2019 Top 3 Favourites

It’s the first day of 2020 and I am spending it in the laziest way possible… Sat on my cuddle chair, in my pyjamas and wrapped in a blanket. I don’t think I can get any cosier to be perfectly honest with you. 😛

I decided to do an overall top favourites post for 2019, as December doesn’t have anything special on it that my January 2020 favourites won’t miss out on in a months time. I didn’t so a December 2018 favourites last year and no one missed it to be fair.

I really love writing my favourites post, I can reflect over the month on things I loved and I enjoy writing about them too and sharing with you all. However, 2019 wasn’t a good year for reading for me. I seem to have been too busy seeing friends or chilling on games, my phone or watching something on the TV… Which is a shame. 2020 is the year I will be trying to read a hell of a lot more! I do miss reading my favourite manga series as soon as the books come out in the UK, but at least 2020 means I will have more to read now… See, past Nat was doing future Nat a massive favour! 😛

Anyhoo, no more nattering, it’s time to show off my op 3 from 2019, as well as runner ups. 🙂 I really hope you enjoy the first post of 2020!

Beauty Top 3

1. The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel.

2. Laneige Two Tone Matte Lip Bar in Red Velvet (review here).

3. Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser with Shea & Cocoa Butter.

Runner Up – Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss in Cherry Bomb.

TV Shows Top 3

1. Inside No. 9.

2. Mr. Pickles.

3. Fruits Basket.

Runner Up – Stranger Things Season 3.

Movies Top 3

1. Detective Pikachu.

2. Spider-Man: Far From Home.

3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Runner Up – Avengers: End Game.

Books Top 3

1. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow.

3. Persona 4.

Music Top 3

1. PVRIS – “Fire” (this is the single that got me into the band this year – who I now LOVE TO BITS!).

2. Litany – “Bedroom”.

3. Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”.

Runner Up – Grimes – “We Appreciate Power”.

Games Top 3

1. Yoshi’s Crafted World.

2. Untitled Goose Game.

3. Borderlands 3.

Runner up – Pokemon Sword & Shield.

So that’s all of the my favourite items of 2019! I honestly can’t believe it’s 2020 now! I’ve spent most of the day relaxing, writing and talking to my mom on FaceTime. Can it really get any better than that? 😛

What were your favourite items from 2019? I’d love to hear!

Until next time all, Happy New Year! ^_^

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LANEIGE Two Tone Matte Lip Bar in Red Velvet – Review

This is officially the first review of 2019 on my blog! It’s been a long time coming and I do apologise for that. To be fair this review is a day behind and that’s purely due to how busy I’ve been with life. I could keep apologising for this, but I’m human.

I am so excited to be writing this review today as I’ve really fallen in love with the product I’ll be talking about and in all honesty, I want to talk more about Korean beauty on my blog this year.

As you’ll have seen from the title of this post, I’ll be reviewing a lip product today, a lipstick in fact. This is a product I’ve owned for almost a month now and I can’t rate it highly enough! As always I’ll write an honest review and give as much information about the product as possible.

Grab yourself a cuppa and sit back as I review one of the amazing lip bars from LANEIGE.

From what I can tell LANEIGE seems to be quite a high brand in Korea and due to that the prices of their products seem to be a little bit more than other Korean brands such as Etude House, Tony Moly and more. Whether this is true or not, I’m unsure.

Although you can buy the two tone matte lip bars on Yes Style I picked mine up on eBay as I found someone was selling the shade I wanted cheaper. I paid £16.99 for mine, but at the moment Yes Style are selling these for £17.41, link here if you wish to check them out!

There are 10 shades to choose from,

The two tone lip bars are; Burgundy Mood, Red Cashmere, Powershoulder Pink, Fitting Rose, Sunshine Coral, Apricot Candy, Rose Layering, Raspberry Latte, Soft Knit and Red Velvet which is the shade I picked up.

Red Velvet is literally a red velvet dark red as the main colour, which a lighter red alongside it.

The product itself claims to give you an ombré look on your lips with a matte finish, but at the same leaving them feeling soft and moisturised.

The packaging for the product itself isn’t anything special and is pretty basic, which I like! Don’t get me wrong, I love packaging that stands out and gets heads turning but at the same time I’m not all that arsed if it’s “boring”.

To get the lipstick up and out of the tube you just pull the slider down on the side and you can bring as little or as much of the product up as you need. Personally I just bring it up enough so I can use some of the product on my lips.

As both the name of the product explains, as well as the pictures the lipstick is two toned. This is so you can create the ombré look on your lips.

Now the way you apply the two toned lipstick isn’t as straight forward as you might think, this being said it isn’t super complicated or anything either!

For the lower lip you want the darker colour at the top and the lighter colour at the bottom.

For the top lip you want to turn the lipstick around and instead have the lighter colour at the top and the darker colour at the bottom.

The reason it needs to be this way is so you get the darker colour inside of the lips and the lighter colour on the outside, hence giving it the blurred out and ombré effect on the lips. I’ve popped photos above of how the lipstick needs to look as you’re holding it to apply to both lower and top lips.

Then when you’re happy with the result you’re ready for the day and can go!

As I always do, I show off my mug wearing the lipstick. 😛

The lipstick itself is pretty opaque and a little bit goes a long way! I feel like I only need to apply one coat of this to the lips and I’m done for most of the day! The only time it wears away is if I drink loads, eat something or apply Vaseline over the top for some moisture. I’m sure if I applied a red tinted lip balm it would work better with the lipstick. I worried due to the matte look of these that they would be incredibly drying, but they’re so comfortable and even when I was really poorly last week I knew I could wear this and not worry about my lips drying out. Even with dry lips this worked!

I always apply some Vaseline on first and as I’m finishing getting ready I’ll let it do it’s work, rub the Vaseline in a little so it’s not too greasy and sticky and then apply the lipstick over. It means I still get some extra added moisture underneath the lipstick.

I found the lasting power of this lipstick was pretty amazing in all fairness and I don’t really feel like I need to reapply it and even when I do it feels so quick and easy to! It doesn’t feel like a chore.

So overall, what do I think about the LANEIGE two tone matte lip bar? I bloody love it!

I’ve been eyeing up the two tone tint lip bars and they were the first ones I wanted out of the two. When I saw these however I knew I had to pick one up. I love wearing blotted ombré lips to be honest with you so this is perfect for me. It doesn’t have the staying power of a liquid lipstick which I love! I had a massive thing for those for some time and now I can’t stand them.

Lip products like this are right up my street and if you love the look of the blotted and ombré lips too, then I HIGHLY recommend you pick one of these up!

What do you think of the LANEIGE two tone lip bar? Would you pick one up to try or give it a miss? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.

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