DECEMBER EDIT / 2018
December flew by, which was a little frightening when it reached teens of the month and I hadn’t done my Christmas shopping yet. Luckily, I managed to finish before it became too much of an issue (thank you, Amazon Prime free trial), but every year it’s a close call. I do love December, despite the stress and panic-buying, but it’ll be a bit of a relief once it’s all over.
At the end of every month, I’ve decided to create my monthly Edits – a mixture of product favourites, other things I’ve been loving, a life update and any other bits and pieces I want to include. It’ll be a great way to summarise my month and something interesting to look back on in the future. Links are affiliated.
Beauty Bay released a new collection of palettes and makeup brushes (I tested them out in a video) and I fell hopelessly in love with the three 9-pan matte palettes. I’m hoping that they release new colour schemes with these palettes, as the formula of the palettes are amazing, especially for the super affordable price. I also absolutely love the Colour Theory palette in the Identity shade (shade? palette?), which has some beautiful neutrals and pops of colour. I am in LOVE with Beauty Bay’s eyeshadows.
ACHIEVED IN 2018
Usually this is where I’d talk about my Lifestyle Favourites, but as it’s the end of the year (and actually marks one year of these monthly edits!), I thought I’d talk about the things I’ve achieved in 2018.
As I’d hope, my makeup skills have improved considerably since this time last year. In December 2017, I did my first eyes-before-face look and my mind was blown about the whole application process. But improvement is never a straight line – there has been plenty of times where my makeup seemed to take a few steps back, but I feel like I’m finally at a place where my makeup – if I don’t completely fail – looks good, every time I do it.
In March and October, I was invited to the Revolution birthday and Halloween events, which were by far the best nights of the year. I felt so honoured to be invited, and I bumped into so many awesome bloggers, youtubers and instagrammers that I’d admired from afar. I met Sophdoesnails, CarmiMUA and Tammi Clarke (all absolutely lovely, by the way) and spoke with Adam Minto, the founding director of RevolutionBeauty.
In January, we bought a house, which should probably be the ‘biggest thing’ of 2018, but it didn’t feel like a huge deal to me. We’ve been living in the house since early 2016, and we bought it for a lot cheaper than market value, which meant we didn’t have to pay any deposit. I know we’re incredibly lucky and hardly anyone gets the same opportunity as we did, which is why I don’t really like mentioning it.
What I am proud of, however, is the fact that we renovated one of the rooms completely. The only thing we got outside help with was replastering (an unexpected expense) and part of the deal on our carpet was free fitting, so obviously we said yes please! We stripped the entire room to the bare brick and floorboards, then built it up again. I’m proud of what we did! You can see the transformation here.
I’ve been thinking a lot about 2019 this month, as I’m sure we all do before a new year. I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do with my year, how I want to move my content forward, how I want to live my life. I will make a separate blog post on what I’ve decided (or thought about deciding), but let’s just say, it’s been a bit of a game-changer for me.
I’ve given up Facebook. Well, that’s a lie. I’ve partially given up Facebook… I was feeling a lot of stress due to the arguments and hate I was seeing daily on my News Feed; when I got a notification about a post I’d commented on, I would feel a bundle of nerves in my stomach about what I might see. I’m also not a huge fan of how Facebook is censoring things that needn’t be censored, but allowing things that definitely should be censored to pass through the filters. Admins of Facebook groups favouring certain people and topics, even if they’re problematic and causing harm to others, but shutting down comment sections of innocent posts. It just isn’t the place for me right now. I deleted the app, unfollowed/left a couple of groups and only check it every so often rather than multiple times a day.
UPLOADED IN DECEMBER
Review Update: I ♥ Chocolate / Beauty Glazed Saturn Review / Best Eyeshadow Palettes of 2018 / Lipstick Collection / Makeup I’ll Be Rebuying in 2019 / Makeup I Won’t Be Rebuying in 2019 / Review Update: Chocolate & Peaches / Festive Chatty GRWM / £140 Makeup Haul / £400 Makeup Haul Update / Beauty Bay EYN Palettes Review / Review Update: Flawless 3 Resurrection / What I Got For Christmas / Worst Makeup of 2018
WATCHING / Black Lightning (currently like half-way through) READING / I got an Amazon Prime free trial, so I’ve had a few eBooks downloaded whilst I get them for free / PLAYING / Chris got a few games for Christmas… / WEARING / Festive jumpers (before Christmas, anyway) and sparkly earrings / USING / My skin is SO dry! I’ve been slathering my face with as much moisturiser as possible / EATING / Christmas chocolate. Christmas food. Everything / LISTENING TO / Before Christmas, my ‘Bangin’ Christmas Tunes’ playlist on Spotify, but now it’s a bit of Marina and the Diamonds – I used to love her Electra Heart and Family Jewels albums!