The title says it all, really: Kiss & Make-up is taking a break. A big one. I could write an essay on the how and why behind it, but what it comes down to is that after four years of living in Switzerland my husband and I are moving back home to Belgium. And it’s definitely a bit of a bittersweet thing. We’re of course stoked to be closer to our friends and family again – after a while the distance rrreally starts to weigh on you – and we’re thrilled to be spending more quality time again with the people we love and miss so much. But on the other hand we’re also very sad to say goodbye to Switzerland. This place has been our home for the past four years after all, and in that time we’ve met some amazing people and made some great new friends that we’re going to miss very much. And the mountains…. Oh how I’m going to miss the mountains! I’m pretty sure I’m going to bawl my frickin’ eyes out when I see the last peaks disappear in our rear view mirror the day we leave. Ugh.
✿ Lake Geneva, Montreux (click to enlarge) ✿
So when’s the big move, you ask? Tomorrow… *gulp*. If you think moving to another town or city is a hassle, try moving to another country. It’s pure chaos. No, scratch that, it’s hell.
✿ Matterhorn, Zermatt (click to enlarge) ✿
So when will I be back then, you ask? If the move was all I had to worry about I’d probably be back in a week or two. But unfortunately it isn’t. Over the past few weeks and months you may have picked up that I’ve been dealing with an eye problem – the lens implant in my right eye has shifted – and once we get back to Belgium it is my priority to have it fixed, before anything else. Sure, I’m still functioning. But having fucked up vision all the time and not being able to do a damn thing about it is pretty debilitating. My vision is blurry and distorted all the time, even with glasses. It’s like being tipsy 24/7. And the headaches. Oh, the damn headaches… So yeah, I need to have this problem fixed, ASAP. Thing is, the first surgeon I visited back in February told me she didn’t want to operate on me. Too risky. I’m seeing another surgeon in March, but I don’t know what he’s going to say of course. Will he be willing/able to operate? And if so, what exactly will need to be done? Worst case scenario is that I’ll need to have an initial surgery to get the implant taken out, spend a month recovering (that’s how long the recovery took when I first got the lenses implanted), and then have another surgery to have a new implant put in aaaand spend another month recovering from that. And obviously I won’t be able to use any make-up during that time, which is pretty bad if you’re a beauty blogger. So yes, chances are that this is going to be a loooong-ass break… Or not. It’s just impossible to tell at this point. But I’m guessing I’ll be out until May at least. And who knows, maybe by that time everyone will have moved on and no one will be there anymore for when I return. We all know how fleeting things are on the internet. Once you disappear for a while you’re just forgotten. So we’ll see how it goes. It’s scary for sure. This blog has been my baby for almost five years now and in that time I’ve been posting here every single day, talking and interacting with you guys. And now it’s all about to come to a halt. Yup. Scary.
I’ll stay active on Instagram and Twitter, so feel free to follow me there if you want to keep up with things. I’d love to stay in touch. My personal interaction with you guys is one of the things that I love most about beauty blogging and I’d hate to lose that. In the meantime I want to thank you all for everything you’ve given me. You guys are the reason blogging is more than just a hobby for me. Your presence and loyalty have turned this into a true passion for me and your visits, comments and friendship mean the world to me. So thank you for that. I love you all.