Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 in review...

 

I hope you all had a lovely festive period, I can't believe this time last week we were all getting ready for Santa to make an appearance. I have been completely swept up in Christmas and this is probably the first time I have been able to sit down and recap.

After a pretty shocking 2014, I am glad to say that I want this year as far behind me as possible and am really looking forward to what 2015 has to offer. Life has been so up and down this year, more downs than ups unfortunately. By March I was totally ready for the year to be over from my beautiful nan having a stroke, being diagnosed with dementia and having to go into a home in the space of a few months to my beloved childhood cat that had been with me since I was 8 years old being put to sleep, lets just say that this really stopped any normality that i was used to. My confidence was also knocked greatly when I had a fall and smashed my face on a table at work. My lip and nose had to be glued back together and at the time I thought it was the worst thing ever, looking back it could have been a whole lot worse and I am so grateful it wasn't a lot more serious! The downs really started to affect me as a person and it has taken me a good few months to snap out of it. Hence the blog and lots of other things taking a back seat this year. It's so easy to get stuck in an unhappy place and whenever I feel back there I have to keep reminding myself that there are so many people in a worse situation than me and tomorrow is a brand new day.

This year hasn't been all doom and gloom though. Things definitely started to pick up by the end of the year, although thoughts of my nan are always at the back of my mind I now find the situation easier to cope with. In August I brought a Mini Cooper after months of searching for the perfect colour and boy am I in love. I took out my first loan, to pay for it so looks like I am a proper grown up now! Another amazing thing that happened in October was getting a new job. After months of searching, I finally took the risk and left a job that I was so unhappy in and I have to admit it was the best decision ever. Don't get me wrong, I miss my old work guys terribly but not the actual job at all!

2015 is looking so exciting already. I'm going by the expression that I am 'starting as I mean to go on', so me and Lewis have just booked a holiday to Kefalonia in July, I have the countdown all set up on my phone and am super excited! We will also be celebrating 10 years together in April, I'm not sure exactly what we are doing to celebrate yet, but this is definitely an achievement putting up with him for that long..I joke of course! 2015 will also see Papa Bear turn 60 so we are frantically trying to decide how to celebrate. This year will also be the year that I am going to be an Auntie again! So yes 2015 is looking a lot more positive!

I have also decided that this year is the year that I make more of an effort. To go out more, To blog more, to take more photos, to just be me take every opportunity I can!

Anyway, here is to everyone having an amazing 2015 filled with love and joy! I didn't intend for this post to go so personal, but I actually feel refreshed writing it all down. So if you are still reading, thank you! :) I also want to say a humungous thank you for all sticking around this year, I know I haven't been the greatest blogger as everything has just taken over a little bit but this is definitely going to change! Thank you all for being so understanding and I am sending you all lots of love! 

See you in the New Year! ♥
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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

nails inc - exhibition road


nails inc exhibition roadnails inc exhibition road swatch review
available from nails inc & Debenhams

Nothing says Christmas quite like a glitter nail polish. I was feeling a bit festive whilst I was out shopping (when do I not feel festive) and discovered this little beauty. Please excuse the length of my nails in the photo, I had a bit of a breakage spree so they all ended up snapping within days of each other.

I haven't brought a new nail polish in forever, I was actually beginning to forget what the nails inc counter looked like! But after what felt like forever deciding, I finally caved and brought Exhibition Road. This polish is a mixture of large lilac and gold pieces of glitter in a clear base. I prefer an intense glitter hit, so used 3 layers for boldness but could easily have used 1 coat layered over a different colour too. The finished effect looks a lot like mermaid scales layered like this, as the pieces are bigger they tend to fall over each other really nicely. The colours are really nice together too, it's not until you look closely that you can see the tint of purple but it is still neutral enough to go with everything.

My only niggle is that this really doesn't last a long time at all! I have tried a variation of top coats and base coats and the maximum it has lasted on me is 2 days before it started to peel off in one go. So if anybody has any ideas on making this last longer, please share! ♥
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