Saturday, December 31, 2011

A look back at 2011 and New Year's Resolutions 2012!

Where has the year gone?!  I am so ready for 2012 though.  I haven't been well over Christmas and am ready for the new year and new beginnings.

This year has been amazing in so many ways.  The blog has gone from strength to strength and I've loved every minute of it.  Joanne joined forces with me during the year and has promised to write more in the new year and she has a few surprises up her sleeves!  For those bloggers that try to blog every day, they know how much time goes into it but we do it because we love it and it's so rewarding to see our hard work paying off.  In 2011 more Irish beauty blogs were started and it's brilliant being part of our little community where I've made some great friends!  These are ladies that I talk to every day on Twitter and have had some great laughs with at events and meetups over the months, so come forth and chat with us if you're looking for some lunacy in your life!

Dee and Sinead from Vivaadonis - we be neighbours, went to the same school (a few years apart ahem) and spend our time laughing whenever we're all together having pancakes or driving home from an event, it's very hard driving properly when we're in the knots having one of our debriefs!

CherrySue - one of the funniest Bridies I've ever met and is exactly the same in real life as she is online, hilarious, generous and very inspirational altogether, got the best welcome at the awards this year :)

Clairethefair86 - is my inspiration for wanting to lose weight big time now, she's done so well for the past few months and is just the loveliest, Starbuck Vanilla Latte loving lady :)

ActionMags - is the Stilafreak of the group :)  Girlfriend can find loopholes in any spending ban and every single blog post she writes makes me laugh.  Every. Single. One.

Let's try summing up 2011 in a paragraph shall we?  There were some downs that I won't dwell on and I like to think that the positives outweigh the negatives and I'm hoping 2012 will have even less negatives.  From going to my first meetup in February, going to the L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards, the awards and Aisling's book launch, meeting Karim Sattar at The Body Shop events, Dana Caruso at the launch of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, Jackie Tyson at Avon's launch of the new Ideal Flawless foundation and Shine Attract lipsticks and Emma Hardie at the launch of her skin care line, it's been a full on year.  Being featured in U magazine was a major highlight and something that I never, ever expected to happen and I'm so thankful for that!  The perfect end to this amazing year was being asked to do a guest post over on the fabaliss and it was like being asked by a teacher to write about anything you want and not knowing where to begin!  Thanks ladies, you made moi very happy for even thinking to ask :)

Last year I made some resolutions and whereas I was able to to stick to some of them, I didn't even attempt to stick to others.  So let's try again!

1. 2012 will be the year where I lose weight.  I said the same thing at the start of this year and failed miserably.  But hey, that's what the new year is all about, starting afresh.  I have a goal in mind and it'll be slow and steady.  We're hoping to go to New York at the end of November for Thanksgiving and I want to be able to buy nice clothes!  Depending on how brave I'm feeling, I might document my progress as a way of holding myself accountable.  Maybe every two weeks or every month?  Let me know if this would be something you'd be interested in reading about.

2. Last year I wanted to start taking care of my skin and I did just that.  I'm going to continue with this and will be posting on some skincare products that are out there.  I'm also going to bully Joanne into taking care of her skin so stay tuned for posts on products for dry, sensitive skin!  Let 2012 be the year you start minding your skin and throw away make up wipes, that was the best thing I did for my skin and I haven't looked back.  Invest in a good cleanser and that'll be an excellent start to this resolution.

3. Last year, I resolved to finish a lipstick and a nail polish and failed on both counts, kind of.  I had almost finished a bottle of Seche Vite before it dried out but I know I would have finished it so that kind of counts?  I'm going to try and do the same this year, finish a lippie and a polish, so let's see how I get on!

4. Now that we've made our mind up about New York (well, nothing is booked yet), I'll be going into savings mode.  That means buying less products and writing about the bountiful collection that I already have!  I'm setting myself a goal of €50 to buy beauty bits so we'll see how I get on with that... #OperationShutYourPurseHole will be in full effect... Come join us on twitter if you dare...

5. Joanne and I are hoping to do more Youtube videos for the craic this year.  As you might have noticed, we don't take ourselves too seriously at all, I mean, come on, the state of us, but we find ourselves quite ridiculous and hope you will too :)  I just need to figure out how to use my lovely new camera and then we're good to go!

So 2011, you were a good one, 2012, I want you to be even better!  Happy New Year to you all and thank you again for all your support over the past year, we can't wait for you to see what we have in store for you next year!


  1. Happy New Year you two Lovely Ladies! And everything you wish for yourselves!

  2. best of luck with all your new years resolutions Karen. Fingers crossed for you. re weightloss - you should join pinterest as there are lots of great tips and tricks on it relating to diet and fitness :)

  3. Happy new year Karen, and thanks for the shout out heehee xxx

  4. Hi Karen. Happy new year to you and Joanne.. . Love the blog! I'd be very VERY interested in hearing about your weight-loss progress (if you wouldn't mind sharing) as I plan on dropping a few pounds myself this year. i love reading these type of posts as they motivate and inspire others (imo). best of luck to ye both in 2012, here is to a great year :D x

  5. Hi Karen, what with me being Downton I have been without the wonders of the modern world so I am just catching up on blogpost and I was so touched (not in a durty way) to see that I was included in such a nice way in your post. thanks so much
    2012 the year we find a coffee shop that will not get annoyed at us being there for 5 hours- a simple dream

  6. This is also the year that I have decided to begin my healthy lifestyle change. Best of luck to both of us! Keep blogging girl!

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