So it’d be a lie if I said the world isn’t having it’s dark moments lately. Everyone knows what and who I mean. Tyrant leaders, governments falling apart and showing instability, cuts to things that… More
I first made a Pinterest back in 2013/2014 time whilst studying Art and Design in college to look for inspiration for my college sketchbooks and my final college art project. It was actually a really useful and secretly fun to be able to source many posts and images together in an almost ‘online scrapbook’ to refer to for inspiration and ideas. Pinterest isn’t one of the most reliable websites for keeping art attached to the correct artists since the internet is a horribly unfair place with people rudely reposting art and not sourcing where they found it however when finding art or posts that have kept the creator’s link or name connected it can be such a good website for stockpiling stuff from interesting blog posts, quotes and bringing different images together to create, like I said above, an online moodboard.
I thought I’d share with you my Pinterest and some of my boards that I have muddled together over the past year and a bit. Some of the boards I make can range from an ‘aesthetic’ moodboard where I’ve collected imagery and pictures and quotes or boards with blog posts and tips and charts for things to look back on for help.
The first one here is Workspace Goals, which basically explains itself in the title. I dream of one day having a really cute little study room or even a desk/work space set up in the way I like it and this board is just there for me to pine over the cute, minimalist photos of other people’s desks and such.
‘Journal Inspo’ is for pinning other images of bullet journals and such for inspiration and ideas for spreads as well as pinning people’s blogposts where they discuss tips and tricks for starting a bullet journal!
This board has been super useful for me this past academic year because even the simplest photos on here that give you tips on managing your workload or suggesting more suitable vocabulary and words to use in essays. I definitely recommend checking some of the stuff pinned on there, if you are studying like myself!
This last one has been very personal and centered to helping me deal with my mental health, productivity and such in 2018. My goals as a person is that I would like to increase my productivity and motivation, keep myself disciplined but obviously learn to love my self a bit more. This board covers a lot of those things with links to blog posts and lists of stuff that discusses ‘good habits to develop’ or how to ‘beat bad feelings’, but also with lovely and empowering quotes and poetry. It’s one of my favourite boards and I’m glad to have found some of the stuff pinned on there.
Please find my pinterest page here; if you would like to follow me and definitely do as I’d love to check out other people’s boards! I hope some of my boards might be inspiring to others or have links and such on there that are useful!
Thanks for reading,
Back when I started this blog I had quite a bit of time to push out at least one blog post every week or two and since starting University it’s been very easy to let my blog fall through my finger tips and become something I check on and update maybe once a month at the most. University has been an experience that has helped me grow and definitely now in second year has helped me realise the kind of person I want to be and what I enjoy doing and how I want to come across as a person and a writer.
I’ve been lucky enough this year to have opportunities to expand my writing skills both in University and outside. I recently had an article on Culture Calling’s website GoSeeThis where I talk about independent bookshops in Manchester and have been in the works of writing another article for them that hopefully I can share soon! From University I have realised how much I can enjoy writing and researching and studying if I buckle down and find the motivation for it, which is why I’m very interested in the online aesthetic of ‘studyspo’ and the community on websites like Instagram and Tumblr that share their bullet journals and their tips for becoming more organised and having a better study schedule. All of these little things that have been adding up over my second year have made me realise how I want to put more effort into creating an aesthetically-pleasing blog with articles and posts that obviously still capture a personal approach so I can share my own views but I also want to create posts that can advice people or recommend stuff.
I really enjoy writing recommendations for cruelty-free products or makeup or places to visit and I also enjoy writing about myself and updates about how I’m doing in university and life but I think now I need to focus this blog somewhere in particular or keep a consistent theme. I also want to be able to link my Instagram and blog together so I’m unsure whether to create a new instagram that’s mainly blog-based or not! I’m massively inspired by bloggers such as Lucy Moon, Kiera Rose and Hannah Witton, all of them have assorted outlets whether it’s a written blog, vlogging or instagram. They’re all very talented at focusing their blogging or posting around particular things and keeping it consistent but at the same time they have personal touches and talk about personal experiences and that’s how I wish I could be through my blog.
I am always open to feedback on my blog whether it be what topics people would be interested in or whether the theme is appealing. So, over the summer I am definitely going to start trying to change up my blog and make more posts with consistent themes and topics and if you enjoy the posts shared, I’d love it if you could also share them or show them to your friends! Please watch this space because I am going to try to put a lot of work into my writing and blog over summer.
Thank you for reading my ramble! Look out for some new blog posts soon!
It’s been a while since I feel I’ve talked about what makeup I’ve been using and although I’ve been using makeup since I was 13, I feel only in recent years have I started to build my own routine and discover my own ‘go-to’s in makeup and find if there is any particular products that work best for me. I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve been repurchasing when I’ve run out and just favourites that I’ve discovered lately that I think are really great!
No. 1 definitely has to be Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’ which is black and honestly it’s been a god send for my makeup routine because I literally live in the winged eyeliner style. I actually started teaching myself how to do a cat-eye/eyeliner wing around 16 and I’ve definitely gotten better at it and I find, personally, that felt-tip or pen style liquid eyeliners are the best way of getting a good wing because you have a lot of control with them and can build the colour or style up with them really easily. The skin on my eyelids can get quite oily during the day so I find with a lot of eyeliners they just smudge and move throughout the day really quickly but this eyeliner, even without primers or setting sprays, stays in its place really well! It’s my favourite eyeliner ever and is cruelty-free which is double amazing!
Next up is Barry M’s Crown Jewels eyeshadow palette which is super affordable and comes with some gorgeous shimmery shades. I normally find myself instantly scouring out for just matte shades when I want to buy an eyeshadow palette because a lot of the time glittery or shimmery shades sit weirdly on my eyes and just make my eyes look older than they are – not sure if it’s how the shadows sit with the creases around my eyes? But I adore the colours in this palette and have done looks before where I’ve just used one of the colours built up with a bit of darker matte brown in the outer corner for definition and mascara and it’s suited me really well! The coppery and red colours in the palette are my absolute favourite! For under £10 and 10 shades you really can’t go wrong – plus Barry M is another cruelty-free brand!
A more pricey eye shadow palette I love using is Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Palette, I may have mentioned it before in my blog but I got this palette not long after it released because I absolutely fell in love when it was revealed. I have a big thing for wearing warm eyeshadow shades like red, orange, pink and warm browns because I think they help make my blue eyes pop but these shades are also just such a universal look because they suit brown eyes too. The palette itself also smells of peaches and the scent lasts a long while too which is just something I think is really cute. The shadows can be built up but are also very pigmented. There’s a shimmery shade in this palette called Nectar which is just beautiful and could probably be doubled as a cheek/nose highlighter it’s such a nice colour.
Unfortunately my final makeup favourite is unfortunately, not cruelty-free, which I am always disappointed in and still aim to find a brow set that is cruelty-free, doesn’t dry out and go rubbish after a while and paraben-free. I did use to use Anastasia Beverly Hill’s dip pomade for my eyebrows and it was INCREDIBLE, but after a while when I used it up I decided I wanted to try to get a paraben-free eyebrow kit because of how regularly I put eyebrow makeup on (I am at a point in my life where I will happily go outside with no eyeliner or mascara or even foundation sometimes but my eyebrows are so sparse and bare without being coloured in). This eyebrow kit is also very affordable and cheap which was useful when I couldn’t afford to test and splurge out on a high-end makeup brand and you can get it in both Superdrug and Boots. The Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit comes with a little brush which is actually SUCH a useful brush in my opinion. I have bought angled eyebrow brushes and they’ve always clumped up or just been too thick for the precision I want in drawing my eyebrows in but the tiny one that comes in the Rimmel kit is really good and doesn’t dry out easily. It comes with a gel and a shadow which are both really pigmented and last a long time. If anybody can ever find me a cruelty-free and paraben free eyebrow kit that’s similar to the Rimmel London one – definitely let me know!
What are your makeup favourites you’ve discovered recently or have discovered over the past year that you will rebuy or recommend? Let me know if you enjoy these posts!
Thanks for reading,
In 2016 (a while back now!) I made a post sharing some of what is on my Etsy ‘favourites’ list or wishlist in general and I really enjoyed making it and sharing some of my favourite artists off the website because I love bringing attention to artists and some of the amazing things they create! Lately due to University and other scenarios I haven’t been able to save up much money or treat myself to stuff off Etsy but hopefully in the future I’ll be able to splurge and make some purchases towards independent businesses and I definitely encourage other people do as well!
Purchasing from independent businesses can be pricier sometimes and I understand not everybody can ‘treat themselves’ over a certain budget but I definitely encourage browsing and following these creators because they put so much time and effort and love into their creations and definitely deserve recognition and reward for what they do! So here is a quick, illustrated wishlist along with links to each shop/creator and the product themselves!
The first creator is ‘andsmile’ who is based in London, England and creates gorgeous illustrations as prints to sell. I originally came across the ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ print on my Etsy recommended and fell in love with her style and would love to get one of her prints for my bedroom one day or I could totally picture one in my future dream study.
The next store on my wishlist is a creator I’ve been really lucky to have purchased a t-shirt from them earlier this year. I already own LiteraryEmporium’s Pride and Prejudice quote t-shirt but I’d absolutely adore some more of their quote apparel, also I adore their jewellery ranges because I think how they are gifted with the quotes they are inspired by is a really lovely touch.
My last pick for this post definitely has to be the glorious artist Em and her etsy store which is filled with gorgeous positive art that promotes self-love, self-care and loving the environment. I absolutely adore the ‘Made it Through’ print because it’s the kind of reminder I need myself sometimes and I think her style is absolutely gorgeous. Her badges collection is also really adorable and affordable!
Feel free to share some of your favourite creators from Etsy or even Instagram, Society6 and other freelancers! I definitely recommend checking out these three shops and their social media and supporting what they do because there is some incredible talent right there!
Thanks for reading,
I was only born in 1996 so I imagine a lot of people would laugh at me if I said I miss some of the traditions and stuff from when I was a baby since I can’t remember it – however, I absolutely miss the tradition of video cameras and taking home videos for memories. There are so many videos from when I was a baby and a child celebrating Christmas day or on holidays with my family and I love watching them and seeing my family in the past and almost being transported back to that day and the little things that disappear from memory so easily like what the living room looked like on Christmas day, what music we had on in the background and little things like that. Since the rise of social media, home films and photo albums feel like they’re being replaced by just saving photos to Instagram or Facebook or videos will just be small clips from nights out and such taken on Snapchat.
Now I’m not going to turn into a social media criticizing old bat all of the sudden, don’t get me wrong – I think social media has been beneficial and I love using Instagram to keep an online platform of photos and see what my friends are up to, but I always worry about how I’m going to look back on these memories in the future or if something was to happen to my phone or account. I always try and backup all my online photos tons just so I never lose them and recently I have been trying to keep physical stuff as well that feels a bit more sentimental and personal. I thought I’d share with you all how I treasure my memories and positive situations that I go through as much as I can, in case it inspires others!
First of all, I have had some form of a memory jar or box since around 2014. In 2014, I had a little jar in my room and I’d always try to write down good memories even if they were small days with my family or just going to see a film and put the snippet of paper with the memory written on in the jar. The catch to that was at the end of the year, I sat down with it and went through everything and it gave me such a warm feeling of positivity and achievement seeing what the year had for me positively.
Now, I have a memory box sat in my room that’s possibly a little more disorganized but can hold a lot more in terms of photos, things I’ve picked up on days and snippets of paper. It’s actually a big Ted Baker box I recycled from a Birthday present (so it always has a little hint of Ted Baker Blush pink stuff when I open it!), and I have been keeping a bag full of stuff I’ve written down when I’ve tried to write down memories, it has programmes and tickets from shows I’ve been to, cards from birthdays, wristbands from nights out and other bits and bobs! You could make a memory jar or box out of anything really! I remember finding the idea originally on Pinterest!
Next, I’ve been trying to keep photo albums this year which I can fall behind on a bit since, for my bigger photo album, I now have to order prints of my phone photos so they’re a nice quality to put in there so I only have a couple of photos in there. I also have a smaller photo album that is a design my mum picked up in a charity shop I believe – you can tell it’s meant to be for a baby album or something but I think the design is so pretty! I keep my polaroid photos in here when I have chances to take polaroids! It’s really lovely flipping through it every so often to cheer myself up!
Another way I tried to creatively express happy times and such is last year I made a couple sketchbook pages during the summer holidays which I’m actually quite proud of! I wish I had the motivation to get back into it and maybe this summer I will! This way you can use as many tools to your liking and use tickets, postcards or leaflets as pieces in the page!
Lastly, I recently bought a gorgeous ‘memories journal’ from Paperchase and because I have signed up to student website UniDays, I got a discount on it so it was a lot cheaper than it appeared! It has a beautiful design on the front and inside there is a variety of pages including lined pages to write on, plain pages to stick stuff on possibly or draw and envelopes to tuck stuff into! I originally tried to put my polaroids in the envelope however, I had so many it ripped one of the envelopes in the corner already! It’s a gorgeous book for writing stuff down though and can easily fit in a bag to whip out if you remember or experience anything that makes you happy!
I hope these may have given some people inspiration! How do you keep memories and snippets of stuff that makes you happy?
Thanks for reading,
Long time, no blog!
Two days ago it was my 22nd birthday! It’s mad to think when I started writing this blog I was only 19 and still in the midst of figuring out if I wanted to go to University or carry on looking for full-time jobs, I remember being in the struggle of being made redundant from a dodgy apprenticeship company and just about finding what I loved to do – which is writing. So much has changed and I have changed a lot since being a teenager but I still sometimes feel like my 19-year-old self. However, I’m glad that writing and reading have become such a big passion in my life now whilst being in my early twenties (what a scary sentence to say!) and I feel it’s something that relaxes me and motivates me.
Obviously going back to University and especially doing a course that revolves around language and literature helped me get back motivation in reading and writing, but I definitely don’t find myself reading non-ficiton and textbooks for fun and I do still dread coursework and essays and procrastinate. But now I find that reading regularly definitely improves my concentration and even my writing skills. Last Winter, I got a wonderful opportunity to write poems for a University exhibition and in one of my modules I had to write so many words of my own contemporary novel – when I took the drafts to my tutor to get the feedback he told me my writing has improved massively since my first year and I definitely think reading has helped without me even realising!
I’d recommend keeping track of what books you have enjoyed and read too so you can look back and remember the stories and how they made you feel. I use a GoodReads account to keep track of the books I’ve read but also love posting them on my Instagram and sharing little reviews of what I thought! I’d also recommend maybe trying beloved classics or new genres to mix it up and surprise yourself! Last year I made a start on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and ended up falling in love with it and starting my own little Austen collection which I hope to get through this year! I’m currently in the middle of Emma and have a weird adoration for how Austen writes.
When it comes to writing and studying, I definitely feel setting up your own little study area in your house or keeping your notes colourful and interesting! For a while, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with a theme on Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest called ‘studyspo’ (Study Inspiration). People post their notes, diaries, bullet journals, desk setups and the different techniques they’ve used and it’s just really motivating because I look at them and think ‘Wow I wish I had my stuff all together like theirs!’. You don’t even need to have the high-end stuff they may have, simply getting cheap colourful fine-liners, highlighters, a pen and a cute notebook and you can transform your boring notes to something you have interest in and keeps in your memory. Another tip that goes hand in hand with that is definitely taking notes by hand. It’s been said that writing your notes by hand and paraphrasing them in your own words helps facts and information stick in your brain a lot faster than typing them up. I personally like to try and scribble down all my notes in class or downloading what tutors have put up on the student access site (e.g Blackboard) and making time to carefully rephrase and write them out again in a cute notebook with pretty handwriting so I can spend more time taking it in.
Finally, I started my own bullet journal this year. I tried a little one last year and decided to take the plunge and get a gorgeous hardback notebook in London which I have made my bullet journal. These are great because you can design them how you want, make the spreads whatever you want and cater it to you and your priorities. In mine so far, as well as typical weekly diary spreads, I have made pages to remind me what books and films I’d like to discover this year, a calendar where I can colour each day in to match my mood so I can keep track of it and even a pretty page for my dungeons and dragons character! So many people have gotten into this and you can get inspiration off youtube, pinterest and instagram!
I hope you enjoyed this and that it may even give you a bit of inspiration! I may in the future share some of my favourite Instagram handles and Pinterest boards I’ve made that have inspired me and motivated me!
Thank you for reading,
So if you know me, you’ll know I like trying my best to be eco-friendly and cruelty free – a lot of my old blog posts discuss ways and products that are better for nature and better for animals and a year or so on, I thought I’d look at my recent skincare routine and see what items are cruelty-free, eco-friendly and if they are good or not!
I’d reckon my skin type is combination/oily and extremely acne-prone. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have at least one pimple on my face and even if I didn’t I have unfortunate scarring from years of skin picking and breakouts. I’ve also tried to get into a habit of doing a full-blown, some may say high maintenance, skin-care routine each night after watching YouTube videos where people discuss practising the ‘Korean 10-step skincare routine‘, which involves a lot of products but apparently is the secret to getting your face in good condition. However I don’t have the money or motivation to get every part of this 10 step yet, so my routine at the moment is inspired by the routine but not quite!
For cleansing, I am currently using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I was extremely lucky to receive a Liz Earle gift set for Christmas from my mum with a full bottle of the highly rated cleanser. The formula is enriched with cocoa butter which helps make my skin super smooth and the chamomile and eucalyptus in it is such a lovely smell and using it right before bed is extremely soothing and comforting. In terms of cruelty-free rating, Liz Earle has recently been given the BUAV seal of approval so it has the ‘cruelty-free’ rabbit attached to it, meaning it has not been tested on animals!
2. Cleansing Part 2
According to the 10 step routine on SokoGlam, they say it’s important to do a double cleanse to ensure you get rid of all the residue of makeup or built up dirt that the first cleanse might not have got. They recommend a water-based cleanser for this so currently, I am using Botanics by Boot’s All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution. I’ve quite enjoyed using this as it leaves my skin feeling quite refreshed and isn’t drying and there isn’t much of a fragrance either so it’s not overwhelming. In terms of cruelty-free, the entire Botanics range is advertised as being mostly organic and natural, however maybe I’m not looking far enough, but there aren’t any definite claims online from the company that they are cruelty-free but a lot of websites saying they are classed as cruelty-free skincare and they are vegetarian friendly but not vegan friendly since some Botanics products contain beeswax!
I’ve only recently purchased (literally bought it this morning) my facial scrub, but I can definitely confirm I bought it due to it being cruelty-free, microbead free, vegan-friendly and paraben free! The Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub is from the Australian brand Sukin Organics which aim to be Australia’s number one natural skincare brand. All products are made with ingredients that are naturally derived, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free which is amazing and I am very grateful I came across this scrub in Boots. I’ve only used it once but it was very soothing, not at all harsh or rough on the skin and smelt lovely!
Another Liz Earle product makes its way in here! (Can you tell I’m a fan?) For toning, I have been using the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic which also has a gorgeous scent to it, which makes me excited to use it because I feel it leaves my skin feeling fresh, awake and smelling lovely! It contains calendula, chamomile, aloe vera and Vitamin E all to hydrate and refresh your skin. Like I mentioned before, Liz Earle has been given the Cruelty-Free bunny sticker so it’s a great CF addition to my routine! Another little thing I love about it is the lid which has a little opening can be screwed open and close so you don’t find yourself wasting large drops of the liquid when applying it to a cotton pad! Compared to a bottle top that you have to try to be careful with when tipping.
Now this is where the routine got confusing to me, a mere lazy girl who spent most of her adolescence with a skincare routine of just splashing hot water on her face before school and using pound shop makeup wipes each night to remove makeup and maybe using a face scrub in the shower if she could be bothered. The SokoGlam website describes an essence as ‘toner/serum hybrid made for hydrating and aiding skin repair’. However I haven’t really got any of these, and the one product I have that says ‘serum’ on it, I’ve been using as a moisturiser! Maybe this is where I’m going wrong! So instead of them, I have been using an oil on my face maybe once or twice a week to try to aid my skin and get rid of my acne scars! The one I have been using is the Yes To: Miracle Oil Evening Primrose Oil. My first few tries with this oil I thought I had made a bad choice since I’d find myself getting it all over my pillow and my hair sticking to my face, but then I chose to spend more time massaging my face with it and doing it a bit earlier each night to let it set in and I can definitely feel in the morning that it has made my skin softer!
In terms of cruelty-free, the Yes To brand is known for being a brand that is ‘free of nasties and filled with goodies’, with a lot of their skincare products having fruits and essential oils in them to benefit the skin. Their website claims most of their products are vegan (some have beeswax/honey), contain no phthalates and they do not animal test and that they are part of the Leaping Bunny Program which is awesome!
6. Skipping Treatments, Sheet Masks and Eye cream and straight to Moisturiser and SPF!
So like I mentioned before, my skincare routine isn’t completely 10 steps so unfortunately, I have to skip doing treatments, sheet masks and eye cream as I don’t really own any! So my next step is straight to moisturising and during the day SPF cream! For moisturiser, I have been using the Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2-in-1 Serum and Moisturiser. I bought this mostly because I love any products with chamomile in as they normally smell very soothing and do good for my skin, however I feel like I’m yet to see any major effects of using this product – it claims to improve skin clarity after 4 weeks of use however my skin hasn’t changed much and it doesn’t really reduce any stress or redness. It is lightweight like it says though and smells very nice! Like most Superdrug own products it is also definitely cruelty-free and vegan-friendly!
For SPF, although I can’t claim to be good at remembering to put on SPF every day, I have been using the Superdrug Solait Anti-Aging Fluid in SPF 50 since I picked it up last summer. I really enjoy this SPF cream as it doesn’t have that overpowering suncream smell and doesn’t leave white streaks if applied minimally. Again this is a Superdrug own product so it is cruelty-free and vegan friendly!
So as you can see, I’m really proud of myself and happy to know most of my skincare is cruelty-free! In the past I have also dabbled with using Soap and Glory’s Vitamin C Facial Wash that although is cruelty-free, actually contains microbeads so I threw it out, I have also used Superdrug’s Vitamin E toner which was cruelty-free and very refreshing to use in the summer but I have also used the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit scrub which isn’t cruelty-free at all, so don’t worry if one or two of your products right now isn’t cruelty-free because when you have emptied them there is plenty of cruelty-free brands out there to switch too!
What products are you using at the moment? Any cruelty-free recommendations you’d like to share?
Thanks for reading!