2016 Favorites

Well now that March is upon us… here we are with my 2016 Favorites!  Better late than never right?  While I fully intended to post this in January, sometime these things do fall between the cracks.  The beginning of the year is a busy time for me work-wise, and I have also been helping my mom set up her new blog!  Be sure to click HERE to head over to her blog Midwest Storyteller to see all her new content!

For last year’s Favorites, I shared my favorite item from each beauty category.  Since I still enjoy many of those products today, I felt I would be repeating myself if I followed the same format.  So this year I have just chosen my best-of-the-best… the items that truly excited me last year and that I have used over and over!

2016 Favorites www.jilliandanielle.com


Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Shade 20

Even though I have oily skin, I tend to avoid the standard matte foundation.  The heavy coverage tends to sit on my skin like a mask, and I find that as the day goes on, the foundation begins to break apart and become patchy.  This is an exception to the rule.  The Dream Velvet formula give full coverage that looks natural, stays put, and prevents shine.  It had become my go-to base for long work days… I rarely have to touch up with powder!  You can see more details about this foundation HERE.

Maybelline Dream Velvet www.jilliandanielle.com


Becca + Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

This is really a beauty!  From packaging to performance, this palette really delivers.  I contains two of Becca’s famous highlighters and three stunning blushes.  A light hand is required, as the pigmentation is some of the best I have seen, and it looks stunning on my vanity table!  While this palette was sadly limited edition, you can by some of the items individually HERE.

Becca Champagne Glow Face Palette www.jilliandanielle.com


Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

This was a gift from my husband, and little did I know how much I would love it!  A eternal fan of the all-matte eye look, I instantly made this a part of my daily makeup bag.  It contains a wide variety of matte shades, and the pigmentation and texture is perfect!  I think the size of the palette and the quality of the shadows makes this a great investment.  Get all the details HERE.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette www.jilliandanielle.com


Buxom Mascara

It always seems like the mascara hunt is an endless one, with very few checking off all the boxes on the wish list.  However, this mascara from Buxom is possibly the best I have found.  I provides the perfect combination of length and volume, plus it gives the feathery, fluttery lash I love with zero clumps.  As a bonus, it is the only non-waterproof formula I have found the doesn’t run off my watery eyes!  They have both regular and waterproof versions HERE.

Buxom Mascara www.jilliandanielle.com


Bed Head Dry Shampoo

I’ve said this before, but I am pretty picky about what I put in my hair… I hate the feel of “product”.  But I do like to sneek in an extra day between washings sometimes, and this is the perfect dry shampoo for me.  It comes out in a dry, powdery spray and it is clear… a bonus for you girls with dark hair!  It absorbs any oil, and gives my hair a bit of bulk, but never has that waxy feeling that makes me cringe.  While not online at Walmart.com, I snagged this at my local Walmart for around $12.00!  You can also find it online at Ulta HERE.

Bed Head Dry Shampoo www.jilliandanielle.com


Sephora Rose Sheet Mask

Even if this didn’t work worth a hoot, I would still buy it just because of the smell!  Oddly enough, to me it doesn’t smell like roses… it smells like you went and shoved your nose into a giant bouquet of peony blooms.  Quiet possibly my favorite smell on earth!  But by lovely coincidence, it gives wonderful results as well.  I like the fact that it is a sheet mask and there is no need to wash it off.  Just simply peel it off, rub the excess into the skin and head to bed!  It packs such moisture that I can still feel the results in the morning.  You can find it, along with many other versions HERE at Sephora!

Sephora Rose Face Mask www.jilliandanielle.com


Leather Jacket

This was another gift from my sweetie.  For quite some time I have been wanting a quality leather jacket, and I wanted something that was different but still had a classic feel.  This fits the bill perfectly!  It has a classic motorcycle shape, but the soft gray is more flattering on my fair skin than a traditional brown or black, and the silver zippers add the perfect amount of sparkle!  The jacket is from the brand Black Rivet, and the leather is butter soft!  I got mine HERE at Wilson’s Leather.

Wilson's Leather Jacket www.jilliandanielle.com



Several months ago I shared a review of my new 2017 planner from Rifle Paper Co.  I am so pleased that I have been able to stick with using this planner since August and things are still going strong!  The design is lovely, and the layout is just what I need.  I am so pleased I selected a planner that makes it fun to plan!  You can see the remaining styles of Rifle Paper Co planners HERE, and you can read my review of the planner HERE.

Rifle Paper Company Planner www.jilliandanielle.com


Mercury Glass

This lovely little number was a gift from my mother-in-law, who actually found it at Cracker Barrel!  What is there not to love?  It’s rose gold and it sparkles… enough said.  This particular style seems to be sole out, but never fear!  If you are a Mercury Glass lover like I am, it seems to be everywhere this year!  May I suggest a few options HERE, HERE and HERE?

Mercury Glass www.jilliandanielle.com

I hope you enjoyed these very late, but very loved 2016 Favorites!  Stay tuned, as I have plans for an Anti-Haul post coming soon!  Don’t what that is?  Be sure to check back!

Comment below and let me know a few of your favorite things from 2016!

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  1. […] After much delay, I finally put up my 2016 Favorites! All my top items from the past year are included, with both beauty and lifestyle featured.  I have already found a few 2017 favorites… I’ll be talking about them soon!  You can read about my 2016 Favorites HERE. […]

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