1 Year

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary for my blog VL-Beauty!

I can't quite believe that I have had my little space on the internet for a year already; it's honestly flown by! I still feel as though I am new to the blogging world, and have a lot more to learn.
I decided to create this blog on the 25th February 2016 as something to do in my spare time at University, and because I was so passionate about all things makeup and beauty. In all honesty, I actually wanted to create a YouTube channel deep down instead, but still to this day the thought of putting myself out there like that scares me far too much. I absolutely love watching beauty and lifestyle Youtubers'. I find that it really helps me to relax and wind down, so I wanted my own chance to be able to share my love for makeup with other people.
Over the course of this year, I have tried to stick to my schedule of posting every Sunday. I have found that hard to stick to sometimes, whether it be because of plans, too much uni work, or simply not having the motivation or ideas to blog, which I do find can happen. In total, I have published 46 blog posts this year so I have missed 6 blog posts. One of my goals throughout my second year into blogging will be to try and build up a 'bank' of posts, so that when my uni work does get on top of me, I won't be letting my blog slack as a result. My most read blog post is surprisingly one of my first posts that I did: Favourite Real Technique Brushes (read here). As this year has progressed, I have tried to step out of my comfort zone some more and published some more personal posts, such as University updates (see here and here), which I want to do more regularly.
Ever since making this blog a year ago, I have found myself becoming less afraid to speak my mind and tell people my thoughts and feelings. Over this past year, I do feel as though my blog has helped to increase my confidence and have another hobby, outlet and distraction from Uni. A year on, and still when my friends discover my blog, I cringe a little inside and feel slightly embarrassed about it. But when I find out that those people actually enjoying reading my content and support me, soon overrides that shy, nervous part of me and I become even more motivated with my blog. I find that I have to remind myself that at the end of the day, who cares what people think when I'm doing something that I enjoy! So if you're reading this and wanting to make a blog yourself, I say go for it! I guarantee you won't regret it!
Thank you to everyone who continually supports me and reads this blog! It honestly means so much to me when people enjoy reading something that I enjoy creating.
Here's to another year,


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How To | Clean Makeup Brushes

Real Techniques Brushes and Cleansing Palette

Hi everyone,

For Christmas last year, I was fortunate enough to receive the Real Techniques Cleansing Palette in my stocking. I was really happy and excited about receiving this gift as I am a huge lover of Real Technique brushes, and I have seen this cleansing palette advertised, but not really thought much into it.

As I am sure many of you are aware, with the Christmas party season comes dirty makeup brushes! I always find that my eye shadow brushes need more frequent washes over the party season as I am constantly trying out new eye-makeup looks, especially for New Years. Therefore, it was the perfect time to receive this palette as it honestly has made what is the biggest chore in history of washing makeup brushes, a whole lot less tedious!

Real Techniques Brushes and Cleansing Palette

The lightweight, silicone cleansing palette comes with a strap which fits really comfortably in my hand. I hold the palette and then swirl my brushes around in the various textures, to thoroughly clean in between the bristles of the brushes. I find that the larger raised dots/textured surface works well for cleaning bigger brushes, such as a powder brush, and the smaller raised dots work better for eye shadow and eyeliner brushes.
I also received the matching cleansing gel for Christmas which goes with this palette, and has such a lovely scent to it. However, I sometimes still use baby shampoo as the gel is relatively expensive, and this works just as well, as it is the palette that I find makes the most difference when cleaning my brushes.
Real Techniques Brushes

How I wash my makeup brushes using this tool:
1) Hold palette in hand and squeeze a drop of the corresponding cleansing gel (shop here) into the palette.
2) Run the brush under warm water and begin to swirl the brush across the multi-textured surface, until the brush is clean.
3) Thoroughly rinse the brushes with warm water and be sure to squeeze out the excess water.
4) Reshape and rest the brush on the edge of a surface, with the bristles hanging over the edge, as shown above ^, or upside down.
Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful for you.
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University Update #2

UCLan University Update #2

Hi Everyone!

I thought it was about time that I did my second, and long-overdue, university update!
I can't believe that it's been nearly a year already since I did my first university update! (read here). I must admit, I was planning on doing university updates more regularly, but clearly that didn't work out haha!

I am now in my second semester of my 2nd year studying Psychology. It's crazy to think that I am half way through my degree already! It only feels like yesterday that I was apprehensive about the whole thing, and saying my goodbyes to my family as I moved into halls.

In terms of the workload for 2nd year, I have found that it is a massive step up from 1st year, which is to be expected really. I have had a lot more assignments to do and I have found that the emphasis is more on individual learning and responsibility, rather than being 'spoon-fed' the information, like in college and majority of 1st year. This year I have really worked hard on every assignment that I have been set, and that has definitely payed off as I have received a 1st in every assignment so far, and achieving 93% on my statistic exam that I took in January!! As you can imagine, I am really overwhelmed and ecstatic about that, as as I mentioned in my first university post, I am definitely not a academically gifted person and I really have to work hard for my grades, but I never expected to be doing this well and I really hope that I can keep it up! *Fingers crossed*

Last year, around April/May time, I got a new job working in the Student's Union shop, which is a co-operative store. I am still working there, and last month I was offered a supervisor position which should start around April time. I loving working here as I love that the staff and customers are fellow students, which means they are more understanding of academic commitments. I have made so many new friends through working here and it's one of those jobs that actually makes you look forward to working!

This year, I am so much happier in myself and my personal life, which makes my time at university so much more enjoyable. I have made a lot of new friendships over the course of this past year, through working on the university summer school over the summer, and starting this new job in the Students Union. I have also found that I have consolidated and strengthened a lot of my original friendships, and also cut loose of those toxic, unhealthy friendships and relationships. This year, I have found myself going out a lot more and doing a lot more outside of university and just enjoying my time a lot more!

Thank you for reading this post and please let me know if you would like me to do more frequent university updates, and feel free to ask me any university-related questions!

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