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Monday, 18 September 2017

A Closer Look | Essence Cosmetics

essence cosmetics

All at Wilko

Hands up who else had heard of essence but did't know it was available in the UK?
Well Wilko are here to help! I have no idea how long they've stocked the brand as there isn't a Wilko store in Brighton and its not somewhere I check online regularly/ever. But
after finding out I wanted to try some items out for myself. 

I received this order a few days ago, and a couple of the items are already no longer available on their site so maybe they were older launches or they just had limited stock.
I haven't tired out everything yet but of the the ones I have the eyeliner and brow gel are great. Very affordable and I can't fault the performance.
I'm still testing the mascaras but again nothing bad to say just not sure if there are a 'love' level or not.

My only real miss so far is the gel topcoat. I have high standards with nail polish and am comparing this to two of my all time favourites (Seche Vite and Essie Gel Couture) and it chips way way to quickly for my liking. I think this is one i'll just use on my toes, it gives a great shine but just not hard wearing enough for me.

There are more things i'd like to try and for the price, there isn't much stopping me placing a second order!

Is there anything you love and would recommend?


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Life | My style of blogging

To follow on from my post about not being a pro blogger I felt like getting some more of my thoughts out there.

I wanted to explain and share how I do things.

Of course, this is my area of the internet, nobody but me decides or governs what I do, say or talk about. And that is why we all started blogging isn't it? To share our own thoughts, reviews, and pictures.

I would like to say I blog from a place of honesty. I buy everything I talk about, myself. I've been out of the blogging world too long to have worked with any brands for a while but back when I did, I always disclosed that item as a gift.

In terms of outfits and hauls I share here and on youtube, I create all that content with things I have bought to wear. Not to blog about.
I want to share things I've added to my wardrobe that I do and will continue to wear. 
I buy more than some people and less than others, but I keep everything. Outfits I show here are ones I actually wear. Mostly those are day to day and occasionally something a little more fancy like a wedding or special occasion.

Everyone does things differently, and so many bigger bloggers get sent more items in PR than they could ever wear so it's completely reasonable that they can blog about a new outfit every day. And of course, there is nothing wrong with that. 

I just feel like saying that isn't how it works for most of us, and definitely not for me! I like to buy new things, don't we all?! But I try and keep things as realistic as possible here.

Very often you will see a breakdown of my outfit and I have offered alternatives to what I'm wearing as the actual item I have on is old and no longer available. Becuase I continue to wear things I've had for a months or years.

I'm not a pro and I treat my blog as a fun hobby. I have always and probably will always have a keen interest in fashion and all things new and developing the digital world. 
None of us probably ever imaged blogging would create such wildly successful careers, with endless opportunities for monetization and progression. 

This is a topic I could talk about ad nauseam but I will restrain myself!

In short, I share things I like and wear, I don't buy a new outfit just to take pictures of it. I share little bits of my life along with things I choose to wear. And I do it because I enjoy it. When that stops, I'll stop blogging!


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Life | I'm not a pro blogger

Well, it's all in the title, isn't it? I am not a professional blogger, or vlogger or 'influencer' or whatever.

You know when you have been thinking on a subject for a while and just need to get those thoughts down in writing? That's what this post is. I don't even have a picture to make it look nice, it's just a big old mess of words all about my place on the internet.

I am someone who started putting my thoughts out there on the internet in 2011. (I had to double check that because I couldn't quite believe it's been 6 years!)

I won't pretend seeing super slick and impossibly perfect blog posts, youtube videos and beautifully curated Instagram feeds don't make me question what I put out there, make me think its not good enough. That people won't want to have a look or a read of my blog because of it not looking a certain way. 
I, like most people, can be guilty of comparing myself to others, especially those that are very successful and good at what they do.

But I have to remind myself I don't have a team. This is something I do for fun, in my spare time around a full-time job.

I used the webcam on my old MacBook for Youtube for a few years, eventually upgrading to a better video camera a while later. A DSLR camera was a 21st birthday present and my blog started after that.
That's it, that is my equipment. No special backdrop, no photographer, no videographer to film and edit for me. And you know what?! I am just fine with that.

Everything I've learned I've taught myself. From editing to a bit of HTML, domains, analytics, youtube, affiliate programs, blogger, and working with brands. This has all been done through google, tutorials, asking other bloggers advice and reading a LOT of step by step guides. 

Don't get me wrong, I follow many bloggers who are all the things I'm not, of all different styles, sizes, and levels of popularity.
There will always more I could learn and improve on but I don't want that prevent me from getting my thoughts out there. 

I love the blogging community, I interact with so many amazingly talented women that I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. We have connected over shared interests and passions and I never want to lose that. Not to mention YouTube taught me every single thing I know about makeup. At least 80% of the beauty products I buy are from recommendations from a blogger or vlogger. 

As long as I have a passion for producing content it doesn't matter if it's not perfect, everyone is different and this is my blog and that's what matters.


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