Why You Should Spring Clean Your Social Media


I’m sat in my bed after a day off work sick. I’ve spent the last hour or so with a horrible coughing fit and quite frankly…it’s made me feel like shit, both mentally and physically.

I’ve spent the day in bed (usually my favourite thing) scrolling and scrolling through social media, while reaching for a tissue/cup of tea every 5 minutes. I’ve been feeling rather lethargic, housebound and bored. So what do I turn to? My laptop and my phone. With each swipe of my screen, I’m thinking to myself…there’s only so many times you can view selfies, ads, people’s holiday photos and your pal’s most recent coffee-shop trip before feeling utterly frustrated out of your mind. Your croissant looks great, but I’m not eating it, so that kind of sucks.

If you’re anything like me, and love a good scroll, you may find that social media really impacts your mood without you even knowing it.

Now, let’s brush all conspiracy theories that ‘Facebook is listening to you’ and all that jazz, if you spend a good amount of time on sites such as Facebook, you’ll notice the ads throughout the site are tailored to your browsing history – now while this isn’t breaking news, or news by any sort, let’s take a moment to think about these ads.

Using myself as a case study, I spend a lot of my internet time browsing for beauty products and clothes. I also love myself a bit of Ebay and Amazon. The accounts I follow across different social media platforms range from interior design pages, to make-up artists. There is an overall theme of design/beauty/aesthetics. Now, while I’m looking predominantly at areas which interest me, I’m trapping myself in a bubble. A bubble where I am only seeing this contoured and highlighted version of the world. As much as I love beauty and all things ‘basic’, if you will, I can’t afford to keep up with everything I like the look of, and it’s just a constant reminder that I won’t be ‘good enough’ as I can’t get my hands on the latest palette or shoes.

I’m also constantly flooded with emails from so-called marketing agencies telling me that I should pay them a ridiculous amount of money to improve my following. No! Go away! It’s yet another reminder that what I’m doing isn’t good enough.

I also follow a lot of fitness pages and models. Using the Kardashians as an example, their Instagram posts makes me want to eat nothing but lettuce for a year, but as a girl who loves pasta, that’s just not going to happen.

In reality, if you were reading a book and you were bored of it, or it was making you feel a bit down, you’d stop reading it. I need to bring this into my social media life. Why am I friends on Facebook with people I don’t actually talk to? Why do I use my time to view the Snapchat Stories of people who have been awful to me in the past? Why do I follow Instagram accounts which publish heavily photoshopped body images which are un-attainable due to the editing? It’s time to start putting ourselves ahead of our social media. Before you follow an account, just think, why are you following this account. If it’s to compare yourself, don’t do it. If its for positive reasons, such as inspiration, then by all means, go ahead and enrich your mind.

Social Media sites can be such a blessing and a curse. They’re fantastic for connecting yourself with people and content all around the world, however it can also be a dangerous trap and damaging for our mental health. Let me know what you think. Does anyone limit themselves to how much internet time they have? Let me know!


Fitness wear Favourites *With Discount!*


Let’s take a little step back in time to Amy in 2012/13. I was approximately 8 and a half stone and a real gym bunny. I’d go three times a week while studying for my A-Levels. I became super interested in nutrition, health and pretty much all of the accounts I followed on Instagram were fitness related ones.  I was healthy and had also become quite strong. If you ask my mum, she’ll tell you I practically wanted to blend everything into a juice.

Now if  we bring it forward about 6 years to present day; I’m still the same person, just with a bit more padding! Ah…and the complete lack of fitness routine and a ‘healthy diet plan’ which frequently gets broken by my desk-job cravings.

It’s safe to say, I went to uni, became super lazy and un-motivated and gained some weight. I’d be lying if I said I liked what I saw when I looked in the mirror, so I decided to get back into my fitness and do something about it – especially with increasing pains in my joints.

Being the online shopping addict I am, I knew that if I was going to get fit, I’d want some new gear…and I KNOW I’m not alone with this attitude! lol! I’ve compiled a few of my favourite bits which have helped me slowly get back into working out.


First of all, and of course, we have the Booband. My absolute holy grail piece of fitness wear. When you have big boobs, someone only has to say ‘run up the stairs’ for you to be filled with dread.

The official Booband website reads, “Exercise, especially high-impact exercise such as running or jumping, places tension on the supporting structures of the breast, which can result in pain. As there there are no muscles in the breast the only supporting structures are the skin and the Coopers ligaments – thin, paper-like tissues that weave throughout the breast and attach to the chest wall. It is thought that sagging, which is irreversible, occurs when these ligaments are overstretched.” SCARY RIGHT? When you think about it, you’ll be wanting a Booband straight away. Even those ladies with a smaller chest can benefit from a Booband – trust me, if you do a lot of cardio, you will seriously benefit from one of these. Even my mum thinks it’s good – and she’s a hard one to persuade!

Luckily for you lovely lot, I can score you a cheeky 10% off your Booband with code AHBB10 – honestly, it’s my gym-wear staple. I can’t workout properly without mine and I absolutely love it. There’s so many colours too.


Second up are my new favourite leggings from Lucy Locket Loves. Lucy is a Sheffield-based Personal Trainer with her very own studio and range of fitness-wear. Her leggings have become incredibly popular due to their unique designs, which you can’t find anywhere else! I own two pairs which have successfully seen me through some very sweaty workouts. They’re comfortable, and so so flattering. Lucy also makes other items of active-wear, so do take a look = https://locketloves.com/

Also photographed in this post are the ‘Gym Juice’ waterbottle, from Lucy Locket Loves and a Pink USA PRO Sports Crop Top which I got from Sports Direct a while ago.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little peak into my favourite bits and shown you some new brands to consider! The active-wear world is a HUGE one, so it’s always useful to know which products work and deliver for their cost! Let me know how you like to motivate yourself for your workouts in the comments below or via twitter 🙂



Worth the Hype?

It doesn’t seem too long since a lot of the make up community wanted to boycott brands such as Make Up Revolution for accusations that they were copying high end brands such as Urban Decay. I wrote a whole other blog post about this, mainly saying how I think MUR is a wonderful brand for making cruelty free and high quality make up affordable for those of us with lower budgets.

It seems a lot of that drama has been put away into a corner of the internet, especially since the launch of their ‘Conceal and Define’ concealer, which at £4.00, has taken the industry by storm with the product selling out very quickly. I haven’t seen this much excitement over a high street product in a while, and it’s lovely to see something that is so affordable and accessible! I believe this concealer is now available in Ulta which is fantastic news for those living in the states! So about the actual product! I purchased two shades; C3 and C6 – just so I had the choice when wearing fake tan or when my skin is paler in these winter months.

Application: 10/10

I love how easy this stuff is to apply! It has the typical concealer applicator wand, but it’s about 10 times bigger. This is fantastic for applying small dots in particular areas of the face. The applicator also means you could easily apply it as a foundation if you didn’t want to wear a heavy base.

Longevity: 9/10

I tested this out on a work day, meaning being sat in an office which goes from super duper air con cold to oven hot. My foundation doesn’t usually exist around my nose and cheeks by the end of the day, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that applying a little of this concealer in those tricky areas helped to keep my skin tone looking even all day. It also provides a beautiful soft texture. I give it a nine as I haven’t worn it long enough to test the entirety of the product.

Cost: 10/10

£4 for a cruelty free, high-end quality concealer almost seems to good to be true. I even told my boyfriend I was pretty sure this concealer would hide 21 years of tiredness! Lol!

I hope this blog post has been able to offer you an insight into the most talked about product at the minute. You may have also heard it be compared to high-end brand, Tarte and their shape tape concealer. As Tarte isn’t as accessible in the UK as Make up Revolution is, this is a great time for us brits! There’s also a really decent shade range so check it out if you struggle finding a good match for your tone.


Thyme for me

On these cold evenings it has become my favourite thing to get cosy in my big fluffy blanket, stick on an episode of Friends (thank you, Netflix!) and light a few candles. To me, lighting candles helps me unwind and relax. They create a beautiful calming light and release some amazing scents.

ThYme Candles are made in Sheffield, by Helen Clark, using the finest natural soy wax and fragranced with oils. Soy wax is 100% natural and an environmentally friendly alternative to paraffin wax. They are also vegan friendly!

Soy wax creates a pure, delicately scented candle. The best part about buying from this brand? A donation from every thyme fragrance candle will be made to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. So while you are enjoying a beautifully, handmade candle, the money used to purchase it is going to an amazing cause. So, what’s available?

Currently, four scents are available from Thyme Candles. Honey, Berry, Clove and of course, Thyme. When I picked up each candle from it’s delicate tissue paper wrapping, I could instantly imagine where each candle would work best at home; this is something I don’t usually experience with candles. Normally, I pick up a ‘fresh cotton’ sort of scent and think, perfect! That’ll do! However, with the Thyme candles, the scents can work across the home, which I think is an amazing concept. For example, let’s take the scent ‘Thyme’ – a scent which would compliment any dining room or kitchen. It almost inspires me to get cooking it’s that good.

My personal favourite from the collection is Berry. As a girl with a sweet tooth, I love anything that smells sweet and fruity. I’m actually about a third down already I love it that much – it’s been burning for hours and it’s incredible how long they last.

Sometimes, with the big candle brands, the overwhelming choice can be quite intimidating. I love that ThYme candles have a collection of four staple scents, all of which are unique to each other, meaning there is definitely one for everyone. Even my mum is after these candles! I may have to share them with her…

It’s always a pleasure to work with local brands, it’s one of my favourite things to do. Why don’t you show Thyme Candles some love? The candles are available to buy on Etsy, here. A Fiver each for a handmade product with so much love added into it, you can’t go wrong. These would make a perfect gift, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up!

** These candles were gifted to me by Helen. This is review is non-biased and all my honest opinions are stated. 🙂 


Socially Confidently Anxious

It’s rather frequent I see something online and my automatic reaction is ‘omg, literally me’, however, this is usually a viral video of a puppy falling asleep, or someone tucking into a vat of mac of cheese in a food challenge, and not a mental health related blog post.

I’ve spoken about my mental health briefly on my blog in a mini-series, but it has been a few years since I wrote those posts and I’ve decided to write an update in response to Sophie’s (Petals Of Perfection) blog post for ‘The Mighty’. In this article, Sophie discusses how the label social anxiety comes with a connotation of always being introverted and house-bound, which isn’t true.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been the stereotypical image of a social anxiety sufferer; unable to leave the house due to what people think of me, having panic attacks in a school lesson because I was asked to answer a question in front of the class and I couldn’t. My social anxiety used to be BAD. When I went to university, my first evening was spent crying at the thought of playing drinking games with a bunch of strangers and going to a nightclub without the comfort of my school friends. Gradually, the more I pushed myself to get to know people around me, my confidence grew. Hey, when I started university I couldn’t do a presentation in front of my tutor group and by my final year, I was able to do it – Albeit with shakes and stutters! Despite these accomplishments, I still call myself a social anxiety sufferer.

It recently hit me how much I had grown in confidence when I told my colleagues at work that I had social anxiety, their instant reaction was ‘No you don’t!’ and to be honest…I could see why they thought that. I definitely have a reputation at work for being VERY chatty. I love having a good natter – but I love a bit of quiet time just as equally. Maybe I’d make a good taxi drive one day?! Lol!

Anyway, all of this got me thinking. I still have social anxiety, even though I’m a million miles away from how I used to be. I don’t find meeting new people that tricky anymore, I love to getting to know people, despite the anxieties, but my original fears still stand – public speaking and being the centre of attention (in an ‘on the spot’ sort of way) – I can’t think of anything worse than being in a large room of people and having everyone’s eyes on me. I’d probably spontaneously self-combust and go bright red in the process. Even at blogger events, my tummy turns when someone says ‘Let’s go around the room and introduce ourselves!’ (in that moment my brain is all ‘nope nope nope’).

Similar to what Sophie said, just because someone is confident and able in certain situations, doesn’t mean other ones are quite as easy. Mental health conditions are a bit like a shapeshifter, in that they adapt and mould themselves to cope with different situations in different ways.

If you know someone has social anxiety, and you’re in a situation with them where they could perhaps feel a bit shitty, but it doesn’t show, just remind yourself how hard that person is trying just to be calm and relaxed in that situation. I always think its good to know that if you have a friend with social anxiety and you’re out (a night out for example) and they need a few minutes alone, it’s nothing you’ve done. Sometimes we need a bit of re-charge time before going back into a potentially challenging situation. Also, it’s the most comforting and re-assuring thing to know that your friends know. There was a time when I was going to a gig with my brother, and the night before he sent me a text telling me not to worry and that we could leave the venue at any time. Little things like this can make the BIGGEST of differences.

Social anxiety isn’t JUST about being shy! Peace out! 🙂


Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Liquid Lipsticks


Above photo: Wearing shade ‘Stripped’

Matte lipsticks always seem like a great idea when you’re sat putting your make-up on. The glossy texture glides onto your lips and life is great. You look in the mirror and feel like an Instagram model flogging the latest must have matte lip. However, after a few hours, you start to feel your lips shrivelling into wrinkly, dry lumps and you can’t really rescue it. Sigh…it was fun while it lasted.

Recently, I had a f*** it moment. I was scrolling down my Facebook feed and noticed an ad for a set of full sized Anastasia Beverley Hills matte lipsticks for £32. The value was worth about £120 I believe. My eyes widened in shock and I looked for any signs of it being fake. I clicked the link and was directly taken to the official website. Safe to say I was SHOOKETH. While Halifax was gently telling me ‘No Amy, you’re saving for a new iPhone’ I didn’t hesitate clicking ‘add to cart’.

A few days letter, I got in for work to see the package I had been waiting for. Six beautiful liquid lipsticks presented in a luxurious metallic box. You know in films when characters find a box of treasure and it glows onto their face? This was kinda the same thing.


So, these are the shades! From the top we have ‘Requiem’, ”Current’, ‘Dazed’, ‘American Doll’, ‘Toast’ and ‘Stripped’. 


In the photo above I’m wearing ‘American Doll’ which is the ULTIMATE red lipstick. Think pin-up girl meets MAC’s ‘Crimson’. This is the ultimate festive red for me and I cannot wait to wear it more!


I never thought, in a million YEARS, that I would own a G R E E N lipstick. Green. Ok so it’s not a shade for day-to-day, but I totally see this being a sassy edition to an edgy outfit on a night out. I don’t think I’m brave enough to sport this out, maybe Halloween?!


My favourite shade out of the selection is probably ‘Toast’ (worn above). It’s a beautiful nude/brown and goes well with the sort of eye-make up I like to wear. I think this shade would compliment darker skin BEAUTIFULLY too.

So less about the colours; the texture of these lipsticks is nice and thick which you’d expect from a luxury brand like ABH. The applicator is a longer ‘pad’ at the end of the wand. Its the perfect size and shape for me, but that’s personal preference!

You definitely cannot fault the pigment of these lipsticks either, the colour is very rich and you don’t need to do more than one layer. You can easily get away without wearing lip liner too!



While these lipsticks are long-lasting, you do get the ‘lip stick butt hole‘ – you know when your bit of wet lip starts to show and contrasts heavily with your lipstick? This is probably less obvious with the nude shades, but I don’t think ANY matte lipstick can avoid doing this. If you’re that fussed you can just re-apply and you’re good to go!

Overall, it’s a 4.5/5 (the 0.5 for the butthole sitch) I love these lipsticks and I am SO glad I was able to snap up this deal. Do you have any of these shades? Let me know – I’d love to hear what you think of them!!


Move Over Dry January!

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In a few weeks time, we will be in the year of 2018. The whole #NewYearNewMe sha-bang will start, everyone will insist they’re on a kale diet, and the inevitable ‘I haven’t showered since last year’ jokes will emerge. I think the nicest thing about the new year this time around, is that the 1st lands on a Monday. Isn’t that satisfying?! Anyway, you’ve probably guessed by the title that January 2018 for me is going to have a bit of a challenge associated with it.

While my New Year resolution for 2017 was to read more, (ok, I didn’t read LOADS, but I finished a couple books which is a steady improvement!) this year it is to help more. This can be anything to helping a friend out to raising some money for charity, which nicely leads me on to the real reason I’m writing this post.

Teenage Cancer Trust have launched ‘Party Hard, Train Harder’ which is a campaign to get us moving (more specifically, 10k steps a day) to help raise some cash munaaay for the wonderful charity. As I am partial to a pig in blanket (or 60) I thought this would be the ultimate motivation to get up and get moving! For that extra push, my boyfriend, Joey, will also be joining me on this challenge! Check out his Instagram for some of his amazing shots.

We have both started getting super into photography, me with my little Canon camera, and Joey with his drone! We are hoping to really seize the opportunity to get the steps in and take some incredible photos to keep everyone updated on our progress.

For a bit of background, Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer’, and this is where Teenage Cancer Trust step in. All cancer charities are super close to my heart, so it is a complete honour to be able to work with TCT.

If you’re like me, and want to help more, why not drop us a few pennies? The tiniest amount really will go a long way.

£25 could pay for an hour with a Youth Support Worker to keep young people active, encourage them to socialise and help them gain some control over their illness.

£50 could pay for 2 hours with an expert nurse who understands the unique experience of being diagnosed when you’re a teenager.

Any amount, big or small will be put to good use. So why not re-consider buying that extra bottle of Seccy and put that money where it matters?