Best of 2017

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.

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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.

Best Moisturisers L'oreal Malin + Goetz

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.

Origins fill in the blanks Tanya Burr Supercat

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?

CT and YSL Lipsticks

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.

A thousand wishes candle

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!

Kristina ❤




  1. Amalia
    January 15, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Well done you finishing you BA, if you never know what’s in the future but for now you blog looks really good and your tips are useful so who know’s! Hope you have a good 2018, X

    • Kristina
      January 16, 2018 / 11:33 am

      thank you so much 🙂 I hope your 2018 is great too! x

  2. January 16, 2018 / 12:55 am

    Congrats on the BA, sounds like such a fun and busy year you had. I’ll be sure to remember to bring candles to my UK friends next time I’m heading there lol.

    • Kristina
      January 16, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Thanks, I’m so happy to have finished both my undergrad and my postgrad and be free! and yes haha, trust me if they like candles they’ll be SO happy.

  3. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    January 16, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I would love to get a hold of that book, The Traveling Cat. I haven’t finished building my reading list for the first quarter of this year and I am definitely going to add that book. It might even be the first one I would read.

    • Kristina
      January 16, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Oh yes, do read it and let me know what you think! My friend just got it too and I’m so excited for her to read it!

  4. January 16, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Great reflections on last year. Congrats on finishing your MA, I bet you are very proud after all the hard work. May 2018 be even better x

    • Kristina
      January 18, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you, I am! Hope your 2018 is great too!

  5. January 16, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    I absolutely love reading your posts. My favorite from the lot is the Red Lipstick because ruby red lips is one of the biggest makeup trends in 2018. 🙂

    • Kristina
      January 18, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you 🙂 ah yes, it is a good lipstick! 🙂

  6. January 18, 2018 / 2:36 am

    I’ve never tried the Charlotte Tilsbury makeup before! I’ll have to pick something up 🙂 Also, I’ve been to Zurich too! 🙂

    • Kristina
      January 18, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      CT’s stuff are just so pretty and nice 🙂

  7. January 18, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Looks like you had a great 2017! I hope i will have a blast 2018 for my 2017 is not really that good.

    • Kristina
      January 19, 2018 / 12:13 am

      Oh, I too hope your new year is great 🙂

  8. January 19, 2018 / 4:32 am

    Ooo The Travelling Cat Chronicles sounds super interesting! Your trip to Italy sounds amazing too, and the food in Italy oh my god- it’s so good isn’t it?

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Kristina
      January 22, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      best book ever! and Italy is so great ohhh I miss it

  9. January 20, 2018 / 6:02 am

    Congrats on finishing you BA, I’m hoping to finish mine this year. I’m glad that I was at the library when I was reading your article and had the chance to grab it. Can’t wait to finish reading it.

    • Kristina
      January 22, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      oh thanks! I finished my both my BA and my MA, which is pretty cool 🙂 good luck with your studies x

  10. saryansha
    March 18, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    To be a master…Congratulations – You’re the Master!

    And yeah – when you do your master’s they teach you how to do what you’re studying – right. (I mean, in the right way – like Google aims to get one thing done right)

    Besides the obvious, I think it’s never too late to take a journey and do a Ph.D.

    Whoa! So these were you’re friends in 2017 – face pals, brow pals, lip friends, and oil friends.

    Funny that – The Travelling Cat has a black cat on it – if you cross it, it’s bad luck you’ll get! So, I guess the post was cut short.

    Wow! If you included everything that was the best of 2017, you could keep us engaged till 2019!! That’s what every blogger dreams of – I can’t believe you’re giving-up on your inspiration!

    I’d love to have a best year with a lot to write about.

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