Thursday, 5 January 2017

The 2016 favourites edit

Hello there, and a happy new year to you all! I'm coming at you today with a slightly overdue post, but with my Christmas holidays taking a completely jam packed turn, it's been a little difficult to fit in blog post writing. I've been busying myself with internship applications, writing for my uni blog, shooting outfit photos for Charlotte's Web, as well as filming for my YouTube channel; which combined with Christmas socialising and catching up with family has left me with v little spare time. Anyway, enough with the rambling and more onto the topic of today's post; my 2016 favourites, including beauty, lifestyle and food! In the past I think my yearly favourites posts have been purely focused on beauty, but since my blog has moved away from that and begun to explore different avenues, I thought it was only right that my 2016 round up reflected that! So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my favourite products/items/foods of the year:

1) Starting from the top, a skincare lifesaver that I discovered earlier this year is the La Roche Posay Serozinc toner which has become a staple in my routine, being repurchased time and time again throughout the months. La Roche Posay in general is a brand I really love; I find their products to be so calming on my problem skin and on the whole have a huge selection of reasonably affordable skincare offerings. My love for this toner extends beyond the aerosol dispenser (perfect if you're as lazy as me when it comes to toning FYI), and draws me back time and time again by how much this calms my angry spots and leaves my skin with a clean and hydrated base for make up. The toner adds a dewy look to the skin, and in combination with my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (hint: this has also made the 2016 faves cut) is a dream team in creating soft, moisturised and clean skin! For £8.50, I can't recommend it enough and I shall definitely be using this again and again throughout the new year! 

2) Second on my 2016 love list is a book! It's the most cliche of resolutions BUT I really tried to make the effort to read more last year (when I had a spare second) and in turn I discovered what has become my all time favourite book. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is everything I love in a novel; from the characters that I felt such affinity with, to the rollercoaster of emotions that created so many different feelings for me throughout. Being a bit of a history lover, the German war time setting was one I adored and the range of perspectives through which the narration is told makes for a story that is complex and emotive. The basic story follows a young girl named Leisel whom is given up by her mother to live with an adoptive family as she can no longer care for her. It follows Leisel's life in her new home of Molching and documents the everyday happenings of a young girl growing up in an unfamiliar place, with the impact of war becoming greater as the novel progresses. I've read so many books related to the topic of war but this one really touched me; if there's one book I recommend you to read in 2017, it's this one!

3) This next favourite really is a staple in my routine, having only purchased it first in early December it's been such a lifesaver for me that it's already made it to my 2016 faves. The Tattoo Me liner from 17 is everything I seek in a liquid liner; jet black (with no signs of losing its colour and turning grey!), super long lasting AND affordable. I couldn't ask for anything more in a product! I wear a cat eye look every single day and I was struggling with my felt tip liners drying up or losing their colour within the first few weeks, making the 17 alternative a lifesaver. The staying power of this product can't be rivalled by anything else I've tried, and I actually struggle to remove it sometimes because it's that long lasting. I would 100% recommend getting your hands on this product, whether you're a long time eyeliner lover like me, or are looking to try a different look in 2017, you can't go wrong for £4.99!

4) A foodie favourite next! 2016 was the year I fully committed to being vegetarian and haven't looked back since! Part of my journey to vegetarianism led me to understand the cruelties that come along with the dairy industry, and so as part of my mission to reduce as much of my dairy intake as possible I began to look for snacks that were (relatively) healthy, as well as vegan! Nakd bars have since become a staple in my weekly shop, and despite their not-so-cheap price tag, the range of flavours and the fact they're one of your five a day has made them a winner all round for me! I find them to be super filling as well as deliciously tasty so would recommend to anyone looking to reduce their dairy intake in the form of snacks, or simply wanting something different to try in 2017! My favourite flavours have to be bakewell tart and carrot cake, in case you were wondering.

5) I'm not usually one for blush, but 2016 was the year I fell head over heels for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the shade Iridescent Pink, which is the ultimate product for glowing cheeks! I'm not too confident when it comes to contour, so adding a little colour into my face in the form of blush has been my fool-proof method in 2016. I particularly love this Hourglass blush, not only because of the perfect pinky tone for my skin, but the depth created by the glow makes for a finish that looks natural and flawless on the skin! The final look is soft and therefore perfect for someone like me who can sometimes be a little heavy handed with their blush; I couldn't recommend this more for other blush novices out there!

6) The Sephora Pro Airbrush Finish #55 brush has been another beauty staple for me this year, creating a natural and dewy look with any foundation I've applied with it. I particularly love this brush because it disperses foundation so evenly across my face, meaning building up coverage is super easy and with no streaks in sight! In the past I've used it for blush before and loved it equally as much, so it's a great all round product that means you'll definitely get your money's worth.

7) Onto a tech favourite now, the Sony A5000 camera has definitely been one of my biggest loves from the past year. 2016 was the year I started my YouTube channel and this camera has made that SO much easier, with it's flip up screen and easy to adjust settings! I was initially only going to use this camera for out and about vlogging, due to its compact nature and small (ish) lens, but I've found myself using it even when filming in the house over my DSLR because the flip out screen function is SO handy. Scott was the one who purchased this camera back in April, and I've somehow adopted it as the months have gone by, but I love it so much that I would totally be prepared to part with my own money for one if he wanted this one back (lol). It's great because as well as the standard lens that it comes with, there's also the option to switch to more professional lenses meaning a range of shots can be achieved from what is otherwise a compact camera! Wifi is another feature of the camera, meaning you can instantly connect to your phone and retrieve photos that way which I just love!

8) My final favourite for 2016 has to be my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which has revolutionised the way my skin looks. The gel to oil consistency is super hydrating, creating a dewy finish to the skin and leaving it feeling clean, moisturised and in perfect condition for make up application! The abundance of amazing ingredients have done my skin the world of good, including pumpkin enzymes, rose and chamomile which both calm my problem skin, whilst reducing scarring and obvious signs of blemishes. I love using this cleanser to remove make up too, and find it dissolves foundation and eyeliner SO easily; it really is an all round perfect product that is 100% worth the hype! 

So that's it! Another yearly favourites post done and dusted! I really hope you enjoyed the additions of lifestyle, food and technology bits as well as the usual beauty and skincare additions; I had a lot of fun putting together the things I've been loving! I'm super excited for 2017 on Charlotte's Web, so follow me on Bloglovin' if you aren't already so you never miss a post!
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