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I Ain’t Pageant Material – Why I Gave up on Modelling

I was the youngest model out of about 30 girls and although I never felt intimidated, it was the bitchiest experience ever. The stylists were taken to one area and the models were sent backstage. We were given instructions and then left to chat amongst ourselves. Some of the girls were so lovely, but a sharp divide occurred between the girls off the streets and the professional models. One girl kept saying “this is a mess, back when I did Fashion Week…” to the extent I wanted to ask her if she’d walked the catwalk at Fashion Week. Another one brought up her very expensive boob job with a top surgeon. The pro models formed a tight clique, and loudly began picking apart the other girls.… Read More I Ain’t Pageant Material – Why I Gave up on Modelling

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An Open Letter to Cosmopolitan Magazine…

You may or may not have read the recent article in Cosmopolitan magazine, written by Sarah Ashcroft, in which she speaks about her blogging beginnings and how she’s made it. She also comments that there’s no room for other bloggers, and that it’s ridiculous how many people have a blog now. You might not have read the follow up piece, in which a Cosmo writer defends the piece and scolds the blogging world. I’ve wanted to write this open letter for a while, to calmly put the point of the real blogging community across.… Read More An Open Letter to Cosmopolitan Magazine…

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“Women are More Attractive to Men Without Makeup” – An Open Response

In the world of everyday sexism, mansplaining and women being permanently told they don’t need feminism because we already have the ability to drive, vote and get a job, I’m certainly not the only person in the world to be given a blatantly sexist comment and been forced to bite my tongue, take a step back and few deep breaths whilst figuring out how best to handle a situation. But today, sadly, I realised I may have to shut down my pointless beauty blog because it was all about exploitation, money, and was making me look less attractive to men…… Read More “Women are More Attractive to Men Without Makeup” – An Open Response

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Things You Should Know Before Going Self Hosted

Self hosted may sound like a simple enough concept, and it’s often a step towards something else. After four months of blogging, I decided that going self hosted was preferable to using a paid WordPress plan so dove right in and set up my blog on a self hosted platform. But it wasn’t easy, and it hasn’t been easy since doing it. Quite a few people have asked me questions about it, so I’ve decided to get the FAQs out in this post, for anyone that is thinking about going self hosted.… Read More Things You Should Know Before Going Self Hosted

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Brands and Bots – What’s the Deal?

A few weeks back, having reviewed a small brand with a great ethos and wonderful audience, I was followed by another start-up British brand. Having liked the look of their products, I gave them a follow, and then I ordered a few and waited patiently for them to arrive. All I received was an order confirmation, nothing else. No estimated shipping time, no invoice, nothing. I put it down to the brand being small and thought little of it. When the products took almost 2 weeks to arrive, I was anxious. The products, thankfully, were good, but the packaging was a little confusing. I decided to check the website to see if their was any advice on how to work the packaging. Not knowing the website, I quickly went through Instagram and noticed something suspicious; their following had grown exponentially, from around 2000 to over 9000 followers in the 2 weeks since I’d ordered, despite very little new content. Checking their following list, I noticed I’d been mysteriously unfollowed.… Read More Brands and Bots – What’s the Deal?

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Science and Beauty: Can We Really Have the Best of Both Worlds?

Because honestly, who the hell cares that I run a beauty blog whilst studying? I am a marine biologist at heart – it’s my first passion and my favourite thing in the world. I’ve put more effort into getting my degree than I have anything else in the world. Last week, I was stood in a freezing cold rock pool, digging around for periwinkles at 8am for a practical, and yes, I was wearing makeup. The only time I won’t wear makeup is when I’m diving, because what’s the point? If I want to be wearing makeup and have cat-eye flicks on my eyelids whilst I’m doing my degree or in any future career, and I want to write about it for a hobby, is that honestly a problem?… Read More Science and Beauty: Can We Really Have the Best of Both Worlds?

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I’m on Bloglovin’

Follow my blog with Bloglovin March has been a great month for me so far in blogging terms; despite it being only my third month in the blogosphere, I have surpassed 300 views on my blog (small, I know, but it made me happy!), and got myself featured on the official Birchbox blog for my… Read More I’m on Bloglovin’

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Get to know me tag

I’m really new to blogging, so trying to find my feet and gather a few followers has been fun so far. Having seen the get to know me tag floating around, I thought it would be fun to do. I used to love doing these things back in the days of Bebo, so it was nostalgic more than anything. So, here is my 25 get to know me questions and answers:… Read More Get to know me tag