2016 Favourites

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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.

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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!

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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.

Disney:
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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Girl Online by Zoella- Book review

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Hi guys,

Wow it has been a long time since I have posted. I have been very stressed over these past 2 weeks with my college work. I have had so many deadlines and a lot of textiles and media work to do. I have not had time to do anything, even just to relax. I would go home, eat and then do textiles work. I had to keep going into college early to finish my media work as well. Thank god it is all over. I have 2 weeks off now so this means I have plenty of free time to myself (which I think I deserve), to just be able to relax and do my own thing. However I do need to start revising…if only I knew how hard A levels were.

Anyway, today I am going to write my book review on the Girl Online by Zoella. I managed to read this book in 2 weeks (when I had free time of course) but I haven’t had chance to write about it to you all. When I heard that Zoella was releasing her own book I was very excited! Just by hearing the title it sounded like I was going to love it. I did. I find it very hard to get into a book and thoroughly enjoy it. I get bored really easy and lose interest and then never finish reading them (apart from fifty shades of grey). However I was glued to this book! It has to be one of my favourite books and it was such a good story line. I won’t give too many of the plots/twists away as I don’t want to ruin it for people who haven’t read it.

It starts with a girl named Penny who lives in Brighton. She is quite a shy girl and feels like she can’t be herself in the real world. She suffers with bad anxiety and has been having panic attacks since she was in a car crash. She decides to create a blog where she can write all her feelings down and where she can just be herself. She receives such lovely comments and support from her followers and they are lovely to her. She stays anonymous and doesn’t use real names in her blog as she doesn’t want to be identified. A lot of stuff happens such as her embarrassing herself in front of the school, having a video leaked of her, having a toxic friendship with her so called bestfriend and things not going too well with her crush. She also has a bestfriend who lives next door called Elliot and he knows about her blog and he is such a good friend to her. Once the embarrassing video of her gets leaked she decides to accept the offer of going to New York with her parents due to work for a few days. While she is in New York she falls in love with a guy called Noah, they are perfect for each other. They believe they are each other’s soul mates. I thought their relationship was so so so cute! However things are always too good to be true. There is a twist to the character Noah which leaves Penny heartbroken. Now I am not going to say what happens as like I have said I don’t want to ruin it for people.

Wow! I LOVED the storyline. I really enjoyed reading her blog posts and how happy it makes her receiving comments from her followers. I know how it feels because I have received such lovely comments from you guys that have made me so happy! Sometimes I feel like I am more appreciated on my blog than in reality. The characters were perfect as well. Their personality’s, the way they were described…I just loved it. Just every little detail of the book I adored. I think it raises awareness of anxiety as well and what effect it has on people. There is a breathing/calming technique that Noah teaches Penny when having a panic attack and I think this is very important as people like us can use it. I heard that Zoella was releasing a girl online 2? I hope she does! The ending made me very happy. I didn’t expect everything to go to plan…and when I read the twist I literally couldn’t believe it. This was a wonderful book by Zoella and I highly recommend everyone to read it!

I am sorry this blog post has been so long. I just loved the book a lot and felt like I needed to write everything I possibly could about it…however I think I could have made it a lot longer.

I’ll be posting again soon! Hope everyone is okay.

Inspired Elegance xxx