Behind the Blog

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Lately I have seen a lot of '5 Random Facts About Me' appearing on people's Instagram Stories. It occurred to me I don't really share a lot about my life on here or Instagram, but they are actually one of my favourite posts to read as I love to learn about people behind the blog. So if it interests you I thought I'd share a bit about me today!

I am 28 years old, and I currently live in Essex with my boyfriend Chris. We met through friends at a BBQ they were having in 2015, and a few weeks later we went on our first date. We are always laughing, especially as we both think we're comedy geniuses, and we just have the best time together. Hopefully we will buy our first house together this year! 

My 'day' job is working in a jewellers, behind the scenes as a customer service coordinator. Retail is not something I thought I would end up doing, but I really love where I work and have met some amazing friends there, including my very best friend Lacey.

At university I studied Psychology, so nothing remotely related to blogging! I have always loved being creative and working with computers, but at school I was never interested in art at all, in fact my favourite subjects were maths and physics. I used to love reading blogs (Pugly Pixel anyone?) and playing around with Photoshop when I was younger, but I never thought of starting my own until a couple of years ago. It was when I trained as a makeup artist and worked at Bobbi Brown that I decided to start this blog dedicated to my passion, makeup.

I am quite a home-y person and I love being indoors all cosy. Watching films/series and being in my PJs is what I live for, (Pretty Woman is my all time favourite film), but I do love getting dressed up and going out too! I love being creative, and will pretty much try anything crafty; as to whether I can actually do it or not is another question. One thing I am really excited about moving is I will be able to get all my craft stuff out of storage and hopefully get back into it again.

I don't have any pets where I am now but I did have two cats when I lived with my mum and dad and I miss them SO much! They are just the cutest; one is called Bodie and the other one is Doyle. Bodie is really cheeky and Doyle is more timid, but they are both so friendly and love a cuddle. I was always a dog person and didn't really like cats but when we got these two I completely fell in love with them. Poor Doyle has had to have both of his ears removed due to cancer, but he still looks so cute (this picture was taken when he still had one ear!)

One of the questions I get asked the most is what camera/lighting and editing programs I use for my blogging & Instagram photos. I don't use anything too fancy, I use a Nikon D3100 with a 35 mm f/1.8 lens. I really want to look into some other lenses to buy this year so if you have any suggestions let me know! I mainly use natural daylight and try to shoot pictures in the daytime. I edit most of my photos in Photoshop, but if it's a phone picture then I use Snapseed, PS Express and Afterlight. I have also been using VSCO more and more lately; but I have a more in depth blog post here if you're interested.  

And there you have it! I don't want to bore you with too much information about me (ha!) but if you have any questions post them in the comments and I'll try and answer them best I can! 

Favourite Instagram Accounts of 2017

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Favourite Instagram Accounts of 2017

Even though I took a few months away from Instagram last year, it is still my favourite social media platform. Despite the rubbish algorithm and the fact you see pictures from ten years five days ago, I still really enjoy the creative process of taking pictures and editing them and for that reason I still love it. I also love seeing what other people create; I find it so inspirational and love that you can get lost in someone's feed. With that in mind I thought I'd share my favourite Instagram accounts from the last year; some I have shared before, but there are a few new ones in there too. Of course there are so many more accounts that I love but these are the accounts I seem to check consistently for new pictures and follow their Insta Stories all of the time (stalker alert!) I hope you find someone new to follow as these are all amazing accounts!

Friday Faye Instagram

Faye's account is one of my all time favourites, and even from just this one picture it is easy to see why. Not only are all of her pictures pink heaven but they are always so creative and give you endless inspiration! I love her busy flatlays and her overall feed is just perfection. She deserves so many thousands of followers as you can tell so much work goes into each picture!

Gemma Louise Instagram

Gemma's Instagram (& blog!) has long been one of my absolute favourites. Her feed has a perfect mix of beauty, lifestyle and adorable photos of her son, Reuben. She has always been really helpful and supportive (like encouraging me to actually have a Twitter account!) and works so hard to blog full time. Follow Gemma for beautiful photography, gorgeous beauty products, cute baby pics and her honest & funny Insta Stories.

Catherine.MW Instagram

Another long-time favourite is Catherine's perfectly pink feed. All of her pictures are SO beautiful, with a gorgeous mix of beauty & lifestyle posts. Her feed is literally like a dream world, and if you love pink then you absolutely must follow her. Catherine also runs another Instagram account called Catherine Bakes which I would highly recommend following too, where she posts pictures of her amazing cakes all made from scratch!

Amelia Lottie Instagram

Amelia's account is another one I have followed for a long time, and I adore her frosty white & pink themed Instagram (can you tell I like pink yet?!). She has the best makeup collection and takes such beautiful photos of all of her products - she is most definitely enabling my makeup addiction! On top of all this she is such a lovely person and is so supportive, not just of me but of everyone.

Francisca May Instagram

Francisca absolutely killed it with her content last year on Instagram and her blog. Her photos always have such a dreamy quality and her makeup collection is another one to be jealous of! I have bought so many new products thanks to Fran! On top of this she has just got the CUTEST puppy ever and I look forward to more pictures of her. If you're obsessed with beauty then she is definitely one to follow.

Kate La Vie Instagram

This one probably won't be a new account to anyone as I think probably everyone I know follows her, but Kate's Instagram is one of the first accounts I ever followed and still to this day is one of my favourites. I can only wish I was as cool as her! What I love about her pictures is that they are always light and airy, and they always seem so fresh looking (if that even makes sense). I love her beauty recommendations, her home styling and her blog is amazing too... obsessed!

Morgan Alice Beauty Instagram

Again, another account that I have followed for a while but is just absolutely stunning! Morgan's feed is such a beautiful mix of beauty, travel, home and gorgeous pictures of her baby Alice. I love how she manages to take beautiful pictures wherever she is, always finding the pretty in everyday. Can I also just say I am obsessed with the food she makes on Insta Stories - the feasts and brunches always speak to my soul!

Hunters and Heels Instagram

I started following Lauren's feed a couple of years ago and I have to say I just adore her account for so many reasons; her photography is always amazing and she seems like such a positive person on her Insta Stories. Again Lauren seems to find the beautiful in everyday life and I always feel really inspired by her account. Follow for lots of beautiful pictures of her two gorgeous babies, stunning interiors, beauty products and amazing countryside shots!

What are your favourite Instagram accounts? Let me know in the comments so I can find new people to follow!

*All pictures belong to the owners of the Instagram accounts stated. 

What's In My January Makeup Bag

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Palette, Eyes to Mesmerise Marie Antoinette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops

I don't know about you but every now and then I just want a shakeup of my makeup bag - I feel like I get stuck into a rut doing the same makeup every day and by switching out a few products I get excited to do my makeup again! I thought I'd share what's in my January makeup bag today as I got a few new bits for Christmas and I love using all of these products at the moment! 

First up - an oldie but a goodie, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I say old, this particular tube isn't old but it must be my 10th or so replacement so it's a classic in that sense. I absolutely cannot rave about this mascara enough, it creates so much length and volume and is seriously comparable against more expensive brands. If you haven't tried it yet then I would definitely recommend you do! 

Next up, a new addition to my makeup bag is the Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Beam Me Up. This pretty much does what it says on the tin, it literally looks like liquid metal. I have been mixing it in with my foundation, or just dotting it onto my cheekbones and blending with a Beauty Blender. It gives a very impressive highlight but the only thing I would say is that you definitely don't need too much and a little goes a VERY long way. My first try of this, I used way too much and ended up looking like the Tin Man. 

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops Beam Me Up

I was also very lucky at Christmas to receive Charlotte Tilbury's Golden Goddess Palette and Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette from Chris this year. I am obsessed with the Eyes to Mesmerise and have been using it pretty much every day. I love the frosted glass pot it comes in, it feels so luxurious! It has the most incredible texture and you need the tiniest amount to cover the lid. Even though it is quite expensive the amount you actually use is so tiny I can imagine this will last for ages, making it worth the money. When I have a bit more time in the mornings I have been using the Golden Goddess Palette on top, and I am especially loving the 'Pop' shade, which is a warm golden glitter that you can press on top of your eyeshadow. 

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Palette, Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette

Another one that I have had for a while but only just got really into is my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe. I have always preferred pencils to brow gels/pomades but lately I have been using this non-stop. It is a lot darker than using a pencil but I find I can get much better precision and it lasts a lot longer during the day too. I have actually nearly finished this so need to buy a new one ASAP! 

Lastly, ANOTHER eye product, but this is just too gorgeous not to mention. The Bobbi Brown Nude Drama Palette has been another palette that I am reaching for again and again at the moment. The colours are perfect for every day use (see here) and the pigmentation is really good, as you would expect from Bobbi Brown. It also looks so pretty on my dressing table, I am just obsessed with it. Unfortunately this palette is limited edition and not available at the moment, but they did re-stock it once after it had sold out before, so hopefully they will again! 

And that's it! What's in your January makeup bag at the moment? 

Life Lately: January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

Well hello beauties! It's a bit belated but I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a good start to 2018. I wasn't really sure where to start after being inactive here on the blog and Instagram for so long, but I thought I'd start with a life update and explain where I've been! Be warned; it's quite a long one.

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