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2013

Published January 7, 2013 by cakemusicandmakeup

Just so you know, I don’t really go in for resolutions. They always seem to be so black and white – I WILL do this, or I WILL NOT do that. To be a bit Meredith Grey-esque, I like there to be shades of grey in things.

I was glad to see the back of 2012, to be honest. The Olympics didn’t really interest me – the torch relay certainly didn’t, anyway – and the Euros ended in disappointment, as ever. Personally, towards the end of the year, I spent a significant time off work sick, which wasn’t fun in any way – I didn’t feel ill, but I was: this made what was essentially solitary confinement even more difficult. Health-wise, 2013 hasn’t dawned much brighter, but I have appointments and people to see that are making the horizon somewhat clearer.

But back to 2013. Instead of resolutions, I decided to set myself a few goals; things I would like to accomplish over the year. And by sharing them publicly, I’m hoping it might hold me to account a bit more. Some might seem shallow, but that’s how I roll.

  1. To take more care of myself. This encompasses lots of things, really: making sure I always take my various medication, going for blood tests when the doctor tells me, brushing my teeth twice a day, going to the dentist (sorry mum), washing my face every day, making an attempt to eat more healthily.
  2. To say no. This is a work one really. I always say yes to everything, and this hasn’t helped my physical or mental health.
  3. To cut back on luxuries. This encompasses make-up, music and nail varnish. I would like to get in the habit of  “shopping the stash” of make-up on a regular basis so I know exactly what I have. I am also going to try and complete an A-Z of nail varnish brands over the year on the blog, as well as the challenge which is on a separate page above.
  4. To pay off Andrew’s credit card bill on time. The debt is shared between us and I want to keep on top of this, as well as paying into our mortgage fund.
People I work with need to see this face more often.

People I work with need to see this face more often.

I really hope I can accomplish these goals – I’m also hoping that I can post on here every now and again, to keep me from getting bogged down with work too much.

Wish me luck?

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Starter kit: beauty blogs

Published November 21, 2012 by cakemusicandmakeup

Since perusing blogs seems to have become a large pastime of mine, I thought I would share some of my regular reads. Why do I read blogs? Well, I find most women’s magazines too expensive and full of adverts nowadays (a sign of the state of the industry) and blogs are a good substitute. I also find bloggers to have a bit more objectivity when it comes to reviewing products, although obviously some posts are sponsored by companies and PR firms.

So here are my current favourites – keep your purse locked away!

Vivianna Does Makeup – UK

Anna’s blog was one of the first British beauty blogs I found, along with her YouTube channel. I’m finding more of her purchases are getting a bit aspirational (read high-end!) for me just lately, but I enjoy her enthusiasm for the beauty industry and her posts are always interesting and full of personality.

Rebecca Likes Nails – Canada

I wish I had skills like Rebecca! Her nail art is incredible and her Konad (stamping, a type of nail art) is always so neat. She throws in swatches and haul post every now and again but to be honest, she could write anything to go with her pictures and I would still read it!

The Polishaholic – US

For me, Jen is the number one source on nail polish and trends coming from the US. Her swatches are clear and accurate and descriptions just spot on. There are other US polish fanatics out there, but it’s always Jen’s blog I go to when I want to see what OPI, China Glaze, Orly, Essie and Color Club are doing next. And I’m jealous that she lives in Orange County!

Do Not Refreeze – UK

Leanne used to post mainly about nail varnish but now she posts about make-up in general. Her love for Illamasqua is well documented and it’s usually her fault my wish list for them, The Make Up Store and Kiko is so large whenever I go to London! I really like her straight-talking, especially on Twitter!

Caroline Hirons – UK

Caroline’s blog is a recent discovery but if you want to take better care of your face then this is the place you need to look. Packed full of tips and “cheat sheets”, Caroline also reviews products and sporadically holds “The Clinic”, where you can leave a comment and she can recommend products or solutions for your particular skincare concern. I feel I’ve learned a lot so far – number one being that Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is not as natural as you might think!

What are your favourite beauty blogs?