Happy Tuesday, y'all! I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, or just a great weekend :) I'm really excited about today's post, as I'm sharing with you my tried & true, favorite purchases of 2016! 2016 was a year that got a really bad rap from a lot of people, but for me, 2016 was the year that I really started to discover who I am (that sounds so cheesy and cliche, and I hate that, but it's so true), and that started to reflect in my wardrobe, beauty, and just purchasing decisions in general. With the exception of one splurge, every item on this list is currently under $40, so if you're looking to try something new on a budget, you're in the right place! To create some kind of order, I listed the products by price, along with a little explanation of why I love it.
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel ($3) • My mom has taught me the importance of eyebrow grooming since I was too little to even understand it. While there are so many products out there, I prefer mascaras over gels and powders, as I don't like my brows to look too "done." This is the nice, grown up version of the clear mascara that I used in high school, and I've heard it's a dupe for much more expensive brow products!
The Body Shop Eye Color Stick - Gold Shade ($9) c/o • I love this eye shadow for many reasons. The stick formula makes application easy, and the glittery gold color can be worn alone or as a base layer. Unlike other glittery eye shadows, this one isn't overly glittery and can be removed gently with a makeup removing wipe, instead of having to scrub it off.
Stripped ($10) • I love this book because it's full of inspirational and empowering poetry. Whenever I need a little pick me up, I read a couple of pages of this and I suddenly feel ready to take on the world again.
The Best Yes book ($11) & workbook ($7) • Y'all, this book rocked my world. If you're looking for a great devotional, please give this one a try. I can't even put into words how much this book changed my life, but I've learned a lot about saying no, and that's one of the best gifts I could have ever been given.
ULTA Contour Kit ($18) • I bought this in February when I had literally zero contouring experience, and it has become one of my most trusted products in my makeup arsenal. If you have zero idea what you're doing, it comes with directions, along with a diagram on the front of the packaging! (PS - ULTA tends to have coupons, so if you order this, be sure to check for one!)
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush ($20) • I'm a firm believer that make up shouldn't make you look like a different person, just a more polished version of yourself. This is a product that is applied clear and adjusts to your skin tone. My favorite thing is that it's super moisturizing, because so many lipsticks are not.
Pineapple Pool Float ($25) • This was one of my favorite products of the summer! I spent a lot of time just floating in my aunt's pool, and this pool float was perfect for lounging... and for Instagram photos ;) Order now, because they stayed back ordered all summer!
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Mask ($28) c/o • The question I get asked the most is if I can recommend a mask. Y'all, this mask is amazing. I have oily skin and large pores, and this stuff makes such a difference. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth. And the best part is that it only takes a little bit! I've had my jar forever and barely made a dent in it.
Turtleneck Swing Dress ($30) • This dress is so versatile! I've worn it with riding boots for a casual look, leggings and booties for a board meeting and office open house, and with leggings and fun tennis shoes for a Christmas parade. It's super flowy and comfortable. (PS - Size down.)
neuENVY Peptide Enhanced Mascara ($32) • This was my first mascara post lash extension drama, and I used it in conjunction with neuLash to enhance the effects. It coats your lashes with fibers, and then you can layer another mascara on top of it if you choose. It's extremely gentle, and the fibers just rinse right off with a little eye makeup remover.
Roman Numeral Necklace ($40) c/o • I received this sweet necklace from Rose Water Designs, and it's engraved with the date that I was declared cancer free. After a little scare this March, I celebrated five years cancer free this June. I love being able to wear a piece that's so special to me, and it's also turned out to be a great conversation piece.
Gucci Soho Disco Wallet ($420) • This year, I splurged on a Gucci Soho Disco bag and matching wallet. While the bag wasn't as practical of a purchase, I have carried the wallet every single day. After going sans wallet for years and just letting my stuff float around in my bag (wtf, seriously, I know), I love having a little bit of organization going in my life.
I can't wait to hear from you - what was your best purchase of 2016?