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. The Plethora of 2013 Favourites That Landed in My Sub Box. So I’m a little late with this one, but as the first week of the month was a tad packed, I’ve spent the past few days reacquainting myself with my YouTube feed and what a feast it’s been. A bevy of 2013 Favourites videos awaiting my perusal. Aren’t they just the best? Fleur’s, Gemma’s and Lily’s were three of my personal favourite favourites.

2. Allure Magazine. One of my New Years resolutions was to put aside a bit of time each night to read, put away all techy bits and bobs and switch off before sleep with the aid of wise words. Allure Magazine has been top of my reading pile and I just love it (if you hadn’t gathered that already). Page after page of beauty features. Dreamy. Also good news – I’ve spotted Allure in quite a few WHSmiths now (Euston and Victoria Stations FYI), so it looks like it’s finally becoming easier to get hold of.

3. The Topshop Makeup Range. I’ve been playing with the Best of Beauty Editor’s Picks Collection from the Cult Beauty Sale ever since it arrived and I’m impressed. Their Lipstick in Beguiled is a beaut, Cream Blush in Head Over Heels is an old favourite and the Bronzing Illuminator in Reflect has been doing what it says on the tin. But the standout product? The Glow Pot – a sheeny, glitter-free highlight that perks up the complexion in one clean sweep.

4. Healthier Eating (kinda). Not beauty banter per se, but it all ties in – ‘you are what you eat’ and all that. With it being the beginning of a New Year I may have found myself in the cliched movement of feeding myself with slightly more appropriate fodder than my usual Dominos feasts and so far, so good. Cashew nuts are now a staple in my handbag, Naked Bars get me through my almost hourly chocolate cravings and I’ve been whipping out my Honestly Healthy cookbook most nights for dinner. Perhaps I’ll whip up some recipes on here if you fancy?

5. Leandra Medine’s Take on Eyeliner. Only Medine would be able to dream up a piece on using eyeshadow for eyeliner that is as ‘laugh out loud’ funny as it is informative (read it here). And she is so right. A line of eyeshadow along the lashes is easy peasy to smudge, apply and remove. Someone hand me an eyeshadow palette.

  • Celina

    The Topshop makeup all sounds lovely! I wish I could get my hands on Topshop products! I’ll have to figure out where I can hunt them down.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Anna Blush

    Oo that healthy eating book looks good, I’ve been hunting out cook books for some inspiration!

  • Natasha

    I need that healthy eating book ASAP x

  • SPK

    Love the Topshop Glow pot. Discovered it randomly but very happy with it. Not greasy on combination skin

  • blushingbiddies

    I’m very new to the TopShop makeup line- I’ve only dug into a couple nail polishes. As for stuff fer muh face, do you have any HG items or recommendations? I’d like to get my hands on some things before I move out of HK and back to the states (I never heard of it there, am I wrong?). Thanks soo much!

  • Rachael McClenaghan

    Really would like to try the TS make up line. I just haven’t had the chance to browse it properly. That lipstick is definitely one I want to try.
    Great post and loving the new vlogging and blogging series :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

  • Amy Rose

    I’ve been loving Allure recently too, I realised that it’s much cheaper to buy the yearly subscription on the iPad instead of single issues in store. Single issues are selling for around €5, whereas the yearly subscription is only €18! Seeing some recipes on your blog would be great, Honestly Healthy looks like a great book.
    Amy xxx

  • Abbie

    Would love you to start posting recipes, I’m also in the annual ‘New Year, time to eat healthy’ phase. Hope to see some recipe posts soon! x
    Abbie. xx

  • hitsandflops

    Yesssss, healthy recipes please!!!!

  • Daniela

    I’d love to read some posts on your healthy eating recipes! :) I love cooking and will feel all the more better about stuffing my face if it’s with healthy food haha.

  • Anja

    It would be lovely to read some recepies you enjoy :) x

  • Parisian To Be

    I love this new form of the week notes, Anna. I would totally give you some healthy eating tips, but I’m not sure what’s available in the US vs. the UK. xo

    Lillian from

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Great features! I have that issue of Allure as well and those treats look delicious :)

  • Lottie

    I love honestly healthy cook book! You’ve inspired me to get that out again. I also love the clean and lean cook book for recipe ideas. Lottie x from lifestyle blog

  • Emily Allen

    So glad allure is becomming easier to get a hold of it is one of my favourite magazines, I have some products from the Topshop range that I really need to get more use out of there really are some gems in there x

  • Khannablog

    Love your blog! Its one of my top ones I visit all the time, Also very jealous of your makeup collection :) xxx

  • Ruhee

    I wonder why is it so hard to find Allure in UK? In the US, you can get a yearly subscription of Allure free with a 25$ purchase from sephora.

  • Court

    I would love to see some recipes on the blog! Need to eat healthy this year :)

  • Ida

    Here in Finland I always spot the Russian Allure but not the original version which is very very strange

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  • Victoria Reilly

    Definitely fancy seeing you post some recipes on here!

    Vickie xx |

  • Nathalie Jamar

    I absolutely love the honestly healthy cookbook! I bought it for all of my family this past christmas. xx

  • Maria

    I wish I could get a hold of Allure here in Norway. The only way I found was horribly expensive.


  • Kayla

    Yes to the healthy eating posts – please do more of these! x

  • Eleri Roberts

    I’m a huge fan of the Topshop glow pot!! It’s amazing and so long lasting too! I’d love to read some VDM recipes too :) I’ve recently discovered Naked bars too… so so good, try Apple crunch if you haven’t already xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Brooke Ellen

    I have been trying to set time aside to ready more too…. mainly magazines but it is a start right! I love Allure but I mix that with a bunch of fashion mags too.


  • Chelsea Leigh

    Topshop has some GREAT products from what I hear, let us know what you think!

  • louc

    i love the topshop glow pot! let us know your comparisons to the RMS one though…

  • Alice Byers

    I’d love to see some recipes on here! I’m tempted to get the Honestly Healthy book – I’m in need of some new and exciting healthy recipes instead of making the same things all the time. It can get a bit boring

  • Jone Ortiz

    The Topshop makeup range is so nice..wish there was one closer to where I live!

  • Megan M.

    Yes, yes to the recipes!

  • Joana Moreira

    Honestly Healthy is one of my favourite books ever. The 5-day cleanse is AMAZING and you really do feel like a new person. Love it!