Well I never, a year has passed already! It doesn't seem like five minutes since I started.
I have no idea why I started my blog on a seemingly random Tuesday, but you can see my first ever post (here)
My milestones seem to be coming around together. I recently had a giveaway to celebrate my 100 followers, and did a 'what's on my bedside table' for my 100th post (link) so have been racking my brains thinking up a good post to do for the first birthday of my lil space on the internet.
Initially I thought I might do a "what I have learned during my first year of blogging" post, but decided that wouldn't be a good idea. Number one, because they can come across as a bit 'know it all', which I most certainly don't (I can't even remember how I put Google Analytics on, which is a shame because I want to take it off, I don't use it and it's messing up my Bloglovin. Can't figure it out, oh well...), and number two, because actually, I haven't really learned that much, technically. I came into this blogging malarkey without having any real knowledge of blogs, and because Blogger is so easy to get started with, I've just carried on doing the basics, and am not really bothered with all the extra bells & whistles. So it wouldn't be a very long (or interesting) post.
So then I thought I might do a "My Favourite Blogs" post. I might still do this one, but it didn't seem very celebratory so I'll save it for another day, probably when I'm not feeling the vibe to write about my nails. Those days do happen from time to time.
Aaaand quite a few other, not so good, ideas. Eventually I decided a nice way to do it would be to do a round up my favourites out of the nail art I've produced in the last year. I'll also probably list a few of my favourite posts too, as there are some I'm quite proud of. As you know I'm a blogger who doesn't know when to stop talking, or adding to posts, so I've limited myself to creating a top ten. It took me a couple of hours to go through them all and whittle them down, but as I was doing it I realised, I actually REALLY like my blog!
It's only when I look back now I see that I've created a nice little journal of my life, and yes I know it's not properly 'themed' like alot of blogs, I ramble off onto music posts, and current affairs, and general 'how I feel' posts, as well as the nails and beauty, but I like it like that. If I feel I've got something important enough to say, I say it, whether it's what I'm supposed to be talking about or not. My blog, my rules. It's the only place where I am queen, and I plan to keep it that way. :-)
So then, let's get on with it. I'm not going to put them in any order because I like them all. I'm putting this one first, as it will be what shows on everyones feed, nice little trick there haha:
I called this 'Pastel Cloud Nail Art' and you can see the full post (here) which includes a review of the Marks & Spencer Limited Collection polishes. It was based on another one of my posts which includes a photo tutorial for this look (here)
So let's pull another picture out of the magic nail art bag:
This was one of the first nailart posts I did, and it included a tutorial (link)
So from one of the oldest, to one of the newest. I nearly didn't put this one in as it was so recent, but then I like it so much I decided to go with it anyway:
You can find the link to the full post (here) it was created using striping tape, Pretty Jelly Grape Escape, and Estee Lauder Pure Colour in Smashed. I think the colour combo works excellently, I was so pleased with it.
So from a simple one, to quite a complicated one:
I also did a tutorial for this, which you can see by following this (link) and it wasn't as hard as you might think.
Well now, I haven't shown any Konad stamping yet! Let's put that right:
It was only going through my blog that I remembered about this. I'd completely forgotten about it, and I absolutely loved it when I did it. The link to the full post is (here) but the base colour is Jessica Hologram Chic, which is a fab silver holographic polish. I don't know what the weird hand pose is about haha, the clawwwww. I like the length and shape of my nails in this pic though.
So from stamped to hand drawn. If I had to pick a favourite, this one would be it, done for Halloween:
For once, my nail art worked out exactly as I planned it. This doesn't happen that much, let me tell you. Link to full post (here)
Another hand drawn design now, this was a bit of fun for Easter:
The background to this pic was an Easter egg box. That egg is long gone now haha. Link to the full post (here)
And we may as well stay on the holiday theme. Here's one I did at Christmas, during a '12 Days of Christmas' challenge. This was the one I liked the most out of all 12:
The link to the full post is (here) and it too includes a tutorial. I didn't realise I'd done so many tutorials, but there you go, I must have, because there they are.
And back to Pretty Jelly Grape Escape now, one of two polishes that feature twice on the list. This time with stamping, and a bonus hair on the end of my thumbnail. Yeah, totally meant to put that there *cough*:
I was so glad Essies Borrowed and Blue stamped so well, because I really didn't like the formula much to paint my nails with. Full post (here) which includes lots of pictures of the pretty holo. Photographically that's my favourite post in my blog (so far).
And last, but not least, we have another design from an early post:
Out of all the designs in this post, this one probably took me the longest to do, but I think they came out OK. This is the other polish that features twice on the list as the base is Hologram Chic again.
And there we have my favourites! There were others, but I had to be brutal and stick with ten.
There are a couple of posts where I must have been having particularly eloquent days too, (this one) about Anne Franks Diary, and (this one) where I wrote about getting unfollowed on Twitter, are my favourites.
So, if you've just joined me, and you haven't scrolled back, this is what you've missed! And if you've been with me from the beginning (you know who you are), thanks so SO much for sticking with me and supporting me through the last 12 months, you've been superstars x x x
Until next time...
MASPOOASE x x x