beauty game changers 2016With 2016 on its way out (Praise. The. Lord), I thought it was time to do a good beauty round up, sharing my game changers from the year that have had a big impact on my beauty routine. I tend to not switch things around that often, but a year is enough time for me to find a few biggies that have had actually made a difference. Some are personal to me, others are the major trends that we’ve all been loving… Yuuup, soap brows brought back hope for my brows this year. I’ve also stuck to things that aren’t product specific – I’ve used a whole load this year that have been amazing, but on the beauty front it’s mostly been the odd technique or beauty hack that’s altered the drill.

I have included some of my beauty faaaves for each of these game changers though – there were some 2016 loves that I couldn’t not include in this post!

Soap Brows

Uhhhuh. The biggie for a lot of us. Anyone else feel like soap brows changed their lives?! Ha. I’m dramatic, but it certainly altered my makeup routine. It’s something you’ve got to try to believe – I couldn’t imagine that my brows could ever look that fluffy! It’s impossible for me to get all the hairs going in the right direction, and while they’re thick in places, they’re sparse in others. Soap brows just evens everything out and makes a thick, natural brow so much easier. It’s taken me a while to suss out and I don’t think I’ve yet got the perfect technique, but I love how my brows look with this. Mostly I’ve used Pears soap as it’s clear, but sometimes I do use some tinted brow gel with it too.

Powder Pre Foundation

Not something I always do, but on particularly oily days, or when I’m wanting my makeup to last, I have started using a tiny bit of powder prior to foundation. It’s something I picked up from searching for oily skin makeup tips on YouTube, and as backwards as it initially sounds, I do actually think it works. I’m talking a tiny amount of a finely milled powder (Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder is faaab), just across the T-Zone, to really start off a matte makeup base. I think if you’re light-handed enough with it, you can blot out any oil early on, and avoid the cake face.

Caster Oil

Back at the start of 2016 was when I first found out about caster oil. On the big brow quest (I feel like it’s been a very brow orientated year!), I was applying this stuff morning and night to give them a bit of TLC. After a good few months I was a happy bun with the results – you can check out the transformation here. I’ve become a bit rubbish with using it since I’d reached my brow goals, and while they’re still thicker I don’t think they’re quite as full as they were originally… I definitely want to start using it again to get them growing!

Setting Spray

In general. I think over the last year or so brands have really upped their game when it comes to setting spray. In the last year alone, I’ve made one a part of my daily makeup routine… Years ago I just used to spritz a bit of  hairspray on my face, hella flammable. Lol. Right now I use the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray, as I’ve found this the best for keeping my makeup in place. Mostly though, setting spray has been a huge fave for eyeshadows. For any sort of sparkle, highlight or lid shadow, I’m always spritzing away with my setting spray.

Lydia xo



  1. 28th December 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I didn’t even realise powder pre foundation was a thing!! I think I might have to try it, oily skin can be such a pain!xx

  2. 29th December 2016 / 9:20 am

    Setting spray has been a game changer this year! And I’m still trying with soap brows haha one day I’ll conquer it! x

    Sick Chick Chic

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