January – is there a more boring month? There’s no special occasions to think about, the weather is usually something rainy and cold, and you’ve got no money left after Christmas. Probably the last thing you’re thinking about is traveling.
If you’ve read the title of this, I’ll be amazed if you decide to read on. So let me explain. You can thank the lovely Katie at Turn Loose the Swans for giving me the idea to do this post. She asked me what products I use post diving, as she needed some advice as to what products are best to be used after going to the beach. When I’m diving, I’m spending up to 50 minutes under water in salt-water lochs, and to top it off, I’m pulling my hair under a tight, neoprene hood and pressing a secure mask over my face and nose. The little areas of my face left exposed have to endure some pretty cold water. I’m also outside all day in all weather conditions so as far as extremes go, I’m pretty much the pinpoint! It takes a lot to avoid damaging my skin and hair, and so certain products must be used! So, although most of you may not be going to absolute extremes like I do, this may help you to keep your hair and skin in top shape after a full day of sand and seawater!
When I told my ex-flatmate I’d spent my summers as a child in various French towns, and had only been to Paris once, for less than a day, she shook her head and said “But that’s not really the same, is it?”. Her implication? Traveling only counts if your go a far enough distance, do only touristy things, and post filtered shots on Instagram as you do it, leaving others exclaiming their jealousy and scrambling to get enough money to copy your trip. This is however, the same girl who got angry when I went to Edinburgh a few weeks after her and did do touristy things, rather than do as she did and eat in expensive restaurants and get drunk at expensive cocktail bars. Is it really about gaining culture? Or more about one-upping the next person who dares to travel elsewhere?
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?