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Charlotte Tibury.. cruelty Free Secret?

So here we are in 2020. There seems to be more consumers than ever becoming more conscious about using cruelty free products. In the past few years I have seen so many influencers and friends move forward and make more of a conscious effort to purchase cruelty free products.

So you can imagine my shock when I saw that Charlotte Tilbury are no longer free. This is a huge step for any brand and I personally am very disappointed that the brand has decided to make this move.

So what does being cruelty free mean? Well the definition of cruelty free is a discussion in itself. I will leave some resources below that explain things a lot better than I ever could but the basic answer is that a brand is cruelty free if it doesn’t test on animals.

Ethical elephant chart: https://ethicalelephant.com/understanding-china-animal-testing-laws/

Logical Harmony video: https://youtu.be/m1yuC76MYdk

List of cruelty free companies: https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/cruelty-free-101/makeup-brands-that-test-on-animals/

Back in 2017 NARS changed their cruelty free status as they decided to sell in mainland China and now Charlotte Tilbury has done the same.

Cruelty free kitty has recently released an article about a loop hole that Charlotte Tilbury have been using over the past year in order to try and keep their cruelty free status(linked below). While claiming they are still cruelty free they have feeling selling their products in China but have done it in, what I believe to be a quite deceptive manner. Basically they’ve been selling to China but only online, which means the products would not need to be tested on animals, However, they do hold inventory in Little B Stores in mainland China. In the stores they let customers try the makeup and they even have people that apply the products to customers faces. If anybody were to have a reaction and raise a complaint about the products they would be tested on animals, in post market testing, which would mean that the brand isn’t cruelty free. Full details are provided in the article by Cruelty Free Kitty

Cruelty free kitty Charlotte Tilbury article: https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/news/charlotte-tilbury-china-cruelty-free/

I can fully understand why brands would want to sell to China. There will be a huge market for makeup and an opportunity to grow the business and make more profit. You can see how it could be a good business move… but is it worth it? Finding loop holes to sell in China. Risking losing their cruelty free status and potentially loyal customers that respected the brand? Are these brands that money focused now? What do you think?

Is being cruelty free important to you and why? Let’s have a discussion

As always.. be kind, be happy and stay true to you

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Love Me Beauty & Phase Zero.. What happened??

For those of you who don’t know, Love Me Beauty used to be a monthly subscription service. The monthly amount that you paid entitled you to 60 credits to use in their monthly edit.If you wanted a rolling month on month subscription it was £13.95 including P&P ( I believe, correct me if I am wrong). I purchased the 6 monthly subscription so I only paid £11.95. On 1st of each month your money was taken and on 2nd of each month they released the new edit. The products ranged from low credit items at 5 or 10 credits per product, up to 120 credits for some of the higher end products. You also had the option to pay a little extra and buy extra credits to get more products or to get that high end product that always sold out fast. They had a limited amount of the more sought after products so you had to get in there first on 2nd of each month to get the better stuff.
I joined in February 2017 and I was very happy with my subscription. We the received am email at the beginning of the year letting all members know if this amazing revamp to Love Me Beauty. We were told that there would no longer be an edit, and that Love Me Beauty were moving in to the world of makeup. The brand they were introduction was called Phase Zero and it was supposed to be a brand that would change my makeup game forever.
If you were an existing member, you would still have your regular payment deducted each month, however this would now be added to a wallet that you could use towards purchasing the new range of products at factory prices. Any new members as of February 2018 would have to sign up for a minimum of 3 months and pay £5 per month for access to the products. The first month they had decided to release all lip products.
Initially I was quite excited, I love makeup and to be able to purchase makeup at factory prices was every makeup lovers dream!!.. but it slowly went down hill for me.
In the first month the products were shipped late and the communication regarding the status of my order was poor. When the products were launched ( after being delayed) I placed my order and received the standard email stating my products would be delivered within 5-7 working days. My order arrived late, however as it was a new launch I kind of expected a few glitches to start with. When i finally received the products I have purchased I was very happy with them.

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I cannot fault these products. both the lip glass and the matte liquid lip applied perfectly and were very comfortable to wear. The member price for each lip product was £3.50 ( RRP £12.00) and for the build your own palette I paid £4.80 ( RRP £10.80).


March rolls around and this month they released their eyeshadows. I had seen a few sneak peaks on their instagram and I was looking forward to receiving them. My first email , again was the standard one that stated my order would arrive within 5-7 working days. WE pass the 7th working day and I contacted Love Me Beauty. I was told that the items were pre-orders and would be shipped on or around 15th of the month. on March 19th I received an email stating my order would arrive within 3-5 working days and it finally arrived on 28th March.

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I did not have 12 shadows to fit inside the palette but when i tried to line 4 of them in a row it was a very tight squeeze and the only just fit if I pushed them in tight. The palette was designed for those shadows to fit in so I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to get them to fit.
For me the eyeshadows were disappointing and this was the reason I cancelled my subscription. The pigmentation on the eyeshadows is actually pretty decent ( on some of them) , however the are very powdery. Velvet was the best from the ones I received and I do still use that shade regularly.
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Another thing that put me off was the pricing of the products. Full price for a lip product was £12.00, eyeshadows were £5.80 and the new liquid eyeshadows are £12.50. This is for a new brand to market ( as far as I know) and personally I feel to come in with those prices is a bit steep, especially when well known brands such as Makeup Geek provide the same eye shadow pan size for £4.95 (unless you buy their foiled shadows). The pigmentation is second to none and they blend like a dream. You can buy them from Beauty Bay and have them delivered to your door next day. I can go in to Superdrug and buy an MUA Velvet Lip Laquer for £3.00 and they are amazing.
When it comes down to it we all want value for money and when I sat down and thought about it, for me, these products were just not worth the money. There are other brands out there that are more well known that provide similar products for the same price or lower and the quality of their products is just that bit better.
Now I have seen so many mixed reviews about these products and I just want to say that these opinions are my own and if you love these products then that’s fab. I just didn’t feel that it was worth the money for me personally. Please don’t heckle me if my opinion differs from yours.

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I would like to know what you guys think?

Are you a fan? Do you Think you get value for money?

As always Be Kind Be Happy and Stay True to You and I will see you all very soon 🙂

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July: latest In Beauty

*First things first, the oh so annoying disclaimer. This post is not sponsored and all opinions expressed in this post are my own. some links are affiliate links, which means I do get a small commission if you choose to make a purchase :)*

Now that the boring stuff is out of the way lets get on to the juicy stuff.

Hello my lovelies. Now that I am back in to the swing of things (mostly) I though I would start sharing my monthly beauty boxes and my faves and fails each month. Hopefully I will keep up to this and I can make it a regular thing as I am enjoying trying so many new products and would love to share this.

First off I just wanted to explain a bit about Latest in Beauty, just incase you don’t already know about it.

Latest in Beauty is a monthly subscription, where you select your own products each month from the range that is available on their website. You can choose between three different types of subscription.

Beauty Novice – 3 Products – £9 per month

Beauty Enthusiast – 6 Products – £15 per month

Beauty Guru – 9 Products – £18 per month.

You can opt to purchase the as a one off but it is slightly more expensive to do this.

Once you have made your choice you then select the 3,6, or 9 products you would like. As you can see this month I WENT IN on the masks with 4 out of the 9 products being some type of mask. Lately I am loving masks, they are doing wonders for my skin and I just love pampering myself once a week.

My products for this month were:

 

They do also have collections with pre-selected products that range from £20- £45. These are great value for money in my eyes and a fab extra little treat or alternative to the monthly subscription as a starter box.

The Products I received in my July Subscription were:

7th Heaven Sock masque

Yesto Cucumbers tissue face mask

Masque bar pore refining Cream face mask and the Green Tea sheet mask.

Kiko Velvet Touch Stick Blush in the shade Hot Pink

Caudalie Vino Perfect Brightening Essence

Burts Bees Natural Lip Gloss in Evening Glow

Evolve Beauty Daily Renew Facial Cream

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Peppermint Clarifying Hydrogel

So far the only products I haven’t yet tried are the two Masque bar masks and the Caudalie Brightening essence.

I am really happy with everything I have tried so far, especially the masks. I will be looking to purchase more. I will be posting individual reviews on the products over the next few weeks. I will also be doing a faves and fails for the month of July.

If it proves popular I will be doing regular faves and fails blog posts. I am trying to post more regularly it is just a a bit difficult to get back in to it when I have been out of sorts for so long. I will be writing an update on everything that has been going on in the next few weeks as well.

 

As always I would love to hear your thoughts on what products you enjoy using, the faves and fails that you have come across.Come and get involved in a discussion..

As always Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You.

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HIT or MISS for the High end products??

So lately I have been a bit of a bad blogger and I haven’t been posting much at all, however I have still been testing out new products, reading books , watching shows and films etc, so I will be writing up all my reviews and posting them over the next few weeks. I don’t know what has gotten in to me the past few months but I have been in a total funk.. I have wanted to blog and start vlogging but the motivation and energy just hasn’t been there, which sucks because I know I won’t grow unless I put the effort in.

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you, my first impressions of some of what I would class as higher end products that I received from Love me Beauty and Latest in Beauty

I will link all the full sized products below in case you are interested, I will link UK and US sites where possible.

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First up we have the Make up forever Ultra HD loose powder. As I said before mine was only a sample so I didn’t get a whole lot of product but it was enough to test out and see what I thought. It applied really well and it definitely set my makeup in place. My makeup lasted all day and looked flawless.

The full size tub retails for £24.50  on Escentual or $36.00 USD directly from the Makeup Forever website. In the full size tub you do only receive 8.5g of product, which I personally think is a very small amount considering the price point.

UK: Escentual.com

US: Makeupforever.com

Personally, I wouldn’t go out and purchase this myself as I do think there are cheaper powders out there such as the RCMA no colour powder that do the job just as well.

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Next up we have the Bare Minerals  BareSkin Serum foundation with SPF20. I got my sample in the colour 

Now this foundation did not agree with my skin at all on the first attempt. It applied very streaky, didn’t blend out properly and left my skin very patchy. I thought maybe it was the fact that I used Nanoblur underneath.  Nanoblur just did not agree with my skin at all so I decided to give the foundation a second try as I had enough left in the tub. 

Second time around I feel that it did apply a little bit better. I do still feel that it may be a bit too liquidy (not a real word) for me.  It looked a bit streaky and didn’t blend as well as my other foundations. I will say that when I did eventually blend it in it sat really nicely on my skin and is definitely buildable.

The Bareskin Serum Foundation retails for £27.00 in the Bare Minerals website and $29.50 on Sephora.

UK: Bareminerals.co.uk

US: Sephora.com

One thing I will say is that Bare Minerals have a 20 different shades to choose from, which I think is amazing because I see so many brands that only have 4/5 shades, which means you have to get two shades and mix them if you want to use that particular brand. Either that, or you walk around with a face that doesn’t match your neck ( which I see so often).

I feel that I may need to try this again with different primers underneath to see what works , if anything as it did work better the second time around. This may be one I have to work with a bit more.

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Now, moving on to Nanoblur. As you can get this from Boots I wouldn’t really class this as high end but you do pay £19.99 for 30ml of product, which is pretty steep in my eyes. Although I guess it would depend on how much quickly you get through the product and how often you have to re-purchase it. It is supposed to give the skin a smoothing effect as if you are air brushed and sits under powder makeup or over the top of your base.

I was quite shocked to find that for the US you can only purchase it on Amazon.com and the price is ridiculously high at $42.70.

UK: Boots.com

US: Amazon.com

In my opinion it is not worth the price because it just didn’t work on me. If you can try before you buy I would higly recommend that as you don’t want to go spending that amount of money unless you know you like the product.  I tried it underneath and over the top of my makeup and it just left my skin feeling sticky .

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Finally we have the Nude ProGenius face Treatment Oil. This is supposed absorb for deep hydration and to smooth the skin. 

Now , it is a good job I was sitting down whilst searching for the full size product because this beast comes in at a whopping £58.00 for 30ml.. Yes.. you read that right! I couldn’t find anywhere where you could buy this in the US but on Sephora you can get other NUDE Skincare products and they currently range from $54.60 (reduced from $78.00) to $61.60 (reduced from $88.00). I don’t know if the Sephora prices are a permanent price or if it is just a sale.

UK: Spacenk.com

US: sephora.com

For me, again, this one was a bit of a fail. I do get really dry skin on my chin and cheeks so they are the only places I put it as I get a very oil T-zone and I don’t need more oil on there but I just found that it didn’t sink in to my skin all that well. It kind of sat on the top for a while and made my skin feel a bit greasy. It left a bit of a greasy residue over the top of my skin. I have never used a face oil before so this is a trial and error situation for me. Maybe Oils in general are not suitable for me or maybe it is just this one. I won’t know unless I try more products but for now this is a no go for me.

I do also feel that the price point for this is epic! and if I do a little bit more research I could probably find a drugstore or lower end product that would give the same results they claim to provide.

Disclaimer: I hate having to put this but I have to say this is not a sponsored post. I bought the subscription boxes these came in and my opinions are my own. I also wanted to say I am not throwing shade at these brands. I am just stating my honest opinions and letting you know how they worked for me and on my skin. 

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If you enjoyed this review please let me know .. 

Leave a comment down below with your favourite skincare and makeup products

As always Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Moringa Oil

** Disclaimer: this product was provided in exchange for an honest review**

I am a member of bloggers required. This is a site where brands and companies reach out to bloggers to help test and promote their products and provide honest reviews.

I saw that they were wanting bloggers to test and review Moringa Oil so I offered to review it.

Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also known as the Drumstick tree. The tree is native to the Himalayan foothills.

Properties

(taken from http://oilhealthbenefits.com/moringa-oil-ben-oil/)

Moringa oil exerts many therapeutic properties because of its unique nutrition.

  • Antioxidant – Ben oil has strong antioxidant capacity. 
  • Anti-inflammatory – The oil reduces inflammation both topically and internally.
  • Anti-aging – The oil provides nutrition to our skin and relieves aging signs.
  • Anti-microbial – It is traditionally used in Sudan to purify water and is shown to reduce bacterial counts. 
  • Disinfectant – can be used to treat wounds.
  • Carrier – It is excellent carrier oil for aromatic compounds.
  • Hepatoprotective – Moringa oil protects the liver from damage. 
  • Emollient – Moringa oil is a great moisturizer for the skin.
  • Preservative – This oil resists rancidity and also used as preservative in certain products.
  • Exfoliant – drives away dead skin cells.
  • Enfleurage – Moringa oil absorbs the aroma of essential oils and other fragrat compounds like herbs, nuts, seeds, spices and chemicals. This makes it the perfect perfume base.

 

There are a number of health benefits of using Moringa oil which can be viewed by clicking on the website link above, however I will only be reviewing it based on the things I have used it for.

1) Skin – I get a lot of dry skin on my knees and my elbows and this is a great moisturiser and I can honestly say that I have not used a better moisturiser. It leaves my skin feeling soft and mosturised but never greasy.

You only need to a small amount of the product and when I say small I mean small and rub it in thoroughly. One pump will do both elbows and knees. 

2)Hair – I have always had dry hair and it has been damaged over time from all the hair dye and bleach I have used over the years. I have tried different products for my hair but none of them seem to work that well especially on my ends. They get really dry and split. I have now been using Moringa oil for a few weeks and I can see a vast improvement in the condition of my hair.

It is shiny without being greasy and I love the way it makes my hair feel. My hair is the healthiest it has ever been. 

I would recommend this product and if you would like to purchase it your yourself you can use my 10% code until the end of March 

Code: MOR10 will get you 10% off.

http://kimb.wikaniko.com/?redirect=moringa-oil-100ml.html

 

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The Blog-aholic Award

So there I was, going about my daily business, reading, writing reviews, networking, chatting to friends, when all of a sudden I get a notification that someone has commented on my blog post. 

*tap, tap , tap, scroll, tap… BOOM* This comment pops up.

You never know who is seeing what content you put out there.  Just because they are not liking and commenting on your posts it doesn’t mean that they are not being read. Thank you Destiny from Reflection of Desi for nominating me. It was a shock but a very nice shock. Guys go check out her blog there is some great content on there.

Thank you to the creator of the award The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy). It is always nice when people take time out to create these awards. That little bit of recognition definitely makes me feel like my blog is reaching people and they are enjoying it so thank you.

What is The Blog-aholic Award?

“The Blog-aholic Award” is an award for bloggers addicted to blogging with creative, ingenious and inspiring posts. They mesmerize their followers with their posts, keep them captivated and riveted to their blog. The Blog-aholic Award is also for bloggers who “Share and Inspire Others!” The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)

Rules

Put the above award logo/image on your blog
List the rules
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page)
Mention the creator The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) of this award and please provide a link or pingback as I [The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) ] would love to meet you!
Write a post to show your award
Share a link to your best post(s)
Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself
Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Thank the nominator and mention the creator

Soooo… I think my favourite post to date has to be my first ever COLLAB: Break the Stigma . It was lovely to get to know a bit more about the people I have been in blogger chats with and interacted with on Twitter. It was also really interesting to see how other people coped, and their tips for helping others. If you haven’t read it go check it out 🙂 It is long but stick with it I promise it is worth it.

3 Interesting (or not so interesting) and Different Facts about me 

1. When I first moved to Huddersfield for uni I had the same nightmare every night for the first two/three weeks I lived in the student house. It started with me sitting in the lecture theatre and about half way through we would get locked in and we couldn’t leave. I would wake up in my dream and it felt like I was awake. So weird

2. When I was younger I wanted to be a vet until I was you have to get A’s in science to even be in with a chance to get that stage.. needless to say.. that Dream fizzled out quickly.

3. I used to do Gynastics between the ages of 6 and 11 ( ish) I also used to do rhythmics (with the ribbons) 

My Nominees

I love reading through the daily posts I receive from these lovely bloggers. 

I love books and reading the reviews these lovelies post introduce me to a never ending list of books I am adding to my TBR

Megan – Book Slayer Reads

Heather – The sassy Book Geek 

Kate – Bibliophile Book Club

Chelsea – The Suspense is Thrilling Me

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Looking forward to finding out a bit more about the people I follow 

Be Kind, Be Happy, Stay True to You 

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LIEBSTER AWARD WINNER COMING THROUGH

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Well it looks as thought 2017 is starting off with a bang.. The lovely Demi bees has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Click her name to go check out her wonderful blog.

Receiving these just makes me smile because although they are not physical awards they are recognition all the same. People who have read my content and enjoyed it enough to think ” yeah i’ll nominate her for this award I think she deserves it.”

Sooo…what is this Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award has it’s roots within the German blogger scene (Liebster means “dearest”, “favorite” in German) and is a way to recognise new bloggers for their achievements and efforts. A Liebster Award Nomination functions as well as support, it’s aimed to connect bloggers, helps to build a network and most important  it can help you to find new interesting blogs.

It works under the “pass it on” principle, similar to a chain letter but in nice and not annoying. When a blogger receives a Liebster Award nomination, they will nominates some fellow bloggers, who will then nominate some bloggers  and so on and so forth.

Besides getting the chance to introduce yourself to your fellow bloggers, you get as well the possibility to share some fun facts about you that are not in the about us section . A center piece of the Liebster Award is to answer 11 Questions, share some random 11 facts and to ask 11 Questions to the Bloggers you nominate.

If you are nominated you must follow these rules:
  1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask them 11 questions.
  5. Let them know that you have nominated them.

11 Facts about me:

Not really sure these are all that interesting but here goes

  1. I did Gymnastics from the age of 6 until i was about 11
  2. I am mixed race (don’t look it)
  3. I used to do street dance and performed at Halifax Gala (where I live)
  4. My natural hair colour is blonde.. not that i’ve seen my natural colour for years haha !
  5. I taught myself how to do acrylic nails.
  6. When I was younger I wanted to be a vet.
  7. I have one amazing sister who I look up to so much.
  8. I am 30 this year on 16th October (scary)
  9. I only started blogging in October but I love it 
  10. I have only recently started opening up more about my problems I have with mental health and feeling comfortable enough to deal with it.
  11. Until I moved out I had never lived in a house without pets.

I was asked:

What is your biggest goal for 2017?

I want to focus on growing my blog and connecting with publishers and brands for the reviews I do.

Are you a reader? If so, what is your favorite genre?

Oh my gosh this one is so hard. I love Fantasy , crime, Thrillers, horrors, at the moment though I am really enjoy dystopian Fantasy .

Quick pick: Sun, Moon or Stars?

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What inspires you to write on your blog the most?

Different things. Sometimes for a review its the feeling that i loved the book or film so much i just need to share it. With the more personal things about mental health and my weightloss journey, what inspires me is the fact that I now feel like i can share things and put it out there without feeling nervous or self conscious. I held my creativity back so long in case i got hate but why should I stop what I want to do for haters that mean nothing to me.

If you could be any celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?

I have honestly never thought about this.. errm..probably Adele because I would get to sing with that voice!!!!! amazing 

If your life were a sitcom, who would play you?

Rebel Wilson haha because I love her. She is so funny and pretty. And shes plus size.

What cartoon character would best describe your personality?

Haha errm. I don’t know about this one. 

What is your favorite season and why?

Autumn probably, because I love the golden colours. Normally its cold but not too cold.

What is your favorite dish?

My sisters home made lasagne all day!!!!

Tell us your ultimate dream vacation.

Anywhere with my family!! .. sounds cheesy but its true

Describe the perfect outfit for a night on the town.

For me haha its leggings some flat black boots and a sparkly top.. simple girl I know..

 

I Nominate:

Okay so they aren’t all new bloggers but they are new to me and I loves really enjoy reading their contact so here goes.

Mike

Stacey

Lauren

Jennifer

Jemma

James

Louise

London Damsel

Ryan

Amy

Kay

GO GO GO .. follow them on twitter and go check out their blogs. their links are all in their bios.

My 11 Questions

  1. Where are you from? and how old are you ?
  2. What made you decide to start blogging?
  3. What inspires you to blog about the topics you do?
  4. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
  5. Favourite Food/meal?
  6. Goals for 2017.. and beyooooond?
  7. What is your favourite thing to do and why?
  8. If you could meet any 5 people (not necessarily celebs. Who would it be and why?
  9. What would you main tip be for new bloggers?
  10. Is blogging just a hobby for you or would you like to make a career from it?
  11. If you could have any animal as a pet, domestic or wild what would it be.

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Beauty is not just on the outside..

Hey Guys.. so. I have just started up a YouTube Channel and have posted a few videos. A lot of YouTubers.. well people in general like they can only go on camera or out in the world with a face full of makeup. And whilst that definitely boosts confidence and I would never knock anyone for doing it I do prefer to focus on what is inside.

If you are a regular reader you will know that I suffer from depression and anxiety and I have done for over 10 years. This has caused a lot of problems with how I perceive myself and how I interact with others. I hope that sharing my thoughts and opinions with you guys will get the word out there that it is okay to NOT be okay. Don’t hide yourself for anyone. Always stay true to who you are because you may make others happy but you will hurt yourself in the long run.

For so long I have wanted to do a blog and share my thoughts and feelings but I didn’t because I was worried about receiving negative feedback. I am a very loud and creative person by nature so having to restrict myself was counter-productive when I was trying to get better.

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So guys.. I know this is a sensitive subject and you may not feel comfortable sharing your stories, however if you would like to share please contact me on here or through any of my social media.

I am trying to get a few people together to share their stories and how they cope with any mental health issues.

As always , stay true to yourselves, be kind and most of all be happy.

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