I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I was really enjoying dipping my toes in more beauty related posts recently. I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone so far this year in regards to my blog and I’m really enjoying not limiting myself – no topic is off limits anymore. So whilst I’ve reviewed a few beauty related products in the past, most of them have been hair or skin care – that sort of thing. But make-up… Eeeesh. That’s an entirely different ball-game for me altogether.
I’m going to say that really annoying, over-used, cliché sentence that everyone hates… When Ryman Stationery contacted me and asked if I’d like to work with them, I completely jumped at the chance! And although I’m internally cringing just writing that, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t 100% true. I’m sure most bloggers can relate to my love of stationery; crisp, brand new notebooks with not a mark on them, trolling through pages after pages or shelf after shelf of pens of all different types and colours, random multi-coloured paperclips and nick-nacks that you’re never going to use… Sigh. A blogger’s heaven. That’s more or less how I felt as I scrolled through the Ryman’s website, picking my items for review.
It’s another tag post today (again because I’m running low on blog post ideas and I found this one on Little Owl Loves blog and thought it was cute! I wasn’t technically tagged in it – ooh rebel) and I love my bed and I love sleeping so I thought a bedtime tag was perfect for me! I’ve also recently bought some gorgeous new bedding so this is a great opportunity to show it off!
Now you know that I’m not a beauty blogger. I may not be able to do make-up very well or know all the latest trends but… I do wash my hair. And I do use body lotion after a shower occasionally. So luckily today, I’m reviewing those very things! I was very kindly sent some products from Urtekram‘s new Nordic Berries range of products. All of which are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants from traditional Nordic berries like sea buckthorn, blueberries, cranberries and more. The brand are also organic cruelty free and vegan!
Throughout July, I was very lucky to receive some amazing things in the post. As a blogger, as I’m sure a lot of you will understand, post time can be your favourite time of day and the postman can become your best friend. I get along really well with my postman now as he’s always bringing me parcels! Anyway, I worked with some great brands and received some amazing books in the post this past month so I wanted to share them with you here along with some other goodies! I’m also thinking of maybe doing one of these ‘stuff hauls’ every month! What do you think?
Since starting my blog, I’ve been drawn in more and more by the consumer market. With products of all different types flying at you from every corner of the Internet, it’s incredibly hard to ignore. But secretly… I love it. And I’m proud to be a part of it. Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to review and test out a whole bunch of products from beauty, food, clothes and even pet care. Although it can be quite taboo, a blogger openly admitting that they love doing product reviews and love being sent stuff for that purpose, I do love it and I won’t hide it because it’s a privilege and I’m proud to have worked hard to the point where I’m trusted with this stuff. Not only that, I love raving about products I love to my online readers and friends which I know they might be interested in.
I am not a beauty blogger and I won’t for 1 minute pretend that I know what I’m doing. I don’t. If you knew some of my “beauty” habits, you would be appalled. But, just because I can’t tell my lip liners from my eye liners (bit of an exaggerations but you get what I mean) doesn’t mean I don’t use, you know, stuff and have some products that I use regularly or are passionate about. I also stated in my ‘Why I’m Attempting Blogtober’ post that I was hoping it may encourage me to try different types of posts and this is one of those. So, today I’m talking about 5 of my favourite “beauty-ish” products right now.
Liz Earle Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash
Correct me if I’m wrong, but a lot of peeps who start a blog have the intention of hopefully, maybe, doing product reviews somewhere down the line. I know I did. And I’ll be the first to admit that getting free stuff is f***ing awesome. And having brands put their products and trust in your hands is f***ing awesome. But unfortunately, with so many bajillions of bloggers all hoping and working for the same thing, products don’t always come to us at the rate we want them to.
You probably all know Jemma, from Dorkface. Blogger, creator of #TheGirlGang and if you didn’t know, a very talented designer and artist. A good while ago now, Jemma asked around on Twitter for anyone who might want to review some of her stickers that she designs herself and sells and I registered my interest because they’re hella cute. The other day, I woke up to bright pink envelope with a cat and a shooting star on the front and if you follow Jemma on Twitter, you’ll recognise her designs and drawings from anywhere.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not becoming a beauty blogger any time soon but I do love trying new products. If anything, sometimes I like to hear the opinion from non-beauty bloggers about products over those that work in the industry – just to hear a different point of view. I was in contact with Steph on Twitter and she kindly sent me some product samples to try out and review. The products are from Forever and are all Aloe Vera based, so super natural and super healthy and they came in super cute little packets that reminded me of those you would get in a hotel.