2014 in Make Up Looks (and a little time for reflection)

So 2015 is upon us. Every year I sit down here on my little blog and reflect on the past year, whilst writing down my hopes and dreams for the next. This post is gonna be kind of hard, because 2014 hasn't exactly been my best year.

A lot has changed this past year for me. In the first 4 months of 2014, myself and my partner of 6 years split up. It wasn't a terrible break up by any means, but it affected me and you might notice my slight blogging break around the time of April/May. Still to this day, I wouldn't say I am completely over it. I still think about him everyday, because well... you would when you have spent that long amount of time of with someone, who you lived with and saw every single day. It was pretty much the hardest thing I've ever had to do and turned my life completely around. I became single for the first time since I was 18 and to be honest, I still haven't adjusted. I am learning everyday and I think as emotional as the break up was for me, it was the catalyst for change that I so desperately needed. 

In the second half of the year I landed my dream job, went on an amazing girly holiday to Florida with my best friend and started a more positive and healthy living lifestyle (in the process loosing 3 stone!). I started eating better, thinking better and generally, started seeing life in a new way. I stopped planning for the future so much and started living in the now. I don't have a clue what I wanna do in the future, where I wanna live or what my long term goals are, but I'm happy with rolling with the punches for now!

So 2015 has rolled around and as with every year, I like to make myself little goals both personally and blog wise. So here we have it:

Blog Goals

  1. Rebrand. In the new year I want to have a rebrand. Blog of Shadows was my little baby, but this year has been all about change and I want to start 2015 off afresh, with a new blog name and design. Expect to see a new layout and even a new name in the future!
  2. Come back with a bang. Its no secret I disappeared off the blogging radar this year. I posted the fewest posts I ever have and just generally dropped off the map. I want to get back to posting blog posts I am proud of  and get back on that blogging horse, start getting involved with events and the community again.
  3. Continue to improve my skills. Again this is a goal I include almost every single year because there is always room for improvement in my eyes. I want to become a better make up artist AND blogger - continue to grow and push boundries and become better at my craft. I look back at my looks when I started blogging and even from the beginning of last year and I smile knowing I have improved so much and this time next year will be a better make up artist yet!
Personal Goals

  1. Continue to lead a healthy lifestyle. One of the best changes for me, was taking up exercise and healthy eating. The impact on not only the way I looked, but also the way I felt inside was life changing. I felt happier, more energised and generally just felt better about myself. I want to continue that and incorporate more of that into my blog.
  2. Last year one of my goals was to get a new job - a career doing something I love, which was make up artistry. I was incredibly fortunate to achieve that goal and honestly, I felt like the luckiest person ever to be given the opportunity to do what I love on a daily basis. I want to become a better make up artist, as right now, I am a very small fish in a very big pool of incredibly talented people. I just want to better my skills, make every client feel like a star and excel at what I do. 
  3. Continue to learn, be independent and grow. I think while 2014 was probably one of my worst years, it was also my best because of how far I have come. You have to experience the lows to know the highs. I want 2015 to be the year I continue learning more about myself, being happy by myself and generally, excuse my french - not giving a shit! 
And now ladies (and gentlemen!) my very modest year in make up looks...

2014 was the year I learnt more than I ever have, more than my degree ever taught me and more than I probably ever will. I learnt about myself, that I am stronger than I thought, that I am brave, that I don't actually NEED a boyfriend, that I'm OK being single, that actually eating better does make you happier, that I have the best friends in the world, that men are a lot different at 25 than they were at 18, that its OK to still live at home with my parents, that hard work and perseverance does pay off and that really, time is the best healer.

Here's to 2015... lets make it the best one


  1. You have come so far Kayleigh. It was a very hard year for you but look at what you have achieved. You should be very proud of yourself. We certainly are.

  2. You go Glen Coco!
    On another note i totally only just clocked on that "blog of shadows" as in, eyeshadows. I always thought i was like, "book of shadows" like in charmed & witches. Oops :')

  3. you always have the prettiest makeup looks, i always love seeing your posts. i'm glad your year turned around, and i hope your 2015 is excellent!

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

  4. Dat liner!
    Aw I'm so happy that everything is working out for you, especially becoming a make up artist! :D I know 2015 will be a good year for you... I am a little gutted about you changing your blog name though, I love Blog of Shadows!

    Dannie x

  5. I am so happy for you lovely :) I know how much a breakup can shake you, especially after being in a relationship so long, but it really sounds like it's been the making if you. All the best for 2015!

    Maliberry Makeup

    x x x

  6. I'm so happy things have turned around for you! Life is ahead of you and there are no limitations :D

  7. Sounds like an intense year, but fantastic that it spurned so much growth and positive change. This eye look roundup is amazing- your looks are always such great inspiration! All the best in 2015 :)



  8. I did comment last night but my phone crashed and it didn't get posted. Always the problem when I go through bloglovin.

    I'm so happy to hear you have see your rough year as a something that has spurred positive changed in your life. It sounds like your job is perfect for you and I really do see big things in your future because you're so freaking talented (your round ups are my case and point).

    2015 is going to be an awesome year because we're going to meet up and talk about Disney lots.

    All the best for this year xxx


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