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Hello! I'm back!

Ah, hello dear friends!
I have no idea if anyone's actually been looking on here for the past month or so, but if you're someone who has kept coming back despite the lack of posts, I want to thank you so so much! I'll send a cyber hug your way as soon as they're invented.
Part of the lack of posts is due to my laptop- it's been a little bit poorly and has just had it's hard drive, connector wire and graphics processor replaced. (Thank God for AppleCare though!) Another reason for the lack of posts is just pure messing up of my routine while I've been away from university- everything's just been a blur of travelling, seeing people and revision!

But as you can see, I'm very much back in the world of the bloggers, and the world of the Uni students after a wonderful Christmas break! I do hope you all had as good of a break as I did :)

There's a few non-nail posts to look forward to until I grab my camera back from home though!
*Christmas travel, present picks and going's ons post
*"The Selection" by Kiera Cass book review
*December Glossybox
*January Glossybox
*Art by Starla Moore jewellery!

And then once my camera and laptop are back with me I'll settle into some nail posts to share with you! These will include...
*Disney Villains polish swatches! (Yes- DISNEY!)
*New polishes & 2015 No-Buy
*BornPrettyStore Haul 2.0

Since this is also technically my first post of 2015, I also want to let you know what you can all expect to see over the next year...
*Swatches and Nail Art!
*More book reviews!
*Eyeshadow looks!
*Travelling posts- to South Africa and the USA!
*Uni life & moving into a house!

Right now though, I'm going to leave you to peruse last year's posts, go grab a pizza and see what's up with The Bachelor! If you check back tomorrow there should be a book review of "The Selection" up for you to read through while I revise for some lovely uni exams. 
If you're in the middle of exams right now, I hope they're going well and good luck!
See you all soon! 


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