Firstly, I just wanted to let any readers know that I'm starting a blogging weight loss group for 2014 and would love anybody who's interested or wants more details to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can let you know more about it!
I can't believe 2013 is over! I feel like it's been a really slow year yet a really quick one.
But whatever velocity, it's the end of an era. 2014 feels like it's going to be the beginning of some big changes, out with the old and in with the new; a life upheaval.
Sounds pretty serious right?
So before Big Ben sounds out the year, let's snuggle ourselves back down into the comforting, uncomplicated world of "beauty products", and the like, and reminisce on some choice finds I've discovered over this past year that will certainly be claiming their places in 2014.
1. New favourite bases
I was going to try and choose 1 but they are all amazing in their own right. The Olay CC cream (review here) is a god send at adding moisture and plumpability to the skin and just about evening out your skintone, but feeling truly weightless in the process.
I usually dislike BB creams a lot, especially the western versions, but a stumble upon this earlier this year has given me hope! The Boots Botanics BB cream (review here) offers a little coverage, feels creamy and sumptuous and has an SPF of 30.
The next two are a go-to for photos. No SPF means no white cast in flash photography and they photograph beautifully. I have a review of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk here and there will be one coming up for the Illamasqua!
2. Best skincare product
This is a big category, especially as I'm pretty mad about skincare. It's not difficult for me to say I hold it in a higher regard than makeup! I've been able to pretty speedily whittle down my favourite skincare for 2013 to this one product, which says all I need to say about it. The Laneige Water Bank serum (review here) and range is utterly fabulous for all skin types, particularly dehydrated; after all, who wouldn't want plump, hydrated, supple, beautiful skin?
3. Highstreet Trend
I'm sure many of you, as have I, have been willing the highstreets to produce affordable versions of dainty jewellery, lingerie dresses and strappy sandals since Carrie Bradshaw first appeared on our screens. I'm so pleased to say that the Barely There trend (a rather apt favourite considering my blog name!) has hit the highstreets with aplomb this year. No more forking out on hundreds of pounds to get the designer versions, and aren't our purses grateful!
These are my favourite shoes. They're classic, elegant, beautiful, and an absolute steal from Asos at around only £40. I love them so much I wore them for my graduation! I look a little bit nervous but you can see how beautiful the shoes look :) You can still get some that are similar from Zara.
Is it bad that I own a few more pairs that are very similar? These yes-I-know-they-look-the-same versions have a chunky heel, making them, in my eyes, a warranted and justified purchase! :) I also have the famously coveted Zara versions, which are unfortunately so uncomfortable that they've been banished to the loft.
I'm not a big wearer of jewellery but I do have a few choice pieces that often have huge amounts of meaning to me and I adore them. These 3 are a little peek into my collection. They were made for me and I'm almost afraid of wearing them as their gold content is high and they're so dainty I may wear them away! Which is why I'm all the more pleased about how easily we've been able to get pieces just like this, this year, with a much more affordable price tag!
I hope you've enjoyed reading this little selection from 2013 and may I wish you the happiest New Year!