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!)
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.
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!
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.
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!