Another feature that has been polished up for 2014 is ‘The Week’. It’s not completely reformatted, there’s still a peek at my week through the eyes of Instagram and nods to my beauty-related views, reads and buys of the week, but it’s goodbye to the usual format and hello to a tweaked version featuring my top five picks. So say hello to the first instalment… 

It’s time to bundle together the best of beauty from the past seven days. Edited down to five of the top products, videos, posts, releases and the rest that have had me clicking away:

1. Karima McKimmie’s YouTube Channel. I love finding a new YouTube crush. Karima’s channel was actually recommended to me by a fellow tweeter who reckoned she’d be right up my street and boy was she right. Not only is she gawjus; her makeup aesthetic is au natural (just how I like it) and from just a few weeks of watching her I’ve already picked up new knowledge. This gal truly knows her stuff.

2. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera in White. Not directly related beauty, but I just had to give a nod to this little bundle of instant photo printing joy somewhere on here. I picked this up for myself over the holidays and I’ve almost managed to snap my way through all the four free films in just under two weeks. The quality is good, it’s not too bulky to lug around and it’s bloomin’ fun.

3. CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. It’s crazy to think that this foundation used to top my ‘ridiculously expensive and overrated foundations’ list. Yes, that is a list that really does exist. In recent months though I’ve had to print a retraction because it’s a formula I’ve really grown to love. A light coverage, barely there, undetectable base that dominates the weekend foundation category. Yep, that exists too.

4. Dior’s Trianon Collection for Spring 2014. As detailed by Beautezine. Pretty pastels, pops of pink and a pore-minimiser are coming our way sometime soon courtesy of Dior and I’m excited. The Vernis nail polishes seem to be the most aesthetically pleasing for me and I’m struggling to pick a favourite, favourite from the four offered-up. Perhaps I’ll just stick with the sheer, but pout polishing release of the Addict Lip Glow in 004 Coral.

5. The Aftermath of Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month. There is definitely no more room at the lacquer inn after the annual emptying of the Ciaté calendar. 25 mini bottles of the stuff have descended on my drawers and I have no idea where to fit them all in #BeautyBloggerProblems. I’m not complaining though, this year saw some fab colours hidden behind the cardboard doors; I’m currently donning the mauvey-grey (it’s got ‘Anna’ written all over it) Pillow Fight.

  • Maddy Cane

    I love Karima’s channel too, she is one of the best beauty girls online! (with you right up there too, of course!) xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    ♥

  • Anna Blush

    Going to check out Karima’s channel right away, thanks for sharing x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Christie

    Oh that camera looks awesome, like a modern day Polaroid!
    http://itschristiefriday.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Beautystreetstyle

    The polaroid camera looks amazing! Love your blog post! :)
    http://www.beautystreetstyle.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ellie McHale

    I have that camera, too! I love it. Reminds me of being a kid in the 80′s and early 90′s when everyone had a polaroid and we all loved taking hilarious pics.
    PS. Please check out my blog at http://joyfulellie.wordpress.com Thank you!

  • Chloe walker

    Will you do a review on the fujifilm I don’t know whether to get one or not!
    Happy new year x
    Chlotalks.blogspot.com

  • http://melaniface.blogspot.com.au/ melaniface

    Another youtuber to get hooked on! hehe. :)

  • Joana

    Must have the Fujifilm Camera *drools*

    http://sagelliv.blogspot.com/

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I can’t wait for Trianon in a couple of weeks. I’m not buying anything else this month – THAT’s how prepared I am to splash out LOL. Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ Love, August

    Trianon has already released here in Hong Kong and I just picked up some things from the collection! I’m in love! It’s beautiful, though the eyeshadows are a little too washed out for me. I was tempted to pick up the pore minimizer but I had to go for the glow maximizer instead!

    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

  • circafashion

    Karima beauty advice works, I use the stridex peel all the time. Make sure to check her skincare video

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Cornelia Kennedy

    I love finding new blogs to read, and you tubers to watch, its so fun when you discover someone who you just adore!

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • Parisian To Be

    Love this new set-up! I have a Polaroid camera, as well, but I haven’t used it in ages; I’ll have to dig it out. xo

    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

  • http://itotallypaused.com/ Georgina Fox

    Loving the new style! So gutted I didn’t have the Ciate calendar and you and Lily need to STOP enabling me with that camera. My BF has already but his foot down about it but I may be sneaky ;)

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

  • http://byzachary.com/ Zachary

    Much cleaner format; I love it!

    …and I really do need one of those Polaroids, if only the film was cheaper…

    zacharyparkes.tumblr.com

  • Dani

    I knew and love Karima :) Nice to see u discovered her!

  • Bella

    I don’t like the new style, your old one had soul, this one screams “commerce”. Still, I guess beauty bloggers gotta eat. It’s just a pity when someone you like for the personal touch kind of sells out.

  • http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.ca/ Naghmeh

    Going to have a look at Karima’s channel thanks for sharing! Those Dior polishes are such pretty colours and I really want one of those Fujifilm cameras, they look like lots of fun :)
    xo

  • Maya Powell

    you’re posts are so detailed!
    You must spend all your time trying out new stuff haha but its great :)
    and I love your videos

    http://mayamarierose.blogspot.co.uk

    xxx

  • http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily Allen

    I’ve been leaving my Ciate calender just lying around with the polishes still in because I literally have no where to put them #bloggerprobs indeed haha, I like the new format Anna just sums up well, my favourite post of yours this week has been 1st part to your 2013 favourites xx

    EmmiHearts

  • Marlenne

    Those two right Dior nailpolishes (the coral and magenta/pink one)nlook really nice! On my list for this summer!

    marlennebeauty.blogspot.com

  • Chelsea Leigh

    i’ve never heard of Karima thanks for recommending her!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

  • Victoria

    I love the camera! I really want to try it out!

    Victoria ♥
    http://victressvic.blogspot.com/

  • Coco

    I love Karima’s chanel. Glad you recommended her, she deserves it x

    • Coco

      *channel :)

  • Beautyandtheb

    The Dior collection looks beautiful and I will have to check out that youtube channel!

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

  • CuriousM

    I like the new format! :-)

  • louC

    Karima is awesome. Been watching her videos for a while… Love the way she says glitter “glitt-a” heehee

  • http://shedreamsinperfectfrench.com/ Shani

    I discovered Karima’s blog a few weeks ago myself. It’s really amazing.

    Shani x
    http://shedreamsinperfectfrench.com

  • Ninoh Almeida

    After this post I’ve been watching every singe of Karima’s videos and I love her! I have to get my hands on a NYX blush in taupe or the Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder. Her take on contour was very enlightening. I watch a bunch of beauty gurus but my favs are Amelia Liana, Lilly Pebbles, Karima, I covet thee, and you! The only gurus that make me really happy every time they post a new vid.