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A Chat About "Internet Friends"...

With my generation, the internet has become a part of life. I don't know one person my age or around my age who doesn't go on the internet at least once a day whether it's to browse the web, shop online, watch tv/films on sites such as Netflix or a big one to go on social media.

My main reason to use the internet is social media, the only ones I really use are Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. When I made these social media accounts it was mainly to connect with friends that I already had - in person, to talk to friends I went to school with and keep in contact with them. I never had the intention of actually making new friends from across the world on these websites. Infact I never even thought that was possible!

I know about internet safety, since I first ever started going on the internet on good old MSN I'd constantly be reminded by my parents, brother or older cousin what to do and what not to do. And after watching countless episodes of Catfish I kind of consider myself to be another Nev or Max, I won't be fooled. 

One of my twitter accounts was made due to me finding an interest in a band, called 'The Vamps' who I have mentioned before on here due to meeting them. On twitter I ended up following other people who shared the same interests in this band and we'd end up talking, swapping phone numbers and a friendship would start. 

Last May, May 2014, someone followed me called Lisa thinking nothing of it I followed her back and a few days later she messaged me I'm not going to repeat what she put because it's embarrassing for us both and we still laugh at it to this day. Lisa and I hit it off straight away, tweeting and dm's turned to texts, which turned to facetimes and phone calls every day. I don't think a day has gone by since we actually became friends in May 2014 where we haven't spoke or facetimed it's as if it's become a daily ritual for us both. 

Lisa quickly became my best friend. 

How can you be best friends with someone you haven't even met? That's a question I get whenever I mention Lisa to someone and the answer is simple, you just can. I speak to her every day, she knows everything about me and I do with her, we share a stupid amount of inside jokes, we know how to cheer each other up if the other is feeling down, we can talk about nothing for hours or we can have deep conversations for hours. Being best friends with someone doesn't involve seeing them everyday, well in my case it doesn't involve seeing them in person at all. A best friend is just someone who you can trust and is there and that for me is Lisa.

Sounds great - I know. However then we're reminded this friendship started on a social media site, twitter, not in person. I live in Manchester, England but Lisa lives in Northern Ireland which is the reason we're yet to meet but that doesn't change anything or stop us being friends especially nowadays when we can just call or facetime each other whenever we want. I'd give anything to have her live near me so we could have a 'normal' friendship but then I guess it'd be too good to be true. 

Internet friends are real friends, infact in some cases better. Internet friends happen because of a common interest they happen because you two have bonded over something and took the time and effort to actually stay friends even though there's a distance. You don't have to see each other everyday or have to be friends, never once did appearance come into consideration, the only thing that mattered was what you both were interested in whether it was a band, a tv show or a book and then your personalities clicked.
I know meeting people over the internet isn't 100% safe, I know there's some sick shady people out there in the world but if done correctly and safely meeting people due to the internet could be one of the best things you ever do. 
Still think internet friends aren't 'real' friends, just go on youtube and type in 'internet friends meeting for the first time' and trust me you'll start bawling your eyes out like I did.

Plane tickets booked, I am happy to say I am meeting my best friend on the 3rd August 2015 after being best friends since May 2014. 

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The Don't Judge Challenge

Being awake at midnight gets me thinking about thinks I've heard people say, seen people post on social media or stuff in general and today's choice of thought is on the 'Don't Judge' Challenge which has suddenly popped up across every social media platform I have been logged onto and it is really started to get on my nerves.

If you haven't seen one of these videos the concept is you video yourself with 'imperfections' drawn onto your face the most common which have been featured have been drawn on acne, monobrow/overgrown eye brows, glasses, and braces. Then the person covers the lens of the camera and when it's uncovered they're well done up, make up applied, hair done, in a nice outfit.

I understand that the idea of these videos is to show that you shouldn't judge a person by their 'imperfections' so you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but there is also another message that is accidentally being portrayed which is the reason why this 'challenge' is getting on my nerves.

The first part of the video where the people in it have these 'imperfections' is what is in my opinion wrong. As it's giving the message across that these natural problems or imperfections are ugly. 

Spots are a natural thing, why should people be shamed into feeling as thought they're ugly?
Why should thick overgrown eyebrows be frowned upon when we have models such as Cara Delevingne who's praised for her eyebrows?
Why is something like wearing glasses or braces being used as something that is ugly or bad?

The message in these videos is not to judge people yet drawing on these 'imperfections' is shaming those who naturally have them and branding them as ugly. 

There are far better ways of proving that you shouldn't judge a person by their looks without shaming natural skin problems or body imperfections so why is it becoming a new viral craze to shame but get away with it because there is a positive message deep down somewhere.

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theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminiser // Review

Highlights are one of my favourite make up products, no matter how your skin is looking once you apply a bit of highlighter it just boosts the look of your skins radiance, makes you look glowing and healthy.

One of the highlighters which always popped up on blogs or youtube videos was theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and although my make up collection is pretty big I definitely lacked in variety when it came to highlighters so I thought i'd give in and try it out.

Level 2 Hair and Media Make Up - Completed

So do you remember back in September of 2014 where I promised to write up on my college course every month and ended up just doing 3 months before I disappeared of the face of blogging? 

Well I've now completed my college course and I've had so many questions asking how I got on and my opinion and thoughts on the course and if I would recommend it. So this post is going to be all about my course. 

I started my course back in September with no other professional training in hair and make up, anything I knew previously I had taught myself. When I first started my course I was nervous because I had never done anything dramatic and I had no idea what I would have done if I went into college and they asked me to do a full body art. I never thought myself of an artistic nor a creative person however through my year in college these parts of me have come out drastically.


A completed Level 2 Hair and Media Make Up course, a passed driving test,  2 seasons of 'Orange Is The New Black' and nearly 4 months since my last post I'm back.

Keep your eyes peeled! x

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MAC Cool Neutrals 15x Eyeshadow Palette // Review

When it comes down to make up, eyes are my favourite part to play around with since you can create so many different looks and also use the eyeshadow in different ways to enhance the colour of your eyes or make the shape of the eyes appear different. There's definitely a lot more versatility when it comes to eye make up then anything else.

As you probably know I love MAC and it's hands down my favourite brand of make up, for a while now I've been building up my own MAC eyeshadow palette however when I was browsing the internet I stumbled across their already filled eyeshadows in Warm Neutral and Cool Neutral and I couldn't help but add them both to my basket. 

I have already reviewed the Warm Neutral palette which you can read here but today's post is on the Cool Neutral Palette.

The palette comes in the usual MAC Palettes which you can purchase to build your own palette the only difference between these and building your own palette is that you can not remove the eyeshadows from this as they're permanently fixed into the palette which I know some people have complained about but it honestly doesn't bother me.

One of my favourite things about the palette is that it comes in a range of finishes, so you can use different shadows for different purposes and get different effects from the different finishes.

The shades are described as -
Flounce: Chalky White Pink (Matte Finish)
Sweet Allure: Soft Light Pink (Satin Finish)
Sun Tweaked: Soft Frosty Coral (Frost Finish)
After Dusk: Mid-Tone Rosy Pink With Pearl (Veluxe Pearl Finish)
Blackberry: Muted Burgundy-Plum Brown (Matte Finish)

Pick Me Up: Pale Ivory (Matte Finish)
Cozy Grey: Cool Grey (Matte Finish)
Crushed Olive: Dirty Gold Olive (Frost Finish)
Deception: Chocolate Gold (Frost Finish)
Brun: Muted Blackish Brown (Satin Finish)

Silver Fog: White With Silver Pearl (Lustre Finish)
French Clay: White Grey Frost (Frost Finish)
Cumulus: Dirty Grey Charcoal (Frost Finish)
Pearled Earth: Deep Blue-Grey (Veluxe Pearl Finish)
Black Tied: Black With Silver Sparkle (Velvet Finish)
All the shades are very pigmented and apply like a dream, they are easy to pack onto the lid or easy to blend which makes it so easy to pair colours together and create a new looke each day. The shadows have minimal fall out and I've experienced no problems at all with them.

This is hands down my favourite eye shadow palette I own and when it comes to neutral palettes I own a lot. I love the shades as they are a different tone and shade then what comes in most neutral palettes.

The Cool Neutrals Palette is a little on the more expensive shade to most palettes already on the market but I think it's worth it considering you get 15 shades which to buy a pan of eyeshadow from MAC would be £10 therefore to buy 15 would be £150 and then the palette itself to buy would be £16.50 so £166.50 if you were to build the palette yourself when this is selling for £65.00 so you are essentially saving just over £100.

The Cool Neturals Palette is definitely worth it if you love playing around with eyeshadow, want to get into wearing eyeshadow and it's a must have for any make up artists. I'm obsessed with it!

Price - £65
Where - MAC Cosmetics
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