Sunday, 13 March 2016

Still Here, Sort Of...

I'm not entirely sure what I wanted to write in this post, I guess I just wanted to check in and tell you guys I'm still here - lurking, stalking, the usual. The blog is all a bit up in the air right now, much to my dismay, but I have been trying to keep myself in this little community of ours, although it's certainly raised a few questions that have had me wondering.

I'm not sure how or when it happened, but I almost fell out of love with blogging. I realised one evening that I hadn't checked my Bloglovin feed for over a week, and I didn't care. Most people wouldn't blink an eye, but up until this point, this was a daily affair for me for years. It felt strange, and sad.
I would flick through every so often, opening friends posts because I will always love reading them, but everything else felt a little blurry - was I no longer interested? Has the content changed out of my area of interest, or have I read everything before? I felt glum as I put off my Bloglovin nightly scrolling for weeks on end.

Keeping on top of a blog is harder work than one would expect - you just take some photos and write a little post up, right? Easy.
Not so easy, and at times, tiresome. What do I blog about? What would I want to read? How should I photograph it? When can I photograph it? Will there be enough sun? Is my editing good enough? Is my writing enjoyable to read? How often should I post? Will I have time after work? Will I want to after work?

You know who I admire? In The Frow. This girl worked full time, was studying for her PhD and blogged, all at once. She has done so well for herself, and I am truly impressed at her ability to put out high quality blogs and videos when she had so much more going on. I can barely put a blog post out every third month, yikes.

Blogging has always been a creative outlet for me - I've always been creative, but never really known where I really excelled, and blogging seemed like a great medium for me to do a bit of everything. I think my problem is I don't know exactly where I want my blog going, or how I want to go about it. I'm very selective about what I like, and it's always boxed me in creatively. I don't enjoy the majority of 'easy' blog posts, I don't lead a particularly exciting life (what life, eh?), and my aesthetics have always differed from other bloggers. It means I'm always having to think hard about what I actually want to post about - not what I think I should post about. I have to think about how I want to photograph it - coming from a photography background makes me especially arrogant about how my photos look, and I feel incredibly uninspired when I take less than ideal photos. I love clean backgrounds as much as the next blogger, but too much of it has oversaturated my blog feeds and it's become completely un-inspired for me. Best leave it to the experts, eh? So where does that leave me?

I'm not sure. I know though that in 2016, I am determined to make something of this blog, to have it become something I'm proud of. I'm going to sit down and think about what kind of content I really want to post on here, and how I'm going to go about it.

It's never as easy as it sounds, but I feel unusually optimistic about it. It's something to look forward to...!

If only I could say the same about that YouTube channel of mine.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A New Favourite - MAC Uninterrupted

I'm not a big smokey eye gal - I mean, I like them, don't get me wrong. I just ain't got time for that, I'm more of a winged liner and mascara gal, and that's on a good day. I much prefer a sweep of easy colour, and a load of eyeliner and mascara, and this new addition to my collection is an actual dreamboat.

I know Lily Melrose has been using this for a long time, and I always loved it on her. I happened to be at a MAC counter a couple of months ago with some money to burn* and decided then and there that this had to be mine. Lily wrote a post about her Heroin Chic eyes using this shadow, which is pretty accurate, and very 90's, and very cool. It compliments all eye colours, including brown, and just adds a nice amount of grungy depth underneath a bit of liner and loads of mascara.

What do you guys think? Something you'd like to try? What's your 'go-to' one wash wonder?

* Read: I just paid my credit card off. Did not have actual money. I wish.

Monday, 12 October 2015

An Ode To The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

If I haven't mentioned it before, I'm mentioning it now. This is hands down, my favourite foundation of all time.

I definitely have gone through my phases of 'loved' foundations (Too Faced's 'Born This Way' is a recent new love of mine FYI) but never has a foundation matched the greatness that is Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation. Nothing has even come close, and this has been one of the only foundations I have actually ever re-purchased (in fact, I think the only other foundation I have re-purchased is the Loreal True Match, yikes). When I find something I love, I love it.

I was a little sad when I heard it was being re-formulated - there's always that fear that the new formula won't be as amazing as the original, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The formula is slightly thinner - the old formula was like a thick paste almost, but somehow smoothed onto the skin like velvet, not heavy or cake-y at all. When I first felt the new consistency, I was worried the coverage would be lost but it remains just as lovely and smooth as ever, full coverage but with a slightly more satin finish than the old formula. I quite like this, as most days I will definitely go for a dewy finish over a matte finish and this new hydrating formula gives me just that.

I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about this foundation that I love so much, it just somehow checks all the boxes. It's full coverage, but it never feels heavy or looks cake-y. It covers everything, and you only need a small amount of product. It leaves a beautiful finish that can virtually be transformed into a dewy finish, or a matte if you would prefer.
The only thing I have left to test is the longevity of the new formula. The old formula would stay on my face morning till night, and I used to have normal (sometimes on the oily side) skin. This new hydrating formula has been a godsend in the winter months when my skin has been abnormally dry, but it will be interesting to test it in the coming warmer months.

I'm not sure if I will ever find a foundation I will love more - big call? Maybe. Have you guys tried it? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you tried a foundation that you think is - dare I say it - better? Let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

New Linen

You guys probably don't know this, but I have a thing for bedding. I don't know how it started, or why, but I've collectively spent more on bed linen in the past ten years than makeup and shoes combined. Alarming, I know.

This boring obsession of mine has possibly reached it's peak when I finally invested in a real linen quilt cover. Like, the proper cotton linen. In a grey blue colour. On sale. The stuff dreams are made of. Unbelievable.

Adairs had a pretty good sale on recently, and when I first saw this quilt cover, I knew I had to get it. I have been searching for linen sheets for a loooong time, all those Pinterest and Instagram photos of comfy, cozy beds finally getting to me. I regret nothing, I love them so much I don't want to take them off my bed - ever. 

I really should have taken these images on the morning after - because that's when they are the most magical. Look at that - messy, wrinkled, homey. The way bedding should be. Basically, I never want to get out of bed, especially since the mornings have been so cold recently!

This is absolutely not at all beauty related, but I'm so in love I had to share with you lovelies. Anyone else love a good sheet set? Anyone?

Just me? That's okay. If you need me, I'll be the lump in the middle of the bed, like a big, toasty cinnamon bun.