Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native

I have a confession, I am a lipstick hoarder. I'm not ashamed and if you think I have a problem then I'm disgusted. If you are like me and love changing your lipstick several times a day, then we can be best friends- as long as I can swatch your collection.

The latest addition to my expanding collection is the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick. Let's start off with the packaging. Urban Decay have really upped their game in the past 12 months, and although they're more well known for their coveted eyeshadow palettes we often forget they have a full range of products. On first impressions, the packaging of the Revolution lipsticks are trademark Urban with a sleek gunmental design of silver and violet. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Goldilocks reviews: Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Cardiff

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Last Thursday was a particularly dismal day in Cardiff, and so after running some errands with Rhys we braved a walk in the unpredictable spits of rain to grab a cup of tea. We knew where we wanted to go for a quiet lunch, as we are trying to pick out some new culinary favourites. Word of mouth had placed Pettigrew Tea Rooms at the top of our list. Also, tea is very important to me. I consider it vital to a well rounded existence. If tea isn't important to you then you have offended me and we can't be friends, I'm sorry.

Back to Pettigrew Tea Rooms. It's location is it's selling point, despite feeling as though you've only stumbled upon it. It is snuggled at the entrance of Bute Park, and from it's kitchen windows you can see the scenic frosty landscape of the city's park.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

What I know from summers in a seaside village.

Before I moved to Cardiff, I lived in one of Pembrokeshire's most tourist infested villages. I also worked in it's neighbouring village for six years. For the majority of this time, I socially steered myself out of it's direction. I knew how people in the village worked, and the way it's mouth was never clamped shut. I knew that people complained about the nature of gossip but would unravel it themselves, about the way people smiled at you with bared teeth like the wolf going to stay at Grandma's. I also knew that people loved the summers, and a few years ago I gave in.

Why being an underdog generates blog traffic

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Often, I find myself doing my fair share of SEO research and reading other blogs to see what people connect with. The truth is that no matter how many "how to" guides you read, there is no foolproof magic trick to conjure content popularity and high traffic stats. It's going to be different for everyone, depending on your writing style and your interests. You can tick all the SEO boxes and you can have a variety of content, but you'll always find that some posts are more well read than others. You will always walk a wavering tightrope of people's loves and hates, unless you have a large established audience.

If you go through my blog, you'll see a history of politics, world news, and general observations about life. Some of these past articles are some of my best examples of work, but for some reason I couldn't get them to click with readers. Although I still intend on writing articles based on these topics because after all- I like them, I have learned what people come to me for. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

I got slut shamed, and I let it go.

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Sometimes you will write something, and someone won't agree. This is expected, and we embrace new ways of thought. After all, I want to be a journalist and people will often disagree with me. I can't force anyone's hand. I always enjoy a well informed debate, but I don't enjoy it when people are deluded into thinking they wield power over me with words. They do so by getting personal.

Whatever it was that I said, I may have engaged in some exaggerated language as a tool for creating humour. I know when to cut off, and I know what is offensive. This wasn't, and it didn't require the response that it got. It didn't warrant slut shaming. My initial reaction was to suit up, to bring back an armour of self defence. I saw an imminent threat- I saw self righteous ranting, and I saw a big problem.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Beauty Blogger Event: An evening with Urban Decay

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As any regular reader of my blog is aware, I am completely besotted with Urban Decay and so far most of my reviews have been UD related. I try to stick to what works, which means I always invest my money in this reliable brand. They are known for their famous eyeshadow palettes, and miracle working eyeliners. I was lucky enough to be invited to a beauty blogger event held in Cardiff. The event was hosted by the ladies at Urban Decay in Debenhams, and it was nothing like you would imagine.

It was a conscious choice by Urban Decay that there was a relatively small group of us, it was much more of an intimate blogger event than you would have initially imagined. This is what gave the evening it's charming curiosity, as it created the impression of being a girly gathering of cupcakes, gossip and make up tips, more than being an awkward sales pitch of products for us to buy. We were hosted by Urbanettes Haddie and Ffion, who were on hand to give us all the information you really need to know about products- such as the tips you might not figure out yourself for a while. The girls were two of the most enthusiastic but laid back hosts you could ever have the pleasure of spending an evening with, and I think we all left with an incredible need to force them into being our new best friends. What impressed me the most was how natural they seemed to find it all- this wasn't some pre-conceived master plan to lure us all in to trusting the brand and it's people. They built an easy rapport with us, knew our names individually and never let a glass go empty of sparkling strawberry joy. Attention to detail, you can't go too wrong with that.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

I quit my job, and things did not go to plan.

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This is the double edged sword of blogging, when you need to tell the stories you would rather ignore. But I learned very quickly that my experiences seemed to humanise my writing, and they gave people something to relate with. This isn't one of the worst things to happen to me- not by far, but it is part of the promise I made of documenting my progress.

To play you a little "previously on" montage, I quit a job I hated with all intentions of pursuing what I loved, and being okay with it if I had to go and get a job frothing coffees. I have been out of university for 18 months, with little to show for it except the skill of drawing a sometimes symmetrical shamrock in a pint of Guinness. I've had my share of rejection letters, and was all too excited when someone wanted to interview me for a job I actually wanted.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

What no one tells you about living with your boyfriend

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Most of us have lived with men before. We've shared living space with our dads, brothers, sisters who act like boys, and housemates. We think we are more than prepared for the launch into domesticity, and although it has it's perks we are ready to admit that the men in our lives somehow get us so riled up we can feel ulcers forming. These are the things I have learned along the way so enjoy, gentle readers.