15 days into the year and we are all officially in the swing of things. Work is manic, schools are full and our roads are saturated with already-frustrated drivers.
One of the good things about a new year – apart from attempting almost impossible resolutions – is testing out new products and items. This January has seen me using, reading, watching, listening and doing some new things.
Here is my top 10 must haves of January 2014.
1. MAC Extreme Dimension Mascara
I love anything MAC and about 90% of my makeup kit consists of their products – their mascara however has always left little to be desired. Until this bad boy came along – it’s so effective (and trust me, when your eyelashes are sparser than a metro cop at a broken traffic light you need all the help you can get!) that people have asked me if I’m wearing extensions. It goes on clump free, its semi waterproof – I know this as I’ve had my fair share of meltdowns wearing it and the packaging is fab! Available for 215 ronds from Macs new online store .
2. Burts Bees Lip Balm
OK, so this isn’t a new obsession. I have been endorsing and promoting Burts Bees for years – in fact it is the only lip balm I will use. Unfortunately it’s not available in SA yet – so if you happen to be traveling overseas… wink wink.
3. Scanner Pro
I’m a bit of an app whore – I download everything and use noting. Until I came across the Scanner pro app for my iPad – and can’t stop using it. We are currently sitting without a printer at our office, and therefore getting documents to clients has been a nightmare. With this bad boy its a matter of using the camera function to scan, saving the document and emailing it. Honestly one of the most useful apps I have come across in ages.
4. Avicii – True
My love affair started with ‘Wake Me Up’ – it became my anthem for every moment in 2013. Currently I’m loving ‘Hey Brother’. If you enjoy a bit o’ country, you will enjoy this new offering from the band.
5. Chef ‘N Veggie Chopper
This was one of those ‘filler’ items on our wedding registry and has now become a daily necessity during cooking time. I love it because it honestly does what it promises – chops and dices in a few blade rotations. Barry loves it because it mimics the motions of starting a lawn mower with its pulley cord. Friends – spoiler alert – you will all be getting one for your next birthday/wedding/batmitzvah or baby shower. You are welcome.
We were robbed …. again…. on Christmas last year. For us it was the final straw – why live in a security complex when security is clearly lacking? I now spend my free time browsing house porn on property24 and weighing up selling my body for extra cash or robbing a bank in order to afford it. There’s also a property24 app which handy for a techie like me.
Never has murder been so attractive. We watched Series 1 through 7 in about 2 months towards the end of last year. To say we are obsessed is an understatement. I need Season 8, in my life, right now.
8. The Night Circus
I’ve just stared reading this book after rave reviews from everyone I’ve spoken to. I have no idea what happens or what its about. All I know is that I’m loving it. Also, magic.
9. Online Shopping
I swore to myself I would find a better work life balance in 2014. One of the things Im doing to help with that is try and do most of my shopping online. 3 of my faves? Mr Price (delivery in 24 hours) Pick n Pay and Yuppie Chef. Sorted.
10. Boschendal Blanc de Noir
The weather has been hotter a Pool Party in hell – so red wine most of the times is out of the question. White wine is niiiice but I’m currently loving the slightly off white blush from Boschendal. Ugly new packaging aside, its the perfect sun-downer drink. Cheers
I try Ingrid 🙂
good suggestions. love the Chef n Veggie chopper.
Thank you Vhutali! Its the niftiest device and not too pricey – I can highly recommend it.
I stock up Burt’s Bees everything I go home to the US. Will bring you back some next time. The Night Circus is a beautiful story until she ruins the ending, would love to hear what you think when you finish it. Reading The Book Thief at the moment, it’s a must read. Private Property gets me on ever Facebook post and we aren’t even looking to move.
Loved your list! Happy New Year!
Thanks for the comment Blair 🙂 I found some Burts Bees in Malaysia last year – ridiculously expensive but so worth it! I’m looking forward to finishing the Night Circus – then we can compare notes. Book Thief is one of my all time faves – have you seen the movie is coming out?
Miss KK – if you PM me your address via messenger, etc, I WILL send you Bertie Bees from Aussie!!
You are the best!!! Is it not super pricey – Malaysia was crazy!
Nope – not pricey here – and happy to send, so get your addy to me 🙂
Now I have to visit the mac counter asap. Thanks lady.
Ps.. one of my best wines too
Thanks for the comment. I find long lucious lashes go best with a glass of Blanc 😉