With just a few hours left of 2014, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year!
Thank you all so much for the support in 2014 and I hope to see you all in 2015.
It’s been a good year, not necessarily the best but it’s been good. It was quite a boring year and I don’t really have any overly exciting achievements or travels to share with you- meaning I need to try a little harder next year!
In terms of travel I went to Paris twice, Portugal for my usual long summer holiday and Brussels for a day (that’s an achievement to me). Although these post are usually filled with people telling you with all their exotic trips I’m actually very happy with Paris and Portugal, and I hope to visit them both again next year along with hopefully another european country (I’m thinking Berlin, Germany).
My hair has changed a fair bit.
I’m really looking forward to 2015, posting regularly on my blog and YouTube (here) but I’m also excited/nervous at the prospect of my parents moving our family home and ridiculously excited over the arrival of some new cousins in the summer.
I wish you all a New Year’s Eve, stay safe and hope that together we can all make 2015 our best year yet.
I love you all!
At the beginning of the year my beauty resolution was to try a few new brands; particularly Bobbi Brown & Laura Mercier. Although I only succeeded at trying Laura Mercier I thought I would share some brands which I think sell fabulous products but you may not have tried. Of course, some of them are quite well known, especially if you are a beauty obsessor but there should be one or two which are new to you and which you have heard of but haven’t yet tried.
Charlotte Tilbury- Available here
I’ve been lusting over Charlotte Tilbury since it launched but it’s only in the last month that I have tried anything. It’s a little pricey around the Chanel price point but from what I have tried and what I’ve heard it’s all pretty amazing. I personally love my Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette and the Red Carpet Red Lipstick which I own.
Kiko- Available here
Still a relatively small brand in the UK but huge in the rest of Europe as it’s originally Italian, it’s price point is affordable and it has a really large selection of products and colour. They currently only have seven stores in the UK but you can order online.
Cocoa Brown- Available here
I over looked Cocoa Brown at first but it really surprised me. It’s very affordable, the colour is great and Lovely Legs has to be a 2014 favourite.
Jurlique- Available here
As it isn’t very readily available on the High street (although available in M&S) I think it is a brand that most beauty lovers have heard of but not everyone has tried. If you are looking to go a little more natural in 2015 than this would be my brand of choice; they sell everything from blotting powders to shower gels and serums.
Too Faced- Available here
Although it has been available in the UK for as long as I can remember I still don’t hear as much about Too Faced as I do similar brands. It is quite pricey, especially as I don’t find it to be overly luxurious however if you only try one mascara in 2015 make it Too Faced Better Than Sex.
Neal’s Yard- Available here
Everyone has heard of Neal’s Yard but it seems to have quite an older customer, the products are absolutely beautiful and perfect for any age. I love how classic yet luxurious the bottles look and their bath aromatherapy oils are actually quite affordable (and my favourite product).
Co Lab- Available here
If you’re on the market for a new dry shampoo than Co Lab is the one to try. It’s affordable, available in a range of scents and doesn’t feel too heavy in the hair.
Makeup Revolution- Available here
The bloggersphere went crazy for it this year but I really haven’t tried much so I’ll make sure I do so in 2015.
Sarah Chapman- Available here
One of my favourite skincare brands of 2014, a little on the pricier side but great quality.
The Lacquer Lab- Available here
I don’t often try less-known nail polish brands but was really pleasantly surprised by The Lacquer Lab. I love all the colours and they’re even all toxin free!
Since the new year is only a few days away I thought I would share my 20 favourite blog posts of 2014 that I shared here on ALO. Let me know in the comments which one if your favourite.
1. New Years Beauty Clear Out-here
18. Getting a Good Nights Sleep- here
19. The Morning After- here
20. Christmas Glitter for Grown Ups- here
1. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
2. Get cleaning and decluttering
The new year is the best excuse to have a big clear out, there is no need to take unwanted things with you to 2015. Clear out everything from your room/house to your handbag and phone.
3. Send out hand written thank you cards
4. Bag some bargains
Check out my sale picks here
5. Think of some 2015 goals