Best Books Of 2019

At the beginning of 2019 I set myself a reading challenge of 52 books. I wanted to push myself, to encourage myself to embrace a hobby that didn’t require a screen and I found that having that challenge in the back of my mind really helped to keep my motivated. (NB – Before people message me, I’ve called this the ‘best books of 2019’ although, as you’ll see, this list isn’t necessarily books that were published last year, just the ones that I read!)

Discover the 10 best books that I read in 2019. Wondering what to read next? Here's my list of the best books I've read in the past year. #talontedlex #bestbooks #bookreview2019 #bookrecommendations #whatimreading #booksoftheyear
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2019 Favourites: The Best Beauty Of The Year

I really look forward to these beauty round ups, it’s so much fun to look back and see what I’ve been using the most. It’s also interesting for me to see the same products crop up year after year – I think it really shows that, although I have access to a LOT of products and new releases, I’m still loyal to truly great products. I hope you enjoy this edit of my best beauty of 2019, please do let me know what bits and pieces you loved this year in the comments!

if you’re interested you can see last year’s picks HERE.

2019 beauty favourites - my most used (and most loved) beauty products of the year. Beauty recommendations, the best beauty of 2019. #talontedlex #bestmakeup #bestbeauty #beauty2019 #2019beauty #2019recommendations
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Christmas Nail Art: String Of Pearls

I posted a Christmas nail art look last week and it seemed to go down very well, but a few people asked me if I could do something that was a bit less…kitschy Christmas. Something a little more grown up, more festive than Christmassy. Ask and you shall receive!

Christmas nail art inspiration. Red manicure with pearls, hand painted nail art ideas. Easy nail art for the festive season. #talontedlex #easynailart #christmasnails #christmasmanicure #festivenails
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Good Person = Good Skin? The Morality Of Skin

I have been drafting a version of this blog post for a long time, but yesterday a post on Instagram sent me over the edge and showed me how much this conversation is needed. There is an insidious belief in our society that good skin somehow represents being a good person, or good choices in life. Obviously, anyone with a brain can see that this is nonsense, but I wanted to talk about the moral halo surrounding skin for those who may be perpetuating this myth without thinking.

Why good skin doesn't make you a good person (and vice versa!) Skin positivity, body positivity, and why we need to be a little bit kinder. Skincare blogger and rosacea activity, Talonted Lex shares her thoughts on the bizarre belief that good deeds are rewarded with good skin. #talontedlex #goodskin #skinpositive #skinblogger #rosaceaadvice
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Christmas Nail Art: Baubles

It feels like a lifetime ago that I started this blog to chronicle my love for manicures and nail art. I often think about changing my blog name so it reflects the wider topics I talk about now, but I think I’d be sad to let go of my nail blogger roots. So of course, I couldn’t let the festive season come and go without doing some Christmas nail art… I’m hoping to do a few looks but here is the first: Christmas baubles!

Christmas nail art inspiration. Christmas tree baubles, hand painted nail art ideas. Easy nail art for the festive season. #talontedlex #easynailart #christmasnails #christmasmanicure #festivesnails
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