The Polished Cryptids 2016 Awards

Unlike most ‘awards posts’,  I won’t limit myself to things that were released in 2016, but rather base it on my own experiences. So if you want a highly subjective awards post that covers makeup, video games, and life, then you’re in the right place.


New Discovery – Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rum Raisin. It’s the first brownish lipstick that has ever worked for me. The runner up here is Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Sheer Liar.

Why Do I Keep Buying These – Single eyeshadows. Never reach for them. Have barely opened any of the ones I have and yet I keep buying more. In particular from ColourPop and Geek Chic Cosmetics.

Overhyped – Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. It is not better than sex, nor is it better than my other mascaras. It’s alright.

Constant Companion – NYX BB Creme in the shade 01. I haven’t wanted to wear heavy foundation this year and this has been what I’ve reached for more often than not.

Cutest Collaboration – Tony Moly & Pokemon. Seriously want this entire collection right now.

Why Aren’t You Out Yet – Too Faced’s White Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette. Not yet out in Australia.

I Loved You Once – The Tony Moly Delight tints. I love the look but they wear off so unevenly and are tricky to work with.

Worst Trend – The Drag Queen Trend. About 94 layers of all of the products in your makeup collection worn all at once in exaggerated application…

Colour Scheme – Mine has been bronze and rose.

Lifesaver – Geek Chic Cosmetics’ Cutie Face Foundation in the shade Kahlan. Accidentally got really bad sunburn on my face and the best thing to do when then going out turned out to be a moisturising SPF and then this powder foundation on top. Evens out the redness without being heavy or caking on uneven skin.

Work Horse – Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer. No matter if it’s a breakout, dark circles, or redness, this concealer is my go to quick fix.


Video Games


Game of the Year – Stardew Valley. It’s not necessarily anything revolutionary from a technical point of view, but it feels a bit like an Animal Crossing for grownups. Despite minimal written dialogue, all characters are well developed and show a lot of nuance as you get to know them. It’s a perfect game to play when you need a break from everything and play a low-intensity game. Perfect for study breaks and days off alike.

Guilty Pleasure – Contradiction. This game is a cheesy gem and I love it still.

Biggest Disappointment – No Man’s Sky. Thankfully didn’t buy it, but this is probably the biggest disappointment and wtf in this generation of games.

Best Escapism – Stardew Valley.

Best New Indie – Beholder

Please Drop in Price So I Can Buy You – Dear latest Civ game, the only reason you haven’t won another category is because you’re a bit too expensive for me at the moment. I look forward to seeing you on sale soon.

Best Redemption – Final Fantasy XV has managed to redeem the series by the looks of it, considering the damage XIII did in the west, that’s a major feat.


Coping Mechanism – Work! Followed by food and wine. I swear I had more pizza in 2016 than in any other year of my life.

Achievement Unlocked – Did the whole graduating with good marks thing.

Lesson – Giving people the benefit of doubt seldom pays off.

Addition – Car! I finally have a car again and I’m terribly fond of it.

Support – Coffee

Party – Had a great NYE

Mood Raiser – Animals. Hanging out with animals made 2016 so much better.


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