Best of Beauty 2016 | 20 Favorites


To ring in the new year Whitney and I thought it would be perfect to talk about our top 20 beauty and skincare faves of 2016! These items have been tested for months and we definitely can’t live without them! Many of them ship for free too which we always love. Plus, this list has something for every budget and everything is under $98! Without further ado, here’s our DoubleTake Top 20!

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting BlushThe perfect blush to give you a natural glow! Not too shimmery but not matte – we have tried all the shades and love them! Our favorites are Incadescent Electra (more peach) and Radiant Magenta (more pink). Shop all the shades here.

2. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Under Eye Powder – This is the BEST powder to set your undereye concealer. It’s great for all ages of skin and it’s only $25 + free shipping here!

3. TULA Overnight Rescue Treatment – This is literally like a facial in a jar! Plus the best thing is that the results happen while you are asleep. We always wear this treatment the night before photo shoots and events. And there is another TULA must have eye product that just launched TODAY and didn’t get a chance to add to our collage. But, we have been using the Multi-Spectrum Eye Serum the last few weeks and it’s is amazing!!!

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow KitThis kit is the best way to get acquainted with the eyebrows you always wanted! The stencils are easy to use and let you try different shapes on your face. Plus it’s a $120 value for only $65 + free shipping at lasts a long time too!

5. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snakebite – This is our go-to shadow for a deep brown with hint of shimmer. Always use with a great shadow primer like this one or apply with a wet shadow brush aka foiling technique.

6. Urban Decay Naked Skin ConcealerWe love this concealer because it blends seamlessly to our skin and doesn’t cause breakouts. We wear fair neutral and sometimes contour with light neutral (next shade up). Shop all the shades here.

7. Tula Volume Defense Wrinkle Serum {night} + Illuninating Serum {day} – This is skincare that makes your makeup look better by fixing the underneath! You will love the illuminating serum under your makeup instead of regular moisturizer. It’s so sheer and helps your makeup stay on all day long. And this serum is great for night to help fight the signs of aging.

8. Beauty Blender all.about.face set – We have been using beauty blender sponges for years! They are great for putting on concealers, foundations. setting powders etc. So many uses, wet or dry… and now they offer 3 sizes in this value kit!

9. Artis Fluenta Oval 8 Foundation Brush – This flat, oval brush was a splurge this year but totally worth it! We understand now why it’s a youtube favorite. It blends your foundation seamlessly while using less product (since the brushes are so dense your makeup doesn’t sink in.) You can try it HERE with free shipping and returns.

10. YSL Mon Paris Perfume – The perfect girly scent to wear everyday. It’s honestly the only perfume we have liked enough this year to each buy one. 🙂 It also makes a great gift! It’s $29 HERE with free shipping.

11. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeliner in Mahogany This eyeliner is what we wear everyday and it stays all day without irritating our eyes. We like the Mahogany shade since it’s not so intense.

12. Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray – The best natural hairspray we have found that also smells good and volumizes. This is a wet type of hair spray that does better when you brush it through your hair.

13. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Micro Finishing Powder – We both use this powder everyday to set our makeup and keep us from being shiny. It’s does a great job of minimizing pores too!

14. Clinique Airbrush Concealer  in FairThis concealer is very natural yet effective at covering undereye circles and doesn’t crease.

15. Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick  in Melted Fuschia – As you all likely see, we wear bright pink lipstick all the time. This is the perfect pink shade to make your teeth look whiter too!

16. Dry Bar Texas Tease Kit This value kit is great way to get introduced to Dry Bar products (love them all!)

17. Essie Gel Couture Polish in Pre-show Jitters + Clear Top Coat – This is hands down the BEST at home gel nailpolish that is easy to use and remove. It dries so fast and lasts about a week or more on us. Each shade can vary though on length of wear. We are currently wearing this almost white shade called “Pre-Show Jitters” and it’s perfect for year around. Plus if you do get a chip around day 5 or 6 you can paint another coat and seal it with a top coat and you are good to go in 5 minutes! This is the only place you can buy it online with free shipping and returns.

18. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting SprayThis spray is one of our best makeup secrets over the years for how we get our makeup to last all day. You can spray all over your face at the end of your makeup. If you are really oily or active you can spray your makeup brush with it before you apply foundation. There is a great trial size kit here.

19. Becca Blushed With Light Palette – Such a gorgeous palette with a mix of shades that you can wear alone or all together!

20. Too Faced MascaraThis mascara does give you false looking lashes that last. We have gone through so many tubes of this because it really is that good.

We hope you enjoyed our beauty roundup of 2016! Please feel free to leave us any comments or questions below!

Top 20 Beauty Favorites of 2016

You can also easily shop anything in our list in the slideshow above! Just click on the photo to go straight to the product. We have found the most retailers with free shipping and returns for you too!


  1. January 11, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Great roundup! I am dying to try a few of those. I really want to try that Essie already and the TULA looks great. My skin is so dry right now. Ugh.

  2. January 11, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I need that hourglass blush! Better than sex is my favorite mascara. Great post, I need to try some of these babes! Xo

  3. January 11, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Love these products! I really love Hourglass and Tula!

  4. January 11, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Ok there’s quite a few products that I need to try! I swear by my beautyBlender & the Urban Decay setting spray!

  5. January 11, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I really have to try Tula! I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out! Love reading these rounds ups from yall! The best product reviews!!!

    xx. Michelle

      January 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      You will totally love TULA! It’s so gentle yet works great!

  6. January 11, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    These all look like such great products! Beauty is not my strong suit, so I’ll take all the recs I can get!


  7. Ashley
    January 12, 2017 / 1:36 am

    What an awesome round up! Ive heard amazing things about many of these products, especially from Tula! So many goodies I want to try!

  8. Mollie
    January 12, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    SO many awesome picks! TULA is definitely my skin care of choice as well!!

    xx Mollie

  9. January 12, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Love your best of beauty. These are all fabulous picks. I’ve used most of them except the Tula products. Keeps hearing great stuff, need to try these!

  10. January 13, 2017 / 4:26 am

    There are so many awesome products here I don’t even know where to start! I’m all in for YSL anything, though!