Every year I enjoy looking back at the things I loved and 2019 is no exception. From the products I recommended to as many friends as I could, to the music I kept replaying, to the books that had me fighting sleep to finish, here are some of my favourite things from 2019.
Fully got into skincare this year, and by fully I mean I got introduced to one brand that makes skincare fun and understandable so basically all my needs are met — it’s Go-To.
Go-To Face Hero — My product of the year. This oil is packed with good stuff and really nourishes my skin. I notice a difference and love having it as a permanent part of my nighttime routine. Plus, it smells divine.
Go-To Properly Clean cleanser — This takes my makeup off each night so effectively yet gently, doesn’t strip my skin and leaves it feeling better than before I even put makeup on.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid Tinted Sunscreen SPF50+ — THE BEST sunscreen for your cute face. I copy and pasted the entire name here so you know exactly which one to get. Buy it and thank me later.
Lanolips 101 Lip balm — The most hydrating and long-lasting lip balm I’ve ever tried. The new stick version is good but crumbles when it gets to a certain point, whereas the original tube is just *chefs kiss* absolute perfection.
Pulled away from beauty this year and evaluated each purchase more than usual before buying. Anything I bought I really enjoyed, but these are the items that stood out amongst the rest.
MCoBeauty Tubular Mascara — Long, dark yet natural looking lashes that don’t smudge and can be purchased at Woolies? Bless. Best mascara on the market.
Marc Jacobs Tan-tastic! Bronzer — The most luxurious (and expensive, rip) makeup item I’ve ever purchased, but well worth it. It’s huge, smells like a holiday (so, coconuts) and is a great shade for fair skin.
Colourpop Pressed Glitters — I love these pressed glitters so much that I tried to justify wearing one of them to brunch down the road. They’re the easiest (and cleanest) way to wear glitter and every time I wear them I get compliments followed by questions on what/where/how much. I don’t think they’re biodegradable which hurts my heart. I own 6 but probably won’t purchase more. Hit me up if you know a more sustainable alternative!
Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin — I don’t think I’ve ever worn a foundation that matches my skin tone this accurately (for pale girl reference, I’m the lightest shade). It has great coverage, feels super light and is very glowy. Is it too glowy? Sometimes, but I’ve felt so dusty and powdery for so long with other foundations that I don’t mind the glow. I just repurchased it today so I’m all set for the start of 2020.
Gucci Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag — God, the purchase of the decade, hence giving it its own section here. I bought it as a uni graduation gift to myself so it’s super sentimental, and every time I see it, let alone use it, it just makes me happy.
It’s been a nice reminder of hard work, but also of letting yourself invest in something you really want? I don’t know how to describe it, but yeah you can treat yourself with sheet masks and bubble baths, but committing to something like this and telling yourself, ‘yes, you’re doing a good job, you deserve it’, has been nice.
Race Chaser — I could just end the entire post right here. It’s Alaska and Willam recapping every single episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and it’s my favourite thing to ever exist. I love their friendship and how much they enjoy recording every episode, plus their dedication to make it work when they’re on different sides of the world.
The High Low — The O.G. pop-culture and current affairs podcast. I love everything about this podcast. Dolly and Pandora are so insightful, they’re funny, they have amazing recommendations every week and their British accents are so soothing. I’ve listened to a bunch of other podcasts of this same genre and I always return back to these two.
I think I’ll review all 20 books I’ve read this year in some sort of mammoth rapid-fire post no one asked for, but for now here are my top picks.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara — Can confidently say this is the best book I’ve ever read and will ever read. It’s been about 6 months since I read it and I still think about the characters all the time. I didn’t cry during its 720 pages, but ever since finishing it I now come close to crying during so many other books and movies. It sounds wanky but it’s like it shifted how I process things. Zoe Foster Blake labels it the book she hates to recommend and that’s pretty spot on. It’s traumatic, it’s not a poolside read, and it’ll have a lasting impact. But I’m already planning on rereading it in 2020. I reviewed it a bit more here.
Expectation by Anna Hope — Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, so much so that it quickly became one of my favourite reads of the year. It follows three women and jumps between their friendship during their twenties and their thirties. A review on the back says it’s like Normal People but about female friendships and I think that’s accurate. I’m sad I borrowed it from the library because now I have to give it back, but I hope the next person enjoys it as much as I did.
Honourable mentions: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Know My Name by Chanel Miller (I’m half way through, but it’s phenomenal.)
Films — Vice (incredible), Frozen 2 (sensational) , Toy Story 4 (I cried? This was 48 hours after A Little Life), Joker (amazing), Bohemian Rhapsody (v good).
Television — Big Little Lies Season 2 (duh), When They See Us (a must), Stranger Things Season 3 (!!!), Chernobyl (incredible).
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves: Alright, I know this came out in 2018. But I discovered it in about March of this year and listened to it every single day since. It was 100% the soundtrack to my 2019.
Norman F*****g Rockwell — Lana Del Rey: She came, she delivered, and I thank God for this album. I haven’t enjoyed an album from Lana this much since Born To Die, and Born To Die blew my middle school mind, so it stacks up.
Cuz I Love You — Lizzo: I don’t have the Spotify Wrapped to prove it (Apple Music gal lol) but hand on heart I believe Juice is my most played song of the year. I play it in the morning, at night and eight times before I went for my driving exam (and passed). This entire album is exquisite, but we all knew that.
What were some of your favourite things from 2019?
— Jessica xo