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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why we don't need heterosexual pride day


So I have just been on Twitter to see that today is #HeterosexualPrideDay apparently! I'm all for being happy with your sexuality and comfortable with who you are. We all should be, otherwise we would never be happy.



The thing is, is that we do not need pride days to celebrate something which is celebrated every single day. Imagine a day to celebrate being white, or able-bodied, or a man. It would just be offensive. It's like 'oh look, we have privilege and we're going to celebrate that.' Heterosexual 'pride' is the default in culture and society. Everybody assumes everybody is straight unless you look 'butch', 'gay', or hang out in a gay club. None of which means you aren't straight, by the way, and those are all stereotypes. So every day for the straight person is them not even thinking about their sexuality, not being scared of being called names, not being scared of being shot, not being scared of not getting a job because of their sexuality. Nobody is going to experience discrimination for being straight.

Here's a little quote which might help: "LGBT liberation day came about because of a culture of discrimination: President Eisenhower issued an executive order in 1953 legalizing the firing of LGBT people. Openly LGBT couples (and people) were not even allowed to publicly gather; those who did were both harassed by civilians and criminalized by police." So gay pride is there for a reason, and came about due to discrimination. 

Today, we don't experience that (although, apparently gay people aren't allowed on certain YouTube series because the creators are homophobic, and people get banned on popular Minecraft servers for having words like 'gay' in their usernames. Totally not referring to anything specific here.) but gay people still experience discrimination and hate crimes. People are literally murdered for being gay, and aside from that, people are bullied for being gay, and afraid to come out because they're worried about what will happen. I haven't covered everything there, of course, but those are two important reasons to have gay pride. Straight people don't experience any of that, so why would they need a pride day?

Be proud to be straight every single day, because you won't experience hate for being straight, or discrimination, or being shot dead. But don't give yourself a day to celebrate being straight, because that to me, is just offensive and undermining to gay pride.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Review and Dupe!


Ahhh it seems like too long since I sat down to write a beauty post! I don't like writing repetitions of what's already out there, however results from a Twitter poll suggested that people wanted to see a review of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish! To make it a little different, I've added a dupe in here too!

How well does it remove makeup?
So I tend to first of all use a Micellar Water just to get rid of the majority of my makeup, especially mascara. I'm not too careful with this however, and tend to leave behind quite a bit of makeup, just getting off the most of it and starting to break it down. I do this simply because the muslin cloth would get dirty very quickly if I only used that. I then use Cleanse & Polish to take my makeup off and I feel like it doesn't leave any traces. I am exceedingly lazy with my skincare routine, and these are the only two steps I do before moisturising, and I don't get breakouts or anything, so I feel it does a very good job.

Does it have a smell?
Yes, it does. It has a very subtle scent, which I think might be a combination of the eucalyptus, rosemary and chamomile. It isn't overpowering and I love it, and find it very refreshing.

What's the consistency like?
It's a very thick, creamy formula which applies to dry skin easily. It's thicker than a moisturiser but it's easy to rub into your face.

How long does it last?
I've only had mine for a few months but it's still going strong! I tend to use one or two pumps every time I use it, which isn't really a lot at all. I would say that it's very good value for money since some of the cheaper cleansers use up very quickly and aren't as effective.

Does it sting / irritate the skin?
I haven't had any problems with it at all, but I'm not sensitive to a lot of things so I can't comment on this! It's quite a soothing formula to me so I can't imagine it would cause many problems. Do write down in the comments if you've have problems with it or not so that other people can read them and get more opinions!

Does it remove waterproof mascara?
It removes honestly everything I've tried it on. But like I said, I used a cleansing water prior, which breaks it all down a little before using it. I have tried using only the Cleanse & Polish, and I found it a little more difficult because the muslin cloth got dirty quite quickly.


Onto the dupe!
The dupe I'm gonna talk to you about today is the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser, which I actually used before the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, and I absolutely adored it! I thought it was the best cleanser I'd ever tried! In the image above, the Liz Earle is on the left, and Bee Good on the right - you can see that the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a little thicker in consistency.

Both products come with muslin cloths. Mine came with a tiny one because it's a small size which I received at a blogger event. Both products are similar in terms of smell, but the Bee Good one has a stronger smell. They are definitely not the same smell, but they're both refreshing. I'd say the Bee Good Cream Cleanser has a slightly 'warmer' smell, if that makes sense.

To be honest, they both seem almost exactly the same to me. Both are thick cream cleansers and both remove makeup just as effectively! Perhaps I'd swing sightly towards the Liz Earle since it's a bit thicker, but there isn't much difference.

This retails at £11.50 per 100ml, in comparison to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which retails at £15.50 per 100ml (that is, both including a muslin cloth).


So, all in all, I love both products and would recommend them both! I would say that if you want to save a couple of pounds, go for the Bee Good Cream Cleanser, since it's almost exactly the same and the Bee Good cleanser has won awards so other people must think it's great too!

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Head on down to my Twitter for tweets & updates (also if you just fancy a chat), and subscribe to my YouTube channel for beauty videos & a lot of gaming content (I'm almost at 200 subs so would really appreciate that!).

Friday, June 10, 2016

My Disney Tsum Tsum Collection


I am addicted to Disney Tsum Tsums and I have been for a while! I really really hate to think how much money I've spent on them! If you're interested to see my collection, I made a little video on it! If you're interested in gaming, as well as beauty & lifestyle content, please subscribe to my channel! I would really appreciate it. Remember you can always talk to me on Twitter too if you wanna talk to me about anything at all! <3

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Best Products For Keeping Damaged Hair Healthy


Heeeeeey everybody! Here's a lil video I filmed for ma tube channel. I list some of the best products I've found for keeping hair healthy, particularly when it's been bleached or coloured crazy colours!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheerz Photo Album - Print Your Instagram Photos


Hiii everyone! It isn't often I accept requests to review things anymore. I'll only say yes if it's something I think looks really good. So, when Cheerz contacted me again asking me to review their new Photo Album*, I said yes straight away! Not only do they print your photos in high quality, but they also offer a range of products which have clearly all been well thought out and carefully designed. They go the extra mile & that's why I would only ever go to Cheerz to print my photos and nobody else. Their designs are modern and so cute and they make incredible gifts! I also have a discount code at the end of this post so be sure to check that out if you want to buy something.


The focus of today's post is the photo album, which is a brand new product. It consists of several pages filled with your photos. You can add up to 150 photos, though I think to have the full amount you'd have to add to the cost because additional pages cost extra. The standard has a lot of pages, however, and I really didn't need any of the extras.

The paper quality is amazing. It's a really thick sort of matte paper - the sort of paper you really want to stroke (or maybe that's just me because I have an obsession with paper textures). The pages are literally fun to turn because the paper is so nice.



They really think of every detail, such as this little ribbon which slots underneath the album (which also comes with its very own box to keep it safe in) so that you can pull it out easily without having to dig around the edges and potentially damage it. The box is a nice grey with little tiny polka dots on the front and a band across in whatever colour you choose for your album, with the picture and name you chose for it too. Speaking of the colour, there's a few nice colours to choose from, but I opted for this pastelly bluey purpley colour (v accruate description of colour there) though I was quite torn between all of them.


The above image gives you an example of the layout of pages, though it changes depending on how many photos you add to the page. On some of the layouts you can also add a message. I personally decided not to get messages on any of mine & was planning on adding my own messages with some extra paper to stick on there and a sharpie or something.

It looks nice when displayed on a shelf, as I've done, but it's also perfect for storing away since it's in a box which will stop it from any damage.

It retails for £35.00 and can be purchased here - you can also see all of the different colours and the design on the spine through that link. 

As I've said, I'll only accept gifts from brands if I truly like that brand, so I'm not just hyping up their designs because I'm doing this post in exchange for a product. You should definitely take a look at their website if nothing else because I think it's so beautiful and it gives me (as a Graphic Designer) lots of inspo. Also have a little look at my previous blog post to have a look at some of their other products & what I think of them!

OH, and if you want to buy something from the site yourself, my discount code is XSUM0J & it'll get you £4 off whatever you order!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Maisie Williams' Normal vs Feminist suggestion


I've wanted to write this post for a while, but I've sort of been on a break from my blog. I know I want to post more about things I actually think about on a daily basis, rather than solely beauty, fashion, and food. Of course, I'll still be posting about those things because they're three things I love. I do plan on branching out, however, and hopefully you don't mind that!

So, a few weeks or months ago, Maisie Williams suggested getting rid of the 'feminist' label. Since then, I've had a number of people bring that up with me and suggest that I shouldn't call myself a feminist, I should call myself normal. I just wanted to do a blog post on it, so that maybe I can direct all of those people straight to my blog to let them know why I definitely will not be abandoning the term 'feminism', and why nobody else should, either.

Of course, I'm no feminist expert. All I know is what I feel, what I've experienced, and what I've read. If you have a different view to me, feel free to leave a comment because hearing other points of view can only ever be helpful.

So feminism has this negative stigma around it, because people think if you're a feminist you're crazy and you hate men or whatever. I think that this was born from people who didn't understand feminism, and were annoyed at feminists for trying to initiate change when society was quite happy to remain oblivious to inequality and continue as it was. Anyway, I could write a whole other blog post on that, but I'm not going to right now. Because of the stigma, people (such as Maisie Williams) might be afraid to call themselves a feminist because they're scared of the hate they'll get. Honestly, I just think that's cowardly and stupid, because you should know what feminism is and be prepared to explain to people that it isn't about hating men or whatever, it's simply about equality.

So as for referring to people as 'normal' or 'sexist', I feel like feminism would be forgotten. "Get rid of feminism because feminists are crazy and not helpful." I feel like that's the message that sends out. It would be great if we could all either be labelled normal or sexist, but we really can't right now. There's misogyny ingrained in our society which you don't even realise exists until you research it, and it's through speaking out about it that it could be abolished.

I'd also like to say now, that simply by putting that I'm a feminist in my profile has led to a lot of people asking me questions about feminism, and saying they'd learnt a lot after I explained it to them. So just that alone proves that it's helpful to use the word rather than simply 'normal'. 'Normal' is a completely meaningless word that could refer to anything. You can't put in your Twitter bio that you're normal and expect to help reduce sexism.

Another thing to consider about the word 'feminist' is what all of the feminists before us have done. Many women have gone through a lot of crap in the past in the name of feminism, and I think that needs to be remembered. Identifying as feminist joins us to them as part of a group, as well as present day feminists, so that we're all working towards the same goal.

I could say more on the topic but I feel like I've rambled a lot already. I hope this helps you understand why I am a feminist and not 'normal', as Maisie Williams has suggested.

On a final note, in case you didn't know, feminism is about EQUALITY. In identifying as a feminist, I strive for men and women to be equal, as well as people from all cultures, all races, able-bodied or disabled, every age, every gender and sexuality, whatever the background and location. Everybody. So it isn't at all about hating men... it isn't about hating anybody.

(More blog posts coming soon)

P.S. I love Maisie Williams and can see that she was coming from a positive place in what she said, I just don't agree with it, and I think she should reconsider.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Dog Lover's Date Animation


As you may or may not know, I'm a Graphic Design student in the times I'm not blogging or gaming. I don't post about it much on this blog, but I thought that today I would. So here's a little animation I made. All text was created with the voice of PewDiePie in mind. Probably weird, but... it happened. Best viewed in 1080p.

Have a great day.

:)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Smoke BBQ Blogger Event In Leeds


Are you in love with the look of those desserts? Because same. I will just set you up for the tone of this post by letting you know that the brownie was legitimately 155% definitely the best brownie I have ever consumed in my entire life. That is 20 years of brownies. 

Desserts aside, I spent Thursday evening at Smoke BBQ, a restaurant which has just opened in Leeds. A bunch of bloggers were invited to the event, so I had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces for the evening and enjoy various meats, beers, and desserts. What more could you want?


I'll just say that the owner of the restaurant was the nicest person ever! Everybody who worked there was lovely, actually, and we had some good chats. I learned was brisket is, which I had no idea prior to this. I'm not a big beef fan, but still... I guess it's good to know.


I can't remember everything we tried, but definitely included was brisket, a turkey leg, chicken, and sausage. The sausage was INCREDIBLE! I told the owner about my passionate love for the sausage, and apparently their recipe was entered into some sort of sausage-related competition and it won. So it is pretty darn good sausage. If I could recommend anything from the menu (aside from the brownie, obvs) it would be the sausage. I know that Carl (A Bloke's Eye View) appreciated the brisket and the turkey leg.


I heard a number of people suggesting that it was better than Red's which, if you're from Leeds (or London or Sheffield, as I think they have restaurants there) you know is the place to go if you're looking for BBQ meat. Personally, I have an intense love for the chicken at Red's and it can't be beaten, but the desserts at this place definitely made it competition. Plus, I like the vibe of the place a lot, since the lighting is nice & it's pretty and it was so friendly there.


Here is a picture of the glorious peanut butter cheesecake. If you're a peanut butter and cheesecake lover, you'll love this. I enjoyed it, but I found the combination a little weird. I think my love for peanut butter is such that I basically just wanted to eat a slab of peanut butter and it really wasn't that at all. The brownie, as I've said, was the actual king of life. I bow down to the brownie. It was the gooeyest thing, and it was warm, and just so delicious. The S'more was good too, if you're a marshmallow fan. We also tried the Pistachio Ice Cream, but I am neither a fan of pistachios nor ice cream, so I can't comment on it really.


Anyway, if you're in Leeds and looking for somewhere to eat with a nice atmosphere, I would definitely recommend Smoke BBQ. It's just outside the Merrion Centre.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette Review


I can't remember ever being as excited for a product to be released as I was for this. Possibly for years, I've wanted the Sigma brush cleaning mat, but at £32.00, I couldn't justify buying it when I could just use my hands at little extra cost. When I found out that Real Techniques would be releasing their own take on it for just £12.99, I pretty much had to get it.

For me, cleaning my brushes is a real chore. I tend to put it off, and by the time I finally come to do it, my foundation brush is completely packed full of product and it takes a good 15 minutes just to clean one brush. I don't spot clean either, I just give them a good thorough wash about every two weeks (I know that's bad, but I'm lazy and it's the truth). This cute little palette aims to make that easier with a design to comfortably fit on your hand and a multi-textured surface to cleanse the brushes deeply.

The palette claims to help sweep away makeup, oil and impurities from bristles to give you truer, more consistent colour application. All you need to do is pop a bit of your brush cleanser of choice onto the palette, add some warm water, and swirl your brush through it until the brush is clean. You can also rest your brushes on the tool to air dry your brushes.


As you can see, it fits well on the hand, and it's very comfortable and doesn't slip off or anything. It also has three different textured surfaces - one for big brushes, one for medium, and one for small. I tested the product out on the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which I use for foundation, and found the texture in the middle to be the most useful for that, but I did make use of all three surfaces.

I found that, because it's made of silicone, it sort of helps the makeup come off more easily than if you were to do it on your palm. It's more 'sticky' than your hand, if that makes sense. but in a good way. It also really stops the pain / discomfort of constantly rubbing wet makeup brushes into your palm for an hour. So it was already a good product in my books just from the first instance I put my brush onto it.

I used a little baby shampoo and some warm water, and swirled my brush across it until clean. It took about a minute, or a little more, to get the brush completely clean. And it's completely clean, it doesn't just look it on the outside but have a little left on the inside, deep in the bristles. I'm so impressed. I don't know if it's my imagination, but the brush actually seems a little softer and shinier than it does normally. Maybe that's just because it got such a thorough cleaning.


I only tested it out on the one brush since I'd only recently washed them, so I didn't test out the cleansing gel, which you get as a sample. I can't wait to use it on the rest of my brushes though. I've never been excited to wash my brushes before now!

Would I recommend this product? Definitely! I would say that anybody with a lot of makeup brushes actually needs this in their life. It will save a lot of time, and a lot of water since it won't take as much to clean them as it would using just your palm. It's quicker, more comfortable, and more effective. 100% recommend. If you've got the money, go buy it now. Right. Now.

Have you tried the palette yet? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to tweet me your thoughts too, and check out my Instagram for more pictures!