Five Things I Like About Instagram

My husband, Andy, doesn’t really get Instagram. He and his friends call it Instant-Gran. Don’t ask me why, he told me but I didn’t understand!

I however, love Instagram. I’ve met some lovely, lovely people through using it and really enjoy checking it daily, finding inspiration and seeing all the professional looking photos.

At the moment, I’m going through a phase of learning and exploring. I’m finding my identity as a mummy and I love using social media and blogging to do it. I feel like I am quite an expressive person so I love discovering, creating and sharing words, images and music.

In light of this, I thought I would share with you five things I like about Instagram:

  1. Meal inspiration – I often get a bit bored with food and eat just because I have too. Seeing a mouth watering dinner encourages me to firstly try something new and secondly to create a dish with ingredients I wouldn’t normally buy in a weekly shop.
  2. Noticing the little things – Does Instagram make you take a look around at the things you see everyday but never paid attention to? It did for me. I started seeing beauty in places I hadn’t looked closely before, seeing colour, contrast, patterns and symmetry.
  3. Motivation – So many wonderful quotes are shared on Instagram in beautifully written font or calligraphy. Whenever I feel blue and just want to hide under a duvet, I go to the ‘Explore’ tab and there are so many quotes in my feed. Lines from my favourite songs, poems from writers and excerpts from novels. My mood is uplifted and my faith renewed.
  4. The sense of community – As I mentioned earlier, one of the best things about Instagram is the friends that I have made from using it. Bonding over common interests, shared experiences and mutual appreciation of home decor. It is amazing how social media can connect you with likeminded souls half way across the world.
  5. Creating Art – Probably my most favourite thing about Instagram is how people can take a photo or create a picture that is visually appealing or thought provoking. It is an expression of mood of taste and style.

Of course this is not always the case. There is some utter sheet out there that is none of the above. Not even close. There are people who exploit it for their own benefit but hey, let’s not focus on the negative. When it is good, it is good and that’s what I like.

Do you like Instagram or do you prefer Twitter or Facebook? Let me know and feel free to connect with me through social media by clicking on the links to my pages. Bx

Beauty: Eye Shadow Favourites

Like most of you ladies out there, I am a BIG fan of makeup. It drives my husband up the wall. It probably started when I was a child, something which Annabelle has definitely inherited (sorry Andy!) but was most noticeable as a teenager when I would spend countless hours applying and removing makeup in my bedroom. I then went a bit crazy with trying new brands during my University years and my friend, Helen, shared my addiction to Barry M eye shadows. I still love their Dazzle Dust now and have about 10 pots in my makeup drawer.

Mac eyeshadows

MAC eye shadow, however, is by far my favourite luxury and high end beauty product. Largely, I have quite a few warm pinky and sultry purple colours to suit my olive complexion but I must admit that I can’t take full credit for the choices I have on offer. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who has selected and purchased a few of the shades pictured for birthday and Christmas presents (with a teeny bit of help from the sales assistant of course).

I have tried numerous high street and luxury eye shadows and what disappoints me about most is that they look beautiful in the packaging but barely visible on the skin. With the worst culprits, I need use so much of the product and it ends up creasing and melting away. I haven’t tried an eye shadow primer yet, but I am on the hunt for a good one, if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below. I currently use two products as a base, MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer in NW25 and then I apply their Eyeshadow Paint in Untitled. As I am not a qualified makeup artist, this is probably the wrong thing to do but it works for me. I wear these eye shadows with lashings of Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

What are your favourite High Street and Luxury makeup products? Let me know in the comment box below. Bx