It’s the third week of January and I am just now done with my Best of 2017 post, but trust me it was hard to pick a few favourite bits and pieces because I did have a pretty good year. Anyways, let’s dive in because there’s a lot to talk about!
I’ll start with the biggest and most recent highlight because it is damn important.
If you know me, you might be aware of the fact that I really don’t enjoy studying. After finishing my BA in 2016, I got myself together and applied for a Masters in Journalism. I knew that’s what I wanted to do and that it will be a hard industry to get into, but it was SO WORTH IT! I met like-minded people, I made some great friends and I got to spend a year learning how to do the thing I love and interned at some awesome places (check out some of the bits I wrote in my Portfolio). And now, onto my biggest highlight of 2017 – I finished my MA!!! I submitted my dissertation in the beginning of December and it felt oh, so good. I am not planning to take my studies further for obvious reasons (see above), so this marked the end of my life as a student.
Here’s a happy me in Zurich, just to get things going. Grab yourself a cup of tea and let’s jump into my faves of 2017.
During the past year, I started taking care of my skin a lot more. One of the products I absolutely loved in 2017 is the L’Oreal Hydra Genius which I already raved about in my Morning Skincare Routine post. I have been using it for a good few months now and it gives my skin all the moisture it needs, I love the packaging and the texture and who can say no to some hyaluronic acid?!
My next one is the MALIN + GOETZ SPF 30 Face Moisturizer. I tried to go out in the sun every time it showed up in London, and I also went on a few holidays last summer, so this has been a loyal companion of mine. It moisturises the skin AND protects it from sun damage. It isn’t greasy, it isn’t thick and it has a very subtle scent, so it is an obvious winner. It comes in a handy 50ml package, so it barely left my bag in the summer.
Eyebrow products are something I wanted to experiment with during 2017 and I so far I’ve found a few that I like, but two pencils really deserve their places on this list!
First up, my number one brow pal – Origins Fill in the Blanks eyebrow enhancer for blondes. Now I am no blonde, BUT this is the best product I’ve used on my brows. Ever. The colour is light, but for an everyday look when I don’t want to have extra bold brows, but just to fill in the blanks, it’s great. It works perfectly well on my dark brows, it’s smooth and easy to use.
I was surprised by how good this next product was when I first tried it. It’s the Tanya Burr Selfie Sculpt. I tried this one by accident and instantly loved it. For £6.50 you get a great pigmented and easy to use product, which lasts a whole day. I have been raving to everyone about it and for a good reason!
Next is the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen. It’s so easy to use, I love it! In fact, I think I haven’t had a failed flick with this one. I always prefer pen eyeliners, I find them less intimidating and also feel like I have more control over what I’m doing. This one is the best budget-friendly eyeliner I have tried in a while.
I might not wear lip colours as often as I wish, but I do have an ever-growing collection. Picking favourites was hard, but these two have been the ones I reached for the most, so I think they deserve their spots here.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge. It’s my favourite red lipstick. I love its smooth texture and that it doesn’t dry my lips. Yes, it might not completely survive eating a burger, but it does last a pretty long while and it’s such a gorgeous brigh red!
Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Lips in Show Girl. I just LOVE this colour so much! It’s so warm and beautiful and I can put another 15 adjectives here but I won’t. I have been loving matte lipsticks, and this one really lasts forever and don’t smudge, which is great. Did I mention how pretty this colour is?
My hair can be a pain, BUT the Living Proof Night Cap Overnight Perfector has become my best friend. You apply it to towel-dried hair and go to sleep. While you’re dreaming of Gucci bags, the product works on your dry damaged hair. In the morning your locks are soft, shiny, smell great AND there’s no dirt on your pillow. Trust me and try this.
Shu Uemura Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil is a hero! I think the name says enough. Who has time to dry their hair these days? NO ONE, right?! Spray a bit of this product on each section before blow-drying it and you’ll see how much quicker everything is. Plus it smells fab and makes your hair shiny and pretty.
Since we don’t have Bath & Bodyworks in the UK, so I get my candles smuggled in by good people from across the pond. I try not to burn them all in one go, because well, I can’t restock straight away. This year I’ve burned two of these big boys and an unknown number of tea lights and other scented candles, but the winner is this B&BW A Thousand Wishes one. I have a tiny bit left and I’m thinking of keeping it for a little longer, I just can’t part with it…
A quick word on the book I think everyone MUST read. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is a beautiful heart-warming book, about friendship and kindness. It is easy to read (except some parts which I recommend not reading on your daily commute in case you cry). I don’t want to tell you the whole story, but please read it, and share it with your loved ones. The story is told by a cat, which is just a bonus 🙂
Last, but not least – best trip of 2017.
I was lucky enough to go to quite a few holidays during the past year, but my favourite one, which also happens to be Simon’s top one, is our trip to Italy. We got to really relax, have fun together and enjoy some good Italian food. We went to Puglia in March, and while it was not peak season and some places were not open, it was so, so nice. We had a super chilled holiday, just the two of us, and it was fab!
Of course, there was much more to 2017 than what I spoke about but if I included everything we’d all be here until 2019. So long, 2017, and let’s see what the new year brings!