Monday, 31 March 2014

No Bake Oreo Easter Bunny Treats

Here's something a little different to my fashion & beauty posts. Another hobby of mine is baking so I thought I'd show you how to do these cute little treats for Easter! You can watch the short tutorial I've made on how to make them in the video below. 

What you will need;
1 pack of Oreos
300g of milk cooking chocolate
300g of white cooking chocolate
Mini marshamallows


Sunday, 16 March 2014

How Blogging Has Improved My Life.

I thought I would do a more personal and inspiring post, I haven't really done a post like this before but I'll try and do my best!
Blogging has really helped me in many different aspects in life, I never really realised it would.

When I was younger I really struggled with reading and writing, I learnt these skills later than the average child due to hearing issues. Because I was slightly rushed in the learning process, I never really got to enjoy it, nor learn it as thoroughly. So as you can imagine, I wasn't the best when it came to English at school or in written exams. When I started to blog, I finally found a way to enjoy writing and reading and in the long run my skills have improved, they still aren't amazing, I'm far from becoming the next J.K Rowling or Shakespeare but writing essays has become easier towards the end of A-levels and at university, as well as my writing in my blog posts.

Getting into university, a job and work experience
Now, I'm not saying that blogging alone has got me into university, a job and work experience, I have worked my arse off at sixth form and do a lot of other things outside of blogging, but it has definitely helped!
If you have your own blog or youtube channel where you express your passions, I think it is so important to have that on your CV or in your personal statement when applying for university, as long as it is relevant. For example, I'm doing Fashion Communication & Promotion at university so my blog linked highly with the course, I got a job over last summer at Boots so again it is linked highly and the work experience I've just got with Umberto Giannini is also linked with it. They were all so interested to look at it and loved the fact I have such a passion for fashion and beauty.
I think it makes you stand out from those who may do nothing outside of the workplace/university or nothing at all. Of course there are other things that will make you stand out aside from blogging, for instance amazing grades, already completed university or other extra courses and I'm sure there is more.

Using Design Software
Before blogging, having a youtube channel and A-level Graphics, I had no idea how to use iMovie/Windows Movie Maker or Photoshop. Blogging and making videos gave me the opportunity to try out these programmes- playing around with these has helped me to grasp the basics and that's all I really needed for my content.
When it came to using it at A-level and university I was already a step up because I already knew the basics. It really helped to boost my confidence in my work because I was scared I would be awful compared to those who did an art foundation year. Obviously I still had a lot to learn and have become much more swift at using Photoshop and other programmes since university as I have to use it for so much in every project I do. I still just stick to the basics on iMovie because that's all I need to know so far and I don't really use it other than my youtube channel.

When I was younger I was a victim of bullying, it was only a few years ago that it really started to fade away, I was very quiet and reserved but had so much I wanted to say and do, that's when I found the youtube world where I started expressing my passion for makeup.
I was about 15 when I started you-tubing and I loved doing fun looks, then came along lovely comments from people- never tonnes but enough to boost my confidence. Over the summer a few years ago I gained the courage to sell jewellery which I advertised through my videos, having people actually want to buy the stuff I created was amazing! Then I discovered blogging and I wanted to give that a try, again I got lovely positive feedback from people and it made me so happy; it still does.

If I hadn't started youtube or blogging, I honestly don't know where I'd be today or who I'd be today. I'm so glad that I'm not a shy little girl that gets bullied anymore.
I'm now a grown woman who stands her ground at those who hate because I know I have more confidence than I did and all the support I need from friends, family and fellow bloggers.
I reach for my dreams and through the help of this world of blogging it has pushed and helped me further and has got me to where I want to be and will hopefully help me with where I want to go in the future. I get to express my creative side and passions outside of university projects and my day-to-day life.

Now, I'm not telling you that you all have to go start blogging to get where you want or become who you want to be, there are plenty of other ways, but if you're wanting to start a blog, I say go for it! There is nothing to lose and I know there are so many of you out there who are afraid to start one out. Yes, it may not be perfect in the beginning, but everything takes time. It has taken me 4 years!
I hope you like this post, and I hope it has helped some of you that needed a boost to get started.

How has blogging helped you in life? Did you want to start a blog but haven't and now think you will?
Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

My Nail Polish Collection & Storage

So as you can see, I have a little obsession with nail polishes. For Christmas I finally got some nice super organised storage for them all, before they were all just shoved in a old perfume gift box. 
I managed to fit 83 bottles in this rack, but thats a mix of full size and miniatures. The rack fits roughly 70 full size bottles. Its clear acrylic and is pretty sturdy, it doesn't feel like it would break easily. 

You can buy this rack from here for £19.99 on ebay. 

I've organised mine in brands, but I've thought about changing it into colours but because of different brand bottle shapes I may not be able to fit them all on.
In order from the top of the rack to the bottom I have Barry M, Illamasqua, Deborah Lippmann, Miss Sporty, Collection 2000, Maybelline, Models Own, Butter London, Topshop, Essie, No7, Nails Inc, Kiko, Rimmel and Ciate. There are also a few random nail art ones in there but I don't know what brands they are from. 
Out of all of those my favourites have to be Topshop, Essie and Ciate as they seem to stay on without chipping for the longest and are well pigmented so you only need about 2 layers to have it fully opaque on your nails.

How do you store your nail polishes? What are your favourite nail polish brands?
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