Starting to product videos for a YouTube channel has been something I’ve considered for a while. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love taking photos and writing. I just feel there are some experiences which are better shared on film. Although I’ve had a lot of great experiences that I wish I’d caught on film, such as Bloggers Invade Centre Parcs, I just didn’t feel confident in doing so. Instead letting my own insecurities get in the way. Rather than ignoring them and focusing on giving it my best shot, I listened to the little voice in my head telling me I’d hate seeing myself on camera and no one at all would watch it. While I’m still not sure anyone particularly wants to see my nonsense, I at least now feel a little more comfortable about putting it out there.
With going away this weekend for Reading Festival I thought this may be the perfect opportunity to start creating videos. I find taking photos at gigs notoriously hard. (Big props to my friend Ami who makes it look easy!). Plus, I mean, how many times can I write “I saw this band and they were amazing” and get away with it..
So, on that note, I started a re-purposed an old reposting channel I had at uni into a proper YouTube channel and here’s my first ever vlog;
Over the last year matte lips have become almost as big of a trend as contouring. To be honest, it’s no wonder why. Most matte lipsticks last longer and are often more pigmented than traditional formulas making them perfect for those of us who don’t want to be constantly touching up their makeup. The one downside of matte formulas though? They’re often drying meaning that although your colour can last through the day, many leave your lips in need of some serious TLC. So when Seventeen launched a collection of 12 Mega Matte lipsticks earlier this month, promising a creamy texture that lasts without the flaking or drying, it’s safe to say that I was excited to try. I picked up three and thought I’d share my thoughts, and if they lived up to some very bold claims, with you all..
This month I’ve been trying to discover some new blogs to read, while trying my best to keep up to date with my favourites. Thanks to a few other people sharing the love, be it their favourite Instagram accounts, blog posts or photos that give them blog envy, my feed is full to the brim with amazing content. So, while it’s been tough to narrow it down to ten. Here are some of my favourite posts over the last 30 or so days;
Sometimes, I’m really lucky in that my blog gives me the chance to experience some amazing places, experiences and products. On which not, as you may have seen on my Instagram, last month I was thrilled to be invited to preview Spectrum‘s Autumn / Winter collection. The drop dead gorgeous Bombshell collection is made up of 12 pink and rose gold brushes which, much like their Glam Clam, take inspiration from the current mermaid trend. Being a huge mermaid fan, it’s a safe to say I was pretty certain I’d end up buying them sooner rather than later.
To celebrate the launch, Spectrum decked out a pop-up shop in So-Ho ready for a total #mermaidgoals preview party. With Snoochie Shy DJing, Premier Estate Wines providing lots of bubbles and The Unhampered Girls creating the most delicious mermaid themed cakes – they really went all out. Best of all though? After a fantastic evening we were sent home with a bag of treats. Much to my delight, this included four of the new Spectrum Bombshell collection brushes. Meaning we could try before the official release next month..
You know how a few weeks ago, I mentioned going on a rather lovely but detoured walk along The Thames? Well, turns out the original route was intended to take a trip through Chiswick House & Gardens, a neo-Palladian villa set in gorgeous historic gardens. So, while the sun was shining and I was at a loose end this Sunday, I decided to pay a visit. Obviously, I took my camera along and got a little snap happy..
As I was pretty happy with how they turned out, I thought I’d share them in, yet another, photo diary post;
While I love to experiment with my makeup, my hair care routine could until recently be described as pretty lax. I mean, don’t get my wrong when I’ve actually spent time on my hair I wonder why I don’t do it more often. However when it comes to mornings before work I was faced with a dilemma. I could pick between drying and straightening my hair properly or putting it up still slightly damp in a bun and spending that extra time in bed. Nine times out of ten the sleep would win.
So when a few weeks back I got my hair done, I explained my dilemma to the lovely lady at the salon. She suggested that rather than my normal cut, designed to be straightened, I went for something that embraced my natural waves. Along with this, she suggested some products and tips, adding that these wouldn’t add more than around 5 minutes to my morning routine. I was, as a hair care novice, a little sceptical. But, nevertheless I decided to try them out at home along with one of the products I picked up. Since then, my routine has been revolutionised and I thought I’d share some of my current favourite products with you all.