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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

YouTuber Books That ARE Worth The Hype


As a slightly older YouTube viewer (aka not one of the obsessive tweens behind Zalfie fan accounts), I have mixed feelings towards "YouTuber books" and approached them somewhat critically. Since most of the creators I watch are also in their twenties but most of their audience are young teens, the target market for these books is somewhat ambiguous. I completely bypassed a lot of the offerings but, thanks to the marketing frenzy whipped up by Gleam, found myself drawn towards a few. I don't really want to name and shame the disappointing titles I've read, but let's just say I've left a few 1* reviews on Amazon... However, I found a few books which made for an interesting read that I'd actually recommend for older viewers. (spoiler free reviews)

Friday, 4 August 2017

Where To Eat In Birmingham

The Custard Factory & Digbeth Dining Club
The Custard Factory is in Digbeth, about ten minutes walk from the city centre. It houses a variety of pop up shops from art exhibitions to vintage stores, so there's always somewhere new to try. The Custard Factory also hosts regular foodie events such as the Birmingham Coffee Festival, which cost £6 entry to try unlimited free coffees from loads of coffee brands around the city, accompanied by fabulous sweet treats from independent bakeries. Just around the corner at Spotlight is the Digbeth Dining Club, where different street food vendors gather every Friday and Saturday - my faves so far have been mac 'n' cheese topped nachos and raspberry waffles.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Best Cruelty Free Hair Range


Since switching to only cruelty free products, I've searched high and low to find a new shampoo and conditioner brand. While there are plenty of cruelty free makeup brands to choose from, there are annoyingly few affordable but lovely hair options. I usually find own brand shampoo to be a bit crap so didn't have high hopes for these unlikely contenders. Roll in Superdrug's Coconut Water range.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Eden Perfumes | Cruelty Free

Since boycotting brands who test on animals, fragrance has definitely been the hardest to replace. While I discovered an abundance of cosmetic and hair care brands to choose from, it was disappointing to realise literally none of my old favourite perfumes were cruelty free! As I've been shopping cruelty free for almost a year now, I've pretty much used up the remains of my collection so the search for a new fragrance is on. After tweeting my dilemma, I received quite a few recommendations for Eden Perfumes.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Veggie Tagliatelle Carbonara | Recipe


Disclaimer: I don't think this meal can technically be called 'carbonara' because it's veggie so doesn't feature pancetta or parmesan. I also skipped the raw egg yolk in the dressing, because gross. Anyway, that's the closest name I could think of for this cheesy, garlicky, peppery pile of yumminess. The melted cheese has made it look like a big smush here but I promise it's tasty.