Korean Beauty Haul: Holika Holika, Etude House, Clio

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I’m slowly climbing out of the mountain of boxes and bags containing beauty products from post-holiday clearance hauls. So begins Hauluary 2017. 😄
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First up, my Korean beauty hauls from 2 places: Holika Holika and Ibbi Beauty.

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Some of Stashy’s Favourite Things GIVEAWAY!

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I suppose it’s become a tradition now – to coincide with my blogiversary, I like to host a giveaway! 😀  This will be different than last years’ giveaway but it will likely be the best giveaway I’ll host all year! 😄
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This is a selection of some of my favourite things from 2016! (which I just posted about last week)

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Best of 2016 Discoveries

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And here it is – as you can imagine, trying to narrow down the best items was difficult! These items are new to me but may not be new launches in 2016.  Also, these items may not necessarily be my absolute “Holy Grail” of all time – they’re simply the best from the past year (I probably should do a “Holy Grail of All Time” post one of these days…)  Here’s what made it into my Best of 2016 Discoveries list:
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A departure from previous years, instead of doing Top 10 or “Top xx of 20xx” (ie. Top 16 of 2016), I’ll list top items within categories: makeup, skincare, nails, body care etc.  This post is long but rather than breaking into several posts, I decided to do it all in one – I just hate it when they break movies into 2 parts – I don’t want to do that to you! 😛

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My Two Year Blogiversary!

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My blog turns TWO today!
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I really hope it doesn’t go through a phase of terrible twos… 😉

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Trash Stash 2016 Summary

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I started this tradition last year and I’ll continue as long as I keep up with my empties.  This is what 12 months’ worth of empties looks like:
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😮  And since I have last year’s Trash Stash stats, I can also do some year over year comparisons!

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Trash Stash: December 2016

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Final Trash Stash for 2016!
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Fairly routine empties except for one item: I finished a perfume! 😮

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New 2017 Focus: No-Buy-Low-Buy Hybrid

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So, it’s resolution time! I toyed with the idea of doing a summary of my year long Low-Buy for 2016 but if you’ve followed along on the journey, it can be summarized as this: well-intentioned. 😉
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I did start out well early in the year but I got myself in the red badly by mid-year, which then meant that I had to go on a self-imposed No-Buy for a couple of months to get myself out of the hole.  But it was down hill once again by late Autumn. I’m not even going to insult you by posting a December Low-Buy post – I ended the whole year in the red in a bad way! 😳  If you’re curious about my journey, have a read through my Low-Buy Accountability posts.  Remember when I achieved my No-Buy in 2015, I rewarded myself?  Well, I didn’t achieve my Low-Buy target so no rewards to myself! 😥

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Happy New Year! Bring on 2017!

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Personally for me, 2016 was a good year! We were healthy, and we took some fantastic vacations. But the world at large… yikes. I sincerely hope that 2017 will prove to be more stable and the everyday lives for more people will improve!  Happy New Year, everyone!

Favourites Lately: End 2016

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This is not my “best of” list for 2016 yet – it’s simply my final quarterly favourites for the year. I’ll be posting my full favourites list for 2016 in January!  Here’s what I’ve been enjoying from October to December:
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Remember that for 2 of the past 3 months, I was essentially in makeup jail doing Project Pan! 😉

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What I Got for Christmas 2016

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I hope you all had a good Christmas! It’s great that Christmas day fell on Sunday – we have Boxing Day off (yesterday) and we get an extra day off since Christmas day was on the weekend. So we don’t have to go back to work until Wednesday. 🙂 It’s the tradition now to talk about what everyone got for Christmas so here it is – I’m posting stock photos because who has time to take proper photos during the holidays?

Sony ear buds
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My other ones broke right after our cruise so I specifically asked for this.

Nature Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes
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I also asked for this – can’t wait to colour these!

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