Dear Reader: Hello, It's Me

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sorry about the BLATANT Adele reference but man oh man has it been a long time since I blogged!

Stuff has been so busy with me lately that every time I've come on here to write, I've got a huge lump in my throat. I've been all up in my head thinking that 'I couldn't possibly write now, it will be shit and nobody will read it'. However its precisely 23:38 right now, I'm so hyped up on coffee I can feel the cogs turning in my brain, so here I am, writing away and saying hello.

I redesigned my blog to give myself more freedom to write about whatever I wanted. But I'll be honest guys, the redesign didn't feel like me. It was too glossy and impersonal, and I want my blog to be an inviting space where you can just snuggle up with a blanket and read in the evening after work. This of this blog as a cup of tea for the soul, because that's how I want to think of it.

So where the bloody hell have you been Shiana, I hear you cry! Well, my lovely reader, I got a new job! Wahoo and yay and all the champagne popping. I am a Sales & Operations Executive a a Fashion Accessory company and the company and their products are amazing if I do say so myself. I love it, I love that I can say my fancy new job title to people when they ask and not feel slightly ashamed at my job. Not one bit.

So yeah guys thats been the hold up on here. That and feeling really deflated with the redesign!

As a blogger with a relatively small following I always feel the need to shake things up on my blog, to see if that one blog redesign or new insta theme is going to click with a new set of readers, does anyone else feel like this too? Its silly, because its all aesthetics, but unfortunately thats what attracts people first these days!

I've also come to report that I now do two videos a week on my YouTube channel, so if you can't catch me here then you will always see me there, so please pop over and say hello, and maybe click the subscribe button while you are at it...

I really want to try and do more dear reader blog posts because they feel more me. I'm just here sitting in my pj's writing whenever I get inspired or want to vent, and its just such a better way of communicating with you all. It's not forced or scheduled. It's real and freshly squeezed from my mind and I hope you guys love it.

So what have you all been up to while I've been away? Tell me all your news, dreams, loves and losses. I want to know you, dear reader!

Talk to you soon!

Shiana xo

Why Its Okay To Be Average

Friday, 8 July 2016

I'm Shiana and the only thing that isn't average about me is my name.

I work an average 9-5, at an average level. I have an average dress size and shoe size for a woman. I do not own a Chanel bag and doubt I will for at least another 20 years. I have to live on £1 cheese sandwiches from Boots if I do an ASOS haul that month and I am still getting my head around doing a proper Instagram 'theme'.

I want to reclaim the word average. It gets a bad rap. All I see on Instagram these days are quotes that are like 'Why be Average when you can be Amazing', 'Don't accept average' etc, blah blah blah. I'm sick of it! Average, my friends, is not a dirty word.

I think in todays world where theres a social icon every which way you turn holidaying for what seems like the whole summer in Santorini or LA, as a blogger it's really freaking hard to not feel less than average.

What I do want to be clear about is that I am absolutely not disparaging the incredibly hard work that both social icons and young celebrities put in to earn these holidays, designer bags, and huge huge opportunities. I am just wanting to say that dude, its fine if you are 21 and don't have a book deal, a cosmetic line or 20 Chloe bags in all the colours of the rainbow.

In the time that we live in, millennials such as myself have a bad name for being complacent because we expect so much. In reality, I think this is more that we expect so much of ourselves. We are surrounded by expectations 24/7. When you see people your age getting the keys to a new house in central London on the internet you can't help but ask yourself where you've somehow gone wrong, and why don't you have a dreamy mansion with exposed brick and all the copper things a girl can dream of?

That's when you have to take a step back and remember that my god do we have a lot on our shoulders. When you come out of uni you're in debt right out of the gate. The current economy is horrific meaning less jobs, higher house prices (and rent prices) and higher taxes so when you do eventually get a job, any job, a crap ton will go to the government anyway. But we are all in that exact same boat.

It's totally fine if you're a size 12 not a size 6 and you have C grades not A grades and you're a receptionist (and you enjoy it) not an entrepreneur. As long as you own your average, that is what makes you awesome. Don't ever make society or quotes you see on tumblr make you feel bad for being totally and completely average.

I am average and I think that makes me just as awesome as the rest of the world, don't you?

Shiana xo

Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipsticks

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick

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It's safe to say that the liquid lip is having a huge moment in the beauty world. Every brand is bringing out one from High-end to High-street, theres a long lasting matte lip dream that everyone can make a reality, whatever the budget.

I was pining after a new liquid lip love affair after having a few disappointing trials of some new high street releases. I was on the hunt for something with some serious staying power at a low price. Then I stumbled upon the babe that is theBalm after watching Alix Coburn's I Covet June and seeing a few of these shades on her. I had to have them for the colour alone!

On first impressions the smell of these is pure heaven. They smell like mint chocolate chip ice cream and the best part is they kinda taste like that too instead of being very chemically like most liquid lipsticks.

Let's talk about the application. They have quite a thick formula in comparison to something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, but for me I find this makes the application slightly easier, as they have a very buttery texture which also makes for a super even and smooth application.

The staying power of these is incredible. I applied them (tested with both shades) at 6am and by the time I got home at 6pm they were still on after countless cuppas and both breakfast and lunch. You can't go wrong! I also didn't find them super drying, and they didn't bunch up on my lips after a few hours which is common when a Liquid lipstick has a thick formula initially.

All in all I thoroughly recommend the Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipsticks. They are truly fantastic and are around £13 each which is a great price seeing as these are comparable to the high end liquid lipsticks I own.

Whats your favourite liquid lipstick and why?

Shiana xo

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