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I’m back to blogging!

Hello again! It’s been so long since I wrote a blog post, my last one seems so long ago! I took a break because I started my final year at university and I wanted to put in more effort than the previous two years and plus I was starting my dissertation and that takes up a lot of time, but I am back to blogging. I missed it a lot and missed the community too so I thought I’d slightly update my blog and then post my first new post of 2015 and since I broke from blogging last year.

Well I’m glad I am back and I hope that you will stick around to read the upcoming posts! 🙂

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5 things I want to buy…

So I haven’t blogged in a little while and that’s because I’ve not been feeling so well lately but luckily I went to the doctors and I should be feeling much better soon! I have a ton of blog posts to write and I am trying to squish them all out so you all don’t get to bored of me (I hope you already haven’t haha) If you’ve been tagging along on my blog you’ll know I attempted the 30 day photo challenge, sadly I flopped that because I only managed to get to day 19! (Sorry!) However I’m on the look out for other lists/challenges and such to try so if you have any suggestions pass them my way! 🙂

Anyway so I thought I would do a little post about 5 things I want to buy when I have enough money because I am always adding stuff to my mental list in my head! So lets begin…

  1. Running shoes – This is the constant excuse I use for not doing exercise, the lack of proper footwear to do such strenuous activities! I do actually want to get a pair though, running in converse isn’t fun nor comfortable.

  2. BooTea Tea – A ‘teatox’, I’m not usually one for these sort of products as I rarely believe in them however after a good duration reading their website and also looking at other girls results on twitter, I’m going to give it a go just purely because I am trying to be more healthier from this point onward. (Google them if you’ve never heard of them, it’s worth it!)

  3. Soap & Glory™ Thick & Fast Flash Extensions Mascara High Definition Collagen Coat – I was looking for a long time for a new mascara, I like to keep my make up natural but I like my eyes to stand out and I don’t really use liquid eyeliner that much so I like to choose a mascara that gives me lots of definition and ‘oomph’ shall we say.

  4. Ritual Fortune Scrub – I got my first taste of the Ritual products from a magazine a while back (Perhaps GLAMOUR? Can’t remember!) and I tried the Ritual Fortune Scrub, now when I got my sample with the magazine I was surprised it was a full blown big bottle not the tiny little itty bitty samples you usually get so I was excited and hopeful that I liked this product because I had a ton of it in this sample. IT SMELLS LIKE PARADISE! literally, I feel like I’m on holiday in an exotic paradise when I use this! I usually don’t rate shower gels or scrubs because I’m never that impressed but this one is different! If you’ve tried it you’ll agree where I’m coming from and if you haven’t then you can buy it online quite cheap I believe 🙂

  5. Eyebrow threading – Okay so I have something to admit, I shaved off one eyebrow BY ACCIDENT! 😦 You’d think I’d know better, but was totally accidental (I bet you’re all laughing now) So I lost my tweezers and as a student I couldn’t afford to have my eyebrows threaded/waxed again for a while so I quickly used a razor to try and get rid of the bottom hairs and the razor caught the rest of my eyebrow in the process! 😦 (If you weren’t laughing earlier bet you are now) So for a while I’ve been using an eyebrow pencil and you can’t see that it was shaved off viciously but now they’re kinda grown back (HOORAY!!!) so soon I shall pay for my eyebrows to be threaded 🙂

That’s my 5 things I need to buy when I have the money, I hope you enjoyed it! Comment/like/subscribe/Tweet if you like lovelies! 🙂

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Kimonos and Capes

So the fact that it is Autumn has taken its toll on what I wear, sadly the times of dresses, shorts and vests are long gone because the weather is bitterly cold and windy lately and lets not forget the rain! So I have been wearing items that are more warmer as well as comfier and two trends that I really love this Autumn are capes and kimonos, they are creative and colourful as well as comfy and stylish and a great autumn/winter must have!

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Kimonos have been in fashion this year quite a bit I don’t think the trend has died down once and I doubt it will for a long time and for a good reason, they are stylish and comfortable and that’s all we care about in the colder months. Many retailers and online stores sell some really lovely kimonos that look fantastic and I really wish I had the money to go and buy them all but sadly that’s a dream! With this in mind, capes are also very much in trend and desire, for many of the same reasons as kimonos and fortunately I am lucky enough as I brought a red and black cape last year and it is a staple wardrobe piece that I love to wear with t-shirts and jeans and all sorts of combinations!

Definitely a key piece to anyone’s wardrobe and a star buy 🙂

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My 5 Most Favourite Shampoos you must try!

Okay so I never use to really care about my hair until a certain stage in my life when I really enjoyed styling and spending time on my hair looking nice. Now it is a constant regime and I need to always make sure I find some really good shampoos and conditioners to use on my hair, ones which will not make them greasy or to fine.
So I thought I would share my top 5 favourite shampoos I have tried and love still and see what you think!

  1. Aussie Colour Mate/Beach Mate/Miracle Moist
    This brand has always allured me to it! If it wasn’t so expensive I would buy the whole range…I love this brand because all of the shampoos I have tried all smell so delightful and beautiful. Not only do these products by Aussie smell good the shampoos really work and they make my hair feel so much more clean and nicer afterwards as well as using quality ingredients!
  2. VO5 Plump It Up
    Well if you saw my blog post about a week ago it was on the VO5 Plump Me Up shampoo I purchased. I love it because it feels like my hair actually has some volume to it (I have fine hair!) and its weightless as well meaning it doesn’t feel overly bulky or leave residue in your hair afterwards.
  3. Lee Stafford Poker Straight
    Now this was one of the first ‘designer’ salon sort of shampoos I tried in my teenage years, the bottle was party pink and everything lured me towards it the description, the colour and definitely the smell! There’s many reasons why this is on my list, for starters it’s not as expensive as you may believe and it is reasonably cheap for a salon designer shampoo, secondly it smells amazing! and thirdly it makes your hair less frizzy – so a definite win!
  4. Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume
    Like I said I have fine hair which can be a pain sometimes, however very rarely I come across a shampoo which actually does what it says and gives an uplifting weightless look, till I tried this one!
  5. Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil And Creamy Aloe
    When I was at university I couldn’t afford the good stuff 😦 So after some looking around in some other beauty and hair shops I found this, it was different and I thought it would give my hair a boost and revitalize it a little! The formula is not too thick, smells good and cleans hair thoroughly not to mention it always made my hair soft as well which I loved! Also great if you want to try and grow your hair as well 🙂

Let me know what you think! 🙂

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Hair Care Product Reviews – Schwarzkopf Got2B 2 Sexy Big Volume Push Up Volumizing Hairspray & VO5 Plump It Up Shampoo

I am really fussy when it comes to my hair, I have tried a thousand different hair care products since my early teens things like overnight creams, serums, leave on masks, gels, hairsprays, conditioners and shampoos. It’s very rare that actually find something that I like and it works, so I decided to write a blog post on my latest hair care buys because I love them! 🙂

  1. Schwarzkopt Got2B 2 Sexy Big Volume Push Up Volumizing Hairspray 
    Now this hairspray is one of my favourites and for a good reason, unlike other hairsprays it is not overly thick and heavy, it is pretty weightless and makes your hair feel like it has no hairspray in at all but still keeps the style which is great!
    Another high point of this hairspray is that is smells AMAZING! It smells like a mixture of strawberries and raspberries and I love it. Although for a can of hair spray it is quite expensive (Usually more than £2.50 but less than £5 in different places) but its worth it if you want good looking hair.
  2. VO5 Plump It Up Shampoo
    VO5 has always been a brand of shampoo that I have always quite admired and that is because I think they produce some damn good shampoo’s and conditioners! I brought this one the other day because I really wanted a good shampoo that uplifted my hair and made it more stronger and also voluminous. Many hair care brands promise to make your hair more bouncy, stronger, luscious and such but hardly any actually produce such a good product which does what it says. but this one does exactly what it states and that’s why I love it.
    Not only does it give body and boost for fine or flat looking hair it also has heat defence which is perfect for me as I use straighteners or curlers a lot!  I noticed my hair was fuller and more thicker after using it just once the first time so it’s a definite win 🙂

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My Outfit Of The Day – First Day Back At Home

Today was my first day being back at home, I must admit it was super nice to wake up in my double bed in my house and feel at home! I haven’t been home for about 4 months now as I have been away at University in Leeds as you would’ve known if you’re a constant follower of mine! 🙂 I’ve missed being at home and missed seeing my family, but I thought to mark the occasion of me being back at home I will write a little post about my outfit of the day today!

Me and my parents went to town and just went to Costa to grab a coffee and catch up so today I wore:

  • My blue skinny jeans
  • My tan boots
  • My leather black jacket
  • A mustard dark brown fitted jumper with cute shoulder buttons!
  • My new handbag – which is beautiful 🙂

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It was super sunny today so the picture is a little bright, but that’s my overall outfit of the day for a casual day out 🙂

Hope you all are having a lovely day!

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Saturday Blogger Interviews – Blogger Amyloo

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Name: Amyloo

Location: Oxfordshire (UK)

Age: 17 (Almost 18!)

Blog link: http://amyloosworld.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook/Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/AmyMaddisonFineArtist & https://twitter.com/AmyloosTweets

 

What three things do you blog about most: I mainly write about art, books and beauty. But I have many passions so I always make room for fashion, lifestyle and music related posts to. (I like to call it ‘The home of creativity’). 

Name three words to describe your blog: Creative, inspirational and fun!

When did you first start blogging: I first started blogging just over a month ago (sometime in April) and I’m so glad I did!

Why did you begin to blog: You could say up until the point I first started blogging, my life hadn’t turned out quite how I’d envisioned. I needed a rather large distraction, a place where I could sit back, relax and be myself. As a child I was an incredibly enthusiastic writer, so I was a little shocked that blogging had never occurred to me before. On top of that I was also looking to build meaningful relationships with other bloggers (that’s you guys *cough* Mary *cough*). Overall though its my passions that formed ‘AmyloosWorld’.

What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: I would say never ignore the other wonderful bloggers around you. We shouldn’t forget we’re all in the same boat here. Each and every one of us have something to share in the blogosphere, so just be selfless and help anybody in need of it (in any possible way that you can). You’ll meet some amazing people and maybe even build life-long friendships; in turn they’ll give you the love and support you need to make your blog a success. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: (Is this a trick question?) OF COURSE! Writing comes naturally to me; I don’t think it will ever just disappear. I enjoy every second and want it to last forever! (Don’t you?).

What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: Doing what I love is extremely important to me; it keeps me excited and content (you have this duty that was never there before, and you want to fulfil it). On a more personal note, the best thing to happen so far to me as a blogger is meeting Mary and completing my first commission. I have to give her all the credit for interviewing me and promoting my work on her blog (cheers to Mary!). I also love the rush of happiness you get when someone new starts following. It’s heart-warming to know that people love reading what I write (a few years ago I would have laughed in my own face).

Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: It’s helped me feel much more confident about my appearance and my sense of style. All of a sudden I’ve grasped who I really am (something I was previously unsure of). It’s certainly changed my life for the better. Even though I can’t predict the future, this journey of self-discovery is definitely worth the time spent.

Saturday Blogger Interviews – Blogger Trina

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Name: Trina
 
Location: NY, NY

Age: 22(23 on 5/22!)
 
 
Twitter: @trinawears
 
What three things do you blog about most:  I blog about music(every Monday), fashion and skincare!
 
Name three words to describe your blog: Three words I would use would be versatile, fashionable, and eclectic!
 
When did you first start blogging: Oh man, I’ve had several blogs throughout the years but never kept up with it until now! I started this blog in November, but I say January because that’s when I began to take it seriously. 
 
Why did you begin to blog: I absolutely love blogs and I read them daily, and I wanted to have a creative outlet to show the things that I love!
 
What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Be yourself! If you plan to blog for attention, or products, or anything other than loving what you’re doing, it will fail to be fun or rewarding and you’ll eventually stop. 
*bonus tip* Find the blogging community on twitter and talk to people! It makes blogging so much fun!
 
Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Definitely. For the first time, I honestly love my blog and I’m so excited to continue!
 
What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: The community, hands down! I’ve made new friends and had SO much fun doing it and sharing my blog with other bloggers! 
 
Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: It’s given me a hobby, which I felt for so long I had no hobby and felt like I had nothing “cool” to do on my spare time. This is so different than any other hobby my friends have and I love that as well. 

Saturday Blogger Interviews – Blogger Katie

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 Name: Katie

Location: West Midlands, England

Age: 21

Blog link: http://www.tattyboots.blogspot.com

Facebook/Twitter: @tattyboots

 

Name three words to describe your blog:

– personal

– creative

– progressive

When did you first start blogging: It was back in early 2011, a couple of months after I had just started university. It felt like the perfect time in a sense, an opportunity to try my hand at something rather new to me.

Why did you begin to blog: This may seem a little funny but I believe I owe part of my interest with blogging to the online game Neopets. When I was 12 I was a massive fan and after a couple of months I began to create websites which offered free graphics to others to use on their accounts. I remember teaching myself the basics of html/css and then getting involved in photoshop. As I got older and the internet got more exciting I found these graphics progressing into other kinds of graphics that people could use on myspace for instance, such as backgrounds and layouts. I still remember the thrill I got from creating and getting to know the community back then which is exactly the same thrill I get today. A few years past and I found myself leaving my tom-boy ways when it came to clothing and really finding myself interested in style. It was this personal change that helped me discover a few fashion blogs and I was hooked ever since. I loved the fact I could learn from them, I often found myself saying ‘I’ll try that combination’ or ‘Maybe I’ll try wearing a skirt’. They helped me discover what I liked and disliked and especially what clothes suited me. Since then I was eager to get involved but being a painfully shy 16-17 year old it really restricted me. It wasn’t until a few years later at university that I designed a blog heading using a few simple photoshop skills remembered from the previous years of Neopets and went ahead and created Tattyboots.

 What’s one blogging tip that you would share with other potential bloggers: Having variety in what you post is something I think is key for keeping things fresh and exciting, not just for your audience but for yourself. It’s incredibly easy to become bored with your blog so posting an outfit one day and then reviewing your favourite book the next seems far more exciting than sticking to one topic. Everyone has more than one thing they enjoy so why not share it? I think people can worry too much over what people want to see so you tell yourself ‘nah, I won’t post about that – no one will like it’. I’m definitely guilty of that in the beginning, I focused more on outfits than anything else but then my drawings soon crept in, they were never as popular as my outfit posts but it didn’t stop me sharing them. Through drawing it helped expand a new audience that I may have never achieved through just posting outfits, so never be scared to try out new things.

 Do you see yourself still blogging in three/five years time: Sure, if it’s still around then why not! I get a real pleasure from it, especially when it comes to sharing illustrations for instance as feedback is what helps me to understand what are my strengths and weaknesses.

 What’s one of the best things about being a blogger: For me it’s knowing that folks seem to like what I do, it has also given me opportunities such as my most recent which is designing the poster and tickets for a creative magazine called Prototype. That would never have happened I imagine without the blog.

 Has blogging helped you significantly in any other way: It’s helped me become more comfortable in myself as a person and as a creative, especially recently I dauntingly decided to offer blogger designs. I remember putting it off for months due to not believing in myself so I’m glad I followed that through as I was contacted by a few people which really warmed my heart. It’s also got me communicating with a whole bunch of other people I just wouldn’t have known without going into blogging. Also another perk is when I find myself in one of those moods where I cannot figure out what to wear so I’ll have a browse through the blog, you know it’s surprising how useful that has actually been for me haha!

VOTE FOR ME FOR COSMOPOLITAN BLOGGER AWARDS 2013

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Hello Everyone!

I have entered myself into the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2013 and would love it if you would nominate me as best newcomer fashion blog!

I have only started my blog recently but I have gained so many wonderful and motivational followers and would absolutely love it if you could nominate me as I have never done anything like this before and would love a chance a winning but I really would appreciate all the support and nominations I could get.

Please follow this link to the voting page: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2013/enter-the-2013-cosmopolitan-blog-awards-nominate-now

Thank you all!

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