This is coming out far later than I intended it too, but I think it is nice to look back on the positives of 2016, whether physical or memories. So, if only for my own references, I give you my 2016 favourites (posted halfway through Jan).
Graduation. I finished my degree and graduated with a good grade. I feel both proud and a little bereft at being spat out into the world, but I did it!
My sister’s prom. Alongside my graduation my sister had her prom which was quite a symbolic moment for her growth and I was proud to see her go to it.
A general sense of personal peace, January – June was the most comfortable I have felt with myself, my intelligence and my personality.
I passed my driving test! Enough Said.
I won a special commendation in a Poetry Competition, which really boosted my confidence for writing poetry.
Trip to Haworth – a pilgrimage I have wanted to make forever.I’m such a nerd.
Unfavourites: Brexit and Donald Trump. Well, we’ll be facing the reality of both this year.
Zoeva En Taupe Palette. This may be the only makeup review I have ever done and, considering how guilty I felt buying it, it has been a surprising favourite. I use it nearly every day.
Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter. I don’t like very intense highlights and this one is lovely and subtle. New, but a definite favourite.
L’Oreal Cushion Foundation. I love this so much more than I thought I would. So brilliant for early mornings where you can just slap it on your face and run out to catch your train.
Nyx Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake. You can tell this is the year Nyx came to the UK, right?
Clarins Peach Comfort Toner. I got a sample of this earlier in the year, and whilst I don’t know if I could justify the cost of it personally it is so lovely – so hydrating.
Origins Out of Trouble 10-minute mask. Really saves my skin and heals rather than dries.
Pixi Glow Tonic. I put off buying this for so long but it is incredible. Worth it!
Lush Fresh Farmacy facial soap. Lovely, simple, re-purchased.
Victoria. Hands down best TV of 2016. See my review here. (Side note: It’s a tiny bit awesome that I have blog posts that I can actually reference in this post. Cool.)
Film (This is where you realise I have not had the disposable income to go to the cinema in a while…)
Labyrinth. Never seen it before and poignant memento to Bowie. Funny and heartwarming, if cliche – I really enjoyed it. Review here.
Halloween. One of the last films I wrote about for my degree. Got a First. Not the only reason I love it but it’s a big one. A cult classic – don’t bother with the sequels though.
I’m sure there are more but I can’t think of any. Another possible resolution for this year is to go to the cinema more….
Poetry was big for me this year but I don’t feel like I can name any off the top of my head. This was also the year I got back into reading, but I can’t remember what started me off. I am a big fan of Gail Carriger and Catherine M Valente though, and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Reminded me of my love for the Gothic. This was a stand-out book from this year.
The Tiger Balm Neck and Shoulder rub. AMAZING. I get such bad neck pain, I actually don’t know how I would live without it anymore.
Forever21 £2.50 Crop tops. £2.50! Enough said!
This has left me feeling a little more positive than my previous new year post, even if much of it has been a recount of the material elements of my life – they shouldn’t be discounted, I think. So, what is in store for me next? I did Aerial Yoga today (so good!) and I am keen to keep trying and keep improving (Yay! Much better than the last attempt!)