Why I Stopped Blogging

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Rewind to July 2013, I was in between my second and third year at uni and as a student, had lots of spare time on my hands. I also craved some creativity. My whole life revolved around academia and I didn’t have an opportunity to write about what I wanted to. I’d heard about people blogging, but didn’t really know much about it. After some research, I came across Blogger (still to this day regret not choosing Wordpress) and decided to set up my own little space on the internet. I didn’t really know the focus of my blog, but liked the idea of it being beauty focused with a dash of lifestyle and fashion whenever the mood took me. Ramblings of a Blonde was a name that just came to me and before I knew it, I’d written my first blog post, but was far too scared to publish it. Would anyone read it? Would people judge me? Was I really lame? So many thoughts that prevented me from hitting the ‘publish’ button. Eventually, (a few months and a lot of editing later) I finally pressed 'publish' and Ramblings of a Blonde was live. 

By the following summer, I’d written quite a few blog posts, but didn’t share them with anyone. I was far too scared, but also liked the idea of having something for me, something I didn’t have to share with others. Though the fear of being judged was crippling, I eventually plucked up the courage to share my blog with a few friends. After some very positive feedback, I decided it was time to share it with the world and my little blog was out there for the world to scrutinise. 

Not once did I regret it, my blog was a huge part of what got me through my masters in 2014/2015, an incredibly tough time for me. Despite driving to Canterbury from London 3 times a week for lectures, working part time and maintaining a long distance relationship, I always had time for my blog and loved what I did. Luckily, my boyfriend is a graphic designer so he helped me with the look and feel of my blog and I finally had it how I loved it. 

Since then, my blog went from strength to strength, I relaunched it at the beginning of 2017 with a new look and even received some paid opportunities amongst other collaborations and events. However, the more immersed I got in the blogging world, the more I came to hate it. I’ve met some amazing people through blogging (even a neighbour!), but there’s a side of it that I really started to struggle with. There’s far too much competition, it’s all about how many followers you have with this horrible follow / unfollow game going on. Your photography and flat lays have to be ‘on point’ and if it hasn’t been edited to within an inch of its life, the image isn’t worth posting. Blogging had gone from something I loved doing for me, to something I felt I had to do for others, leaving me fretting when the views weren’t as high as I’d hoped or I wasn’t reaching the next follower milestone quick enough. 

When I first started, only the big timers made any money or had any collaborations, that was something that never even entered my mind, I didn’t know it was a thing. Now though, that’s completely different and whilst that’s great for small bloggers like me, I feel people are now starting a blog for completely the wrong reasons - for the ‘free stuff’. I’ve become so disillusioned with the whole industry, it really isn’t what I signed up for (I even used my own Twitter / Instagram, that’s how naive I was). I do miss blogging, but having the past few months off without checking my follower count, without praying a collab email will come in, without checking my DA and views, I’ve felt so much happier. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say goodbye to Ramblings of a Blonde as it’s definitely part of who I am, but for now, I can’t keep up with the blogging industry, it’s no longer something I love and crave. I have so much respect for those still creating new content day after day, you’re stronger than I am! 

Anyway, that’s more than enough rambling from me, this is probably the most emotive post I’ve ever written, but I feel so passionate about this topic and it’s good to get it off my chest! Hopefully, I'll be able to look past all of the negativity surrounding the industry and be able to go back to creating content, but for now, I'm quite content being an outsider looking in. 

The Body Shop Body Yogurt | Review

Sunday, 3 June 2018

As a huge lover of The Body Shop, I always have my eyes open for any new product releases. Recently, I discovered they’ve released a range of body yogurts. I love the body butters from The Body Shop so I was excited to see what the body yogurts had to offer. 

I always get different scents of products based on the time of year. For the summer, I like fruity scents whilst in the winter, I opt for more creamy scents. As summer is well upon us now, I decided to try the strawberry body yogurt. 

I moisturise every morning after my shower and whilst I find this the best way to keep my skin hydrated, I can find the body butters too thick when it’s a bit hotter. Therefore, I hoped the yogurt would be a good alternative. It has a lightweight gel-cream texture and it’s definitely a lot lighter on the skin though it did feel a bit strange when I first applied it to my skin as it has a more watery consistency compared with the body butters which I was used to. However, I definitely found it better to apply on hot mornings compared with the butters as it didn’t feel so thick on my skin. 

Although The Body Shop claim the yogurts are fast-absorbing moisturisers, I have found it takes a little while to soak in, so if you’re after a quick absorbing moisturiser, then the body yogurt might not be for you. Also, it’s not as hydrating as the body butters, but for me, this is fine in the summer anyway as I don’t find my skin as dry compared with the winter months. It does however leave my skin feeling super soft throughout the day, I’ve been really impressed! 

All of the yogurts in the range are cruelty free and 100% vegan which is another huge plus. Whilst I’m not a vegan myself, I am trying to move towards more vegan based beauty products and always seek out cruelty free products. At £8.50, I think this is a really reasonably priced product and definitely think I’ll be using this whilst the weather is hot. 

Have you tried any of The Body Shop Body yogurts? I’d love to know your thoughts.

May Favourites

Monday, 28 May 2018

Can we just take a moment...how are we about to enter June? Like seriously, where has this year gone? For me, it’s been a crazy few months of busy work life and busy personal life and now we’re half way through the year! May has been particularly busy at work, so I’ve been trying to make the most of the time when I’m not at work and have been trialing and loving lots of different beauty products! 

I’d wanted a powder contour palette for ages, but they were always so expensive and as a contouring novice, I didn’t feel I could fork out. I’d come across a few cream palettes, but over the years, I’ve come to learn that cream products aren’t for me. Whilst browsing the Revolution products, I came across the HD Pro Powder palettes and for only £8 I knew it was worth a try. There are 8 shades (although I’ve only really stuck to 1) and they’re incredibly easy to blend. The pigmentation is perfect meaning it doesn’t take long to blend, but at the same time it doesn’t look like I’ve got brown streaks all over my face - I love it! 

I’ve put the these two products as one favourite as I’ve been wearing them together. I apply Bitch Perfect and then apply the nude lip gloss in Seduction on top to give it a glossy look. Not only does this help keep the lipstick in place, but I think the gloss looks beautiful in this warmer weather. In the winter, I love reaching for dark lipsticks and in the summer I really struggle to find nice light lipsticks. However, having been given these as presents for my birthday and Christmas, I’ve been wearing them constantly during the spring / summer weather. They go with everything no matter what eye look I do or outfit I’m wearing. 

I bought the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette in late August last year, so didn’t get much chance to wear it before it turned really cold. However, I’ve been reaching for it so much in this warmer weather, I love it! It creates the most gorgeous looks in the summer without being too heavy. I’ve been particularly loving Lumbre, Scorched and Dirty Talk as the three shades work really well together and create a really gorgeous look.

In this heat, it’s harder for make up to stay put (gross I know!) However, thanks to the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray I’ve found my make up stays put for longer even when I’m really hot. It’s been a life saver these past few weeks!

5./Evil Genius
It wouldn’t be a monthly favourites without a more random favourite and this month it’s the Netflix series Evil Genius. This is based on a true story from a town called Erie in Philadelphia where a man carried out a bank heist with a live collar bomb around his neck and the series follows the investigation that ensued after the crime. It’s got a Making a Murderer vibe to it so if you like that or any other true crime series, this is a must watch! 

What have you been loving this May? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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