The Relocation- One year on

So it has been just over a year since we relocated so I thought it was about time that I updated those of you who have been following our story as we reach this milestone. I can’t actually believe it has been a year already! It has gone so fast and I am truly loving our decision.

When I did our 6 month update we were at the beginning of our first summer living on the beautiful South Coast of Dorset and WOW what a summer it was, we were at the beach at least four times per week and would often head to the beach for dinner after school and work. We made the absolute most of it and life felt like a constant holiday. One thing I am very aware of this year is that as we head into Summer 2020 we need to watch the pennies more than last year. Let me tell you, ‘That holiday feeling’ did not just come from spending time at the beach, it came from living a life of maybe a bit too much ‘sod it lets get a round of ice creams’, stopping at the supermarket to pick up beach picnic food and a few too many cheers bubbles! The little treats all add up so this summer although I intend to have just as much fun, I also know we need to rein in the holiday vibes ever so slightly.

I believe my last relocation post was one of my first ever blog posts. I am now further into my blogging journey and it is one of the best things I have ever done, at a time where I was feeling a bit lonely and daunted with my new social situation i.e.. new place and no friends, blogging rescued me. I joined the Bournemouth Bloggers network with a bit of encouragement from my lovely friend Emma who runs the network, who I had met at a local messy play group. I have been to some incredible events this year and met some truly amazing people. As someone who has suffered with anxiety over the years, the blog is a great outlet for me and the social aspect of the events has really pushed me out of my comfort zone at a time it was needed. I have been fortunate enough to see huge growth on both my social media and blog and this in turn has led me to work with some great brands in the past 6 months. I am and will always be extremely grateful for opportunities that come my way and the continuous support of my followers and readers.

The littles have settled in to school very well and no longer have that newbie feeling. It has amazed me how accepting they have been to change. They had the best summer of their lives and now 2020 is here we are all on the countdown to those warmer days. My husband started a great job shortly after the move and not only is he loving it but he also spends a lot more time at home than he ever has done before, with the added perk of an early finish on a Friday meaning we get extra weekend time, the balance has been perfect for adjusting to our new lifestyle and it has been great having him around more for extra support at a time of such great change.

The house is coming along well, we have near on completed all of upstairs, which including taking a wall down and a full bathroom refit isn’t bad going. We will be taking a bit of a break after we do the landing, stairs and hallway to recoup some money, enjoy a bit of rest and save up for phase two. We are hoping to begin planning and potentially starting our extension in 2021 but we need to pay down some of the debt we have encured from renovating to make sure we are in the best possible position when it comes to taking on an expensive and time consuming task like an extension. As with the renovations we have done so far, even when we stop for our break we will still have plenty to do! With buying a fixer upper half the battle is making things temporarily liveable and that is exactly what we will be doing with downstairs. With potentially another two years until the extension is done we need to give downstairs a temporary makeover, also on our hit list for this year is the garden, doing up some furniture and snagging some of the finer details of rooms we have already done. So don’t worry, there will still be plenty more renovation updates coming from us this year.

As always being honest and real is my priority and while this blog post seems sickeningly happy of course there have been obstacles, darker times and struggles since my last update. Renovating around three children is tough, tougher than I ever thought it would be, I feel a lot of guilt sometimes that they live in an imperfect home with busy and often stressed parents, but like everything in life I try to keep in my mind that this is a phase and will pass. I love renovating and we are enjoying making our house a home but I can’t deny that we crave a bit of the old normality that we used to have at sometimes. I have always struggled with anxiety, especially in times where I feel out of control or like life is a bit upside down, life is often upside down these days and I feel as though doing up the house has meant that we still do not have much routine even one year on. As a result I have gained weight this year and my mental health has been a bit up and down at times. This year I will be tackling becoming more healthy and concentrating more on my wellbeing, these tend to go hand in hand with me and tackling one naturally results in improvement in the other. All in all a whirlwind but very exciting year, I look forward to updating you all again in the near future.

Chynna xxx

My experience with permanent Makeup

My experience with permanent Makeup

Let me start by saying the 90’s over plucking trend hit me HARD. Unfortunately my brows never fully recovered from that era and I am in total awe of anyone who came out of the 90’s with anything other than three wispy hairs that they called eyebrows. I had discovered microblading about three years ago. I had visited a woman in my old home town who came recommended however the experience wasn’t the best and I was never 100 percent happy with it at the time. Now that we had relocated I sought out looking for someone in the local area who could give me the brows I had been dreaming of for so many years. This is when I found Alex at Bournemouth Permanent make up.

Example of my thin and patchy eyebrows

Originally I was looking to have my eyebrows Microbladed but when I saw the services Alex offered I was intrigued by the eyeliner too. I have now had both done and I love that I don’t have to wear much makeup and find it has saved me so much time in my makeup routine. I thought I would write this post to answer any questions surrounding Semi permanent make up and to give details of my personal experience and why I chose to have it.

Bournemouth Permanent Makeup treatment room.
The Lovely Alex of Bournemouth Permanent makeup.

Eyebrows

Although I had had it done before, I was still feeling a bit nervous about my journey. Any nerves I had were quickly dissipated, Alex made me feel totally at ease and I found that chatting to her both before and during the treatment helped to take my mind off of any potential fears. Alex’s treatment room is a calm and tranquil space overlooking the rolling hills, the perfect retreat for a bit of TLC. As with any treatment, the more relaxed you are, the more comfortable it will feel. We began by discussing my 90’s brows, Alex asked what shape, thickness and shade I thought would work but ultimately what you expect isn’t always what would suit you, I put my trust in Alex knowledge and had done my research into her previous work. She measured and mapped out where my brows should begin and end, then drew them on in lots of detail so that I could see exactly what the finished product would look like. Now I may be easily impressed but even drawn on they looked a million times better!

I found both treatments very comfortable, Alex uses top quality numbing creams and once these had kicked in I could really relax into the procedure. I had my Eyebrows done on my first visit. When I sat up I could not believe the difference. They were better than I could have ever imagined. It has made an amazing difference to the framing of my face and my confidence. I love wearing minimal makeup at the weekends when we are out walking and having my eyebrows done has given me that extra confidence when going makeup free. I find that when I am wearing makeup, the time that I am saving by not having to faff around drawing my own brows on has been so helpful. I used to dread drawing my eyebrows on and could never get them quite right while still looking natural. The hair strokes in the microblading make them look natural while the darkness of the shading I had done really makes them look defined.

Eyeliner

Now… I have never been one to wear a lot of eyeliner, it is not a part of my daily makeup routine, however I have always worn upper eyeliner when going out of an evening or weekend. When Alex discussed eyeliner with me I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this can not only be used to create the thicker line of eyeliner that we have all tried oh so hard to perfect, but it is also the perfect way to give your lashes a natural looking enhancement. We decided to go for a thin liner and an enhancement of the lash line. The procedure itself did hurt slightly more than the eyebrows however eyeliner is faster than brows so the little discomfort did not last long, I actually found it more of a strange sensation than painful. On my initial appointment Alex had concentrated on the lash line, this looked great, it was very subtle but really made my eyes pop. By the time it was time for my top up I had got used to my new eyeliner and fancied going ever so slightly thicker. Once again the appointment was super speedy and when Alex showed me the end result I was amazed! For someone who rarely wears eyeliner I now can’t imagine being without it, the difference that a small line of eyeliner can make is amazing. As you can see in the photos this gives a really subtle but effective look. I am so pleased with how my liner looks, even when I have my lashes on the eyeliner just helps to give my eyes a pop.

Overall my experience with Bournemouth Permanent Makeup has been amazing. Alex is a true professional and is clearly passionate about what she does. Her advice was faultless and I am thrilled with my new and low maintenance look. The Bournemouth Permanent makeup website is full of useful information, offers and testimonials of Alex’s fantastic work so keep your eye out for some great deals. Alex is currently looking for models and offering a huge discount on her services, so if you are interested please click here to register your details. For a look at Alex’s extensive range of before and after photos, check out Bournemouth permanent makeup Instagram and Facebook page.

Chynna x

Although my treatments with Bournemouth Permanent makeup were offered on a complimentary basis, all words and opinions are my own.