Tag: youtuber

2019.. The year of changes?

Wow.. So.. Looking back at my last posts is so strange! I have been offline and out of the blogging community for a good while. There are a number of reasons for this, and they also link in with some of the changes that are coming for my vlog over the next year.
One of the things I struggled with was my time management. This was heavily affected by my mental health struggles and I just lost all motivation and creativity.
Another reason I took a step back is because I was struggling to find where I fit in. I love beauty and makeup, but I also loved books,. Films and TV. Doing reviews on what I had read and seen was something I really enjoyed, however, it did feel strange putting everything all on one blog…. But on the other hand.. My following wasn’t really bug enough to split them…. I hit a wall…do I write about beauty? Mental health? Reviews? Can they all fit on one blog or would I have to sacrifice.writing about one of the things I enjoyed.
I qualified as a Makeup Artist at the end of 2017 but I felt like I still wasn’t good enough to compete in the world of beauty.. Especially when I’m also a plus size lady. I am still not 100% confident in myself so at the moment i just do makeup lives, YouTube Videos and Pictures for Instagram.


So for 2019 my aims are:

  • Practice more self care ( using headspace )
  • Focus more on spending my spare time with my family and friends doing things I enjoy
  • Take better care of myself and eat healthier and start working out again
  • Spend more time on my Blog and YouTube Channel

I have made these my aims or goals for 2019 rather than naming then New years Resolutions as I feel that New Years Resolutions are a bit of a fad and these changes are things I want to implement permanently in to my life going forward.
I will hopefully still be doing my good old fashioned rambling reviews but I will also be focusing more on beauty as well.
I hope you enjoy the newer content and i’m hoping it will encourage different people to read my blog.

What are your 2019 goals?

As always.. and this will never change.. Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You!

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.

edf
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.

IMG_20180505_202316
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.
1525548898495.jpg
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.

the-end

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 🙂

x

heart

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.

cropped-picture1.png

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.

x

heart

BOOK REVIEW: Poker Kingdom: The Smile of the Harlequin

veronica

Title: Poker Kingdom: The smile of the Harlequin

Author: Veronica Cervilla

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status:  Volume 1

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages:  (Kindle Version) 151 Pages

I was provided with a copy in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

The Blurb

The kingdom of Poker was the place chosen by the gods to shelter the four elements -Air, Fire, Water and Earth- that made up the universe, on which the natural balance depends. Thus, the protection of each element was assigned to a Guardian from each one of the Domains of the kingdom: Hearts, Clubs, Spades and Diamonds.

The continuous conflicts arisen from the attempts to take over the elements sunk the kingdom into the strictest government under the Council supervision. Poker remained in a masked peace for a long time until an incident in the Confines, a place for criminals and other who dared to break the rules, will threaten the balance of the universe and the future of the kingdom. Atenea, the warrior leader of the army of Spades, will be the one in charge to prevent the chaos from spreading along the Domains as she is forced to face her own past demons and question her loyalty to the kingdom and its rules.

summary

Right Okay so I know this is becoming a thing right now but seriously I do not seem to be coming across any books recently (bar one) that haven’t been great.

To start with, there is magic… yes I am an adult.. but who doesn’t love delving in to a book filled with magic to take you away from the stress of everyday adult life?

I love how the book is written. Veronica takes you a journey, introducing you slowly to each character. The way she provides details about each character is an art form. Just enough to keep you interested, but not too much that it bores you and you start to skip pages just to find out what happens.

You don’t find out who the four guardians are right from the start, which i think is pure genius. It kept me guessing. At one point I thought I knew who one was and then it turned out to be someone else and it was a nice little sneaky twist.

The Smile of the Harlequin is full of magic, mystery, suspense, betrayal, a little bit of love…..potentially (love that it isn’t all about the love), friendship, honour, demons from the past, good and evil. Everything you want in a book to keep you on your toes. I was actually genuinely gutted when it came to an end and it left it on a bit of a “What happens next” situation.. and the next book is not out yet!!

I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is my favourite character is Atenea.. Read it and let me know if you agree.

Just in case you didn’t guess already . I give this a 5 out of 5.

cartoonbookwormcartoonbookwormcartoonbookwormcartoonbookwormcartoonbookworm

cropped-picture1.png

If you would like to get your copy of this amazing book (which I would recommend doing. Please just click the icon below

 Please let me know what you think if you decide to read it 🙂

x

heart

Soooo I made my first YouTube Video…

Okay so I am pretty excited but also very nervous. I can only use my phone at the moment and I was a bit mumbly at times but I am looking forward to doing more videos.

I will be uploading videos on beauty products i review as well as all my book reviews. I amy add some others about shows and films but I will mostly be focusing on books and beauty for now. I would really appreciate your feedback guys and gals.

If you like my video give it a thumbs up and subscribe please 🙂

cropped-picture1.png

The world is full of wonders to explore.. why not help each other along the way.

x

heart