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The Best of L&L for 2014

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There are only 9 days left of 2014 and of course it’s a time for everyone to start looking back and reflecting on the year. What did 2014 bring? Did I accomplish my goals? Well, for me here at Lipstick and L’Attitude the reflecting moments have been frequent occurrences. A year ago I made myself some blogging goals and not only did I reach them, I doubled what I had expected. I’ve had such a successful year compared to what I expected and what I had hoped for after only a year and a half of blogging. And 2015 is already looking great with some cool collaborations to come (shh….more details later).

So while reflecting back on 2014 I took a look into the stats for my top 5 posts to get an idea of what you guys like and to help me plan a little bit for the coming year. And you guys didn’t make it easy! Each of the 5 most popular posts were completely different topics, categories and products. So I guess that means continue with a little bit of everything? This is what you guys liked this year:

Coming in at number 5 was the ‘Last Minute Gift Ideas for Valentines Day’ which, can you guess, I posted on February 13th. A surprising amount of you procrastinators checked this one out and it achieved a great number of google searches. Lots of procrastinators out there. This was the first post to shake me into “hey! I can do this” blogging mentality! That followed a very close number 4 with my review of the Nyx Wonder Pencil. I’ll have to admit it’s not my best photography on this one and I was quite surprised at the post’s popularity. I still hold true to my love of this wonder product.

Now not so close at number 3, gaining a considerable amount more attention, was my little blurb about my adorable Zara Mini Messenger Bag, which I think stays true to the ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ saying. Great picture, very few words, many hits. It IS a great bag. Even further up there in the stats, at number 2 was one of my favourite posts of the year to write: the Style Guide: Get the Look from ‘Begin Again’. More than double the amount of views of the 3rd top hit. This wow’ed me! I was a little blown away and awed! I certainly can’t wait to write more of these ‘Get the Look’ posts! So much fun.

And my number 1 post of 2014…..drumroll…..was my review of India Hair-Yurvedics from I.C.O.N. A certainly surprising winner as it is probably my most negative review of all time. Products I did not quite enjoy in any way. Interesting. All in all, I was blown away by your views this year and each and every day is seeing more and more. I’m truly thankful to each and every follower and loyal reader, and even to those of you who stop by just once and awhile. You’ve given me hope for a positive internet world and you have stoked the fire of a passion and a hobby (lord knows I needed one). So thank you guys!! Keep reading and stay posted for some exciting stuff in 2015!!!!

Which was your favourite of my recent posts?

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Welcome to 2014

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I’m not one to stick to New Year Resolutions – but once again I’m giving this a try. I find that each and every year I set unrealistic goals for myself…things that don’t last longer than a month. So maybe it’s time to be a little more vague. 2014 is the year for general, achievable, and smart goals – and hopefully you guys can help me along the way!

So what’s the plan for 2014?

– Stress less

– Complain less

– Smile more

– Weigh less

– Be more active

– Spend less.

– Spend more time with my blog (blog better)

 

Not specific, pretty simple. I can do this! And seeing as this is my first NYResolution post, and the first year of my blog, I’m super excited to revisit these resolutions a year from now and see where the year of 2014 has taken me!

So what do you guys wish to achieve in 2014? Does anyone have any suggestions/tips/tricks on how to stick to my yearly goals?! 

So Happy New Year loves!! Hope that you had an amazing night and that the morning is being gentle to you!

 

The Best of 2013

2013 – another year once again coming to an end. Every single blogger you read or watch will tell you that it’s been a big year – but of course it is. A lot can happen in 365 days. But seriously, 2013 was a big one for me. Graduating University, starting a new job, moving out of home, etc. But rather than going through my year step by step and boring the heck outta ya, I thought I’d just wrap up the year with a small list of my favourite products this year, and end it with some pictures of the year.

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I’ve talked about each of these products in detail already in reviews and monthly Top 5 posts. Sometimes more than once. It was hard for me to look in my drawers and pick out the ones that I’ve been loving all year.

– Covergirl Caramel Flame Eyeshadow Pencil

– Maybelline Bad to the Bronze Colour Tattoo

– Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

– RealTechniques Blush Brush

– No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base

– Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

– Covergirl LashBlast Clump Crusher

– EOS Mint Lipbalm

– The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter

– NARS Orgasm Blush

– Revlon Matte Lipbalm Sultry Sulfuruese

– L’Oreal Magic Illuminator

– RealTechniques Buffer Brush

So there you have it! Which have been your favourite this year?

Here are some of my favourite pics from 2013

ImageMeeting Dan Akroyd at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Awards

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 Walking across the stage at the McMaster University Faculty of Humanities 2013 Convocation

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Starting a new job and meeting all my co-workers at an 80’s themed camp retreat

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 Finally seeing Laura Marling live!

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 Working in High River and Calgary, cleaning up after the July 2013 Floods

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 Starting my Blog! (Originally called “The Beauty Budgeter”)

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 Corey teaching me how to fish!

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My Irish adventures