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A look at my Kindle library

Growing up, I only really read during the summer holidays. Being forced to read a huge pile of novels for school every year meant that for the most part, reading was more of a chore than a pleasure. University wasn't much better; having studied languages, politics and literature wrapped up into one meant that I had more reading than I could manage most of the time, so again reading for the fun of it was pushed into the background.

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3 products to make your life that bit easier

I like a good shortcut - who doesn’t? Present me with a handy hack or a time-efficient tool and I will absorb it into my lifestyle quicker than you can sputter the words ‘lazy bugger’. As a lover of both technology and efficiency alike, I’ve managed to find a few products that have been working hard to make my life infinitely better, and I thought I’d share some of those with you lot today (and you say I never treat you!!)

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Bamboozled by 'lip toppers'

A few weeks back the metallic/glittery lip trend caught my eye and since then I've made it a personal mission of sorts to get my hands on everything shiny (magpie alert!) Whilst on my search, the same two terms kept coming up: lip topper and lip top coat, and I thought to myself "ah, like a holo nail top coat or something, how genius - why hasn't anyone thought of this before?" But they have. They're called lip glosses.

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What's in my 'blogging box'?

Creating the perfect photo is an art in itself, before you even pick up the camera or launch photoshop. Amongst the other hundreds of roles that a blogger takes on when creating their personal brand, art direction is a skill that develops over time through experimentation and constant pushing of your limits to see just how far you can take certain concepts.

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Non-beauty favourites: June 2017

June has been ALL about Melodrama by Lorde for me. In an age where we can pick and choose individual songs to our heart’s content, I preordered her WHOLE album. I think this is the first time I’ve ever done this - I loved Pure Heroine and the pre-released singles from Melodrama so much that I blindly offered up my money, and boy, did Lorde deliver. I can just tell that I’ll be playing Melodrama for years to come.

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2 Minute Review: Jeffree Star Skin Frost in Princess Cut

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, Jeffree Star is known for his bright and bold personality that is perfectly personified in his OTT cosmetics line. Never one to be dull, his Skin Frost highlighter collection is like nothing currently on the market, but as I’m not quite as brave as I like to think I am when it comes to makeup, I chose one of the more subtle shades, Princess Cut, as an introduction to the wacky world that is JS. 

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On being an introverted blogger

Blogging was initially thought to be the ultimate introverted activity; a virtual diary in which to share personal thoughts on a plethora of topics - whatever tickled your fancy really. It was this way for a fair amount of time, long before the takeover of the beauty blogger, but soon enough social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram started to take off and what was once an introvert’s hobby soon transformed into an industry that very heavily depends on being loud and proud, for lack of a better phrase.

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MAC palette of the mo'

As with many young adults that grew up with the newly popular YouTube and all of its tantalising makeup collection and tutorial videos, I have far too many MAC eyeshadows for my own good (I blame the likes of JuicyStar07, AllThatGlitters21 and DulceCandy87) Flash forward five or so years and I'm left with three or four palettes full of beautiful eyeshadows who deserve a more loving and caring owner but instead are left to gather dust.

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Time to start again

A few weeks ago I turned 24. My sister suggested that I start working towards a goal, which resulted in my sisters, my mum and I signing up for a 5K race for life event on my birthday in Regents Park. “What a nice way to start a new year,” I thought to myself, and that sparked an idea. I’ve been hoarding posts for a while now with no definite date to release any so I decided to finally give myself a date, and that date is today.

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A dream trip: The Maldives

Just a little photo diary from my time in the Maldives. I was staying at the Constance Halaveli with my family. It was utterly mesmerising, but instead of mumbling on about it, I thought I'd let the photos speak for themselves. If you have any questions, just let me know! 

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3 ways you can use your 'My Little Box' bags

I've always been a bit of a hoarder. Not one of those yoghurt lid collectors that end up drowning in their own filth, but the kind of person that often says to themselves 'I might need that' and adds yet another trinket to their endless pile of bits and bobs. Surprisingly, that means that I have rather a lot of items lying around that may not be all that useful.

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It's been a while...

My, my, my, it's certainly been a while, hasn't it? I'll spare you the boring ramble about how I lost all motivation and inspiration and then Christmas happened and then meh. That's all you need to know - thrilling, non? As I'm growing as a human being my opinions and preferences are changing with me and I've finally figured out that I can no longer blog like I did 5 years ago, it simply doesn't make sense anymore.

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Not worth the hype or the price tag, but still damn pretty

If you’re someone that follows beauty releases, then you’ll know full well that there are quite a few products that tend to be carried away in a sea of excitement and then end up being somewhat overhyped. That by no means mean that they aren’t any good - most of them are still quality products but they don’t necessarily deserve the praise that they may be receiving any more than any other quality product.

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If I got offered a book deal…

As is quite common these days in the vlogging/blogging community, book deals are being handed out left and right to anyone who publishers consider to have a vast enough audience. Estée Lalonde, Zoella, FleurDeForce, Deliciously Ella - I could go on for days listing the latest ‘internet celebrities’ to sign their own deal.

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Recently loving...

By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly Couleur Intense Precision Liner in Gold (£28.60): I never realised how ridiculously expensive this liner is, so boy am I glad that I got it in October's My Little Brooklyn Box. As you'd expect for something at this price point, it glides on effortlessly and really stays put once applied. If it was even £10 cheaper then I'd be interested in buying another shade, but I'm afraid I'm not made of money, ByTerry. 

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M&S - A plus sized girl's saviour

Despite the ever-improving variety of clothing on the market that caters for those who don't necessarily fit the norm, embracing fashion trends as a plus size girl has never been easy. For months I've been scouring all the stores and a good portion of the interweb to find a bralette in a size that would be able to contain a decent portion of my chest area, which granted, is a mighty task in itself.

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So bad it's good

The perfect mascara is so hard to find because both our eyelashes and expectations are individual (huge shocker!) so what gives your lashes such volume that they acquire their own gravitational pull may leave mine looking floppy and extremely underwhelming. Despite this, there have somehow always been clear favourites that stand out from the gazillion offerings on the high street, but this my friends definitely isn't one of them.

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