Well hello everyone! Obligatory “Happy New Year” – I hope you had a lovely break over the festive season and welcomed in the New Year well. Ours was very low-key spent at home with the dogs and a Chinese takeaway. We saw in the year playing against each other in a stalemate game of Monopoly where we had to declare ourselves joint winners otherwise we may still have been playing three days later. We then at 1am began watching an episode of Gordon Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares whilst we unwound from the tense game of Monopoly!
I’m seeing the new year as a breath of fresh air for my blog in 2019 – having almost been in the game for five years now last year towards the end I felt like I was struggling to keep up amongst the house move which took virtually a whole year. When I did have a bit more free time I felt like my head wasn’t in it so I decided to let myself take a back seat through the month of December with only a few posts going up and gave myself some breathing space.
As a result I now feel ready to take on 2019 and see what I want to do. I’ve talked about a change of content a few times bringing in interiors and now we’ve been in our house for two months, and Christmas Chaos is over we’re ready to get the paint rollers out and start decorating, so hopefully that will help kickstart my interiors posts and keep me feeling inspired.
Don’t worry – beauty will still make up the bulk of my content, I don’t see that changing any time soon. But I’m hoping to bring in the other areas which will inevitably be keeping me busy for most of 2019.
As a result of all the decorating that needs to be done and the fact that I’ve been pretty slack at blogging has meant that I’ve amassed quite the pile of stuff which needs testing, photographing and blogging. I was pretty good with my clear out in 2018 with so many of my Ten Empties posts meaning I finished up £2500 of product and around 250 items. But there’s things which I’ve been behind with – mainly palette reviews. I was good at not buying any in the first half of 2018, but step into the last half and I was buying them like they wasn’t going to be made any more. (Okay, so I’ve maybe bought eight or so!).
I’m not embarking on a year long no buy – but I’m planning at least for the whole of January to help kickstart me in to getting through what I have waiting to review before I add to the pile any more! There are things which I’ve depleted my “stock pile” of already such as shampoos and conditioners – so I won’t be completely out of stock.
I did treat myself to a couple of things in the Sales with by Boots points – a Spectrum Mean Girls brush set, and a Violet Voss set (who knew that was in Boots, not me!) as well as a Drunk Elephant set I was given for Christmas which will help me feel like I’ve got plenty of new to play with.
I’m also planning on this weekend sitting down and going through a new list of “Products I’m Trying To Use Up” through the rest of winter and into Spring as I’ve finished up so many from my last posts now, it will be good to isolate some products to get finished up and gone.
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year.
2019, let’s do this.