What I Learnt in a Year of No Selfies…

This is an unusual anniversary to celebrate, today it’s been a whole year since I posted a selfie to my personal social media. Yes, I’ve still be in photos, but none of my usual posy, look at how fabulous my make up and colourful hair is type of post that I was so regularly sharing. So, why have I been selfie free for a year and what did I learn? Here’s some musings from me sin selfie.

Blue in Wonderland with Flowers Edit

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An Honest Beauty Regime by an Ex-Beauty Blogger

It’s been about two years now since it became clear that I was definitely no longer a beauty blogger and I haven’t even posted a selfie since October 2016. I never wanted to fit neatly into one blog category, beauty was just something that I got so involved with that meant it only seemed natural to focus on it for a period of time. In fact, in reality, I never really wanted to be a blogger, funny how things pan out.

Now I’m no longer working exclusively with beauty brands in my personal or professional life, things are different and a lot has changed, I’m also re-learning who I am as being a beauty blogger became such a huge part of my identity and it wasn’t healthy for me personally. I don’t attend blogger events anymore and I don’t receive endless supplies of free products, things in my beauty world have changed a lot! I do still love beauty, but my priorities and circumstances have changed. I’ve had a complete overhaul of my regime as I can no longer afford to buy some of the luxury products I was accustomed to trying for free and I have so much make-up now that I don’t feel like spending my precious spare income on yet more make-up, when I’ve got much bigger plans in my head and other things give me more joy these days than a new lipstick.

Blue in Wonderland with Flowers Edit

Illustrated self portrait in the style of Alice in Wonderland. 

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Embracing Basic Beauty…

I’m not talking about natural beauty here as that would be a cliche. I wanted to talk about basic beauty. Being OK with yourself without any make-up or artificial enhancements and how you don’t have to spend a fortune on complicated products to be able to treat and improve your natural beauty from the comfort of your own home. I’ve been interested in the use of natural remedies and ingredients for a long time. My Mum’s a keen gardener and her green fingers have transferred to me now that we finally have space for a few plants on our balcony. I’ve worked with natural beauty brands a lot over my career as well, I love seeing how brands take inspiration and proper performance products from nature. It’s basic beauty, something we should all learn to embrace a little more often. Oh! And I’ve spent today doing some little watercolour illustrations to go alongside this, because I need to practise my art more often.

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My recipe for basic beauty, illustrated by me in pen and watercolour paint.

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Reading Between The Lines…

Today I’ve been thinking about how much we take for granted and how things aren’t always as they seem. I think it’s something we all need to think about a bit more, so I’m going to chat about that for a bit alongside some motivational illustrations from Instagram artists that I dig, because we all need a little more art in our lives too. I painted an acrylic portrait this week, the second I’ve done in 10 years, even though it was something that I always adored doing at college and school. Why do we stop doing things that make us happy when we “grow up”? Anyway, life is complicated and we need to all learn to read between the lines more often.

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Fund Dreams not Greed…

I’ve been a supporter of independent brands, designers and artisans since the the start of this blog and longer. My grandparents were potato farmers and running your own business runs in the family through many generations on both sides. So it’s only natural that I have an interest in small businesses and the stories behind brands. I guess that’s how I ended up doing what I do, helping make other people’s brands awesome for a living and hopefully one day, I’ll have my own brand bigger than what I’ve already done.

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Photo from one of my fave cartoon series, Cartoon Network’s We Are Bear Bears in their episode, Tote Life. You should totes check it out. 

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