Thursday, 30 October 2014

3 AUTUMNAL NAIL POLISHES

Hi guys, today I thought I'd write a beauty post. These three nail polishes were purchased over the last couple of months and I think they're great for Autumn and Winter.




Maybelline Color Show - Downtown Red
The first polish is an Autumn classic. A burgundy nail is the perfect Autumn shade and it can add a small pop of colour to a plain outfit. Perfect for me considering I pretty much live in black clothes.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine - Grey
A few years ago grey nails was my thing, I'd wear it every single day. I totally forgot about grey nail polish until a few weeks ago when I saw this one. I think it's a great autumn shade and will go with everything.

Topshop Matte Nails - Sapphire Shores
Granted this isn't totally autumnal but This polish caught my eye and I've really been enjoying wearing it. I think that it's great for Autumn because it's not too light or bright.
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

THE DARK SIDE OF YOUTUBE

For some reason, before the news of Sam Pepper sexually harassing and abusing young women and females I was oblivious to this dark side of YouTube. YouTube is somewhere I go if I feel sad, happy or anything inbetween. I decided that even though this news came out a while a go I would address and talk about it from a viewers perspective. I think that a lot of well known YouTubers and bloggers have spoken about it but I haven't really seen many viewers talk about this and I just wanted to air my initial feelings and how I feel now.

Sam Pepper was one of the first YouTubers I watched. He used light hearted humour, seemed incredibly genuine and just seemed like he was a nice person. Last year it seemed that a lot of his YouTube friends distanced themselves from him and he also began uploading content whereby he appeared to be harassing random women on the streets in America. As a viewer and also a fan of him I didn't see this. My support for him went as far as buying one of his snapbacks as soon as he released them despite knowing I'm not a snapback kind of gal. That has since been discarded because I don't wish to be associated with anything to do with him.

In this new internet age it's so easy to get totally drawn in to random internet personalities. On one part it's fun and unbelievable that you can connect with anyone around the world at the click of a button. On the other hand it's scary. On YouTube you see small snippets of people's lives and this can lead you to believe that this person is a great person even though you don't know them.

When I heard the news about Sam Pepper I felt totally numb. I idolise so many people that I only know from the internet and it just proves that you literally have no idea what goes on when the cameras are off. After the news I didn't wish to watch any videos because it scared me. I'm scared that the trust I have put in these people from the internet is wasted and they'll all turn out the same.

I don't want this. I'm sure there'll be hundreds maybe even thousands of cases of this appearing and that's incredibly sad. People are abusing the power that they have over thousands, even millions of people that genuinely adore them. I won't let this get to me, I wish to use this as motivation to start my own channel. To restore faith within YouTube and the YouTube community. If you're a viewer then please be safe, if you're a content creator then please do not abuse your authority.
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BEFORE I TURN 19...

Hi guys, I turned 18 over two months ago and I've been meaning to write a post listing a few of the things that I hope to do or achieve before I turn 19. I'm hoping to use this post as a checklist over the next year.

1. Start Driving
I NEED to start driving soon. It hasn't really been a priority for me but I think that it will help me gain more independence and I also have more time on my hands now.

2. Reach 250 blog followers
It would be an absolute dream if 250 people followed my blog on bloglovin, there's a link in the side bar of my blog if you want to follow me :) To do this I need to keep posting regularly which I also hope to do for the next year.

3. Reach 1000 subscribers
I haven't started my channel yet but I will be very soon. For some reason I think that gaining YouTube subscribers is a little bit easier than gaining blog followers so I'll guess we'll seen next year! I'll be posting my videos on my blog so that you can keep up to date when I do start posting videos.

4. Start my own small business
If you didn't already know I am currently at college studying graphic design. I love every aspect of it and would love to encorporate some of the skills that I am learning to create phone cases and possibly even graphic tees. I think I'll start looking into it in the new year. For now I'll just doodle some designs and see what happens.

5. Go out of my comfort zone
I want to go on spontaneous adventures (assisted by me completing number 1 on this list). I'd love to go to either France or Italy next Summer. I also just generally want to say to yes to doing more things and do things that I wouldn't usually do.

6. Record everything
Photographs, drawings, videos, anything. I love being able to look back at days out or things that I've done be it looking back at a video or a blogpost that I've written in the past. I really enjoy looking back at memories and this last point on my list also makes me want to do more exciting things.

I'd urge everyone to write a little list of things they hope to do then review it maybe a weeks later, a month later or like me a year later. Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon.
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

DON'T WASTE TIME, START NOW

"If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it."

YouTube has been quite a big part of my life for the last three or four years. I watch way over 50 videos a week and I've always wanted to make my own. I started blogging in January 2013 but even before then, YouTube was something that I wanted to do.

I feel like I'll always partly regret my decision to wait so long to start a channel however I realise that (hopefully) because I've waited so long I have more of an idea of what I want to upload and also the times that I've filmed videos and edited them then not uploaded are times that are developing my skills so it wasn't all wasted. 

I hope that you'll all enjoy and support my videos because I'm really excited to finally get started.

I've decided to begin in the new year, I've got a few things to sort out before then and then I'll have the time to put my all into my channel. I want my videos to be engaging, entertaining and to some degree of use to you so here's to the future. 
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

MAKEUP HAUL

It's official, I'm the worst at saving money. I desperately need a new laptop but I just can't help myself every single time I'm in a shopping centre I just end up spending money. Anyway, I thought I'd share some makeup that I picked up recently. On Sunday I suddenly decided that I'd like to start wearing makeup. I watch and read a lot of beauty bloggers and vloggers however I have never felt that I want to wear makeup myself until now. In this day and age it seems totally unheard of for an 18 year old girl to not wear makeup and I find it even weirder that one of my younger sisters wears makeup pretty much all the time.

If truth be told I've never felt like I need to wear makeup because I'm perfectly happy with the way that I look but I've decided that I want to dabble in makeup because I always enjoy playing with it. Here's the few things that I picked up. (Granted the nail polish isn't exactly makeup but I thought I'd include it seeing as I purchased it on the same day.)


Starting at the top left clockwise;

-Seventeen Contour Kit
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair
-Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 30
-Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in 001 Dark Brown
-Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless
-Maybelline Color Show Polish in 352 Downtown Red

Regular posts will resume from now because I'm on half term so check back for more posts soon! Bye.
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Friday, 10 October 2014

A TRIP TO OXFORD

Hi guys, I have a few photos from college trip to Oxford that I went on about a month and a half ago and really wanted to share them. We went to look at a couple of the museums for inspiration for our coursework and also to have a look around. We had a look at the shops and I desperately want to go back to do some shopping so hopefully I'll persuade Mum to take me on a 'business trip' soon.






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Thursday, 9 October 2014

NEW FRIENDS

You know when you meet someone and somehow you click instantly? You have the same interests, you have similar hobbies and aspirations?

Well. That's exactly what's happened to me. I started my new college course a month and a half ago and instantly joined a 'group' of friends consisting of me and another three girls. Two of them have left the course to do other things so it's just me and one of us left. However, I couldn't be happier that it's her.

It's so crazy how one day you don't know someone at all and the next you feel like you've known them forever. I guess the fact that she blogs about her life and other things has helped me find out a bit more about her. Now I don't want to sound like a creepy person here but I feel like we're going to be great friends and I'm so excited about the fact she also has a YouTube channel. We've already planned to do collab videos so look out for them in the future!

Within the first few days of college we went on a trip to Oxford. We spent the hour and a half coach ride there and back non stop chatting (mainly me talking but she didn't seem to mind) and we talked about what we had been doing in terms of education the previous year and she decided to leave A levels at the end of AS and move onto the Graphic Design course that we're both on now. I almost did the same a year ago.

It's so crazy that literally everything in my life is working out, everything is finally falling into place.

My advice to you? Take chances, speak to new people, try new things and don't let anything or anyone hold you back. This is YOUR life, live it how you want to. If something is affecting your happiness then change it now, stop saying 'tomorrow' and say 'NOW'.
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

KNITWEAR HAUL

Hi guys, I popped to Loughborough to see a couple of friends at their university (read about it HERE). Me and one of my friends went into the town centre to have a little browse and grab a bite to eat. Right next to Costa where we ate was a big Topshop. I was going to go in anyway and then I noticed the '20% off student discount' sign outside and that tempted me even more.

I really was trying to save my money but I convinced that I'd end up picking up these items at some point anyway and may as well use the discount while it's available (is that enough of an excuse?) Anyway, here are the items that I picked up, as always I'll try my best to show these pieces in some OOTD's soon!


I couldn't help picking up another pair of my favourite slip ons, this time in black ready to be worn with everything. The knitted jumper and hat are so snug I LOVE them. The jumper has a really nice oversized fit and I've been enjoying throwing it on on cold mornings with a pair of jeans for a simple college outfit. Hats were never really my thing until last year when I ended up acquiring three in the space of a couple of months (oops!) but I love how they look and I love that this one is slouchier than my others.

Finally, the grey scarf is from Primark for a few pounds. I brought an aztec print scarf from NewLook and it's warm enough for the Winter months but I wanted something extra snuggly and long to keep me super warm.

That's everything, apologies for no post yesterday but I get in from college just before the sun starts to go down and sadly I didn't have time to get pictures yesterday. Anyway, thanks for reading and I'll see you soon! Bye
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Monday, 6 October 2014

POSITIVE CHANGES

Firstly, apologies for the text heavy posts recently, I don't really like posting blogposts with no pictures but at the moment I don't really know what kind of picture I can put with my rambly diary type posts but I love writing them so no picture will have to do for now. I've felt a little bit down for the last couple of days so I decided to perk myself up and really acknowledge the positive changes that have occurred in my life recently.

1. I finished sixth form in June this year and although I was petrified of the unknown I felt so relieved when I finished. Through the first quarter of sixth form I was incredibly unhappy and sadly through this time I let my work ethic slip and ended up with a back log of overdue work that haunted me to the end. I've definitely learnt from this and am now trying my hardest to stay on top of the work I'm set at college.

2. My best friends have left to continue their studies at University and I have joined a college course. A few months ago I was so sad at the thought of them leaving but, the fact that I am now on a college course that I love more than anything and I'm surrounded by so many lovely people I feel like I have been distracted from this huge event happening. Obviously I know it's happened but I also know that although my best friends are miles away I'm becoming friends with people a lot closer to home.

3. As soon as I finished sixth form I started working for my Mum's business. We're currently trying to figure out a timetable that will fit around me going to college and also give me time to do my college work at home and also have some extra time to relax and get some blogging done!

4. Going back to point 1. This time two years ago I was totally set on leaving sixth form. I felt like this was the only thing that I could do to make me happy again. I didn't leave, I stuck it out till the end but looking back I feel like maybe I'd be closer to knowing what I want to do in the future had I have left a year or so earlier. BUT, I wouldn't be best friends with the people I am now if I'd have left, I also wouldn't be on my college course with the people I am now.

I don't regret any of the decisions that I've made because they've lead me to where I am now.
I'm happier than I've ever been. No matter how you feel, know that things will work out eventually.
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Sunday, 5 October 2014

FIRST OUTFIT OF AUTUMN


Hi guys, while I love a good outfit picture on a white wall taken on my camera, at the moment that isn't possible. Last year I found out my digital camera has scratch down the lens so when the light is caught at a certain angle the image looks awful AND I've broken my tripod :(

But, the show must go on and I've decided to do a few outfit posts in a 'mirror selfie' style. I hope that you like the outfit. This is a typical outfit that I'd wear to college and with a leather jacket thrown on for warmth I think it would make a great Autumn outfit.


OUTFIT DETAILS

Aztec print scarf - Newlook
Black Tee - Newlook
Grey Jeans with faux leather detail - Primark
Bag - H&M
Check shoes - Topshop
Watch - Casio


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MY COMFORT ZONE

Hi guys,
If you didn't know, my friends have now gone off to university and while I was excited about the prospect of meeting them a lot, I was also incredibly apprehensive.

Visiting them involves getting the train and whilst I can hop on a train confidently with friends I suddenly feel huge pressure when faced with the idea of having to travel on my own. I'm a huge worrier so I stress about knowing every detail, important or not.

However I'm writing this post now, on the train home from visiting two of my friends at their university. Having arrived at my local station with plenty of time I collected my tickets, found out the platform I needed to be on and took a seat in the cafe to read a magazine.

While the lead up to today left me feeling incredibly anxious, I feel confident in knowing that I managed to do it on my own without any problems. (Apart from missing my train home :S) Had I let the fear of travelling on my own stop me then it would have taken me longer to conquer my fear.

Do things that scare you often because you might realise that it's not as scary as you think. As I said being a massive worrier makes me scared to do a lot of things but today has proved that if I really set my mind on something then I can do it.

PUSH YOURSELF TO DO THINGS THAT SCARE YOU
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

LATE BLOGTOBER

Hi guys, I know I haven't posted in a while and I'm kind of annoyed at myself for not keeping on top of things. But, in an attempt to make up for the lack of posts, I have decided to challenge myself to do 'Blogtober' (granted it is a slightly late start but better late than never!). A lot of YouTubers do 'vlogtober' where they attempt to film their daily goings on every day of October. I'm not quite ready to film my life yet so I've decided to do the blogging equivalent and blog every day starting now.

I can't help but feel like I've been incredibly unproductive throughout September so I hope that this will help me feel like I'm achieving something everyday. The type of posts that you will see will vary between fashion posts, advice posts and 'diary entry' type posts. I'm really excited to get started and to keep myself going I'm going to set myself a target. I hope that with these daily posts I'll be able to reach 100 followers on bloglovin. I'm currently on 30 followers so I've got quite a way to go but it's something to aim for!

I'll see you tomorrow with not one, but TWO new posts. Thanks for reading
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