Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Blog Highlights 2016

I created a month-by-month list of highlights last year (link). Here are my 2016 highlights:


Discovering and loving MOA's Fortifying Green Bath Potion (I now always have a bottle of this in my stash). It's the perfect pick me up when you are feeling run down or have the flu. See my review HERE.


I became a member of the Craft Gin Club and managed to get the very last February box which contained a very special Valentine edition Edinburgh Gin (review). Remember you can use code BEAUTYBALM to get a tenner off your first box.


Mark Wright author of the brilliant JT Ellington trilogy* had sent me a proof copy of his book - I also got a mention in the acknowledgements which made my day! See my review HERE.


For my birthday I got the coveted bottle of Jo Loves Pomelo. So happy! (review).

We had a wonderful trip to the Isle of Eriska Hotel for our anniversary in April. See my review HERE. I'd love to go back!


In May, we bought this beautiful piece of artwork created by Lynn Howarth using pastels and bought at The Velvet Easel. I simply love it.


I bought my The Manchester Bee Company mug which I just adore! See my review HERE. It's absolute perfection.

I totally fell for Supernatural Beauty's Redemption Face Oil (review) and full size is on the ever expanding wishlist.

Joanne, at Portobello Book Blog organised an "Edinburgh Authors & Bloggers meet-up" at Brown's in George Street. We all had such an amazing time and it was so much fun (it's now grown into a lovely regular thing). See Joanne's post about the afternoon HERE.


Trying new to me brand Bloomtown Botanicals*. The range is exquisite and very reasonably priced. See my initial thoughts HERE.


August saw us have an extravagant foodie trip of England! See my post HERE. We also had the real pleasure of meeting Elijah Choo of Bodhi & Birch and Andy (who writes Pampered Prince) and is also a top facialist (link)

Another highlight was picking up a bottle of #damnrebelbitches a perfume collaboration between Sara Sheridan and Sarah McCartney from 4160Tuesdays. It's absolutely exquisite. See more details HERE. I also was delighted to meet Sara at a recent bloggers and authors meet up.

A third highlight was buying a bottle of Miller Harris's Vetiver Insolent EdP which I absolutely adore. I'll always have a bottle of this in my stash.


Beautiful sunflowers at the Allotment made me happy in September.


In October, I totally fell for ooh! oils of heaven** which are available at Love Lula. You can see my Spotlight on them HERE.

I also loved Bodhi & Birch's new Sicilian Rose Body Oil* which is exquisite. See my review HERE.

Going to the fabulous Portobello Book Festival, listening to a few authors and getting some books signed. Day was made!


I received a proof copy of Cesca Major's latest launch The Last Night* which I loved. See my review HERE.

My Pickering's Gin baubles. Perfection.

Here's a sneak peak of them on the tree!


The Nature of Beauty book - Imelda Burke's long awaited book which if you pre-ordered it via Content Beauty it came with a lovely sample pack. See my initial thoughts HERE.

What are your highlights this year?

**received as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program


  1. Loved seeing your yearly highlights, it looks like you had so much fun! I am doing a Yearly Overview on my blog too, but this idea to break it down month by month, sounds great. Looking forward to reading your 2017 highlights xo

    1. Thank you! Will look forward to reading your overview. xx