Okay, so I have a new beauty addiction (as if I needed another). It's called SNS (Signature Nail System) and I'm hooked.

I've always had dry, brittle nails that never grow, and my work means my nail polish never lasts. Not even shellac. It chips within days, and it's so frustrating. So a while ago, I got fed up with my nothing, boring nails and went to a salon to enquire about my options and I was told to try SNS, and I'm not going back.

Unlike other nail treatments like shellac and acrylic, SNS isn't harmful for your nails. It's even enriched with Vitamin E and Calcium to strengthen them! I've had SNS on my nails for about three months now (I get it changed every 2 weeks), and when they soak the old colour off, my nails are still pretty strong underneath, unlike when you remove acrylic and there's just about no nail left!

Could use a little cuticle oil, eh?

It's a funny process too - it's a dipping system, so you basically use a gel base coat, and dip each finger into the coloured powder, repeat a couple of times, and then seal it and add a top coat (no UV light required). It seems time consuming at the time, but when I think back to the acrylic days (I know, the shame) it is definitely quicker.

So, you get the benefits of shellac or acrylic (hardy, shiny, long lasting) without the crappy side effects, not to mention it's cheaper! It's a life saver for me, I've never had long nails before in my life and now I can finally have the nice nails I've always wanted! The above picture is the most recent - I actually cut my nails quite short as they grow so quickly now, by the time two weeks comes around they're a little too long for my liking.

The cons - there are some. Just like shellac (and acrylic, I guess) you do have to soak it off at a salon. For me, this is fine as I change my colour every two weeks, but if you didn't do it regularly it would be a pain in the ass to have to visit the salon just to remove them. You also cannot cut them yourself, as the product is very hard.
The thickness of the product took a while to get used to - it's thinner than shellac and acrylic, and more flexible, but really, it took some getting used to. Trying to pick at the end of sticky tape on the roll is not a fun game, but a small price to pay.

At the moment, you have a pretty large colour selection, however my only last con is that there could be more. It's got plenty of bold, bright, colourful and even glittery options, however I'd really like to see it's neutral and nude selection grow. I have no doubt it will, as it seems more and more people are converting to SNS!

Would you try it, or have you already? What do you think?

I can't really say I'm in a makeup rut right now - it's more like, I've discovered several items I just obsess over, for months. I wake up every morning and tell myself to 'use something different today' but I cannot - it was hard to narrow down just these five, but they're definite standouts for sure!

I'm not sure when I became a bronzer girl, it kind of just happened. I used to really only wear it on special occasions, when I did more formal makeup, but now it's a staple. All about that bronzed life, eh? I picked the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer up on a whim - wasn't hugely into wearing bronzer at this stage, but thought it was a good alternative to the Nars Laguna I'd been wearing for years (but never quite got on with). Turns out we were meant for each other - it's the perfect glow, not too shimmery, no orange cast, easy to use. I've surprisingly received a lot of compliments wearing it, which shouldn't surprise me at all really considering most people have struggled for years finding a good bronzer, and Too Faced has the most perfect lineup for anyone!

There was so much hype before Too Faced's Born This Way came out. I had such high hopes for this foundation and I was not let down. This has become my new staple, and it was love right from the beginning. Serious heart eyes for this foundation, it's an incredibly flawless, medium-full coverage foundation that is neither matte nor dewy. I could describe this as satin maybe, the perfect in-between which makes it work on almost any skin type. It's infused with coconut water, so it's hydrating enough for a drier skin type, however used with a good primer, an oilier skin type should get along with it just fine (FYI I have no idea what my skin type is anymore so I feel like I am a chameleon right now, I can try everrrything!).

Speaking of primers, I finally get them, guys. Before I would use an illuminating primer, suuuure. Anything for that extra glow, right? I never saw the need for any other type of primer though, until my skin decided to go down the drier road, and I sought out any product that would mean my foundation would apply properly again (oh my God, nothing worse than applying foundation to dry skin, am I right?). I really like the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. It feels like a gel, so not only does it sink in really quickly, but it's not as heavy as I thought a hydrating primer would be. Whilst my skin has changed over this year, it's not exactly the driest it could be - I just needed that extra little something and this is perfect. Not to mention it has all the other great benefits of a primer, like making your makeup last just that little bit longer!

It's no surprise that a mascara has made it's way into the cut - I guess the only surprise here is that it's not my trusty old Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume (my old faithful). Nope, I think I've finally found a mascara that's...better. Stila's HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara is pretty self explanatory - it makes your lashes huge, basically. If you want a thick, volumising, long lasting, intense mascara then look no further. I recently had eyelash extensions and I did a sneaky coat of mascara one night and it looked like I had false lashes - mind you, the extensions were pretty natural, it was mostly the mascara. I'm a huge fan of Stila, it's hard for me to find a product of theirs that lets me down. This is probably not as long lasting as the Clinique, but it's a hell of a lot easier to remove, and I don't get the panda eyes I was getting with other mascaras, so it's a win in my book!

Lastly, a hair product, because being a Peroxide Regular I need all the help I can get. I'd been using the Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave In Conditioner for ages, it's a great product but I just wanted to try something different, so I ordered the Evo Day Of Grace Leave In Conditioner and there are no regrets here. I have loved Evo since I first discovered them in '07, so I knew it wouldn't disappoint. Smells great (like a hair salon product, mmm), works a charm (my hair is so. soft lately)and doesn't weight your hair down. Done.

Has anyone tried any of these products? Or interested? What are your thoughts?

I seem to go into a funk every couple of months where I just can't get myself motivated to do anything, and the past couple of months have been exactly that. I've noticed though, when I get myself back into a rhythm I'm so much happier than I was before, and it's definitely something I'm trying to keep consistent around here, as I always seem to forget how much I love blogging!

I've set myself a few goals, just a few little things to help me get inspired and back into the swing of things.

Change the blog up I feel like the blog needs a makeover, it's been almost exactly the same since the day I made it and I think it's time for a change!

Focus on my photos I forget that there was a time when I carried my camera everywhere, and took photos everyday. I absolutely love a good photograph, and whilst taking product photos is not something I'm used to, I'm determined to better my skills. Kate from Kate La Vie is the ultimate inspiration, am I right?

Stop comparing myself to others I think it's one of my worst habits, and I need to stop. Everyone is different and everyone has something different to offer, I need to learn to my proud of myself sometimes, it's not easy!

Get more involved I used to comment on everyones blogs and be a lot more involved in the blogging world and social media, and now I hardly ever. It's probably what I miss most - interaction. I think the comments section is the best part about blogging, and I'm going to make time to not just read peoples blogs, but show them some love instead of just lurking!

Make more time for YouTube I love watching videos just as much as I love blogging, so it always made sense to me to take advantage of YouTube and incorporate it into my blog. I just always struggled with the actual filming of the videos, not to mention my lack of editing skills and the fact it takes nearly a day to upload a video here! It was always so worth the effort though, and I long to better my editing skills so I just have to set aside a time on my weekends to film something, as I have a head full of ideas!

I've also taken to cleaning up my Bloglovin feed a little, sorting out the blogs I read and what I don't, and adding in a bunch of new blogs to read and it feels so fresh, I feel back to my old self again!

Definitely looking forward to getting back into things, I'll see you guys around ;)

I'm not entirely sure what I wanted to write in this post, I guess I just wanted to check in and tell you guys I'm still here - lurking, stalking, the usual. The blog is all a bit up in the air right now, much to my dismay, but I have been trying to keep myself in this little community of ours, although it's certainly raised a few questions that have had me wondering.

I'm not sure how or when it happened, but I almost fell out of love with blogging. I realised one evening that I hadn't checked my Bloglovin feed for over a week, and I didn't care. Most people wouldn't blink an eye, but up until this point, this was a daily affair for me for years. It felt strange, and sad.
I would flick through every so often, opening friends posts because I will always love reading them, but everything else felt a little blurry - was I no longer interested? Has the content changed out of my area of interest, or have I read everything before? I felt glum as I put off my Bloglovin nightly scrolling for weeks on end.

Keeping on top of a blog is harder work than one would expect - you just take some photos and write a little post up, right? Easy.
Not so easy, and at times, tiresome. What do I blog about? What would I want to read? How should I photograph it? When can I photograph it? Will there be enough sun? Is my editing good enough? Is my writing enjoyable to read? How often should I post? Will I have time after work? Will I want to after work?

You know who I admire? In The Frow. This girl worked full time, was studying for her PhD and blogged, all at once. She has done so well for herself, and I am truly impressed at her ability to put out high quality blogs and videos when she had so much more going on. I can barely put a blog post out every third month, yikes.

Blogging has always been a creative outlet for me - I've always been creative, but never really known where I really excelled, and blogging seemed like a great medium for me to do a bit of everything. I think my problem is I don't know exactly where I want my blog going, or how I want to go about it. I'm very selective about what I like, and it's always boxed me in creatively. I don't enjoy the majority of 'easy' blog posts, I don't lead a particularly exciting life (what life, eh?), and my aesthetics have always differed from other bloggers. It means I'm always having to think hard about what I actually want to post about - not what I think I should post about. I have to think about how I want to photograph it - coming from a photography background makes me especially arrogant about how my photos look, and I feel incredibly uninspired when I take less than ideal photos. I love clean backgrounds as much as the next blogger, but too much of it has oversaturated my blog feeds and it's become completely un-inspired for me. Best leave it to the experts, eh? So where does that leave me?

I'm not sure. I know though that in 2016, I am determined to make something of this blog, to have it become something I'm proud of. I'm going to sit down and think about what kind of content I really want to post on here, and how I'm going to go about it.

It's never as easy as it sounds, but I feel unusually optimistic about it. It's something to look forward to...!

If only I could say the same about that YouTube channel of mine.

I'm not a big smokey eye gal - I mean, I like them, don't get me wrong. I just ain't got time for that, I'm more of a winged liner and mascara gal, and that's on a good day. I much prefer a sweep of easy colour, and a load of eyeliner and mascara, and this new addition to my collection is an actual dreamboat.

I know Lily Melrose has been using this for a long time, and I always loved it on her. I happened to be at a MAC counter a couple of months ago with some money to burn* and decided then and there that this had to be mine. Lily wrote a post about her Heroin Chic eyes using this shadow, which is pretty accurate, and very 90's, and very cool. It compliments all eye colours, including brown, and just adds a nice amount of grungy depth underneath a bit of liner and loads of mascara.

What do you guys think? Something you'd like to try? What's your 'go-to' one wash wonder?

* Read: I just paid my credit card off. Did not have actual money. I wish.
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