It’s officially 2014!
Every year, I like to start off the year by reflecting on the past year. 2013 flashed by quickly and I wanted to take a moment to look back on my favorite things, people, and moments of 2013.
favorite song – ‘Stay’ by Savina and Drones
My friend Iris introduced me to this song when we went on a snowboarding trip this past winter. Now, every time I hear this song, I feel nostalgic and think of all the fun times we had. The song is beautiful as well and I listen to it all the time.
I just realized that I missed the extra ‘A’ in Nastya’s surname. I still love her nonetheless. Her look reminds me of an ice-queen and she never fails to look immaculate in all her runways and photos.
Simone Nobili has the face of an angel and the body of a god – why wouldn’t you love him?
favorite blog – Refinery 29
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs this past year and Refinery 29 never fails to post interesting and funny articles about everything from health to fashion to beauty.
artist – Meghan Howland
I mentioned artist Meghan Howland in this post and since then, I haven’t been able to take my eyes off of her amazing paintings. They are the definition of perfection.
photographer – Chris Heads
My favorite photographer from last year continued to inspire me this year. So far I’ve written two posts (here and here) about him and a third one may be coming soon. His works are definitely not for everyone, but I think they’re fun.
Never Let Me Go (2010) is a beautifully directed British dystopian film based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go. This movie follows the lives of three children (then young adults) that exist solely to be organ donors for transplants. A depressing film that lingers for months and months, this movie not only made me question humanity but also reminded me to not take things for granted and appreciate the friendship and love that surrounds me.
Monsters University (2013) and The Bling Ring (2013) were both fun films as well. They weren’t really thought-provoking but gave me and good laugh. Monsters University (2013) was adorable and The Bling Ring (2013), although definitely not Sofia Coppola’s best film, was still interesting.
I absolutely loved Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 and watched all three seasons in two days. It was hilarious and I’m sad to see that it’s completed.
Trophy Wife is another tv show that, like Modern Family (another one of my favorite shows), is based around an unconventional family. It’s a heartwarming show that everyone should watch.
I love fresh and floral fragrances and I’ve been loving these two perfumes all throughout this year.
Before this year, I never painted my nails on a daily basis and instead went to the nail salon to get them shaped every once in a while. But these past couple of months, I’ve been addicted to buying different polishes and painting my nails. My two favorite polishes this year were Marc Jacobs’ Gatsby, which is a beautiful pink champagne foil, and Essie’s After School Boy Blazer, a chic navy blue. I’ve mentioned both in a previous post about my favorite polishes for the winter and have been wearing them all the time.
handcream – Lollia Classic Petal Handcream
It smells and feels beautiful on the hands. I hate handcreams that leave a film on the hands and this one is super moisturizing without leaving that tacky feeling behind.
blush – Nars Deep Throat
A cult classic, Deep Throat is a perfect peach-coral for everyday use. It brightens and gives life to skin without being overly glittery. It has much more subdued shimmer than Orgasm but still gives the same lifting effect. You can see swatches of both Deep Throat and Orgasm in this post where I feature the Nars One Night Stand blush palette.
foundation primer and foundation – Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Mattifying Foundation
I’ve mentioned the Mineral Veil Primer in a post before and since then, I’ve bought a travel-size as well so I can travel with it. I absolutely adore the primer and decided to give the foundation a test as well. I got a sample of it from Sephora and, obviously, fell in love. I have quite oily skin and it really helps keep the oils at bay without looking dry or cakey. I love that this doesn’t give an overly-matte finish but rather looks like real skin. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry skin, but if you have combination or oily skin, you should definitely go get yourself a sample of this. It has medium to full coverage and builds without looking thick or feeling heavy. Since it dries quite matte, it isn’t necessary to powder (although i still do like to powder my T-zone and under my eyes) and lasts throughout the day without budging in the slightest.
Here’s to a wonderful new year! Happy 2014