Saturday, 31 December 2011

Out with the old, in with the new...nails and resolutions

Good evening friends, how are you?

So, tomorrow marks the end of the festivities of late and makes us feel as if we need to change for the better.  I don't intend to make any 'New Years Resolutions', to be honest with you, I've been thinking of changing a lot of things for the past few months. With regards to staying power - I have none. I have the best intentions of course, but life always gets in the way and the plans that seemed achievable in my brain don't last for more than a couple of weeks. Like my bid to regain my abs...yeah, about that.

Anywho. I had wanted to make a post of my most favourite manicures over the past year but I finding time to even turn on the computer recently has been hard enough. Instead, I'll show you something I did a few weeks ago with a Revlon polish I got for £1 from Poundland.

Revlon's 'Emerald City'. I nearly fell over when I found this and the other two below

A total of £3! L-R , 'Slipper', 'Star', and 'Emerald City'.

This is before, my thumb and index fingers chipped on the corners. I had to round the index nail off along with the rest of the nails, but that thumb? I had to get a big, fat acrylic tip. Don't judge me. I didn't fancy starting the New Year with nubbins.

Here's what I look like now. My last manicure of 2011. I don't know if I like the new shape at the moment, but I may just take them shorter and square them off again once my thumb nail grows out a little.

Silver leopard spots with pink glitter centres.

I used two-way nail art pens for this. The pen has a fine nib for drawing, but also has a brush for striping. I bought them here for a great price. At the time I bought them, I got 16 free nail art brushes!

 The site is giving these away with every order over $50, but when I bought my pens, they were giving away with each order, regardless of price! The nail art pens and brushes were sloppily packaged and I have a feeling that some were tested before they were posted to me. Not good at all, but I was too lazy to send them back! I also got a free rhinestone wheel for 'liking' their Facebook page, so overall, I didn't do too badly.

As 2012 fast approaches, do you have any resolutions? If you do, but have little resolve (like moi), why not try to give yourself SMART objectives. Try to make your goals:
Small - therefore easier to manage
Measurable - so you can track your progress
Achievable and
Realistic - self explanatory really!
Time bound - so you can stay focused and hold yourself accountable.

Rather than saying 'I want to buy a new house this year' (and still be living in your flat-share next December and be upset with yourself), say 'I will start saving £X each month, enquire about what I need to get a mortgage, research desired living areas, view a property a month' etc.  Even if you don't get that new house in 2012, you will easily be able to attain some, if not all of the smaller goals you set yourself. You may feel a sense of achievement and may even be more motivated towards your ultimate goal. I don't mean to patronise, but sometimes, you need to give yourself a break. You can and should aim for the stars and beyond, but you need to pay attention to the paths you take to get there.

Thank you all for your continued support, kind emails and lovely comments. I wish you all good luck, prosperity, kindness and love for the coming year.



  1. Happy New Year Liane!! No resolutions for me. Just trying to do my best each and every day.

    Great deal on those Revlons!! Those glitters don't look familiar. What are they?

  2. Same to you Marisa! I edited the post with the glitter names. They are Star and Slipper...I'm wondering if they are fake, because I've not seen them before either. I don't care though,lol!


    That very cute glitter top coats! So pretty colors! I also like ur new brush kit seems like a lot of useful brushes for one-stroke!

  4. Wow amazing nail art! :) Perfect for the new year! Happy new year


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