I’ve been rather absent lately, I lost motivation to blog honestly… I loved reading everyone else’s blogs and I had more than enough plans for blog posts. I just haven’t been wanting to write them. I’ve been trying to learn how to enjoy life and actually have fun! In the past year, I’ve been too serious and too anxious… Life became monotonous and dull and I was really losing motivation to do things! So I decided to take a break, take a step back and re-evaluate. Let me share with you how things have changed:
Something has been bothering me for a while, so this morning I decided to take a break from essay writing and general studying to sit down and vent all of my issues out to you guys. You can agree or disagree with me, this is not a piece where I’m telling you what to believe. There are – as there always is – two sides to the argument.
Recently British YouTubers have come into the spotlight (well, one specific group of them). Tayna Burr has her eyelash line along with the lip gloss and nail polish line she previously released. Zoella has recently released her beauty line along with the book which has prompted this post. Alfie (also known as Pointless Blog) has also released a book previously…just to name a few.
Now yes, Bubzbeauty has her makeup brush line, Michelle Phan has her makeup brand and in case you weren’t aware Weylie has just released a line of phone cases. And we can’t forget Blogilates mass of merchandise in here. I have no issue with Michelle Phan, Bubz, Weylie or Blogilates… because they seem to be genuinely interested in the products they’re creating. Bubz still ships all her brushes herself, Michelle Phan genuinely knows her makeup! And the same goes for Blogilates, anyone who does her program seems to become healthier and it actually works.
Why I’m not on Zoella’s side…
However, Zoella on the other hand… she has already been in the spotlight for being a bad role model and after reading the comments on the video uploaded last night (on Alfie’s gaming channel), all of Zoella’s younger fans were supporting her. Now in principle, this is perfectly fine, however, think about what she’s done.
Zoe Sugg has ‘written’ a book. In other words, she came up with a few characters and a storyline and told someone else to write it. Last night her fans were explaining that of course, she needs help writing it because it’s her first novel. They were under the impression that writing a fact file and a vague storyline is writing a book. Now, of course, I’m just speculating a lot of this (and why this is labelled as an opinion piece).
Last night she decided to ‘quit’ the Internet. Would an innocent person who believed she had done nothing wrong do this? No of course not, she’d stand her ground and explain herself. At the end of the day, Zoe Sugg has released a book just before Christmas to exploit the British public. Her audience is young teenage girls who will all ask for the book as a Christmas present. What kind of role model is that? (Check out this article on the Independent)
It only takes a simple look at her blog (can we just appreciate the amount of advertising she’s stuck all over it?) and her channel which is apparently beauty related. Compare this to the Amelia/Lily Pebbles/Anna/Estee group and then tell me which group actually still cares about their audience. Both groups blog and youtube full time and yet one group only want to exploit their audience.
But this is not an attack against Zoe Sugg…
As much as this seems to be an attack on Zoella, she seems like a perfectly nice girl who’s lost her way. Honestly, I think she needs a long time off to refresh and sort out her priorities. I’m not going to comment on Tayna Burr – I personally don’t like her, so I’m going to avoid discussing that area!
But Zoe seems like a girl with a blog who became famous and is now ruined. The British press took her, threw her around for a bit and then spit her out… and left her in this mess.
Dear Zoe, take some time off. Mature a little, change up the content and go back to creating content rather than counting figures.
I feel as though her life just consists of sitting counting views and subscribers… that’s not entirely her fault. But at the end of the day, she’s a grown woman and needs to take responsibility for her actions.
One of my favourite articles published is this one here from the Independent.
Something you might not have considered?
Now it’s time for a slightly different angle. It’s reached a point now where 90% of you will know what K-pop is – probably through PSY? Well, I’m a K-pop fan, I have been for almost 10 years now… and seeing how quickly Zoella has become famous, made a huge stack of cash and then decided to exploit her fans… does draw parallels with the Korean music world. But not from the stars. The musicians make almost no money there. The companies take all the cash (for a piece that’s currently in the news, take a look at BAP vs. TS Entertainment).
Although this isn’t exactly the same, after watching Korean idols almost work to death – or unfortunately to their death quite literally, in the case of Ladies Code. Seeing Zoella just running around, I’m not even going to go into the fact that she screams panic attacks every time anything in life gets hard… it does hurt.
In my mind, Zoella has now just decided to make as much cash as possible now. Then probably a couple of years down the line, quit the Internet permanently and enjoy her stack of cash. That’s the state of the British Youtubers. The ones who have forgotten their roots. Who honestly doesn’t seem to care about the community or their audience and just leave everything for the money.
They’ve sold out, they’ve gone too far now and the British press is going to have great fun with Zoe. So watch out for the others… everyone is watching you all now and any slip up will be documented!
This exactly why we have to be so careful when putting ourselves on the Internet. Whether you’re reading this as a new blogger, a successful blogger, or just someone who uses social media sites. Be careful and remember to always be honest and true to yourself.
Have a lovely day and you’re welcome to post any comments below, remember the usual rules apply! Be polite and no hate comments.
It’s officially the autumn and I sit here and get far too excited over the pretty autumnal colours… but the one thing I hate about this half of the year is the weather. The colder weather causes our skin to become drier and crack so my skincare routine is all about introducing more moisture. I always find that the transitional seasons (Spring and Autumn) require more work due to the change!
I’ve split my skincare routine up…as when you’re first looking at it, it seems as though I have hundreds of products here. Truth is, I don’t currently use a toner or serum so this is actually a rather small routine which is very minimal in the mornings for when I have very little time!
Morning Skincare Routine
I follow this with Argan Oil. Now I actually use this mainly for my hair, but I use a small amount of product to pat on my face just as a double moisturiser/serum combo. I find this works great and reduces my products down, plus this is a travel sized bottle so it’s a great small multi-use product.
Finally, I finish off with the Skin Repair Light Moisturiser from Liz Earle. This was one of my first ever moisturisers and after shopping around for years, I’ve decided to go back and stick with Liz Earle. Over the summer I had some horrible reactions to products I was trying and so I’ve gone back to natural basic products on the moisturiser front.
My morning routine stays pretty basic. I feel that if I overload my face with products in the morning, my skin is more likely to become oily and my makeup is less likely to stay. And so this is the basic routine I can survive on.
Evening Skincare Routine
Firstly, I have to take off all my makeup for the day, for this I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water again on a cotton pad, usually one cotton pad is enough for my daily makeup and that will usually take 98% of my makeup off.
The first step covered makeup removal cleansing but not cleansing for the skin itself. I’ve been following the Korean cleansing technique of double cleansing. The first set of cleansing is for makeup removal and then after go in with a foaming or cleansing balm to actually get deep into the skin and cleanse all of the pores thoroughly. For this, I use a Collagen Foaming Cleanser from Etude House. This is great for tightening up the skin but keeping it hydrated at the same time.
At this point, I’d usually either apply the cleanser with my cleansing brush from PoreBrush.com or use my exfoliating pad to do a soft gentle exfoliation whilst cleansing. This also works the cleanser into the skin more.
After that, I use a thicker moisturiser than during the day. I usually apply a couple of layers of the Simple Kind To Skin Rich Moisturiser. I feel this is far to thick for day use, but it’s great to apply and pat in then add an extra layer or two. I try to almost saturate my skin, to create a sleeping pack effect.
To follow with the moisture theme, I move onto elbows. This seems like a strange jump…but whilst the moisturiser is soaking into my skin, I sort out my dry elbows! I bought this Planet Spa Elbow and Foot cream as the two places I’m most likely to find cracked skin is my elbows or feet. This is a really thick cream and I’ll usually just apply to the elbows but if I apply it to my feet then I’d put socks on as well to make sure it stayed there!
Finally, I tackle any blemishes and large pores with the awesome Witch Blemish Gel which is my all-round magic cream and I use this to tackle basically any problem areas. This is a wonderful product for sensitive skin and I haven’t broken out at all from it.
I also have a section for weekly or twice a week products. Face masks, scrubs and body moisturisers make an appearance in this section! At the moment I’m loving My Beauty Diary sheet masks and I just use these whenever I feel as though I need one! This St Ives scrub is great to use in the shower so there’s not the hassle of the tiny grains getting everywhere. Finally, I use the Body Shop Body Butters as my body moisturiser because they’re non-greasy and just wonderful. They all smell great and have great packaging.
I don’t use a body moisturiser every day simply just due to time. If I had more time then, of course, I would, but I just use this one whenever I have a moment free to use it honestly.
So that’s my entire routine! I feel as though this is pretty miniature and controlled at the moment, however, I’m sure it’ll increase as the season carries on! I’m off to introduce a good serum into the routine and when we head into winter, I’ll reintroduce a toner (I’m thinking of the Etude House Wonder Pore Toner, if anyone has any opinions on it that would be very useful!)
I adore Autumn. I particularly love autumnal colours; the browns, wine and berry reds and forest greens. All of my favourite colours are autumnal shades and therefore I’d love to share some autumn picks with you all. I’m doing 4 edits: Makeup, Skincare, Clothing and Nails. Throughout this season I’ll share all four categories with you, I’m undecided as to whether to do this for every season, however, I’ll definitely be doing a Skincare Edit every season as I am a bit of a skincare junkie!
Without a doubt, my favourite part of autumn makeup is the red. My favourite red is actually a colour from last year, MUA’s Matte Lipstick in Wild Berry is a wonderful deep plum red-purple. The bullet has a rather intimidating colour however it actually applies really sheer in comparison to the first impression. I find it genuinely wearable and it smells lovely. MUA lipsticks are only £1 each and therefore are an amazing everyday option to throw in your bag…and eventually find it later!
I’ve also been loving Scarlet Siren, another MUA Matte, which is an intense bright Hollywood red. It is definitely not one of my daytime colours. It’s beautiful but definitely to be used with a subtle outfit otherwise I do feel like it’s very easy to go over the top with this colour.
Finally, I’ve been loving MAC’s Lady Bug. It’s currently my only MAC lipstick and it my perfect… My lips but… Redder shade? It’s great for those statement lip days when you’d love the lips to be the focal point of your outfit.
As an interesting change of colour, my transitional shade for the season is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Rendezvous (is the name long enough??) It’s a beautiful orange colour and as the name suggests, it’s a balm/stain combo and is great to apply without a mirror because it’s so light and easy.
I love to layer all three of these lipsticks over the Tony Moly Tony Tint, then even if it rubs off there’s still a colour on my lip!
Over the top, I love to stick on a red-tinted lip balm just to add to the colour. My favourite at the moment if the strawberry scented lip balm from The Body Shop.
|(Left-to-right: MAC’s Lady Bug, MUA’s Wild Berry and Revlon’s Rendezvous)|
I do realise there are an awful lot of lip products here and not much else… I’ve actually been skipping out on eye makeup quite often! Sometimes I’ve been just curling my lashes and nothing else. I rub my eyes often when I’m tired and being back at university is definitely tiring so I’ve been trying to avoid the “Oops, I rubbed my eyes with makeup on” panda-eye look!