Feeling Thankful…… 2014 in Review

December 30, 2014

One of the traditions at my church, is for each of us to present 3 prayer requests at the start of the year, and we’ll collectively pray about them. On my list this year was for God to prosper this blog… I didn’t know where it could go, or how far it may go… but I know I enjoy writing and getting to know more like-minded beauty enthusiasts along the way… so I just wanted to commit this in His hands, and let it all work out for good. And He far-exceeded my expectations! Silverkis’ World has grown and gained traction throughout the year, it now feels like a “real” beauty blog and not just a private hobby. The difference is ephemeral, but significant in my mind. With recognition came business relationships and opportunities, and while I take time to ponder the next steps, I want to remain true to the original intent which was to offer honest, unbiased and hopefully intelligent insights on beauty and health.

2014 was a very exciting year here in Singapore as we saw the arrival of several brands that are dear to me. Hakuhodo visited us several times throughout the year, and finally opened a permanent counter in Takashimaya Departmental Store! Koyudo has also been making regular appearances in Isetan Departmental Store, and Ota-san is available to take special orders on brushes that are not easily obtainable.

Surratt counter in Singapore Takashimaya

On the makeup front, Marc Jacobs Beauty went global, making Sephora an even more fun shopping destination than ever before! The other wonderful new arrival was Surratt Beauty, which opened its first counter outside of the US here! I had the pleasure to meet with Troy Surratt in person and I’m very much in love with his philosophy towards makeup. All his powdered products are phenomenal, if creamy smooth and subtle shades with fine shimmers are your thing. Speaking of fine shimmers, SUQQU really upped its game, turning out something novel every season!

Gucci beauty

But the world wants something new… and there’s none hotter than Gucci’s brand new makeup line! I’ve picked up a few items when it was launched, and I promise to review them properly in the new year! Kicking off the new year are 50 hot boys from Tom Ford… I’m expecting a whole lot of excitement from Mr. Ford as he looks to ramp up his business from the current $300m to $3b!

New skincare finds

Crème Simon is a newly revived brand with French historical origins but given a fresh lease of life thanks to a local team here in Singapore. If ever there was a micellar water out there to love, this would be it! The natural and organic-buff in me cheered the arrival of Neal’s Yard Remedies, an established brand from the UK. Everything that I’ve tried so far are excellent – stay tuned for reviews! Another similar but more niche find was May Lindstrom Skin. Everything is beautifully and tastefully done, and packed full of goodness.

Eyeshadow picks

Not everything revolves around new beauty discoveries of course. 2014 saw massive reformulations of eyeshadows across the industry. I particularly loved Chanel’s new Les 4 Ombres for the sublime textures, wonderful pigmentation and beautiful finishes. Cle de Peau too launched a whole new range of eyeshadow quads which were buttery soft and luxurious. I was less fond of YSL’s new Couture Palettes because they were a tad too soft and inconsistent across the range. Dior was a big disappointment as they raised prices and the quality was as abysmal as before. However, they did turn out some interesting color stories which managed to weasel some money out of me nonetheless.

New product innovation

Plenty of other new beauty innovations throughout the year – those lip / cheek duo thingys from YSL and Shu Uemura; beauty serums that promise to boost your skin’s immunity from Shiseido and Albion; my favorite new lipstick formulas were the NARS Audacious Lipsticks and Tom Ford Lip Color Matte. I’m doing a mini-series of my personal favorites in various categories on Instagram these couple of days, so feel free to hop on over there to join in the fun!

On a more personal note, I was very thankful to have been nominated and selected to be one of the finalists in the Singapore Blog Awards 2014 – Best Beauty Blog category. Shortly after that, I was also nominated for the B.Fab Awards – Best Beauty Blogger category in the US. More important than any of that, I’ve gotten to know some really great friends along the way who has made every step of this journey so much more fun than doing it alone. Of course, I’m truly grateful for all the love and support that you, my dear reader has shown me. So, cheers to a wonderful 2014, and here’s looking forward to even greater things in the coming year!

xo Linda