I haven’t written for months. So much has happened, I’m not really sure where to begin. New adventures. A new home. A new addition to our family. So, so much. It’s been 10 months since I last updated you on how my life is going. 10 long months of everything changing.
A new business
In April I started my own business. I’ve always has a passion for makeup and decided I wanted to persue a career in the makeup and beauty industry. What happened to university? I couldn’t afford it. University is expensive. Not only is it expensive but it’s long. So many years, and no guarantee of working in the setting you wanted anyway. So many years, and so much debt at the end of it. Who knows, maybe it will happen in a year, two maybe? But not right now.
Anyway, back to my business. I set up Makeup & Beauty with Jasmine Paige as a hobby along side college and my new job in a caravan park. I wasn’t really expecting it to pick up, just a few clients here and there. It started out that way, and in the summer it really started to take off. Most weekends were filled with Makeup bookings, this is when I decided I’d build up my business. I took extra courses in various beauty treatments, and I continue to add more on.
Makeup & Beauty with Jasmine Paige is a mobile beauty business. I offer a variety of treatments in the comfort of my clients home in which I always try to expand on regularly. I offer my clients the very best in treatments and great customer care.
I began offering my services as a makeup artist at the beginning of 2016. I have always had a passion for makeup and love making people look and feel beautiful and their own skin. Once this part of the business had been successfully running for a while, I decided to branch out and expand my business, offering more treatments to generate a wider range of clients and offer more treatments my current clients would love too.
I now offer makeup application, gel polish, eyebrow waxing, eyebrow and facial threading, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, express facial and skincare, full body waxing and spray tanning. I am also in the process of adding more treatments onto the list.
The business is going great, and I’ve also started working from home. I’m currently in the process of setting up my own home salon. This year, 2017, I have a lot of makeup bookings for weddings which I’m excited about! My most popular treatments with my clients are makeup, brow tint and wax, facial and gel polish!
Our first home
On October 30th 2016, Jak and I moved into our very first home together. It had been a long time coming, we’d looked at various houses of different sizes and areas, but I had always had my heart set on a small cottage owned by my Grandma. It was originally lived in by my Taids (Grandfather) mum and dad and has been in the family for years. It’s a small lodge at the bottom of a lane, originally it was part of a hall and was used for the maids to live in. Over the years it’d been expanded and changed, but it’s still just as beautiful with lots of character behind it. In August 2016 we started to change the inside of the home. Not drastically, but making it our own. There was a bit of work that needed doing to it. The kitchen was a large step lower than the rest of the house. We ripped out all of the kitchen and raised the floor so that it was all the same level. Once that was done, we added a boiler-type room to the corner of the kitchen, here we keep our washing machine and mop, etc. We chose the new kitchen and had it fitted, a beautiful white unit with black handles and a black worktop. We had a new oven and new cooker installed, along with a dishwasher as there wasn’t one in the house before. It already had 2 bedrooms, however, they were very small, barely enough room to fit a double bed and not much else. Down the middle of both of the rooms ran a hallway which led to the front door. We knocked one of the bedroom walls out that led onto the hallway and made one of the bedrooms bigger. Yes, this means we have the front door in our bedroom, but we took it out and replaced it with glass instead.
The work took a little longer than the time frame we had in mind, but it was finished by mid October. This meant we had two weeks to decorate. The whole house was magnolia, even the ceilings were, apart from the kitchen which was all freshly plastered. Me and Jak spent days painting everywhere white. Long days, late nights, but it eventually got done. Every room looked so fresh and clean, but still things were missing. I love the colour grey, it goes with everything, so in every room we painted one wall, the “feature wall” grey. The kitchen had one wall light grey. The living room had one light grey wall, and the bedroom had one wall dark grey. I wanted something different in the living room too, which is when I decided that I wanted a grey stone wall.
Along with all of this, we expanded our garden to make it bigger, as well as taking out an old concrete slab that was laying in the middle of the garden from where a shed once stood. The parking area at the side of our house was only large enough to fit one car, so we ripped all of the grass to the side of our house up and put slab all over it, making the parking area very large, big enough to turn a vehicle around and fit about 4, maybe 5, vehicles on it. Along with all of that, at the front of the house going up our lane we had an old concrete wall. The wall only went half way up and was joined by old sheep fencing wire which continued to the end of the property. The wall was crumbling and parts were missing and had fallen down, so we smashed it all down and had a wooden fence built all up the front of the house, along with beautiful matching wooden gates. It looks so much better already!
We still have a lot of plans for the house and a lot of stuff to do. The outside is no where near finished, the whole outside of the house needs repainting in warmer weather, the spare bedroom needs decorating and we plan to have an extension put on in spring, along with a new bathroom and new fencing at the back of the house. I have lots of plans for the garden, including my own vegetable and herb patch!
I love living in our own home. I love to decorate and put my own mark on things, and having my own home gives me the ability to do this. It was so lovely at Christmas, not only was it our first Christmas together in our own home, but it was also my first time cooking for everyone! My Nain (Grandma) and her sister from London came to the house for Christmas day.
The new addition to the family…
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