New Years Resolutions 2016

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Previous years: 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

I never used to do new years resolutions, but once I started writing them down here, it’s like you have to at least try to do them, and not set ridiculous ones that you’re bound to fail. I couldn’t care less whether other bloggers have posted these posts, because honestly, this is more for me than you.

So, as always, a recap of the previous ones…

  • Organise more blogging events
    I’m not unhappy about the amount of #blogclub events that we held this year, but we could have done more (maybe). The events that we did hold were pretty amazing though – we’ve worked with some excellent companies to hold the events, and I hope we can continue that sort of thing!
  • Exercise
    I cycled quite a bit on my Turbo (wich is a thing that turns a normal bike into an exercise one) but when it came to actually going outside on the bike, I was afraid! I stopped exercising for a bit after a flare up with my back but then started seeing a personal trainer in August. So, I guess this one is checked off?
  • Blog more
    hahahhahahaah no.
  • Develop Bonjour, Blogger! further
    Hm. Not especially?
  • Networking
    Nope. Not doing too well on this list, am I?

So in 2016, I’m thinking…

  • Build my strength more
    One of the things that I’ve been surprised by with seeing a PT is that I really enjoy the weights and strength work that we’ve done. I love that I can now leg press over 220lbs, I had forgotten that I really enjoy going to the gym (I KNOW) and I’ve found that exercise has helped with my pain issues.  I’d like to build up my arms a bit more so I can carry more shopping
  • Look after myself more
    I’ve always been crap at this. I will keep working through the lurgy and with my back problems, I would just keep taking the stronger and stronger painkillers. Except that wasn’t the best thing because the painkillers meant that 2015 is pretty hazy tbh – the year just passed me by and I don’t feel like I achieved or even did anything, you know? The exercise has helped me stop taking the painkillers, and I have regular appointments with a physio which also helps.
    I also want to keep more on top of beauty stuff – I am terrible for waiting months for a hair cut or an eyebrow thread and I never get my nails done, but it’s silly, because those things make me feel better about how I look. So maybe I should do them more?
  • Study!
    One thing that did happen in 2015 is that I got promoted. Which is kinda cool, y’know, but I felt like I needed to be doing something else as well. I signed up to study CIMA but I’ve been a bit crap at studying and just general time stuff. I want to at least get my CIMA certificate this year (I only have one module to do, so in theory it’s not that hard to do.)
  • Blog, but organically
    You guys use Timehop, right? It’s amazing, embarrassing, hilarious and ridiculous all at the same time. Since I connected my Twitter account to it, I keep getting the old tweets where my blog auto posted, and the things I’ve noticed about the posts from 5-6 years ago is that they were organic, for lack of a better word. I would see something I liked, snap a picture with my iPhone 3G (retro!) and write about it. I miss that, and I think it’s one of the reasons many of the older bloggers around have been considering quitting lately. It’s amazing how blogging has grown into such an industry, but it’s nice to go back to how it started when we enjoyed writing nonsense.
    (I’ve been trying out these sort of posts with my last few and it was nice to just post for the sake of it, not because I felt like I had to)
  • Something something Bonjour, Blogger!
    Around the time I started seeing my personal trainer, and my birthday, and all the other things, I had a blog wobble, where you see someone else copying something that you did ages ago and they’re getting all the praise for it and you’re like “fuck, is there even a point to doing this?”
    So, I pretty much quit posting on the site for the year.
    I’ve missed it though, and I’m going to relaunch the site tomorrow – new layout, a less crazy posting schedule (every day was a little ridiculous, let’s be honest) and less pressure on myself. The numbers visiting haven’t dropped that much, so I know that daily posting isn’t as beneficial to the site as me getting extra sleep is ;)
  • Stop saving for best
    I am terrible for buying things and then not using them because I’m saving them for best. Except that’s pretty bloody stupid when its a face wash or a perfume I like. I am trying to get into the habit of not hording so much and using things I buy, but it’s more difficult that you’d expect!

If you’re using the new year as a reason to kick start your own personal to-do lists, yay! I hope you achieve everything you want to!
If you’re not setting any resolutions, I’m glad for that as well!

The Best Nail Varnish

Whenever I paint my nails, it’s kinda pointless, because I just know that the nail varnish is going to chip off within 12 hours. Even if I go to bed with perfect nails, I’ll wake up and nothing will be left.

But then I found a brand that works for me, and I have pretty perfect nails for a few days.

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There’s a ton of colours, and the colours have a base coat built in (although I like to use China Glaze base coat) then you use the top coat to lock it all in.

Boots sells it for £7 a bottle, but it’s usually on a 3 for 2 offer

My Little Box

I really love the idea of subscription boxes. Who doesn’t? Pay £10-£15 and receive a carefully chosen collection of products where the value is (in theory) greater than the amount you pay. I’m not a beauty product sort of person, and I cancelled my Crafty Creatives box when they switched to one project a month for more money, so I’ve been looking for something else for a while. I kept seeing My Little Box advertised on Facebook and blogs, and thought it was worth trying, despite Charlottes review of their Frenchie box.

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The box this month is actually a pretty little tin, covered in little drawings of kitchen items. The label on the box and title for the month was “My Little Sweet Box” but there isn’t much on the tin or inside that reflected this title.

Onto the contents…

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Inside the tin (RRP £7.50) was a short (the ones that just tie around the waist) apron in similar doodles to the tin (RRP £11), jar labels (RRP £3), a hand cream from their own brand My Little Beauty, a sample sized bottle of bliss fabulous foaming face wash and a sample of a Yves Rocher fragrance (no retail prices provided on the beauty products).

While the contents seem to be good quality, they don’t really match the theme of “sweet” very well – it’s like the title was popped onto the tin at the last minute without actually looking at it! With the theme of “sweet”, you could have gone with so many sweet smelling products rather than the musky perfume, barely scented hand cream and face wash. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I opened up the box, but at least I’ll be able to use the tin and apron, so not a total loss.

If you’re interested in My Little Box, you can find reviews of all previous boxes over on Which Beauty Box UK. Maybe it’s just me, and I’m too old to appreciate this box – which boxes would you recommend?