My 2018 best nine on Instagram
Oops, hello there 2019. I really did not intend to disappear throughout the whole of December, but my motivation to blog dropped and I felt it was best to not put any pressure on myself to produce content if I wasn’t feeling 100% about blogging. That doesn’t mean I didn’t miss it, and it’s great to be back.
Last year I started off January with a list of resolutions – this year, in all honesty, I’m not in the mood to do the same. And no, I’m not doing it because this seems to be the general consensus (Read: thing to say) in the world of social media (If only I had a dime for every time I’ve read “I’m so over making new year resolutions” over the past week) – I just want to stay focused, ambitious and take each day as it comes without having to kick myself at the end of the year for not having achieved a million things. So, 2019, let’s see what you have in store for me…
Anyway, the first post of the year is a mashup of 2018 favourites in fashion, beauty and film. A bit random, I know, but I didn’t really want to do a whole post of fashion favourites in 2018, didn’t have enough beauty content to write about, and really, really wanted to talk about films. The solution? Why, all three of them in one post of course – here we go!
My favourite 2018 outfits & Instagram looks
If there’s one thing I know about 2019 it’s that I’ll probably continue to wear a ton of colour – it makes me happy and feels like it’s a part of me now. And, despite feeling like 2018 was not my best year of style (I think I prefer 2017?!) and it was more about specific items that I bought, I’m happy to see that bright colours, red, pink, rainbow stripes and fun, pretty prints were a huge part of it.
Where I shopped the most: ASOS, Topshop, Nasty Gal, smaller accessory labels.
My favourite 2018 beauty products
My taste in beauty did not differ greatly from the previous year, and as I explained in this post I didn’t actually buy that many new products in 2018. That post pretty much sums up my 2018 in terms of beauty, but as my greatest passion of all is lipstick I’ll mention two lipsticks I adored using this year and reiterate the foundation that dominated my face for the later part of 2018:
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored (available here). This was my first ever Fenty Beauty product (I now have two, refer to this post to see the other one)! If I remember correctly, my friend gave it to me as a birthday or Christmas present at the end of 2017 – and I used it consistently throughout 2018. I can’t help but reiterate its name and call it a stunning lipstick – the shade of red is divine.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Rose Redux, 84, (available here). If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that last month I went to Italy for almost a week (Posts to come soon). Well, I naturally had to go to Sephora. I unsurprisingly ended up treating myself to a new lipstick – I love the shop’s own Lip Stains and got myself this lovely shade of rose pink. I know, LOL for calling it a 2018 favourite when buying it in the last month of the year, but I can honestly say that it instantly became one of my go-to lipsticks.
IT Cosmetics® Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ (available here). A foundation that, despite its imperfections, I came to love in 2018 and will probably repurchase in 2019.
The beauty things I couldn’t go without in 2018: Great lipsticks, highlight, face masks.
My favourite 2018 films
I’m one of those unwillingly pretentious people who complain every year about how cinema has gone to hell – but then always find a few gems here and there. Here are seven films I watched and enjoyed in 2018.
A Quiet Place. This science-fiction film was a masterful combination of drama, horror and suspense – I can’t recommend it enough!
Bad Times at El Royale. Part comedy, part mystery, part thriller, this film reminded me of some of Quentin Tarantino’s early work. It’s wildly amusing and quirky.
Leave No Trace. My absolute favourite out of the bunch, this unpretentious and truly moving drama tells the story of a father and daughter who live somewhat of a nomadic lifestyle. I don’t want to give much away as I went in not knowing anything about it and loved it so much.
Searching. One of the most cleverly filmed stories of the year, this gripping drama/thriller follows a father’s desperate search for his missing daughter and inevitably makes the viewer question society’s obsession with – and presence on – social networks.
Unsane. This relatively low-budget thriller/suspense/horror about a young woman who gets put in a mental home against her own will is not for the faint-hearted, but as a moderate fan of these kinds of genres I loved it.
Red Sparrow. This Russian spy themed story was darkly fun, sexy and quite captivating. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did! And I don’t know what Russians would have to stay, but I actually found Jennifer Lawrence very convincing as a beautiful Russian ballerina turned secret spy!
BlackkKlansman. It’s not often you see a film that’s got a good dose of action, is ridiculously funny, smart, poignant and somehow based on a true story. Highly entertaining, what builds up to somewhat of a happy ending all of a sudden smacks you in the face and leaves you feeling truly shaken. The ending stays with you, and I really admire the director for making such an unapologetic socio-political statement.
Honorable mentions: Sorry to Bother You, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man.
And what about TV shows? Nowadays TV takes away all the attention from movies, but in all honesty I wasn’t blown away by TV & web series this year. Of course though, there are a few I liked and would recommend:
- Killing Eve
- Sharp Objects
And that’s all, folks! These are three (well, four) of my main passions and, as I suspect I’ve got a cliche case of January Blues, I’ve enjoyed having a little look back at 2018. Now, it’s time to start making new favourites – happy 2019 y’all!