Tuesday, 31 May 2016

May Beauty Favourites

Hi all! I've not done a monthly favourites list since January, so after such a long period away, it felt only right that I put together a May one. Here's some of the beauty products I've been loving recently...

Wilko's Premium Powder Brush (£4)
I hear so much talk of Wilko's on the blogesphere but unfortunately there isn't one near me. Recently though, I happened to be near one and I couldn't help but pick up a few treats, one of which was this powder brush. The brush I normally use to powder my face is really small and dense whereas this is much fluffier. It's so soft and I love how much easier it is to sweep all over my face. I'm thinking of buying another one to use for light bronzing in Summer. For £4, it's such amazing quality.

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (£5.99)
Primer isn't a make-up product I often feel passionately about, I don't use it every day and even when I do, what's there really to get excited about? This one however, is everything I look for in a primer. The purple works to brighten dull or tired looking skin (ie. mine, every day of my life!) and it applies like an absolute dream, smooth, non-greasy and a little goes a long way. Although I don't use primer every day but this is really heavy duty, great for long days or nights out.

Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in 'Surreal' (£5.99)

I'm not normally a huge fan of pastel nail polishes, I find them hard to co-ordinate and I just can't be bothered with having to apply 4 coats to build up the colour. This shade from Maybelline though isn't a true pastel, but more of a washed out lavender shade which I find easier to wear. The formula is really thin but opaque, quick drying and long lasting. It's the perfect Spring nail colour for me!

Rimmel London Kate Moss Sculpting Palette in '003 Golden Bronze' (£6.99)

This cute little rose gold palette from the folks at Rimmel London contains a highlight, a contour powder and a blusher. The highlight is a leaves much to be desired (way too dark for a highlighter in my opinion!) but the contour is a great one for pale skin and the slightly shimmery warm coral blush is perfect for this time of year. I've been wearing them both with and without fake tan and I love it both ways.

New Look Pure Colour Baked Highlighter Powder in '70 Light Pink' (£6.99)

Now on to a highlight I do care for. Very much so in fact. From one of the high street's most underrated beauty brands, Pure Colour by New Look. If you like that super smooth highlighted look, this one's for you, it's shimmery but not glittery and it's so finely milled that it applies beautifully, I'd think it was much higher end!

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in '1993' (£15.50)

Finally, a repurchase cause I lost my first one, Urban Decay's Matte Revlotuion Lipstick in the shade '1993'. Like half the make-up obsessives of the world, I'm all about sepia inspired make-up at the moment and this is my perfect brown lipstick. It's not completely matte, but I think I prefer that tiny little bit of creaminess, and it fades out really evenly. The only downside is that it can be a liiiittle melty if you leave if in your pocket!

What beauty products have you been loving throughout the month of May?

Monday, 23 May 2016

Pastures New

Hey. Hi. Hello there. It's been a while, eh? My last blog post was 82 days ago to be exact. I've had my blog since 2011 so naturally have gone through stages before of not posting for whatever reason, some times blog related, sometimes not, but this has been the longest. And let me tell you, as happy as I am to get back into it, I needed that time to reevaluate a lot of things, again some blog related and some not.

Delicious vegan quesadillas at Stereo, Glasgow

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Lis from Last Years Girl and Laila from Tape Parade. I've written in the past about blogging events and feeling nervous around new people, so was anxious but excited. We went for dinner while Laila was up visiting Glasgow and over a fabulous vegan meal, chatting and laughing away for hours like old chums. Lis and Laila's blogs, amongst a handful of others, are ones I really enjoy for their confidence, variety and originality, qualities I've always strived to deliver on my blog too but often struggle with. I left that night feeling two very juxtaposing feelings. Inspiration and guilt. 'I want to be the type of blogger who portraying a version of myself that makes people feel inspired in the way I feel inspired right now' I thought to myself as I walked home from the subway on that warm Spring night. 'So why am I not?' came next. The guilt. I know I have the skills and ideas to do it. So why am I not doing it? Guilt is a feeling I'm faced with a lot.

My most recent post (oh the irony of the word 'recent') was about blogger identity and I had lost mine almost entirely. I wasn't proud of the content I was creating and my 'brand' was all over the place. My Twitter identity was a prominently societal and pop culture commentary with the odd bit of blogging thrown in, while my Instagram was unintentionally themed to suggest I am the picture perfect beauty blogger, a filtered version of the most vain elements of my life. Truth be told, I'm neither. Well, more specifically, I'm both. And I'm so much more too. I want my blog to portray a more rounded and varied picture of who I am and what I'm passionate about.

When I started by blog, I loved the name. It's something I'm so often complimented on at blog events and when new people follow me on social media. They love it. Me? Not so much any more. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I outgrew Filthy Paws & Silky Drawers a long time ago. I'm not that girl I was in 2011 any more. I've thought about changing my name for a while now, but struggled to think of something else. What if I regret it? What if I should've just stuck with it? What if my stats and followers dramatically fall cause people don't realise I'm the same person? 

At the stage I was at at the start of this year, I was so unhappy with my blog and what I was doing that I knew anything would be better. This year has been hard, I'm not in a particularly good place in my life and I'm not going where I want to be going at the pace I'd like to, but my blog is all mine, to do exactly what I want and I really want to turn it around. I know I can and I know I will.

I've cleaned up my filthy paws and hung up my silky drawers. That chapter is over and it's time for something new. Once Upon A Sophie...