Getting back into beauty

Birmingham literature festival took place in October, bringing with it the opportunity to hear from Caitlin Moran, Sali Hughes and Lauren Laverne – so naturally I jumped at the chance.

Going along to see these women in conversation with each other, I fully expected to come out fangirling (as always) over how incredible they are. And I did. But something else I came out with was much less expected – the decision that I was going to get back into beauty and makeup.

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I don’t have much time for social media anymore and it’s both a good thing and a bad thing

Life update: I moved to Birmingham last month to start a new job.

Accepting the new job meant packing up my things, moving further away from my hometown of Hull than I have ever been, and leaving my best friends and boyfriend behind.

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Shock announcement: Couples don’t have to do everything together

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend went on holiday to Mexico. He was gone for two and half weeks, staying in hostels along the coast before finishing off – the jammy shit that he is – by getting put in a 5* hotel by the flight company after they cancelled his plane.

I, on the other hand, stayed in England. I worked 9 til 5, Monday to Friday, and spent time with my friends on the weekend.

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In defense of having a routine and sticking to it

I’m opening this post with the biggest oxymoron ever: I am pragmatic at heart. I have always thought in terms of logistics – how I can get things done and what is manageable/unmanageable within a certain time frame.

At an early age, it was deciding when I went to bed (always around 10.30 on a school or work night) and what time I got dressed on weekends (always before 11am unless I’m allowing myself a lazy day). In recent years it’s been deciding what I want to eat for tea, when to schedule my blog posts and when I’m going to go to the gym.

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Skin products that are saving me this winter

Winter is a harsh season for your body. One of the best things you can treat yourself to during the cold whether is a daily/weekly skin routine – morning and evening, pre- and post- makeup. I’m not talking loads of products that all claim to do lots of different things – that’s a) expensive and b) exhausting. Who on earth wants to take 30 minutes out of their day to apply 100 products when they’ve been at work all day?

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