Sunday, 12 February 2012

AWOL Ramble

Hi to everyone who reads my blog - I just wanted to say I'm sorry for going AWOL on you all for all of January and half of February.  I'm not sure what happened, I lost my blogging mojo for a bit and suddenly 6 weeks had passed.  I didn't intend to take a break, but I think life just got in the way a bit.

Anyway, I haven't just been a bad blogger, I've also been a bad beauty addict.  Since I last posted, I haven't done any of these things:
  • paint my finger nails
  • paint my toe nails
  • dye my roots
  • do a fake tan
  • do my daily moisturising.
Oh dear, I seem to have developed some bad habits!  So what else have I been up to?

  • Working hard (my job never seems to let up)
  • marathon training (this is taking up so much of my time)
  • bizarrely not losing any weight despite the marathon training
  • mainly hibernating when not doing any of the above activities!
I'm also in the middle of a marathon challenge which involves saving up loads of money in order that me and the mister can move out of our too small flat into a bigger house in a nicer area.  This is a challenge that will take at least another year and it's one that means I have to budget... and I don't mean that I'll say that I'm budgeting, but then go and spend loads of money on beauty and clothing - no, I actually have to do it!  I've got some form on this - I managed my challenge before Christmas not to spend anything for two months on beauty and I passed it with only a £5 wobble - that's pretty good going for me. 

I've had to think long and hard about how I budget over the next year - it's a question of setting a budget that is realistic, but also isn't over the top.  When I was a poor student I used to have a beauty budget of £25 a month and I was quite comfortable with this.  However, I know I couldn't stick to that today.  Now, I have more expensive tastes and I'm not prepared to compromise.  I've decided to set myself a monthly budget of £100 for all beauty related stuff - from face cream to bikini waxing, from toothpaste to haircuts.  It sounds like it's quite generous, and I think it is really.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to stick to this, with money to spare which will allow for the occasional splurge or I can save it in the house fund... we'll see.

So that's what I've been up to whilst I've been AWOL - I hope all my blogging friends are well and I promise I'll be back this week with some more posts! 

By the way, the 'k' button is broken on my keyboard - it's the most annoying thing!  Especially as my name starts with a 'k'.  I have to paste it everytime I want to type it.... at least it's not the 'e' key I suppose...

Thanks for reading! xx

16 comments:

Computergirl said...

Welcome back :) xx

MrsAri said...

Had wondered where you were! Welcome back.

Re your budget, if you ask for beauty related gifts for Valentines, Easter, birthday etc, not only would they not be calorific they would help with your budget.

Btw I'm getting a crown for my broken tooth for Valentines day - not romantic but oh so necessary!


Cx.

TheBristolBeautyBlog said...

Thanks ladies - good to be back! Mrs Ari, that crown sounds ouch! x

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Welcome back! Training for my first half marathon myself so congrats on your marathon prep. I think it's normal to hibernate a bit over winter - I was the same with my blogging before Christmas. Not sure if you're familiar with IFB (http://heartifb.com/), but they always have loads of tips to keep me motivated when I've got blogger's block! x

Leanne OCD said...

Hey, glad to have you back lovely x

Vintage and Cake said...

I think it's really good that you have set an outline to follow, I have been doing the same with shopping for clothing. Aww we all fall into bad habit's, it's one of those things just make some time for yourself and have a good pamper. xx

SweetLikeJelly said...

Good luck with saving! It'll be worth it in the end but isn't it so annoying when real life gets in the way of our beauty addictions?

Beauty Balm said...

Glad to see you back, missed you x

Amy said...

Fellow Bristol Beauty Blogger here! Following your blog, would love to see how you get on with your challenges xx

Claire@Eyelining said...

Welcome back! And major respect for the marathon training! x

TheBristolBeautyBlog said...

Thanks for all your comments and welcome backs everyone! xx

Skin Scrubs said...

I'm not buying anything at the moment, still on the spending ban which I shall extend for a few more months me-thinks. I can't justify buying anything as I have so much stuff.

My lotion empties aren't what they should be either for this month I think I've only managed to finish one thing. Bad Skin Scrubs!

Oh welcome back missed you :D

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