Thursday, 21 June 2018

Shoes and Glitter is going vegan and cruelty-free!

Hello my loves, and welcome back after what ended up being a pretty long blogging break! I had an absolutely wonderful time in paradise (aka Tenerife!), and I can't wait to share my adventures with you in a separate post. It felt good to take some proper time off to recharge, relax, but also reflect on things. I've been thinking a lot about this little corner of the web of mine, and about all the things that I want to achieve through it. To be completely honest with you, loves, I was starting to feel quite uninspired with my current content and direction; which, as I am sure many of you can understand, is the worst thing to feel as a blogger. This, amongst other things, is why I've decided to go for a serious content shift, and make Shoes and Glitter a green, happy, vegan and cruelty-free blog. I understand that this might seem like a slightly extreme, and even controversial move, but trust me, loves - I don't believe that being a vegan means that you have to start a crusade against anyone that doesn't agree with your lifestyle. I am all about living by example, and sharing this lifestyle - its good sides and bad - without judging others.

A while back, when I shared my first update after switching to a vegan diet, a lot of you seemed interested, asked a lot of questions, and wanted to see more posts related to veganism. To be completely honest, I fell off the vegan wagon a few times since that post; but I've recently made a shift that I am now determined to commit to. This will also extend beyond just a vegan diet, and to a cruelty-free lifestyle in general. So whilst you will still see plenty of beauty posts, they will now include only cruelty-free products that have not been tested on animals. And, besides beauty posts, I want to expand this blog to talk more about my favourite thing in the world - yummy food! Being vegan has inspired me to put more effort into proper cooking, so I am very excited to share with you some new content related to that. All of this is something that I am truly passionate about, and I really hope that you stick around with me on this journey. Thank you for all your love and support throughout the years, and stay tuned for some fresh, brand new posts!
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Walk Down The Memory Lane With Ziaja's Marine Algae Skincare Range!

Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a very special post in collaboration with Poland's biggest skincare brand - Ziaja. As cheesy as this may sound, I have always felt very sentimental about Ziaja - it was my beloved Nan's all-time favourite skincare brand. I grew up around their products, and I still have memories of getting into her skincare stash as a little girl, playing around pretending to run my own beauty shop (I told you it'd be cheesy!). Living in the UK for the past eleven years, I have definitely missed their products, so I was over the moon to find out that they actually have an online UK shop! It was so excited to get my hands on these (very affordable!) goodies again, and it definitely brought back some memories, as well. Hope you enjoy today's review!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

My Top Money-Saving Tips For New Bloggers!

Hello, loves! Today, I am very excited to share with you a few blog-related, money-saving tips. If you've been blogging for a while, you probably know just how expensive of a hobby it can be! There are always things like a blog layout, a custom domain, a new blog camera, and of course all those endless products that we end up buying just to review them. It can be a bit of a financial trap, and today, I'd like to share with you a few tips (learned the hard way!) on how to save on any blog-related expenses. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Take A Walk On The Dark Side... Kat Von D 'Sinner' Perfume Review!

Hello there, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a very special perfume review. It's been a little while since I've done one of those, as, to be honest - I just haven't been buying as many fragrances lately. I am quite happy with my perfume collection as it is now, so whenever I buy a new scent, it's because I really love it (review spoiler alert!). I've always heard such amazing things about the Kat Von D brand, but I've actually never tried any of her makeup. Her fragrances have also always been very popular, and this one - Sinner - is actually a re-launch of an older version from 2009. Today, I am very excited to share with you loves my honest thoughts on this scent. Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

Hello, my loves! I hope that you're all having a wonderful week so far. Today, I wanted to share with you a few bits of blogging wisdom. I've been thinking more and more about my blog lately, about what I want to achieve with it, and how I can improve my content. In thinking that, I've also been looking back at the last three years (I can't believe it's been this long since I started my blog, time flies by!). Today, I'd like to share with you a few things I've learned throughout my online journey, and also those things that I wish I knew before I first started Shoes and Glitter. Of course, I am by no means a blogging expert, and still have lots to learn - these are just a few bits I've picked up that I wanted to share with you, loves. Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Cleansing Oils For Oily Skin? Re:cipe Rose Petal Cleansing Oil Review!

Hello, my loves! Today, I am excited to be bringing you a review of the Re:cipe rose petal cleansing oil (£23, Feelunique). This was actually my first time using oil as a cleanser – it always felt quite counter-intuitive for me to do so, especially since my skin is already very oily. However, after reading lots of positive reviews from fellow bloggers, I decided to give it a shot. Of course, I am by no means a skincare expert, but I wanted to share with you my experience with this Korean oil cleanser (not sponsored, by the way!) – it was definitely an unexpected one! Hope you enjoy. x


Thursday, 29 March 2018

A Look Inside My Kikki K Time Planner + Review!

Hello there, my jelly beans! I hope that you're all having a wonderful week. I've mentioned my love for cute stationery quite a few times on the blog by now, and today's post is all about that. I feel that in this day and age where everything is so digitalised, the art of handwriting and printed media in general are becoming less and less relevant; and that makes me feel a little sad! I think that there is just something so relaxing and enjoyable about putting pen to paper. Today, I want to give you loves a little sneak peek into my favourite planner that I've been using this year - the Kikki K time planner from their Cute collection (not sponsored, by the way - I wish!); and give you a little review of it in case you're interested in getting one. I got sucked into buying one of these following all the positive reviews on YouTube, and today, I'm excited to share my thoughts on it. Hope you enjoy!


Saturday, 24 March 2018

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

Hello, my loves. Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite travel makeup picks. I love travelling more than anything else in the world, but it's always a challenge to fit everything you might need into one small bag (I'd happily take my entire makeup collection if I could!). When it comes to travelling, I only ever rely on my favourite, tried and tested products that I know won't disappoint. I am actually slowly preparing to travel now, as me and my better-half will soon be spending two weeks in the Canary Islands for our 9 years (!) anniversary. Hope you enjoy today's picks!


Sunday, 18 March 2018

What's Really Going On... An Honest Life Update

Hello, my lovelies. Today's post is a little life update, as I haven't been very active in the blogging world lately, and I just wanted to update you all as to why that is. This whole thing is going to be quite difficult to talk about, so please bare with me - I am feeling quite emotional and anxious as I am typing this. Normal posts will resume next week, so if you want to skip this very personal post, please stay tuned as I will be sharing more regular beauty content in the next few days. Now, onto the life update...


Friday, 16 February 2018

100 Beauty Blog Post Ideas!

Hello, my darlings! Today, I would like to share with you some beauty blog post ideas that will hopefully help you out if you ever happen to hit a creative block. I think that it's only natural to feel a lack of inspiration from time to time, especially if you've been blogging for a while. Whenever I feel creative, I like to write down any blog post ideas that come to mind in a little notebook, and use them later on. There is an endless amount of things that you can talk about as a beauty blogger, so I've compiled a list of some of my go-to ideas. This includes everything from makeup, skincare to lifestyle post ideas - I really hope that you find them useful!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Tips For Taking Blog Photos With Your iPhone

Hello, darlings! Today, I would like to share with you a few tips on how to make the most of your blog photos, using only your phone as a camera. Photos are a huge part of any blogging process, and attractive, eye-catching images can add invaluable richness to your blog content. Furthermore, you don't need expensive, professional equipment to take quality pictures - your phone camera is more than enough! I've always used my phone (Samsung Galaxy S7 in the past, and now the iPhone 7) for blog photos, and whilst I am by no means an expert and still have a lot to learn, I'd like to share with you some of my go-to tips and tricks for achieving quality blog photos.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Girly Gaming // My Favourite Games Of 2017!

Hello, loves! Today's post is going to be a little different, and I'm very excited for it. A while back, I mentioned that I wanted to experiment with my content a little, and talk about things that are not only beauty-related. One of the things I really enjoy - but don't ever really mention on my blog - is gaming. I'm actually a huge nerd and always have been, but I would always assume that talking about games wouldn't really fit in with the overall 'beauty' theme of Shoes and Glitter. Still, I am excited to try something new, and if you lovelies enjoy it as well, it might turn into a proper blog series. Today, I will be sharing with you some of my favourite, addictive games that I loved playing in 2017. Fair warning - excessive geekery is about to commence!


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Sugar Glow Kit' Review + Win Your Own! International Giveaway

Hello there, my loves! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a review of the Sugar Glow Kit highlighter palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills (£41, Feelunique). If you have been visiting my blog for a while, you might know that I always used to be a little hesitant towards using highlighters. I've always loved the glowy look, but, as you can probably guess, excessively oily skin tends to disagree with any kind of highlight. Still, I enjoy a little glow with a good matte foundation from time to time; and lately I have been exploring more high-end options. I've recently splurged on one of the ABH limited edition Glow Kits, and today, we're going to talk about it in a little more detail. There is also a little giveaway for you at the end of this post, where you can enter to win an Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit palette of your own!


Saturday, 6 January 2018

Winter Perfume Recommendations 2017!

Hello my lovelies, and happy new year! It's been a short while since my last post, as I took a little break from blogging and social media over Christmas. I was lucky enough to have the entire Christmas week off (for the first time ever since starting my job!), and I've been trying to get back into the swing of things, including everything blogging-related. Today, I am very excited to be bringing you the very first post of 2018, which is all about the best perfumes to wear this winter. I think that winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy fragrances that are quite dark, intense and sweet. My favourite winter perfume notes include earthy patchouli, caramel, marshmallow and iris; all of which will feature in today's list. Hope you enjoy!

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