My Nail Space…

My Nail Space

Come in, come in.. make yourself comfy… grab a cuppa & take a seat! I think we’re due a catch up, don’t you?

So finally I grab myself a hot minute to start work on an exciting feature, My Nail Space! If you’re anything like myself then I’m sure you’ll enjoy having a good nosey about any beauty or nail related interiors… and if you’re a nail tech in search of inspiration for your own little nail bubble then Waa Hoooo – you’ve come to the right place *excited air punch*  as we’ll be regularly showcasing a new nail room for you to feast your eyes on! So whether you’re in the beginning stages of setting up your own space or simply love taking inspiration from others; this is most definitely the series for you! And what better way to start than by having a snoop around my very own work area? So let’s get started….

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***THE AREA***

My nail room at home

Okay… so it ain’t high-end, nor will it win any interior design awards, but I BLOOMING WELL LOVE IT! I’m blessed enough to have a good sized spare room with beautiful wooden floors (easy for sweeping up mountains of glitter and nail dust) – the seaside view is super pretty too. It’s bright, airy, cosy but yet has lots of great natural light from morning to afternoon and is relatively easy to keep clean. I love everything a blank canvas to add pops of colour into with ornamental trinkets. As I’ve only moved in (less than 3 months ago) I’m still in the process of hanging pictures and deciding what wall art I’d like – yep my to-do list never stops growing, one of these days I’ll FINALLY get it finished *dramatic eye roll*

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One of my absolute favourite pictures is this button frame. I used to make button bouquets when I owned my bridal suites so I’ve always got lots of super cute buttons lying around. When I rediscovered an unused Ikea frame I had stashed away I decided to get creative and make myself some fun & funky wall art. It’s totally unique to me and a great feature that adds so much colour. It was cheap & easy to make too – you really don’t have to spend a lot to make your space totally personalised to your tastes!

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***THE DESK***

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Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a total Ikea addict – their prices are just too darn good! And if you can’t already tell, I adore white – it’s clean, bright & goes with pretty much all my additional decor pieces. This desk was an absolute bargain… it’s the Adils Linnmon desk and costs £35! Yep, £35! Not bad eh? I also purchased an Alex 5 drawer set (£50) that sits perfectly underneath it, giving me lots of drawer space for all my nail essentials!

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Unfortunately my exact chair doesn’t seem to be available any longer however if you’re looking for a similar design I’d recommend the Janinge chair (£40) or perhaps the Adde chair (£10) if you’re looking for something on a slightly smaller budget. What a bargain!

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*** THE STORAGE***

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Considering I already have a stock room for Nail Sugar I’m pretty blessed in terms of storage, however, my everyday nail essentials fit neatly into both the Alexa drawer set & a little chest of drawers I’ve had since I was a baby!

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I’m ridiculously sentimental with stuff like that so I bought some furniture paint and gave it a total makeover. It’s kinda shabby chic looking, but again I love it. Not only is it useful, it has such a sentimental value to it – perfect for storing all my overflow/extras in such as lint-free wipes, photographic backing paper etc.

Whereas the Alex drawers stock everything I need to reach for when I’m in the process of doing nails such as tips, forms, primers, gel polishes, acrylic etc.

My next venture is to get a gorgeous display stand for all my jars of super sparkly Nail Sugar glitter – I’m thinking more a library of bling… sounds good, right? 😉

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There you have it folks, a quick tour around My Nail Space. I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below so do say a quick howdy!

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Changes…

Change

 

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Wow, what a sabbatical it has been!  And yes, I’m having major blogging withdrawal symptoms *sigh* In fact, if you’d have told me 6 months ago that I’d be taking a 60-day break from blogging I’d have laughed merrily and told you to catch a grip… you all know how damn addicted I am to my scribing. But it’s been so so SO worth it as there’s been so many exciting things happening over the last number of weeks that I’ve needed to prioritise… but all will be a bit clearer very soon.  However, in the process of recent events I’ve discovered a few home truths:

 

Cherry Bakewells are not considered part of your ‘five a day’ *sigh*

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Ticking the tiniest tasks of a To-Do list is so satisfying that you start writing things like ‘Wake Up’ & ‘make more tea’.

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I go through more post it notes in one day than toilet roll in a week.

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2 am is most definitely my EUREKA hour.

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I’ve developed a keen skill for looking interested when in fact I’m making mental notes about something completely irrelevant.

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Wearing odd socks is absolutely okay – wearing odd shoes is not.

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Cats make the best company… they listen but don’t interrupt with a reply.

Toilet trips are utterly inconvenient.

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Time is of no meaning when I stray onto YouTube.

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A mason jar full of jelly babies looks super cute on my desk… however consuming vast quantities of orange ones because they may be ‘nutritionally beneficial’ is not an acceptable excuse.

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Anyways, what have I missed? How have you all been? Is everyone keeping well? For those that have been so supportive throughout my break, – thank you! The subscriber count continues to grow daily & I promise to get round to all your recent emails & comments very shortly. In the meantime, you may begin to notice a few new changes with the blog and social media, especially over the next number of weeks… all positive and exciting and I’ll be keeping y’all updated as I go! Don’t worry – more info to follow 🙂

Don’t forget to say a quick hello! It’s been a while  X

Cheerio Chums…

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Doing my Own Nails: Mint Green, Grey & Chrome…

If there’s one thing us nail techs quite often find a drag it’s doing our own nails… I guess it’s kind of like a gardener not being arsed enough to keep his own lawn manicured or a hair-dresser overlooking her mass of split ends. It takes multiple cups of tea and a firm talking to in order to get me at my nail desk for some TLC of my own… not to mention the task of doing the non-dominant hand too – arrrghh! Yet on the other hand (excuse the pun) I could sit and watch YouTube videos from my fav nail gurus for hours without a single grumble – if anything, there’s something slightly therapeutic about it.

So if you’ve got a few minutes to burn and fancy seeing how I tackle bringing my own pinkies to life then why not get yourself comfy & hit the play button… if you’re feeling super generous you might even want to subscribe to keep up with my latest uploads – which you can do by *Clicking Here*

Anyways, more from me when I’ve recovered from my dose of the winter lurgies…. yes, I’m huddled up drinking copious amount of Lucozade and munching my way through vitamins to lift the aches a little quicker with any luck.

Cheerio Chums…

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Ebay Nail Dust Extractor Fan… Does It Really Work?!

Any nail tech will most likely agree that nasty dust particles & gritty teeth (if you’re not wearing a mask) generally comes as part of the job description when prepping a fresh new set of extensions or whittling down an old set. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve emerged from my little nail nook with a chest area resembling an icing sugar explosion from the Great British Bake Off! Apart from my recurring ‘dusty boobs’, there’s also the nail desk, lamp, shelves, floor, books, my eyelashes – EVERYTHING gets a sprinkling of the white stuff when the hum of my nail drill starts up. Needless to say, it certainly keeps Tesco’s sales up on furniture polish & my beloved Henry vacuum cleaner in a job too.

“Surely to heavens breathing in that dust is horrific for your lungs” hubby pointed out a few weeks before Christmas. ” Yep” I sighed, blattering my bosom fiercely. So after dropping a few sledgehammer sized hints, I tore open a pressie on Christmas morning to reveal the dust extractor I’d dropped into conversation (MANY times) throughout December. Of course, having spotted it on Ebay, after wincing over the price tags of the much bigger & more powerful extractors, I thought to myself that anything is better than nothing and so I was delighted to receive my very own little ‘starter’ edition that would hopefully save me a few quid on cleaning paraphernalia and most importantly, save my lungs from the nasty dust particles.

So after it sat in a box for a few weeks, I finally found the chance to relay my first impressions… Is it really any good? Or has £30 been flushed down the drain? I guess you’ll have to make yourself comfy and press play to find out…

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As always, whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Confessions 2016/2017 (tag)

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When I first started blogging (quite a few years ago) I remember the flood of tag’s that were always on the go. I adored reading them and getting to know my blog buddies through a wide range of fun questions… then somehow they disappeared into the virtual void & I rarely spotted them again – until now that is.

Needless to say the gorgeous Sarah from Sarah’s Cup Of Beauty, tagged me recently and so akin to my retro blogging ways I just had to roll up my sleeves and give it a go – particularly when as the word ‘Confession’ is involved 😉  Anyways, if you’ve a few minutes to spare or fancy giving this a go yourself then get comfy and keep reading…

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Describe your 2016 in 3 words

Surprising, transformative, eventful

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Write the name of 2 people that have characterised your 2016.

My husband, Steve. No matter what, he never fails to support whatever I do. Most definitely a huge part of the driving force behind my goals ❤

My daughter, Emma, who makes me feel so incredibly blessed to be a mama.

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Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016

Hmmm, that’s a good question – honestly, I’d have to say smoked salted-chilli chicken with noodles. It’s amazing! Nom 🙂

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Write the event which marked you most in 2016.

The decline of my health. When chronic illness hit me I felt utterly isolated in so many ways, particularly being so young. Thankfully keeping my focus on goals (that I can achieve) really has helped me to get through each day with an aim in mind.

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Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016, and if you want link a photo.

My nail practice hand. Sounds utterly bizarre, but with so many new nail products on the market it gives me a chance to test them all out on something that is such a great help. Definitely a worth while investment for any nail tech J

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Write 3 good intentions for 2017

1. Be as active as possible without letting chronic pain terrify me into exclusion.

2. Work on some really exciting projects.

3. Spend as much quality time with my family as possible – they come first and foremost!

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Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017

Considering that I’m absolutely terrified of flying I won’t be going very far…. As much as I dream of visiting the United States one day, it feels like it may never happen – unless I manage to overcome my fears! For now, it might just be the local beach…. having said that it’s pretty darn beautiful so no major grumbles here. The weather could be a bit nicer for it though!

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Write 1 plate of food you’d like to eat in 2017.

My Christmas dins – yep, sounds bizarre so early in the year but if I make it to Christmas and spend it with those that mean the most then I’m as happy as can be!

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Here are the tag rules:

1. Mention the creator of the TAG.

2. Use the image that you find in this article.

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3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

4. Answer the questions.

5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

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And the nominations are….

YOU!

Okay so I might be a bit of a rule breaker.. but without tagging a heap of my blog buddies I thought I’d leave this one open for the any of you lovely lot to attempt.

Feel free to use my main image (very top) or you can use the one above that has been supplied by the original poster.

Don’t forget to give me a mention so I can check out yours too, I’d love to read your answers!

A huge ‘thank you’ to the lovely Sarah over at Sarah’s Cup Of Beauty for nominating me… do pop over and say a huge hello, she’s super friendly!

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As always, whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

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Acrylic Unicorn Nail

Bonjour, Hello, Howdy, G’day…

How the devil are you lovely lot? I do apologise for the slight absence, as luck would have it I’ve been having a blooming headache of a time with my trusty laptop which seems to have all the symptoms of old age setting in *sigh* You know… slow to start, easily confuddled, muddling information, not remembering passwords, cripplingly slow – hmmm, actually it sounds scarily like me and I’m only 34… anyways…. I’ve spent the last few days cleaning the darn thing out before undertaking the monumental task of video editing; which is something I can only describe as wandering through an unchartered circle of hell when your laptop is as slow as mine. Needless to say after sprouting a few more grey hairs, shaking my fists vigorously in the air and clearing the kitchen of all other human life I emerged victorious! A video was born!

So this week I decided to attempt my own version of a unicorn nail… ‘A what?’ I hear you say… yes, a unicorn nail. Well, the unicorn’s horn, though mine started off looking more like a teeny Mr Whippy cone before somehow evolving into (what I can only describe) as a glitzy seashell. The thing is, the gorgeous Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails, was the inspiration behind my attempt as her recent upload made the whole darn thing look so blooming easy. However, when you’re as awkward at acrylic nail art as I am, it simply shows what an utter dog’s dinner can be made compared to the seasoned pros. Okay, so it’s not the worst thing I’ve clamped my lamps on lately, but let’s just say 2017 is most certainly the year for me to get my practice hand out a little more than I have been. Hmm, maybe this is the beginnings of a little mini series… a first attempt kinda thing?! Something the world can chortle at as I try wholeheartedly to broaden my skill-set. Who knows.

Anyhoo if you’re waiting on the number 10 bus, sitting patiently in your local takeaway with a rumbling tummy or simply figuring out how else you can procrastinate for the next few minutes then why not press play. If you’re feeling really generous you can even *click here* to subscribe so you never miss out on any future snigger-inducing videos 😉

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As always, whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

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My New Life Book & Personal Organiser for 2017…

If there’s one thing I love when a new year roll’s in, is that with it, rolls shopping for a brand new diary… including an array of accessories: pens, dividers, post-it-notes etc. *happy sigh*

As I’ve stated MANY times before I’m a self-confessed stationery addict. There is (almost) nothing that fills me with more satisfaction that filling in a blank info page of a brand new personal organiser for the very 1st time. I even deliberate over the most ridiculous of details… what style of handwriting I should adopt, what colour ink, where I’ll be positioning my little sheet of mini post-its… the whole event in its entirety is a complete & utter joy AND this year it was even better as I finally got my hands on a planner I’d been lusting over for weeks on end. Is there ANYTHING as painful during a ‘no spend December’ than that horrid panic from wondering if your other half has managed to pick up on your sledgehammer hints and get their order in on time? All to avoid the utter catastrophe of seeing those dreaded 3 words: OUT OF STOCK *eeeeek* Painful huh?

However THIS year I succeeded in ‘taking control’ of the situation… long story short, the Personal Planner is now mine ‘Mwah ha ha’ *evil laugh* Unfortunately, the spend on a brand new Erin Condren was just out of the question. As utterly beautiful as her planners are, when I totted up the shipping etc it was just ridiculously expensive and couldn’t be justified. I’m not a spend-thrift but I know when silly-spending becomes apparent in the grand scheme of things.

So, after taking to the interwebs (for a good old personal organiser browse) my lamps finally caught sight of this little gem – it’s the Organised Mum Life Book. Now before you protest that you’re not a mama, calm your jets, as although they have a wonderful range of helpful planners for busy families, this one is personal! It’s one on one. Perfect.

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So if you’re still on the lookout for a personal organiser that doesn’t cost the earth but has lots of helpful planning features then take a peek at this little beauty. However, be quick if you’re ordering as stocks are sold-out on Amazon and extremely limited on the OM website. I’ll link it below if you’re on the verge of treating yourself 😉

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Hope you enjoy the video tour of my new Organised Mum Life Book – don’t forget you can *CLICK HERE* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you don’t miss any future uploads!

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Have you treated yourself to a new personal organiser? What do you use to plan ahead with? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

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Ps: This is NOT a sponsored post. Above item was personally purchased as a Christmas gift.

2017 Goals… Bring It On!

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Firstly it has to be said… Happy New Year folks!

As much as I hate starting off with what you’ve probably seen COUNTLESS times on social media the past few days, it’s still customary to wish virtually every person you come into contact with a joyful start (to what’s often referred to as) ‘the new chapter’. Oddly enough I’m a bit of a weirdo when it comes to the ‘new chapter’ thing – in fact, I’d prefer a whole ‘new book’ instead. I tend to live my life in volumes rather than chapters, so it seems much more exciting starting a whole new book that just another page; but that’s coming straight from the mouth (or keyboard) of a self-confessed stationery addict, who has more notebooks under her roof than socks, knickers and bras combined. Shameful? Not at all… who needs undies anyways 😉

However, one thing I do appreciate is setting goals. I’m done with the ‘resolutions’ as quite often (in fact, every time) I don’t manage to stick to them. There’s NEVER been a year I can look back on and say “Ahhh I kicked the ass clean outta my New Years Resolutions… I’ve lost weight, bought a house, kicked my fizzy drink habit…” blah blah blah… you get the drift. So instead of setting resolutions, this year, I’m setting goals instead.

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Now you may be questioning ‘what’s the difference between resolutions & goals?’. Well, I was pondering that very same thing a few days ago and came to no conclusive answer either… apart from resolutions being something we tend to do from the word go. For example, waking up on the 1st January and not consuming one droplet of fizzy stuff or emptying the house of all choccies & insisting the diet starts today. Goals, however, are more gentle… they comfort you by being something you’re reaching for. You may be still consuming Fanta next Friday but by mid-March who knows? You see? Much more gentle, right? I’ll just pretend you’re nodding rather than rolling your eyes of course.

SO – in honour of loving a fresh start (just as much as I adore packing away a living room full of Christmas dust collectors) here’s my GOALS for the next 12 months…

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GET HEALTHY – How utterly original huh? But it has to be said, I think we’re all on the boat to Health-Ville come 1st January. Usually, the all-inclusive trip lasts for a few weeks (a month if we’re really persistent) BUT like I say this is a goal, NOT a resolution, so maybe by July I’ll be enjoying bountiful bowls of rocket drizzled in some obscure skinny sauce that tastes like out-dated lemon juice. However, swapping a Tunnocks Mallow for a dry slice of Ryvita is out of the question girls.

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BE MORE ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA – I say this almost every year (as with getting healthy and it seems to be having the opposite effect). I’m STILL not getting the whole Instagram thing. The rush hasn’t hit, nor has the desire to post pictures of random items for no solid reason other than gaining a few new followers. Is it just me or am I the only user that see’s it this way? Hmm, maybe my new phone will change all that considering the camera is super-duper fabulous compared to my last little pensioner iPhone 4. Maybe I’m not using the filters enough? Or hash-tagging the contents of the Oxford dictionary. I’ll carefully revise these methods and report back. Actually, come to think of it I need to be more active in general – let’s cut the bull and include this in all areas of life. Much better.

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WORK ON A SCHEDULE – Ever since I’ve been lumbered with the aches and pains of a 109-year-old, my schedule has gone to pot. In fact, on my worse days, I couldn’t even tell you what day of the week it is let alone what I’m supposed to be doing or where I’m supposed to be going. However, having invested in a fancy-schmancy organiser (that I’m slightly obsessed with) I’m determined to stay grounded and make a rude finger gesture to my Fibro, Arthritis, Lupus or whatever the feck they think it is *rolls eyes*

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DRINK MORE WATER – Here we are back at the consumption stage again. As you can tell I have a slight ‘problem’ with anything that’s not carbonated, however, that being said I’m trialling squashes mixed with fizzy water – which I feel is a MAAHOOOSIVE step for me. These people that love water (and make such a blatant show of it by carrying their Evian bottles round like a Michael Kors clutch) fill me with a sense of curiosity. Are they REALLY enjoying the taste of nothingness OR is it simply a health-conscious fashion accessory? Perhaps it’s psychological trickery of the mind to feel healthier? The jury’s still out, but damn it I’m determined to actually somehow kick my fizzy habit… and waft about with my own little bottle of Evian one of these days – but with the goal of actually drinking the contents of course 😉

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KEEP ABOVE IN PLAIN SIGHT – I always think that writing a New Years’ blog post is more than enough to keep me topped up in enthusiasm, but when the comments trail off and the memory fades, quite often so does the desire to keep the goals alive. So with that in mind, these will be appearing on bill boards (aka the fridge & bedroom mirror) located throughout the Confetti & Curves HQ. Just to remind me what the heck I’m actually aiming for.

We’ve got this girls 😉

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Are you making any New Years Goals? What would you like to achieve in 2017? Let me know in the comments below – who knows, I may even extend my above list through the adopted inspiration of others!

HAPPY NEW YEAR CHUMS!!!

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Christmas Nail Art: Santa Claws

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The countdown is officially on… Only 5 more sleeps (as Em’s constantly reminds me) til the man in the big red suit & fluffy white beard makes an appearance at the Confetti & Curves HQ.

Surprisingly enough, this year’s taken me longer than anticipated to find my Christmas sparkle. Maybe it’s the queues of stressed out shoppers, my lack of patience when it comes to waiting for parcels or perhaps (and most likely) it’s down to the fact I haven’t had my Christmas tipple to officially declare the festivities open. Hopefully, all that will change this evening as schools are now off for the jolly hols which means it’s ‘okay’ to pour an extra large glass of something fruity and whilst flicking trough the channels to find a cheesy Christmas film.

However, to feed my obsession with all things sparkly, I took to giving my nails a bit of a seasonal makeover. Now although I’m not usually a fan of ‘themed’ nails, I’d be a bit of a nail grinch if I didn’t at least do a little something to get my fingers feeling a little more festive… it also gave me an opportunity to test out a few of my newly acquired goodies from my Secret Santa Swap Box – if you haven’t already seen it yet then *click here* to take a peek at what was inside!

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The nails are actually a very short acrylic sculpt, as this year I’ll be hosting dins for all the family so I needed a length that won’t cause any mishaps with the turkey *rolls eyes* The gel polish colour I opted for is a vivid red by Saint Nails. Their range is fantastic for longevity when painting over acrylic, it’s also a great price point for nails techs looking to build their range of gel colours without breaking the bank!

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For a fun, but simple Christmas inspired design I couldn’t wait to test drive my fancy schmancy Born Pretty BP01 plate. I just love the cute little snowflakes, that look really eye catching against the bright red gel!

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For a fun feature nail I opted for a simple little Santa hat! The red and white go perfectly with the above snowflake design, not to mention the fact it’s fun and super easy to do! I opted for Saint Nails gel polish over my acrylic overlays, however, this would be easily achievable with standard polish – just be sure to allow the layers drying time before top coating to help avoid any smudging!

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So there we have it gals, I’m all ready for Christmas with my festive themed nails… I’m pretty sure they’d get Mrs Claus seal of approval too!

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Are you a fan of themed nails? Have you treated your tips to a seasonal makeover? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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See You Soon…

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The time has come. Just one more sleep…

Only one more night of shut eye before we set sail for England (Birkenhead to be exact) and road trip ourselves down to South Wales. Our bags are packed, we’re ready to go. The final wedding of 2016 draws oh-so-near as my gorgeous step-daughter Hayley prepares for her trip down the aisle. I can’t believe the little girl I first met back in the summer of 2004 is now all grown up and getting ready to marry the groom of her dreams! It’s her fairytale day – and my does she deserve it!!

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(Hayley on her bridal shower)

Hayley (and Jessica – my eldest step-daughter) lost their mum, Sian, to breast cancer just a few years before I met their dad; my hubby Steve. It’s almost impossible for me to fathom just how raw it must feel when you’re a little girl, losing one of the most important and cherished people in your life. But they have coped astoundingly well, in fact, they’re two of the bravest girls I know. They’re also two of the most accepting and beautifully natured in their own extra special ways, and I’m beyond blessed to have been so warmly welcomed into the family all those years ago.

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Of course, the little thread that bound us even closer together was the arrival of my daughter Emma – their little sis. Em’s hasn’t slept a wink these past few nights with excitement for the trip… and the all important task of being one of her big sister’s bridesmaids! Seeing my three girls together again will be incredible. I’m not even going to speculate the sheer amount of emotional selfies I’ll return home with ❤

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(My 3 gorgeous girls… Jessica, Emma & Hayley)

So to keep today’s post short & sweet, it’s just to say I’ll be taking this week to spend time with my girls, catch up with family I haven’t seen in years, help with wedding planning and of course celebrate with the occasional strawberry daiquiri… you should all know by how vulnerable my weakness for vibrant coloured cocktails is!

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Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead, whatever you’re up to – I’ll be back early next week to resume normal blogging service!

Cheerio Chums…

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