Its the first Sunday of the new year and I still can’t quite get my head around our new 2019 status. There’s a 2018 highlights on it’s way, but for now here are the things and experiences I’ve loved throughout December.
- Kate Loves’ pick is Christmas Dreams 5 Piece Brush Set by Too Faced
- Modish Rambling’s pick is Vented Hair Brush by Phillip Kingsley
- Soph Isobel’s pick is Full Fat Lashes Mascara by Charlotte Tilbury
- Beauty Obsessed’s pick is The Saharan Palette by Juvia’s Place
- What Lexie Loves’ pick is Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS
- Marina Writes Life’s pick is Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay
- Being Chloe’s pick is Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced
- Beth Louise’s pick is The New Nude Eye Shadow Palette by Huda Beauty
- Concepts by S’ pick is Moonlit Perle Glow Powder by Chantecaille
- Multibendybeauty’s pick is Amethyst Obsessions Palette by Huda Beauty
- The Beauty Spyglass’ pick is Filmstar Bronze & Glow by Charlotte Tilbury
- Black Tulip’s pick is Origin 42 Colour Eyeshadow Palette by Beauty Bay
- Foundations and Fairytales pick is All Nighter Setting Spray by Urban Decay
- Glow Steady’s pick is Makeup Tote Zoe Bag by ZOEVA
- My own pick is Mini Hollywood Liquid Lipstick Charms (Too Bad I’m Bad & Showgirl) by Charlotte Tilbury
What can I say about New Years Resolutions? Quite frankly, nothing nice. Over the years I’ve made plenty, most of which I don’t remember and many of which I’m certain didn’t progress past the initial notion. I’m a little ashamed to admit that as of yet I’ve definitely not achieved an enviable gym body. Nor have I become fluent (or even close) in any other language. I can, however, pinpoint exactly why past resolutions have been quickly forgotten about. There’s a pressure that I’m sure many of us feel at the beginning of a new year, that this one will be the one; the best year yet. We convince ourselves that of all of the things we want to achieve are attainable and set unrealistic goals as a result. Failure to stick to resolutions also tends to have a lot to do with a little reluctance to actually put the effort in.
I’ve always found so much enjoyment in relating to and being inspired by other blogs. Before my own had even become a concept, I found myself filling my free time with beauty reviews and travel content. With so many amazing blogs and therefore posts, it can be difficult to keep up and make sure you’re not missing out on the best quality content. Here’s a roundup of 10 of my favourite blog posts from 2018, and why they’ll inspire you too.
There’s something really satisfying about the beginning of a new year. Reflecting back on the biggest achievements of the last before making new goals is a common ritual, and amongst other things, it’s had me considering my blog. Looking back at my most popular posts helps me gain a better understanding of what type of content is going down well. So today I thought that I’d share it in the form of a roundup! Not only does this give a chance to catch up on what’s arguably my best content, but it might also give you a better insight on what people are eager to read than just your own stats will provide.
I love that this post is the most popular of 2018. Some of these are really out of the box ways to do your good deeds (if I do say so myself) and although others may illicit a duh response, we could all do with the reminder to actively be more kind.
It’s not surprising that this one is chasing the top spot. Any recommendations which help to simplify blog work are always appreciated. These are all great apps, but I now use UNUM instead of Planoly, which allows more image uploads.
This one features a few Primark dupes and discusses them in comparison to the products they’re copied from. I still stand by the opinions so it’s worth checking out if you’re on the hunt for some great dupes (and an insight into which to avoid).
Soph Hearts saw it’s first birthday this Summer, alongside a re-brand. I didn’t expect this post to do so well as I thought that it was a little personal. It seems to have really helped quite a few readers though, which is great! If you’re interested in what I learnt in my first year as a blogger, this one is for you.
I’ve done plenty of things and spent plenty of money, all in the name of Instagram. This post is a discussion about 2018’s Instagram hypes and whether you should buy into them yourself. As you can imagine, I quite enjoyed ‘conducting research’ for this post.
A faux fur coat has quickly become one of my Winter wardrobe staples. I don’t really know what there is to dislike about a coat that’s as soft and cosy as a blanket. If that doesn’t win you over though, it’s effortless-to-style nature will. At the beginning of the season, I was sure that a teddy coat (as featured in my October favourites) would be my only staple, but boy was I wrong.
Christmas is a time for giving, and what better way is there than by carrying out more acts of kindness. Although this time of year is full of fun and festivities for a large number of us, there are also people who find it a struggle. Here are 10 simple acts of kindness which you can carry out to spread the Christmas spirit.
It can’t be a bad thing that so many beauty brands are offering such a wide range of amazing products. It does however, make life a little more difficult for those on the hunt for the perfect gift for the beauty lover in their life. Just ask my partner, who now requests my own comprehensive wishlist before even considering tackling any beauty halls, or even the local Boots.
Who better to ask for gifting advice from than a whole team of beauty bloggers? I’ve teamed up with some of my favourites to give you an idea about whats at the top of our own Christmas lists, so if you’re looking for beauty gifting inspiration, then look no further!
Gifts for the Beauty Lover
Which of these products will be making your own Christmas wishlist? Let me know in the comments if you have your eye on any other products and we can keep the inspiration going!
If this post wasn’t enough inspiration for you, then check out last years compilation too- most features of which are pretty timeless!
Finding the perfect Christmas tree presents is one thing, but it’s quite another to perfect the stocking fillers too. With a smaller budget and a lot of tat on offer, it’s difficult to compile a stocking full of items that will be loved and actually used. Most of these gifts are around the £10 mark, with a couple of higher price points creeping in, but a few lower ones too. These are all great quality additions at what are arguably really fair prices. With exactly three weeks until the big day, this should give you all the inspiration you need for those last few gifts.
Beauty Stocking Fillers
Liz Earle is famous for their hot cloth cleanser. This Winter gift is the perfect skincare option for any beauty lover: a great sample size for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, or a perfect travel size for anyone that’s already a fan. Plus the packaging is beautiful.
At £12 per varnish, these are by no means a budget option. This guide isn’t about showcasing cheap fillers though, it’s about showing you items that will actually be loved. Butter London are one of the best varnishes on the market and it’s reflected in their sleek packaging.
The perfect gift for any feminine teenager. It’s not quite Jo Malone, but for a stocking filler budget this has a lovely scent and can be casually worn all year around. It’s also a pretty pink which will look lovely in a stocking and on a vanity.
The marketing guys got me on this one. There’s something about body shampoo that screams far more luxury than your average body wash. DM Skincare is a sustainable brand, locally producing natural and vegan products. This is a really energising scent featuring orange and lemon, and is the perfect, practical gift.
In my opinion you can’t go wrong with Soap & Glory. These little sets are a bargain at £4 (and they’re in the Boots 3 for 2): they’ll bulk out any stocking and make a cute and practical addition.
For any beauty lover who likes to travel; a cordless straighter makes life on the go that much easier. These are the perfect size to chuck in a handbag or hand luggage, and they come with a protective pouch and warranty as complimentary. They’re also a great starter straighter- colourful and lightweight.
Homely Touches Stocking Fillers
Thames & Hudson Coffee Table Books | From £10.00
As a past art student and fashion lover, my picks from Thames & Hudson are; The World According to Karl and Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design. Both are beautiful books which are interesting and also easy to flick through. They have something for everyone though, so make sure to have a browse.
Wrendale designs feature heavily in my house over the Winter season. From their festive candles, mugs and diffusers; all have understated and classic Christmas themes and would make perfect homely gifts.
Lily Flame candles are a great gifting option all year around, but their Merry Christmas candle is a firm favourite. This smells a little like Hot Tamales, a sugary cinnamon which is perfect for this time of year.
How much candle inspiration do you need? Although Lily Flame is my go-to for fun yet classic candles, Pick ‘n’ Melt is worth a mention too. Their boxes are customisable: you can choose your box size then pick which scents you’d like included. It’s a different twist on candle gifting and is perfect to sample which scents you prefer and as an introduction to the brand. If you have a few stockings to fill, simply split up the box between all recipients (and maybe keep a couple for yourself too).
Foodie Stocking Fillers
Whittard’s has a huge range of different hot chocolate flavours which make for lovely gifts. I tend to include these in food hampers, but they’d make a great stocking addition too, and are perfect to crack right into on Christmas morning. Why not include some marshmallows and a Christmas mug too?
ScandiKitchen has all you need to create a festive and traditional foodie hamper. With less usual flavours than you’d be able to pick up from a local supermarket, featuring these will really show off your hamper making skills.
Accessories Stocking Fillers
I’ll admit that these are on the more expensive side for a stocking filler. I haven’t written a main gift guide this year though, so wanted to share what is the perfect gift for any tech or music lover. I’ve had my eyes on some Apple AirPods for a while, but at £159.00, it was never going to happen. These may not be Apple, but they are sleek, wireless, and come in at less than half of the price.
Use code ‘SOPHHEARTS’ for 15% off.
Happiness Boutique Half Moon Rose Gold Necklace | £16.85
This is the perfect gift for any rose gold lover and is a great dupe for a Missoma favourite which costs around x8 more (£139).
Use code ‘sophhearts’ for a 10% discount (minimum spend applies , valid until Jan 5th 2019).
* This post contains gifted items which I have been sent to review and give my honest opinion about. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.