It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?
I’ve tried so, so many times to sit down and explain where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing and why I’ve completely and utterly neglected this little space of the internet for a while, but every time I try I feel as though I’ve forgotten how to form sentences and give up (which, incidentally, is exactly why I took a break). Bloggers blog very quickly turned into an nasty fear of blogging – we moved house and I’ve really only now focused on working out where the hell I’m going to take my photos – I broke my laptop and now have a cute little desktop in our new living room that will be turning into bloggers corner, and I’ve still totally been using “for the blog” as an excuse to pick up new products. The main problem was that I just couldn’t seem to get a post to turn out right.
I got some new interests and suddenly felt as though I’ve lost my place in the blogging world. Suddenly I didn’t want to make every post about my latest favourite lipstick – I want to tell you guys how I managed to squat 50kg and didn’t wet myself or vomit. I want to talk about my training and my diet and how fast my body was changing, whilst also obsessing over lipsticks and delicious food. And then I got hit with a particularly nasty bout of psoriasis which literally covered my body from my cheeks way down to my bellybutton, which meant no make up and no gym. I still have marks that won’t fade from it and my skin is only just re-adjusting to make up, so I’ve not really been testing many new things for fear my skin will kick off again. I was so disheartened that I fell completely out of love with the gym before I’d even been going for 3 months, and even though I missed it horribly, it’s a love I’m only just rekindling now.
I’m not here to talk about why I stopped though, because I’m finding the list gets longer every time I sit down to write this, and it’s time I had a bit of a mental slap and just got on with it, damnit.
So, in the spirit of being primarily a beauty blog, I’m gonna ramble about some products that I’ve literally not stopped using recently.
- The Body Shop Moisture Foundation SPF 15: I do believe this contains beeswax meaning it’s not a suitable vegan option, but this has been literally the only foundation I own that has managed to handle my dry patches as the psoriasis cleared. It’s a lightweight, mid coverage foundation that does very little for days when my face decided to grow a twin, but it corrects the worst of my redness and leaves my face with a nice dewy glow – which I’ve been learning to appreciate as someone who usually favours a very matte base.
- Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks: If you’ve followed me for any length of time (and props if you’re still with me at this point) you might have seen this post about the original few shades I picked up from the Matte Me collection. I’m equally, if not more in love with the new shade range as I was the first lot. I grabbed the shades Bittersweet, Velvet Slipper and Vino Tinto because h e l l o look at them – they’re pretty much all I’ve been wearing for the last couple of weeks, and dare I say that Bittersweet is proving tough competition for Birthday Suit as my new daily shade.
- Barry M Sunset Nail Polish In Do You Pink I’m Sexy?: This is hardly a new product but it literally hasn’t left my nails in about a month – I’ve turned into a very pink person of late and I love the gentle blush of this shade. My main reason for being in love is the hardiness of these polishes – I love Barry M but I find some shades a bit hit and miss when it comes to chipping at work – a problem I’ve never had with this shade. I will say after about a week the whole polish seems to just peel off but I work with a lot of weird chemicals and don’t particularly look after my hands, which probably has some effects.
- Makeup Revolution Blush Goddess Palette: Just before my birthday I had a terrible accident with my Milani Baked Blush (Luminoso will always have my heart), and managed to shatter the entire thing when it dawned on me I only possessed one other blush in my life. One. For real. I’m not a huge blush person – I have naturally very flushed cheeks (much to my despair) and adding more colour to them just seems like a silly idea. It did occur to me that it might be worth picking up a new daily shade. I’d been lusting after a couple of the blush palettes from MR before, but it was the highlighters in this palette that won me round. Every pan in this palette is super pigmented, with a fairly massive amount of product setting me back a mere £6. I’m dubious as to whether or not MR are super vegan friendly – they have so many products being released left and right that finding a decent vegan list has been damn near impossible, and they’re rarely okay to confirm where their ingredients come from – so bare this in mind if you’re looking for a vegan option with them.
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: For my birthday this year I finally treated myself to the one mascara I’ve been lusting after for what seems like forever. Replacing my mascara with a cruelty free and vegan option has been a challenge – I find I love a mascara for while and then fall totally out of love with it, or find it just stops working for me once it starts to thicken up. No more, I said, and fell straight into Debenhams, wafting my credit card all over the Too Faced counter. This is everything I could hope for and a little more – I love the brush because it doesn’t claw my eyes out, and I appreciate a good thick formula in my mascaras. It does run a risk of putting a little too much on sometimes, but this is easily avoided and I’m left with volumised, lengthy lashes that I’ve always wanted. I find that particularly if I curl my lashes, this holds a curl really well and keeps my lashes lifted (and therefore looking like I haven’t just fell out of bed), which is something I can really appreciate.
I have individual posts planned for all of these products, or else we’d be here for a really long time, so expect some better reviews in the next couple of weeks from me on those.
In the meantime, thanks for baring with me, and also thank you to all of the really lovely birthday messages on Twitter from those of you who have stuck it out. They made me do all kinds of mushy feels, and made me miss you all loads.
I’ll be seeing you soon!