cell turnover and helps to renew the skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin to boost skin's hydration, elasticity and support the skin's natural barrier function. I use this a few nights per week and it definitely speeds up the healing of my skin when I have acne scarring and helps with pigmentation. I love how this product is basically a serum and a moisturiser in one so it is a great multi-tasker.

If this product is good enough for Rae Morris, it's good enough for me, When I attended one of her masterclass sessions this year, she stated she could never be without this product and it is an essential in her makeup kit. It should be an essential for anyone since it is such a great product and has so many uses. It's so gentle and would suit the most sensitive skin types. This is my favourite item to remove pesky eye makeup such as waterproof mascara, eyeliner or heavy eyeshadow. It also works really well on a cotton tip to fix up eye makeup.

Well, that is my complete roundup for my skincare, haircare and body favourites for 2016! I really did try my best to include only the best of the best and my favourite products that I have discovered this year and would suggest to my own family and friends. Obviously the skincare is more targeted towards combination and acne-prone skin types so just keep this in mind when reading my recommendations.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are as excited as me to discover new products in 2017! I have a feeling I will be busy with starting back at uni and will probably be sticking mainly to these staples throughout the year, I will try to make an effort to reduce my new purchases and keep things a little more simplistic in 2017. What do you think?

What was your favourite skincare product in 2016?

*This product was sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. For more information please read my disclaimer.

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