Monday, January 23, 2017

"A few of my favourite things"...from 2016

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...
These are a few of my favourite things..."

I can't get that song out of my head now... "Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes"
ANYWAY, so I am a tad late with this post but I have been super busy and let me just say that there are lots of exciting things in the pipeline (watch this space) ... but, finally here is my post all about my beauty hits (and a few misses) from 2016.

I picked my top nine beauty products from last year, I couldn't show you all of my favourites or we would be here all day!
I have also included products (at the end of the post) that just didn't rock my boat; they may work for you but personally, they weren't for me.

So, here we have, in no particular order, some of my beauty must-haves from last year 
Read on to find out more about each favourite . .


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Custom Illustration

I have seen various custom illustrations across social media channels lately and it was something I thought was an awesome idea

I then came across a very talented girl called Linda Kelly; if you haven’t seen her other work, you need to check her Facebook and Instagram pages out now >>> @lindakellyillustrations

I mean, just look!! My very own custom illustration!
When I first seen it, I was amazed at the detail and every time I look at it I notice something else.
The illustration was done using my blog profile photo, which is obviously one of our wedding photos. Look at the details of the back of my dress, flowers and everything. It’s incredible! Linda added in some makeup products and of course, our two little kittens, Penny and Ivy feature! Their markings are spot on by the way, and can we take a moment to appreciate their pink bow ties... CUTENESS!!


If this is something you want for yourself or as a gift, I highly recommend getting in touch with Linda ~ Linda Kelly Illustrations.


Thanks for reading
Danielle x
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MY TOP 5 MOST-READ POSTS IN 2016



Happy New Year guys!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Have you made any New Year resolutions? I haven't made any 'resolutions' as such, but I have set myself several goals for 2017.
I won't get into them just yet but like the quote says...



So I thought I'd kick off my 2017 blogposts with one illustrating my most popular blogposts from 2016. I shared these in a countdown series over on my Facebook page (@stardustbelleblog) but just in case you missed it, I decided to do a cumulative post here. 
I found it so interesting to see what guys enjoyed the most, and it makes me very excited for creating more and varied content for startdustbelle.com this year!
So counting down from 5 to the most-read post from last year:


5. Cocoa Brown Kind Collection



My review from June of the newly launched Cocoa Brown Kind Collection comes in at 5th place. Soon after these travel-size products were launched, Marissa launched the 200ml tubes (and I was lucky enough to be at a wonderful event in Primark HQ for this launch). I still use this shampoo and conditioner, I love it. 


4. Flormar Flower Tales Collection



My review from July of the gorgeous new products from Flormar is next up at number 4. The new collection, which included the Smooth Touch foundation and Creamy Blush Stick, added to my love of this incredible (and affordable) cosmetic brand. I am always raving about Flormar on my social media channels! Honestly, I haven't used the blush stick in a long time however, I still love the foundation. Reading this earlier posts of mine makes me very happy to see how my blog photos have evolved!
Check out my review here and to see if this foundation would be right for you>>> http://www.stardustbelle.com/2016/07/flormar-flower-tales-collection_10.html


3. Cocoa Brown Rose Gold Goddess Oil Limited Edition



Here we have another Cocoa Brown product review featured in my most-read blogposts. I feel like this is only right as I am a huge Cocoa Brown advocate and I have been since Marissa Carter created this ever-growing brand.
When I received my very own personalised bottle of the highly-sought after *Rose Gold* Goddess Oil.. yes, personalised.. I was ecstatic to say the least! 
Another absolute beauty has been added to the Goddess collection since, Ice Goddess, which I will have a review posted soon.


2. Christmas Gift Guide: For Her


Credit: Hannah Maggs from hannahmaggs.com

My first gift guide was so well received by you, I was delighted so thank you all. It is a blogpost that will apply throughout the year when you need inspiration for a birthday, an anniversary or just a Tuesday! It features some amazing gifts, ranging from skincare to stationery to spa days.


1. Powder 'n' Pout Makeup Brushes



And at number 1, well it could only be my review from July of the amazing Powder 'n' Pout makeup brushes. Again, I have been a big advocate for Aisling's brushes since the early days. It is incredible to have been part of Aisling's journey for various events in the latter half of 2016. 
The Powder 'n' Pout brushes are made in Europe and are made with the highest-grade hair available for makeup brushes. The brushes are so affordable and no other range comes close in my opinion!
Check out my review here to read my thoughts on some of the best-selling brushes from the range, their uses (all multi-use, win!) and where to get them >>> http://www.stardustbelle.com/2016/07/powder-n-pout-makeup-brushes.html


There you have my top 5 most popular posts from 2016! I look forward to reading back on this post this time next year and I'm excited to see what my top 5 for 2017 will turn out to be... 

I posted a message of thanks on my Facebook but I want to take this opportunity now to thank you all  here for your amazing support, encouragement, kindness and positivity throughout 2016. I set this blog up in December 2010 (six years ago, imagine) and after some motivation and inspiration, I wnated to go for it but it took alot for me to make this public! But how happy am I that I did. I have been so lucky to meet and get to know some incredible people along the way ~ you all know who you are. I have had some real 'pinch-me' moments in the last six months, and that is all thanks to you!
With lots of plans and lots of content ideas for stardustbelle.com I am so excited for what is to come and 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year!



In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Snapchat/Instagram/Twitter: @stardust_belle and Facebook: @stardustbelleblog

Thank you so much for reading
Danielle
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