Sunday, 1 January 2017

My Favourites of 2016 | Beauty, Fashion & More!


Here we are, saying goodbye to another year.
I'm going to say it.
The thing that I'm sure some of you have said, or your parents, your aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends - someone will have said it.
2016 went so quickly!!!

To be honest, I do say that every year but this year feels like it's been the most life changing year of my life to date. So it seemed only natural to write up a few posts focusing on my favourites, highlights and memories of 2016 - starting with the products and things I've loved this year!


Beauty:



Urban Decay's Naked 2 Basics Palette:

Okay so I am not in any way a makeup expert, but in particular I really struggle with applying eyeshadow! I seriously applaud and bow down to everyone that can do it because...you guys have some serious skills. It doesn't stop me from being tempted by all the pretty palettes though!
When James (my boyfriend) surprised me with the Naked 2 Basics palette, I was over the moon! I personally feel like it's the perfect palette for me at the moment. It comes with six neutral matte shades, which are so pigmented and can create a look for any occasion! I find it so much easier to practise different looks with these shades, and hopefully one day *fingers crossed* my eyeshadow won't just look like a line of colour.

Benefit's Dandelion Blush:

I'm pretty sure I've been wearing this for nearly the whole of 2016, and I am still not sick of it! It adds the perfect touch of colour to a simple makeup look, or really highlights a bold, "time-to-party" look.

Charlotte Tilbury's Lipstick in Amazing Grace:


I remember walking in to the Bentalls Centre in Kingston and seeing this new big sparkly stand next to the MAC section, and thinking "Right, I've never heard of this brand before but everything is in rose gold, so I have to have it". Now I'm not much of a wearer of pink lipstick as I've always loved a dark lip, but this shade Amazing Grace was a huge game changer for me. It's a beautiful, rosy pink that just adds the perfect pop of colour to any look. I just know that my 2017 is going to involve a lot more CT purchases...

MAC Lipstick in D For Danger:


It's no secret that I haven't loved splurging on a MAC lipstick every now and then, it's a habit! But I just saw hearts when I came across this sexy, seductive shade. D for Danger is another one of my recent purchases in the matte formula, and it has forced me to tuck the Russian Red away for a while!  If you're looking for a dark pinky red - this is the shade for you!

Skincare:




The Body Shop's Seaweed Facial Wash & Exfoliator:

My yearly skincare favourites would never be complete without some Body Shop products! I've really been appreciating them a lot more recently, and how amazing is it that they do free delivery for orders over £10!? I thought I'd try out their seaweed range and I've already bought more for the new year! My skin feels so fresh and I adore the exfoliator. I use it about 3 times a week or more, and I feel like it really gets out all the impurities from my face.

The Body Shop's Vitamin E Moisturiser:

I have combination skin, so winter is quite difficult for me in terms of finding the right moisturiser. My face can get very dry, but I can't use too much of a creamy formula, or the areas around my nose becomes really oily. This Vitamin E Moisturiser is my saviour. It's insanely moisturising but it's not heavy, and doesn't leave your face feeling greasy for a while. It's really light, but you don't need a lot for it to do it's job! I would 100% recommend this to anyone because it's suitable for all skin types!

Fashion:

Zara:



When I received the offer for my job, it was only then that I'd realised that I had zilch to wear. Cue Zara! I've purchased some amazing shirts from there over the past couple of months, so if you're looking for a smart, yet trendy look for any interviews etc. Zara is the place to go!

Aldo:


For some reason, I'd never really gone into Aldo before to shop for shoes, more for bags. But when I saw these babies, I just had to have them! The dark pink heels are about 3 inches, and I was worried about how long I would be able to wear them in the day, but they're so surprisingly comfortable!
I'd been searching high and low for the perfect pair of brown boots, so I was overjoyed when I found these! They're perfect for adding that classic style to any outfit, and I've been wearing them non-stop!

Ted Baker Purse:


How could I write my fashion favourites without including my baby? This beauty is my favourite statement purse at the moment. I love how simple it is, but the bold colour really adds something special and daring to any outfit. Who needs a handbag when you've got this, eh?

Bits & Bobs:

Pretty Little Liars:

Got a secret, can you keep it? I LOVE PRETTY LITTLE LIARS! I am so happy that I got James into it because I don't think I would've been able to survive watching it on my own - I'm such a chicken! If you watch it...who's excited for April!? (At least, I think that's when the final episodes get released)
And for those of you who have no idea what I'm on about, I would highly recommend that you devote some of your time to watching it because it is incredible! It's got a bit of everything - drama, mystery, and those good ol' chick flick romances.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:

After joining the hype and reading Gone Girl, I didn't think I would find another book for a while that would have my fingers itching to "turn the page over already!", but The Girl on the Train was just unbelievable in my opinion. If you've already watched the film, but haven't read the book - the film does not do the book justice at all! It's intense, clever, and who doesn't love a book that will always keep you guessing?


What are your favourites of 2016? Leave them in the comments below - they could be in my favourites of 2017! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and Happy New Year everyone!

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2 comments:

  1. Such wonderful favourites! I've been loving the Sanctuary Spa Exfoliator, Estée Lauder moisturiser and How to get away with murder! (But I also really like pll!) x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

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    1. Ooh they sound dreamy, especially the moisturiser! I've been looking for some new skincare favourites so you may have found me a new one! x

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