Winter Beauty Picks 2016

Winter Beauty Picks 2016

The festive season is such a great time to experiment with beauty. Here is a selection of my festive beauty favourites which will hopefully inspire you when it comes to your makeup choices this season along with your favourite Winter party outfit or Christmas Jumper for example 😉

From left to right

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Mona a scrumptious velvety lipstick which is a beautiful Mahogany shade with a creamy satin finish.

Tarteist quick dry lip paint in Killin’ It and Vibin which are beautiful matte lip paints from Tarte. These are gorgeous shades for the festive season with their warm dark hues!

BECCA Opal highlighter which is a dreamy pick for highlighting your cheekbones, cupids bow, above the eyebrows or simply as an eyeshadow. A stunning pick. Champagne Pop is another favourite.

Curl Boss Lash Essentials mini mascara from the set, it also comes with the amazing glittery Limited Edition eyelash curlers

Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette which is a gorgeous pro palette from Tarte with a large range of shades. Personal favourites are Drama, Edgy, Glam and Minx.

Photographed with the beauty products are the gorgeous Marc Jacobs sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop. You can find a range of their other festive picks here.

Edit Two

From left to right

Terrybly Densiliss Compact Powder in Melody Fair which is such a luxurious product. It’s like photoshop for your face and can be worn alone, or to keep foundation locked in place. It contains an anti-wrinkle optical soft-focus formula making skin look flawless.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Cream in Moonstone. This is a great creamy formula to wear either alone, and for even more of a luminous pop lock the formula in place with one of Becca’s powdered highlights.

The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in 3 Park Ave Princess. A great easy to use contouring stick for precision sculpting!

Hoola by Benefit which after long last I’ve finally tried. It’s a gorgeous bronzer and lives up to expectations! Perfect to add warmth and radiance to the face.

Naked Ultimate Basics Palette containing 12 beautiful matte nude eyeshadows which comes in a stunning rose gold packaging.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden which is a favourite eyeshadow primer potion. It keeps your eyeshadow locked in place for 24 hours! Using an eyeshadow primer also brings out the truest colour of your eyeshadow as well as making it last all night long.

Edit Two

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Opal on the left and Moonstone in the middle. Becca’s liquid highlights are great to mix with foundation for a luminous foundation or, to simply wear alone.

ALL NIGHTER liquid foundation. An award winning long lasting foundation from Urban Decay. It has a matte finish and is such a long lasting foundation, it lives up to expectations.

NARS Amarapura which is my all time favourite nail varnish. A beautiful metallic matte silver shade which really does make nails stand out, it also dries in a matter of seconds!

NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Area which is a beautiful silky Rich Chestnut shade. It glides on like a lipgloss however finishes like a lipstick. The chocolatey shade really is a great Winter pick! Try mixing it with a red tone to warm up the look.

Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit which contains a wax and setting powder. Perfect for perfecting a pair of defined natural looking brows.

Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow which is a tinted anti winkle treatment adding a tanned glow to the face with, with a velvety light finish. Perfect for holiday or to simply warm skin during Winter.

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse which is a favourite from Tarte. It comes with a brilliant precision application brush to create long lasting defined brows.

Edit Three ‘The Pink Edit’

Rosy cheeks are beautiful when it comes to a Winter look and showcased here are some favourites to warm up your complexion easily.

From left to right:

BECCA Luminous Blush in Snapdragon a gorgeous blush with a reddish tone, and Camilla a really pretty pink.

Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St.Moritz which is a matte tinted moisturiser, great if you have oily skin due to the finish.

Sheer Glow Foundation in Stomboli which is a beautiful foundation for dewy fresh looking skin. A favourite from NARS.

Studio 10 Visible Lift Definer. A luxurious contour, highlight and blush! The contour brush is perfect and this mini version is ever so cute!

Terrybly Densiliss Blush in no 6 Bohemian Flirt. A luxurious silky pinky blush with anti-ageing soft focus prisms.

Edit Four

My final edit contains some luxurious products to perfect your complexion, amp up the eyes, contour and highlight cheekbones, and pamper yourself with a alluring scent.

From left to right

Benefit What’s Up! Cream highlighter which is a soft focus golden shade. Great to accentuate cheekbones!

Scent of A Dream by Charlotte Tilbury. After recently having my makeup done in the Covent Garden store in London I was given a sample. A gorgeous woody, velvety scent with notes of Lemon, Peach and Black Pepper. A unique and hypnotic scent!

Miracle Effect Priming Serum by Studio 10 which is a miraculous product! An impressive anti-ageing serum which visibly reduces lines and winkles by 16% within 15 minutes! Tried and tested, this does improve signs of ageing and great to wear as a daily primer with or without makeup.

Terrybly Densiliss Contouring in Beige Contrast. A great contouring duo which is simple, effective and gives skin a luxurious velvety defined look.

Illamasqua False Eyelashes in Doe 21 (on the eye) and Captive 14. Doe creates more of a dramatic eye and captive is great for a more natural finish.

Studio 10 brushes which are from the Limited Edition Brush Up Gift Set. The brushes are so soft, beautiful and provide excellent and accurate application.

The Fragrance Edit

When it comes to scents I have been turning to Jimmy Choo fragrances which are punchy, seductive and alluring. Above are my favourite picks from the Jimmy Choo fragrance family, from left to right

Jimmy Choo ILLICIT which has a top note of Ginger and Bitter Orange, a heart of Rose and Sambac Jasmine, and a bottom of Honey-Amber accord and Sandlewood. A moorish scent which captivates the senses and is truly divine, this is a particularly alluring scent with it’s mix of sweet and bitter accords mixed together to create a cocktail of playful seduction.

Jimmy Choo L’EAU which is the newest scent from the brand for 2017 with a top note of Begamot and Hibiscus flower, the heart contains Nectarine and Peony, and the base is a mix of Cedarwood and Musks. A lighter scent which would be a lovely choice for a Summer’s day due to it’s crisp and playful scented flavours.

Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum from the brand which is an expression of strength and beauty captured in a bottle. A fragrance with attitude and confidence. With green top notes, a heart of rich and exotic Tiger Orchid with a creamy buttery seductiveness, and a lingering base note of sweet toffee, and Indonesian Patchouli.

Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower which has a top note of Apricot, Mandarin and Freesia, a heart of Rose, Grapefruit and Jasmine, and a Sandalwood, Cashmeran and Must bottom. A crisp citrus fragrance with deep floral musk


I’m so impressed with all of the beauty products reviewed above and I do hope that this feature has given you some inspiration for your 2017 makeup wardrobe!

What do you think of the products above? Is there anything in particular you would like to try from the items reviewed?

I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Laura xo

  • Guntaj Arora

    Love this review! Can’t wait to try a few items I came across here, especially the Tarte matte lip paints.

  • I’ve spotted a few new items that I want to check in the stores next time I come to London. Thanks for the detailed review.

  • You are such a beauty queen my dear Laura! You always got some amazing products to introduce us with! I use the exact same highlighter from Benefit and I love it! The best I have ever tried so far along with YSL. and how cute is this eyelash curler? Thank you so much for sharing with us! I will go through each and every product like always 🙂 Wishing you an amazing 2017! Best wishes!

    • That means so much Stella, thank you ever so much. The Benefit highlighter is gorgeous isn’t it? I am such a fan of the Benefit brand. Which highlighter did you try from YSL?

      The eyelash curler is so gorgeous, really looks fun on my dressing table!

      Wishing you a very Happy 2017 too 🙂

      Laura xo

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  • Sophie Athawes

    Wow! your photograph is so stunning. Thanks so much for putting this list together – this all looks incredible xx

    Sophie Elizabeth

  • LOVE 🙂
    Hadasah |

  • This is such a lovely winter beauty products 🙂
    My favorite might be that NARS Audacious Lipstick in Mona x

  • I have the tarte curler and the mascara. I don’t care for the mascara too much, but I just love the curler!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Such a great selection of products, you’ve got an amazing list. I just love everything from Tarte because it’s a brand that I’m yet to try out. There’s some beautiful shades in that palette and how pretty is the curler too x

    Beauty with charm

    • Tarte really are a great brand, and the eye palette reviewed here is so gorgeous to use! The eyelash curler is beautiful isn’t it?

      Wishing you a Happy 2017! Hope you had a wonderful one.

      Laura xo

  • That Tarte palette looks simply gorgeous! I actually don’t own any palettes from Tarte but I want to change that this year. I love Benefit Hola brozner. These are some great picks! Happy New Year x

    Ann-Marie |

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the review Ann-Marie, The Tarte palette is really gorgeous that’s for sure, I think you’ll really like them 🙂

      Hoola is a great product!

      Wishing you a Happy New Year too!

      Laura xo

  • Edita Lozovska

    OMG, love Tarte! 🙂 🙂 Happy holidays!

  • Would be lovely to have all these. 🙂
    Happy 2017!

  • Becky Hughff

    I need to get my hands on Tarte products! They are so raved about and the palettes look so beautiful!

  • Champagne pop is literally the mother of all highlighters! i love that we have similar tastes xx

    • Champagne Pop is a gorgeous highlighter, it’s one of my favourites. Opal reviewed here is also lovely as well as Moonstone.

      We do have similar tastes you’re very right 🙂

      Wishing you a Happy 2017!

      Laura xo

  • Melody Fair sounds so beautiful! Your photos are gorgeous! Happy New Year! XO -Kim

    • Melody Fair is a gorgeous powder, ByTerry is such a luxurious brand. The product really is like photoshop for the face it’s just gorgeous and is in my handbag whenever I’m on the go 🙂

      Happy New Year to you too Kim!

      Laura xo

  • All of your Edits look so beautiful! I’d love to see your make-up collection girl, you always have such amazing products on here! I’ve wanted to try Beccas’ highlighters for so long now. I always swatch them in store and want Opal, Moonstone and Champagne Pop. I also really want to repurchase my Hoola bronzer. It was the first one I owned and I haven’t used it since. Lovely post and I hope you have the most amazing New Year babe!xx – Boyfriend Does My Voiceover | Simple Glam Tutorial

    • Thank you so much! That really means so much and I’m really glad to hear that you enjoy my write ups 🙂

      BECCA’S highlighters are lovely, Opal is a pretty one and of course I do love Champagne Pop!

      Hoola is lovely and this is actually my first time trying it after hearing so much about it, I’m glad I did and can certainly see why it’s loved so much by so many.

      Thanks so much, wishing you a very Happy 2017 and looking forward to seeing more of your posts in the New Year, I also really enjoy your video reviews!

      Laura xo

  • Love it
    Hadasah Love |

  • Rosy Flynn

    That Tarte palette looks beautiful and I love everything in your Pink Edit too 🙂 Hope you have a great Christmas tomorrow Laura 🙂

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    • The Tarte Palette really is gorgeous! Oo yes the pink edit was rather fun to shoot and of course to try out the gorgeous pink products.

      Thank you, we had a lovely Christmas! A very Merry Belated Christmas Rosy!

      Laura xo

  • Joy

    Enjoy reading your picks

  • Zorica
  • Love everything about this post! So cute!
    Love, Hadasah Love | Instagram @hadasahlove

  • Wow, you have so many gorgeous products! I think I fell in love with them all!! x

    Much love,
    Marianne x

  • U have been meaning to try some by Terry products for quite some time now. Fingers crossed my husband got the hints…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • ByTerry is a great brand and their products are incredibly luxurious. I hope your husband got the hint too! So many lovely things. The face powder and their blushes are so gorgeous, I’m such a huge fan of the brand.

      Hope you have a lovely Christmas Linda!

      Laura xo

  • I totally agree that the festive season is a great opportunity to experiment with different looks; especially thanks to all of the occasions and different settings! Haha I love how you mention pairing make-up looks for Christmas jumpers too haha 😉 You’ve featured so many gorgeous products, though the Tarte palette has to be my fave! Wishing you a Merry Christmas Laura!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The festive season really is a great time to play around with makeup, I love golds and warm tones, warm Winter mulled wine lips and pretty rosy cheeks 🙂

      The Tarte palette is so gorgeous! So many beautiful colours, and did I mention the palette smells like Vanilla? All Tarte’s products smell so nice!

      Hehe I have actually borrowed my husbands Christmas jumper he was forced to wear for work and I’ve been wearing it as loungewear! It’s rather useful as it’s cosy and warm, and nice and over-sized too!

      Wishing you a very Merry Christmas too Gabrielle and hope to see you in the New Year!

      Laura xo

  • I would love to try the Terrybly Densiliss Blush. It looks SO pretty!
    Merry Christmas, Laura! 🙂

    • The ByTerry blush is gorgeous, so luxurious! The face powder is incredible too, like photoshop for the face 🙂

      Thanks Carol, wishing you a very Merry Christmas too!

      Laura xo

  • So many pretty picks! I’m a huuuuge fan of Champagne Pop- Becca highlighters are the best!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Loving all of those eye palettes!

    x Annabelle

  • I want to try that perfume, these all look amazing

    • The scent is gorgeous Laura, a really mesmerising scent which really draws you in. I visited the Covent Garden store and the entire place smelt of the scent and it really was quite lovely! An ‘edible’ smelling fragrance 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo

  • Wow, what a gorgeous, in-depth post! Seriously, stunning photos and everything. And so many good products in here! Definitely adding some of these to my dream makeup wishlist. 🙂
    Julia ||

    • Thanks Julia I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and the photographs 🙂 I’m glad to hear that some of them have made it into your dreamy makeup wish-list 🙂

      Laura xo

  • A lot of thought and hard work has gone into this post and it definitely pays off! I adore all looks, your collection is divine and very glam- love the touch the MJ sunnies add :D!


    • Thanks Karen, I’m really glad that you enjoyed the post, lots of passion goes into my features and it means so much that you can see it coming through in my posts, thank you 🙂

      The sunglasses are great aren’t they? I’ll be holding a giveaway actually next year to win a pair so do watch this space, they’re gorgeous 🙂

      Hope you’re doing well,

      Laura xo

  • What an incredible post! You’ve included such wonderful products, some of which I’m familiar with from reading reviews on and some are new to me after reading this post. I love posts like this because it gives me some ideas on products to look for when shopping b/c as you know, it can be an overwhelming task, so it’s great to have something to refer to that narrows everything down! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • Thank you so much Jalisa! I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading the post, I certainly enjoyed writing it 🙂
      Yes for sure, I really like to showcase products to help people with their beauty product choices as you’re totally right it can be really hard to find things perfect for you. I love showcasing products I’m really passionate about.

      Thanks lovely have a great week too and have a wonderful Christmas if we don’t speak beforehand.

      Laura xo

  • Ivana Džidić

    You always find the best things! That Becca blush is so gorgeous. I think that this pink edit is my fav one. I enjoyed reading your reviews. Beautiful presentation and photos. That illustration is also pretty cute. You always present products so well, both visually and in your texts.


    • Thanks so much Ivana! I’m so glad that you like the post especially the pink edit 🙂 I’m really happy to hear that you enjoy reading my reviews, means so much to me!

      The illustration is ever so sweet and taken from the Studio 10 Christmas Box brush gift set, it’s really lovely.

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

      Laura xo

      • Ivana Džidić

        I’ve noticed that a lot of beauty companies are starting to use illustrations in their sets, especially in special editions (for example they often include them in holiday editions). As someone who loves illustrations (especially this kind of fashion style drawings) I’m really happy to see it.

        • Yes for sure, I think fashion illustration and beauty products work very nicely together. I love beauty bags for example which have pretty illustrations on the front 🙂


          • Ivana Džidić

            me too! They add such a cute touch, don’t they? You just have me an idea. I should totally figure out how to add my illustrations on some of my beauty bags and boxes! I know how do decoupage technique but only with napkins, perhaps I can adjust it…I need to figure it out. I did decoupage on wallets, it turned out pretty sweet (but I think it works only on fake leather, I think real leader is a bit different).

  • Wow what an amazing edit! So many gorgeous things. Gemma x

  • The glittery eye lash curlers really caught my eye! Hope that you had an amazing time on honeymoon, Laura and have a lovely Xmas

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • The Tarte glittery eyelash curlers are fantastic aren’t they? They are great to use too!

      Our honeymoon was fantastic thanks and I will be blogging about it 🙂

      Than you! Have a wonderful Christmas and NYE and hope to catch up in the New Year!

      Laura xx

  • In love with this palette! Sooo beautiful!

  • Such great picks! I love the Tarte palette!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Wow! What an amazing post. I love the packaging of almost everything here. I would love to try that Tarte palette. Thanks for all the details on these items.

    • Thank you so much Katherine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 I enjoyed writing it.

      The Tarte Pro Palette is gorgeous isn’t it? So many beautiful colours!

      Glad you enjoyed the review! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

      Laura xo