Saturday, 6 January 2018

Favourite things I did, saw and used in 2017

Doing a recap on the previous year can be a bit boring for other people to read but I thought a favourites post on things I did, places I visited and products I used might make this a slightly less self centered post! And might give you some inspo for 2018. Happy New Year to you all, thanks for the continued love and support and here's to a new year (and it's a even number so should be good hey?).

All of the products and fashion I've chosen to include in this post are items that I have discovered this year and still continue to use, so they really are tried and tested and absolute favourites.

Things I did and saw

  • Featuring in Good Housekeeping magazine in March and April as part of a Schwarzkopf advert. A real pinch me moment. I went to London for 2 days, the first day for the "before" shoot and then the next day for the "after". I cannot describe to you how nervous I was. I'm rubbish at having my photo taken, I become paranoid but for this I made sure I took everything in and just experienced and enjoyed what was a once in a life time experience.
  • In May I piggy backed on to my sister and friend's weekend away to Palma and I used the opportunity to do something I'd been toying with for ages - to go away on my own. So I flew out ahead of them and spent three days on my tod. I can tell you now my anxiety levels were off the scale at times but I did it. I learnt I am absolutely useless at directions and I need to learn that it's ok to be seen eating alone and that riding a bike hurts your precious area!
  • And then to the safety of our annual family holiday to Rhodes. I love my family, they are my best friends and the best company. Rhodes was a delight (apart from the wasps!) and I loved Lindos. A must re-visit location.
April's edition
Lindos, Rhodes
Palma, Majorca
Things I used (Fashion)

  • LK Bennett Mariel bag. My first designer bag and splurge. It's no Gucci Soho Disco or YSL Blogger bag but I love her. She's practical, a good size and whilst I now feel I can walk in to Harvey Nic's without feeling like a shoplifter, I didn't spend a ridiculous amount so that I feel I can never take her out!
  • Oliver Bonas Hot Dog jumper. A Bella Freud dupe which fits well, is warm, but not too thick and has a dog on the front. What's not to love, and I got it in the sale.
  • H&M Shift dress. I have two but it's the polka dot one I have worn to death. It was £20.00. Priceless.
  • Next wide leg jeans. Please don't ever let wide leg jeans go out of fashion. Actually I'm still wearing these even if they do. What can I say I was born in 1970, I love me a flare.
  • Primark checked blazer. 2017 was the return of the blazer. Fashion bloggers were shelling out on Stella McCartney, I bagged myself a bargain from Primark.
  • H&M sock boots. Sock boots look great with all style of jeans, especially the current trend for ankle grazers. So glad I got these.
  • Pull & Bear Coat. I didn't dwell on buying this. Saw it, took it straight to the till. Love it, still.


LK Bennett Mariel Bag


Oliver Bonas Hot Dog Jumper
H&M Dress
Next Wide Leg Jeans
Primark Blazer
H&M Sock Boots
Pull & Bear Coat
Things I used (Beauty)

  • NYX Sweet Cheeks palette. I've literally used this every day and have used every shade. Also great as eye shadows.
  • Co Lab Dry Shampoo. The best dry shampoo if you want fruity scents and no white powdery residue left behind.
  • Wet Brush. I didn't think I had knotty hair, nevertheless this brushes through my wet hair like a hot knife through butter. I've had less hair breakages and smoother hair since using this.
  • L'Oreal Elvive Clay Masque. I use this on the greasy part of my crown and by using this before washing my hair, I've been able to extend out hair wash days from every other day to every third day.
  • Kiko Hydra Pro Glow moisturiser. It gives a subtle glow and luminosity to your skin whilst packing it with Hyaluronic Acid. This is the loveliest day moisturiser I've ever used.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. At last a foundation in the right shade for me, this mousse type texture applies and blends in seamlessly. It doesn't feel heavy or cakey and gives a nice coverage.
  • Rimmel Super Gel Nails. I've tried lots of the gel type polishes and this range from Rimmel are the only ones to give me a solid five days of chip free, glossy nails.
  • Soaper Duper. Childish packaging but the lushest smelling soap and shower gel which you can pick up with your Tesco shop. 
  • The Ordinary Peeling Solution. Scary name, actual effective results. Put this blood red liquid on for 10 minutes, rinse off. (At least) 10 years younger.
  • Naked Heat Palette. I've never spent £40 on an eye shadow palette before. I don't regret a penny. I've used it every day. The darker shades are a bit daunting, especially as the powders are so pigmented but there are so many looks to create with this palette.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I'd all but given up with drying liquid lipsticks until I came across these. They apply like a dream, dry down quickly but in no way drying and last until you want to take your make up off at the end of the day, or night.
  • Tanya Burr highlighter. I love this for its versatility. I use it as a cheek highlight, brow highlight and eye shadow. Affordable and for everyone.
  • L'Oreal Paradise Mascara. Wow wee. If you want big lashes that will sweep against your glasses - buy this. Mine is a little clumpy but I quite like that.


NYX Sweet Cheek Palette
Kiko Hydra Pro Glow
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Rimmel Super Gel Polishes


The Ordinary Peeling Solution
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
Tanya Burr Highlighter
If you want a more in depth review about anything featured in this post, just type the name of the item in to the search bar on the right of the full website version of my blog.

So that's my winners for 2017, I hope you enjoyed and I can't wait to see what delights 2018 brings.

xx

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