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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A few of my favourite things from 2014 | Make Up, Books, Films, Music, Blogs etc!

Happy New Year's Eve! It feels like we're on the cusp of something new & exciting and I'm wishing you all the very best for the coming twelve months. For now, to see out this year, here's a little recap of some of my favourite things from 2014! 

Facial oils
2014 was the year of facial oils for me and they have become a staple in my night time skin care routine. There are a few that I really love, especially the Boots Botanics Organic Facial Oil & the Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil.

Conscious Skincare Body Polish
A truly gorgeous brand, with incredible products. I love this scrub because it's 'scrubby' enough without feeling scratchy, and the oils leave my skin feeling nourished. Pretty perfect. 

Burt's Bees lip balm
Along with The Body Shop Lip Butters, this is the best lip balm I've ever used. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation  
The closest match for my skin I've found that's affordable and you know, actually good!

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer
Feels like nothing on the skin but gives great coverage and works equally as well on redness as it does on dark circles. 

Benefit Benetint*
My two drawers of blush have remained largely untouched since having the chance to try this out. I've discovered that barely there make up is the most flattering on me. I recently found some old pictures of myself where I now see that I was wearing far too much colour on my cheeks and now I may be too scared to use about 95% of the blushes I own.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 03
The formula is gorgeously smooth. The nude colour is really pretty; not too pale, not too deep. It smells like caramel. And I'm beginning to think I could part with my entire lip product collection if I got to keep just this one. 

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
I've lost count of the number of people I've recommended this book to, I just can't seem to help myself. It's undoubtedly by favourite book of the year... maybe even of all time?! 

"Some folks are dealt a bad hand. But you can't rely on another person's conscience to live the life you want to live. You make do with what you're given; you struggle on."

(Head over to my book blog, The Book Journal for more of my favourite books from this year.)

Banks | Someone New
Sia | Burn The Pages
Sam Smith | Like I Can
Hozier | Jackie and Wilson
London Grammar | Shyer
Sampha | Indecision
Josef Salvat | Open Season

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Definitely my favourite film I've seen this year.

What If? 
I'm not usually into romantic comedies, but I loved it! I definitely only agreed to watch it though because it has Daniel Radcliffe in it and I think that 1. he's come into his own post Harry Potter and 2. he's got a knack for picking really great films to be in.

The Double
Strange. Wonderful. Annoying. Frustrating. Really bloody good!

I could probably write a small paragraph about every blog on my bloglovin' feed and how much I adore them, but then we would all be here until well into next year! We've all got some New Year celebrating to do so I'll keep it brief...  

The Private Life of a Girl
I haven't told her this openly because it sounds a bit silly & it's not really something you can open up a conversation with without feeling like a little bit of a ninny, but I really look up to Sophie.

Make Up Savvy
Fee is just utterly wonderful, it's been a real pleasure and a treat to see Make Up Savvy blossom over the years into something truly fabulous.

Carly Watts
Carly inspires me every day more than she could ever imagine.

Bee is incredible, her strength and her resilience is a constant inspiration. She is such a talented writer and her book recommendations & reviews are always sheer perfection.

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Thank you for sticking with me this year, it means the world, and here's to 2015!

And I would also love for you to leave a link to your own blog (if you have one) along with a link to your current favourite blog because I would love to have a read!

All My Love, 

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  1. I love Sia too! She can do no wrong :)

    Becoming Becca

  2. Aw I love the Bert's Bees lip balm, the Seventeen concealer and The Grand Budapest Hotel aswell xx

    Freya Blendell | Beauty & Style Blog

  3. Some great picks :) I really need to watch The Double, have heard such good things about it!

    1. It's so good. And strange. Really recommend it <3

  4. Love Benefit Benetint, in fact you've just reminded me I need to dig mine out for the New Year! My favourite reads recently are flutterandsparkle.com, dreamsthatglitterxoxo.com, lilylipstick.blogspot.com and love-audrey.com x

    1. Yayy! Thank you for leaving recommendations too <3 xo

  5. Need to try some of yours recommendations, bought Clarins because of you and it's great :)

    1. Aww yay, I'm so glad you love them too! xo

  6. Love you favourites!
    A Very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
    Blue Velvet Addict.Net

  7. As silly as it sounds I needed the little push to purchase The Luminaries so thank you for the much needed shove! P.S I loathe when a perfume smells great in a bottle or on others and hideous on me r.e Black Opium! Happy New Year! x

  8. really great post lady! :) my husband & i are working are way thru the classics at the mo hes doing gullivers travels & im doing to kill a mockingbird. will def add ur choices to our list! :) xx

  9. I love reading all of the end-of-year wrap up posts around today! This was definitely the year of facial oils for me, too, and I am now obsessed with straight rosehip seed oil. Couldn't agree more about the Burt's Bees lip balm - it's just the best out there!

    xo, Michelle
    Neon Rattail

  10. I discovered facial oils this year too, little bottles of magic! I agree with everything you've said about Sophie of The Private Life Of A Girl, she's just so fab. One of my favourite blogs this year was YOURS without a doubt!! Wishing you the best for 2015 xxx

    Josie’s Journal

    1. They totally are! N'aww thank you lovely, you're too kind! xo

  11. Such a lovely round up Jennie! :) wishing you all the best for 2015, you deserve it xx

  12. Completely agree on the Luminaries and The Grand Budapest Hotel! They are probably two of my favourites from this year as well x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  13. Happy new year Jennie! Sending loads of love to you for 2015 :) your blog has been such a favourite of mine this year x

    Megan / pixiecrop.com

    P.S. The Double was AMAZING.

    1. Thank you so much lovely, wishing you all the best for 2015! xo

  14. I love the film What If. I also really enjoy using the SEVENTEEN Stay Time concealer. I really need to read the Luminaries. A great post! Happy New Year. xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk | Check out my 100 follower GIVEAWAY

  15. Benetint is without a doubt on my list of favourite makeup products last year, I loved it so much I got three different shades. I still haven't seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, i've heard so many amazing things though, I may watch it today actually to see in the new year. ;) x

    1. It's such a lovely product! Really recommend The Grand Budapest Hotel! xo

  16. I'm about to run out of concealer so I think I'll buy this 17 one next! Josef Salvat has such a beautiful voice, I need more of his music!

    Tara x

    1. It's so nice, wonderfully affordable too! xo

  17. uuuugh everybody is raving about the clarins lip product, I'm desperate to try it! really nice picks, I love your taste in music

    I wish you all the best for 2015, keep going because your blog is amazing!


  18. You're the best!!! Thank you so much for the super sweet mention. I have loved this little space for a long long time and I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2015 xxxx

  19. Aaw, Jennie! What a sweet and lovely thing to read :) You inspire me too. I think we are pretty much on the same wavelength about a lot of things and I feel like I can talk to you without worrying about sounding silly! I'm so glad that we found each other through blogging and that you like what I do, it's such an encouragement! Lets collaborate this year, even if it's just on something little <3 xxx

  20. The Clarins lip protector is one of my favs too! x

  21. I absolutely love Conscious Skincare. Their lemongrass body souffle is one of my all-time favourites!

    - Lorna // Scared Toast

  22. Actually so mny great favorites!!!!


  23. I'm obsessed with anything frangipani from Conscious Skincare, so so SO good.

  24. Love this post- So much stuff that was great in 2015. Here's to more great finds in 2015!


  25. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton seems like such a dense and challenging book but I'm sure it's massively rewarding! You reminded me I really need to download Banks's album :)


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