I stopped eating meat when I was around 13, but over the years I’ve got into some really bad habits. My family aren’t vegetarian so I didn’t learn to cook vegetarian meals from anyone and instead I’ve pretty much just substituted meat from ‘normal’ meals with Linda McCartney sausages, potato and lots of dairy.
It’s had a negative impact on my weight, skin and general eating habits but over the past year I’ve made lots of improvements and began cooking more. In recent months I’ve started cooking vegetarian meals from scratch and have gotten completely obsessed with it, I love learning how to do new things in the kitchen.
I thought it would be good to document my culinary adventures here. The old me would totally have created a new blog for this purpose but sticking to my new -blog- year’s resolution I’m going to ignore the fact this doesn’t fit with my usual content and post it here occasionally *rocks back and forth*.
I have an ever-increasing number of cacti and succulents dotted around the house and garden but am really not green fingered. I attempted to plant some flowers in a border outside our house this year and fried them by covering them in water during the heatwave. Needless to say, I haven’t attempted vegetables yet but my husband -still not used to calling him that- does every year and I’m always happy to help with some quality control.
I’m one of those irritating British people who winge that it’s always wet and we don’t get a Summer, then complain non stop about the heat when we get it. I’m realising there’s definitely a reason I love cold countries and that whilst 35° is all well and good on holiday in a villa with aircon, it’s not so great when you’re trying to work and not look like Monica in that Friends scene, every damn day.
I’m more than partial to gleaming highlight and dewy foundation but at the moment I’m reaching for any mattifying product I can get my hands on.
Having seen this featured on the blogs a fair bit of late, I decided to check it out when passing the NYX counter which is strategically located on my route through town making impulse purchases difficult to resist.
After reading Alison Elle’s post about a drugstore event she visited, I had my eye on the new Makeup Revolution palettes she photographed and decided to give one a try.
I ordered one of the Ultra palettes with the gorgeous marbling, in Hot Spice.
So straight after my 1 year of blogging post where I state I’m going to write about anything I feel like from any topic … Here’s another post about lipstick. What can I say? I have a bit of an addiction and there are a further 5 I’ve bought recently which need their own moment on here.
If you are curious about my stance on the brand itself, I shared my feelings about Kylie Cosmetics in a separate post. I will be reviewing this product purely on it’s own merit, but would suggest reading the other post first to get a bit of background.
There’s been a lot of controversy about this shade, with customers reporting their bottles arrived half empty and that it was a particularly disappointing product for them. I’m happy to say mine arrived completely full and TL;DR I quite like it.
Today marks 1 year of blogging and I’ve been reflecting about the past year. I’m a perfectionist and pretty private person who overthinks everything. I’ve seen a lot of posts from other bloggers about their goals for the year and they usually involve their stats, maybe going to events or posting regularly but for me, I only had one; To not delete my blog.
I’m nearly 30 and more at peace with my idiosyncrasies than ever before but there’s no denying the way I think can make things like blogging and social media tricky. If I feel like something is outdated, or not as good as it could be I don’t like to have it around. That combined with feeling exposed or being ridiculously critical of myself means I’ve deleted and remade my social accounts more times than I can even remember.
A year later and despite feeling the urge on many occasions, I’ve not deleted my blog. I’ve struggled with seeing it as a progressive thing which I improve over time, wanted to completely start over and lived through the awkward feeling of ‘real life’ people finding it, but as time has passed it’s become a hobby I enjoy too much to part with.
My overactive mind isn’t content though and now my blog is firmly here to stay, my new challenge is trying not to overthink what I’m writing about.
I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I got back from my honeymoon and wedding in Iceland. I normally get over my post-holiday blues by looking at my photos but this time it was different. Getting married was so intense I spent the week which followed in a bit of a blur. After everyone left to go back to the UK I felt a strange sadness, as it meant our wedding day was over, but it did feel exciting to be embarking on our first adventure together as husband and wife.
Antipodes are a brand I discovered through blogging. I was sent one of their serums and face masks to review which opened my eyes to organic skincare products. Prior to trying these I had a preconception that natural products wouldn’t be as effective, so was pleasantly surprised that after a month of using the Worship serum I noticed improvements to my skin, although I put some of that down in part to the fact I was using a serum at all.
Whilst I’ve since incorporated serums into my daily skincare routine (hello Pure HA Serum) at that time after trailing the product for my blog I stopped using the Worship serum on a regular basis. It’s fair to say that whilst I liked the products I had tried, I didn’t see Antipodes and natural products generally for contenders against some of my not-so-natural skincare favourites.
Well I’m willing to admit that I was totally wrong; One of my all time favourite products, Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm, ran out three months ago and I haven’t replaced it yet. Instead I’ve been using only Antipodes cleansers and my skin has been the best it’s been in a year.
So I’ve finally managed to get my hands on one of Kylie Jenner’s notorious liquid lipsticks and will be reviewing it soon. As I started my review I realised a lot of what I have to say is about the brand rather than the product and so I decided to split it out -hello new blog feature- and discuss the brand separately.
I’ll add here that I don’t hate Kylie Jenner or the Kardashians, I’ve seen every episode of KUWTK and still watch repeats. I’m stating this so it’s clear i’m not coming at this from the perspective of hating the Kardashian empire but I’m also not a crazed fangirl.
I’m just a girl with questionable tv tastes, £25 down, reflecting on my experience.