Saturday, 9 May 2015

Introducing Younique

So today I want to try something I've not done before; a brand focus. I have been using Younique products since January and thought it about time to share the love on the blog. 

Younique products are all cruelty-free, naturally based and free from parabens or any harsh chemicals.

There are a selection vegan friendly and gluten free products so something for everyone and the quality is fantastic! 

Younique's mission is to uplift, empower, validate and ultimately build self-esteem in women around around the world through high quality products that encourage both inner and outer beauty and spiritual enlightenment while also providing opportunities for personal growth and financial reward. 

My top three products without a doubt are the precision pencils, touch cream foundation and fibre lash mascara. Here's why:

Precision Pencils. There are fifteen colours all together; 5 lip liners and 10 eye liners. The pigmentation is amazing, they are unbelievably creamy and so go on like a dream and they are completely smudge proof. Need I say any more? I have 8 in total and rave about them to anyone that will listen. The sharpener (purchased separately) also sharpens them to a round tip rather than a point which is much gentler on the skin. 

Touch Mineral Cream Foundation. This foundation is a delight. I use the shade Organza which is the second lightest colour and it's a great match for my skin. The most amazing thing about it though is the coverage - it's fantastic but doesn't look cakey at all. The packaging comes with a sponge separated from the product with a clear plastic lid which I enjoy and there is also a decent sized mirror. Perfect for throwing in your handbag! While it does come with a sponge and Younique do make a foundation brush I find this applies better with a buffing brush from Real Techniques or Bare Minerals. 

3D Fibre Lash Mascara. I'll admit I was dubious before I tried this - will it work? will I hate it? Will it be messy?  Clumpy?  Fibres all down my face? Irritate my eyes? The answer to all of these questions (except 'will it work?) was of course, no! The transplanting gel and green tea fibres are so easy to use and actually do look great. I personally think some people can go a bit OTT with it but I find it the perfect replacement for falsies and the ingredients nourish my lashes - fab.

And so that was a brief introduction to Younique! 
Find out more and shop the brand HERE.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Polish & Repair

Training as a beauty therapist and working a lot with nails when I got the email asking if I'd like to review some nail polish that doesn't just look good but does good for your nails too I jumped at the chance!

I can do other people's nails but never my own, typical! Also how old and wrinkly do my hands looks? Great. 

So Micro Cell products - 'nail recovery with a hint of glamour' -  have recently entered the UK market after being best sellers in Germany and specialise in restoring the health and vitality of your nails. 

The first little bottle I received is Nail Repair. This is developed specifically for soft, brittle nails and is supposed to strengthen and prevent splitting or tearing, accelerate growth, activate the rebuilding of protein molecules in nail layers and connect the layers of nails to strengthen the body of the nail. Pheww, a bit technical that last bit, eh? Well as much as that sounds it really does work! 
I was a little bit dubious about it all to start with but I have been really pleased the the results, especially the speed at which this works. You're supposed to put one coat on one day and repeat the following day with a second coat and then on the third day remove with Nail Repair Remover (which I don't have) and repeat this process over two to three weeks. It also recommended to use as a base coat once a week so this is what I have been doing for about four weeks now except for with normal acetone-free nail polish remover. My results? Stronger, longer and much healthier nails! Seriously, they have been growing much faster and not breaking. I do a lot of horse riding so my nails often split or break but I've had none of it, especially the last couple of weeks. I'm very pleased. 

Finally Colour Repair. I'm so happy to have been sent the shade Raspberry Kiss (a red wine/purple colour) as it's something I would have chosen for my self. It goes on nicely and gives the nail a nice shine but watch out as it chips really easily without a decent top coat. I love the idea that my nail polish is treating my nails rather than weakening them so I think I'll definitely be investing in a few more colours - you can view the whole range on the website here

Overall I highly recommend the brand and with a range of other products from cuticle oil, through nail files to hand cream to choose from I can see the brand taking off very soon. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Thoughts: Australian Body Care

Australian Bodycare is a new brand to me and I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of samples to try from the lovely people at Catalyst PR. The products I have been using are Anytime Balm and Hand Cream, both of which are lovely.

I mentioned Australian Bodycare to be a new brand to me because it's actually been around since 1992 in salons and spas before becoming more recently available for purchase. So the products are all really simple and straightforward and are suitable for all ages. Due to being all Tea Tree Oil based (the highest grade of course) the range is particularly good for clearing blemishes or odour causing bacteria in adolescents such as myself. 

I want to first tell you about Anytime Balm. Described as 'a rich creamy emollient balm for all skin types but especially good for blemished and dry flaking skin' I would say this is a sort of solidified oil for use at any time (the clue is in the name) and on any part of the body.To use you simply melt by rubbing between your fingers and then apply to whichever area you wish. 
I've tested it out on the dryness on my legs and face and also as a lip balm and gained results I'm rather pleased with; my lips are in great condition and the dry patches gradually disappeared! 
Tea Tree is known for it's soothing and antiseptic benefits which were really called into action a couple of weeks ago. I tried using some hair removal cream on my underarm (never again!!) only to be immediately burnt and left with bright red patches that stung whenever I moved - Anytime Balm became my saviour! I applied it twice daily to the area and within three or four days it cleared up.   

I've been on the market for a new hand cream for a while now so I was really looking forward to trialling this one. Containing Tea Tree Oil to protect, Shea butter to moisturise and smooth and Argon oil to condition and nourish this really sounded like what I needed, and to an extent it is. Don't get me wrong, the cream is lovely to apply, doesn't leave your hands all greasy and really does good things for your hands it's just the extra strong smell! As much as I love scents I'm really not a fan of the overpowering types which unfortunately this is. I do however also enjoy the consistency and pale pink colour (bonus) so we'll have to see how things go with this one. I'd highly recommend to people who have a problem with nail or skin biting though as I'm sure you'd be put of by the taste of Tea Tree. 

Overall while the strong fragrance has driven me away from the hand cream I'm sure I'll be purchasing some more skincare products in the near future to really treat my nasty spots I seem to have become oh so prone to! 

Find Australian Bodycare online  Website // Twitter // Facebook 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Lifestyle | Feeding The Ducks

Spring has officially sprung in the UK now that the wind and rain has been replaced by the blazing sunshine. I took the opportunity the other day to take my younger cousin for a little walk in the lovely weather and to feed the ducks. 

The lake, or rather large pond, was so still and the daffodils looked beautiful. Now I'm super excited for the summer! 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Liebster Award

I'm about two months late with this one but hey, what's new there then? The beautiful Sarah from Fawn Chic nominated me for a liebster award - thank you, lovely! - so without further a dew here is my response... 

Any plans for valentines day?
Well it's a bit late for me to be answering this question but as a single pringle no, I did not spend my valentines day all loved up but I did spend my evening babysitting so another couple could enjoy their night! 

Where do you see yourself in five years?
If you would have asked me this question four years ago I would have told you that I would be on my way to becoming a midwife, if you would have asked me two years ago I would have told you I would be working as an administrative officer and if you had of asked me just months ago I would have told you that I would be a freelance make up artist. Now? Now I have no idea where I'll be in five years time and it's so scary!

Has blogging changed your life in any way?
Yes and no. I'm not one of those people who has become really successful and made lots of amazing friends - shout out to Laura though, she's great and I feel as though I can call her a friend (even though she probably just sees me as some sort of stalker, hah!) - but I have become happier and more confident in a way. Blogging has allowed me discover this whole other world - the bloggersphere - that sometimes I am totally divulged in and other times I'm completely AWOL from. I wouldn't change a thing. 

Favourite movie to watch to help cheer you up?
This is a bad question for me because I'm that person that just cannot watch a film twice! Once is enough, thank you very much. I do however enjoy romantic comedies or just comedies if I need some cheering up - so basically whatever is highest rated on the trusted netflix, that or I binge watch series such as Friends, Rizzoli & Isles, Switched At Birth or Bones.

One make up product that you couldn't live without?
As a Younique presenter I feel like I should say 3D fibre lash mascara (which is totally amazing) but truthfully it would more likely be my precious Sleek contour kit! I love that little palette of joy so much and it's so cheap. There have been times when I've slapped on some contour and nothing else, yep that's how I roll. 

Who is the person that inspires you to be a better person?
Amber Voight - look her up. Also, as cheesy at you may find it, Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter. I have followed her for years and she is my favourite person.

Do you enjoy sweet or sultry foods more?
I've never heard of 'sultry' foods but I assume it's just another word for savoury? If so then savoury all the way. It may be because my body has suffered too much junk food over the years but these days I'm just always craving the good stuff - by which I mean healthy stuff. 

Do you have a goal for 2015?
I had lots of goals but stuck to none of them so I guess just to be happy. 

One piece of clothing that you can't wait to wear for spring?
My wardrobe currently consists of about 5 tops and two pairs of jeans so nothing I'm two excited for to be honest. Maybe - no, definitely- a shopping spree is in order very soon. 

Favourite song at the moment?
I don't ever tend to have favourites. At the moment I am loving Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Hold Back The River as well as Kelly Clarkson and Sam Smith.

If you could choose one place to work (realistic or not) where would it be?
I'd be self employed! 

I've not done this post the typical way because I've had a few nominations, all of which I am so, SO grateful for but I'm running out of facts about myself and questions to ask so if you're reading this and want to give it a shot then write a post and give me 11 facts about yourself and 11 of your favourite things and leave the link in the comments or tweet me so that I can see. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


As you'll probably already know, I study beauty therapy at college and as I mentioned in both this and this post the skincare brand we use for facials is dermalogica. So to really get to know the products I'm using on my client's skin I've been using them on my own skin at home too. 

On our brand training day we were each given a £10 off discount code so that we could purchase a skin kit and be using dermalogica at home, even for a short time, to see results on our own skin first. As I have combination skin I was recommended the normal/oily skin kit containing:
Special Cleansing Gel,
MultiActive Toner,
Active Moist,
Skin Prep Scrub,
Total Eye Care

I used the products morning and night for a month (4 weeks) until the majority of the products were used up and I had to repurchase to fully test out the range. In total, I used special cleansing gel, multiactive toner and active moist for about 6 weeks before reverting back to good ol' No 7. It's not that these dermalogica products aren't good, it's that this specific combination wasn't working for me. Though I would just like to point out that it's been a good four months since I bought this and my original tiny tube of eye cream is still going strong - just shows how a little bit goes a long way.

Every one should be using the three core products in their skincare regime; cleanser, toner and moisturiser. So those are the three products I want to briefly tell you about first. 

Special Cleansing Gel. This is a lightweight, soap free, fragrance free, foaming gel for all skin types. It contains balm mint to cool and calm and lavender, a natural purifying antiseptic. This cleanser isn't over drying and leaves the skin super clean. I can't deny that it gives good results, in fact if my skin is breaking out or feeling clogged up I still reach for my little bottle of special cleansing gel! I just don't like the feel of the foam on my face or the tightness I feel after rinsing. If you're like me and also experience sensitivity I recommend UltraCalming cleanser also from dermalogica. It's a really lovely product and a fab makeup remover too.   

MultiActive Toner. Again, suitable for all skin types, this is a hydrating, refreshing ultra-light spritz to help condition the skin. It's ideal for travelling - after a long flight or to wake you up in the middle of a long drive - and also great for using over makeup during the day. I'm pretty indifferent to this product but I will say that I hate the smell!

Active Moist. A lightweight, oil free lotion that combats surface dehydration for daily moisturising. While I love the consistency of this moisturiser when I use it I just don't feel like it's doing anything. It contains lemon fruit, cucumber, lavender and watercress which are great for soothing, hydrating and refining the skin but it's just not suited to me at all. My skin just felt like it always needed more nourishment. I'd recommend for really oil skin or males - in fact it is mostly guys that purchase this from the salon. 

You should also exfoliate your skin twice weekly minimum and so this is where Skin Prep Scrub falls in to the mix. This is a sandy colour and is really thick and grainy. It also has a smell much like marmite, either you love it or you hate it! It claims to leave your skin with a healthy, smooth complexion which I'm happy enough to agree with. 

I've never used an eye cream before despite knowing the importance of caring for the delicate skin around the eyes. I've lusted after various products from Origins, Liz Eearle and No 7 but never taken the plunge. Total Eye Care has been fantastic. It has an SPF of 15 which is ideal for me and it is both concealing and moisturising. The girls at college actually noticed a difference and commented on it before I did!  I'd highly recommend this to teens and younger women as a good defence before the real ageing kicks in. 

So those are my thoughts on the normal/oily skin kit. I've grown to know and love dermalogica as a brand and in my opinion, the best product that you should all try is the MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque. It's a fantastic hydrating pick me up weekly masque, great for pamper nights. Even Victoria Beckham uses it! 

I've not done a review in a couple of months and I feel so rusty, I'm struggling to regain a flow to my posts... Please forgive me. What do you think about dermalogica? Tell me about your skin care below. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Liebster Award & Return Of The Blogger

It feels so strange to be writing a blog post. Tomorrow it will have been exactly one month since my last post which is ridiculous! Time to get back to it. I really don't know where the time has gone; though the constant exams and assessments at college and increased work load at home may have had something to do with it. It's still no excuse. I love my blog so this is me returning. Starting with a long overdue response to the lovely Courtney who nominated me for a Liebster award in January.

I copied this from your post, Courtney. Hope you don't mind ;)

I'm pretty sure that you all know the drill by now but if you don't then the rules are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
- Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you
- Nominate 11 people with less than 200 followers
- Write 11 questions for your nominees
- Inform your nominees of their nomination by commenting on their blog

Questions from Courtney:

Name a blog or blog post that inspires you? The Confessions of A Professional Drama Queen. Laura never fails to inspire me. I visit her blog so often that all I have to do is type 'c' in the search bar and her web address appears. Also, Alice's Antics.

Top 3 make up brands?  Bourjois (I love everything), Younique (do the best eye/lip liners ever) and MUA (£1 lipsticks and fab eyeshadow palettes).  

List one thing you like about yourself? Hair. 

What is your favourite song at the moment? Heartbeat Song from Kelly Clarkson. 

Favourite beauty product and why? Real Techniques brushes because they make make up application so easy!

Heels or flats? Flats. Heels are beautiful but I just can't walk in them, I've never really had a pair of heels if I'm honest - excluding some gorgeous wedge sandals that I've never had the confidence to wear out and boots from Next which is just a tiny heel. 

Most recent beauty/fashion purchase? I did a big order from Younique including pigments, liners, lip gloss, foundation and mascara. 

Dream job? I really don't know any more. I do know it would be part time and I'd be my own boss. 

Name a product you love that costs under £10? Bourjois Health Mix Serum Foundation.

What made you want to start blogging? I had been reading a lot of blogs from the likes of SprinkleOfGlitter, Tanya Burr and Zoella and from there discovered other blogs such as Alice's Antics, Milk Bubble Tea, Becca's Fashion & Life, Gingerly Pale, Annie Writes Beauty, And Beauty or Something, The Fudge Cake and so many more. I felt inspired and wanted to try it.

How has blogging changed your life? Reading certain blogs always cheers me up, makes me laugh and gives me a more positive outlook. I feel I've made a couple of friends and I love being a part of this amazing online community!

Questions from me:

>What is your favourite part about being a blogger?
>What is your favourite blog post you've ever written?
>What is your favourite blog post you've ever read?
>Where is your favourite place to be?
>Where do you see yourself in five years time?
>Favourite place to shop?
>Who was the last person you spoke to?
>Do you spend most of your time with or without make up on?
>What was your new years resolution and are you sticking to it?
>Who inspires you?
>List three of your most valuable possessions?

I nominate Amelie from SmudgedFace, Rebecca from BlondeBexx, Yasmin from Yasmin's Beauty Blog, Akale from Akale Malia Blog. Danielle from In Real Life Beauty, Lipstick & Life, Holly from Holly Mae, Laura from Laura Kathren, Toni from Clarke Couture, Sara from Bloo'n'Stuff and finally Rhiannon from The Sole Collections

I scrolled through the bbloggers, lbloggers and bloggersuk hashtags on Instagram to find these blogs and I found some fab new reads so I couldn't be happier! I can't wait to read everyone's answers. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

A Little Wish List ~ January 2015

There are some gorgeous new (and old) products on the market that I'm really excited to hopefully get my hands on. These are my top five...

Limited Edition Clarins Garden Escape 6 Colour Eye Palette. Clarins have announced the launch of their Garden Escape collection for spring 2015 and this stunning palette is one of the things I am most desperate to try out. I love the soft shimmery earth shades and how luxurious the packaging is. Ughh I need it! £32.00.

Makeup Revolution The One Fluid Blusher - Pink Sea. Makeup Revolution is a brand that is certainly taking the beauty world by storm and though I've got a couple of pro bits from them I don't feel I've experimented anywhere near enough in their makeup range. I've not yet tried a fluid blush so I'll definitely be investing in this and just look how gorgeous the colour is. £3.00. 

Max Factor CC Stick for under eye circles. I have awful dark circles under my eyes so I'm willing to try anything to hide them. I love a good colour correcting concealer and putting it in a stick? Perfect for targeting the delicate eye area. £8.99.

Essie Bahama Mama. While this isn't a new release it is a gorgeous dark plum nail colour that I would like to add to my collection. Perfect for the winter months we're currently in. £8.00.

Superliner Smokissme Black Smoke (100). This product is not like anything I've seen before and it interests me immensely. The idea behind this odd shaped liner product is that it creates the perfect smokey eye in one stroke - while lining your eyes the curved tip smudges the colour around the rest of the lid. Currently available in Black Smoke or Brown Smoke at Superdrug. £7.99.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Polyvore | Winter Wear

Winter Wear

Winter Wear by beautyshine featuring a black coat

I don't know about you but for me it's been a long week and I couldn't be happier that it's Friday. To celebrate, today I'm sharing with you some of my favourite winter wear from Polyvore. Have you noticed I love this website yet?

Where I live we have been well and truly hit with the winter weather recently, from gail force winds and heavy rain to a very brief hit of snow. With weather like this every day a good pair of boots is an absolute essential. I chose these brown ankle boots because the wooden sole will give a sturdy base to walk on and I'm sure they'd go with any outfit. I like the fluffy insides too! Also, as a farm girl I couldn't not include a pair of wellies. Personally, mostly due to them catering for my big feet and wide calves, I am a loyal Buckbootz wearer but I do love the look of this polka dot pair from John Lewis and I've no doubt they'd be good enough for splashing in puddles and those long walks on dryer days.  

Next up is nails. Throughout the winter I love the darker colours, last year Essie After School Boy Blazer was my favourite and this year I am loving the look of Bahama Mama. To protect the mani and keep your hands warm you of course need a good pair of gloves and weather you want practical or pretty I've got you covered. Personally the aztec pair from Roxy are my favourites, though the kitty mittens are adorable. 

When it comes to keep the head warm (did you know most of your body heat is lost through the head?) I just can't deal with hats. They never fit properly or they cover my eyes or don't cover my ears. I much prefer a knit head band such as the gorgeous one shown. What do you think, hat or headband? 

I'm not even going to go into my love of knit jumpers and scarves again but as always you can use the links to go to my polyvore page and check everything else out for yourself. Do you have any winter wear favourites? Are you a pretty or practical gal? I'd love to know.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

M&S Sparkling Lemon Verbena Gift Set

Some time last year I was given the Sparkling Lemon Verbena bath & body gift set from Nature's Extracts at Marks and Spencer. I can't find it anywhere online so I can't tell you the price but it's so lovely. 

Inside comes a 200ml moisturising body butter in a pot, a 200ml tube of moisturising body butter light and a little 10g pot of moisturising lip balm. Overall a lot of moisturising goodness for your body. Everything is packaged in pale yellow with a black floral pattern on the front. The sizes are perfect for travel and I adore the delicious citrus-y smell.

My favourite product is the lip balm. It's quite thick and gloopy but refreshingly zesty and super moisturising, you can really feel it working and it leaves lips lusciously soft. I've been keeping it at my bedside and using it morning and night and I've not had a dry lip in sight. £2.50 sold separately

Next up is the body butter. This is a luxuriously thick, whipped cream that is a delight to use. I simply rub it all over my body and my skin feels so smooth and I smell great, even if I do say so myself. The best time to use this is at night time because it kind of makes me want to just slip into bed and go to sleep. £6.00 sold separately

Finally the body butter light. This is my favourite of the two and is the same product as before but the consistency is much, well, lighter and also contains cocoa butter. I like to use this one mostly on my legs after a shower, it leaves them silky soft. Both body butters sink into the skin like a dream. Not sold separately. 

Overall this was a really lovely gift that I'm getting lots of use out of. There are also lots of other flavours (is that the right word?) to choose from. So whether you want to spoil yourself or treat a friend, I recommend a visit to M&S. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

As Manx As The Hills

I love where I live and I'm not at all ashamed to say so. Where most seventeen year olds living on the Isle of Man spend their time complaining that there is no decent entertainment or a lack of social attractions I genuinely appreciate living so rurally. I love my island's beauty and take pride in my surroundings. How cringey is that then? 

Wherever I am there is always a gorgeous beach to walk on, stunning landscape to admire or a glen or plantation to explore no more than 10 minutes away from me in any direction. 

One of my all time favourite places to walk is Eary Cushlin which is in the West of the island. The area makes me feel very connected as my family were the last to farm the land and the last to live in the house. I love the open space, how close to home I am and how fresh the air is - it's almost always windy up there! It's the perfect place to get some head space and take a break from technology, though of course I had my phone with me so I took some photos of the views while I was walking there yesterday and wanted to share them with you. While they aren't the best of quality (my iPhone is pretty old and I was practically being blown off my feet, please do forgive me) they do show a place that I love. I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Life As A Beauty Therapy Student #2

It's been three months since my original 'Life As A Beauty Therapy Student' post and since then, things have got real. That sounds really serious but all I actually mean is the salon has opened and we've been working on real clients instead of just practising treatments on each other every day. So there were a few points I mentioned in my last post that I'd like to continue on today...

First things first I mentioned being 'on the road to my best skin ever' with the brand Dermalogica. I promised to trial their skincare range on myself at home for one month and see how things went. As much as I love (most of) their products and have no doubts that the facials we provide at the salon in college really do improve skin health, I used their products for my complete skincare regime for a little over two months and if I'm honest, not much changed. I'm happier being back with No 7. I would like to do a little shout out to some of my favourites though, them being the UltraCalming cleanser, MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque and Skin Prep Scrub. 

Things with my tutor have settled down a bit and I've grown to kind of like her, I'm still never sure where I stand with her though and I'm far more relaxed when she isn't around. We had a deal regarding some bikini line waxing and making friends by Christmas that, since I'm returning from the holidays tomorrow, I am really beginning to panic about. 

The work load is still pretty intense but I'm proud to say that I have been using my spare time to buckle down and tackle it. There is so much more for me to do and so much I've yet to learn but I'm on track and not bottom of the class so things are OK on that front... for now!

It's also still very expensive with home practice being a necessity, particularly now we've cover shellac and I'm buying CND products! But I have most of the things I need now and I'm really just building my collection. I have a couple of regular clients for waxes and manicures, I've started a Facebook page and things are going well. Although my prices are extremely cheap (which the people love) and don't really cover the cost of products and my time, I'm happy. I wouldn't like to charge full when I've yet to qualify. 

New things that I've learnt are that facials are my favourite thing to do, when performing waxing treatments you get REALLY hot and you're always going to have a shaky hand if you try to paint nails on an empty stomach. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year | 2015

Once again we find ourselves in a new year, though I wont say that it's a new me. Last year I did pretty well with my new years health kick, I lasted until about April! That in itself is a record for me but I wont be making any resolutions this year. 

Instead, my hopes for the year are that I can be motivated, happy and healthy. I want to be optimistic about things and say yes to opportunities that come my way. I'm far too shy and sheltered and my friends don't hold back in telling me so. 

In saying I want to be motivated I mean that in a few different ways. The two most important to me and relevant to you are in college and my blog. 
I want to spend as much time as possible over the coming weeks getting my coursework completed and assessments ticked off so that nothing is left to the last minute or anywhere near there. I know from experience just how fast the time between Christmas and the end of the academic year can fly by. I'm slightly annoyed that I've spent this whole week being ill and not achieved what I had planned to but I suppose this can't be helped. 
Secondly, with being wrapped up in college and festivities and sickness, my blog has been ever so neglected recently and it's made me realise just how much I love blogging. I've been doing it for two years this month and I'm on my third name. I'm happy with everything now from design and layout to content. I love interacting with other bloggers on Twitter and I'm very grateful for a couple of special ones who are always there to give me a shove along the way. I tried to quit blogging once but I couldn't stay away. So this year, though I can't promise to post every day and sometimes there will have to be weeks where I have minimal to none internet presence, I want to put all of my efforts into The Clumsy Beauty and this time next year I want to look back with pride. 

I mentioned that I want to be happy and healthy. I'm not going to talk about weight because, quite frankly, I'm sick of hearing myself go on about it. I want to be healthy. There is a difference. My Mum bought a table tennis table at Christmas so that should be a fun way to get active. Plus I have my gorgeous dog that needs walking and a horses that needs exercising. I'm very lucky really. 
So happiness. 2014 was mostly a fantastic year for me but there were lots of times when depression snook in and my attitude took a turn South. This year I'm determined not to go back there, I want every day to be a happy one. Even if it's just for an hour. This included being optimistic about the future rather than assuming the worst. 

Finally, say yes to opportunities. This sounds rather cliché but I'm often one to turn down party invitations or trips to town in favour of staying at home because if I'm honest, large groups of strangers, loud music, busy shops, they terrify me! This sounds silly I've even lost job opportunities and important experiences because I'm too scared to follow them through. Basically, this year I need to be 100% more confident. 

So that's me. Who knows where 2015 is going to take us?

Happy New Year! Here's hoping for a good one!
Blein Vie Noa