- Friday, 31 July 2015 -

Top 5 Tips: How to Bounce Back After a Blogging Break

Hello you lovely lot! It may not seem like it sometimes, but blogging is hard work; taking photos, concocting content and managing your social media can take its toll. Sometimes it's difficult shaking off that uninspired cloud that's been looming over you for so long, however I'm a firm believer that the second your blog starts feeling like a chore, you should take a step back and take a break. Carrying on when you're feeling burnt out may seem like a good idea for the sake of consistency but when you're risking quality over quantity, it could cripple your blogs progress.

I blog in the pursuit of happiness so my blog is first and foremost a hobby, if I ever feel that things are getting too much, I relish a bit of respite from my blog - because if you don't you out there and live your life, what experiences would there be to blog about? Unless you're a full-time blogger, you should never feel obliged to whip out posts on a whim, don't worry, your readers will understand that you have a life too.

1/ Try reintegrating yourself in the blogging community by joining in on a Twitter chat or sending a friendly email to a fellow blogger.

2/ Ease yourself back into it. If you're feeling daunted after taking some time away, why not reintroduce yourself with a quick post detailing all you've been up to?

3/ Get passionate about blogging again by taking some time to gather ideas for future posts. Get snap happy with photos or indulge in a pinning spree on Pinterest.

4/ Why not refresh your blog with a few changes? Nothing's worse than a tired, old blog design that ceases to inspire you.

5/ Usually I find the thing that spurs me on the most about blogging is when I read other blogs. I find their enthusiasm contagious and it gives me that gentle reminder of why I started blogging in the first place!

- Wednesday, 29 July 2015 -

Review: Zoella's Tutti Fruity Collection

Hello my lovelies! With a popular Youtube channel, book deals and beauty range under her belt, internet sensation Zoe Sugg aka Zoella, has established quite the cult following. Commonly considered as the poster girl for blogging, my Twitter feed soon becomes clogged the second she announces a new product or venture, so naturally it was quite hard to escape the buzz of her newly released Tutti Fruity range.

Personally partial to sweet, fruity scents, I was intrigued to see if the products lived up to their name. Featuring pretty pastel packaging, I think this range definitely looks a lot more inviting than Zoella's previous beauty collection.

Let's Spritz Body Mist: Donning a lovely lace detail, the bottle is absolutely adorable. It's the perfect size to pop in your bag if you ever feel like freshening up on the go, HOWEVER, I wasn't actually that impressed with the scent itself. With a range entitled "Tutti Fruity" you'd think that it would smell of, yup you guessed it, fruit! But instead it boasts a heavy floral aroma that seems to smother you. Weighing in at £8, I was expecting slightly more from this particular product.

Candy Cream Body Lotion: Another misleading title; buyers are lead to believe that this lotion will leave you smelling of a sweet shop (well, I was anyway). Although, I was disappointed to learn that it just smells like any generic cream that you can pick up from your local pharmacy. Brimming with little lotion beads that burst upon applying, the cream moisturises well, absorbing quickly into the skin for a soft and fresh feel.

Kissy Missy Lip Balm: Probably my favourite product of the three, this little lip balm is cute, colourful and offers the right amount of moisture for those sore and cracked lips. Smelling pleasant and tinted the perfect pop of pink, I love that you can apply this thinly or thickly on your lips depending on preference. Not breaking the bank at a measly £3, I would definitely buy this again! 

Have you tried any Zoella products?

- Tuesday, 28 July 2015 -

How to Stay Positive

Hello my lovelies! They say that a smile is contagious, and when positivity basically radiates from a person, it's hard not to get gripped by their warmth. Throughout my life, I've been countlessly pegged as the quintessential positive person, always happy and rarely complaining, when in reality I find keeping a smile a daily struggle. My depression depletes my positivity, so I do find it a bit harder than others to look on the bright side. It's impossible to stay happy all the time, but it's important to stay positive, whether the situation be good or bad.

It may sound obvious, but strive to find the positive in things. Some people are naturally pessimistic so sometimes it helps to take a step back and think "is this really the end of the world?"

Subsequently, it helps to put things into perspective. It can be so easy to get caught up in the worries and woes of life that sometimes it's just necessary to take a breath and remember what really matters.

Completely immerse yourself in things you enjoy. Whether it's jamming to your favourite tune and dancing like no ones watching or hibernating in a hefty duvet fort to binge-watch Netflix in, do what makes you happy and you will soon find your mood elevated.

It's important to always be kind to yourself. Especially if you're feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. So, indulge in that well-deserved pamper session, take yourself out for coffee and cake, as it's important not to wallow in the negativity.

It may sound counter-productive, but don't be afraid to let it all out. Do you ever find yourself feeling like things have been going so good for so long that something bad is just bound to happen? People tend to bottle things up, however, in the long-run, this can be a dangerous and self-destructive tendency. So grab those tissues and have yourself a good cry.

Reaching out to family and friends can help eradicate any niggling feelings of negativity. You'll probably find that they struggle with the same issues you do, granting you some comfort and relief that you're not alone.

Try unplugging from the world and its constant buzz in your ear. Find solace in a good book or practice mindfulness to keep your head in the moment and feet on the ground.

Make a list (because who doesn't love lists?) of everything you're grateful for. This will serve as your physical reminder that the good out-ways the bad. Look at it when you're feeling low and recapture the positivity you felt when writing it.

How do you stay positive?

- Sunday, 5 July 2015 -

Makeup Revolution: Mermaids vs Unicorns Palette

Hello my lovelies! Do you ever just stumble across something and think it was made for you? The name alone is alluring enough but it wasn't until I clapped eyes on the price of the palette that I knew it was meant to be, because retailing at an astonishing £4 is hardly going to break the bank now is it? Usually prone to more natural tones and straying away from anything too eccentric, I decided to bite the bullet and liven up my makeup routine with a more prominent pop of colour.

Slightly wary that the price may comprise the quality of the eyeshadows, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the colours appear very rich and pigmented, rivalling any retail palettes. The mermaid section - as represented by these glittering greens and blues - can be applied for an earthy daytime look, whereas the dreamy purples of the unicorn portion can be used to create a sultry air of mystery for the evening.

Already excited to experiment with this amazing array of colours, I decided to mesh the mermaid section with the unicorn section just to see what kind of crazy combination I could come up with. Although anxious at first that the eyeshadow would clash with my bright hair, I was so happy to find that the colours aren't half as overwhelming as I thought they'd be. Overall, I'm very content with this new addition and can actually see it playing a prominent part in my makeup routine all year round!

- Wednesday, 1 July 2015 -

Recent Reads: Comic Books!

Hello my lovelies! Typically, when you think of comic books, vision of Batman and Spiderman spring to mind, and having not played a prominent part in my childhood, I feel that I'm making up for lost time! This time of year I like to pick out a book or two to get totally lost in, because nothing spells summer like lounging outside in the warmth with a good book in one hand and a crisp drink in the other. However, as I'm busy interning this year with my free time dwindling, I find that comic books act as a nice light read during these mild summer months. 

If you've ever been in a comic book store before, you'll understand how I was practically drowning in choice. But then I saw them, glistening in the back of the store begging to be bought - the absolute awesomeness that is Adventure Time and Bee and Puppycat. Adventure Time follows the antics and adventures (funnily enough) of a boy and his best friend, who just so happens to be a talking dog. Originating as a kids television programme on Cartoon Network, Adventure Time is one of those miraculous shows that after watching just one episode, you can feel your mood instantly elevated.

And then there's Bee and Puppycat, in what started off as a web series soon developed a cult following. Bee personifies the typical woman in her twenties; who is habitually fired from unfulfilling jobs, unsure of her life's purpose - that is until Puppycat comes along. Illustrated primarily in pastel tones, Bee and Puppycat is beautiful to read and watch and you can't help but fall in love with Puppycat's dry humour. 

Both of these shows hold very similar themes, they're colourful, quirky and have got the most lovable characters imaginable. So, if you don't mind embracing your inner child, these comics should be right up your street! I love nothing more than flicking through the pages first thing in the morning and having a good chuckle along with my cornflakes. Luckily for me (as I've already binged on all episodes of both shows), the comic books detail new and exclusive storylines that manage to sate my appetite. 

Do you read comic books?