Hello and welcome to my website!
I'm Karen Carter and I'm from Liverpool (but you gathered that already did you?) I'm 34 years old, a cat lover and Independent Scentsy Director mentoring a team of over 50 consultants.
Here's where all of this started...
At 23 I wore my very first set of acrylics, it was my first encounter with anyone from the beauty industry! Once they were removed I carried on having manicures and started buying polish. One day, the nail technician asked me if I wanted her to do a little bit of nail art. I did not have a clue what she meant but I agreed and she added a simple little design.
From this basic design I looked up 'nail art' on You Tube and found Kandee Johnson's 'Zebra Print Nails' tutorial. Once I'd mastered the design, I looked for more videos and continued to play with little nail creations until I started coming up with my own. Colleagues in my call centre job would compliment my designs and seemed to be amazed that I did them on myself.
|Cinderella Inspired L&P Enhancements with custom glitter|
I wasn't entirely sure if the videos would ever be viewed since You Tube has millions of nail tutorials but I enjoyed myself so much that I made another... and another. I started getting a few comments left under the videos, which turned to more comments... Sometimes the users identified themselves as nail technicians and would say that I should make 'nails' my job. I was honoured that they would think that.
After a lot of thinking in September 2010, I went to my first class at college for manicure, pedicure and nail technology. In June 2011 I qualified as a nail technician and in the same week I left my call centre job of seven years to begin my career as a self employed businesswoman. Around the same time I was also accepted to be a You Tube Partner.
|Grey & Silver L&P Enhancements|
In September 2011 I went back to college part time to train in beauty therapy. Once that was complete, the following summer I enrolled for the pre-blended aromatherapy course so I could offer full body massages to add to my existing skills which I completed in March 2013. I believe that I will be constantly signing up for more and more courses, this industry will always have something to learn! In June 2014 I completed my Hairdressing Level 2 so I'm now a qualified hairdresser too!
On a personal note, my most recent achievement is over five stone (70lbs) weight lost in just over six months, completely naturally through diet, exercise and determination. Although my blog is ultimately dedicated to beauty, I felt that weight is a struggle for many and I decided to document this difficult journey - both the highs and the lows - in a series of blog posts each Sunday that I refer to as 'Slim Down Sunday.' These posts have proven really popular although they are often difficult to write, to be fully open and honest with a wide audience, I hope that in time it will encourage and inspire others to realise that they have the power to do the same, they just need to believe. Click here to read my posts.
Nothing is out of reach if you believe in yourself and go for it... I am proof of that.
I also intend to use the following I've built for good. In 2017 I suffered a silent miscarriage. Miscarriage is sadly all too common but yet somewhat of a taboo topic. I shared my experience in a diary format here to help others who have or are going through it themselves with my own tips of how I got through it. In future I hope to write further personal posts delving into anxiety and trauma.
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I'm also on Instagram! @liverpoollashes