The Classic Brunette: Best Purchases of 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best Purchases of 2016

It's almost the end of 2016! Thank god, am I right? It seems like this year has gone on forever, and not exactly in the best way. There's definitely been some up and downs, but I'd personally like to focus on the positives! I thought I would start that off by sharing all of my favorite purchases of 2016, which means this post is going to be a wee bit long. If something I love is no longer available, I either didn't include it (like my favorite booties I scored in September 😢 ) or shared a dupe! I'll be going into more detail about a few items from each category just to tell you a bit more about why it made my favorite purchases list. Let's get started!
Forever 21 V-Neck Sweater |  VS Lace Bralette | Plaid Sleep Shirt (My favorite PJs!) | Vigoss Jeans | ASOS Black Off The Shoulder Dress | VS Sports Bra | Target Cardigan (On Clearance!) | Floral Romper (My exact one is no longer available!) | VS Mesh Leggings |

Forever 21 V-Neck Sweater: Ever since I bought this sweater back in October I've been wearing it non-stop. It's so comfortable, and perfect for the "California winter." It's warm when I want it to be, and works great if I want to add a coat or puffer vest on top. Plus it's so soft!

VS Lace Bralette: Okay, so I recognize that most of the items in this section are actually from Victoria's Secret, but I can't help it. I might just have a problem with spending once I step in that store. This is actually the first bralette I've ever purchased. I've wanted one for a long time, but nothing I had tried on beforehand was supportive or pretty enough! This one brings enough support, is gorgeous on, and is so dang comfortable!!

Plaid Sleep Shirt: Y'all have seen me wear this sleep shirt everywhere. I've worn it in blog posts, and Instagram posts alike, and I'm never going back. If you weren't aware, sleep shirts are my pajama of choice. I just find them more freeing, haha. This is the best one I've found, and I'm seriously debating getting it in a few more colors/patterns. The classic VS pink stripe one is calling my name!

Target Cardigan: Buy this before it's gone!! I was on the search for the perfect knit cardigan, and I found it. It's so cozy, and a perfect way to add a layer of warmth. The only negative thing I have to say about it is I wish it had pockets!
Blanket Scarf | Converse Slip Ons | Cotton On Aviators (Less than $10!) | Kinsley Armelle Druzy Ice Bracelet (Use my code SAMIMAST15 to get 15% your purchase at Kinsley Armelle!) | Kinsley Armelle Spiked Bracelet (looks exactly like the Stella & Dot one, but WAY cheaper!) | Kinsley Armelle Pink BraceletMarble & Gold Laptop Case | Monogram Necklace | Kate Spade Card Holder Wallet | Kendra Scott Earrings | Clog Heels (Mine aren't online, very similar!) | Kate Spade Black Tote | Gatta Camera Bag | VS Slippers | Kendra Scott Bracelet | JORD watch | Nike Sneaker (same style) |

Blanket Scarf: I've had blanket scarves before, but this neutral one is PERFECT. It goes with so many outfits, and it's just so stinkin' cute! How could it not make this list?

Converse Slip Ons: Y'all, I am so lazy when it comes to shoes. If they take to long too lace up, buckle up, etc. I am not about it. These look like I actually put effort in, and they're so dang comfy. While making this post I realize they now also come in black, so I might have to buy those as well!

Kinsley Armelle Bracelets: I am so happy I found Kinsley Armelle this year. Their jewelry is so gorgeous and incredibly well priced. I have a few bracelets, and a pair of earrings from them so far, but I have a few other pieces on my wishlist like this turquoise bracelet and these pineapple earrings! If you find something you like, don't forget to use my code SAMIMAST15 for 15% off your entire purchase!

Kate Spade Card Wallet: This isn't the exact one I have, this one's actually cuter with the scalloped edge! I got my card holder at the Kate Spade outlet and it's not online anywhere. It's been so useful, especially when my family and I take trips to the casino and I don't want to bring my whole purse.(aka I don't want to lose all my money lol) It's also great if I'm headed out for a girls night and only want to take the essentials!

Marble & Gold Laptop Case: I've wanted this case for over a year now, and finally got it for Christmas! My old marble case, the one in many of my Instagram photos, was completely dead and broken, and it was long overdue to be replaced. This one is on the more expensive side, but I know other bloggers who swear by it's durability! Also, its so gorgeous.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: I got this as a sample when buying some other items from Urban Decay and fell in love. As much as I love drugstore mascaras, if I had to splurge a little I would go with this one. It separates each lash, elongates them, and gives them so much volume. I normally have to layer three different mascaras to get the look that this mascara gives me!

Benefit Gimme Brow: I love the entire Benefit brow collection. I'm kind of just a little bit obsessed with it because it makes my eyebrows look like they're professionally done. The combo of all three of the items listed is my go-to brow routine, and I'm never looking back.

Nature's Bounty Hair Skin Nails Vitamins: You have probably never met anyone with flakier nails than me. They're so bad that my roommate knew that whenever I got out of bed in the middle of the night it would be to go clip my nails because they would just break off practically every night. I've been searching for a solution to fix this, and so far these have been doing the trick. I'm still in the process of using them, but things are looking up!

Alright, I think I've made this post long enough! I was going to add in home and miscellaneous categories as well, but didn't want y'all getting bored! So I just decided to add those in a widget below that you can check out if you want. :)

I'm dying to try some new products/items in 2017, so let me know what your favorite purchases this year are in the comments below!

28 comments:

  1. You made some great purchases this year! xx

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    1. Thanks, I think so, haha! What was your favorite purchase you made this year?

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  2. Oh my gosh! I love all of these. It looks like you made some really great purchases!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline! Did you have a favorite purchase from this year?

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  3. The Benefit Gimme brow is my favorite! A similar alternative to the Kate spade card holder might be the card holder that you can stick to the back of your phone :)

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    1. Yes the Gimme Brow is honestly the best thing on this list in my opinion! And oh yeah I forgot about those! I might have to pick one up one of those phone card holders when I change phone cases. The one I have now has a pocket, so I'm definitely used to having one!

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  4. I really need to branch out with my beauty faves and makeup. I just hate dishing out a lot of money, you know? What overall brand of beauty products would you recommend that are high quality and won't break the bank? Thanks :)

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    1. I totally understand, I'm the same way! I only splurge on a few items throughout the year, otherwise I'm a drugstore makeup girl all the way! It all depends on what makeup you're interested in. I always love products from e.l.f. they have great quality for the price, and I especially love their brushes. For mascara I swear by covergirl and maybelline (covergirl lash bloom or maybelline falsies line are my favorites!) I do like to go a little more pricey for lip products, however urban decay lipglosses are worth it and are just a little more expensive (around $24 I believe) or the sephora brand lipsticks have great pigment as well and those are around $12-13. If you have any specific questions, or are interested in a post about drugstore makeup products let me know! :)

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  5. You've made some great purchases throughout the year. I love the VS workout leggings and the Nike shoes!

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    1. VS workout leggings are the best! They're good for when I don't have money to shill out for the more expensive brands (which is never, haha) and they're so comfy!

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  6. Great roundup! The VS slippers are my FAVE! I wear them all the time at home. I need to find some nice jammies and actually be an adult instead of wearing worn out old tees. Maybe I'll check out that VS sleep shirt.

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  7. What a great roundup! I love the Kate Spade bag!

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  8. Loving these picks! The clarisonic, too faced melted, and nikes would make my list for sure!

    xx,

    Lacey
    www.theglittergospelblog.com

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  9. What a fab list! I'm also a fan of the Kate Spade bag :)

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  10. Ooh so many great products! I need to check some of these out!

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  11. You purchased a lot of great stuff this year!!! I just got the Red Wine mask for Christmas. I can't wait to try it. I am obsessed with the Benefit brow stuff.

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  12. Loving so many of these things - especially that romper and the converse.

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  13. So fun to look back on 2016. You covered a lot of ground. Love all your faves. Don't think I could decide on a fave but love the black off the shoulder dress and Kate Spade bag, can you tell I'm partial to black?! It's fun to reminisce and see all you've accomplished!

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  14. Wow. Lovely picks. Great recommendations. I just thought I'm done with my shopping for the season. You're inspiring me to go for more!

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  15. I love everything!!! I've been thinking about switching to a sleep shirt instead of my flannel pajamas and I think you just convinced me! and I have that scarf! I bought mine on Amazon and it was slightly cheaper. Totally love it!

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  16. Your lists are amazing! I especially love the plaid sleep shirt.

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  17. I'd love me a pair of converse slip on. This year for sure! My favorite purchase of 2016 has to of been my Silhouette Cameo. It's a cutting machine and has taken crafting to a whole new level!

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  18. I wish I had seen this before Christmas, lol! I want all of these things! Love those black leggings

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  19. Love finding new blogs! We appreciate all the effort you put into this detailed post. Our favorite piece is tough to pick, but the lace bralette is covet-worthy. Hope to connect with you soon! We're on Twitter @collegelivingns. Feel free to find us there.

    xx
    http://www.collegelivingmag.com

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  20. Converse is probably my favorite sneaker. They're such great quality and hold up super well. Love it!

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  21. I LOVE all of your picks! I have those slip on Converse too and they're LEGIT so comfy! I bought them right before I went to Italy this summer and I literally wore them throughout Capri, Naples and Sicily comfortably. Seriously recommend them too!

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