I had my nails done on Tuesday. I haven’t had gels in ages but since it’s Christmas I just had to treat myself, especially as my friend Jo owns a salon just seconds from my flat. She is the most talented nail technician ever and is very highly sought after by celebrities and magazines as her work is AMAZING. Follow her on Twitter to see some of her fantastic work: twitter.com/joannawebbnails and check out the salon here.

I decided to buck the trend of snowflakes and instead went for a juicy shimmery dark red (Artistic Colour Gloss – Spoiled) with a little white heart topped with silver glitter on each ring finger. Can you believe that teeny tiny heart has been painted on by hand!

Artistic Colour Gloss Spoiled

What do you think of my Christmas nails and what look have you gone for this year?

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NOTD: Christmas Nails

I had my nails done on Tuesday. I haven’t had gels in ages but since it’s Christmas I just had to treat myself, especially as my friend Jo owns a salon just seconds from my flat. She is the most talented nail technician ever and is very highly sought after by celebrities and magazines as her work is AMAZING. Follow her on Twitter to see some of her fantastic work: twitter.com/joannawebbnails and check out the salon here.

I decided to buck the trend of snowflakes and instead went for a juicy shimmery dark red (Artistic Colour Gloss – Spoiled) with a little white heart topped with silver glitter on each ring finger. Can you believe that teeny tiny heart has been painted on by hand!

Artistic Colour Gloss Spoiled

What do you think of my Christmas nails and what look have you gone for this year?

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The December beauty box from Joliebox arrived yesterday and it’s much better than last month’s box. I am a happy Joliebox subscriber once again!

Joliebox December Beauty Box
Joliebox December Beauty Box 1
Joliebox Beauty Box 2
Joliebox December Beauty Box contents

The December Joliebox beauty box has a Party theme – although I think the theme should have been Spain, you’ll understand why in a minute. This month the design of both the box and the little drawstring bag has changed; it has a white and gold design instead of the usual black. The Menu card tells you what’s in your box and this month’s issue of Joliemag features Fiona Leahy.

There are seven products (or eight if you count the duplicates separately) in this month’s box, plus some bonus Lindt chocolates, yummy!

Color Club “Put A Pin In It” Nail Polish – This is one of two shades that were exclusively designed for Joliebox/Birchbox members. Put A Pin In It is a frosty rose gold shade and looks very pretty.

Natural Honey Body Milk – I’ve never heard of this brand before, the language on the bottle is Spanish so that’ll explain why! It smells nice, like shea butter, and I get through body lotions like there’s no tomorrow so I’'ll make good use of this.

Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder “Antiqa” – This is a dark purple-brown shade and is super shimmery. I think it will work really well with my green eyes and will create quite a dramatic look.

I Love… Cosmetics Shimmer and Shine Lipgloss – There’s always one product in a beauty box that doesn’t impress and this is it. Pale pink and smelling of sweets, I’ll probably give this to my 3 year old step-daughter.

Olay Regenerist Skin Cream -  I did think this is a bit random as Olay is such a well-known brand, why do they need to put their product in a beauty box?! And it appears to be a Spanish version. I don’t mind, I like moisturisers!

Doctor Duve Hand and Decollete Cream -  You get two sachets of this cream; one for your hands and one for your decollete perhaps? With the freezing cold weather these are perfect for my poor dry chapped hands.

Agua de Colonia Concentrada Alvarez Gomez – More Spanish stuff! It’s a really sweet, citrus fragrance. I quite like it, though not as a perfume. I might sprinkle it on my duvet to make my bedroom smell sweet.

I think it’s quite a good mix this month and (almost) back to Joliebox’s usual standards. I’m really pleased with the Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder and the Color Club Nail Polish.

Joliebox costs £10.00 per month plus shipping and they have now introduced a referral scheme so if you fancy trying it out please feel free to use my referal link http://joliebox.co.uk/?raf=674

What do you think of this month’s box?

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Joliebox – December Beauty Box

The December beauty box from Joliebox arrived yesterday and it’s much better than last month’s box. I am a happy Joliebox subscriber once again!

Joliebox December Beauty Box
Joliebox December Beauty Box 1
Joliebox Beauty Box 2
Joliebox December Beauty Box contents

The December Joliebox beauty box has a Party theme – although I think the theme should have been Spain, you’ll understand why in a minute. This month the design of both the box and the little drawstring bag has changed; it has a white and gold design instead of the usual black. The Menu card tells you what’s in your box and this month’s issue of Joliemag features Fiona Leahy.

There are seven products (or eight if you count the duplicates separately) in this month’s box, plus some bonus Lindt chocolates, yummy!

Color Club “Put A Pin In It” Nail Polish – This is one of two shades that were exclusively designed for Joliebox/Birchbox members. Put A Pin In It is a frosty rose gold shade and looks very pretty.

Natural Honey Body Milk – I’ve never heard of this brand before, the language on the bottle is Spanish so that’ll explain why! It smells nice, like shea butter, and I get through body lotions like there’s no tomorrow so I’'ll make good use of this.

Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder “Antiqa” – This is a dark purple-brown shade and is super shimmery. I think it will work really well with my green eyes and will create quite a dramatic look.

I Love… Cosmetics Shimmer and Shine Lipgloss – There’s always one product in a beauty box that doesn’t impress and this is it. Pale pink and smelling of sweets, I’ll probably give this to my 3 year old step-daughter.

Olay Regenerist Skin Cream -  I did think this is a bit random as Olay is such a well-known brand, why do they need to put their product in a beauty box?! And it appears to be a Spanish version. I don’t mind, I like moisturisers!

Doctor Duve Hand and Decollete Cream -  You get two sachets of this cream; one for your hands and one for your decollete perhaps? With the freezing cold weather these are perfect for my poor dry chapped hands.

Agua de Colonia Concentrada Alvarez Gomez – More Spanish stuff! It’s a really sweet, citrus fragrance. I quite like it, though not as a perfume. I might sprinkle it on my duvet to make my bedroom smell sweet.

I think it’s quite a good mix this month and (almost) back to Joliebox’s usual standards. I’m really pleased with the Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder and the Color Club Nail Polish.

Joliebox costs £10.00 per month plus shipping and they have now introduced a referral scheme so if you fancy trying it out please feel free to use my referal link http://joliebox.co.uk/?raf=674

What do you think of this month’s box?

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The short story: Baby N was born on Sunday 4th November at 17.55 weighing 7lb 8oz.




The long story: My contractions started at about 7.00pm on Friday 2nd November and my waters broke at about 10.30pm the same night. Ian was at work that night so at about midnight we went to hospital where a midwife confirmed that my waters had broken (there was no doubt that they had as it felt like someone had thrown a bucket of warm water at me!) but I wasn’t yet in established labour, so I was sent home. The midwife said I should be in established labour by morning but I was booked in for an induction the following evening just in case, as there is a risk of infection if your waters have been broken for longer than 24 hours. So off home we went, where I spent the night breathing through my contractions and timing them; the midwife said that once I was having 3-4 in every 10 minutes I would be classed as in established labour. I fell asleep at around 5.30am…

Birth Story: The Emergency C-Section

The short story: Baby N was born on Sunday 4th November at 17.55 weighing 7lb 8oz.




The long story: My contractions started at about 7.00pm on Friday 2nd November and my waters broke at about 10.30pm the same night. Ian was at work that night so at about midnight we went to hospital where a midwife confirmed that my waters had broken (there was no doubt that they had as it felt like someone had thrown a bucket of warm water at me!) but I wasn’t yet in established labour, so I was sent home. The midwife said I should be in established labour by morning but I was booked in for an induction the following evening just in case, as there is a risk of infection if your waters have been broken for longer than 24 hours. So off home we went, where I spent the night breathing through my contractions and timing them; the midwife said that once I was having 3-4 in every 10 minutes I would be classed as in established labour. I fell asleep at around 5.30am…

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