15 to Follow on Snapchat

I am into Snapchat in a BIG way at the moment. I’m pretty addicted to checking it throughout the day! I love how instant and ‘real’ it can be. Many of the people I follow are YouTubers who obviously heavily edit their videos, whereas Snapchat is so much more informal and relaxed, you feel as if you’re getting a better glimpse at people’s actual lives. I dunno, you obviously still only see what people want you to see (as should be everyone’s right to decide what they do and don’t put online), but it feels like people are more relaxed which is nice. Therefore, I thought I would share some of my favourite people that I follow on Snapchat that may be of interest to some of you 🙂 Their Snapchat username is the bold, pink writing.

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‘BuyNowBlogLater’

Laura is one of my absolute favourites on Snapchat. She’s so funny and honest. I love how she talks about loving cake-face and fakery and her Eylure 143 obsession. She’s just absolutely brilliant and knows her makeup. She has a real passion for it whilst having a fun personality and I trust what she says. She’s a successful woman living in Dubai with a well-paid job I imagine, so you know she’s not being paid to say shit. If she doesn’t like it, she says.

‘LauraLouMakeup’

Another Laura who I’ve only recently followed on Snapchat actually but have followed her blog for a while. She’s a straight-talking makeup artist who also has an adorable cat which means I’m obviously going to love her!

‘LilyPebbles’

I love Lily’s YouTube channel so I love seeing what she’s up to on a daily basis. I like her personality and find her down to Earth and relatable. If you like Lily’s YouTube channel then she should definitely be interesting to you on Snap.

‘StadyBelle’

Stacey – aka ExpatBeautyAddict – I discovered through Laura of ‘BuyNowBlogLater’. Stacey seems SO lovely. Her snaps are very chatty which I love; she seems like the sweetest woman and there’s something I really like about her voice which is probably strange lol. She’s obviously a huge beauty addict so it’s nice to see what she’s enjoying, but also she recently did some snaps about the result of the EU Referendum which were SO interesting and informative (I was gutted at the result 😦 ). She discussed the financial and economic impact of leaving the EU as it’s within her field of expertise as she works at Barclays (I think?). And she’s also had struggles with illnesses which she’s discussed and made me pretty emosh, she just seems so lovely ❤

‘TheLittleMagpie’

Amy doesn’t snap that much tbh, not since I’ve followed her anyway, but I just love her. She’s one of my fave bloggers and from her YouTube channel you can tell her personality is just hilarious. Plus she’s so cool and stylish and gorgeous.

‘ViviannaMakeup’

I love Anna. Another one of my fave YouTubers, I love the way she does things and find her very creative, innovative and to the point. You can tell she’s a grafter and so organised. I love her snaps.

‘Sammi.Maria’

Another YouTuber I’m a big fan of. Sammi is beautiful and has the sweetest personality. Her snaps of her dogs are often hilarious too. And now she’s pregnant her snaps could be a way to follow her throughout her first pregnancy journey! Aw ❤

‘MorelloMachine’

Chloe Morello is a stunning Australian YouTuber who I’ve followed for a while. She is great and so so funny xD She snaps random things but everything’s interesting because I just love what she has to say and she’s hilarious.

‘ASteinherr’

Alessandra is the Beauty Director at Glamour magazine so as you can imagine she lives quite the jealousy-inducing life to any fellow beauty lover. She’s always travelling, has the best voice, looks amazing and is always talking about her favourite products and what she’s using. You’ll also see lots of behind the scenes of new product launches etc which she’s been invited to the events of. Expect lots of skincare and makeup recommendations!

‘HeyClaireHey’

Claire is great but I must say my favourite snaps of hers feature her cat, Bruce. He’s an absolute lad. Love him. But also Claire does great PO box unpacking which I love watching.

‘Essie_Button’

Estee has the funniest, most loveable personality! She’s forever interesting and I love her relationship with Aslan and Reggie. They love their dog SO much. Also, “You still making mooooooooooovies?” – absolutely hysterical.

‘Amelia.Liana’

Amelia is gorgeous and I think she’s great, but she’s another one, like Claire, where I’m often watching her snaps hoping that her pet will feature because I bloody love him. Her dog, Duke, is the cutest little pom I have ever seen in my life and I basically cry whenever I see his adorable, happy, fluffy little face. Duke ❤

‘GabbLindley’

Gabby, of VelvetGh0st is another lovely YouTuber. I find her quite relatable in many ways and now she’s opened up about a lot of things to her viewers I  admire her for how far she’s come and where she is now! What a success. She also has a cat, Nellie, who features a lot too which I obviously love.

‘HelloOctober’

Suzie‘s snaps are pretty entertaining and it’s a great supplement to her YouTube channel if you’re a follower of that. I love her style and her makeup is always beautiful. But it’s also nice to see her being bare faced and just chilling or having a moan; it will forever be refreshing and relatable to see people you watch/follow be ‘normal’ like that.

‘JaclynRHill’

Jaclyn is such a bundle of energy and how frickin successful has she made herself?! What an inspiration. She won’t be everybody’s cup of tea as she’s pretty loud and out there, but I LOVE her. Her snaps are always entertaining and show different sides to her; whether she’s super happy or having a shitty day. #relatable

‘Kate.LaVie’

Kate, formerly known online as gh0stparties, is so funny and sweet. Another one with a hilarious and super cute kitty called Mouse who I love seeing in snaps. And Kate has the greatest laugh, it’s so cute and she finds her boyfriend hysterical so is always laughing at him which is adorable.

I hope you’ve discovered a few new Snapchat accounts to follow 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

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Blogger Recognition Award

I was very surprised and grateful to be nominated by Lori for something called the Blogger Recognition Award, which was first created by Eve from EveofNight.

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Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).

Here are my answers!

Why did I start my blog?

I had read blogs for years and years, avidly following them from when I was 17/18 probably. I’d thought about how cool it’d be to have my own but I never felt confident enough at the time to put my own stuff out there. Then in January 2015 I finally decided to bite the bullet and create one. I had not long turned 21 and I was happy in myself and ready to put some content out there. I thought no one may read it, but that doesn’t even really matter. I wasn’t doing it to gain thousands of followers, if that ever happens, brilliant, but fundamentally I made one because I love reading beauty/fashion blogs and I wanted to make my own contribution to the blogging world in the hope some other like-minded people may gain something from it, as I do with others. I’d also never had a ‘hobby’ as such. You know when you get asked what you like to do in your spare time etc, and some may have a sport they play or play an instrument or paint amazing images, for me I just loved shopping. That was my hobby. And I feel blogging is a way for me to slightly ‘validate’ and make something more of this very materialistic hobby, in a part of the internet where many other girls share exactly the same hobby! It’s great.

Advice for new bloggers

I still feel pretty new to it myself. But I think you need to decide what your intentions are with your blog. Will it just be a hobby, a way of sharing purchases, experiences, reviews, holiday snaps etc? If so I think you should be pretty relaxed with it and not get yourself hung up on views and followers. Write about what you want to write about and what inspires you! Read other blogs and get inspiration from what you like to read yourself, what makes you want to follow a blog and which layouts you find the easiest to read.

If however you have intentions to go big with your blog then you probably need to be more organised and focused about it and think about a dedicated posting schedule. Good photography is incredibly important too.

Now I move on to my nominations! You all have amazing blogs:

Alice from AliceGraceBeauty

Charlotte from Charlotte’s Road

Nati from SimplyArtdicted

Molly from Daisily

Caroline from IridescentPlaces

Lauren from Laurens Looks

Anoushka from AnoushkaProbyn

Charlotte from CharlotteSamantha

Holli from HappyGoHols

Grace from GlitterandCarousels

Megan from Lattes&London

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Shareena from Forever-You

Emma from thecashabeauty

Christine from YvesChild

 

Thank you Lori for the nomination and I look forward to reading those who choose to complete this tag 🙂

Love, Nicole xxxx

My Favourite Vlogmases!

How do you pluralise Vlogmas?! I’m not sure. Anyway, I am loving how many of my favourite YouTubers are filming Vlogmas this year. I’m struggling to keep up a bit if I’m honest! But it usually means I always have something to watch if I’m at a loose end. I thought I’d share my favourite Vlogmases this year so far.

Zoella

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British YouTube’s golden girl is a joy to watch and she’s so festive that she inspires you to really get into the Christmas spirit. She has an enviable lifestyle since becoming an internet celebrity and it’s fun to watch her enjoying her success and sharing her days, whether she’s off to events or chilling at home. I really don’t like pugs but Nala has grown on me since seeing her personality come out in the daily vlogs; I still think they’re pretty gross though I’m sorry xD I’m also not the biggest fan of boyfriend Alfie (PointlessBlog), there’s something about him that just annoys me a bit (the voice probs), but I think Zoe is great and he’s a part of her life so of course I still enjoy watching their household enjoy the run up to Christmas.

Sprinkle of Glitter

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Louiseeee! I love Louise. She has the most wonderful, fun personality. Her words can make the dullest days fun to watch and little Darcy is the cutest child ever. I love when kids are that age, they say the funniest, sweetest things. Everyone should watch Louise.

Amelia Liana

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Amelia is another one with a wonderful, positive, cheery personality. I am obsessed with her little pom Duke too, omg every time her comes on screen I’m just like awwwwwww I want one. He’s the happiest dog I’ve ever seen. She did some challenges to raise money for charity during this Vlogmas, and wow, fair play to her, she did really well. They were things that pushed her out of her comfort zone, and most people’s comfort zones I imagine! I did some major cringing for her but she was so brave.

Lily Pebbles

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I only started following Lily this year and she’s really grown to be one of my favourites. I like her very real and laidback personality, she’s always saying how she likes to be casual and I can relate to that. Although I do probably like glamming up slightly more than she does… She’s that little bit older which I think means she has a more mature audience, less annoying little girls and silly comments fangirling. This is also probably a lot to do with the way she is and the videos she makes, just less childish and more grown up which is nice!

Tanya Burr

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Tanya is another big YouTuber with a happy, infectious personality. She’s quite similar to Amelia with the girly, ditsy personality, it could be annoying, but I find it endearing. I just find Tanya uplifting to watch, she’s a happy one!

Samantha Maria

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Sammi is a cool gal. She’s so naturally beautiful and has a sweet personality and great style. It’s nice to see her going about her day, and her boyfriend Jason is pretty involved in filming Vlogmas with her this year. He seems great and they are so nice together, you can see how much they love spending time together, and with their dogs, who are funny! One thing I’m learning from Vlogmas is that I judge dogs too much on their looks haha, Nala the pug and now Sammi’s two dogs, not to my taste but they seem so sweet. Aw. I’ll always be a cat person though.

I am following lots of others, but these are my favourites so far! I always look forward to these guys uploading slightly more than others…  🙂

Best wishes,

Nicole

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Top 5 European Destinations Wishlist

By some people’s standards these days, I am not the most well travelled person, but I absolutely love exploring new places! So I do hope in the coming years I can see lots of new countries and cities and beautifully jaw-dropping scenery! I have yet to venture outside of Europe, there are definitely many corners of this world I want to see, but there are also still so many places I want to see within Europe. I think European destinations are also very realistic places for me as they are well within reach and it will not cost an arm and a leg for me to get anywhere.
I recently went to Barcelona (blog post on that here), and have previously been with my family to Paris, Majorca, Turkey and Cyprus.

Here are my Top 5 Places I would most like to visit within Europe in future!

Images all taken from Google Images and are not my own.

1. Italy – Rome and Florence

Italy is my number one place I want to visit. I just think architecturally and historically I will absolutely love it! Architecture and stunning scenery are probably the two things that most grab me when thinking about holidays. As much as I love the sunshine, I couldn’t go on consecutive beach holidays as I feel there’s so much more than that! Plus I get bored after lying around for a few days. Excitingly, me and my boyfriend are planning on booking a September trip to Rome and Florence within the next few weeks! So this member of the wishlist may be ticked off already by September, so exciting!

2. Greek Islands

If I were to go on a beach holiday, I would definitely be choosing to go to one of the Greek Islands! They look absolutely stunning. There are so many choices, Kefalonia, Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Zante… I don’t know which I’d choose, but with that beautiful crystal blue sea lapping against every shore, I think it’s a safe bet you’d have a blissful holiday.

3. Norway

Norway takes my fancy because of a few things. Firstly, those spectacular views of the Northern Lights! I bet experiencing them in the flesh is absolutely incredible. Secondly, the stunning scenery with thousands of lakes and mountains. And thirdly, because I am curious as to what it’s like there in terms of a general atmosphere; it’s often high up on lists of happiness and best countries in the world to live, so I would love to see what that’s about!

4. Prague

I am very partial to a city break. I love them and don’t go on enough. Just exploring and wandering the streets, soaking up the atmosphere and dining out in lovely restaurants! What could be better and more fulfilling. Prague looks like a beautiful city with wonderful Gothic architecture I would love to see up close.

5. Paris, again

I really struggled with this last spot. There’s a ton of other places I’d like to go, BUT, I just loved Paris so much that I think I would choose to go there again ahead of some other new places. It is a truly beautiful city, I spent a week there with my family when I was 16 which was amazing, but despite that I know there are loads more bits of it to be enjoyed.
Other places that nearly made it into my top 5 were Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Budapest and the Algarve of Portugal. Maybe it should’ve been a top 10! But that would be totally out of reach… Let’s start small.
Where would you most like to visit in Europe?
Nicole

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PLEASE VOTE ON 7TH MAY!

Not what I might usually write about, but I’ve been so involved in the upcoming election this year as I’m working in a council’s elections team as part of my work placement (for a sandwich degree), that I’ve been so immersed in the whole process and I really feel that everyone that is registered to vote in this election should do so! It’s been everywhere for months, you cannot get away from it when you put the TV on, so I would hope most people have a basic idea of who’s who and of their preferences.
What to do
Go along to your polling station on Thursday, (if you don’t know where it is you can phone up your council and ask or maybe just ask next door if they know where it is) tell the staff your name and address and if you’re registered they will give you your ballot paper and off you go to the little booth to vote. It’s very simple.
Young people really need to start taking more of an interest and bothering to vote, even just to show that you will use that power and therefore the politicians should be trying to win you over when they propose new policies, so in that respect you could vote for anyone. Or spoil the ballot paper if you really have no preference. Just make sure that ballot paper counts for something! Get involved.
I was happy to see a quick video from one of my old faves Jimmy0010 telling people to vote. DO IT PEOPLE 🙂 It’s an event, it’s exciting, it’s for the next five years! Probably, maybe.
Nicole
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