Monday 30 December 2013

What 2013 has taught me...

Hi it's Kate here. In 2012 I wasn't really into beauty and make up to me was sort of a chore. I didn't take care for myself as much as I have this year. I think it's because I was in constant pain and making an effort just seemed silly as people wouldn't even notice it and notice my limp even more.

In February I had a Total Hip Replacement which meant 18 weeks off work and a lot of time twiddling my thumbs as I wasn't allowed to leave the house on my own. 

Me in my Hospital Room after Surgery.
In March this year when More's Beauty Hot 100 was disbanded, a few of us decided to create this blog, which you're currently reading, in this little group of girls I have made some lovely friends, who are now a big part of my life who are so considerate and they have encouraged me to write about something I really love which is hair care and from this giving me more of a reason to start making more of an effort with my look. I then started to branch out into skincare and make-up and experimenting with new techniques of how to style your hair. My favourite has been hair chalking using old/broken eyeshadows (which I do have a lot of).

I think my favourite type of product that I've tried on here has been the multitude of mascaras. From Collection to W7 to Soap & Glory. I've loved them all for their different positives and I'm pretty much decided on S&G's Thick & Fast HD as being my favourite in this post.

I also found a new love in a new make-up range. Soap & Glory is now a firm favourite in my make up bag as the quality is lovely! 

I also admitted my novice status when it came to make up application and promised our readers that I would make more of an effort with make up application, which when I went to Vegas I did. 

I then went on a mission because I fancied a little change with my hair and you helped me decide on a look which I loved! I went from Shapeless and Thick to a little bit sassier! 

And to finish the year off I did a daring look on a New Disney Film: Frozen. I showed off my skills and by the comments I received I think I did pretty well.

I've tried so many wonderful things this year and we've been really fortunate to have been able to review some amazing products and have some amazing girls writing on here to do the products justice. Below are just a few of my favourite products, followed by a small End of Year Beauty Blog Tag, which anyone is welcome to use and we would appreciate it if you commented with your link so we can see yours :) 

End of Year Blog Tag

Favourite Product of the Year: Soap and Glory HD*
Favourite Hair Product: Milk_shake Conditioning Whipped Cream
Favourite Surprise Make-Up Item: Soap & Glory Archery Eyebrow Crayon
Beauty Bargain of the Year: Steamcream, it was really luxurious but only £12.95
Best Beauty Tool of the Year: The Wet Brush, never thought anything could get through my tatty head so easily.
Final thoughts on Beauty and Hair for 2014: Can't wait to see what products 2014 will bring to us and we are hopefully planning on some exciting new things for our readers to enjoy and looking forward to networking with new bbloggers. Hopefully pass on some lovely advice we received from established bloggers when we started up. 

Happy New Year and all the Best for 2014

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  1. I love this post!! Well done you! In a similar situation, I had little to no interest in hair care and beauty and now I have a beauty case that is bursting at the seams and I am excited to try out the looks I have read about or thought of!

    You have come a long way and done yourself proud!

  2. Great post! Soap & Glory are one of my favourite products. Have a wonderful new year x

  3. Really great post. I've definitely become more obsessed with hair and beauty this year. I'm also glad you recovered okay from your op.


  4. Great post :) I love the frozen look at the end, looks gorgeous :)

  5. Fab post and great pics!

    Sarah x

  6. Happy new year and wish you lots more blogging success.

  7. Happy New Year, I'm a Soap & Glory fan too! x

  8. I love soap and glory, but im still on the look out for that one mascara!!

  9. happy new year and hope 2014 even better!

  10. What a great year you've had!

  11. Amazing post, thanks for sharing all the info, I have a few things now I will be going to buy and trying out.