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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blogging | Stereotyping Bloggers

Stereotyping bloggers and why can't we all get along like we used to in middle school. I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy little workers - five awesome points for those of you who got the quote.

Over the past few months it's become apparent to me that I no longer enjoy each and every blogger twitter chat out there because a lot of them - by no fault of one blogger alone, here I'm talking about the wonderful group mentality - dictate what a blogger should be like. Which I found incredibly helpful a little over a year ago when I was just starting out. but now? Picture a blogger in your head - just an 'ideal' blogger. Got it? Okay. More than likely they're female, wearing a pastel coat, fedora, monochrome printed clothes with flawlessly done makeup and hair sitting on some cute little Kensington replica esque steps. Is any of that ringing a bell?

Well, I'm sat here thinking, what if I don't want to be that blogger? I like being different. But I feel like the stereotype of what a blogger should be extends far beyond that to the 'ideal' number of weekly posts, how to take the 'perfect' photo - white background and flower heads anyone? - the number of words per post, the extent to which you use social media, how many PR agencies you have on your roster and how many sponsored posts you get in a year... and if you are that blogger then you know what? That's fine with me because I'm a blogger too, but I'm not a stereotype and I'm going to go about things the way I want to go about them because that's how new things are created.

I believe that we can all live in a world where easy and every blog differs in even just one tiny aspect that makes them, makes you different from the next. And I don't feel like people understand that - so what if you review the same product as the blog next door? Whether that's your taste in shoes - no high heels for me - or budget buying, embrace that because that's what makes you different, that's your own little niche and I feel like people are getting so set on becoming one in a million other blogs when really that's what makes them so great in the first place as there is never, ever, going to be another blogger like you and you should embrace that.


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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Blogging | Hull Fashion Article


As some of you local bloggers may already know, a few days ago I appeared in the Hull Daily Mail with the lovely Jenny from Curious Alice Loves and Jaye from Jayes Journal in an article all about fashion blogging and how to inspire brands and bloggers alike - it's great to see that local brands are now taking an interest into the wonderful world of blogging!

Missed it? Not to worry - the lovely writer Danielle McGarry was nice enough to send me a copy, just click here to view the article and let me know what you think in the comments below!


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Blogging | Sheffield Meet #Sheffieldbbloggers



If you follow me on social media, you'll know that last Saturday I attended the Sheffield Blogger Meet organised by the lovely GeorginaHeather and Ashleigh and got to hang out with some of my favorite blogger pals old and new. It was such a well-planned event with never a dull moment and so much to get stuck into including making Lush bath bombs, hand massages, brow shaping, and indulging the what is probably the nicest cake I have ever had the pleasure of tasting (thanks Costella Cakeaway!).

L U S H





After getting my first peek of the Lush Christmas line I was promptly covered in glitter, or at least my hair was thanks to the wonderfully nineties and Christmas invention, First Snow. Now I'm not sure what occasion would allow me to walk around with my hair shimmering with glitter but I feel like if I don't at least attempt to make it work before the run up to Christmas then I never will! I also took a shine to the Sparkler Bath Bomb which I need to purchase before I head back to my family home this week and yes, my bathtub. I also got a sniff of my all-time favourite Cinders and now officially can't wait for the leaves to turn and Autumn too begin.


I also had a crack at making my very own Baby Robot Bath Bomb. Which, might I say went a lot better than my fluffy mess of a Butterball Bath Bomb earlier on in the year!


R A F F L E



Here's a sneak peek of just some of the amazing raffle prizes that were up for grabs - ladies you really pulled this one out of the bag! I had my eye on the dazzlingly bejeweled Ear Cuff donated by Taupe & Pearl as well a selection of The Balm goodies but the thing that everyone seemed most excited about were the Vivian Westwood rings!


Overall from the raffle we raised £250 for the charity Look Good Feel Better, a charity that specialises in helping cancer patients through the aesthetic side of having chemotherapy by providing beauty bags bundles with products and workshops to not only provide them with a self confidence boost, but also to teach them how to apply their makeup, draw on their brows and keep their skin hydrated. It's a wonderful idea and I'd like to thank Jan for talking to us about the charity and, if this interests you, there are plenty of local branches where you can volunteer yourself for just a few hours to make someone's day by giving them a makeover! You can get involved on their website.


N I B B L E S


The event was held in Maveli an Indian restaurant that, heads up, no taxi driver knows were to find as myself, Lucy, Becky and Sharon found out! I'm more of a home bod and a bit of a boring meat and veggies kinda girl when it comes to eating out, but it was great to try something different and has definitely inspired me to be a little more creative in the kitchen at home. By far the desert was my favourite (you can't blame a girl can you?) and was a little like a cross between jelly and cream topped with crunchy bits. Little did I know, that wouldn't be the only sweet I had that day thanks to Georgina's surprise... (ooh, ominous)

B R O W S


The HD brow

T H E   S U R P R I S E: C A K E




Just before the end of the meet, Costella Cakwaway - that's right a cake takeaway - appeared with some delicious delights for us to try. I nabbed a bit of the Cookie Dough Cheesecake which was heavenly as well as the Chi-town Brownie which was delectable!

All in all the meet was absolutely fantastic and the goody bags werew AMAZING - keep your eyes peeled for a look into mine next week over on my Youtube channel!


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Monday, 27 October 2014

FOTD | Playing with New Products


If you're reading this blog, you probably love experimenting with makeup just as much as  do, and if not? Please click off this page and go research funny cat GIFS instead. Here's a bunch of my latest goodies that I'm testing out today.

FOTD
Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer // Golden Days
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect // Creamy Beige
Dainty Doll Eyeshadow // Are You Experienced? (Brows)
Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick // Fab Orange
Nanshy Blending Foundation Sponge // Purple

Golden Days Makeup Revolution has gone and hit it out of the park again with this beautifully shimmery bronzer that is a dead ringer for MAC' Soft and Gentle Minieralised Skin Finish. It can be used as a highlighter or a bronzer depending on your complexion and I honestly don't know how I did my makeup without it.

Are You Experienced? This beautifully pigmented matte chocolate brown shadow has always been a firm crease favourite of mine, but it's only recently I've started pairing it with clear mascara to do my brows.

Creamy Beige My love for Colour Tattoos knows no bounds and now we're finally seeing some of the newer collection  the UK. It's matte and makes for the perfect natural eye or eyeshadow base. If only it was a touch paler, I'd reconsider repurchasing my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly.

Fab Orange Where have you been all my life? These chunky lip pencils are creamy and pigmented and this colour is to die for, my only gripe is that they need more colours!

Nanshy Sponge I never truly appreciated just how flawless my makeup could look until this Beauty Blender dupe came into my life, this is for the days where you just need to look your best!

What new makeup have you been trying out recently?


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Get the Look | Pearlescent Lipsticks: Topshop vs. MUA

Top: MUA Lipstick Shade 9 // Bottom: Topshop Lips: Armour
Daylight, without flash.
Top: MUA Lipstick Shade 9 // Bottom: Topshop Lips: Armour
Daylight, with flash.

Pearlescent and metallic lipsticks are a must this Autumn, they draw all the attention to your pout and are chic enough to pull out for the party season as well as safe enough for the office on Monday morning. The trend is very reminiscent of nineties glam - as are all things fashion, beauty and other at the moment - and remind me of the lipsticks my Mum used to let me play around with whilst I was still in the single digits.

I've had my eye on Topshop's Lips in Armour (£8) for a whilst now, but after purchasing it last week I just couldn't shake the feeling that I'd seen this shade before, and I had - almost - in MUA's Lipstick in Shade 9 (£1), my beloved nudey transition shade I purchased last Autumn. In the bullet they look almost imperceptibly similar, but as you can see from the swatches Topshop's creamy formula has a higher rouge colour payoff.

For just a pound, MUA's Shade 9 is a great way of getting the look without the splurge but if you're looking for a party-proof look this season I highly recommend using Topshop's Lips in Armour atop a Kylie Jenner-esque or red lip liner for the ultimate personalised shade.

How to Wear: Pair with a matte, well contoured face for maximum impact.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Accessories | Order of the Day Leather Bag



I've always been that sort of girl to carry around the kitchen sink so to speak. That is, if I don't have it with me, in my bag, at all times, I probably have no real need for it, ever - save for the contents of my wardrobe and a nice cup of tea. But lately, I've found myself trading down to the likes of clutches and wristlets which more than halves my time getting ready on a morning and gives my back a break too. And here's the bag that changed my ways forever (or, at least for now):


This, my friends, is where it all began. I have probably never been so excited before that a bag contains not one but two card holders and no less than seven compartments and three zips. Whilst right now I may seem like the saddest person on the planet I want to address something: the "going out" bag. With it recently being Freshers at my university, this little beauty has been an absolute trooper. It has solved the "how on earth and I going to fit my wallet in?" vs. "money is flying everywhere!" dilemma and has a separate compartment for my phone, spot of makeup, mirror, change, glasses/camera, various cards and another pocket all on it's own for my ID. This bag must be some kind of third cousin to the tardis and is a must for anyone who is an organised packhorse like me!



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Friday, 17 October 2014

OOTD/FOTD/NOTD | City Chic A/W 2014





OOTD:
Wide Brim Fedora // Primark
Statement Necklace // eBay
Pale Pink Fluffy Jumper // Primark

FOTD:
NYC All Day Long Foundation // Classic Ivory
Elf Studio Maximum Coverage Concealer // Porcelain
Makeup Revolution Palette // Iconic 3 
Oriflame Wonderlash Mascara // Black 
Barry M Lip Liner // Red 
Sleek True ColourLipstick // Cherry 
Topshop Lips // Armour 

NAILS:
Reverence de Bastien Nail Polish // No.1
Barry M Nail Paint // Treasure Chest


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