My 2017 Roundup — The Year’s Hits and Misses (Beauty, Movies, Food, Blogs, and more!)

I know, I know. It’s the middle of January and we’re all well underway our 2018 but I thought I’d give this “round-up” idea of mine a go. I’m also thinking about making this either a quarterly or a monthly thing. But we all know how inconsistent I am as a blogger so… ha, well, who knows what the future holds.

For now, let’s focus on the year that’s passed and here are some of my “yaaas! 😍” and “naaaah 😒” of 2017. This will be a mishmash of all sorts of whatever so let’s all not have any expectations as I’m writing this as it comes into my head. (I should have probably thought this through first.)

BEAUTY 💋

YAS

✔︎ Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush
— I’ve actually hit the rim on this and I need a new bullet soon!
✔︎ ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip
— My go-to everyday, nude lip color.
✔︎ The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
— I need to repurchase this, btw. I’ve only about 12~ drops left.
✔︎ The Face Shop Rice Ceramide Moisturizing Toner
— The amazing toner that works both as a toner and as a moisturizer. This is probably best describe as an essence??
✔︎ Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
— The one product that made me not hate the act of removing my makeup every single end of the day.
✔︎ The Ordinary Serum Foundation
✔︎ Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream (for oily skin)
✔︎ MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural in Medium Dark
✔︎ Honea Curl Defining Milk
— The curly hair’s best friend!

Also, basically every single The Ordinary skincare product that I own.

NAH

NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim
The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
RiRe Pore Tightening Fresh Toner
— I didn’t understand this product at all. It did absolutely nothing for my skin.
Careline Liquid Lipstick in Brick’d
Ever Bilena Liquid Lipstick in Toast of New York

FOOD/RESTAURANTS 🍽

YAS

✔︎ Octoboy’s Wagyu Beef and Takoyaki
— I swear to god, hands down… the absolute best!
✔︎ Paotsin’s Laksa with Dumplings
— Been craving it non-stop ever since the first time I tasted it.
✔︎ Hokkaido Ramen Santouka’s ramen
— Favorite!! Plus their gyoza is superb!
✔︎ Soru Izakaya’s sushi
— I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THEIR SUSHI!
✔︎ 8Cuts’s onion rings
✔︎ Shizen’s ramen
— Tasty, affordable, and huge servings! Plus, it’s a mere 5-minute walk away from our house.

NAH

Happon Ramen House, Marikina
— My first visit was great; the second visit, not so much. This just shows that they’re inconsistent.
Comedor by Miguel & Maria
— Too pricey for just okay food.
Ta Ke Ho Mi Sushi Stand
— Sushi wasn’t anything special and their wagyu beef was just bland.
Carnival Food Park, Marikina
— I don’t understand the food park hype, tbh.

MOVIES 🎥

These are not films that were necessarily released in 2017, but jut those that I watched on that year.

YAS

✔︎ Baka Bukas (local)
✔︎ Wonder Woman
— One of the best superhero movies that I’ve watched in a while.
✔︎ Collateral Beauty
✔︎ Moana
✔︎ Beauty and the Beast
✔︎ Doctor Strange
✔︎ The Edge of Seventeen
✔︎ The Outcasts
✔︎ Split
✔︎ Anabelle: Creation
— This is significantly better than all the other 2017 horror releases.

NAH

Before I Fall
— The book was better!
Happy Death Day
— Practically a rip off of Before I Fall.
✘ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
✘ Before I Go to Sleep
— Again, the book was better.
✘ Kita Kita (local)
— It was so boring, I actually fell asleep… twice!
It (2017)
— Nothing about this movie is anything that I would consider “horror”.

TV SERIES 📺

YAS

✔︎ The Blacklist
✔︎ The Bold Type
✔︎ MasterChef US (the regular and the junior version)
✔︎ Project Runway
✔︎ Raven’s Home
— My adolescent self is super happy!
✔︎ Game of Thrones
✔︎ 13 Reasons Why
— I have to say, there are parts that were actually better than the book.
✔︎ Grey’s Anatomy
— An all-time favorite and one that I would keep rewatching again and again and again!
✔︎ Criminal Minds
✔︎ Stranger Things
— Not done with the second season yet but ugh… this show is absolutely amazing!

NAH

The Good Doctor (US version)
— Such a cringe-worthy show.
✘ Pretty Little Liars
— The final season and the finale was a grave disappointment. And I’ve been watching show for years! I expected more.
✘ Quantico
— Extremely boring, to say the least.
✘ 11.22.63
— I was hoping for a better version having read (2/3 of) the book. But nah. Five minutes in to the first episode and it was just all over the place.
Room 104
— This was just weird on so many levels.

READS 📜

BLOGS 💻

YAS

✔︎ Hey, It’s Odee
✔︎ Scatterbraintures
✔︎ Beauty by Tellie
✔︎ Helga Gabrielle
✔︎ Explore with Corinth
✔︎ Kat
✔︎ Millimetrs
✔︎ Caffeine Rush

NAH

I may be frank and straightforward as one should but there are some things that I suppose are just better left unsaid. 😉 😏

BOOKS 📚

YAS

✔︎ More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
✔︎ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
✔︎ Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

NAH

✘ This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover
✘ Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han

YOUTUBE 📷

YAS

✔︎ Tati
— I’ve grown to love her.
✔︎ KathleenLights
— Still a favorite.
✔︎ Cindy Guentert-Baldo
— Her attitude and her letterings are some of the best that I’ve seen!
✔︎ AmandaRach Lee
— Well, of course. I mean, if you’re into Bullet Journaling and you do not know her, you’re missing out!
✔︎ Safiya Nygaard
— One of the most awesome and entertaining YouTubers that I’ve seen.
✔︎ Asia Jackson and this specific video of hers
— She’s amazing, plus she’s half-Filipino.
✔︎ REACT (and their Do They Know segments)
— DO TEENS KNOW MUSIC FROM THE 90s!!!!
✔︎ MsMojo
✔︎ This Room Tour video by ThatsBella
✔︎ Wayne Goss
— Well, duh.
✔︎ This Plan With Me video by Create with AnnCakes
✔︎ This video from Camie Juan
✔︎ PatrickStarrr doing Pia Wurtzbach’s makeup for the 2017 Miss Universe
✔︎ Room Tour and Room Transformation videos

NAH

NikkieTutorials
JeffreeStar
Wil Dasovich
— I just don’t understand the fuzz around this guy. His vlogs are just subpar and nothing special.
The ever-so-annoying Laura Lee
Jackie Aina constantly turning makeup releases into something political.
Logan Paul
— I don’t think this needs to be explained.

RANDOM 🖤

YAS

✔︎ Bullet Journalling
✔︎ Zimo Journal
✔︎ Brush Pens from Tombow and Zig
✔︎ Mocha Frappe Blended Whip, Non-Fat drink from Starbucks
✔︎ Organization!
✔︎ Nestea’s Wintermelon Milk Tea
✔︎ Sakura Pigma Micron Pens
✔︎ Muji Gel Pens

NAH

Stabilo Pastel Highlighters
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens
Moleskine Dotted Journal

A BLOG BY VICTORIA’S TOP 5 2017 POSTS 📌

★ LAZADA PH: Your one-stop, shitty online shop
★ Battle of the Local Liquid Lipsticks: Careline vs. Ever Bilena
★ Zimo Journal Review + January 2018 Bullet Journal Setup
★ Blogging Tip from a Decade-old Blogger
★ 14 Days After: The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

And that’s it! Okay, that wasn’t easy to do. But hey, it was fun. I probably should do this quarterly. 🤔

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16 thoughts on “My 2017 Roundup — The Year’s Hits and Misses (Beauty, Movies, Food, Blogs, and more!)”

  1. I haven’t watched the Before I Fall movie yet. It took me mooonths kasi to finish the book. Pakiramdam ko super slow paced sa book kaya ang tagal ko natapos. Hahaha. Watch ko nga ‘yung movie kapag may time. 😊

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  2. Ah, yes – glad that the “blogging advice” post you wrote made it to the list. 🙂 Fortunately, WordPress has a block function now! I’ve used it for good measure against crappy blogs, but it seems that it doesn’t work on premium ones (sites that have .com directly after the address). May nasampulan na akong mangilan-ngilan haha =))

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  3. I love the Face Shop Rice toner, too! So, so, so moisturising! Sobrang lifesaver cos I always had dry patches kahit mag-moisturise before I used it. How do you use yours? I don’t use a cotton pad na, kasi para nga syang essence.

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    1. Dibaaaa. Super amazing niya and it’s affordable, too! Plus mine is still half full and I’ve had it for months and use it every single day! 😀 I apply it with just my fingers. Inaabsorb lang siya ng cotton e, so wala rin.

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  4. I really like this yearly round-up post. I was contemplating whether to do one or not…if I do, do you mind if I use this idea too? (I will refer back to your blog, of course.) 🙂

    We have similar tastes in a couple of things…definitely agree with 3 of your nah choices in Youtube. Nikki, Jeffree and Logan. I find them very unnatural to watch and I feel the former two have formed their own clique on YouTube…just me? Wayne Goss is an obvious choice – I bloody love the man. I don’t watch Tati and Kathleen as much now but I do like them. 🙂

    I don’t read a lot (I need to though) *but* I have read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You!! I think I finished it over a year ago but definitely one of my favourite books ever, that left me with a lot to think about. She has a new book out that I’ve purchased but need to start reading.

    It’s really interesting that you mentioned the Good Doctor…have you watched the K-drama version by any chance?

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    1. Sure, go right ahead. I’d love to see other people’s take on this round up thing. 😀

      Their “clique” is just annoying. Those two plus Laura Lee and MannyMUA… ugh, cringe-worthy!

      Ohhh. I’m glad you’ve read that book. I absolutely love it! I have to look into that new book of hers 🙂

      I have not but I have heard that it’s better than the US version. I’m just not a fan of K-dramas and I do not even wanna go there. Hahaha

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      1. Yeah the k-drama version is pretty good, I watched it a few years ago. That’s fair enough – k-dramas aren’t for everyone!

        I don’t mind MannyMUA as much when he is on his own…but together with them is chaos and the influence is endless and toxic. I actually didn’t know who Laura Lee was until a few months ago. Completely switched off as soon as she started talking though. I just cannot.

        Ok thanks! Will have to prepare my list now lol

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  5. I LOVE THIS LIST!!! Ang concise and ang daming links na pwede puntahan. 🙂 Ang dami kong gustong sabihin pero yung nag standout talaga is yung nah ng Quantico. Ang ganda sana nung premise nung show pero very meeeh. And also yung YT ni Will. I tried watching it pero clickbait lahat! Parang siya yung pinoy version ni Logan Paul, haha, sorry baka may ma-offend na fan niya. Pero for me walang substance, kahit yung pre-cancer niya. Ewan, siguro ang taas ng hinihingi ko sa mga influencers???

    Blogging Tip from a Decade-old Blogger –> Ito yung fave kong blog post mo kasi ata yung una mong post na nagcomment ako. Very very very very nice blog post talaga! ❤ All the best for 2018!

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    1. Hahaha thank youuu! 😀 And tell me about it! Tuwang tuwa ako the first few episodes and then I was just like, gahd this is so fucking boring, I kennat. 😦 Sayang talaga! And amen to Wil! Sobrang clickbait talaga, naiirita ko sa kanya/kanila (Alodia, et al).

      Thank you so muuuuch! All the best to all of us! 😀

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  6. Ohhh I like how you structured this round up, very concise! Can I do the same?? Like, pag sinipag ako? I mean, January pa rin naman ngayon so medyo pasok pa rin siya sa banga hahaha.

    I’m so happy to see 8Cuts on your YAS food list! Also, I still think they have the best burger among the ones I’ve tasted. Meanwhile, the food park hype rose because of its novelty, Instagrammable ambiance and a variety of food selection. Unfortunately, the novelty is already fading, food is overpriced and the offers are mostly the same even in other food parks. 😦

    On movies, don’t judge me but I liked Kita Kita, hahaha! I have mixed feelings with Fantastic Beasts. Didn’t watch Before I Fall because I love the book and I don’t want the film to ruin it.

    On brush pens, I actually liked the Faber Castell Pitt Artist, haha. Although they work better for my sketches than lettering. Never tried Sakura Pigma Micron because I’m still in love with Uni. And OMG I also watched every single DO TEENS KNOW ’90s MUSIC hahaha! It’s so fun and nostalgic to hear songs I grew up with and these teens don’t know them!

    Okay I’ll stop na haha pang isang buong blog post na ang mga opinyon ko LOL!

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    1. E di sana nagsulat ka nalang talaga ng bagong blog post. Hahahahaa. :p

      And yes, please. Wag ka nang tamarin and do the same!!!!! ❤ Speaking of 8cuts, shet nagcrave tuloy ako. Mygad dis lyf 😦

      I did not like Kita Kita at all. Grabe ang boriiiiing. Hahaha. Pero try ko nga ulit panoorin. Baka sakali. :p

      Ayoko lang nung Brush pero I like the other Pitt Artist pens. And nooooo. I hate Uni pens. Grabe magbleed and ghost sa journals ko, nakakaiyak. Pero super hands down ako sa Pigma. I don't know how to sketch but for doodles, ang saya niya 😀

      And yaaaas! Tapos parang ang sarap ibato ng phone ko pag di nila alam kung sino or yung mga comments na "oh my mom listens to this" like tangina???? Umayos ka, di pa ko ganun katanda! Hahahaha

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