Best of 2016

Let’s kick off 2017 with some retrospective. But first, an explanation. In 2017 I plan to blog more: write more reviews, comparisons, do #FOTD or #EOTD type of posts… things like that. But for that to work I need to focus on you, dear readers.

Let’s see which posts you liked the most in 2016.

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1. December Destash Goodies

In this post I talked about some of the first perfume oil samples that I’d received. Although I haven’t used it recently, Anna is still one of my favourites. I still believe it’s a perfect blend of gourmand and floral notes on a sandalwood base that doesn’t go weirdly dry on my skin. I’m actually waiting for a full-sized bottle of this – it was also bought in a Sunday swap and is now *somewhere* in Europe. I don’t want to turn this into a rant so let’s just say I’m getting really impatient with the post!

I have found a new owner for Smelly Yeti Dame It, while Lou Lou’s Fruit Basket Cider stays at my place, waiting to be picked up. Honestly, I’ve acquired so many bottles and samples in 2016 that FBC got sidetracked but I plan to wear it on damp(er) days (it’s been dry as in a desert here).

indie perfumes samples

2. Taste Test – Activlab Breakfast Protein

Taste tests are something I plan to return to once I get back into fitness (it’s a long story, nearly ripe for a proper, dedicated blog post). The idea here is to try various foods marketed as “fit”, “healthy”, “delicious” options for bodybuilders or simply people that want to reduce their sugar/carb intake but still have fun, lovely meals. Activlab Breakfast Protein was one of such brekkie options but I plan to review protein bars and shakes, too.

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3. Inspiration Food

How appropriate for new year resolutions! This one was about finding the right time to start something. Most people choose 1 January to make that big change in their life but I believe you should do that whenever you feel ready. December’s a right bitch when it comes to healthy eating, negating your efforts as you go, so January makes sense if you want to start dieting. I’m cringing at myself as I write this but I plan to start over in the first month of 2017.

Honourable mentions:

  1. Going Strong or How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim
  2. Lipstick Brand of the Month: Hello Waffle
  3. I’ve Updated My Nailcare Routine!

 

various indie cosmetics in flatlay composition: eyeshadow, lipsticks, nail polish, perfume

Thanks to everyone for sticking with me and reading my blog! What kind of posts would you like to read in the future?

Lipstick Brand of the Month: Hello Waffle

The fact is that I have quite a few lipsticks. The number isn’t really that big but in the past year I’ve accumulated so many that I keep forgetting about some of them on a regular basis. This is why I’ve decided that my lipsticks need some more loving.

In December, my focus will be on the Canadian brand Hello Waffle. I’ve written about the brand before (herehere, and here) so I’ll jump straight into the review, as well as the description of my new project.

hello waffle lipsticks

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November Favourites

November, probably the third* dullest month is gone and done. It’s finally got really cold outside and in my opinion that’s a good enough reason to stay indoors, drink copious amounts of tea and watch TV series. Really, why would anyone want to go outside to freeze their socks off?

Favourite Makeup Skincare and Perfume in November

However, there were some make-up, perfumes and skincare products that made getting ready for work (or going to sleep) much easier. This is my first favourites post, in which I will describe some things that I liked using the most in the past month. Enjoy the ride!

(Psst, there are swatches, too!)

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Femme Fatale – Tiger Lily

In April 2016 the Australian company called Femme Fatale released the Enchanted Fables collection, which was inspired by heroines from numerous classic fairy tales.

Femme Fatale Tiger Lily nail polish

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I’ve Updated My Nailcare Routine!

This post deserves a disclaimer straight away: my nails aren’t in their best condition and they haven’t really improved from last year. From a regular bystander’s point of view, their ridges surely signify that something’s wrong with me? Well, as luck might have it, my nails have been ridged ever since I was born so I suppose it’s just their natural state.

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Review: Future Primitive Body Products

Future Primitive Soap Co. is an English bath and body company, founded by Tiggy in 2006. They focus mainly on soapmaking and other bathing products but you will also find the odd perfume oils if you visit their webpage. They’re vegan-friendly, don’t test on animals and use natural ingredients, which are mostly Fair Trade. I decided to test their most popular products in scents that usually comfort me. That just has to be lavender – I can’t imagine a better scent to wear when you’re about to hit the bed.

Future Primitive Body and Bath Products

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Why Indie Cosmetics?

As you’ve probably noticed already, I’m rather keen on alternative, independent beauty products. I discovered this post on Reddit a long while back and I decided to write a proper blog post about it in case anyone wondered why I decided to go down this rabbithole.

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Haus of Gloi – Valentines Day 2016

Hello! I’ve finally shaken off my blogging lull and decided to post a quick review of the perfumes I’ve bought in February. Yes, I’ve made another purchase at Haus of Gloi – if you’ve read this post, you probably know already that I really like their perfumes.

Haus of Gloi Valentines Day 2016 – Super Freak and Cozy Rose

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December Destash Goodies

December and January have taken its leave already, and I have had plenty of time to test the remaining perfume oil samples that I received in my not-so-recent destash haul. In the meantime I’ve also received some other perfume samples but I thought I’d better check this lot off the to-do list first before moving on to newer beauties.

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Find out what has been tickling my nose since December

Inspiration Food

Remember that if you are not addressing your own needs, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to meet anyone else’s needs.

The Enneagram Institute

Ths quote is definitely worth remembering, regardless of your “personality number”. Listening to yourself does not mean ignoring what other people are telling you. It means that being true to yourself.