Happy Christmas Eve everyone! This is one of our favourite days of the year and we hope you are all enjoying it as much as we are! We just wanted to stop in today with a little note to say that we will be taking a blog break this week to enjoy the Christmas season with our families and friends. Undoubtedly, much of this time will be spent napping in front of the fire while Home Alone/Miracle on 34th Street/The Snowman plays on the TV with regular mince pie breaks!
We may, of course, drop in once or twice over the course of the next week but, we don't want to put any expectations on ourselves to do so. While we wanted to take this BRB post as an opportunity to say a massive, genuine and heartfelt thank you to you all for your support, feedback and readership during 2012, we also wanted to use it as a platform to share the love with some old, new and new-to-us blogs that we have enjoyed over the past year. The blogosphere has grown immensely over the last 12 months and, while not all of it has been positive (it would be unrealistic to portray it as otherwise) we are genuinely proud to be a part of such a huge movement that is changing how people get news and information.
Blogs We Love 2012
Make-Up Over Mind: Fellow Irish blogger Orla has, amazingly, been blogging for just over a year and her little slice of the internet is one of our favourite ports of call for feedback and opinion on beauty products that we can actually get our hands on.
Emerald Eyeliner: Mags and Síle head up another Irish beauty blog that is full of refreshingly honest reviews, covetable make-up purchases and a very unique sense humour that punctuates all of their posts and regularly has us doubled over laughing!
Sparkly Vodka: Not only is Caroline gorgeous with an incredible sense of style but, she also has one hell of a blog under her belt. From her taste in clothes and beauty products to her gorgeous photography and straight-to-the-point writing style, we're sure you'll get hours of enjoyment from reading her blog.
SimoneLovesMakeUp: Simone is a good friend of ours and, being based in the UAE, she has a fairly unique perspective on beauty and products. With years of experience in the beauty industry, both in Ireland and internationally, this lady knows her stuff and you'll be in good hands with her recommendations.
Duckling to Swan: Amelia writes her beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog from exotic South Korea. She is a lady with a lovely taste in beauty products and a penchant for great accessories. Oh, and she has a beautifully decorated home which we are lucky enough to get a peek at in some of her posts!
EssieButton: 2012 was definitely the Year of Estée as far as beauty bloggers are concerned. Coming from relative obscurity to being, arguably, one of the most funny, well-liked and relatable bloggers (and YouTubers!) out there, Estée has charmed us both. She has great taste in products and mad skills with the camera to boot!
The Londoner: Considering its overwhelming popularity, Rose's blog is actually quite young. This "open book" look at a Country Girl living a very glamorous City Life will leave you feeling like you just had a glimpse into Narnia! Rose's appetite for food, cooking, travel and life is infectious and you will devour her blog in one go (we both did!).
We hope you'll check out some of blog picks this year and please do share your favourites for 2012 with us in the comments. Once again, we hope you have an incredible Christmas full of love, laughter, food and fun. See you in a week!