The Weekend Post #103: VDM Best Bits

Seeing as it’s the last ‘Weekend Post’ of the year I though I’d take a retrospective look back through 2013’s VDM archives and dig a little deeper into the most read features of the year. It makes for quite an interesting list actually, seeing what posts were the most popular among you and there’s a variety of topics dominating the highlights. Picking a favourite post is akin to what I can imagine picking a favourite child would be like, however some of my favourites to put together also appeared to be your favourites to read. Phew. So *insert Top of the Pops music here*, lets look at the top five most-read posts of 2013 shall we?

At number five we haveToner: The Forgotten Step. It appears that you guys have a soft spot for skincare too. Welcome to the club. Toner and me had a bit of a revelation with each other this year. Before it was a step that I didn’t pay must attention to but with the discovery of the fact that different formulas exist: clarifying, hydrating, exfoliating – who knew? They became a staple in my routine and this post details some of my favourites.

Number four isRimmel Do MAC Dupes. Budget lipsticks in a beaut of a formula. What could be better? Er, the fact that some colours mimic those of MAC. Hell yes. The re-vamp of the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick line made a big splash in the beauty world this year. They are nice and creamy, come in a tonne of shades (most frost-free – whoop), are easy on the pocket and there’s a dupe for one of my favourite MAC colours in there.

Coming in at threeThe Weekend Post #91: Top 10 Beauty Blogs. Well this puts a smile on my face. If you missed it then it’s worth worth a read. Cutting my perusing list into just ten beauty blogs and sites that I visit on a daily basis was a toughie but they are all still visits I make each morning. Just make sure you have an hour cleared in your schedule first before you click the link.

A close secondUrban Decay Naked 3 Palette. A late entry into the ranks but an unsurprising one as I’d give the Naked 3 Palette the title of ‘The Launch of ’13’. Where did it come from? It snuck up from nowhere and then we all went a bit heart-eyed emoji over it but it truly is lush. Rosy-gold hues that I’ve been reaching for a lot since I got it and that’s a big move for a non-eyeshadow wearing gal like myself. I gotta say – it’s worth the hype.

And the most read post of the year is….The Cookie Monster. I love makeup. I really do. But I love cookies, and it appears that you guys do too – we’re just so alike. I’m pretty chuffed that this one came up top actually, it was definitely my favourite post to research and it’s still a bake that I whip up all the damn time. More recipe-esque posts to come in the New Year – your jean zips have been warned.

So there you have it. A walk down memory lane if you’re a regular around these parts (+10 reader points to you) or a whistle-stop tour of the best of VDM in 2013 if you’re new. Here’s to another post-packed year.


  • Kelly

    I loved all of these posts dearly. Your blog is one of the few that I check every single day. Have a wonderful new year filled with love and beauty products!

    Kelly | secondhandspring

  • Hannah

    Thanks for an excellent year filled with wonderful reading. Can’t wait for your 2013 favourites video!

  • Lauren Bargiacchi

    I loved every single one of these posts! (Especially the cookie recipe because who doesn’t love a batch of chocolate bliss?) hope you have a lovely New Year, can’t wait to see future posts in 2014! X

  • These were great posts. Happy New Year.

  • Shaun Nolan

    All of these were fantastic posts – loved all of them. Happy New Year, Anna 🙂

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Ooh! Those cookies look so amazingly delicious.
    -B â™¡ MsBerryStylish 

  • Chelsea Leigh

    mmm those cookies look yummy!

  • Eleri Roberts

    I really enjoyed your blog this year and I’m now an avid reader, keep up the good work VDM 🙂 big loves xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Great roundup! Have been loving your blog this year and can’t wait for what 2014 has in store 🙂 Will definitely check out your list of favourite blogs (will be sure to clear my schedule first ;)) and those cookies really look incredible 🙂

  • Gina Nicolaou

    I love your blog so much!

  • Kristi C.

    I don’t often post comments (still trying to figure out how to get more than 24 hrs in my day) but I definitely look forward to reading your posts. I’m not surprised at what made the top 5 most read posts (I’ve read several of them more than once myself!). You consistently find the ‘sweet spot’ of combining product info, practical knowledge (even including topics that most don’t – see “unspoken beauty” post for example) with a dash of fun! I appreciate that you post on a variety of topics and that they aren’t all beauty related. The joy you get writing your blog comes through in your posts! I look forward to what 2014 will bring. Wishing you a very Happy New Year Anna! Cheers!

  • Elle Turner

    LOVE IT!!! Roll on 2014 x

  • Diane J

    LOVED every single one of those posts above and well…. every post here on VDM for that matter. You write like no one else Anna and I truly enjoy perusing your blog on a daily basis. You’re my number enabler. Always have and always will. I already can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us in 2014. Here’s to many more success for VDM and to you Anna, the queen bee of beauty blogging 😉

  • Saba Joseph

    Love those colors
    im just starting up mine please check it out.

    • Ella

      Follow for follow?

  • Ella

    I love your writing style – it’s what makes your blog special! And I’ve definitely contributed to the choosing of that lineup – the cookie post is bookmarked on my phone for future reference!