Saturday, 31 December 2016

Year In Review: 2016

Ahhh where do I start?  Honestly 2016 has flipped my world upside down on so many levels.  I started off the year married to a kind man that I was no longer in love with, in a lovely house that we built up to have lovely decor and pretty things.  By the end of the year I've ended up moving 200 miles away, I'm with a man I truly love, in a fantastic relationship and in a house that is more simple with a few pretty things but being happier than ever.  It's crazy how things go, I am devastated to be soon start the process of divorce - I'm a traditional person and I believe in making things work but if you marry someone who doesn't listen that you don't really stand a chance.  

Professionally I am delighted with yet another year of progress.  I have gained 1500 followers on Facebook alone in 2016.  My blog is now getting around 20,000 - 23,000 views in a single month - that's a lot of eyeballs!!

In February I was delighted to showcase the new Lecente Glitters at Creative Academy Manchester's Show-A-Thon.  I was also honoured to be asked to create all of Lecente's introduction videos of their new collections, it's such a pleasure to be asked.
 

April onwards was when life started getting rocky as I prepared to leave my lovely home and even more so, my beloved cats.  At this point I am still without my cats and I am looking to bring them with me to Cardiff in the New Year.  I also had this huge holiday booked with my husband to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Las Vegas.  Since it was all paid for and we were on sort of good terms we went together as friends but this was very difficult at times.  When I returned I started to then move my belongings out and down to Cardiff.  I have tried to continue to blog and keep my social media going throughout this time although I never said a word to anyone who wasn't a close family member or friend.  The hardest thing however was telling my clients, I broke down and cried in front of them at almost every person I told but my situation with their appointments would be changed.
 
 
My boyfriend Rich is fantastic, the sort of man who takes control of situations and picks me up when I'm down - exactly what I was looking for.  When the invite came to go to the Sweet Squared 10th Birthday Party in August he was like "let's go!" so we did.  At this point I had put a lot of the five stone I lost last year, back on but I went anyway because I can't allow myself to hide away any longer.  

Another personal achievement for me is to learn to become some sort of a vague stepmum for Rich's son.  I don't have any children of my own and I warned Rich that I'm not "child friendly" from the start and he said I would be great at it.  He is 9 years old and a good kid.  Thankfully he took to me immediately and listens to me although I really have no experience of children - I am the youngest in my family and the only nephew I have emigrated to Australia at 18 months old with my brother and his wife last year.  He refers to me as "Darling" as that what he's heard his dad call me so it's just stuck!

At the end of November Rich and I went to Las Vegas - the second time for me this year - to go to Go Pro 2016.  This was a marketing conference over three days with many Multi millionaires talking about their success.  Rich was already going so I basically tagged along.  It was there I made a decision, I wanted to fulfil a dream that I had had last year.  What you may not know is that I'm a candle and home fragrance junkie, I'm obsessed with it.  Last year I looked into producing my own wax melt brand.  I spent hundreds of pounds on the ingredients, fragrances, packaging, colouring and equipment and then hit a huge grinding halt because in June last year the laws changed surround packaging of wax melts and it meant it was very complicated to label and produce them.  After a long time getting lost online trying to work out my plan of action, I gave up on the idea.  Cut back to sitting in Las Vegas at this three day conference and I suddenly thought, producing my own brand may have been too much for me but become a consultant for a huge American brand I love would be perfect.  I returned home and signed up to be a Scentsy Consultant almost immediately.  Being a consultant is a dream for me as I got to talk about something I'm completely passionate about.  If you want to join my Facebook group - click here.
 
Finally, my year ended with being able to see my beloved cats on Christmas Day.  It might be silly to some but those little monsters are my babies.  Cue the proud mama photos of Henry and Poppy with their Christmas presents.
 

Henry just looks ace with his collar and tie, doesn't he?!  Totally suitable for a job interview!  I took turkey and ham for them, hence the tongue!

 
Rich and I had a lovely Christmas Day with my parents and another piece of happy news was that my brother, his wife and my nephew have moved back to the UK from Australia.  We then went back home to enjoy Boxing Day with his son.  

So what will 2017 hold for me?  My main priority is to be happy, that has to be the ultimate goal and I refuse to settle for any less.  I can also foresee Scentsy becoming huge for me, I've had so much interest in it, its incredible.  I can envision so many salons taking it on as an inexpensive system that adds a lovely glow and fragrance to treatment rooms and the lack of flame means it's completely safe to be left unattended, unlike traditional candles.  LiverpoolLashes will continue to grow in its 7th year, hopefully at the rate it's currently been and if not, more.  It's all about relying on you all to spread the word too which I know you already do to both clients and fellow therapists.  I also need to lose the weight I have gained this year to get myself back to being confident again - I will do this.
 
Wishing you the most fabulous 2017!! Karen xx

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Friday, 30 December 2016

NOTD: Bright Blue and Silver

I redid my nails with the new CND collection, New Wave ready for my usual comparison video (if you missed it, click here.)  When it came to choosing the shades it was a no brainer for me that I would go for Blue Eyeshadow as the bright blue and cream finish is just mind blowing.

 
Honestly, I wanted to just do them plain.  I said to my nail tech friend "I always feel obliged to have all different nails and I'm sick of it, I just want them all the same this time" - I don't know if any of you can relate to that?

 
I chose Lecente Glitters in Silver Holographic and Silver Holographic Multi Glitz and focused on the cuticle area with the Multi Glitz and used the other silver to fill in any gaps and bring it down to the tip gradually.  My natural nails are long at the moment but we shall see how long it lasts!

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

CND New Wave Collection Shellac and Vinylux

Ever since I posted the photo of my nails wearing CND Creative Play in Royalista I've been craving a bright cobalt blue, it's vibrant, fun and trendy.  Thankfully not only did CND answer my payers with the New Wave collection on the cobalt blue front, they also came up with more new exciting shades that are on par with it.

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This new collection consists of the following shades:
  • Jelly Bracelet
  • Video Violet
  • Ecstasy 
  • Blue Eyeshadow
  • Banana Clips
  • Pink Leggings
As I'm a child of the 80s, the names alone take me back to then I loved it!  All of the above shades are available in CND Shellac and Vinylux apart from Video Violet which is exclusive to Shellac.  

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As usual I have made my comparison video with the existing range to show you how they are against the older shades.

 

I hope you've enjoyed the video!  Personally my favourites are Blue Eyeshadow, Video Violet and Jelly Bracelet but they are all genuinely lovely. 

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Client Christmas Presents 2016

Honestly, this year was tough.  Money is a horrible thing to talk about but when you're rebuilding your life after a separation, budgets are tight and you have to make it work.  I am a crafty person so I quite enjoy making things.  Previously I have bought all of my clients presents based on their personalities etc but this year it needed to be more of a gesture and a thank you for their business.

 
I bought a big tub of Celebrations along with a box of candy canes, silver ribbon from Tiger, little paper pouches and some tags.  Finally, I ordered some little bells in a huge bag from Amazon.  

All in all my little gestures cost me around 60p each.  Everyone seemed so touched that I had took the time to put them together and I was happy to give them out with a handwritten tag.  

If I don't post again before Christmas, have a lovely time and a fantastic 2017.  I'll be on snapchat as usual throughout, details below! 

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Monday, 12 December 2016

NOTD: Red, White & Snowflakes

You know I love red nails and I fight the urge to have them every single time I do my fingernails because I can hardly do a blog post on them every time(!) I do however cave and constantly have red on my toes to compensate.  I toyed with the idea of admitting defeat and doing red in some sort of design since it's nearly Christmas and eventually gave in to my red urges! 

 

I choose CND Shellac in Red Baroness for my thumb, index and little fingers which is normally a colour that gets overlooked for Wildfire or Tartan Punk but is absolutely stunning.  My middle and ring finger has Cream Puff on it with Lecente Stardust Glitter in Red Ruby over it which gives a hint of a red toned shimmer over the white.  I then used Sugared Spice and my Favourite Lecente brush S1 to paint the snowflakes on, finishing a few of them off with a dotting tool.

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I have to say I already know the combination I'm going for next time but I had to hold back for my Christmas nail fix and for the time being, I kind of like them!

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 83 - 84

Firstly, thanks so much for all of the lovely comments on my previous Slim Down Sunday post.  I was overwhelmed with the support both publicly and by private message.  As you know, a few days after I posted I went to Las Vegas for a week with my boyfriend Rich.  I shared each day on Snapchat so if you're not already following me for my random updates - search for "liverpoollashes" 


I never wanted to make excuses as for why I then went onto not lose weight, of course I would find it difficult on holiday so I just ate what I fancied and tried to be mindful that the more I ate whilst I was away, the more I would put on.  I feel like it's the same with Christmas but I was ready to start losing my weight again so I didn't want to make excuses and then leave it another month because of it.
  

On the plane I have to say that the tray table struggled to go down completely because of my stomach.  How embarrassing that I have once again gotten back to that stage but it's the truth.  Luckily the belt fit just about so I was relieved about that.  I have been on a plane that the table didn't come down very much at all to the point where as I had to just hold my tray of food whilst eating it.  The world isn't made for anyone bigger than a UK size 16 or 18, that's just my opinion.  At the moment I'm probably back at 18 - 20, just for reference.  I had gotten down to nearly a 14.  

 

Anyway, I weighed myself the morning after I flew back and then weighed myself this morning.  I am pleased to say I have lost 3lbs of the 5lbs I gained during holiday.  Another week of behaving (as I've only been back four days) and that should be gone and I'll be able to start shedding fresh pounds of chub.  

I am back using My Fitness Pal, it's such a fab app and so easy to use.  I am trying to drink a lot more water, even if it's flavoured (and sugar free) as it just helps with that bloated feeling.  I feel like by starting now I am getting ahead of the game for January.  Anyway, I'm back at home down in South Wales for the week now so I am back to being able to prepare my own meals (every fortnight I go back up north and stay at my parents house so it's more difficult to keep control of my food.) Wish me luck for next week!
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year.
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Friends With Benefits

Friends with benefits seemed like the perfect title for this blog post.  No it's not in the way you're thinking but when it comes to having any sort of a specialised skill whether it's nails, beauty, hairdressing, plastering, plumbing or whatever, you can guarantee you'll come across people who think that because you're friendly, you'll be doing it for them for free.  

Hilariously this is a photo of me and my amazing friend Jade.  She certainly isn't someone to take advantage of our friendship but I like a photo in each blog post so here is one...! 

I am a very giving person, if I have something that would be better with someone else, they can take it.  If I can help any new techs out with advice or information, as many of you know, I do it.  I've had full blown conversations with thousands of nail techs in my six years of LiverpoolLashes to help them understand a technique or problem they're having.

However when it comes to expecting a free set of nails or beauty treatment, true friends expect to pay, it's as simple as that.  You have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours learning the skills and gaining the certificates, not to mention the thousands in training, products and equipment.  This one service they're after might only cost you X amount of money but it's the principal as well as if you do it once, you can bet you'll be doing it again.  

It's hard to make someone realise who does a "regular job" aka - a job that is paid by an employer (for example, a call centre worker) who wouldn't typically be able to offer you anything within that field why you must charge for your skills, product and education.

I'm really talking about mainly those who do their skill full time, it's their bread and butter.  It's not just a top up of money on top of their full time job, this is how we earn our money.  They wouldn't be expected to turn up to the office / shop / factory or whatever and do a couple of hours for nothing as they potentially wouldn't be able to afford to do that, neither can we.

The final point is this, my client base is very well established, I have clients who have been with me from within months of me qualifying and many I consider as friends, as they do me.  By offering free services or hugely reduced ones, not only am I dramatically reducing my wage but it's almost like I'm ranking them as to how good a friend they are to me, where would I draw a line?

For all the reasons above, the only person that gets a free service is my mum.  She's had to put up with me all of my life and to be quite honest with you, I should be paying her to do her nails or beauty treatments because I know how much of a pain I was (and still am.)  Everyone else can put their hands in their pockets and show that they understand I am business, like everyone else I need money to pay bills and I charge what I'm worth.

I'll finish with this, the perks of having friends with the industry is that they will let you try their new products first in my case, often before the nation or even worldwide release.  You can also come to me in your pjs, no make, baby dribble on your shoulder or whatever the case may be without a batter of an eyelid as I'll be in pjs and slippers too.  I will accept your last minute cancellation a tiny bit happier because I know your circumstances and I know you'd hate to let me down.  I will be extra patient when you take ages to decide on a colour as I know if you're with a stranger you wouldn't bounce between a peach nude and a pink nude for half an hour with them.

I wrote this post as I know many therapists can understand where I'm coming from, I get many questions by private message as to how to deal with it. Also perhaps it's food for thought for those around you.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

My Work: Navy & Gold

Rachael came to me to have her nails done for her Christmas party.  Her dress was going to be navy with gold shoes so somewhere in the mix she wanted Chrome on them.
 
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I used CND Shellac in Indigo Frock and Sugared Spice on her.  The Lecente chrome I actually went for was the silver version as it gave more of an overall paler gold chrome finish.  
 
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It drives me bananas that Indigo Frock often looks black on photos but we all know it's a blue with a grey tone to it!  Anyway, classic finish but not too Christmassy, she's saving the true Christmas nails for the big day!

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