Matchy Matchy

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I've been really into dressing the 'matchy matchy' way lately. I love coordinating similar tones or in some cases the exact same tone. It's a simple hack to look both put together, and yet not like you tried too hard. I've took some pictures from my Tumblr page as inspiration on how to tone like a pro. 

5 Things... That Have Made Me Smile

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It's so easy to overlook the things that make you smile, as it's always the things that get you down which take up so much attention. I should do these "5 Things" posts more often as they help me to stay positive. Here's 5 things that have made me smile over the last few weeks.

Park Guell Barcelona
Park Guell - Barcelona

1) Being Busy. This might sound strange but I'm so thankful to be busy and juggling many projects at the same time.

2) Bacon. Just cause.

3) When the Sun finally makes an appearance after days of rain! The best!

4) My house/room after I've been cleaning, organising and just generally sorting my life out.

5) Meeting new people who are genuinely really nice!

What has been making you smile lately?

The Anti-Advice Post

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What I love the most about blogging is the ability to open up a new post page and just allow yourself to type away. Type what you're feeling, what you're loving or even what you're disliking right now. To have a space online which is truly yours is amazing and makes for so much unique content. I fell in love with blogging years ago and started my own just over a year ago now for this reason alone. I read so many blogs about a range of topics and each had their own distinctive qualities.

Lately, I've noticed a shift in blogging. With blogs now becoming gargantuan empires this has led to others trying to emulate their style. Their style of writing, photography and even opinions. A desire to appeal to the masses some blogs have completely lost their unique selling point. Going hand in hand with this are the 'advice posts'. The 'how to increase your traffic' or 'how to increase your SEO' posts. Advice posts which don't really offer any advice seem to be everywhere at the moment. There's nothing wrong with sharing advice, in fact some can be extremely helpful. The problem comes when too much advice is consumed. If you become too focused in doing things the 'right' way or the way some successful blogger is doing it, you get tunnel vision. Which leads to less experimentation with writing styles, blog topics and even photography. And who knows, that may be where you truly find your passion.

When I started blogging I was a bored graduate who wrote about the trials and tribulations of being another 18-24 statistic. Those are the posts that I am most proud of and my favourite to write because they were from my heart. Lately I don't know when but I seemed to have lost my blogging mojo. Whether it was to do with the lack of motivation. Or the advice posts being thrown my way about how I'm obviously doing it wrong because I don't have thousands of followers by now. I mistakenly took some this 'advice' aboard and I have to say I wasn't happy with the content. I was scared to do it the 'wrong' way. Now, here's my 'anti-advice' I urge you to do it your way. Write the way you want, about stuff that makes you happy. I may be a little old fashioned but I believe your blog should be personal to you, your own journey and that's what makes blogs so enticing to read. So don't be so strict on yourself or keep your blog too structured, find your own voice and enjoy the ride. Come on and step out of your comfort zone, the waters fine over here.

April Favourites 2015

April and March have been very busy months for me. A lot has changed and all of which I will update you on with a blog post. There have been a few new products which I have been testing and loving lately.

April Favourites
April Favourites 2015

First of which is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I  raved about this earlier in month and rightly so as I've still been reaching for it every day. Most morning I'm in a rush and always favour a few extra moments in bed than waking up early to do ma face. This product has dramatic results with only a few strokes of the mascara wand. A brilliant budget buy that I would definitely purchase again.

At the start of April I found myself with a Hydraluron shaped hole in my life. After using up every last drop of Hydraluron I was looking to try something new and a little more purse friendly. I opted for the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Care Serum. Even though the serum doesn't contain the "cleanest" ingredients it still includes hyaluronic acid which is proven to infuse lasting moisture. The gel like consistency absorbs quickly even on my combination skin. It helps keep my skin hydrated all day and doesn't make me look oily throughout the day.

The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has been my best friend this month. It covers my dark circles and blemishes extremely well. Better than any other concealer I have tried. When I need to look super awake and basically alive again, this is the one I reach for.

I've been more and more conscious about the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners for a while now. Since removing SLS from shampoos my scalp has been much healthier. One of the brands I favour is OGX, their products not only smell amazing but are very effective. I love using the Kukui conditioner as it leaves my hair lightweight, and with no residue. My hair does not feel coated in product (yuk) but still manageable. OGX are affordable and well worth investigating if you're thinking of cutting out SLS.

What has been the highlight of your month?
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