Friday, 9 June 2017

Tell Me More Tag

My beautiful pal Lyd came up with a tag that let's you know a little more about the blogger behind the blog that you're so used to reading and so I thought I'd throw myself in and give it a go, so here's a little more information about me;

What's the story behind your blog name? 
When I started Little Fickle I suppose I didn't really realise how much mental health, lifestyle, politics etc. would grace this little piece of the internet and so it was called Little Fickle purely because I expected it to be a little fickle blog, talking about all the fickle things I love the most like makeup, fashion and skincare.

What's your real reason for blogging?
I just like it when people listen to me! I'm too scared to go out and shout my opinions into the void, but that doesn't mean I haven't got plenty of them, and so Little Fickle lets me get them all out there.

Best thing about blogging?
When I was at the height of my mental illness and speaking so frankly about it - I had so many messages every week telling me how it helped people to speak about their own more freely, and that will always be something I am insanely proud and happy about, that I could be part of the change, no matter how small.

Worst thing about blogging?
Definitely keeping up with the Jones'. I'm really not a bitter or jealous person, but it's hard not to be when you see how well everyone else is doing and you can't help to compare yourself.

Proudest moment so far?
Setting up Easter CarnLIVal by far, and the sheer amount of donations we had that day that enabled us to help so many organisations in our area. I wasn't just proud of myself that day, but of all the bloggers that were there, it really felt like we were all part of something.

What are your ultimate blogging goals? Don't be shy!
My blogging goals are still small. To keep Little Fickle a place I'm proud of, and to keep it regular and consistent!

If you released a book, what genre would it be?
It would have to be a young adult fiction! I had a hard time growing up, and when I started talking about it on the internet, it became clear that this was normal and we were all too scared to talk about it; so an uncomfortable truth kind of YA fiction would definitely be what I'd end up writing, without a doubt.

If you released products, what would they be? Homeware, beauty, or something unexpected?
I love Homeware and I'd like to thing I have a good eye, and so as weird as it is I think I'd like to create furniture and wallpapers etc. that all went together to create a beautiful space.

What would you name the products and why? 
I think I'd just call it 'The Little Fickle Room'! Short but sweet, and 'on brand' as the bloggers like to say.

What has blogging taught you?
I truly can stick with something if I try, I can pull off a mean event, and if you threw me on the apprentice I'd probably thrive.

Sum up your blog in three words!
1. Marriage. No matter what happens on my blog, the top thing that it brought me was my future wife, so marriage has to take the top spot.
2. Friends. I have a whole lot of support around me, and my blog has really taught me who my friends are, as well as bringing a whole new bunch into my life.
3. Hectic. And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Thanks for creating the tag Lyd, and I'd love to see you all do it!

Sammy xo.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Helpful Tips For Voting Day

Here are, essentially, just a list of links helpful for today's election:

1: Not sure where to vote?
This is likely a town hall, school or youth club, but if you're still not sure where you're actually meant to go to vote? Find that here

2: Still not sure who to vote for?
There's a lot of tactical voting sites detailing the best vote to get the current government out of power, or if you want an unbiased opinion there are a number of sites for that too.

3: Not sure how our voting system works?
With a decent few hours before we find out who's won the election, it's worth checking out how first past the post voting works so you can keep on top of the information that you're being given.

4: Not sure you'll have time to vote?
Lucky for you - polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm, so whether you go before, after or in your lunch break from work, you should be able to make it. Remember that even if you're only in the queue to vote at 10pm, you still have the right to vote, so hang in there.

5: Not sure where to watch the results?
Usually the BBC is the easiest to keep on top of, and if you don't want to watch constant footage you can normally just keep up with the important bits here.

6: Want to take selfies in the polling station?
I wouldn't recommend it, but if you do want to take one, make sure that you know these rules.

Make sure you get out and vote in an educated way today!

Sammy xo.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

So Eco Face Kit

I'm all about a good brush kit and so when So Eco offered to send me their newest Face Brush Kit I absolutely jumped at the chance. We have a huge collection of brushes, and I can't say that So Eco are traditionally my favourites; but I'm all for trying new brands out, because you never know when you're going to find your next favourite brush and you definitely shouldn't rule out any underdogs (three words; Primark eyebrow brushes). So, without further ado, I put these brushes to the test to see how they really handle the pressure.

Very confusingly, So Eco do a whole number of brush kits that are all labelled 'face kits' but this one is the one without eye brushes but with a lip brush that has dark bristles, which I think may be the newer kit, and it retails for £18.99. For the price you get a small brush roll and four brushes; a Tapered Blending Brush, an Angled Contour Brush, a Round Foundation Brush and a Lip Brush and my main thing about this is that it seems to be so randomly put together. Why so many base brushes? Why no eye brushes? Why the one random lip brush? Although all perfectly great brushes to have, they don't seem to come together to form a really coherent kit, in my humble opinion - I might have liked to see one less base brush and at least one eye brush.

The brushes themselves are soft and of good quality and, like all the other So Eco brushes that I've tried in the past, they don't tend to shed too much either in use or during washing. They're strong brushes with really good wooden handles that just seem to feel expensive, though their price mark is really affordable. The contour brush is a little wide for me personally, and both foundation brushes seem like ones I would never use (I might have personally opted for a buffing brush) but there's no denying that whether I would use the brushes, they definitely are of fantastic products for those that would.

I think my main gripe with these is that I'm just not inspired by them. They're fantastic brushes that really stand the test of time when it comes to their quality, but they just seem to lack the updated factor; with so many new shaped brushes on the market, it seems that if So Eco could produce brushes in these styles, with the longevity of the brushes they have now for the prices that they're currently at, they could be rivalling the big companies. For now though, I'm happy to add the new face brush kit to my collection, and I hope to see some new, popular shaped brushes in So Eco packaging in the near future.

If you have any brush recommendations, please let me know below!

Sammy xo.
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies - however all opinions are my own. Please view my disclaimer for more information.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tips For Learning A Foreign Language

My future now very much rests on becoming fluent in two languages other than my native English, and so for the two weeks or so since I got my placement I've been in a blur of words I only half understand and two languages that are very similar, whilst still being very different. Having said that, I've definitely found some ways of learning languages that really work for me, and so I thought I'd share them with you in case you might be looking to learn a language too.

Download An App
For this one I would heavily suggest Duolingo (not sponsored, just a lot of trial and error) that really guilt trips you when you don't go through with the amount of time you've committed to practising per day, but any app will do. Something that's available right at your fingertips when you're bored on the bus will really help you to kick your arse into gear and make sure that you're using at least some of your spare time doing something worthwhile. You probably won't learn an entire language solely via an app, but it's certainly a good place to start.

Find Resources For Native Learners
Find resources for your education level in the language of your choice. Remember; though language beginners books might not be inspiring or easy to get your head around, primary school level books for Spanish children (if Spanish is your chosen language to learn) are made to make these words stick - so don't just stick with books and resources written in your language, make sure that you look at how native speakers learn the language as children.

Use Bright Colours and Easy to Remember Pictures
Vocab is always going to be the thing that's hardest to remember, in my opinion, and so one of the best ways to get yourself to remember is to use bright colours or memorable pictures. Flashcards are a great way to learn on this note, as they're generally meant to be accessible and memorable for children, but mindmaps, words written in colours relating to their genders or even drawing your own shit little pictures could definitely be a good way to get yourself to remember.

Practise Writing Too
Chances are you're only going to have to read or speak your foreign language, but definitely make sure that you learn to write it as well. I didn't learn to write Spanish for a long time, but in Spanish something as tiny as an accent can change a word from Potato to Dad, and so it's worth at least knowing how to write the words, even if you never need to.

They're my tips for learning languages so far, but if you have any ideas please do let me know - god knows I need all the help that I can get!

Sammy xo

Monday, 5 June 2017

Eva Professional Haircare Vitamin Recharge

A lot of you know about the length of my hair, but what a lot of you don't know (unless you're Alana or Katy and you were there to witness the slight meltdown I had about the issue in hand) was that it's so long at the moment because I've been much too embarrassed to have it cut. I haven't wanted to talk about it because it's been both frustrating and really stressful for me but for the last 6 months or so, I have suffered really badly from dry skin on my scalp, which leads to weeping sores and a lot of scabs. I believe partly this comes from the length of my hair, partly from stress and partly just because I am prone to dry scalp, but either way - when Eva Professional Haircare offered to send me their Vitamin Recharge range, I was more than relieved, and hopeful that it might do something for my hair.

Eva were amazing enough to send me both their Vitamin Recharge The Original and Their Vitamin Recharge OhLaLa Multi-action Jelly - which usually seem to cost about £19.95 each, or come in a pack together for £29.95 (trust me, you're going to want to get both). The Original Vitamin Recharge is a shampoo, though I've been finding that for me personally it seems to work better to work this into my scalp whilst it's dry and leave it for a while, like I would a hair mask. Then, I go to wash my hair, add just a slight bit of water to lather the product up and leave it a few more minutes, then finally wash it off like a normal shampoo and condition my hair with my usual conditioner.

The aforementioned long hair comes with a lot of issues, and one of the main issues that I face personally is that it takes almost no time or effort for my hair to get so knotted that it's basically matted, and this is really noticeable after a shower when I've been scrubbing at it. Helpfully, that's where the Vitamin Recharge Multi-Action Jelly comes in handy as this is a jelly like serum that you can put into wet or dry hair to help with soft, smooth hair - but if you put this in wet hair, it makes it considerably easier to brush through which, at this current part in my life, seems like a godsend.

So does this stuff work? Well genuinely, I think it might. Though it hasn't completely cleared up the issue with my scalp, at this point I don't think anything will, it has gone a long way towards helping me to feel a little more confident, and the issue has definitely started to err on the side of clearing up, though I'm nowhere near it being completely gone. This stuff really is expensive, but I have to say that I would definitely pay this again out of my own pocket, especially after seeing the condition that it's left my hair in. It smells amazing, does a top job and, especially if you have issues with your hair or scalp, it's really worth the £20, even if you only buy one out of the pair.

If you have any suggestions for my scalp, please help your girl out or I'll have Rapunzel hair before I ever get over my embarrassment for long enough to get this bloody mane cut.

Sammy xo.
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies - however all opinions are my own. Please view my disclaimer for more information.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Good Enough

It's taken me just shy of two hours to get myself to sit up and write this post, and I know what to say but I'm not sure how the words will sound once I've strung them together. A lot of things have fallen into place for me lately; most of you may know that I got my University place, Katy and I have made some big plans for the next few years and the direction our life is heading in, and I feel like I'm working harder than ever. But, for the longest time since I've recovered, I have a niggling feeling that whatever I seem to do lately, I just don't feel good enough.

Sometimes I think that maybe I'm growing out of this blog, but it's always been a passion of mine; Little Fickle was a confidant, a place that brought me together with my girlfriend and afforded me some of the best things that I've done up to this point in my life. For a long while I have maintained that I outgrew this blog, had bigger things to do than keep up with this - but the truth is, as small as Little Fickle remains, I think that it outgrew me; with the events, the boxes, the friends, the products I was overwhelmed and starting to feel like I wasn't good enough to be doing all of this, so I shut down.

It's been the same with other areas of my life; when I can't do it to the height that I want it to be done to, I would rather cut all ties than do it anyway, something I enjoy and something that (I think at least) I'm good at. I've talked before about great being the enemy of good, but it definitely feels like it's been the case within the last few months; if I can't be at the top of my game, there's not point in playing at all - and I know that's the wrong attitude, I know I should be trying what I can and having fun, but it's something I've been struggling with lately.

I'm writing this to remind myself that Little Fickle was here to share my struggles with the internet when I needed that most; it was so much more than a tiny page that got me opportunities with huge companies - as cool as the latter is, Little Fickle helped to save my life, and I'm hoping getting my feelings out here is going to remind me of that, going to help me to get back to cherishing Little Fickle in the way that I really want to.

So from me, to you, thank you for bearing with me. I'm trying to get back my bearings with Little Fickle so it's back to being a place that I can't wait to write for; I don't know how it will go, but I'm willing to try.

Sammy xo.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Illamasqua Matte Veil

When I was first starting out with high end make-up, I remember that me and my girlfriend at the time were fully obsessed with the Illamasqua Hydra Veil. My girlfriend then was still in college and I was living on a McDonald's wage and going to college full time, so we definitely didn't have the money to splash on it; which is good, because my skin is oily as heck and definitely not the best suited to the product no matter how much it looks like slime which I thought was really cool at the time. Still, when Illamasqua offered to send me a Matte Veil I definitely jumped at the chance to try the variation much more suited to me.

Now full disclaimer - this doesn't have the cool slime aspect that returns to smooth after you leave it for a while that Hydra Veil has, instead it's a thick peach gel that almost reminds me of a type of putty, but it still is pretty cool with it's tiny spatula and the matte black packaging (a nice touch to contrast with the glossy packaging of Hydra Veil). Second tiny piece of full disclaimer; this is £34 which is so expensive however you look at it - but with that out of the way, let's talk about whether this is really worth the dollar (pounds).

This is now one of three variations of the original product; with Illamasqua offering Hydra, Matte and Radiance veils depending on the base that you personally want for your makeup. I distinctly remember when Hydra Veil came out this was never billed as being used as a primer, but I doubled check the Matte Veil and it definitely says Oil Control Primer and so I've been using it as directed; which is so unlike me, but definitely helpful in terms of this review. I haven't been using the spatula for this, I'll be honest, as the whole thing seems a little messy and unnecessary, but other than that, I've followed instructions to the t.

Is this the be all and end all? Definitely not. Does it help with oily skin? Some what. Since I've been in my twenties, the oil in my skins has definitely increased, which isn't really a surprise as I know my mum also has oily skin, but that means that I really do need something hardcore to keep my makeup on during the day. This product isn't bad, in that it definitely does help to control oil if I'm not particularly exerting myself, but if your skin is as oily as mine, it's definitely not enough for a hot day, or any time that you're doing something particularly sweaty.

I like this as a primer and it helps to keep make-up on, but I haven't been reaching for this enough because I know it can't keep my oil in check as well as some other products in my life right now (cough Murad cough). If you have combination skin and you're looking to stop the tiniest bit of oil, this might be worth the £34, but if you're any oiler than 'slightly in your t-zone' probably opt for something else to keep your make-up in line and your face as oil free as possible.

Have you tried any of the Illamasqua veils?

Sammy xo.
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies - however all opinions are my own. Please view my disclaimer for more information.