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Through The Looking Glass’ Top 11 Posts of 2016

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Everyone loves end-of-year posts, right? Especially when they come, not at the end of the old year, but at the start of a new one!

So with my trademark lateness (and wish me luck with last year’s best dessert list hitting the blog before the end of 2017), here are TTLG’s most read posts of 2016:

1. Australia’s Next Top Model, Cycle 7
2. Hong Kong Murders: The Braemar Hill murders
3. Arcane restaurant review
4. The Intercontinental Hong Kong afternoon tea review
5. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence review
6. Skin Laundry facial review
7. Clinique Chubby Sticks in Two Ton Tomato, Mighty Mimosa & Pudgy Peony review
8. Mott 32 restaurant review
9. Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Cream moisturiser review
10. Australia’s Next Top Model, Cycle 4
11.  Top 5 Desserts in Hong Kong 2015

It seems the key to being a popular post on my blog is to be an article written several years ago! Anyway, thanks as ever for reading and here’s hoping 2017 is a great year for us all.

Through The Looking Glass’ Top 11 Posts of 2015

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Because I can never resist the urge to obsessively crunch some stats for the sake of an end-of-the-year post, here are TTLG’s most read posts of 2015:

1. Hong Kong Murders: The Braemar Hill murders
2. Clinique Chubby Sticks in Two Ton Tomato, Mighty Mimosa & Pudgy Peony review
3. Barbie: still the Best
4. Mott 32 restaurant review
5. Making a splash – the best hotel pool package in Hong Kong
6. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence review
7. FACESSS Hong Kong gets a makeover – Innisfree, Philosophy, Tony Moly and beauty brands galore hit LAB Concept!
8. Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Cream moisturiser review
9. The best hand creams ever: Physiogel A1 Cream, Cetaphil Intensive Moisturising Cream & Herbacin Wuta Kamille Glycerine Hand Cream
10. MAC Stay Pretty Pro Longwear Blush & Sunny Seoul Cremesheen Lipstick review – think pink
11.  The Intercontinental Hong Kong afternoon tea review

A couple of other random best-of-the-years just because…

The best restaurant of 2015: Arcane
The best show of 2015: Singin’ In The Rain
The best nail polish of 2015: Chanel Mediterranee
The best afternoon tea of 2015: FINDS x GreenGate
The best facial of 2015: The Peninsula Spa Ultimate Aesthetic Treatment by Margy’s
The best dessert of… Oh look, I already did a list of the best desserts of 2015 here!

As ever, thanks for reading… and see you in 2016!

Through The Looking Glass’ Top 11 Posts of 2014

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Because not getting in on all this end-of-year list action would kill me, here are TTLG’s Most Read Posts of 2014:

1.  Hong Kong Murders: The Braemar Hill murders
2.  Clinique Chubby Sticks in Two Ton Tomato, Mighty Mimosa & Pudgy Peony review
3.  Barbie: still the Best
4.  SK-II Facial Treatment Essence review
5.  MAC Stay By Me Pro Longwear Blush & Coral Bliss Cremesheen Lipstick review – going coral cray-cray
6.  Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Cream moisturiser review
7.  Innisfree Hand Cream Collection review
8.  MAC Stay Pretty Pro Longwear Blush & Sunny Seoul Cremesheen Lipstick review – think pink
9.  FACESSS Hong Kong gets a makeover – Innisfree, Philosophy, Tony Moly and beauty brands galore hit LAB Concept!
10.  Don’t wake me up…
11.  The Nail Library review – nailing it in Hong Kong!

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… And here’s six of my personal favourites that just missed out on being in the top eleven this year:

The one with the most hits for a restaurant review: Mott 32
The one that brought back my nail polish mojo: YSL Bleu Celadon
The one with ALL THE DESSERTS: ATUM Desserant
The one that fixed my hands: The Best Hand Creams Ever
The one where I was on The Crystal Maze (sort of): Freeing HK
The one that got my boyfriend’s hands on Buzzfeed: 7-Eleven Noodles

It’s been a great year guys *sniff sniff*; thanks SO much for reading and see you all in 2015!

Food love – Mochachocolatarita’s cute Valentine’s foodie illustrations

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I’m not one for Valentine’s Day AT ALL… but when I saw these cute and fun V-Day foodie illustrations by my fabulous blogger friend, Mochachocolatarita (try saying that when you’ve had a few!), I knew I just had to share!

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Rita has taken some much-loved matches-made-in-HK-food-heaven and turned them into very sweet, loved-up illustrations for Valentine’s Day. Forget cheesy giant teddy bears and half-dead bouquets of flowers… these pictures are much more fun!

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Oh, I say! Penhaligon’s guides to life…

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I swear I’m not obsessed with them… OK, OK, maybe I am… but I am loving these cute postcards from British fragrance brand, Penhaligon’s!

Their Guides to Gentlemanly Behaviour and British Tea Drinking Etiquette are quirky, witty and fun; I’m a sucker for anything done in this vintage-style, which totally fits the heritage of their brand (over 100 years and counting, baby!).

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Through The Looking Glass’ Top 11 Posts of 2013

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I love reading lists. I especially love reading end-of-year lists. But wait… a thought just struck me… instead of just reading everyone else’s best of lists, I could actually make my own!

So here are the Top 11 Posts of 2013 on Through The Looking Glass – according to the stats, like. (And the stats don’t lie, Shakira Shakira). 

1.  Barbie – still the Best
2.  Don’t wake me up… Nostalgia, 90s TV show reunions and feeling old
3.  Hong Kong Murders: The Braemar Hill murders
4.  Clinique Chubby Sticks in Two Ton Tomato, Mighty Mimosa & Pudgy Peony review
5.  SK-II Facial Treatment Essence review
6.  Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Cream moisturiser review
7.  Cake That! (A stranger! From the outside! Oooh!)
8.  Essie Mint Candy Apple nail polish review
9.  Make-Up Miracles: Atorrege AD+ Medicated Acne Spots Treatment review
10.  The Beauty of Lilian Bassman
11.  Tan-tastic Pixar posters this way…

So… more beauty reviews, more pretty things and more reminiscing over the 90s has been duly noted. Thanks for reading folks, and see you in 2014!

Interview with Charlotte Knight, founder of Ciate

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As part of my day job as Editor for a lifestyle website, I often get the opportunity to interview people – however, I’m not quite Ryan Seacrest yet so half the time, I don’t even know who half these people are! However, when the email came asking if I wanted to interview Charlotte Knight, the founder of Ciaté who was in town for Lane Crawford’s Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, I jumped at the chance!

I found Charlotte really likeable, fun and down-to-earth – and I loved how heavily involved in Ciaté she still is. I could really tell how passionate she is about nails, which as a customer, is something I really value in a brand. Since I put myself through the hell of listening to my voice over and over again to transcribe our 30-minute chat, I thought I might as well stick up the whole interview on here for all you fellow polishaholics! Enjoy!

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