Happy 2019!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I definitely did. I think that the 2018 festive period has been one of my favourites yet. I have a nearly 3-year-old nephew and that is a total game changer. He just makes everything so much better, but it made Christmas so much more fun this year.
For Hogmanay, I went to Edinburgh with some of my friends and it was incredible. It was so much fun and such a quintessentially Scottish was to spend bringing in 2019. It wasn’t without its dramas though. For three weeks of December I had no heating or hot water because my boiler decided to be a pest.
Anyway, this post, my first post of the new year, is an exciting one because I wanted to pull together a summary of my favourite products of 2018. I’ve got so many exciting things coming this year, I think I’ve finally found what I really want to use this space for and at the moment, I’m working on research for posts that I want to write and really push myself to create some incredible content.
I work in PR and Marketing and the majority of my clients are very technical and oil and gas based, so I spend a lot of time doing research, ensuring that I know the industry inside and out and turning technical, difficult concepts into something that’s easily digestible and understandable to others. So, I want to start utilising those skills to help others outside of a technical, industrial world.
So, let’s start at the beginning. A great base. I am very into skincare and have been for quite some time, but there’s no denying that it can be confusing and involves a lot of trial and error. What works for someone might not work for you. Below I’ve included my favourite skincare products, particularly in the latter half of the year.
Glycolic Overnight Peel – Superdrug (£5.99). This is incredible. I only use it once or twice a week, but if you get textured or dry skin, I find that this really helps. I pop it on under the rest of my skincare and actually, I’ll pop this on about 15 before I do the rest to really let it sink in. Just make sure that you clean your face properly the next day, as it can cause a bit of congestion, and that you use an SPF the next day.
Pollution Protect Serum – Primark. I can’t actually link to this because, and very frustratingly, it’s from Primark and they don’t keep products for very long. This aids congestion and is perfect if you live in a city. It’s light, unscented and just works wonders for my skin. I’m nearly finished it and I’ll definitely be sad when it’s done.
Vitamin E Moisturiser – The Body Shop. I’ve linked to the range, but I can’t link to the specific product, because they discontinued it this year!! I’m so annoyed and I just finished this the other day. The range is brilliant though, so I’d highly recommend if you’re looking for looking for some new skincare.
Oils of Life – The Body Shop (£30.00). This oil literally is life. I only use it at night time, but it’s the best for my skin. It’s quite heavy and smells amazing. I slap this on at night and wake up with my skin feeling (and looking) so hydrated. Don’t be scared of oils. So many people are worried that they’ll look greasy but it’s a wonder product for any skin type – even oil skin!!
Daily Reviving Concentrate – Kiehl’s (£38.00). I only use this during the day, as it isn’t heavy enough for my liking at night, but it’s such a good weight for day time wear. My make up sits so well on my skin and it doesn’t cause it to slip around.
Drying Lotion – Mario Badescu (£16.00). I haven’t been using this long, but I thought I’d throw it in. I get quite bad hormonal spots that can be really painful and quite cystic (this never used to happen), so this is exactly what I need to get rid of them ASAP.
So, I’m not going to talk about too many makeup products because I could go on forever. Instead, I’m just going to include the products that I reach for constantly!!
B01 Flat Top Buffing Brush – Spectrum (£8.99). This was a game changer. I have tried so many sponges and brushes and I haven’t found anything that comes close to this. There’s not a single foundation that this brush doesn’t buff out flawlessly.
Conceal and Define Full Coverage Foundation – Revolution (£9.00). This is generally my go-to foundation for during the week/at work. I find that coverage is fine, although not full coverage, and that the finish is perfect for work. It doesn’t need to be set, but it’s not completely matte either.
Bronzing Powder (02) – Max Factor (£6.99). I’m not going to lie, this has probably expired, but I found it when I was cleaning out my makeup and fell in love with it again. It’s got the most subtle shimmer to it, which normally I hate (I’m a matte bronzer kind of girl), but this is so perfect for just a sweep of bronzer on the daily or you can build it up.
Ka-Brow – Benefit (£21.50). I wish this wasn’t as expensive as it is, but oh my goodness it’s amazing. I use shade 6, because my natural hair colour is DARK and I love having really dark brows. I will say, it’s dried out quite a bit (and very quickly) but it’s in no means to dry to use. It’s just less “gel-like” than when I first started using it.
Other bits and bobs
So, this year I moved into a new flat in July and it was one of the best things I’ve done. I absolutely love my flat and I’ve become such good friends with my flatmate. My flat is close enough to the city centre that it takes no time to get anywhere, but it’s far enough away to be quiet. It’s also so bright and open. You can see more about my new flat here.
In the latter part of this year, I bought myself a Kindle. I’m both in love with it and angry at the same time. I am a huge reader and at the beginning of the year I was living in the library and getting through books so quickly – but I was also commuting for an hour and a half every day. I’m not doing that anymore.
So, I bought a kindle. I walk to work every day which is a huge relief, but carrying books with me everywhere I go is hard on my back and shoulders. My new role is also considerably busier than my last, so I don’t actually have the same amount of time to read as I previously did.
Do I prefer my kindle? No, of course not. I wish I could still go to the library once a week and I hope to make time for that again as I get into the swing of life, but in the meantime, at least I’m still reading… right?
2018 was a YEAR, so much happened, I learned so much and the last 3 months of the year were particularly amazing. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer.