2014 Nail Polish favourites.

The third and final post of my 2014 Favourites, the nail polish edition. Like the last two posts, I’m just going to name the brand and the colours and insert a link with the IG along with it. Describing that many colours is great detail could get tiring for you and me both.

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two (x)
Dark cherry metallic burgundy.

Nails Inc Edith Terrace and Ascot (x)
Dark metallic red and metallic festive green.

Nails Inc Soho Place and Downtown (x)
Bright teal and bright fuchsia pink.

Nails Inc Weighhouse Street and Carlton Gardens (x)
Pastel baby blue and metallic soft blue.

Essie Blanc and Jamaica Me Crazy (x)
Pure white and metallic pink purple.

Nails Inc Victoria and Villiers Street (x)
Dark cherry red and festive metallic red.

Nails Inc Bow Street and Baker Street (x)
Dark metallic glitter purple and cobalt blue.

2014 Other Favourites

Second post of my 2014 Favourite trilogy: Anything that isn’t beauty and skincare, so health, fitness, food, TV shows and anything else, almost like a little random section and like the first post, if I have an Instagram picture, it’ll be linked beside it.

Women’s Health Magazine (x)
My Mum paid for a subscription for me for this magazine last Christmas and it’s always a nice surprise every month getting it through the post. It’s not like those women’s magazines where it tells you you can drop a stone in four weeks; it gives real advice, insightful interviews and takes health seriously. I have another subscription for this year too so I can’t wait to get more!

FitBit Flex (x) (x)
I got a FitBit Flex at the end of February, I had been looking at it for months and was thinking about it and I finally took the plunge. It was a special price at the time, I think it might have had £10 or £15 off the original price so I thought why not. Then in October, I bought myself a pink band for it. It’s really motivating to get more steps in every day and I still get a little boost when it vibrates every time I hit 10,000 steps.

Nike Free Runs (x)
Now, I’m not actually sure if these are thee Free Runs, they might be the slightly older version but they are pretty much the same thing. I went to the Nike Outlet at the beginning of the year to get some good trainers because I had always bought cheaper ones but I wanted to be more serious with my workout gear and trainers are always a good place to start. I got two pairs that day, and I use this pair for cardio work. They’re fantastic for running and any other cardio, but I tend to use a heavier shoe for weight training. I got a really amazing deal on them because they were from the Nike Outlet and I spent less on two pairs of shoes that I would on one pair if I had’ve paid the original retail price. They’re purple too so it adds a nice little pop of colour too (Not that that is important to a gym, but you have to add a smile to a cold winter morning somehow).

Kale (x)
I’ll admit, a weird one to add to favourites but last year I found kale and I fell in love. I became obsessed in June with making kale chips and they’re just the best!

Sweet Potato (x)
I prefer these now to regular potatoes. They’re so delicious and a personal favourite is two small baked sweet potatoes and loads of sweetcorn. It’s so so good!

Amazeballs (x)
I discovered “Check Out My Buns” on Facebook in February and found out they had a stall in a local weekend market in Belfast so I went down one Saturday and got loads of little food goodies. They are a gluten free company with almost all their products being vegan too, which I love. I’m not a vegan myself but I love that they cater to vegetarians and vegans, as well as people who are eating gluten free, like myself. The amazeballs are made up of ingredients like cocoa powder and nuts, and they’re a nice sweet treat. I can never eat a whole one, I always cut mine in half, and if I buy 5, they can last me up to a week. It’s a nice, good, wholesome snack.

Pulsin Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Snack (x)
I was online one day in November looking around for protein bars, mainly for after the gym. Most of the bars I’ve seen either contain gluten or soya (Which I also can’t have) so when I found these on Amazon, I was so excited and they didn’t disappointed. Everyone who I’ve let taste them, couldn’t get used to the taste of them but I love them. It’s a mix between fudge and cookie dough; they’re gluten free, soya free and vegan, so an all round great bar.

Genius Chocolate Cupcakes (x)
We all love a cupcake because it’s like a party in your mouth. Now I’m not saying that this is an every day thing, or every week, but I do like to treat myself to one of these now and again. They’re gluten free, soya free and just overall amazing.

Tea
2014 was the year for tea. I tried loads of teas, I got used to green tea, I loved loads of tea and it’s so lovely having some choice for tea now.

Pandora Bracelet (x)
Last year was the year I indulged and bought myself a Pandora bracelet. I had been looking at them for years and I finally done it. I’d always loved my friend Whitney’s bracelets and she was just as excited as me when I got mine. I’ve been building it up all year and it’s not the type of thing I would buy myself every month. If there’s a special occasion then I would buy myself a charm to signify that. For example, I bought the ‘grandmother’ pendant charm when my Granny passed away and I bought the star to represent my first adult job. It’s a meaningful bracelet with each charm (excluding the spacers) having a special meaning.

Michael Kors Watch
Unfortunately I don’t have an IG of this but it’s one of the best presents I’ve ever received. My brother got it for me for my birthday and I just love it. It’s a gold tortoise design with a medium sized face, and I don’t wear a lot of gold, but I’m not a person that has to have all their metals matching, so I don’t mind mixing it with my silver rings It’s so beautiful and it’ll be treasure forever.

Pandora Rings (x) (x) (x)
Until 2014, I was never a jewellery person. I wore earrings and a nose stud but that was it. I sometimes wore a watch but nothing major. So 2014 was a big year for more jewellery for me. Once I got the bracelet, I discovered more rings from Pandora and I wear the rings every day. Not all of them of course, but at least two at a time. They’re a nice accessory especially if you’re not like me and don’t wear big statement necklaces. I prefer rings to necklaces.

For the candles and TV shows, because I’m not the greatest at describing scents and you don’t want to read a big paragraph on each show, I’m just going to list my favourites to make it easier and because no-one wants to hear the words, “great” or “so nice” again.

Candles
Vanilla Chai (x)
Bahama Breeze (x)
Red Velvet (x)
Blissful Autumn (x)
Welcome Christmas (x)
Candy Cane Lane (x)

Television Shows
Friends
The Office US
Parks and Recreation
Community
Buffy
Angel
Veronica Mars
Cheers
Catfish

2014 Beauty and Skin Care Favourites.

Ever since August, I’ve been doing (almost every month) monthly favourites with anything from nail polish to candles over on my Tumblr blog but since I have a fresh new blog, I thought I would start posting them here too.

For my 2014 Favourites, I’m going to split them into three posts. One will cover beauty and skincare, another will cover health, fitness, jewellery and anything else that I’ve enjoyed in 2014 and the last will cover nail polish, because if you know me, you’ll know how much I love painting my nails so it deserves a separate section. If I have any Instagram pictures for the products, I’ll put a link beside them instead of inserting pictures for each individual product.

Liz Earle Skin Care (x)
This skin care really changed how I treat my skin. I first tried it in March and slowly ran out by the end of May and it was pretty heart breaking. I changed to a new skin care routine in July because I couldn’t really afford to by Liz Earle every month, and the difference was really noticeable. Changing from products that made my skin nice and smooth, even the next morning, to products that I didn’t think were really doing anything for me, was a very odd feeling. Towards the end of August however, Liz Earle had a Today’s Special Value on QVC and I jumped on it because it was such good value and you got so many products for your money. I actually enjoy taking my make-up off at the end of the day, thanks to this range.

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub (x)
I’ve been using Soap and Glory scrubs for the past few years and I love them. They’re not too expensive and they last a good amount of time. I tend to find the breakfast scrub is the scrubbiest of the body scrub range they have, and I’m a scrubby person. I don’t really the gentle scrubs but they’re great for people with very very senstive skin.

Bath and Body Works Hand Gels (x)
My best friend Whitney who lives in Canada, got me hooked on these little hand gels. They’re the best. I have some everywhere. I have one in my coat, one in my bag, one on my desk at work, one in my bedroom and one lying elsewhere in my house. It’s safe to say I’m pretty obsessed. I don’t have a particular favourites, I love each and every one!

Flash by Jimmy Choo
I bought this in last year’s Christmas sales (2013 of course) and it was one of the only perfumes I used all year. It’s almost half down and it’s lasted so well. I’m not very good at describing scents (How many times have you heard a YouTuber say that?) but it’s very strong so I get away with a squirt and I would say it lasts the entire day.

Shoot For The Stars LUSH Bath Ballistic (x) (x)
Maybe this is cheating slightly since I only used this on 27th December but it was my favourite bath ballistic of the year! I don’t have a bath but I soak my feet every weekend, just to have a little pamper night for myself, and I used this and I was blown away with how beautiful it was.

Korres Lip Butter (x)
This lip balm or lip butter had been all over YouTube for months and I didn’t really want to believe that lip balm could be that good. I got this in August and I’m still using the same tube, it lasts for such a long time. It’s more a neutral lip butter so there’s not any colour pay off but I wasn’t looking for that. I do think £8 is a little expensive for a lip balm but for the lasting power and the fact you don’t need to keep reapplying each half an hour, I would now say it’s worth it.

Admittedly, there wasn’t a lot of make-up favourites last year. I’ve never been a huge make-up girl. Sure, I have a few Urban Decay pieces and some Benefit, but I just didn’t get very creative with make-up last year. Maybe this year’s favourites will be different (: