Year End Favourites: Top 5 Makeup and Skincare

This is my first collaboration and I am excited to do it with the lovely Sylvia from her blog  She has the most adorable blog where she discusses beauty, her daily life, and her travels.  We decided to talk about favourite beauty products of the year, narrowing it down to our top 5’s in makeup and skincare.  Go check out Sylvia’s favourites here.

Top 5 Makeup Favourites


H & M Color Essence Eye Cream in Sirocco

Let’s face it, I have too many cream eyeshadows.  They range from drugstore (Maybelline) to high-end (Tom Ford).  However, if I had to pick one that I used the most, it would have to be the H & M Color Essence Eye Cream.  The packaging might not be the most luxorious, but it is chic and minimal, and the formula is my favourite.  The gel-cream formula glides and blends out easily on the eyes, doesn’t crease, and lasts pretty much all day.  The price of $6.99 USD is just a bonus.

msh Love Liner Liquid in Rich Black

I have been on a mission to try as many Japanese liquid liners as I can simply because they are some of the best.  As the name of blog implies, most liners smudge on me.  Out of all the liquid liners I have tried, this one is definitely my favourite.  I always make the least amount of mistakes when I use this liner.  I’m not sure specifically why.  It could be the barrel is a little more weighted or the brush is extra flexible, but it is the best also because it stays on all day, is really black, and doesn’t dry out (I’ve had mine for a year).  Definitely holy grail status.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbena

Unfortunately, if I don’t jive well with the scent of product, it can be a deal-breaker for me.  When I tried Bite Beauty lipsticks the first time, I just could not deal with the scent and had to return it. However, when I smelled the Amuse Bouche lipsticks in Sephora (they smell citrusy with a touch of mint), I decided to give them a try again and I’m glad I did.  Even without lip balm, they are super moisturizing and the colours are super pigmented.  They don’t last on my lips through heavy eating and drinking, but they stay on remarkably longer than I expected.  Can’t wait to get more colours!

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the Balm Put a Lid on It Eyelid Primer

I don’t hear about this eyelid primer talked about much, but it is definitely one of my favourite discoveries of the year.  For me though, eyelid primer is one of those unsung heroes.  It might not be as exciting and flashy as some other fellow beauty products, but a complete necessity for someone like me with oily lids.  For me, this products combines the best qualities I enjoy in two other cult eyelid primers.  The convenient tube packaging is reminiscent of the Two Faced Shadow Insurance and the formula has the staying power of the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  It is the best of both worlds!

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Missha The Style Defining Blusher in PK03

This is completely a surprising favourite for me.  It was one of those products you plop in your cart because you needed free shipping.  Why not get a lovely pink blusher?  The shade is lovely, blends out nicely, and most of all, lasts a long time.  Plus the packaging is cute.  It has been a major staple the last few months.

Top 5 Favourite Skincare


Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence

I am not obsessed with the appearance of my pores, but this product made me understand the importance of “pore-care.”  Is that even a term?  One of the reasons that Korean skincare has been such a big hit is that you can see results pretty fast.  Within a day, I noticed the my pores were smaller and more refined after using this product.  It is pretty amazing.  This is actually a late year favourite, but I am almost done with my current bottle and ready to order a new one.

Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Essence

I bought this essence at my local Korean supermarket on the recommendation of the salesperson. Mostly, because she said that they said it was fermented with gold green tea and I was really in need of an essence.  If you want to try out a snail essence that is not sticky, blends in quickly, and is anti-aging, I would recommend this one.

Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence

This has been a staple in my skincare routine for most of this year until I branched out and tried other products for my blog.  I love that it sinks in quickly and leaves my freshly cleansed face moisturized and plump.  Plus, it doesn’t have a strong fragrance and the 91% fermented soybeans have amazing anti-aging properties.

Whamisa Organics Flower Eye Essence

I’ve had a problem with eye creams not working well under face makeup (e.g., makeup balls up on top of some eye creams).  However, this Whamisa eye cream has been wonderful under makeup. It not only sinks in quickly, but leaves a smooth and moisturized surface for makeup application.  It also lasts a long time because you only need a small amount per application.  As a whole, if you are looking into trying organic skincare, I would recommend this Korean line.

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LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule

This is another love from Glow Recipe, the online Korean natural skincare website.  Since it is curated line of products, I haven’t tried anything that I didn’t enjoy.  If you are looking for instant glow, this is your product.  Packed with propolis and multivitamins, this ampoule not only provides instant glow to your skin, it also revitalizes your skin and evens out skin tone.  It also another product that is great under makeup because it absorbs really quickly.  My only small gripe is that you go through it pretty quick because it comes in such a small bottle.

That’s it!  My favourites of the year.  Hope you enjoyed reading this post and have a wonderful new year!

20 thoughts on “Year End Favourites: Top 5 Makeup and Skincare

  1. […] Today’s post is one that is in collaboration with a friend of mine Outofmythoughts which you can find her blog here! Similar to me, she does a lot of makeup and skin care reviews, and I personally enjoy reading them. This is also a two-part post, so be sure to check out her faves from 2016 right here! […]


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