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    Reusable Makeup Wipes – The Pros and Cons

    As you probably know, I love reusable stuff. Hankies, cloth nappies, cloth pads etc. Once you’ve tried all of those makeup wipes aren’t such a big jump. I can’t remember when exactly I started using them, but I do know I haven’t bought any cotton pads now in over three years. The switch was easy, cheap and with very few cons. So, let’s get into it:

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    Food

    A Easy Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe

    I have a serious case of the munchies right now, and I think so does most of the country after the lockdown announcement last night. So I thought now would be the best time to share my gluten-free pancake recipe. I have a bit of a particular order I like to do it in (otherwise I find the butter tends to separate into little droplets) but don’t think you have to do it the way I do it. Also, I like to make these by hand. If you have a hand mixer and want to use that, go ahead, if anything it’ll make the end-result a lot smoother and creamy. I just like the therapeutic aspect of doing it by hand.

    What you’ll need: 

    • Tapioca Flour (Four spoons)
    • Almond Flour (Four spoons)
    • 2 Eggs
    • A dollop/stick of butter
    • Vanilla Extract (optional)
    • Milk 1 cup

    Start off by mixing the tapioca and almond flour together. Then take the butter, melt it in a small pan on low heat till completely liquid, mix in with the flour and stir thoroughly. Add the two eggs, mix again, and if you want you can add a dash of Vanilla extract. Finally, pour in the milk, mix thoroughly and pour out the batter onto a hot pancake pan.

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    Lifestyle

    Trying To Stay Calm – The One-Mend-A-Day Challenge

    Last week was insane, I think that’s fair to say. I spent so much of last week trying to be productive, instead, I think I spent most of it glued to the news. I didn’t want the week to carry on badly, so I thought I would use an old trick that has always worked so far; the one-mend-a-day challenge.

    The rules are simple: 

    • Each day do at least ONE thing such as mending, repairing or re-organizing.
    • It can only take 15 minutes long.
    • If you get motivated to do more than one thing, great! You go ahead and do that. But you still have to do another thing the next day. You can’t do days in advance.

    That’s it. Simple, quick, and always helps me get re-motivated and calms my brain when it’s running away with me. Let me know if you like it too.

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    Food

    Preserving Enough Thyme To Last A Year

    This year my herb garden should finally be properly established. So far the only herbs I have in the ground are Chamomile, Thyme and some lovely pink Lavender. But in the next few weeks all the rest of my herbs – chives, varieties of oregano, bay, sage, lemon thyme, and bay – will finally be in the ground. My sage, in particular, is begging to be released from its pot, though I will still be keeping my mint, peppermint and lemon balm in pots purely because of how in evasive they are.

    Since the thyme was put in the ground last year it has exploded and grown so much better. The difference in taste is really quite amazing! This year I have enough dried thyme to last a year, which is great since I use it in almost every meal. It’s so easy to do, so I wanted to share a more vlog-y style video showing just how simple it is.

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    Illustrating My Next Short Story

    This year one of my writing challenges is to write three short stories/novellas and one full book. Elwyn’s Mermaid – the first story – Switcher, Tooth and finally a full book at the end of the year called Aphelion. To start off this series I’ll be starting with a story which is probably the most personal, Elwyn’s Mermaid. I got the idea for this story when I lost my first child a  few years ago. It was an incredibly rough time and writing Elwyn’s mermaid was a way for me to work through my grief. So with that being said, this isn’t a light story. I don’t do light in general, but I hope it’s a little bit uplifting right now when there seems to be so much bad and overwhelming news.

    You can read the full story here 

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    Capsule Makeup Challenge – Look no.5

    I have two favourite looks that I tend to do; a clean crisp winged eyeliner and, if I want something a bit more sultry, a smokey winged liner/cat eye. While it’s not a proper cat eye, it can look pretty similar, and I love doing this look if I can’t be bothered to get my winged eyeliner looking perfect. Or if I just messed up and want to pretend that I meant to do this look all along.

    What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner
    (Please note that any Amazon links are affiliate links)

    Above I’ve linked the exact products I’m using on the right, and then dupe/budget versions on the left. Where I haven’t linked an alternative it’s because I haven’t tried a product that’s cheaper than the one I’ve used and that I think is good quality.

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    Up-cycling A Mint Tin

    One of the things I’m quite picky about when it comes to organization is for everything to have it’s own place in a clearly marked container. At the moment the only place for my hairpins is rattling around in a draw my son can access, so more often than not I’ve found them littered around the floor. Today I thought I’d challenge myself to upcycle something around the house and organize the hairpins. I bought a set of mins a few weeks ago that I was hoping would help with morning sickness (spoiler – it did nothing) and thought I would decorate to something more my style and something that’s easily identifiable as being only for hairpins.

    Like I mentioned in the video, I wanted to make this easy to replicate if you want to, so if you want the template you can download it here.

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    Elwyn’s Mermaid – 1st Illustration + What Happened to Outsider?

    This year I’ve set myself four writing goals. Writing over the last year and a bit has been very hard with the various health issues I’ve gone through, but a few months ago something clicked and it occurred to me…every story I write doesn’t have to be a massive series. I can just have a simple short idea that doesn’t need six months of world-building and leave it at that.

    You’re probably wondering what happened to Outsider, the series I started with, well – that’s a long story. So I’ll try and give a short version.

    After I self-published that book it did extraordinarily well. I can’t remember the exact number, but it was thousands of copies sold and it shot up the Amazon bestsellers. When this happened I was approached by a lady who used to work at a management company I was signed too. She was a scriptwriter and wanted to develop it for a series to pitch to film studios. The idea was that we would turn the book into an online webcomic and use that to pitch the series to a studio. I didn’t see the harm in it, and really wanted to make a comic version of Outsider, so I started working with this lady.

    A few months later I was approached by a second party, a very well know book agency in London that had seen my book, read it, and wanted to represent me. We had a problem. I wanted to be represented by this agency who wanted to take my book and pitch it to publishers to publish it traditionally, but since I’d been working with this lady on the comic book version, she obviously wanted to keep working on the script so she could pitch it. Since she had been working with me on the script it meant I had to buy back the rights to my own book so that I would own everything and it would be possible to take it to traditional publishers. No publisher wants to buy a book with complicated ownership. Honestly – looking back on it – I wish I’d just let the book die there and then and just pitched something else. But it was my first book and I was attached to it, so I paid over £9,000 to buy back the rights to my own book, and ever since then, it’s been a real struggle to write.

    Every time I think I can find the enthusiasm for it I remember how much I killed my savings for it, and it eats at me each time.  The plan is to still finish Outsider, but first I need to get a few short stories out of my system, a kind of writing palate cleanser.

    This year I’ve set myself a few small goals of three short stories and one stand-alone novel. These are the blurbs:

    Elwyn’s Mermaid – A grief-stricken mermaid makes her way away from the sea to a small mining town where she befriends a young human boy.

    Switcher – Gifted with the ability to switch bodies, Eve Elis feels trapped by the strict secret society she is part of. When she accidentally switches body with a complete stranger, Eve sees it as an opportunity to escape her old life. Soon she realizes that – while she may have a new life – there’s something terribly wrong with this new body.

    Tooth – After returning to her small village home Alice Morgan is shocked when she comes face-to-face with her childhood bullies. Furious to discover that none of them will admit to their past cruelty, Alice accidentally curses them in the ruins of an ancient Iceni shrine and unleashes a creature that had been contained there for hundreds of years.

     

    The full novel planned this year will be called Aphelion, but I’ll tell you more about it closer to the time.

    So, those are the short stories for this year. I know I want to release tooth closer to Halloween, so Switcher will probably be the next release after Elwyn’s Mermaid. Which one do you like the look of the most?

     If you liked the artwork for this video you can find the listing for it here 

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    Introducing The Capsule Makeup Challenge Products

    Most of you have seen a few of the videos in this capsule makeup series – five so far. Today I thought I should do an introduction video showing what I picked, why, the dupes I can highly recommend, and also show different ways to use them that I might not have gotten to yet in a makeup tutorial.

     What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner
    (Please note that any Amazon links are affiliate links)

    Above I’ve linked the exact products I’m using on the right, and then dupe/budget versions on the left. Where I haven’t linked an alternative it’s because I haven’t tried a product that’s cheaper than the one I’ve used and that I think is good quality.

    I have one more product I can add to this challenge. I added the white eyeliner as my fourteenth products a few months ago, and so for I’m thinking a blue eyeliner would be my best choice. What would you add?

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    How To

    Capsule Makeup Challenge – Look no.4

    While it’s not exact, this look is a recreation of an inspiration board I put on on Patreon. I’ve been collecting the various looks people requested and styles I wanted to re-create myself so that I’d have a wide guideline of various looks to re-create. This look is the third wearable makeup look in the series before I start to alternate with some heavier looks. If you have a particular look you want me to recreate you can find the board on Patreon or my Instagram stories.

    I also featured one of my favorite tricks, which is to use anti-Chafing gel as a mattifying powder. Today I used it over the BB cream, but you can also use it as a base, and it’s amazing for filling in mild texture in the skin and for controlling oily skin. Once the summertime comes round I’ll be using this a lot with the warmer weather, and I can’t wait to show just how effective it is for that.

    What’s The Makeup I’m Using In This Challenge:

    1. Klairs BB Cream
    2. Besame Lipstick in Dusty Rose – MUA Lipstick 
    3. Fatale Cosmetics Lipstick in Rita Rouge – MUA Lipstick 
    4. NYX Blush in Taupe
    5. Brown Eyeshadow – Essence Brown Eyeshadow
    6. Black Eyeshadow – MUA Black Eyeshadow
    7. Prism Highlighter
    8. Urban Decay Primer – e.l.f Primer 
    9. Black Lash Glue –
    10. False Lashes
    11. MUA Mascara
    12. Barry M Black Eyeliner
    13. Lilly Lolo Powder (I pressed this myself) in the shade Porcelain – e.l.f Mineral Powder
    14. NYX White Eyeliner
    (Please note that any Amazon links are affiliate links)

    Above I’ve linked the exact products I’m using on the right, and then dupe/budget versions on the left. Where I haven’t linked an alternative it’s because I haven’t tried a product that’s cheaper than the one I’ve used and that I think is good quality.

    You can find me on Instagram here