Thursday, 31 December 2015

Reflecting on 2015

This year has been one filled with memories, changes and new beginnings but I think 2015 maybe have to take the throne for the best year yet. 2015 saw me starting a blog; a venture I'm so glad j did. Taking a look back at the start of the year I never thought I'd take the plunge and actually write my first blog post... But I did! I never thought I'd enjoy blogging as much as I have and that's all thanks to the people reading these posts - thank you!

Travelling this year has been an amazing experience - going to both France and Italy. I am so grateful for these experiences and I honestly love traveling so much.

Combating my anxiety is also something I've been doing this year. I don't really talk about it on my blog but if that is something anyone wants me to talk about then leave a comment down below! 

Also this year I've really tried to appreciate my friends and value their friendship: taking time out to spend time with them really made the year great and I'm so glad to call them my friends. 

Changing my view of myself was something I wanted to do in 2015 as well, being more body positive and generally being more confident with who I am. I think I achieved that in the sense I can walk out the house with no makeup and still be confident and I am happy with who I am. Honestly that is one of the things I am most happy about in 2015, accepting who I am and being confident with that. 

I wish everyone a happy new year and see you in 2016! 

Monday, 28 December 2015

Fifteen favourites of 2015

It's hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over; this year has had a myriad of ups and downs but I can honestly say it has been one of the best years of my life. Along with the memories of the year of course I have my favourites! I thought I'd mix my 2015 favourites up by limiting it to fifteen - with a mix of makeup and lifestyle. 

My makeup collection has been almost reinvented this year. When I started this blog early this year I didn't realise how much my makeup collection would grow! Instead of spending money on drugstore I decided to save up and buy more expensive makeup more often, and in turn I'm much happier with the makeup that I own. That said there are a couple of drugstore favourites that have made my 2015 favourites too! The Body Shop insta blur has been my favourite primer for most of the year, it doesn't break me out and is a perfect base for my makeup, it's amazing and I have a feeling it will be a firm favourite in 2016 as well! A recent favourite of mine that has creeped it's way to the top spot for foundation this year is the Nars sheer glow foundation. Despite it being incredibly hyped I was slightly cynical when I bought it - was it really going to be as good as everyone said? Yes it was. It blends gorgeously and you can build it up without it looking cakey - not to mention the longevity is astounding (although the Body Shop primer could have something to do with it as well)! 

A face combo that I have LOVED this year is the Laguna bronzer and the Balm Mary Lou Manizer. You're properly tired of me talking about these two beauties so much but if there is a bronzer and highlighter you need it is these two. The bronzer isn't too muddy and the highlighter isn't too shimmery; they are the perfect combination. 

Another Nars product that has changed the way I apply eyeshadow is the smudge proof eyeshadow base. A lot of people rave about the Urban Decay primer but in my opinion this is much better. My eyeshadow stays on all day and you can't feel it at all - it's a winner in my books. A brand that I only discovered this year is Kiko and their products are amazing for the price! My favourite product from the brand is their long lasting eyesahdow stick. A dupe for the more expensive By Terry ombre black star, the eyeshadow stick is a major contender against its high-end counterpart - the pigment is stunning and it is definitely long lasting! My last two makeup favourites are the Mac lipsticks in Twig and Brave. Twig is my go to lipstick when I have no idea what to wear and I find myself wearing it most days and Brave is 'my lips but better' lipstick: it could quite possibly be my perfect nude. 

Paired with the Mary Lou Manizer, the Real Techniques Bold Metals Tapered blush brush is perfect. Choosing a nail varnish favourite from the year was tricky but I decided on Plumberry by Essie - it's a gorgeous plum shade and I haven't really found anything quite like it! I love painting my nails and I definitely own too many, I may have to resist buying any more in 2016 although we know that will never happen!

I only picked two skincare favourites as there aren't many standout product that I would want to talk about in my 2015 favourites. A french brand that I have only discovered recently is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and damnnn this oil is amazing. Sometimes in the winter my skin can get some really dry patches but just a spray of this overnight can change that -  it's so hydrating; my skin feels so smooth and so after I've used it. The hunt for an eye makeup remover that doesn't sting my eyes is over! The Simple kind to skin purifying cleansing lotion has been used for the last 6 months and my eyes have yet to react. I nabbed it from my mum to test whether it stung my eyes or not as I have quite sensitive eyes and I've been using it ever since. It's totally afforable and I would definitely recommend it as a cheaper cleanser.

A couple of random favourites are the Dressmaker film, I'll give you the sun book and avocados. The Dressmaker is a film that left me in shock (and tears), it is an incredibly unusual film and I was on the edge of my seat for most of it - I would thoroughly recommend. I'll give you the sun was the sweetest book and I absolutely loved reading it, the characters are so well developed and the story was amazing too. Why did I put avocados in my 2015 favourites? Well because they are absolutely amazing that is why, I tried one this year and now I can't go a week without one *eats half of one whilst writing this*.

If you made it to the end of this post then well done! It has basically been one long ramble of what I've loved this year and I hope you've enjoyed reading them!


Monday, 21 December 2015

What does Christmas mean to me?

Photo from @kaylynweir on Instagram

I'm taking a little break from blogging over Christmas but don't worry, I'll be back on the 28th for my 2015 favourites! I thought I'd do a Christmas post where I just pour my heart out about what Christmas means to me (I promise it won't be too cheesy!)

Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and I've noticed a lot of people say that it is about giving. Now last year I probably would have said that a main part of Christmas is giving presents etc. but after this year I think it's all about giving time. Time is the one thing we can't buy and we live such busy lives it is sometimes hard to show how much people mean to you by spending time with them. I think it is one of the most valuable things you can give to someone and Christmas is the ideal time of year to show how much you love the people around you! 

I only really thought about what Christmas means to me as a result of spending the last few days with some of my best friends and family - I value spending time with them so much and the memories made with them are the best presents I could ever wish for.

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and I'll see you all next week for a new post! Remember Christmas isn't all about the giving and it is also about religion as well, remember those most important to you and think about those who are not as fortunate as you <3 HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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