The 2018 Roundup
Now that 2018 is starting to leave us and, as I am sat at my desk decked out in all new sleepwear courtesy of father Christmas, wondering how I really let myself eat that much cheese, it’s time to start looking back at everything that I loved over the past 12 months.
On the whole, 2018 has probably been the slowest year for me blogging-wise, with going from full-time work on placement to facing the struggle that has been my final year at University, there hasn’t been much time to post.- but here’s hoping that 2019 will see much more activity around these parts. Nonetheless, all of that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been a mountain of beauty products that I have loved, so I am excited to finally share them with you.
For the majority of the year, I have really started to go down the less-is-more-approach when it comes to beauty - I used to wear winged eyeliner and eyeshadow every day, but now you are far more likely to see me loading up on the glowy base products with just a generous coating of mascara on my lashes.
The two foundations that I have been seriously loving this year have been the Revolution Pro Foundation Drops and the Bourjois City Radiance Foundation - both are lightweight foundations that offer medium, but buildable, coverage, and leave the most beautiful natural glow to the skin. I then loved pairing either of the foundations with the Glossier Stretch Concealer, which blended like an absolute dream and covered my dark under-eye circles perfectly (but definitely did need to be set with powder, as it is ever so slightly on the greasy side). The favourites for the rest of my face will come as no surprise to anyone that has ever read my blog. For blush I usually found myself using either the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure or NARS Deep Throat, for bronzer it was Makeup For Ever Pro Fusion Bronzer or Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer, and for highlight it was either Mary Lou-Manizer or BareMinerals Invisible Glow Highlighter.
For the rest of my face I was, and still am, obsessed with the Glossier Boy Brow which is definitely the best brow gel on the market in my opinion. Although I didn’t wear too much eyeshadow this year I really did love the L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Golden Nude for the perfect shimmery wash of colour to complete any bronzey makeup look. Then to finish off with lips I’ve always kept it pretty natural so found myself mainly rotating between the NYX Nude Lipliner and MAC Fresh Clay Lipliner. And, when we talk about lip products, it would be impossible for me to not talk about the Nuxe Reve de Miel lipbalm - aka the best lipbalm I’ve ever tried, so much so that I even dedicated a whole post to it here.
It's no secret that I am a complete and utter skincare junkie, so choosing my top products for the year was a very close call and turned out to be quite the task, this is evident by the fact that three different moisturisers all made the cut. The Embryolisse Lait Creme-Concentrate, Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser, and the Glossier Priming Moisturiser are all amazing products that have been long-time favourites of mine - no matter how many moisturisers I have tried (and there have been many) none of them have come anywhere near close to these three. They are all daily moisturisers that make my skin feel baby soft and hydrated creating the perfect base for the rest of your makeup. When it came to eye creams, it was a slightly easier pick - hands down the Origins GinZing Eye Cream - moisturising and colour-correcting, it was a no-brainer!
The best oil I have tried has to be the Pai Rosehip Oil, which somehow manages to transform my skin every time it is looking a little worse for wear. The Pixi Glow Tonic has also been a hero-product in helping me fade away some of the scarring I have on my face, and brightening the overall tone of my skin. Other honourable mentions are the Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion, La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Moisturiser and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo that have all made my skin into what it has become today - somewhat more manageable than it was this time last year.
One product that single-handedly changed my opinion on self-tanning this year was the Isle of Paradise Tanning Water. I have extremely pale skin and could just never figure out how to avoid looking orange with other products, but this range makes tanning so easy and effortless (plus if you haven’t seen this video going through how to properly self-tan - you’re welcome).
When it comes to my hair, I‘m pretty low-maintenance - I stopped dying my hair a while ago and it isn’t too damaged so I don’t really find myself needing to do much to it. After showering I always apply a bit of the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil to the ends of my hair for an extra hit of hydration, and to get rid of any frizz. Then to give a bit of extra volume to my lifeless thin hair, I caved and finally tried the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, and I can confirm that it really is as good as everyone claims it to be. Firstly, it smells amazing, but it also gives my hair so much volume and texture without making my hair go crunchy or like straw.
Over the course of 2018 I discovered that Essie is my favourite nail polish brand, so set myself the task of basically trying to get my hands on every colour that they do, but two of them have been my most frequented. To jump on the bandwagon with everyone else, I can’t help but say that Ballet Slippers has been my most worn - it’s a beautiful nude pink that just goes with everything. I also really like the colour Drop the Gown from their gel range (which is an absolutely fantastic gel polish range in itself) as it’s the perfect autumn/winter raspberry shade for those of you who don’t really like wearing super dark colours on your nails like myself.
And finally, Glossier You perfume. I’m not even going to go into detail on this as I did a whole post on how amazing this is. It’s just the scent that I never thought I needed, being the first thing to make me stray from my old-favourite scent, Daisy Eau So Fresh.
MUSIC & BOOKS
Something that I seldom talk about on the blog, but that consumes a lot of my time outside of blogging, is music and reading - so it only seems fitting to mention some of my favourites in these categories in my 2018 roundup.
I feel like 2018 has been a generally good year for music, there have been some great albums released, with my top being; Electric Light - James Bay, Delta - Mumford and Sons, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino - Arctic Monkeys, Noonday Dream - Ben Howard, Staying at Tamara’s - George Ezra, Cool Like You - Blossoms, God’s Favourite Customer - Father John Misty and, 1,2,Kung Fu! - Boy Azooga.
2018 has also been a pretty significant year in terms of books for me, I really have read a lot ever since getting myself a Kindle earlier on in the year. I have read so many great books this year, but if I had to narrow it down to my very top favourites it would have to be; The Broken Earth Trilogy - N.K. Jemisen, Catch-22 - Joseph Heller, The Secret History & The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt, Call Me By Your Name - André Aciman, All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr, and Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes.
I have also started to get back into tracking all of the books I’ve been reading on Goodreads, so keep up with everything I’ve been reading by following the link.