2016 Favourites

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!)


January Favourites

January favourites – because why not?

Vintage fairs
They seem to be back in force at the moment, I imagine the burgeoning hope of spring has bought them out. I went to one the other week with my sister and we had so much fun. I think that going to things like vintage fairs – for me, anyway – are about the act of going rather than actually buying anything. Although we did make a few purchases, the best part was simply being there with my sister  – and perhaps, the cake we had for lunch.

I completed my challenges of last month – went to a yoga class and a ballroom dance class. Unfortunately I haven’t had chance to go back to either, but I think that is something I’ll work on this month. Don’t know if I’ll make it back to the dance class though – I felt as if they only really wanted serious people there, and I would not want to do it seriously: only for fun. Unfortunately I feel like most ballroom classes for people not wishing to take it seriously seem to be for the 60+ group. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do on that front.

Loving Beanies at the moment. The winter essential for when you need to wash your hair!

EkhartYoga Gratitude Challenge
This isn’t a favourite of last month, but it’s something I’m trying this month. We’ll see how it goes!

L’Oreal Paris Eyeshadow in Pin Up Pink
Bought this on a whim (I don’t need more eye shadow!) and it’s really lovely. I’ve been really enjoying pink eye make up recently actually, as shown by my extra eye shadow in the picture above which is The Seventeen Eye Eye Rose Quartz in possibly the worst packaging ever, as it causes the shadow to shatter whenever you close it….

Lipiner plus clear gloss
I saw AmeliaLiana do this a while ago and I just started paying around with it. It’s a really nice way to get ‘custom’ lip glosses and another way to use lip liners, which I don’t tend to reach for on the whole and then they sit in my collection fr the next 5 years…until I throw them out.
My favourite in Janurary was the Rimmel 1000 Kisses lipliner in East End Snob (Ahem. I’ve had this for years….before the hype!) paired with any clear gloss, mine is Miss Sporty because it cost about £2. *shrugs*

TV Show: The Wrong Mans
I’ve been meaning to post a review of this. This is a really fun 6 part series. Unabashedly British, with gentle, ironic humour. Available on UK Netflix

Book: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherine M. Valente
I adore Catherine Valente, this whole Fairyland series is probably the best young fiction (aimed probably at 8-12 year olds) that has come out since Harry Potter. I love the way it engages with Fairy Lore, in a way which if you recognize it: great, if not: she;ll explain. I love the way the narrator is woven into the text. It’s absolutely phenomenal – read it no matter what age. The category of books for 8-12 year olds is really overlooked in favour of teen fiction but there is some great stuff.