Better an OOPS than a WHAT IF

Well well well…….what a long time it has been. I kept thinking about closing my blog as I haven’t done anything with it in so long….but deep down I feel like I haven’t finished with the whole blog world, there is something thereputic about writing, sharing ideas, thoughts, feelings, or what ever it may be that I ramble on about! Even if each post reaches only one person, or if I am lucky enough to get multiple views – regardless, thank you for stopping by to read this 🙂

so…..a big hello! I’M BACK!

A few things have changed over the past year……one thing being that I have started something new, which will probably be a big topic for me on my blog – eyelash extensions! I have always had an interest in beauty – I currently have a full time job in mixed roles of finance and customer service, which is the complete other end of the scale I guess! – but I do have a beauty background working in a salon, trained in manicure/pedicure treatments and I also worked for L’Oreal in their social media/customer service team. I am a girly girl and I do love a good pamper, especially having my lashes done. Lashes are life – I cannot live without them (OK, dramatic statement alert, maybe not quite to that extreme but you know what I mean). It saves me so much time not having to put on mascara, they are longer, curlier and fluffier than my natural lashes and quite honestly on my ugly working weekdays in the office with no make up, scraped back greasy hair, naked nails and just overly feeling a bit troll like (what a picture of myself I have created) – I believe my pretty lashes give me a little something. (Dramatic again? Me? Never.)

How I feel when I have no lashes:

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I had thought about doing lashes for SOOOOOO long – but forever managed to talk myself out of it.

“It will be too hard I won’t be able to do that”

“What if I spend the money to do it and I don’t like it”

“Have I really got the time”

“What if I am really rubbish”

“It is too late now”

My list of negative thoughts were endless. But let me break each of these points down.

Yes, it probably will be hard, but what if I could do it? Anything is possible with practise.

What if I spend the money on it and LOVE it, and make that money back? What about if I make even more money on top of that??

It’s about making the time for the things you want to do.

You have got to be a beginner before anything else, so to start with you won’t be perfect! And no one expects you to be!

I spent so long in my 20’s saying I was too old…….I wish I started this back then, I definitely wasn’t too old. I am now 32 and realise I am in fact, not too old to do anything I want to do.

In these situations do you know what you need? A really good group of people around you. Honestly. The ones that big you up and have faith you can do anything you want to. The ones that can talk you into it, not out of it. The ones who are positive. Surround yourself with people who get it. My little crew pushed me to do this and they continue to push me to be a success daily (thanks guys and gals, big love). If people aren’t doing this for you – reconsider your circle. I totally think how you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you. They managed to change my negative thoughts of ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘actually I can’, but it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Don’t expect to be an expert over night and then when you don’t wake up with all the knowledge, don’t just give up and quit. STICK AT IT. Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say.

Also, talk to people who are already doing whatever it is you want to do – you may look at photos of their work thinking how amazing they are and you could never compare, but everyone starts somewhere – most likely they haven’t always been as good as they are now! You have to be patient and put in the hard work. Ask them about it – I am sure they will be honest about how they have got to where they are now and may be able to give you some helpful tips.

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So, I went for it – dived right in, I loved the training and I am completely loving continuing to improve and build on my lash journey. I am going to blog again about my training and all things lash related in coming weeks – this particular blog is aimed as a bit of a refresh for me as I have been off wordpress for almost a year (what a slacker) and to brace you for many more lash related posts – but it is mainly to get one point across…….and I have said it already – Better an oops than a what if. That thing you have been thinking of doing? DO IT. YES YOU! YOU CAN DO IT! It is fine to be afraid, but just do it anyway. What’s important is your actions. You don’t have to wait to be confident, just do it and the confidence will follow. The biggest regret will be that you didn’t start sooner 🙂

Here is some of my lash work so far – future lash boss in the making I am hoping! 👸🏼

Follow my lash journey on instagram @lashesbylisauk

I also received my certificate today! – I am chuffed, I have already put it up in my lash room!

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I would love to hear the hobbies/jobs you have dreamt of doing that perhaps you have been putting off – maybe it’s your time to start?! Or if you are in a similar situation to me and have started something you have wanted to do for ages but you put it off because of similar reasons – what’s your story? Any advise you have for other readers or myself – please comment below!

I hope you have a fab weekend!

Love Lisa (& Winston the pug)

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Less house…more home 

I’ve lived in my flat now for 4 years (I think?!)….and it is in desperate need of  a revamp. It’s a lovely little place, however I would love to upgrade to a house now…..but sadly the pennies don’t quite reach it at the moment. But I do consider myself to be lucky enough to have a roof over my head, have a mortgage and share it with my Pug.


I started to fall out of love with the flat, it was messy and I didn’t care much for it (I’m stubborn, once I realised moving wasn’t going to be any time soon I had my little hissy fit and threw my toys out the pram. Knowingly doing this wasn’t going to solve any of my problems and I was just wasting time being a drama queen.)  So, how could I make it to be more homely again? CHANGE.


Now, where to start?! I felt the spare room was the best place, this was the worst.When I moved in I put a double bed in here. Which was my first error. This room is a box room and it took up the WHOLE floor, I ignored this though, because of course I always know best (rolls eyes). This then became the dumping ground. Don’t know where to put something? In it goes. Can’t be bothered to put it in the right place? In it goes. Should probably throw it away but you are a hoarder? In it goes. This room was piled high of everything. And then the door would be shut. What you can’t see can’t cause you any bother right? Maybe while the door is shut yeah, but it’s going to have to be opened at some point, and what a waste of a room. The mess in the room was making me feel this loathe for my home. I didn’t want to feel that. I wanted to get a sense of love and calm when I came through the door from work, I wanted to spend time in the home I had worked so hard to pay for.

So…..operation clear out began. I knew I needed to be ruthless. If it had been shut in that room for however long not being used or quite honestly, not even knowing I had it – I knew so much had to go. Bags of rubbish, bags of clothes and other random bits all sorted. And finally that big bed (that got slept in once over the time I have lived here!) taken apart ready for the charity shop. I was adamant that the things that could be used or worn again went to Florence Nightingale Hospice  –  I believe one mans rags is another mans riches and if it can then help a charity (and this is a very important charity close to my heart) then this makes the feeling even better. I can’t believe the amount of stuff I had! So much clutter. Cleared. Gone.


IT FELT AMAZING!!! 

I stood in the empty room excited with what I was going to do with it. Something I have always dreamt of is a dressing room – and this is what I wanted.


I don’t have ££££ to be spending – so Ikea, B&M and Dunelm were my target shops! I wish I had taken the before pictures to show what a state it was, but imagine a box room filled with a double bed and a chest of drawers, Everything covered in clutter – that pretty much sums it up. But here are the after pictures anyway – simple but such a diffence (I didn’t have the best lighting when taking the pictures, but you get the idea I’m sure!)

I love spending time in here and getting ready, or even just reading a book and listening to music – it really has made a difference to my home. This door is no longer kept shut.
What better way to start the new year with some decluttering. Your home should tell a story of who you are and be a collection of what you love – I still have bits I want to add and do, and I want to do more to other rooms but it certainly is a small step for us in the right direction.

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶❤