2016 Favourites


In 2016 there were a lot of products I used again and again. Here are a few of my 2016 favourite products.

Spectrum Brushes:
During 2016 I bought quite a few Spectrum Brushes. They are not too expensive, they are very pretty looking, they are very soft and they don’t malt. The brushes are vegan and cruelty registered. I first heard of Spectrum Brushes on Twitter, I noticed a lot of beauty bloggers were using them and recommending them. I also saw celebrities were starting to review and advertise them. I bought my first set in the sale and I couldn’t stop using them. Recently my collection has grown and I now understand why they are always selling out. You can visit Spectrum brushes at: https://www.spectrumcollections.com/

MUA Highlighter:
I am obsessed with highlighters and I think it has to be my favourite make up product to apply. My friend recommended the MUA highlighter to me this year. It is only £3.00, is very pigmented and comes in a lovely pink or white shade. I highly recommend this highlighter because it is great value for money. http://www.superdrug.com/MUA/MUA-Undress-Your-Skin-Highlighting-Powder—Pink-Shimmer/p/633150

MAC Lipstick (Persistence):
I think everyone knows how much I love my MAC lipsticks! A shade I used a lot last year was ‘Persistence’. This is a matte shade and is a nude lipstick. This shade goes with a lot of make up looks and it is quite subtle.

Lazy Days Zoella Candle:
I love candles. I always have to light a candle whilst I am chilling in my room. When I heard that Zoella was bringing out a range of candles I was really excited. My boyfriend bought me ‘Lazy Days’ for our lazy Sundays. It is a calming scent and quite fresh. They are £10.00 from Superdrug.

Instax Mini 8:
I have had my Polaroid for a few years now and I still love it. The film is quite expensive but the Polaroid does capture the cute memories.


NYX Liquid Lipsticks:
NYX came to my local boots store this year so I have been trying a few of their products. I have tried their liquid lipsticks and they are amazing! They stay on for a really long time, they have lots of different shades and they are only £6.50. They are light on the lips which is great because some liquid lipsticks are very thick.

MAC Air of Style:
I have never tried MAC perfume before but I love MAC Air of Style. It is quite a fruity scent and it stays on for a while. It’s a little pricey for just 30ml, but the smell is gorgeous!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:
Urban Decay setting spray is the best setting spray you can buy in my opinion. I just couldn’t believe how long my make up stayed on for – especially after a night out. It is about £22 but I do believe it is worth if. I bought mine from Debenhams!


Sleek I Divine Palette Enchanted Forest:
I have bought from Sleek a highlighter, eyebrow and contour kit but I have never purchased their eyeshadow until last year. I loved the shades in this pallete and they blended nicely. The eyeshadow is pigmented and stays on. I love how I can pop this small pallete into my bag or take it on holiday. I bought mine from Boots: http://www.boots.com/en/Sleek-I-Divine-palette-Enchanted-Forest_1744236/

iPhone 6s:
Another thing I loved last year was my new iPhone 6S. I had the iPhone 5s before which I had for 3 years. It had been dropped a few times, was a little bit scratched, the silent button had broke and the screen didn’t always work. I bought my iPhone 6S in a rose gold because I thought it was so pretty. It is a lot better than my old phone, bigger screen, quicker and the camera is higher quality.

There were some great new films which came out last  year. Finding Dory had to be my favourite, new 2016 film. The otters were SO CUTE! If you have watched Finding Dory you will know exactly what I am talking about. My boyfriend bought me baby Finding Dory because she is just adorable. I watched Big Hero 6 for the first time last year and I think it is my all time favourite disney film. It is quite emotional but I think everyone needs a Baymax in their life…and I now have one.

So they are just a few of my favourites from 2016. Please let me know what yours were! I’d love to discover some new products.

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Fifty Shades Infatuated

DSC_0106Hey everyone!

So I have wanted to write about Fifty shades of Grey for a very long time. I think I am a tad obsessed so sorry in advance if my blog post is long. Fifty Shades is the best story I have ever read…EVER. It is a unique romance and I have never read anything like this before.

When my best friend told me to read this book I was quite curious to if I would enjoy it. I mean I knew what it was about but I thought I would see what the fuss is all about. Well, once I started to read it I just couldn’t put it down. Me and my best friend were constantly talking about it as he was ahead of me and every time something happened I would text him saying ‘oh my god’ haha!

For anyone who hasn’t read the books, it is about a business man named Christian Grey and a very innocent girl named Anastasia Steele. Ana has to interview Christian for her friend because she is ill, she is very attracted to him and they later bump into each other again. Ana finds out what he is really like, how he has sub missive’s, how he is a very dominant man and just how different he is to other men. Lots of stuff happens between them and Ana is introduced to a new way of sex and pleasure. I am not going to let you know what happens at the end because I don’t want to ruin it for you.

I was so emotionally attached to this book, it made me cry and smile. I just got so into it and how it is worded is beautiful. When I found out it was being made into a film- oh my god! I was VERY excited. I set it up on my countdown app and I have been counting down since about 400 days. My best friend who used to talked to me about it is now my boyfriend, so we are going to see it on the first day it comes out! Excited isn’t even the word. However when I did find out it was becoming a film I was a bit worried.

1. I was worried that Christian Grey wouldn’t match up to my expectations.
2. That everyone has this imaginary Christian Grey in their head and the film will ruin how they think he is suppose to look.
3. That they will miss out huge chunks of the book and it will ruin the passion.
4. Finally the age rating. I was worried that they will make it a 15 and it won’t contain many sex scenes. The book is based about sex, it is the main point therefore they shouldn’t miss out a lot of the sex scenes. There is a lot of emotion in those bits of the story and I feel like that defines who Christian is and tells you a lot about Ana as well. Just because there are quite a few sex scenes it doesn’t need to be made into a ‘porno’ as some people call it. It just means it will be quite explicit. Therefore I think the perfect age rating should be 18 and over.

From what I have seen so far, I am quite happy. I am happy with who is playing Christian grey. I think that I think Jamie Dornan will play the perfect Christian. The trailer was made perfectly as well. It had the key bits in but it didn’t give too much away. The ‘Crazy In Love’ version by Beyoncé was perfect for the trailer. It gave me goose bumps. I think Dakota Johnson plays the perfect Ana as well. Ana is a very innocent woman and the trailer shows just that. I don’t think I like the idea of Rita Ora playing Mia (Christian’s sister) and what I have seen of her I don’t think she looks the part. I certainly don’t like the wig she is wearing. However when I see her in the film, it might make me change my mind.

I am going to read the first one again just before the film comes out just so it is fresh in my mind!  I will do another review of the film when it comes out. Now I will finish there because I have probably bored everyone aha! So what are your opinions of fifty shades of grey? Do you recommend it? Will you be watching the film?

Inspired Elegance xxx