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Saturday, 30 December 2017

My New Year's Resolutions

2017 has been an interesting year, both in a good and bad way. There have been some incredible moments and some stressful ones too. I guess this is the same for everyone. The reality is, life can be difficult. However, I'm really pleased to say that I'm going into 2018 with a positive attitude. There's a lot to look forward to and I plan on enjoying every moment. 


Each year I set myself goals for the New Year - some rather unrealistic. So therefore, this year I have decided to set 5 targets that I want to reach by 31 December 2018. 
  1. Save more - I'm currently saving for my wedding which is a challenge in itself. However, my plan is to continue to save more than I have been. I need to live within my means and also budget better. 
  2. Reach 3K subscribers on YouTube - I have had a great year on YouTube so far and I am hoping to do even better in 2018. I have created a more consistent filming schedule and I'm determined to stick to it. Keep your fingers crossed and make sure you subscribe to support my channel. 
  3. Have the best wedding ever - I get married in 2018 and I always hear how brides tend to be bridezillas during this process. That's not me at all. The mind-set that I have is to really enjoy the planning of everything. It's one day and then I enter into the next phase of my life which is very exciting and unbelievably scary. I want to have the best wedding. One that both myself and those who are coming will remember.
  4. Take better care of my health - In 2017, I went through a great phase of hitting the gym every week. However, it's so expensive to keep it up. I do really want to be healthy, so my plan is to start walking more. It's a free, I can do this on my lunch break at work and it doesn't interfere with my evenings - which I am going to need for wedding planning. 
  5. Spend more time with my close friends and family - I live quite far away from my friends and family, so in 2018 I need to do more to see them. I don't want to have any regrets when I'm older that I didn't make more of an effort. 
Life can be difficult and some things happen that are out of your control. However, you lead your own life. If you want to make change, don't wait around for things to just happen, you need to be proactive and make your own luck. I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you all. 
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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Boxing Day Glam

It was a known tradition of mine when I was in my early twenties to enjoy a girls night out on Boxing Day. Although my Boxing Day traditions are very different now, my choice of makeup isn't. 

I thought I would share my latest Boxing Day Glam look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette which is super easy to create for any of you makeup beginners. 

Here's how you create this look:
  1. Prime your eyes using either concealer or a general makeup primer (I use the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional primer.)
  2. Base your eye using a light neutral shade. 
  3. Take Saturn or a similar pink/coral shade and blend this into your crease. First apply lightly using a blending brush and deepen this shade further. 
  4. Once you're happy, grab your fix plus and a flat eyeshadow brush and go into Osiris - the gorgeous deep blue shimmer shade. Start patting this onto your eyelid. Once you have your first layer, go back into this shade and apply again. 
  5. Then take your blending brush you used to apply Saturn and blend out any harsh lines between Saturn and Osiris. 
  6. That's the your eyelid done, now you need to take a small flat brush and apply Saturn underneath your lower lashes - ensure you blend this out to create a more smokey appearance. 
  7. Once this is done, grab your favourite mascara - and fake lashes if you want some extra glam - and you're good to go! 
You can always watch my tutorial here if you need some extra guidance! 

I hope you enjoyed creating this look! I would love to see how yours turned out. Make sure you tag me into your looks on Instagram @spruce.news. 

Merry Christmas! 
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Monday, 18 December 2017

Primark Insta Girl Satin Lipsticks


I was completely taken by surprise by how large the beauty section is in Primark. Not just the amount of products you can get but the cheap price tag against them as well. When I saw that Primark launched their own lipstick range I just had to grab a few to review for you. 

I selected the four shades I would wear on a day-to-day basis. 

My initial thoughts were how stunning the packaging was. The simplicity was really quite beautiful. I like the clean look and I think it really works to make these £2.50 lipsticks look more high-end. The shades themselves were really beautiful. 

The shades I purchased were:
  • Like that
  • It Girl
  • Incognito
  • Post this 
When I tried them for the first time, they went on like a dream. Very smooth and silky. They had an almost lip balm texture even though they were very pigmented. Needless to say, I was impressed. 

Application was easy and they looked great on. They also lasted a reasonable amount of time - approximately four hours to be exact.

They are a million times better than the liquid lipsticks. 

Overall, I'm really impressed and would definitely recommend them. Cheap, cheerful and look fabulous on. 

I hope you find this blog useful! You can watch my swatch and review video here
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Paint the town red by Morphe Brushes


It's almost Christmas, which only means one thing for beauty brands... Holiday collections! 
I recently got my hands on the Morphe Brushes limited edition liquid lipstick bundle called 'Paint the town red'. As you all know, I'm a complete sucker for red lipsticks so when I saw these, I just had to have them.  

As a brand, I really like Morphe Brushes. They create good quality products and sell them at extremely affordable prices. I think it's the perfect brand for any beauty lover that's on a budget. 

Postage and packaging
Firstly, how lovely is the new Morphe packaging? It's gone from basic to beautiful. I'm seriously impressed. The packaging is very sleek and classy which makes you feel like you're purchasing from a luxury brand. 

In terms of delivery, it took approximately five days to arrive after I ordered them from the Morphe UK website. This is standard for any brand shipping. They arrived well packaged in a box. I also purchased the holiday palette so I received free shipping.

First impressions
Within this bundle you get three liquid lipsticks which is awesome and for £12 they are an absolute bargain. I found these very easy to apply. They went on very smoothly, I didn't struggle with any patches or dryness. I found that they have quite a creamy smooth texture to them which is very different to many other liquid lipsticks that I own. 

They last around four hours on your lips - that's with eating and drinking. I found that the darker shade was much harder to remove and they do stain your lips. They also slightly bleed out the lines of your lips after a while so if you can find a lip pencil of a similar shade I would definitely use it. 

Overall thoughts
I think they are beautiful. I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. I love each shade and find that they really compliment my skin tone. They are perfect to carry around with you and will look gorgeous all year round - not just the holiday season. 

I would definitely recommend them. 

If you would like to see what they look like on before you consider purchasing them for yourself you can check out my latest video here.  

Quick tips before applying:
  • Exfoliate your lips before using these liquid lipsticks
  • Be sure to apply lip balm to your lips
  • Refrain from using if you have dry lips - they don't look great with cracked lips
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not affiliated with Morphe Brushes. 
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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Primark Insta Finish Liquid Lipsticks


As much as I love to buy luxury beauty products. I also love a bargain when I see one. I recently took a spur of the moment trip into Primark and came across these liquid lipsticks in Primarks rather large beauty section. 

There were a variety  of lipsticks available but I selected the four shades that I thought would suit my skin tone the best. For £2 each, I thought they were a great find. 




My initial thoughts were how pretty they looked. The shades were really stunning and they were definitely colours I would wear. However, when I tried them on, I have to admit they were a little watery. I wasn't a huge fan of the texture and some of them felt quite sticky on my lips. They were also patchy in places and it took maybe two or three coats to cover my lips properly. 

The applicator is a little shoddy and I think it would be better if it wasn't so spatula like. It's hard to stay in the lines and they did bleed outside the lines after a while. They didn't last very long on my lips - around 2 hours max. 

I did find that they weren't very drying on my lips which I think was the only bonus with these as many liquid lipsticks are. 

I think you definitely get what you pay for. For £2, you can't really question the quality, but I don't think I'll be reaching for these any time soon. I would advise trying one out to see whether you like the texture before purchasing any more. 

Personally, I would rather spend an extra £3 and buy a better quality lipstick that I will get more use out of. 

I hope you find this blog useful! You can watch my swatch and review video here
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Burt's Bees Lip Balm

I have loved Burt's Bees for years and have always used their products. Whether that's their lip balms or cleanser. They are definitely up there with my recommended go-to brands for skin care. 

I recently got my hands on the Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean lip balm, which I just needed to share with you all. Before you even consider it, no this isn't a sponsored post - it's genuine adoration for this brand and product! 

I have fell in love with this lip balm - probably a slight exaggeration, but if I could select an emoji to showcase my feelings it would be the face with the heart eyes. 

Not only is it incredibly moisturising, but it also smells divine. I don't know about you, but in the colder seasons my skin and lips become incredibly dry. I tend to go through lip balms very quickly in the winter because I'm so self conscious when it comes to having dry lips - I'm constantly reapplying like a mad woman! 

I wear lipstick pretty much every day. So the combination of the cold weather and a matte lipstick doesn't do my lips any good. 

I have tried a few of their lip balms and none are as good as this one in terms of nourishment and smell (unless you count their limited edition Gingerbread lip balm). 

It also lasts a long time on your lips. I usually reapply every three hours. A little goes a long way and it works great under your lipstick. I would 100% recommend it! 

You can buy it here.
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

How to create the perfect Media/Press Kit for your blog


Every blogger wants to take things to the next level. To do this, you have to be committed and ready to put the effort in present yourself and your blog in the best way.

Are you ready to stand out?

I’m going to be completely transparent with you - it’s not easy. It does take time and effort but in the end when those blog sponsorships deals are coming in, you will think it’s worth it.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make your media pack look awesome. Sometimes less is more, so work with what you've got. The most important aspect of your media pack is the contents. So I wanted to share my top tips on how you can create the perfect media pack for your blog. 

First things first, what is a media kit?
Well, a media kit or a press kit is a document that you create which showcases all of your social stats and details which you want to use to entice brands to work with you. It’s not just your blog analytics; it’s much, much more! You share the best bits about your blog as well as all the great things about you. Personality is key!

What goes into a media/press kit?
  • Image of you (this would be in the introduction section)
  • Your blog logo
  • Introduction – this should introduce you
  • Describe your blog – What’s the theme of your blog?
  • Features list – what categories do you write about? Beauty, fashion, health & well being etc.
  • Statistics – social following and blog stats (followers, clicks per month)
  • Outline of what you’re offering
    • Rates and payment policies – what are you charging and how do you want them to pay you.
    • What you offer in return for their sponsorship – is it product reviews or social promotion etc.
    • If it’s just advertising where will these ads go?
So what now?
Now it's time to promote brand you.

I hope you find this useful! 

Interested in starting a YouTube channel? Check out my latest video here.
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask


There has been SO much hype around this product that I just had to get my hands on it. The thought of a face mask that could rejuvenate my skin leaving me with that to die for glow was necessary! So I began quickly scrolling through their Insta feed – as you do - to see what this cult brand was all about and what results other people were seeing. 

According to the Sand & Sky website, this pink clay mask would not only purify my skin but also help tighten my pores. After reading this, I decided to go ahead and buy it. I was a little surprised at the price tag - £39 for 60ml was a lot of money.  There was a silver lining however. Due to the cost, I got next day delivery so didn’t have to wait long to start using it.

I decided the best day would be a Sunday – everyone loves to Netflix and chill on a Sunday (am I right?) plus I usually have a pamper day on a Sunday to get myself ready for the busy workweek ahead.
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Ordinary Light Coverage Foundation


I have heard so many great things about The Ordinary brand and when I saw that Beauty Bay was selling their foundations, I just had to test them out. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

             
ONE WEEK LATER:
I've used this foundation every day for the last week. As always, I combined it with a variety of different products from concealers to skin finishing powders. I found that the formula was build-able and works very well with my combination skin. 

The shades perfect and I feel it compliments my skin. This lasted around 8 hours on my skin before I noticed any changes to my makeup. It's perfect for those days you just want light coverage to give your skin a little more glow. 

Overall, I'm so happy with this product. You're getting a high quality product at a low price. I have to say I think it's my new favourite foundation. It gives me that natural no makeup makeup look that I rock everyday to work. It evens out my skin tone without leaving me looking oily or shiny.  I would 100% recommend this product! 
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Monday, 9 October 2017

Room 718 - Athens

I've been back from Athens now for over two weeks. I wanted to try and get this up on here as soon as possible because my trip was awesome and I really wanted to share it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked Athens. It's always been somewhere I wanted to travel to but I booked it on a whim to do some travelling with my younger brother Ryan. There are so many incredible things to see in Athens and I thought I would share my experiences with you. 
         
Tuesday 19th September 2017 - 06:00am: Travelling to Athens

We set off from my house around 6am. I live approximately 30 mins away from London Heathrow. Ryan (my younger brother) lives in Birmingham so he travelled to mine the night before. We set off later than we normally would as I didn't want to hang around the airport for too long and neither did Ry. 
Traffic on the motorway was perfectly fine. We got there in plenty of time and went through check in a lot quicker than I thought we would. We practically breezed through. 


We boarded on time and reached Athens 10 minutes early. 


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Monday, 2 October 2017

Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation

I am by no means a drugstore queen. As you already know, my spending habits when it comes to beauty really varies. I'm not 100% in love with any single brand and as a beauty YouTuber and Blogger I tend to try new things quite often. 

Today's beauty delight is the Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation. Have you tried it?

I recently purchased this foundation which I have been testing out for a few weeks now. I find that with a foundation, you can't just use it once and have a good opinion of it. You need a few weeks to trial it because if you're anything like me, my skin changes week to week. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
I like a more natural look. So any foundation that helps me to achieve this is perfect in my opinion. I was slightly apprehensive about this foundation as it's a Matte foundation which can cause some slight issues with my combination skin as some areas of my face get dry quite quickly. However, when I first used this I immediately loved the look. It feels great on and you don't need a lot of product for it to give you that flawless finish. 

It didn't effect my skin in any way - no spots and no dryness. I found that 220 is the perfect shade for me. I purchased this online so I wasn't 100% sure I had selected the right shade. It's a guessing game when trying to select the right tone. 

Price was great. I got this in the sale so it only cost me £5.59.

FOUR WEEKS ON:
I used this foundation every day for the last four weeks. I combined it with a variety of different products - including the fit me concealer which is one of my favourites. I found that due to the matte formula, it helped to balance my skin. I get quite oily in my T-Zone so found that this formula really works well on me. It's easy to apply - I prefer to use a brush rather than a beauty blender as it's quite a thick foundation and the beauty blender doesn't work so well when trying to get an even look. 

You don't need much to get a great finish. I think this may be different depending on your skin tone and whether you suffer from Acne. This lasted over 10 hours on my skin and still looked flawless until I removed it. I wouldn't recommend setting this with a spray. I would suggest using a powder.  

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this product. It's one of the best high-street foundations I've ever used. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone with dry skin. I don't think it would work well and could potentially break you out. 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Subculture


As soon as I saw this palette on Instagram I immediately wanted to get my hands on it. I mean just look at it, it's gorgeous. I made my order on the day it was released and even after all the drama, I feel I made the right decision. I have created a video review of this palette which you can find the link to below, but I also wanted to provide an update and add more detail about my transaction with ABH and my overall thoughts a week on from my review. 

SHIPPING INFO
  • I made my purchase on 25 July 2017 via the ABH UK website
  • It was delivered on 1st August 2017 via UPS 
  • Shipping is free over £25 

THE PRODUCT
  • £42 on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website (You can buy it for £41 on Beauty Bay or CultBeauty)
  • 14 Shades (ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes) these are all extremely pigmented 
    • Roxy - Ultra matte muted coral
    • Electric - Duo chrome lime-gold
    • Fudge - Ultra-matte warm bronze
    • New Wave - Ultra-matte citron orange
    • Untamed - Ultra-matte tarnished green
    • Edge - Ultra-matte gold mustard
    • Rowdy - Ultra-matte blackened purple
    • Axis - Ultra-matte blue-green
    • Mercury - Ultra-matte slate grey
    • All Star - Ultra-matte vintage wine 
    • Adorn - Metallic bronze
    • Destiny - Ultra-matte sage green
    • Dawn - Ultra-matte sand
    • Cube - Duo chrome pink pearl

FIRST THOUGHTS
I love the look of this palette. From the packaging to the shades themselves, it's stunning. The grungy shades really give a different vibe to any other palette that I own. Regardless of the fall out that this palette has - Modern Renaissance is the same - every shade is extremely pigmented. I played around with this palette and have created a variety of looks. My personal favourite is the one I posted on my Instagram. I created this look using Dawn, Roxy, All Star and Adorn. 


I am very much a warm tone girl, but I have been really inspired to break out of my comfort zone to explore new ideas. I am not a makeup artist and I can only imagine the wonderful things that a makeup artist could create with this palette. 

ADVISE ON USE
This palette isn't perfect. As I mentioned before, there is some fall out during application. Some shades do not mix well together and I would recommend going in with a light hand.
I'm not sure if it's just me, but I don't tend to mix a lot of colours when creating an eye look that I like. My style and look is very simple and I think that you can really create a gorgeous look with just three shades.

You can watch my video here. I would also recommend watching Stephanie Nicole's review which is the best breakdown and advice that I could find. 

I hope you find this post useful! I would rate the ABH Subculture palette a 7/10. 
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Friday, 9 June 2017

New Look Bronzers - Hit or Miss?


I have never purchased beauty products from New Look before and it's only recent that I have started buying into New Look fashion. I discovered these bronzed baked face powders when I was flicking through ASOS  and they looked really good online! 

I have been trying them out for the last two weeks. So I wanted to share my initial thoughts on these products.

I purchased two shades - Bronzed and Golden Glow. When I received them my first thoughts were that they looked decent quality and they also reminded me of the Mac Cosmetics skin mineralizing powder from the shape and overall look of the product and the cardboard packaging. 

PRO'S
They are pigmented and have a great shine to them. Perfect for the summer time. They are long wearing and easily blend-able. Each bronzer was £4.50 on ASOS, I'm not sure if this is due to a sale or whether they are just more affordable online. They cost £7.99 in the New Look stores.

You can use these products in various different ways. Contouring, eyeshadow, highlighter and of course as a bronzer. 

CON'S 
I did find that when I used them there was a lot of fall out. They are slightly powdery rather than silky. I prefer my bronzers to have more of a buttery feel. The plastic packaging isn't very appealing. Although the overall product looks similar to Mac's, the packaging doesn't. It's not so sleek. The Golden Glow bronzer isn't a bronzer at all, it's more of a highlighter which is nice but a very confusing product. 

Would I say it's the best bronzer I have ever purchased?

No, but it is definitely a great product for the money. Bronzed is a nice bronzer and definitely one I would use again. Golden Glow's not so great but I would reach for it to use as a highlighter.

I honestly wouldn't buy this product again. I just think there are better bronzers out there. However, if you're looking for a more affordable product then definitely check these out. 
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

My fear of the Dentist

I thought that my fear of the dentist was unusual, but after speaking with quite a few people I realised it's not so uncommon. I recently had a check up - which I have to admit was the first time in a while. It's something I am extremely ashamed of, but I am glad that I am now getting out of that bad habit. 

My trip to the dentist was relatively simple. I went in worrying but I couldn't tell you where this anxiety was coming from as it was just a general check up. However, I think I put it off for so long, I was more worried about being judged. 


My dentist was very understanding and he tried to relax me as much as possible. I had my checkup and also had X-rays done which was great because I could finally get a verdict on how healthy my teeth and gums are. Fortunately I only need two fillings. 


I say only two but I've never had a filling on my adult teeth before which is amazing really. 

Both my fillings are at the back of my mouth. They had slight decay which is why I need to get them done. Natural wear from someone with a HUGE sweet tooth.  The Dentist did advise that they weren't urgent and I could leave them for a while, but I wanted to get them done ASAP. 

Now I have this pressure of getting my fillings which means needles and a drill. The thought of both those things slightly stress me out. I have been reading and watching other peoples stories but I guess I will never no until I have them done. 


My fillings are being done in two separate sittings. The worst tooth is being done tomorrow which is on my left side. 


Watch my dentist experience below. 


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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Rimmel London Fresher Skin Foundation


I am always on the hunt for that perfect foundation. You know, the one that is long wearing, gives you that perfect no makeup makeup look and also allows your skin to breath! Well, I can't say it's perfect but this Rimmel London Fresher Skin foundation is a gorgeous product that ticks the boxes!

I found this to be so easy to apply, you can mix it with your face cream on days you want a little less coverage and the scent it just amazing! 
It reminds me of Aloe Vera and Cucumber which is just such a summery scent!  

I bought the shade Natural Beige which is perfect for my skin tone. It's light weight and airy but also provides you with great coverage. You can definitely build this foundation or mix with a heavier foundation for a full coverage look. 

It also works well with concealer and doesn't look unnatural on your skin! I'm kind of in love with it!

I will also be taking this on holiday with me this summer as it has SPF 15 within it, which of course will help give me that needed protection from the sun. 


It's not perfect though! I have to be honest and say after a few hours wear I had to blot around my nose due to my oily t-zone, so bear that in mind ladies! You either want to bake your foundation (meaning translucent powder) or you want to carry around your beauty blender and just dab when needed.

You can hear more about my view in my latest video: 

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

That time I was interviewed by a major fashion magazine!

I love shopping, but does that mean I love fashion? Probably not! 

image taken from vogue-fresh.tumblr.com
Last year I was interviewed by one of the worlds most prestigious fashion magazines. I will not mention names as I still have a great love for this particular publication regardless of my experience and I feel this article isn't a true representative of the magazine. This is about the people behind the scenes. So out of respect for a publication I enjoy, I have decided to remain silent on the name. 


My story ▸

I interviewed for this magazine over a year and a half ago now. It was during a time when I was on the look out for something new, perhaps a change of career, focus or just something to make me feel more alive. I think deep down, I wanted a change. I thought about moving my career to the next level and maybe taking my writing and ideas to a place where they would be appreciated, accepted and enhanced. 

I found this position via Facebook which a friend of mine had recommended. All it said was x company needs someone creative to start ASAP email your application here. 


So spontaneously, I did so. If you know me, you would know that this is out of my usual character. I like order of some kind and well I like to know what I am applying for before doing so. I like to prep before an interview and research the company and the role. I'm not a time waster and I don't like people to waste my time either. Sounds extremely OTT, but I do feel that I make a good point that many people could relate to. However, something about the idea of just going for it excited me. Plus I knew if I chose to work at this publication that my career would take an interesting turn.  

I feel that most things need some sort of process, especially the recruitment process. It doesn't have to be strict or ridged as I am extremely fluid and know that things change quite quickly. However, as a candidate, I feel that when I am being recruited, the experience I have is a clear representation of the business and what my experience is going to be like when I am there. 

I emailed over my CV and asked a few strategic questions about the job role, pay and what to expect. All the usual things you should enquire about. What I received back was a time/place and was just expected to show up. They ignored every question I asked. That itself should have given me red flags. 

The location the sent me was to a local coffee shop. They obviously didn't want their potential new employee to come to the office. I was sent zero information on the job itself and wasn't even provided a job title. 

I have to say, this was one of the worst interview experiences I have ever had. 
Let me explain.

So far, things weren't looking great. Now I know you're wondering why on earth would I have bothered with the lack of information given to me. Yet, I like a challenge. I have confidence in my abilities to shine through and felt that maybe any task that was thrown my way would have been okay! Because I can try and tackle any problem. 


Plus, given who they are, I thought it would be perfect for me! Perfect for what I wanted.


So, I arrived at the coffee shop with nothing more than my high-street fashion sense and my CV. Last minute I was emailed as the woman that was originally meant to meet me couldn't make it, so instead I was sent a replacement. Which I didn't know about until 5 minutes before my interview and had absolutely no idea what she looked like. Not a great start. 


The coffee house was busy and noisy as standard for a London coffee house. I sat there waiting. 10 minutes later than my interview time, a slender brunette walked in. She screamed designer so I suspected it was her - I was right. She sat down and just waited. I approached and she gave me a look which screamed shit on my shoe then stood up and shook my hand. 


Clearly my high-street fashion sense didn't go down well. 


I know a resting bitch face, but I think my entire presence offended her. I smiled and announced myself. I could barely hear her as I asked my questions which she seemed perfectly clueless about. She briefly spoke to me about the magazine and then it was all about her career - which is obviously why we were there! Not. 


I wasn't asked about my experience, I wasn't asked why I wanted the job, I wasn't asked what I thought I could bring to the business. 
I remember feeling extremely disappointed by the whole experience. This magazine that I have loved for years basically crushed any hopes of me wanting to work for them.

I thought working in the fashion industry would give me the chance to align my love for fashion and beauty with my everyday work life. 
I was VERY wrong. I left that interview feeling so deflated. I'm not saying that all high-end fashion magazines are the same, but this really didn't give me the best impression. 

The next day, they offered me the job. I said no thank you - because manners never killed anybody. Hopefully my next experience with a prestigious company is a better one. 
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

True Crime Podcasts you have to listen to



I have always loved reading crime novels and watching detective series. I find them extremely interesting to follow and I always try to figure out who the killer is before the book or series ends. 


Recently, I have turned to True Crime Podcasts which I listen to whilst I am in the office plugging away on various projects that I have been tasked with or I listen to them whilst I am on my route into work. I find them so sad but also really fascinating. 


The difference that I have found with these podcasts and the crime novels and TV shows that I have loved watching over the years is that they are based on real life crimes. I have found that emotionally they are more engaging. There are no gimmicks, or unrealistic plot lines because these are real life people and real life crimes.  


It's odd that I would ever want to listen to something so disturbing - trust me, sometimes I wonder myself. However, I like hearing the stories of those people that have been lost. I also like to listen to Podcasts of those people who were actually innocent. Their stories get to me the most because those people have lost their lives in the system and it's all down to issues within the police force or botched evidence. 


If you're like me and love crime stories then check out my favourite True Crime Podcasts!


  1. Serial 
  2. In The Dark 
  3. Unsolved 
  4. Wrongful Convictions with Jason Flom 
  5. Undisclosed 
  6. Missing and Murdered: Who killed Alberta Williams?
What's your favourite podcast to listen to? Share your recommendations in the comments below. 
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