Friday, 7 July 2017

What I think about instagram pods?

Instagram pods are something that have been around for quite a while now, I've known about them for at least a year and I am currently in 4 or 5. There are 3 which are blogger related (they include all bloggers), one pod that is mixed between bloggers and 'normal' Instagram users and then one has all usual Instagram users in. It's strange to think that something that once got made purely for bloggers, has spread out onto regular Instagram users. Normally, the pods will originate from twitter, someone will put a tweet out and you'll usually leave your Instagram @ in a reply to it and they'll add you in.

If you didn't know what an Instagram pod is, it's basically a group where (someone makes it) you and other people promote their Instagram photos. These originated due to the fact that Instagram updated and changed how everyone's feeds work, they now work where things that 'you want to see/what they think you want to see' are now at the top of your feed and the most popular, compared to how it used to be where the most recent would be at the top. I hate the current algorithm and wish Instagram would fix it but I doubt that's happening anytime soon, I wish it would go back to how it used to be. People tend to get less interaction and engagement from their followers because at the moment, all you tend to see is the same five posts again and again, well.... unless you fancy scrolling like half an hour down your feed to find everyone else's posts.

Anyway, enough of me rambling about what an Instagram pod is and time to explain my views. I like Instagram pods and honestly can't get enough of them because 1) you get to find new and more people that are into the same things you are 2) you get more engagement due to the fact, you like/comment on their posts and they like/comment on yours so more people in the long term will see your photo. The Instagram pods even out the engagement I would normally lose from my other followers which is why I like them so much. As I am saying I like Instagram pods, that's not me saying I want Instagram to stay this way, I would much rather it change back.

So that's what I think about Instagram pods, let me know your thoughts of it down below in the comments!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Is my everyday makeup expensive?

This blog post is something I have seen on a few people's blogs, infact I ended up reading one throughout the week as it ended up on my twitter timeline. I enjoyed it because I enjoy seeing the makeup that other people use on a day to day basis so I thought I would join on the bandwagon and write this post too.

The typical posts that I have seen involve high end makeup products but for me it's a whole opposite story because I only use drugstore. This is down to the fact that I don't justify spending like £40 on an eyeshadow palette or around £50 just for a foundation. In my eyes drugstore makeup can be the same or sometimes better than high-end makeup, I bet some people would find that hard to believe.

Firstly I start with my face so I use a primer which is the miss sporty insta glow primer, I bought this because it's something that Gabriella (velvetgh0st) raved about once and I haven't looked back, it does the job. It is currently on offer at Superdrug for £2.99 however it's normally £3.49. I bought it when Superdrug were having an offer for 3 miss sporty products for £5.

Secondly, I don't wear foundation, that's mainly down to the fact that I could never find a shade that'd match my skin tone. So the next thing I move onto after primer is concealer, for this I used to use the Collection lasting perfection concealer (£4.19 from Superdrug). I used to swear by it, but then I managed to get paler. That's probably down to the fact I bought that concealer when it was summer last year and back then it was talked up about by everyone. I use the Seventeen stay time concealer (£4.49 from Boots) which Eve Bennett recommended (she's a good youtuber go check her out) because this concealer is in extra fair which I love. It doesn't have much coverage to me, I use it for brightening my under eyes. Then to set that I use the Rimmel London stay matte powder in shade 'transparent'. The stay matte powder is £3.99 from Boots.

After that I move onto mascara. Mascara for me is my favourite part of makeup (apart from lip products) but that isn't because I'm great at mascara because I am definitely not. It's because I 'collect' mascara, its the one makeup item that I have so many of, its a habit. I hardly use most of them to be honest. Anyway back to the actual post, I use the benefit roller lash (currently still the sample size until I can justify spending about £19 on a mascara) for both my upper and lower lashes, however I then go over as a second lair with the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (in the waterproof version) (£8.99 from Superdrug) as it makes them more bold. I wouldn't just use the Maybelline mascara alone as it would clump my lashes up like hell.

Next I brush through my eyebrows with a clear gel which is the Rimmel Brow this way (£3.99 Superdrug) mainly because I like to keep them natural. Also (just between you and me) I couldn't fill in my eyebrows right to save my life.

Lastly I would normally (if I was basing this on a day to college or a normal day) use my Maybelline dr rescue lip balm (I think I bought this from Morrisons and was like £4) and that would be it. Though, sometimes I do like to use one of The Body Shops's liquid matte lipsticks (which I highly recommend by the way). The Body Shop's liquid matte lipsticks are £6, however I got all three of mine back before or after Christmas when they had a 20% or 30% off on everything.

That is it, so my everyday set of makeup (which I guess for most people would be the basics or necessities) is £34 (that's with everything rounded up to a full number with no decimals).

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Whats on my iphone 6? (2017)

Today I bring you a what's on my iPhone 6 but in 2017 so call it an updated version instead if you wish.

As my lockscreen I just have this pretty plain and simple image of the solar system? I thought it was nice so that's why. I got it from weheartit (I recommend weheartit for good lockscreen and backgrounds).

On my first page, I just have the basic apps so messages, calendar, photos, camera, videos, iTunes store, app store, facetime, settings, then I have that folder called 'extras' where it just has all the boring apps that no one really uses. I could've deleted them but knowing me, I would've probably deleted them then needed them and having no idea on how to get them back. Then I also have notes, home and weather. Then down at the bottom I have phone, safari, mail and Spotify. I have Spotify at the bottom purely for the reason because I prefer that to apple music.

Here we have my second page, I have them all (apart from the three social apps) in folders because I like my phone to have some sort of structure to it, it keeps everything organised.
In my first folder I just have it as the 'shopping' apps which in my case are just starbucks and unidays. I'm not sure why I have the starbucks app on my phone as I don't really go to starbucks, however I love their drinks. The only thing about starbucks that I aren't a fan of has to be the price, definitely. Then I love unidays because who doesn't love discounts off their favourite shops??save money then buy more??am I right?

This folder is for my 'games', other words, it's for the games that I use when I either a) get so bored that I cant even online shop b) I am on a long car drive. Either way they're so good to use and play. I have 8 ball pool (its really addictive ok?), 100 pics (again so addictive, a friend introduced me, I blame her) and word streak. I came across word streak while watching someone else's 'what's on my iPhone'.

In this folder I have the apps where I like to kind of call them social medias? However they are more of messaging apps. I have followers+ which I use or at least used to use to check my Instagram so who my unfollowers are and who blocked me, things like that. There is kik which I use just to talk to one person, I have gmail which I prefer over the actual mail app hence the reason it is there, I have weheartit which I use for inspiration and for my lockscreens/backgrounds and then last but not least in the folder I have WhatsApp, I am new to using WhatsApp but I use it because of the blogger group chat.

In this folder, I simply have apps I use for editing my Instagram photos which are pic collage, picsart, vsco, facetune, pinterest (I don't use this to edit of course but it is in this folder as it has photos) and aviary. I use pic collage for the odd time when I need to do a collage. I use picsart to flip a photo as that is the only app I have found that does that. I used to use vsco a lot for my Instagram 1) to see how my Instagram feed would look (before they spaced out all the photos) and 2) to edit them but now I don't really use vsco a lot, however other people swear by it. I use facetune for whitening white backgrounds, pinterest to search for diys and just general inspiration. Then I use aviary for editing my actual Instagram photos, it's brilliant.

Next, this folder is labelled as the question mark because it has everything in it where I don't really have another place for them, I class them as 'random' apps. I have two countdown apps, okay don't judge me, I know what you're thinking. I have two because one I have for birthdays of people and the other purely for my actual celebrations and events/holidays. I have wattpad which is good for reading little stories on, that other people write (some people on there could actually have their own book, they're that good of writers) and I have bitmoji, I downloaded this because I wanted my bitmoji for snapchat. Nothing much to say about bitmoji to be honest. I have jobtoday, I saw this app on a commercial on tv, it sounded interesting, I wanted to apply quick and easy for jobs?There isn't much to say. Then last but not least in that folder I have StumbleUpon, I saw this from someone elses blog post or a tweet down my twitter, I haven't really used it but I downloaded it because it sounded interesting. It basically sums up certain posts on the internet for you, for example: makeup or fashion.

The last folder I have is this one, I use this folder for music related apps so in here I just have soundcloud, which I hardly use, I just have this because there are actually good remixes of songs on there if you find them (I haven't yet.. oops) and also in that folder I have the capital app because I prefer the capital app over the website.

Then the last three apps I have on that second page are my three main and most used social media apps. These are Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

I hope you enjoyed this little nosey into my phone, quite frankly reading and watching 'what's on my iphone' blog posts and videos is one of my favourite things.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Top three netflix series you need to start!

Hello, sorry for not posting since the beginning of last month, one of my new year goals was to post more frequently on a weekly basis but that hasn't been going to plan.. all due to my fault. This is purely down to the fact that I am behind on college work so at the moment, I seem to be getting myself so stressed, when I really shouldn't. Anyway enough rambling, time to start this actual post.

The reason why I told you that little reason in the above is because it kind of links into why I have been having so much spare time to de-stress. One of the ways I love to de-stress is by watching tv, whether this is Netflix series (which is the most often one I'm guilty of), movies or even just tv reality series. All of it helps me to relax and simmer down. In a way this has helped me because I have watched and started so many Netflix series, which has inspired this post.

1) Gossip Girl
I only started this quite recently, maybe at the beginning of January or it might've been midway? But whenever it was, gossip girl had me hooked. It's not like pretty little liars where you have to watch like the first season to get addicted, its more of an instant thing. This is because the plot lines start right away from when you first watch. However I haven't finished this yet but I'm more than halfway, I am at season four and there are six seasons. Due to the fact I was hooked, I was binge watching it pretty much everyday, some weekends it had me staying up till about 4am, crazy right? Now I have slowed down on watching it because I don't want it to end so fast.

2) Pretty little liars (pll)
This is another tv series that I ended up being obsessed with. I was late to join on the bangwagon though as I only ended up starting this at the beginning of 2016..possibly? I can't fully remember because I have watched too many Netflix series to keep track. I finished this within two months as there are seven seasons. Pretty Little Liars is a well hyped about Netflix series so I doubt I need to tell you a summary or description.

3) Scream (the tv series)
Scream isn't a tv series for the faint hearted, it has some disturbing scenes within some episodes down to the fact of the way the characters end up dying (based on scream the movie). When someone first mentioned this to me I thought they meant scream as in the movie.. I never knew there was scream the tv series? Until I came across it, that was probably due to it only had one season when I first saw it. Now it only has two seasons at the minute and they don't think there will be a season three.. well at least not on Netflix, which I have to say I am gutted about.

So there we have it, my top three Netflix series that you need to start watching, trust me you'll get hooked to them, that's a promise.

Monday, 2 January 2017


Lets be that classic blogger and talk about my new years goals/resolutions because who doesn't love a post rambling on about them?
I would do them in categories but because there are only like one or a couple in each category, it'd be a bit pointless and I think it would just look better numbered so here we go.

1) Get the apprenticeship of my choice (accountant)
Okay this probably sounds quite simple for some people but it, in some ways is like getting a job. You have to go through most of the same steps in order to get that apprenticeship, especially the one I am looking to apply for.

2) Travel and experience a bit more
I love change, I love visiting new places and seeing new scenes. However I don't travel much due to not having a job or an apprenticeship but after july, i'm hoping to maybe go down to London because that's one place i've always wanted to visit. I visited once in year 6 but because it was a school trip, we had strict places to go like a tour and I kind of took it for granted but this time I wouldn't.

3) Stick with blogging
Throughout last year I was on and off with blogging because I just didn't have the time or I was stuck with writers block. This year it is going to change, this year it will be different, this year I will stick to blogging.

4) Achieve 5000 page views on my blog
At the minute I am nearly at 2500 page views so if I achieve my above goal for this year then there is a big chance I will achieve 5000.

5) Nap less, sleep more
This is something I really need to improve because at the moment, I tend to be having one-two hour naps throughout the day but then when it comes to night, I am wide awake. Oh I do wonder why.

So there are my 2017 goals, hopefully through one way or another I will achieve these.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Top 5 christmas movies

1) The Grinch
I love this movie because its a classic, how the Grinch tries to ruin Christmas but no matter what, the who's have a backup and doesn't let the Grinch ruin their Christmas. Talk about Christmas spirit! At the end he sees that he should celebrate Christmas and everything works out in his favour. That's the reason I love this film because it all changes and in a way its one of those 'happily ever after' movies.

2) Polar Express
This movie is one that most people haven't seen (well the people who I've talked to anyway) and I really don't know why! It is such a great christmas movie, people just tend to overlook it which is disappointing. It's about this boy who doesn't believe in santa but when he is ready to go to sleep, his room starts shaking and outside his house. Behold is a magical train which takes him to north pole, but with this journey comes some new friends and some decisions. I just adore everything about this film because it takes in the true meaning of christmas.

3) Elf
Here we have the one film everyone thinks about when someone says 'christmas movie', the one movie where the gifs become relatable and the one film where it's truly magical. All taken place between New York and the North Pole, there's one elf who doesn't fit in so he goes on a trip to New York to find out who his dad doesn't all go as planned but works out in the end. It's crazy how most christmas movies tend to work out as planned in the end, real crazy.

4) All of the home alone movies
All of them.. yes, you read that correctly. I love them all even the one where it isn't Macaulay Culkin playing the little boy, that one was a strange one for me to watch because of that reason but I have learned to love it as much as the other ones. Most of the home alone movies happen where kevin either gets left home alone...hence the title or he will somehow end up in a different location to where his family is. It's truly iconic when you hear the mum scream kevin!

5) Fred Claus
This Christmas movie is a new one for me this year as I only ended up watching it this year. This year, fred claus was that one Christmas movie that was on repeat constantly on sky, talk about annoying. However that is how I learned to love it so.. Its starts off where the boy (fred) becomes a big brother when he is young, he gets overlooked and gets no attention with being the oldest. This grows in him to hate everything about Christmas until the one day when he ends up needing help and his younger brother (who is saint Nicholas) ends up being the one who saves the day, hooray! The bond between them changes as he, once again is taken on a journey to the North Pole. Again, one of those Christmas movies that magically works out in everyone's favour.

I could go on and on with more of my favourite Christmas movies but they are my top five and I hope you enjoyed this post and hope you had a good Christmas.

Monday, 21 November 2016


Today I bring you my top five autumn/winter fashion staples because we are soon moving into winter and it just happens to be cold 24/7 in England, oh how I hate the English weather. So because of that reason I thought it would be a good idea to do this post as I get to share with you my favourite fashion items to brave you for this horrible weather.

1) My first is my scarf. Since I got this scarf, I have happened to wear it quite a lot because its black and white so it goes with everything + it is just so warm and cosy. It was only £4?!?! From Primark.

2) Secondly is my black pompom hat. Again this is from primark because they seem to be stepping it up a notch for winter, I love it. This hat is great for when you have to go out in the rain or at night but it happens to be freezing. The hat was £4 as it has fur inside too.

3) My coat, my saviour. This coat is perfect for them cold days because 1) its black so again it goes with everything.. but thinking of it now..i didn't realise everything in this is black.. oops. Also it has an actual hood compared to them padded coats where it tends to be the fold in hood and lastly it has fur inside.. what's not to love about fur that doesn't shred?!?! The only downside to this coat is that the outside of it does get fur easily onto it, e.g: dog fur. This coat is from H&M and was £30 or £40.

4) Fourthly is my cozy leggings.. once again from primark.. not really a shock there. Their winter range is just too good this year. These leggings are so warm, if you don't already know then the reason they're called 'cozy leggings' is because they have a fur lining inside. I like wearing these by themselves with my knee high boots or under jeans for them snow days. These were £6.

5) Last but not least are my knee high boots. They are so nice just to throw on with any outfit because suddenly.. it looks like you've spent ages on your outfit when in reality it was a five minute decision. These have a low heel as I wanted them for casual and everyday use. I also love these boots because they have the tie up behind the leg, some other over the knee boots tend to not have the string so they end up falling down but these don't. These were a sort of  'treat yourself' splurge as they were £40 from missguided.