Best of 2014: Etc

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Best of 2014: Etc. Today’s post marks the last instalment of my series, Best of 2014. It’s only 3 months late! 😉 Today’s post is a large one, as it’s talking about my favourite music, books, and movies of 2014. This year has been a good year for music, movies and books for me, both new and old.

Books:
Perks of Being a Wallflower:
I first read this in June of this year, after becoming obsessed with the movie. This has become one of my favourite books I’ve read to date. It looks like a fast read on the outside, but the book is actually really intense and serious, and makes you concentrate on it, making it not the easiest read. I absolutely love it though. I read it again after starting high school, and I’m understanding the book differently than I was in June. This is such an amazing book, and one that I’d recommend to everyone. I published a review of this book back in June, so if you’re interested in reading it, you can find it here.

The Hobbit:
This year could pretty much be nicknamed ‘Year of the Hobbit’. I had to read this book this past year for English, and I’m so glad I did. I became obsessed with The Hobbit, and I don’t know how I’d be without this. I’ve read this so many times now, and it never gets old. This book is written so incredibly well, and the characters are extremely well developed. Thanks to this book, I have taken an extremely liking to Thorin Oakenshield 😉 But besides that, this book has never left my side since. A more in depth review is coming your way shortly.

Fangirl:
I read this in April last year, and although I haven’t read it recently, I still remember it as an extremely well written book. This book focuses on a ‘fangirl’ type thing that is quite different and unique to the young adult novel scene. After reading this book and Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell has become one of my favourite authors. Her books for young adults are extremely well written, and she focuses on subjects much different to other YA books. This book focuses on a girl who writes fanfiction about two book characters (These book characters are based off of Draco and Harry of Harry Potter), and her experience as a freshman in college. I wrote a much more detailed review of this book, and if you are interested in this book, you can do so here.

Harry Potter Series:
The book that’s pictured here is the Deathly Hallows, though I was actually thinking of putting a picture of the whole series, but decided against it in the end. I don’t know what I would’ve been like if I didn’t read this series. They became one of my favourite books, and have honestly become a huge part of me. These are so insanely well written, and they’re really fun and interesting to read.

Movies and TV:
Perks of Being a Wallflower:
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I read this before I watched the movie, and I got to say I’m glad I did. Reading this before I read the book, made me understand the book much more easily. This is a great adaption of the amazing book. The choice of actors and actresses made the movie even better than it already was. I remember a distinct time in June and July where I watched this non stop. Watching it again once I was in high school really made me enjoy this to a new extent. 

The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies:
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This is by far my favourite movie of the year, and one of my favourite movies to date. I saw this movie twice, and I honestly want to see it again. I saw it opening day with my English class and it was one of the best experiences of my life. This is by far my favourite movie out of the three, which is really saying something as I absolutely loved the first two. This made me laugh, cry, and smile. This was a great conclusion to the Hobbit series, and for Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth. Although the book has been modified to fit the movie, the modifications that were made really enhanced the viewing of the movie. Let me just warn you though, that this is a real tear jerk. I am counting down to when this gets released on DVD, and I am honestly so excited to binge watch it. 


The Lego Movie:
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Seeing as I’m a little kid at heart and I love LEGO, I thought this movie combined two of my loves into one great movie. This movie focuses on a so called “average” Lego man, Emmet, who discovers that he himself is The Special, also known as the “most interesting person in the entire world.” This focuses on his mission as the Special, and things really take a turn during the second half of the film. Even though this is targeted towards little kids, it’s definitely a great movie for people of all ages.

The Office:

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This show hands down is my favourite TV program ever. I watched the whole series during the summer, and I can’t believe what an amazing series it is. I’m almost finished rewatching the series for the second time, and it’s hard to believe, but I’m enjoying it even more than before. There are countless scenes that will make you laugh so hard you will cry. This is such a feel good program, and if I’m ever having a bad day, this show cheers me right up. Even though this show is completely scripted, the amazing actors and actresses in The Office make this show come to life. I have so many scenes saved onto my computer, for when I need a laugh or a pick me up.

Music:
For the music portion of the ‘Best of:’ series, I created a Spotify playlist of all my favourites over the year.

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Best of 2014: Beauty Tools

For today’s instalment of the Best of 2014 series, I’m going to be talking about my favourite beauty tools, skincare, and body care.

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Clarisonic Mia 2:
I received this for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I can honestly tell you it’s one of my favourite and most loved Christmas gifts. I use this every night, and it has made a world of a difference in my skin. This is an expensive beauty product, but for the amount of times I’ve used it, and how much it’s changed my skin, I can honestly say it’s worth the money.

beautyBlender:
This is one of my favourite beauty tools. It is my favourite tool to apply foundation or concealer, as it blends so seamlessly, and makes my skin look airbrushed. It is extremely expensive for a sponge. There are a lot of less expensive dupes out on the market, but in my opinion, nothing can be as good as the beautyBlender.

Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser:
This is such a great cleanser. Nothing was working for my skin, but this really did. This takes away the excess oil on my face, and has really gotten rid of some of the tough blemishes. It’s a little expensive, but for the amount of product you get, and the quality of the product, it’s definitely worth it.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Bodywash:
This is my favourite shower gel, hands down. It has the most amazing smell, and I’m obsessed with it. It smells a little bit tart, due to the lime, but also sweet, due to brown sugar. I find the scent so nice to use in the shower, and the amount of product you get in the bottle is incredible. I received this last year for Christmas, and I have a little less than half left. This is a rather affordable body wash, for the price to mL ratio. Definitely one of my favourite body products, especially paired with the Sugar Crush Body Scrub and Body Butter.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Tomorrow’s post will be all about my favourite songs, books, movies, and TV shows.

Best of 2014: Fragrance

Today’s instalment of the ‘Best Of’ series, I’m going to be talking about my three favourite perfumes of the year.

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Diptyque Philosykos:
I bought this in Toronto during the summer, after hearing so many rave reviews about it. Although it’s pretty pricey, I do not regret purchasing it. This is such a unique scent, and I love it so much. It has a strong lasting power, and it’s such a pretty scent. Definitely one of my favourite scents.

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede:
Another year, another Jo Malone perfume. Jo Malone will always have a place in my heart. Jo Malone makes my favourite perfume, Orange Blossom, and now this one. These fragrances are so ‘pure’ and simple, and that’s what makes them so unique. This is such a pretty scent, and it’s much different from other floral perfumes. Paired with Orange Blossom, this creates one of the prettiest scent combinations.

Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple (Not Pictured):
I think by now, almost everyone knows how much I love this fragrance. I don’t know how, but Bath & Body Works has made one of my favourite fragrances. Sadly, this only comes around Christmas, so it isn’t readily available. I have quite a few bottles of this in my stockpile, so I don’t plan on running out of this anytime soon. Seeing as though it’s just a fragrance mist, the lasting power is not very good, but seeing as it’s a budget friendly product, it’s fine.

Come back tomorrow for the ‘Best Of 2014: Beauty Tools’ edition.

Best of 2014: Lips

For today’s Best of post, it’s all about the lips. All of my favourite lipsticks this year have been nudes, and I think I’ve finally found my favourite everyday lipsticks.

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Buxom Full On Lipstick in Sydney:
This is one of the best lipstick formulations on the market. This is such a nice natural nude to wear on an everyday basis. It has a matte finish, but still feels very hydrating on the lips. This doesn’t feel chalky in the slightest, and it remains on my lips all day, even through out eating and drinking. I really like the pencil type applicator, as it is a precise way of applying the product.

MAC Lipstick in Patisserie:
This is one of my favourite lipsticks of all time. I bought it specifically for the One Direction concert this past summer, and I’m so glad I did. This is probably my favourite MAC lipstick I own. It’s so natural, but it also has a nice shimmer to it. It feels so creamy on the lips, but still has a great staying power.

L’Oreal Lipstick in Jennifer’s Nude:
This is another favourite nude of mine. This is probably the closest colour to my lips, but better. This is such an affordable lipstick, and I think everyone should have this lipstick in their collection. It has a rather unpleasant smell, but it goes away quickly after application. The packaging makes the product look extremely classy, even though this product is extremely budget friendly.

Nivea Milk & Honey Lip Balm:
At this point, I don’t even know how many tubes of this I’ve gone through, as I love it so much. This is a mere three dollars, but it is worth so much more. It’s the most hydrating lip balm I own, and it’s easily accessible. I have multiple tubes of this on the go, and it’s honestly one of my favourite beauty products. I’m so glad I found this, as I don’t know how I could be without it.

Come back tomorrow for my next instalment of the series!

Best of 2014: Eyes

Although January is far past over, I thought I owed it to you all to finish my ‘Best of 2014’ series. Seeing as though finals are over, I have a lot more free time to spend on my blog now, and I thought I might as well write some posts. Today’s Best of 2014 post is going to be about my favourite eye products.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion:
Seeing as though I ran out of my much beloved NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base, I thought it was time to give this eyeshadow primer a try. I absolutely love it. It keeps my eyeshadow vibrant, with no creasing in sight, even at the end of the day. It makes my eyeshadow last for the whole day, which is quite a feat, considering on how oily my eyelids are. Seeing as this is Urban Decay, it’s a little more pricey than others, but I think for the quality of the product, it’s definitely worth it.

Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette:
Another Urban Decay product. This is honestly one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes out there. The formulation is impeccable, and even though the eyeshadows are matte, they are still super smooth. These apply so nicely on the eye, and this palette is perfect for those no makeup makeup looks.

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara:
This is not only my favourite mascara of 2014, it’s one of my favourites of all time. This mascara is one of the best I’ve ever tried, and I can’t believe that it’s a drugstore product, as the quality of this mascara is amazing. This gives my lashes loads of volume and length, and even though it isn’t waterproof, still manages to hold a curl.

MAC Eyeshadows:
I’ve fallen in love with MAC this past year. Well, even more in love. Their eyeshadows are ones that I reach for constantly. I have a mixture of Matte, Veluxe Pearl, Satin, and Frost eyeshadows. Almost all of my favourite eyeshadows are from MAC. MAC has an exceptional reputation for their products, and it’s clear to see from trying these products. One of my current favourite looks is Nylon in the inner corner, Patina on the lid, and Charcoal Brown in the crease.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s Best Of post. Come back tomorrow to read more about my favourite Lip products of 2014!

Best of 2014: Cheek

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For today’s post of my ‘Best of: 2014’ instalment, I’m going to be talking about my favourite cheek favourites of the year.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure:

I bought this in the summer, as I had heard so many good things about this blush. I decided to go with Mood Exposure, a nudey plum blush. This blush looks so natural on the cheeks, but it also adds that special something to your face. This is the perfect companion to my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, one of my all time favourite products. This makes your face look so glowy, but still natural, and this takes away the need for highlighter. A little expensive, but I love it.

Dior Amber Diamonds Highlighter:

Now, unfortunately this has been discontinued, but I couldn’t bear to leave it out of my favourites, because I just love it so much. This is one of my favourite highlighters, and one I reach for often. The colours are all so pretty and makes your face glow. I really wish they still sold this, as I think it’s well worth the money and I reach for it so often.

Dior Rosy Glow Blush:

Another one of my favourite blushes. I reached for this blush year round, and I just love the colour. I really like how this blushes adjusts to fit your skintone. This translates so nicely on my cheeks, and it makes my cheeks look rosy. Not only is the actual blush beautiful, but so is the packaging. Unlike the highlighter, this product is still readily available. This is $46, but for the quality of the product, it definitely deserves the price tag. This is universally flattering, and I can guarantee you will love this product.

Tomorrow’s post will be featuring my favourite Eye products of 2014. Make sure to come back to check it out!

Best of 2014: Face

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These posts are going up a little later than planned, but I still wanted to get it up for you either way. This year I found myself having a lot more no makeup days, so thus there won’t be nearly as many favourites as last year. Nevertheless, I still have some! For my first installment of the series, I will be focusing on my favourite face products of this past year.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light:

I absolutely love this powder. It is the perfect all rounder powder. It diminishes the look of redness, sets the makeup in place, and makes your face look flawless. Although it’s expensive, it’s well worth the money. I have used this so much and I have definitely gotten my money’s worth from this product. I use this product almost everyday, whether or not I’m wearing a full face of makeup. I have a full review of this product here.

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer:
Now this is my ultimate favourite primer. I’ve had this for over a year and I haven’t even used half of the bottle. This makes my face look so luminescent and glowy. It’s a perfect base for any foundation. This is weightless on the skin, and also makes my face so soft. Again, it being Hourglass means it expensive, but yet again, it’s well worth the money. I received a second bottle of this for Christmas, and I’m very happy for that. This is honestly one of my favourite makeup products of all time.

NARS Creamy Concealer:
As I write this, I am reaching the end of my tube of this concealer. I’ve used this concealer so much, and it’s probably my favourite concealer. It’s expensive, but I’ve never used a concealer better than this one. The shade I use is Chantilly, and right now it’s a perfect match for my skintone. It’s very heavy coverage, but still manages to look natural and glowy, without looking cakey. This concealer is well worth the hype.

Clinique Anti Redness Superprimer:

I bought this right before school started in September, and I’m sure happy I did. This isn’t that expensive for a primer, and being Clinique, you can ensure that it will be a quality product. This tones down my redness so much, and combined with the Ambient Lighting Powder, it’s a match made in heaven. It can be a tad chalky at times, so I always like to prepare my skin with a good moisturizer before I use this.

I hope you enjoyed my first installment of this series. I’ll be back tomorrow with my Best of 2014: Cheek addition.