Monday, 13 August 2018

CELEBRATING FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS

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francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, small blogger, female friendships, girl power, sisterhood
“The stereotype is that woman are catty and unfriendly to each other meanwhile we’re making 500 new friends in every bathroom line we stand in”

It's not Galentine's day but I think we should celebrate female friendships more often. It's your girl gang who you turn to when you’re feeling down and you need to be uplifted. When you’re dating someone new and you want the group chats approval or when you’re going through a break up and you need the girls to help you snap back.

Growing up, I struggled to keep female friendships. I was one of those girls with more guy friends than girlfriends. I think it was down to not being a girly girl growing up, I didn’t wear makeup, I wasn’t interested in hair and I didn’t look at guys in that way, I wasn’t your typical 16-year-old girl so I didn’t feel like I had a lot in common with other girls back in school. When I went to college, I started to venture out of my comfort zone, I started experimenting with makeup, playing around with hairstyles, I started to have things in common with other girls. I think this is when I realised the importance of female friendships. I can be open with my own gender, sorry guys but you just don’t understand the emotional side of being a female with female problems. When you’re having your 5th hormonal break down of the week and its only Tuesday, you need your best girlfriend to vent to.

I feel like female friendships are always being torn down on social media but when female friendships are good, they’re good! There is nothing like having a group of your closest girlfriends for a weekly or monthly catch up. I saw a tweet on twitter that said: “43% of being friends with women is us soothing each other after the world has convinced us our expectations were too demanding/unreasonable”. I love the girl power that comes from a group of females who have each other's backs through thick and thin. I love being able to be completely open about my feelings and knowing another female will understand.

Female friendships are comforting, beautiful and amazing.

Fran
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Monday, 6 August 2018

AUGUST TO DO LIST

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Summer is slowly coming to an end and the random pangs of excitement for Autumn are starting to kick in. I thought it was only fitting to kick off the new month with an August to do list because are you even a blogger if a new month rolls around and you don't post a to do list?

01. LET'S GO TO THE BEACH 
A few days ago, I tweeted about how summer's nearly over and I still haven't been to the beach. This month, that's all about to change as some of my work friends and I have booked a minibus for the day and are heading to Bournemouth beach at the end of the month.

02. SORT MY SH*T OUT
Next month, I am off to university and before I move out, I have 101 bank statements, other random letters, PR packages and old clothes to sort through. I have been putting it off for a while now by dumping it in one of those huge IKEA bags because out of sight, out of mind right? Wrong, I have found myself peering in nervously as the stack has rapidly increased in size over the past 2 months. It's definitely time to sort my sh*t out before it gets any higher.

03. CLEAN THE MAKEUP STAINS OUT OF MY CARPET
When you're in a hurry, it's so easy to spill some of your powder, mascara, foundation or blush onto your beautiful cream carpet. All around my room, there are random splogs of makeup stains that I've been meaning to scrub out. As this is my last month living at home, I am making it my top priority to get all the makeup stains out of my carpet.

04. GET A NEW PIERCING AND TATTOO
Currently, I have 8 piercings and 1 tattoo and since I have been working full time over the summer, I have racked up a bit more disposable money than usual and have decided to treat myself to a new piercing and tattoo. I'm booked in for the 23rd so keep your eyes peeled on the gram as I will probably reveal them on there. 

05. IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY 
Photography has never been my strong point, I'm not a photography student, I haven't been taking photos from a young age and I've never owned a camera. All my photos are taken on an iPhone 8 Plus and then I use various editing apps to enhance the image. A few days ago, I discovered a new editing app called RNI Films which I've been playing around with and I edited the photo for this post using this app, I love the polaroid feel of it. You'll be seeing a lot of changing in my Instagram posts and blog photos over the next few weeks.

What's on your August to do list?

Fran
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Monday, 16 July 2018

PHOTO DIARY | THE LAST TWO WEEKS

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Throwing is back to the old school blogging days with a photo diary, weekly summary kinda post. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen that I have had an eventful, last two weeks. At the beginning of July, after months of chatting on Twitter and Instagram DM's, I finally got to meet Becca. I took her to a few of my favourite instagrammable spots in Shoreditch, no bloggers day out is complete without shooting content amirite? I have enough photos on my camera roll now to do me until September. To end our day together, we headed to a random pub in Waterloo to watch the England vs Colombia game. I love the atmosphere in pubs during the World Cup, everyone is so happy and cheerful. Unfortunately, it's not coming home this year but it might come home in 2022, keeping positive! 

Last week, Incredibles 2 came out and of course, I went to see it on the day of release. The cinema was packed with adults which was expected, 14 years we waited for this! Also last week, my Mum and grandma bought most if not all of my university essentials. Seeing boxes of homeware dotted around the house is making it feel a lot more real.

What have you been up to the last two weeks?

Fran
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Thursday, 12 July 2018

I'VE CHANGED AND THAT'S OK

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This post was inspired by a tweet @hello_october_ retweeted on Twitter. It read, '6 months from now you can be in a completely different space, mentally, spiritually and financially'- It got me thinking, I've changed and that's OK!

As you move through different stages of your life, you change. I am not the same person who I was 5 years ago, 2 years ago or even a month ago and that's OK! I have noticed that bloggers and influencers get a lot of stick for being different to the person they were when they first started their platform and I just don't get it. Change is a sign of growth. If I was still the same insecure 14-year-old who I was when I first started this blog then I wouldn't be where I am now. I have learnt how to be confident, how to love myself and through that, I have developed as a person. 

Everyone changes over the course of time. Some people, change for the better and others change for the worst.

This time last year, I was in the first year of college. I have a small group of friends who I thought I'd be friends with forever. I was single and had just started taking interest in the opposite sex. I was outgoing. In a year,  I am no longer friends with anyone from that small group of friends, so we weren't meant to be friends forever. I am no longer single, I have been dating mystery man since January and things seem to be going well. I am no longer as outgoing as I was, is there such thing as an outgoing introvert? 'Cause, I think that's the best way to describe me. 

I've changed and that's OK! I am now a person who is happy, accepts herself, has learned to love and be loved, and a person who is continually striving to better themselves to reach their full potential. 6 months from now, I will be at university and God knows what type of person I will be then. 

Fran
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Monday, 9 July 2018

MY PLANS FOR THE SUMMER

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There are nine weeks between now and the day I move out of my family home and into student accommodation for the next four years. I want to make the most out of the next nine weeks and my plans for the summer are finally starting to come together. 

July is set to be a busy month for me. I have already ticked off few things off the list of things I wanted to do this summer, I sold my first car, got my first tattoo and met up with Lucy and Becca before they set off on their summer travels. This weekend, I am taking part in the North London Tough Mudder Race, which I am very excited about. The gym has taken a bit of a back seat recently as I am working full time and after a 10-12 hour shift, I can't think of anything worse than heading to the gym. However, since selling my car, I have had to walk everywhere so, I am still keeping my fitness levels up. As I said earlier, I got my first tattoo last month and I have booked to have my second at the end of this month, so many people told me that once you get your first, you want to have your entire body covered, its true! I have set up a Pinterest board and everything. 

There will probably be a few unplanned days out, random nights out and family bbq's throughout July and August. The main thing I am excited about this summer is Reading Festival. I went for the first time last year, read the post here, and I had the best five days of my life. A lot of my friends are off to uni at the end of summer and we will all be scattered around the country so we decided to create one last memory while everyone is in one place.

What are your plans for the summer?

Fran
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

REFLECTING ON FOUR YEARS OF BLOGGING

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I am going to try and keep this post short and sweet otherwise I will end up rambling and before you know it, I will be talking about a completely different topic. 

I have been blogging since Sunday 22nd June 2014, that's 4 years and 13 days. I started my blog after months of reading Zoella's blog in admiration. At school, English was one of my strongest subjects and so the writing side of blogging came to me naturally. The first post I ever published was a review of the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner, which you can read here, that my older sister got in a Glamour magazine and decided to give to me as it was the start of my makeup exploration years. I didn't take the photo I used, I took it from Google images and sourced it underneath. I used to write like a robot, none of my natural speech came through and reading back, it sounds scripted and fake. The post got 94 views, which I am pretty sure were all from me just checking back every few hours to see if I had gone viral, I thought this was how it worked you see, that if you posted something on the internet, it instantly went viral. I was wrong.

Back then, blogging was my hobby. I had no schedule, my photo quality was shit and I definitely didn't proofread before publishing. If the grammar police existed back then, they would've been down my throat. Blogging in 2014 was free, no one took it seriously, it was all just a bit of fun on the side. I miss the old school blogging days sometimes, there wasn't pressure to perform and by that I mean your blog could have a theme with orange and yellow stripes and no one cared. 2014-2016 were much simpler times. 

Now, blogging is still my hobby. What has changed is that I get sent products to try, I occasionally get some income, I get invited to cool events and I have made friends from all over the world who I wouldn't have known without discovering them online. The list could go on but the main thing that has changed is that bloggers have formed a community, through hashtags on Twitter, blogger chats, follow trains. A community where everyone is welcome. I will be honest, there are many problems within the blogging community that need to be addressed but I will discuss those another day. 

Over the last four years, I have grown (not in height, unfortunately), experienced, laughed, loved and cried. I never thought that when I started my blog on that random Sunday four years ago, that this is where it would be now. Sometimes, it doesn't feel real and I am waiting for someone to wake me up from this dream life I am living. I am proud of my little slice on the internet and I am excited to see it grow over the next four years.

Fran
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Monday, 2 July 2018

JULY TO DO LIST

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July has arrived which means its time to set some goals and things to do throughout the month. I had a really busy and productive month in June so I am hoping July is exactly the same.

01. PAY OFF MY CREDIT CARD
My main goal for this month is to pay off my credit card. I am down to the last couple of hundreds and then I will be debt free.

02. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE 
Last month, I set up a help to buy ISA with Barclays and an everyday saver. Before I go off to uni, I want to have saved a fair amount in both accounts and now I am working full time, its the perfect time to get started on building up my savings accounts.

03. POST MORE 
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I post once a week on a Monday at 6PM. This month, I want to post more because I have so many posts ideas and drafts that I want to publish so, I am going to try and get an additional post out on Thursday's at 5PM.

04. VISIT ONE NEW PLACE 
Last Wednesday, I drove down to Surrey to visit Lucy and she took me all her favourite places. This is something I want to do more of this summer, I want to explore new places and get out of my local area more, experience life outside my bubble.

05. EMBRACE MY NATURAL HAIR 
For the past two years, I have been straightening my hair almost every day or weekly because I didn't like my natural hair. If you don't know, my natural hair is curly like 3c/4a kind of curls, google it if you want to know exactly what it looks like. I haven't straightened my hair for the past 2 months and I am extremely proud of myself, this may seem like something small but for me it's huge. I have switched up my hair care routine and my curls are looking better than ever, yes it takes a lot longer to do my hair in the morning, yes I use a lot more product and yes more effort is required to manage it but I am learning to embrace the hair I was born with.

What's on your July to do list?

Fran
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Thursday, 28 June 2018

SUMMER WISHLIST

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Today is my favourite day of every month, payday! Summer has finally arrived in the UK and the sun seems to be here to stay. So, now I have the funds, its time to add some summery pieces to my wardrobe. I've spent the last few days looking at the 37p in my bank account and adding items to my wishlists on ASOS, Pretty Little Thing and Pull & Bear, ready to move to basket and checkout at midnight on payday. 

If you read my wishlist last season, I was loving everything yellow and this season, I am still loving everything yellow. This yellow co-ord from Topshop was the first thing I popped into my basket as soon as I got paid, I went instore a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love. I love that co-ords have multiple uses, you can wear both items together or you can pair them separately, so you definitely get your money's worth in terms of wear. Also, loving bright coloured accessories. There's an Accessorize near me that's closing down so all their bags are super cheap at the moment, Dalal sent me the link to a yellow crossbody and while I was browsing the site, I came across this small yellow backpack. The best way to spice up a plain outfit is with accessories and this yellow backpack would be perfect for that. I know air max 95's are not to everyone's taste as they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing shoe but I like them. I went into a Nike store last week and tried them on and with the t-shirt dress I was wearing that day, issa look! I saw Laura wearing cycling shorts on the gram and I decided I too needed a pair of cycling shorts because I want to pretend to be an Instagram baddie and do a boujee pose in the mirror, you know.
What's on your summer wishlist?

Fran
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Monday, 25 June 2018

MY FIRST TATTOO AND THE MEANING BEHIND IT

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Suprise! Your girl got her first tattoo, finally! This has been long awaited and something at the top of my summer bucket list. If you follow me on Instagram, then you will have seen that I had this done last Monday at Adrenaline Park Studios by a tattoo artist called David. I have had 6 piercings done at Adrenaline in the past, so I felt confident going to them for my first tattoo. 

My experience at Adrenaline was outstanding, the atmosphere was nice and chilled, which put me at ease and all the staff were super friendly and cheerful. As for the process of actually being tattooed, David told me a story about his tattoos while he was preparing the transfer paper for my design. I could tell that he was passionate about his work and I felt even more confident in his abilities through listening to his story. The pain of line work on your ribs is not as bad as I was expecting, I kid you not, my nipple piercing hurt a lot more. I would describe the pain as how I imagine it feels to be constantly stung by a bee and after a while, the pain started to feel rather therapeutic like how I imagine acupuncture would feel. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to get their first tattoo!

So, I guess you're wondering what the meaning behind my tattoo is? I start by saying that I don't believe tattoos need a meaning. Some people just want to be expressive using their body or simply like a design and would like it tattooed on their body for no reason at all. The meaning behind my tattoo is very personal to me but I am completely comfortable sharing it with you guys. About 3-4 months ago, I was going through a rough time and during that time, a lot happened, a lot that has changed me mentally. During this time, I discovered a German dramatist called Bertolt Brecht and one of his plays, Lux in Tenebris. The play is about a moralist who campaigns for the closure of brothels, that part is completely irrelevant to my tattoo but its interesting. Lux in Tenebris is a Latin phrase meaning light in darkness, a phrase that has stuck with me and something I now tell myself when things go wrong. 

Fran
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Monday, 18 June 2018

HOW I ACHIEVE GLOWING SUMMER SKIN

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This post was made in collaboration with L'Occitane 

As the weather starts to warm up, I like to pay special attention to my skin to keep it looking glowy. Not only does the sun, tan the skin but it causes the pores to get clogged due to excessive sweating coupled with grime and dust, so I like to switch up my routine and opt for lighter products like serums and exfoliating cleansers.

The first step in achieving glowing summer skin is proper exfoliation. To exfoliate my face, I opt for products that contain glycolic acid as it helps to gently buff away dead skin cells. At the moment I am using the PIXI Glow Tonic which I absolutely adore and to exfoliate my body, I put a handful of body scrub onto a body brush and target areas of my body that are driest. 

Makeup wise, I like to opt for products that add luminosity to the skin. My favourite summer foundation is the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. As the name suggests, it makes the skin appear more luminous and provides a light, weightless coverage. Brightening concealers are also a must during the summer months, I recently bought the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer after hearing so many great reviews, its high coverage so is perfect for covering up dark circles and brightening the undereye. To finish off a glowy makeup look, I use a highlight to add that extra glow to the apples of my cheeks, the tip of my nose and the brow bone. If I want to look like a glazed doughnut theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer is my go-to. It's marketed as a bronzer but it works really well as a highlight for my deep skin tone as it contains small bits of coppery gold shimmer which pop when the sun reflects on the applied area. 

How do you achieve glowy summer skin?

Fran
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Monday, 11 June 2018

NEW DRUGSTORE LAUNCHES

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I went into Superdrug with the intention of replacing an empty Carmex and left with a whole basket of things that I didn't need but managed to justify as a blog expense. I am a complete sucker for new launches and I had to take advantage of Superdrug's 2 for £12 offer on selected Maybelline. I picked up the Maybelline Tattoo Gel Eyebrow Tint Peel and the Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer

Two words to describe the tattoo brow tint, life-changing! I have been using it for past two weeks and haven't needed to fill in my brows once. I don't want to give too much away as I have a full review which will include before and after pics coming up very soon.

Almost every drugstore makeup tutorial I watched over the years has featured the instant anti age concealer. Apparently,  this is "Britain's Favourite Concealer" and Maybelline have recently launched six new shades in the UK from deep to light and included more undertones.  I am yet to try it out but I have high expectations as I have read so many great reviews!

Have you picked up any new launches from the drugstore?

Fran
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Monday, 4 June 2018

A LETTER TO MY FUTURE SELF

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DO NOT OPEN UNTIL MONDAY 29TH MAY 2023

Dear Fran, 

As I am writing this, it is Tuesday 29th May 2018. You are 18 years old and next week, you will be sitting 3 of 4 A-level exams, you should be revising right now but you have taken a break to write this letter. 

Three words to describe 18-year-old Fran according to Emma: bubbly, intelligent and charismatic. I hope 5 years from now when you are reading this, you are still all of those things and have developed into a well-rounded 23-year-old. 

In a matter of months, you will be moving out and starting your first of 4 years at university. Did you finish uni and graduate? If you did, congratulations! If you didn't, I hope you are doing something you enjoy and that makes you happy. 

Do you have a boyfriend? I am hoping that 5 years from now you have found someone like-minded and funny but if not, you are still young and have plenty of time to meet someone, have kids and all that jazz, there's no pressure!

Most importantly, are you still blogging? Right now, you have been blogging for 4 years and if you have kept it up, that's 9 years. 9 years since you created your little slice of the internet. You have contemplated creating a vlog channel, did you ever do it or are you still anxious about the whole idea? Bite the bullet, there's nothing to lose! 

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you are living a happy, fulfilling life and that you are surrounded by people who uplift you.

Fran
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Monday, 28 May 2018

MAY EMPTIES

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I want to keep this intro short and sweet or I will end up rambling on about how quickly this month has gone and how we are nearly half way through 2018. I love reading empties posts, they remind me of the old school blogging days so I thought I would share my empties from the month of May. 

I have tried every deodorant on the market and this is by far the best. It's not the cheapest, at £2.99 for 200ml but it does exactly what it says on the tin, eliminates odour, keeps you feeling dry and provides 48-hour protection. This deodorant contains aloe and vitamin e which help to soothe and condition the skin, perfect if you have sensitive underarms like myself. It is currently on a 2 for £4 offer at Superdrug so there's no better time to give it a go.

The ultimate handbag essential. Like the Mitchum deodorant, I have tried many lip balms and this is one of the best. For £2.69, you get a long-lasting formula that soothes cracked lips and leaves them feeling smooth like a babies bottom.

Elizabeth Arden Intense Moisturizing Hand Treatment

This product has been hyped for years and I have always wanted to give it a go but I couldn't justify the price. I was gifted this mini back in March and have since repurchased a full size, a student on a student budget bought a hand cream for £22. Okay, hear me out... If you are a gin lover, a friend of mine claims it smells like Bombay Sapphire, you could be walking around with hands that smell like gin. If you're not a gin lover, the smell is glorious, I am crap at describing scents but I would say it is somewhat citrusy? pepperminty? I think the word I am looking for is fresh, it smells fresh. It has a thick formula that doesn't feel greasy or sticky and even after you wash your hands, they still feel moisturised. If you are looking to treat yourself to a luxurious hand cream, this is one to try. 

I first tried this micellar water back in 2015 and have loved it ever since. It is gentle enough to use around the eyes and lips and is completely perfume free, perfect for those who have sensitive skin. It removes make-up, cleanses and soothes with no need for rubbing or rinsing. Simply squeeze on to a cotton pad and it distributes itself across the pad. The product removes makeup really well and can tackle the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras. Once all your makeup is removed it leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed.  If you read my post with Fair Squared then you will know that I am on a journey to a cruelty-free routine. Now, I am well aware that Garnier is not a cruelty-free brand but I was unaware of this when I purchased this product a few months ago. However, I am yet to find a micellar water that compares, so if you have any cruelty-free recommendations then leave a comment or tweet me, @franciscarockey

I have been creating a skincare routine over the last few months (skincare routine post coming soon) and this is one of the cult products that I was recommended. My skin is clear but eczema-prone during the summer months. I have been using Glow Tonic for almost 2 months and I have noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin, it is visibly brighter and a lot smoother. You know when you wake up in the morning and your skin feels tight and looks a little dull, this toner eliminates that tight feeling and injects a glow back into your skin. 

Last but not least, Pimm's. I was invited to a bbq earlier this month and I couldn't turn up empty handed, so I popped to Sainsbury's and picked up a few cans of Pimm's lemonade. I had never tried Pimm's before but everyone else in the alcohol aisle seemed to have their trolley full of it so I followed the crowd. I am not a huge fan of alcohol but this tastes like juice and I am all for alcohol that doesn't taste like alcohol.

What are your May empties?

Fran
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Monday, 21 May 2018

WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU?

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The definition of success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, but what does success mean to you? 

I came across a tweet about making it in the blogging industry and it got me thinking, how can someone decide that they are the definition of success? What have they done or accomplished that makes them successful? Success is subjective, it can be influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions. What one may regard as being successful, another may not see as being successful.

I feel successful in the blogging industry every day. I may not have 100k followers on Instagram or 20k on Twitter, but I consistently create content that I am proud and happy to share. There was a time where I was inconsistent and was not proud of the content I was sharing, and I felt like I was never going to be successful in this industry. Until I realised that being successful in the blogging industry is defined by you and what you would like to achieve from your online presence. My biggest aim is to work with one of my all-time favourite brands, I still have a long way to go before they will even notice me or until I feel confident enough to pitch to them, but I will keep consistently producing content and engaging with my audience and one day that email will come, speak it into existence! 

I asked a fellow blogger, Emilia from Emilia Rachael, her view on success in the blogging industry

"Blogging will always be something I do as a hobby and because of this, I measure my success in terms of my own personal goals. I call myself successful now because I have grown 500 Instagram followers since April and to me, that is more than I would ever have imagined. I don't measure my success on how many brands want to work with me or how much money I make, I measure it based on my relationships with other bloggers and how I have grown with my blog through the years"  

When I think of success, I want to set myself up to succeed, not set myself up to have a goal that I will never achieve just for the sake of having a goal. Maybe I am too much of a realist, I understand that setting yourself goals beyond your reach gives you something greater to strive for but I take comfort in knowing that I can reach the goals I have set myself, with no uncertainty in whether I will reach them.


So, what does success mean to you?

Fran
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Monday, 14 May 2018

MY THOUGHTS ON THE REVOLUTION CONCEALER

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I am sure you have seen this concealer all over your socials. Every blogger and their nan seems to be obsessed with it but is it worth the hype? Absolutely! This is the first product I have tried from Revolution and I am very impressed! 

First of all, the shade range is insane. 18 shades ranging from fair to deep in cool, neutral and warm undertones, so there is a concealer for everyone! If that alone is not enough to convince you to give it a try then the price will definitely have you sold, this steal is only £4. You read that right, £4, an absolute bargain! A good concealer that doesn't break the bank? I'm HERE for it! 

As you can see the packaging looks very luxurious and sleek and is weighty giving it a very high-end feel. I'm the shade C13 which is for dark skin with warm undertones and I use it to cover my dark circles for a night out as it gives a full coverage while being lightweight, it doesn't even feel like you have anything on. The large doe foot applicator allows for a smooth application so if you are using it for your under eyes, there won't be any drag on such a delicate area of skin. 

The only negative is that it is quite small so if you wear makeup every day, I can imagine it would run out very quickly. However, for £4 stocking up won't break the bank. You could buy 5 of these for the price of one high-end concealer. This concealer has been promoted to my drawer of go-to products and I just ordered a darker shade to use for contour. Sorry LA Girl Pro conceal but there's a new fav in town. 

Have you tried this concealer? If so, what are your thoughts?

Fran 
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Monday, 7 May 2018

WORKING OUT AT HOME

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Some days, I really don't fancy heading to the gym and working out in that environment. You know the days where you look at yourself in the mirror and your skin has broken out or you are on your period, feeling sluggish and the last thing you want to do is pop on some tight workout gear that is going to expose your bloatedness. Days like these I pull out my yoga mat and work out at home in the comfort of my oversized Adidas tee with all its food stains and some regular Primark leggings. I know there are probably a lot of you who have been in a similar position or you don't like the gym environment at all and would like some guidance on effective home workouts.

Yoga with Adriene
I never thought I would be one of those people that are into Yoga but after starting classes a few months ago out of curiosity, I have become a Yoga enthusiast. Since discovering Yoga with Adriene on Youtube, I alternate between my weekly Yoga classes at the gym and Adriene's various 30-day challenges. Yoga is more than just meditation, it focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.  Adriene guides you through each video at a slow place on how to improve your practice and her calming voice helps you to feel relaxed.

#GFHG
I am sure you have all seen GraceFitUK's resistance bands and home fitness guides floating around on Instagram. Grace is a student fitness blogger from London who started off filming her workouts on Youtube and over the past year has produced both gym and home workout guides which you can purchase at https://gracefitguide.com - I believe each guide comes with a resistance band and some guides come with dumbbells too. Grace has created a community of women who follow her guide which you can become a part of too using the hashtag #GFG on Instagram. The hashtag is also a great way to meet other women who are in the same position as yourself and form friendships.

Blogilates
Cassey Ho is one of the women who inspired me to push myself on my fitness journey. The first video of hers that I discovered was the Victoria Secret Angel Arm workout almost 5 years ago and to this day, I still use this video as part of my upper body routine when I am training at home. Her channel Blogilates has tons of home workout videos for every muscle group so all you need is a yoga mat and Cassey will guide you through the rest.

Fran
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Monday, 30 April 2018

LIFE UPDATE WITH CASEAPP

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This post is in collaboration with CaseApp 

We are now at the end of April which means exam season is well on its way for all students. The next two months are going to be an endless cycle of eat, sleep, study, work, repeat but once its over, we'll have the entire summer break to fully relax and catch up on sleep. 

It's been a while since I have sat down and updated you guys on what is going on in Fran's world. April has been my busiest month so far, I have had brand collaborations, I went down to Brighton to meet fellow blogger Phoebe from Its Phoebe Rose, I had a shoot in Camden and have thought about introducing fashion back onto my blog, I bought my first Pipdig design, which will be live shortly, a trip to Ireland for early next year has been booked and plans for the summer are shaping up.

The following may come as a surprise as I was previously adamant about taking a gap year but after careful deliberation, my plans have changed. I will be going to the University of Liverpool to study BSc Geography with a year abroad in China providing I get the grades on results day, fingers crossed. Since I am going to be in education for another 4 years, I am going to need a new laptop and I have been saving up to buy a MacBook Air, which I will be the proud owner of at the end of August. There's still 3 months until I make the purchase but I am excited to stick this beautiful laptop sticker from CaseApp onto my Mac. I have been given a 20% off code for you guys to treat yo'self to a new laptop sticker or phone case from the CaseApp website, the code is TUXICES20. 

I have never talked about my love life on my blog before as I am not usually one to discuss this topic with people outside my close circle but I want to be more open with you guys and let you in on more personal details of my life. For quite some time now, your girl has been seeing someone. I have kept this very hush-hush, there have been a few cryptic tweets here and there but nothing too obvious. I have been happily single for 18 years and I went into this year hoping to make it 19 years of being happily single but life happened and a handsome man walked into my life and stole my heart, *cringe*. For now, that is all the information you are getting, I know Lucy from Forever September is sat reading this waiting for me to announce that I am off the market but the question is yet to be popped but you guys will be first to know when I am no longer a single lady.
How has April treated you?

Fran
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Monday, 23 April 2018

SPRING CLEAN YOUR ROUTINE

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I was contacted by Pravera on behalf of Fair Squared and they asked if I wanted to be part of their Spring campaign to 'Spring Clean Your Routine'. So, let me tell you a bit of background information about the company, Fair Squared is a cruelty-free, fair trade and vegan company that produces products using ingredients from some of the world's poorest countries. With their products, they want to make a change and contribute to a fairer, more eco-friendly and sustainable future. 

The aim of the 'Spring Clean Your Routine' campaign is to encourage individuals to consider what cruelty, chemicals and toxins may be lurking in their current daily routine and to make the switch to responsible, certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free products where possible. Fair Squared produce a wide range of products from skin care, hair care, shaving products to shower gels and even condoms! 

I was sent the Vanilla Body Butter*, Shea Lip Balm* and Vanilla Shower Gel* to try out. I was greatly impressed by the packaging and quality of the products, particularly the Shea Lip Balm. Anyone who knows me in real life will know that I swear by Carmex lip balms but after trying the Shea Lip Balm, I may have discovered a new favourite. 

I loved the ethos of this brand and the aim of this campaign, so I decided to pitch to a few other cruelty-free brands to help me out with my journey to a cruelty-free routine. So Eco kindly sent me a few brushes from their range, which after a few uses have become my preferred tools over my non-cruelty-free brushes. 

I think it's important to be more conscious of the products and tools you are using and to make an effort to opt for cruelty-free alternatives where possible. I put my hands up and admit that a lot of the products I currently use are not cruelty-free. In my defence, a lot of cruelty-free makeup brands do not cater for my skin tone, however, I have no excuse when it comes to beauty tools and skincare products and after doing some research on www.peta.org I now know which brands are cruelty-free and will be trying some of these brands out, once my current products are finished!

Are you on a journey to a cruelty-free routine? If so, let me know which brands I should try 

Fran
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Monday, 16 April 2018

THE WORLD'S MOST HIPSTER CITY

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Last Saturday, I went to visit fellow blogger Phoebe Rose in Brighton, the world’s most hipster city. Phoebe took me around to a few of the hipster and instagrammable spots. First stop was Pelicano, an independent café on Sydney Street, we had a quick refuel before heading to Snoopers Paradise on 7/8 Kensington Gardens, if like myself you love having a rummage through charity shops then you will love Snoopers Paradise. 

Close by to Snoopers Paradise was Beyond Retro, a vintage clothing retailer, a hipsters dream shop which is reasonably priced too. We also visited Magazine Brighton on Trafalgar Street, an independent magazine shop of beautifully designed magazines about design, fashion, culture, sport, people, gender, science, the arts and more. Resident Brighton, a record shop with every record you can imagine!

We popped into the Photomatic because a vintage photo booth is a must when in Brighton. Then before heading home, we had a nosey around Oliver Bonas, the North & South lanes, the Pier and our last stop were the Brighton Pavillion gardens and the Pavillion Museum & Art gallery. 

Have you visited Brighton before? If so, what are your favourite spots?

Fran

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