Monday, 10 October 2016

Shadow Switch | Brush Cleaning For Cheats

Since getting my paws on the Naked palettes*, I've become a huge fan of eyeshadow. I'm no expert, but I can just about manage some brown shimmer in the daytime and smoke it up a bit at night. My beloved rose gold Zoeva* brushes are my babies so I like to take good care of them, constantly preening their pretty little heads. The only problem is trying to blend a fresh look without smearing last night's darker shades all over the place. Enter *Shadow Switch*, the latest life saver from Beauty Essentials.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Adventures In Cardiff

Despite spending most of my summer working full time in an office with tragically few Instagram opportunities, Calum and I did visit Cardiff for four nights to celebrate my 20th birthday (eek, adulthood). Calum is Welsh and I'd never been before, so we loved exploring the beautiful city and were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine throughout our stay. We stayed in the most Pinterest-worthy Airbnb - a bright, modern flat with a quirky mezzanine bedroom courtesy of the lovely Alice, which made the perfect base.
Cardiff fast became one of my favourite cities, and with a list of TripAdvisor favourites longer than you can throw a pokeball to visit, I thought I'd share some of my highlights with you.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Life As A Vegetarian

In March 2016, I decided to become a vegetarian. I transitioned to pescetarianism (still eating fish but not meat) for the first 6 months, to allow my body and mind to gradually get used to a new diet before going full veggie. One day I'd love to become vegan but I'm definitely not ready yet, so I just try to reduce my dairy consumption. Despite it being a relatively new lifestyle to me, I've quickly become so passionate about it. My lovely friend Charlotte just posted a fantastic youtube video which inspired me to share my own thoughts. For more veggie meal ideas, follow my foodie Instagram.

I'll disclaim here that I recognise vegetarianism isn't a plausible option for everyone, due to a variety of issues, but I'm aiming this at the people who do have the option and are simply ignoring it.
The Bohemian, Newcastle. A delicious shredded jack-fruit pitta with sweet potato fries and spicy bean nachos.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sleek Makeup: Lips and Highlight | Review

I'll admit, I used to avoid Sleek makeup because it was positioned in the "cheap" end of the Superdrug makeup isle. The low prices made me think the quality must be bad and I associated it with the kind of makeup we'd wear in year 8. However, since going cruelty free, my drugstore options have become more limited so I thought I'd investigate the brand. I was pleasantly surprised to find Sleek has absolutely ~glowed up~. The price points are still affordable but the packaging and quality has vastly improved recently. I picked up the 'Precious Metals' Highlighting Palette for £9.99 and a mega bargain Christmas gift set - 4 mini 'Matte Me' Liquid Lipsticks for £5!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Best of the Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

I recently decided to switch to cruelty free beauty (aka brands that do not test on animals) which unfortunately meant ditching a lot of my old favourites. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of my faves don't stab bunnies in the eye, yay. No, they're not "hippy" or "weird" brands, you can find them all on the high street and I'm sure you already love them.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

YNOT Festival Playlist

Since attending YNOT Festival a couple of weeks back I've had a major bout of The Post Festival Blues. All I've listened to, longingly, are the fantastic bands I saw live. In the spirit of nostalgia, I thought I'd share my playlist of the best of the fest. While you're listening, head over to Radsound and check out my Festival ReviewEliza & the Bear InterviewCirca Waves Interview and The Sherlocks Interview. Despite the horrendous quality, I've included some photos because they're happy memories, sorry #ProBloggers.


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Folks and Fables Cafe | Review

Folks and Fables is a brand new independent cafe and creative space in Bingham, Nottinghamshire. It's veggie/health based with ethically sourced produce, beautifully decorated (in a very 'instagram' fashion) and hosts creative writing classes in the upper level. The owner, Georgia Barnes, also happens to be my high school English teacher, who sparked my interest in journalism through our BBC School News Report project. ALL THE GREAT THINGS. Obviously I had to check it out immediately.

Friday, 22 July 2016

What To Expect Studying Sociology at Durham University

I was going to save this post until next year when I'll have finished university. However, as I'll probably be too busy drowning under the fresh burden of £40,000 ish of student debt, here it is. *Edit* I've now graduated and returned to add my 3rd year experiences!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

5 Favourite Albums

Since I started writing for Radsound, I've neglected the music side of my own blog, which used to be one of my favourites to write about. (Definitely check out Radsound if you haven't already, so much hard work goes into creating an amazing student led site!) I thought I'd round up my favourite albums because although I like a lot of artists, there aren't many entire albums that I love throughout. I must admit writing this post has made me realise what a white girl circa 2013 I am, but what can you do. James Blunt's Back to Bedlam is also runner up (sorry) but he ruins my street cred so he's just here in spirit.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Switching to a Menstrual Cup | Mooncup Review

After seeing some positive reviews online, I decided to take the plunge and buy a Mooncup two months ago. Since they aren't really mainstream sanitary products, I thought I'd share my experience here for anyone interested in trying one. They have a bit of a "my name is Rain, I have my own kiln and my dress is made of wheat" reputation and can seem daunting, but are definitely worth a try. It may be a bit TMI but it's important people who have periods understand their options, so why shy away? We're all friends here!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Top 3 Nude Lipsticks

Recently I've been absolutely loving nude "your lips but better" lipstick as an easy everyday option, all aboard the Kylie Jenner train.I find browny pinks most flattering on my pale skin and feel more confident throughout the day knowing they won't fade awkwardly or smudge disastrously. My favourites are basically the exact same colour, but I couldn't choose between my children so here's my top three.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Room | Film Review

Room is the captivating story of five year old Jack, (Jacob Tremblay) and his "ma", (Brie Larson) as they navigate life in a 10ft square world, simply nicknamed "room". Jack tells us that Room is an entire world that goes "every direction, all the way to the end!". We later learn that Room is a garden shed, where " Old Nick" (Sean Bridger) has been holding Ma hostage since kidnapping her seven years ago.

Friday, 5 February 2016

BirchBox January

Since trialling my first Love Me Beauty box, I've been sucked into the world of beauty subscription boxes and decided to try a few other brands, for research purposes of course... I opted for BirchBox, the founder of beauty subscriptions. Unlike Love Me Beauty, the contents of the box were a complete surprise - all the more exciting. For £10 (plus p&p) I received 5 products, a cute pocket mirror and a selection of cute art prints, an absolute steal packaged in a beautiful box in collaboration with Pinterest. 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Love Me Beauty January Box

I've never subscribed to a beauty box before because I don't like the idea of paying without knowing what products are inside. However, I recently stumbled across Love Me Beauty, which allows you to select up to six of your favourite products from a huge range of makeup, skincare, haircare and accessories each month. The first box is half price - £5 (plus postage), so of course I had no choice but to test it out...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Skincare Favourites 2016

Until I was 18, I was a facial wipe sinner (sorry beauty bloggers) I didn't understand what a skincare routine was and thought skincare products were a waste of precious money better spent in the more exciting world of make-up. For this I've now been punished, cursed with acne scarring and skin prone to angry breakouts. However, having seen the error of my ways, I've stuck to a proper skincare routine for the last 18 months. These are my current favourites but I'm also loving the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Toner alongside.