Saturday, 10 February 2018

Meeting strangers on the internet

Making new friends once you get a little older can be super hard, and I for one have found it challenging to meet new friends since I left University. When we are younger we are thrown into so many situations where we are forced to meet new people; school, clubs, University etc. Now that I have started my full time job, it is such a challenge to get out there and meet new people. Yes, you can meet friends when you start work, but sometimes you need people outside of work that you can spend time with.

A couple of weeks ago a lovely girl called Dom messaged me on Instagram and asked to meet up for a coffee, as she had been following me online for a while and was actually on a term abroad in London. At first, I was a little sceptical, as we are always force-fed this fear of stranger danger, and that we shouldn't meet up with random people from the internet. Who knows why this is still a thing, with the rise of internet dating and friendship apps - I can probably name at least 5 friends who are in relationships people they met on Tinder. Nonetheless, I agreed to meet up with Dom and I am so pleased that I did. Yes, it was a little daunting knowing that I was going to meet someone who I knew nothing about, aside from what I could see on her Instagram, but it was so worth it. I now feel like I have made a new friend, whom without the internet I definitely would never have met.

I am now so much more open to meeting friends online, and actually meeting up. For sure, I need to join some clubs and get some other hobbies so I can meet people in a more natural way, but the internet is definitely a good place to start in terms of meeting people with similar interests to you - especially if you are a blogger.

I am by no means saying that we should all encourage each other to meet up with strangers on the internet, please don't take this the wrong way, but if you, like me, are feeling a little trapped and just like you need to meet new people, it can be a great way. Just don't go agreeing to meet up with people in non-public areas, if you know nothing about them, then a disaster is waiting to happen. I'd love to know if you guys have a load of internet friends, let me know!


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Late To The Party: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette

No, no, I am under no illusion that I am about a year late to the party on this one, but I got this gorgeous palette for Christmas and what sort of blogger would I be if I didn't share with you all just how pigmented and buttery these shadows are ? (sorry, blogger cliche words were used on purpose in the writing of this review).

Firstly, can we all just take a moment for the shade range in this palette? It's not just got your gorgeous neutrals and your fiery red shades, but it also has some insane blues and greens. You really can do anything with this palette, and I have enjoyed using both the crazy colours and the more 'wearable' ones too. If you know me at all, you will know I am a sucker for a red toned eyeshadow, and the reds in this palette have not failed to impress me. Reds are some of those colours that are just impossible to get right in eyeshadows, but Jaclyn definitely managed to get these spot on. The colour payoff is amazing, and not to mention the shine on some of them, they are out of this world.

I've popped some swatches of my favourite colours from the palette down below for you, from left to right they are Hunts, Firework, Creamsicle, Royalty and Twerk. I kid you not guys, every shadow has the perfect amount of colour payoff and the shade range is just spot on. Jaclyn truly created a palette that is usable by everyone. 

For these pictures I used Hunts, Firework, Creamsicle and Jacz on my eyes, and it's by far my favourite look I have created with the palette.

I'm a huge fan of the Morphe palettes anyway, so I was under no impression that this palette wouldn't be amazing, but you know when everyone is hyping about a product and it makes you not want it - yes, that happened with this palette. But, nonetheless, I eventually got sucked in and ended up popping it on my Christmas list, and I am so bloody pleased that I did. It's truly my most reached for palette now, and it has replaced my beloved Morphe 35W.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the palette if you already have it! (and I am always all ears for new palette suggestions so please fire them at me)


Monday, 29 January 2018

An honest post about how I feel about blogging

Any of you who have a blog of your own will probably agree with the majority of points which I will make in this post, because let's face it, blogging at the moment is a complete mission. Long gone are the days where taking your blog photos from your iPhone was ok, where you could upload one photo in a post, and where you weren't surrounded by other bloggers only wishing to get free stuff and sponsored posts. I know this final point will be taken the complete wrong way, but what I mean is that at the moment, I am seeing a small handful of bloggers who seem to be only interested in getting sponsored posts. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to work with your favourite brand, but if you are only in blogging for the sponsors and the free stuff, I don't know how I feel about that. It can be so easy to tell, not only from someone's posts, but from their social media accounts, the reason they are truly still blogging...

Really, blogging has become so much more competitive than it was when I started back in 2013. I only started my blog because I loved makeup and wanted to write reviews on my favourite products. Since starting, it really hasn't grown very much at all, but I am ok with that, because I love writing, and I know I probably don't put in as much work as others do in getting people to engage with my blog itself. The industry has changed so much in the past 5 years, it's so much more difficult to get people to engage with your content.

If you don't have a photographer taking your outfit photos, I mean, are you even a blogger?! What happened to your best friend taking your photos, or marching orders at your boyfriend to get the perfect outfit post shot? Sometimes I feel like I am the only one not paying someone to take my blog photos for me. Again, I don't think there is anything wrong with people doing this, I just think it puts a lot of pressure on small bloggers who cannot afford to pay a photographer to help out with the imagery on their blog. I did a poll on Twitter ages ago, asking if a bloggers photo quality on their post affects whether or not you will read that post, and the majority vote was yes. For me, this was quite disheartening, because although I write my blog just because I love it, this doesn't mean I want people to not read what I am writing just because my images aren't as fancy as other peoples. I suppose my point is, that I would appreciate it if the blogging world wasn't so focussed on high quality images anymore, but rather, that posts are well written, genuinely interesting, or from the heart.

Please don't take this post in the wrong way, I bloody love blogging, I love taking photos, and I don't think I will give it up anytime soon. The majority of the community is insanely lovely and I hope that in 2018 I will get to meet so many more like-minded bloggers. I just feel like this year I need to seriously up my photography game to encourage others to engage with my blog.

I'd love to know your thoughts on blogging at the moment, if you have a blog!

Jumper - ASOS 
Trousers - Topshop
Similar (possibly nicer) here
Wishbone Necklace - jewellerybox
Round Pendant Necklace - jewellerybox
Boots - ASOS


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Advice we all need to take on board for 2018...

We all have the power to make ourselves, and the people around us, a little happier. This year, I urge you all to take this advice, so we can help one another have the best and the happiest year yet! (featuring rainy pictures of moi)

Support Your Friends
Sometimes we all forget to support those around us. I can sometimes forget to like my friends instagrams, or comment on their latest blog posts, or congratulate them when they achieve something at work. We should all help to raise each other, and praise one another for our achievements. Knowing that people appreciate what you do and take an interest in it, is such a nice feeling.

Look After YOU
Putting yourself first is something that as we all get older seems to become harder and harder, with partners, families, and children to think about. We all need to take more time out for ourselves, to treat ourselves, have a cheeky pamper, and de-stress. Looking after yourself will only have positive repercussions, so take this year to start.

Don't Regret Your Decisions
It can be so easy to look back at all your past mistakes and choices and question 'what if...?', but in 2018, I urge you all to not regret your past choices and decisions. Everything happens for a reason whether it's a break up, losing a friend, not getting that dream house or dream job, just remember it all happens for a reason. Learn from these 'mistakes' and decisions and try not to regret anything.

Think Before You Speak
This is another thing I am so guilty of, and with social media being ever present in all of our lives, it is so important to remember to think before you speak. There is never an excuse for writing offensive comments to people, or equally saying them to someone face to face, but what I am trying to say is sometimes we all speak too quickly and don't think about what someone is going through. My biggest pet peeve is when strangers say "smile" to you in that horrible sarcastic tone. It's like...if I want to have a face like a slapped arse, then let me. You never know what's going on in someone else's life, behind closed doors, so just think before you say things to others.

Jeans - Miss Selfridge
Similar - Topshop
Jumper - Missguided
Boots - ASOS
Wishbone Necklace - jewellerybox
Round Pendant Necklace - jewellerybox

Although this was probably a very boring post and not the usual fashion/beauty post you were hoping for, I think it is so important that we all take on this advice this year...


Monday, 15 January 2018

Things you probably don't realise can affect your body transformation

People get so caught up in going to the gym and eating well, and I am most definitely one of those people. What we don't think about though is that there are other, non-physical things, which can affect your figure and your body transformation journey.

For one, stress plays such a huge role in body transformations. It is something that is so hard to avoid, with stress being fired at all of us from our jobs, travelling, family, and many other things. I don't know the ins and outs of the science behind this but stress can cause weight loss as well as weight gain, which can be hugely unhelpful to those of us trying to change our bodies and the way we look. Personally, when I feel stressed, I make a point of taking time out to calm and relax, whether this is listening to some Taylor Swift, having a bath in the dark, or sticking on a face mask at the end of the day. So, basically, stress is an evil demon that we all need to try harder to avoid!

Sleep also makes such a huge difference when it comes to body transformations. I noticed such a huge change in my body whilst I was a student, and I know that the fact I slept for approximately 10 hours a day was such a huge factor in that. Now, as a working woman (bleugh), I get approximately 7 hours sleep a night, and this has meant I have not noticed any changes in myself over the past few months. I know that it is not the only reason I haven't seen changes, but it has made an impact.

So I guess the whole point of this is just to let you know, that you can eat all the greens in the world, do an hour run everyday, and there will still be other things that can hinder you in reaching your goals. Basically, just look after yourself.

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