Why you should never censor yourself as a blogger

When I first started blogging, I was eager to be liked. I'm not a very confrontational person in the first place, so I just went along with what I thought was expected, too afraid to stick my neck out if I disagreed with the crowd. But somehow, and I'm not sure when or how it happened, I've realised that I no longer care. Of course I want to be liked, that's human nature, but I don't want that to be at the expense of sharing my opinions, even if they are unpopular. Yes, I'm sure there are people who don't like me because of it and I know I've lost followers after expressing certain opinions, but that's not important to me anymore. The benefits I've gained from being unashamedly me have been worth way more than followers or popularity.

Sharing controversial opinions on a blog

Review // Tangle Teezer

Having heard such great things about the Tangle Teezer, I knew I had to try one. My hair is so thick and, as it's curly, it gets tangled really easy. Apparently this tool removes tangles easily, without any damage, so it sounded like the answer to all my prayers. As luck would have it, my Secret Santa gift from Natalie was this pink and purple Tangle Teezer so I finally got to try it out and see what all the hype was about.

Tangle Teezer Review

Nails // Essie Comfy in Cashmere and OPI Matte Top Coat

After 3 weeks of almond nails, I've decided that I absolutely love them. Yes, they're taking a bit of getting used to and yes, I keep ripping my clothes but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to take for such an elegant shape. I chose to stick with this shape and plumped for a grey shade on them this time. It's still a little bit too early for pastels!  Essie Comfy in Cashmere Swatch

Charities of the Month // Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support

Usually, it takes me a little while to consider which charity I'm going to feature each month. This month, however, I didn't even need to think for a second. January has been a hard time for so many people. Of course we've lost some of our greatest talent in the past 30 days- David Bowie, my idol Alan Rickman and now the sad news that Sir Terry Wogan has also left us- but there are also many others, not in the public eye, who are learning to live in a world that has changed, all because of cancer.

Cancer charities UK

Review // La Roche-Posay Micellar Water

Continuing on my exploration of micellar waters, I decided to crank up a gear and splash out on some La Roche-Posay. I've never used the brand but have heard fantastic things from other bloggers so I was super excited to try it.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Review

Why I'm ending my sponsorships

In 2013, I decided to start offering sponsorships. Back then it was kind of the done thing and I suppose I was emulating all these other bloggers I admired. But over time, things have changed and I've decided to stop offering sidebar advertising.

Sponsoring on blogs