20 things I want to do in my twenties

As part of my turning 20 series, I’ve tried to do things I’ve done before turning 20, now I’m looking to the future and making a little bucket list of things I hope to do when I turn 20. As a person who loves planning, most of it is already in action which excites me that little bit more for turning 20.

1- Learn to drive

I now feel that it is probably time to start learning to drive, as I am so sick of waiting on buses to get to work and often being really early or late. In my first year of university I was not allowed to have a car on campus, in second year I was happy enough not knowing how to drive because I did not have the money for a car or keeping it up.

2- Buy a car

I don’t see the point in knowing to drive without a car and as such I would much rather learn to drive when I know I can afford a car as I’ve heard much of your education on the road actually comes after you pass your test. I have looked into cars for the past year and sort of decided which car I want and what my budget would be for when I do buy my car. I am actually pretty excited and prepared to drive I think I just need to get over the first hurdle.

3- Finish my education

I’m currently half way through my degree and I am enjoying it hugely however after being in education ever since I was five I am really excited to finish as well, I’m unsure as to whether or not to do a postgraduate or to go straight into work but I’ll come to that hurdle when I get to it. But I know I will finish university in my twenties which is very exciting to think about.

4- Move into a flat with Jordan

My partner and I might not have been together that long but we have both spoken about the idea of moving in together at some point next year or the year after so hopefully I will be living with him in our own little flat in my twenties. It honestly gets me so excited thinking about us having our own little place together.

5- Get better at cooking

Currently I am okay at cooking, I mean I’ve not poisoned anyone yet, but I’m no Marcus Wearing either. So I hope in my twenties I get better at cooking or at least put more effort into my cooking for myself and other people. I love eating food but making it is just so much effort so hopefully that mentality changes and I can go from chicken nuggets to more difficult and more flavoursome dishes.

6- Get a full-time job

This is something that I hope will be easy, but very much doubt it, currently I have two part-time jobs that would equate to one full time, with both claiming they’re ten hours each but being usually 20 each. But I genuinely love both jobs and really enjoy working, I’ve loved having my own responsibilities and having my own money. I genuinely hope that I am able to get a full time job once I’ve left university, but having a passion in writing doesn’t always pay so I’ll no doubt get a job in retail and try to build up my portfolio till I am able to get a writing job.

7- Spend more time with my family

Currently having two jobs does stretch my time a lot and I often work every day with maybe an afternoon or night off instead of the weekends, so if I visit home my family are often working and I don’t see much of them so hopefully if I do get a full time job I can plan time with my family and see them more often.

8- Have an amazing 21st with Jordan

I am one of those people who adores planning and ever since my 18th I’ve been planning my last big birthday and I can honestly say that I hope it’s amazing, I cannot wait for my 21st and to spend it with Jordan, currently I am hopeful that I will be able to save over this summer and end up having enough money to go to Disneyland Paris for my 21st in a year and a bits time. This is something I’d genuinely really enjoy and something that hopefully wouldn’t break the bank.

9- Get rid of some bad habits

I currently have a few bad habits I’ve tried to conquer and have failed, I bite my nails whenever I’m stressed and although I was doing really well before I found it so hard to keep up so I’m hoping throughout my twenties I can just get over it. Another thing I want to stop is late night snacking, it has always been a bad habit of mine and getting over it will hopefully lead to a healthier lifestyle.

10- Allow myself to indulge on 2/3 really nice (and expensive) items

This might sound a bit odd, but usually I don’t like spending loads and loads of money on one item of clothing or one handbag, but I don’t see why I should keep stopping myself from enjoying these things. I think I should allow myself 2/3 things- nothing ridiculously expensive either but just stuff I really like that cost that little bit extra and make me feel really confident and beautiful.

11- Travel

I am so desperate to travel and have amazing holidays and memories. I love learning about other cultures and religions and learning the norm in other countries is fascinating to me, ever since I was young I totally idolised Egypt as I just loved the rich and vibrant history and how it still stands, after visiting Egypt I was hooked on travelling and using it as a tool to learn about other countries so I’d love to travel the world.

12- Make money from writing

I’m aware that it’ll be difficult to get a career out of my writing but I would like to at least earn something for my journalism through freelance or something, I adore writing and would love to make it my career one day but I doubt that’ll happen before I’m 30.

13- Go to more football games

For someone who loves football I haven’t been to many games, this is just because I was never really invited along with the family before cause it was only really the boys who were, but I hope to go to more football games and more sporting events in general as I am a real sporting enthusiast.

14- Start saving for a mortgage

In todays economy it is pretty difficult to save for a mortgage and stuff so I’m hoping that by my mid to late twenties I will have saved enough for a mortgage and be looking for a house, which thinking about that terrifies me but it also really excites me as I cannot wait for my adult life to begin.

15- Be stable

I’d love to be in a stable and happy relationship whilst looking into my thirties, this isn’t the most important thing but I would love to be engaged and have a foundation for a strong marriage. I doubt that kids would be on my mind at all during my twenties but possibly during my thirties. I also want to have a stable life with a stable job, a stable amount of money and have a stable life.

16-Learn a language

I’d love to learn Italian, I am addicted to listening to Italian musicians, especially Marco Mengoni! And I’d love to know what he’s singing without google translating it every time. I also would love to travel to Italy and know a bit more of the language than just the touristy lingo.

17- Join a team

I adore football and never play it so I’d love to try to join a 5-a-side football team, I think the team mentality would be exciting to be a part of. Plus I am so competitive so I feel that would give me an edge and give me a healthier lifestyle as well.

18- Go to more gigs

When I was younger I went to loads of gigs and loved them but as I got older I stopped going to them, and I’d really like to go to more gigs and enjoy myself and the music. As it means so much to me it only makes sense to go to more gigs as most are pretty affordable and living in Stirling is so close to the venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

19-Set myself a manifesto

I am a very opinionated person, so setting myself a manifesto and aiming to stick to it will hopefully give me a clearer view on what my future might look like, I’m currently the queen of mood boards and vision boards so hopefully I can use this to help myself set this manifesto.

20- Try and make the most of now

I want to be able to make the most of every day and not try to think that ‘the right time’ will come, not reject offers for spending time with friends and make real effort for those around me. I want every day to have helped me grow as a person and to feel fulfilled. Writing every day as well so I don’t put things off especially my writing because I’m so bad for saying ‘I’ll do that tomorrow’ and then never getting round to it.

Bonus goal:

21- Get a dog

I have always wanted a french bulldog and I adore animals and so I am genuinely desperate for a dog, which I demand must happen soon so hopefully I am able to get a wee puppy with landlords who are nice and understanding.

I think all my goals for my twenties are achievable and I’m pretty excited to get started on my life after twenty, only five more months of teenage life and twenty will hit, but I can honestly say I’m excited to be an adult and all the responsibilities that come with it.

Whats top of your bucket list?

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20 things I’ve achieved before turning 20

At five I told my mum I would go to university, at seven I decided I wanted to make writing my career. I am a very goal driven person and when I was little twenty meant you were a real adult with real responsibilities, however staring twenty in the face has made me realise that I’ve realised that I am totally not an adult and do not want to be any time soon. Before I do turn twenty I think it’s important to look back at twenty of my biggest achievements before I turned twenty. This is almost a reverse bucket list, things I’ve already accomplished in my life.

1- I got into university

Getting into university was something my mum had always hoped I would do, working extraordinarily hard in my final two years of school really helped that dream become a reality. Although at five I aimed for Oxford or Harvard and thought I’d study Law, my goals became more possible as I got older as Stirling University became a first choice with Journalism and Politics being the dream. Currently I study there and I am studying a course that is a real passion of mine. It can be so difficult at times and the stress is real currently with exams looming but it is so rewarding to know that all my hard work paid off and I’m so proud of myself for it.

2- I followed my passion

It is so difficult to follow something that is a genuine passion, however from a young age I knew I loved writing and so following that dream to me was obvious, despite family members maybe believing my dream is unattainable or unrealistic I have ignored that and followed it anyways. With so many people doubting me and telling me not to be stupid by following this dream I am so proud of myself for never giving up.

3- I got my first job

If you told me in September last year that I would be currently seven months into my first job at a jewellers I would’ve laughed at you. However, I am indeed seven months in and still enjoying meeting all the customers and sharing such an important moment with people. I have achieved so much in my job so far and ended up getting a really high score on a mystery shopper when I hadn’t even been there six months. I’ve also met some amazing people in my job, with some amazing co-workers and great customers.

4-I moved out

I moved out of my family home at eighteen, thanks to my job I am able to look after myself and pay for my flat throughout summer to keep myself afloat. I feel like I have really enjoyed this time of having responsibilities and bills to pay. It has been even better because I got to move in with my two best friends and into such a nice flat. It has been so much fun living with two people you love although there are times we do want to kill each other but this happens with anyone.

5- I became an amazing big sister

At the news of my mum being pregnant I was so excited and then it hit me, I’d be a big sister and what if I was terrible at it? I was then terrified throughout my mums pregnancy of this human that I just couldn’t touch or be near in case I hurt him. But when my mum had him and I held him for the first time he became my absolute world and bringing him home was the most exciting thing ever. Since then he’s become my little sidekick and we’re best friends, I honestly can’t imagine my life without him.

6- I went to a festival

Not just for one year but for two I attended T in the Park and it was amazing, I honestly never thought I would be able to sleep in a tent that wasn’t in my back yard never mind hours from home. I loved every minute of the festivals and got all my teenage craziness out of the way very quickly.

7- I finally convinced my mum to let me dye my hair black

Throughout my younger years I was desperate to dye my hair black and she would continually tell me it’d never happen, so instead I dyed my hair many different colours that she’d never said no to. Mostly ridiculously bright and totally unnecessary but my mum definitely enjoyed my teenage angst at the time. Purple was the longest lasting with red and blonde highlights also making appearances. But now I live with my lovely black hair that I asked for in the first place AND my mum even sometimes dyes it for me.

8- I started saving money

I know right?! I never thought I’d be able to either but apparently if you have a goal it is much easier to do, currently I have £200 saved (which isn’t much) but I have just started and I am hoping to have much more saved by this time next year!

9- I learned to cook

Its been nearly two years since I moved out and I am not dead, which means only one thing, I can cook. Despite the teasing my mum loved to give me before I moved out I have really loved cooking and I’d say they are totally masterchef worthy personally.

10- I started and kept up a blog

I started my blog almost three years ago however so many times things got in the way and I gave up however in the past year I have decided to dedicate more time to it as it is something that is important to me. I’ve always loved writing and instead of channelling that to essays and beginning hating it I think blogging helps me with creativity and keeps me sane.

11- I started cutting people out my life

This might not seem like a good thing but it really was, I had a lot of toxic people in my life when I was younger and getting rid of those people really changed my outlook on life and what I thought about myself. I gave up on people whose lives were made up of negative energy and although it was tough and painful in some cases I’ve found myself in such a better place now.

12- I allowed myself to be happy

I used to find myself drawn to people who didn’t care all that much for me, but I really cared about them, but in recent months I have met someone who genuinely loves and cares for me and I’ve become so much happier and such a better person for it. Being with or thinking about Jordan does make me far happier and I honestly would never have guessed that I’d find someone as supportive or sweet as him who loved me.

13- I’ve learned to do my makeup better(ish)

From the days of my mum moaning that my foundation was way too orange and my eyeliner looking ridiculous with wings up to my eye brows, speaking of eyebrows mine used to be in an orangey-brown while I had really ridiculously dark hair. Thankfully due to watching MANY youtube videos and my mum investing in my makeup over Christmases and birthdays I got better and now I’m far happier with my makeup skills.

14- I got through depression

This is something I don’t like to shout from the rooftops but it definitely is something I’m incredibly proud of and use my experience to help other people who are suffering with mental health problems. I think going through this has made me a much more empathetic person with a lot more patience and love for people than I had before. Despite being a bad experience it has made me a better person.

15-I got three tattoos without a whimper

Since I was younger I always wanted to get a tattoo with many of my family members advising me not to, however I ended up getting three (so far) and not once have a cried and all have been in pretty painful areas, the spine, the hip and the rib. I honestly had imagined me being a pathetic mess and crying so much about them but I enjoyed getting them and love them now I have them.

16- I travelled a little

Me and my mum went to Florida in 2008 we are both huge Disney fanatics and we both had such an amazing time together. It is honestly the best holiday I’ve ever had and now I have a baby brother its another excuse to go back soon, with me and my mum counting down the days till we next go. I also went to a country I have always been incredibly interested in, Egypt, this was another amazing memory and I am so glad I went and definitely want to go back.

17- I got through some really toxic relationships

This is both with boyfriends and with family and friends, I have had a horrible history when it comes to boys and have sadly found myself in a very horrible situation with one that often continues to haunt me now. My family and I have always been close but it took me an awful long time to get rid of those who were not good for me however I can confidently say I am far happier now I’ve gotten over these horrible situations.

18-I voted

I have voted in the Scottish independence referendum which was really exciting, I also voted in the general election, however one was posted and the other was through proxy with my mum voting for me. On the 5th of May however I will be finally voting for real and I’m pretty (embarrassingly) excited about it.

19-I got more confident

Throughout my teens and pre-teens I had very low confidence and this was obvious in the way I treated myself and how I held myself. I was a little bigger and didn’t do my hair or makeup and I found school life pretty tough. As I grew up I lost weight, grew taller and started styling my hair and makeup and despite all this underneath it all I believed myself to be beautiful no matter what. I feel so much happier with who I grew up to be and who I am now.

20-I built Ikea furniture without any arguments

When I walked into my flat and saw my flatmates had bought Ikea furniture dread hit me as I could foresee the arguments and tantrums that would happen over this huge chest of drawers. However, we got the chest of drawers up and done within like 2 hours and that I think is a real achievement to be honest.

I feel like I have already fit so much into my life before I turn twenty and I am so proud of everything I’ve accomplished. I cannot wait for my twenties to come now and know that I have so much more to accomplish with my life, after writing this list I feel so much better about becoming ‘an adult’ cause I know I’m prepared for it.

Whats the biggest thing you’ve accomplished in your life so far?

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7 tips to keep you being creative

Sometimes, I have days where I feel entirely uninspired, totally confused at how I have the cheek to want to be a writer with no creative juices flowing whatsoever. Then there are other days where I cannot put my pen down because the character is telling me what to write. Looking at a blank page or a blank screen is so daunting when nothing is coming to you but I have a few tips to keep being creative.

1- Always find new things to inspire yourself 

Sitting on a bus might seem like an odd place to be inspired but if someone on my bus looks like they would be a good character for a short story then I will sit and write about every detail of that person to put in a story I might come up with later. If a lyric in a song resonates with you think about why it does, could it be your next story? It is important for me to use these smaller things as a great way to become inspired.

2-Stay away from clichés

It is hard to not have clichés in a story and often some rely on them to push a story forward, its always so positive to try to push yourself to reimagine the cliché in a different way, only use it if it genuinely adds to your content.

3-Make writing fun 

Try not to see writing as a job, coming home from one of my two jobs knowing I more than likely have work the next day does not make me want to work when at home, but thinking about writing as an escape and something fun and exciting. Not only will this help with creativity but it does help improve your writing, the positive energy helps transform your writing.

4-Write for yourself 

It’ll be difficult to find someone who enjoys writing essays unless its their passion, so write things you love writing about, things that genuinely interest you. If you are writing things from a passionate place people are more likely to react to that passion and enjoy your writing so much more.

5-Don’t overwhelm yourself 

If you are starting to feel overwhelmed or irritated with your work take a break, watch your favourite TV programme, listen to music, go for a walk or have a bath to just relax and free your mind and come back to writing when you genuinely feel you are ready and want to.

6- Allow mistakes 

No one is perfect and mistakes will be made, always refine the work you have done as much and as often as you can. Often when I have writers block it comes from further back in the story and I have written myself into a corner.

7- Do something creative in a different field 

I’m definitely not an artist however I do enjoy pretending to be one, so doing something artsy like doing a sketch or a doodle on the train or painting for a night at home can be so therapeutic to me. The creativity also flows over into everything and helps with creativity in the field of work you enjoy the most.

My work is always very important to me, it is extremely personal to me because of how much effort I put into every bit of my work. I have lived by there tips to keep myself creative and keep my work to a high standard that I am proud of.

Do you have any tips on being creative?

50 things that make me happy

As someone who has previously had depression it is important to me to think of the things that make me happy. It is important to not take things for granted however I found that thinking of 50 things was difficult. But once I got into it I found it easy, there are so many things that make me happy and I am so lucky to have all these things in my life!

1-My baby brother makes me so happy, being a big sister has been the best blessing I’ve ever had.

2-My mum honestly makes me so happy, whenever I am down or needing advice she is the first person I turn to and my true best friend.

3-Jordan makes me happy- of course- having the support of such a wonderful boyfriend, he is such a sweet soul and I constantly feel loved and appreciated. In recent weeks my confidence has rocketed and because of his support about things and especially my writing, he has helped my writing. I could honestly go on about him constantly but I won’t.

4- Despite work sometimes stressing me out I am so happy I have a job, the customers I deal with daily are usually lovely and working in a jeweller honestly is so fun and lovely. You see so many men trying to find the perfect ring for their partners, happy couples looking for wedding bands together and families buying gifts for one another.

5-University makes me happy- the fact that my hard work all those years amounted to something makes me happy and believe in myself more.

6-My friends

7-Food makes me happy-mostly chocolate

8- Writing makes me so  happy, especially when I write from my soul which I find so cathartic

9-Lists, which is odd but they really help me organise which takes me to my next point:

10-Organising things- clothes/underwear/shoes/paperwork! Anything that I’m able to organise I will do it and be so happy about it.

11-Watching movies

12-Doing my makeup/hair

13-Going on cute dates with Jordan, I love the whole experience, getting ready to go, planning the date and actually being out with him too

14-Watching football, even when my team loses!

15-Shopping

16-Puppies, especially French Bulldogs

17- Planning, I find it embarrassingly exciting to make mood boards and plan my future

18-Seriously I really love chocolate-like a lot

19- Watching my favourite Tv programme after a day at work

20-The feeling of handing in an essay-more relief than happiness but still

21-My extended family- my uncle Andy, Aunty Betty, my cousins: Georgia and Rhona- although they are extremely close to me

22-A girly night in

23-Giving people gifts

24-Pay day

25-Getting forehead kisses

26-A gorgeous breakfast when I’m just up

27- Making dinner for people and them enjoying it

28- Looking at the ring Jordan got me, it makes me smile so much

29-Getting views/comments/likes on my blog posts

30-Reading my favourite books- Pride and Prejudice, Emma and A Little Princess

31- My cosy sherpa throw

32-Seeing that I’m working with Jade

33-Music

34-Chicken wings. I told you I loved food!

35-Looking really cute in an outfit

36-Disney movies, I love the Good Dinosaur and Frozen

37-Eyeshadow palettes

38-Buying cute watches- I’ve started quite the collection

39-Cute stationary

40- Lucozade Pink Lemonade, I swear its an addiction

41-Going home to see family

42-Peonies

43-My blog

44-Wearing matching underwear

45-A week off work

46-Setting myself goals and targets

47-A new handbag

48- Fluffy socks

49-Cheese toasties

50-Jordan coming home

Things I needed to hear at sixteen 

I’ve never been overly confident about myself, how I look or if I’m a likeable person, however recently I’ve tried to change that and have a more positive outlook on life and how I feel about myself. But I can’t help feeling that I wish I had done this sooner, there was a lot of my younger teen life that was pretty misguided and there were so many thing I needed to hear at sixteen.

My biggest fear at sixteen was that I was fat or that I was ugly, and during my time at school a lot of things were said that affected me a lot more than they were probably meant to. Since then though I’ve learned that if the worst thing someone can call me is fat or ugly, then I must be a pretty good person on the inside because those two things no longer offend me.

At sixteen I struggled a lot with body confidence issues and mental health issues which led to self harm and a lot of thinking and believing harsh things about myself. This has been a continual struggle since I was 16 however I am making progress and moving forward from this point in my life with a lot of support from friends and family. The one thing my sixteen year old self should’ve known was that she was beautiful, both as a person and on the outside. I really wish I loved myself more because I really needed it at 16 and I stupidly looked to other people for reassurance.

A lot in my life at sixteen was changing, my mum had just gotten married and was pregnant with my little brother so things had moved quickly from me and my mum being our own wee unit to having a step dad and a baby brother all of a sudden. There were other more personal family issues going on which still affect me today but the one thing I always remind myself about is that I got through it and still was able to do pretty well in my exams and become an amazing big sister to the most wonderful and adorable little baby brother!

I’ve learnt to live my life and put what I feel first instead of living through Facebook, Instagram and social media and I am genuinely a happier person. I am in a really good place right now and honestly, my sixteen year old self needed to know that things would get much better. I’ve gone from a self-harming, self-loathing sixteen year old, to a moved out, amazing big sister who’s studying at university and has two jobs and a steady relationship. Things do get better. 

There are a few tips I’d like to give myself as well: don’t go out with him, he’s an ass and you know it, find a brow powder that matches your hair please stop using your mums, ignore your mum and dye your hair black, it looks way better on you than the ridiculous red or purple ever did. And please please please, watch more YouTube tutorials on how to do your makeup, we both know you could benefit from it!

My self harm and low mood was a horrible thing to come through at such an age especially with a lot of changes happening in my life, however I’m so happy about how my life turned out, I’m so proud of what I have come through and accomplished with my life. If I wasn’t who I was at sixteen then I wouldn’t be who I am now and I am so happy I get to say that.

What would you say to your sixteen year old self if you could?

Why I will never pay ridiculous amounts for eyeliner again

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Being the utter addict I am to a winged eyeliner look and starting a new job with my first pay check I promised myself to buy expensive (for me) eyeliner from a well-known brand. I chose to buy the Urban Decay Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Cream Eyeliner, which came in at £16.50 plus postage, after reading a few reviews I decided this was definitely the one for me hearing it was super black with no transfer to the brow area which I had found with cheaper liners I had use. To go with my fancy new eyeliner I bought the Zoeva 315 Fine Liner brush from Beauty Bay for £8 that I was really pleased with and still adore today.

Once it arrived and I started using it I was hooked and I loved it, but after only a few weeks I started to notice a green hue around the area I would apply the liner, even after using makeup wipes to remove it this continued so I stopped using it for a week and noticed it had gone. Deciding that the eyeliner was too good, and too expensive, to give up on I persisted to use it hoping this was just my skin settling to new eyeliner.

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But I only got about another week out of the eyeliner before it started to dry and drag on my skin. I was truly heartbroken that only a month after buying this liner it was drying on me already, luckily my flatmate is a makeup fanatic and told me to try to ‘reactivate’ the gel by putting it in boiled water in a bag. I tried this and was so excited when it worked and I could use it.

This excitement was short-lived however as I only got two weeks use out of this and was heartbroken all over again when it dried up on me. I told a few friends and work colleagues about what had happened and most told me about the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner which they all told me was extremely black, very easy to use and they had all had positive experiences with it.

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I picked some up the next day at Superdrug for £7.99 along with the Maybelline Liner Express Eye Liner, which was an odd choice for me as this is a liquid liner. I can honestly say that both liners have been extremely fun and easy to use. I got these on a deal that allowed me to get the liquid liner for £2.50 which was a real deal getting two liners for well under the price of the Urban Decay one.

The gel liner has become a favourite of mine and I can see myself buying it again once I’ve used this one, which might be soon with how in love with it I am. I am now trying to incorporate liner into every eye look I do just to get to use it. Sadly my liner brush was slightly ruined by the Urban Decay liner and I am thinking of buying the same brush again because of how much I like using it, despite being a little ruined.

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So although I love Urban Decay so much as a company and I would never fault the amazing eye shadow palettes they bring out, which are a staple in my makeup routine, I did not enjoy using their eyeliner and would definitely not recommend it to anyone. I would recommend people go to Maybelline for their liner needs in future as you get such great quality for far lower prices.

Spectrum Brushes Marbellous Collection: Review

As a creature of habit I never change anything about my regular makeup routine without reading reviews and hearing about other people using that product. However, Spectrum Brushes new Marbellous collection was simply stunning and a real bargain at £64.99 for the 12 set or £34.99 for either of the two sets; the 8-piece eye set or the 4-piece face set. This took so long for me to convince myself to get these but once I had saved up for them I knew I had to, it was just the wait for them to come available online.

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They came available on 24th of March and were with me by the 29th, which is crazy fast shipping considering the Easter break weekend, which I was incredibly impressed by. These brushes are simply a dream come true, as a huge fan of marble with it covering both my laptop and phone I was so excited to receive these and the hint of rose gold on the brushes adds that little bit of elegance.

Taking pictures of these was great fun and working with my best friend to get the best pictures possible to do them justice was great (living with a photography genius has its perks). Looking at all the collections available on the Spectrum Brushes website it is clear why this company has become a favourite amongst beauty lovers and bloggers, with mermaid brushes and collections with such high quality sets creating a real following for such a company in the beauty world. They boldly state all over their website how animal friendly they are as they boast a vegan and cruelty free company with all brushes using high quality synthetic hair.

Using these brushes to start with was a bit odd for me as since I started doing makeup I’ve always used the same brushes, Real Techniques, and as such getting used to new brushes was difficult. Once I got used to them it was so enjoyable though with soft hairs that make the brushes easy to use and allows blending to be easier, the face set was faultless however due to old habits I’ve continued to use my blush brush from Real Techniques for my blush but all others have taken over the face brushes I had before. The flat buffing brush has been perfect for foundation for me, as my skin has recently been playing up due to exam stress this has given me that extra coverage that I’ve needed and honestly I’ve loved using this brush more than the previous brush I had which was a simple non-branded tapered brush. The angled contour brush has given me so much satisfaction whilst I’m using it as I have always adored my bronzer-maybe a little too much when I was younger- but that contour life is definitely for me and this brush really lets you live that dream.

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The eye brushes is where I was really excited to be let loose, I love an exciting eye look and so the eye brushes were exciting to use and critique! I have fallen in love with these brushes and I honestly do not see myself putting these down anytime soon, I’ve even started putting more effort into doing my makeup for work (which means waking up earlier) just so I get to use these brushes everyday. The angled tip brush is a delight to use in the crease and to really map out the eye and the blending brushes come in multiple sizes allowing for a blend that really is second to none.

My personal experience of these brushes has not only been aesthetically pleasing but the way that they fit into my life perfectly after having such a set out plan for years before has shocked me, I honestly thought I would need to be won round but somehow these brushes have really changed the way I feel about my makeup.

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This might sound as though I am totally gushing about them but I have been debating for months whether or not I should buy these brushes and I could not have picked a better set of brushes to buy. Anyone contemplating it but worrying about the price, I would say it is totally worth it and not to overthink it because no matter what this company will surpass any expectations you have, whether you want to live that mermaid dream, dark mermaid dream or your minimalist goals they totally cater for you. Every girl loves beautiful looking makeup but why not let this pass over to your makeup brushes.

What do you use for makeup brushes? Would you consider yourself brand loyal to any company for your brushes?

Head over to http://www.spectrumcollections.com to take a look at the brushes they have on offer for yourself!