Happy new year everyone! A little late I know, but better than nothing… anyway
For me, 2019 was one of the biggest years so far. I started working for a company that I love and can’t wait to grow with. I also got engaged which is honestly a dream. I couldn’t be happier with the thought of spending the rest of my life with my partner.
2019 also brought along a bit of sad news for me as a family member was diagnosed with cancer. This is heartbreaking news, but I’m taking their courage and determination into 2020, and are making this the year of being grateful and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. With that being said, I want to reflect on the best of 2019, and what I’ve learned from it and will be taking into the coming year.
I’m going to start with some of my favourite products from last year.
First off is two eye creams. The first being the Clinique moisture surge 96hr eye gel. Disclaimer. I used to work for Clinique and was gifted this when it was released, but I have no obligation to talk about it, either positively or negatively. This is my true unbiased opinion. This has been a lifesaver for me and my dark under eye bags. This has not only helped to brighten them, the skin under my eyes is a lot more hydrated and smooth.
The second is the dermalogica total care spf 15 eye cream. This was gifted to me by my bestie, as I was on the hunt for an eye cream with spf. I quickly fell in love with this, not only for its protection, but also its lightweight hydration. I use the Clinique at night and the dermalogica during the day. This has been a powerhouse duo for my eyes and they may be repurchased once I use up the current creams I have.
Something that has been a saviour for my skin this year is the bare minerals blemish remedy cleanser. Full disclaimer, I do work for bare minerals currently, but was not gifted this, I purchased it with my own money. This is an honest opinion (plus it has sadly been discontinued now anyway). I got this when I was away in London on training. My skin is usually a mess with stress spots, but from using this I didn’t notice a single blemish over the 3 days I was there. This is a miracle for me. This has been one of the reasons that I fell so hard for the brand, because they actually work for me. As mentioned previously, this has been discontinued, but the replacement cleanser would be from the new poreless range (it’s a combination of the blemish remedy and clay chameleon cleansers).
Something that I’ve talked about a few times this year is the liz Earle brightening mask. I’ve used this multiple times this year and find myself always going back to it. I just love how quick and easy it is to use, and how good the results are considering the max time you leave it on is 2 minutes. It’s my go to when I want to give my skin a little kick up the arse.
The only non face related product on here is the Emporio Armani because it’s you fragrance. I fell in love with this fragrance when I first came across it, and it was the first perfume I’d ever bought myself. I reserve it for special occasions, because I think it’s just too lovely for everyday use. To me it smells like lychee, despite it not containing lychee. It must be my confused senses. Either way I love it.
A foundation I found myself going back to this year is the nars natural radiant longwear foundation. I had previously been incorrectly colour matched to this, and hated it, but so desperately wanted to love it. When In London I went to the boutique and was correctly colour matched and it’s now my favourite foundation. It has medium buildable coverage with a naturally dewy finish. Having oily skin, the thought of dewy usually leads to midday oil slick, but I don’t find I have that problem much with this. Don’t get me wrong, I still get oily, but it never looks that bad, and it doesn’t separate, so I just look hella glowy. I’m excited to wear the right shade this summer.
The final thing is something you’ve seen a lot. The nivea refreshing day cream with spf 15 for normal skin. This is such a great moisturiser. I get hydration that lasts all day, spf protection, and also find this gives me a healthy glow. If you want something more matte, they do a version for oily skin, but this doesn’t have spf. I can confirm that this is also lovely, but the normal version will always have a space in my heart.
The last product leads me into the next thing I’d like to talk about. The people who helped and supported me last year. One being Nivea. I was lucky enough to join the Nivea family, and be able to try things I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Through this I’ve found some really great products, one of those being the mattifying moisturiser mentioned above. A few others being their clay body washes, their mousse body moisturiser, and the urban skin detox range, specifically the 3-in-1 wash (my fiancé’s favourite) and peel off mask. I’m so thankful that a big brand wants to support a smaller blogger like myself.
Another brand that I’ve worked with is pro white teeth. I haven’t posted about them yet, as I’m still trying the products that I received, but so far I’m so happy that they contacted me. With a wedding in the not so near future, I’m trying my best to get myself to my best version, and one thing that has been an issue for me for a while has been my teeth. I always had very white teeth but years of coffee drinking had caught up with me and staining is very obvious now. I’ve been incorporating the products from pro white teeth into my routine and have definitely noticed a difference. Keep your eyes peeled for a post about this.
A brand that was really lovely and supportive, that I think sadly don’t exist anymore are kihoutei on Instagram. They approached me and asked if they could send me a product to try, and in return could I help make suggestions on how to improve their products and services. This company was very much trying to help its community, and communities across the globe. They set up charity events and profits made went towards helping those less fortunate. It’s sad to see that they aren’t active anymore, but I continue to use the product they sent me, and hope they return in the future.
An indie brand that I came across called refresh tea soap was one of my favourites this year. They’ve combined two of my loves, tea and skincare. They sent me a little bundle of things to try, some of which I’ve loved, some of which I’m yet to use. This is another brand that will have a lengthier review coming up. All I have to say for now is that I love the whole concept of their brand, and everything that I’ve tried has been such good quality.
2019 was such a great year, and I have no doubt that 2020 is going to be even better. What happened in 2019 that really stood out to you? Is there anything pushing you to do better his year?
Thank you for reading this post, I’ll be back with another next week!