I’m Going to be a Bit Busy Around Next Week

This is just to let you know that I’m going to be busier around the next week so may not be able to post as much as usual. Also, I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog. Any ideas?

Apple xx

A Short Note on What Will be Forthcoming from my Blog

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll probably have noticed that I don’t blog about much in particular. I generally compile and regurgitate what other people have said about beauty. I occasionally come out with something original.

I’ve been feeling a bit like my blog is slowing down at the moment. So, from now on, I’m going to be trying to tell you something different from what everyone else is saying – what I’m saying. I want to tell you something different and I want to tell you what’s going on inside my head, because no one else but me can tell you that. I will be posting about beauty as well, but I’ll try and make it more interesting. I hope you guys are going to stick with me!

Apple xx

Is Makeup Vain?

Considering that I blog most of the time about ‘beauty’ (of the face/skin/makeup kind) I thought I’d share my thoughts on something that has been crossing my mind recently…

Is makeup, the thing I blog about, vain?

If you look up the single word ‘vain’ up on Google, then you’ll get this:

having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth.’

Well, to get this straight, I don’t think that about myself. Still, makeup is in effect a thing that only changes what people see on the outside. Isn’t that a bit stupid? And old fashioned?

Basically, yes.

Then why do I blog about it?

Although there is a part of makeup that is like art and you can express your emotions, I don’t have the experience or money to do that kind if stuff. All in all, I share tips for cheap and easy makeup.

I don’t really feel like I should  have good reasons. We’re not supposed to judge books by their covers and take appearances to seriously etc. etc, which I definitely agree with, but somehow, against everything, I enjoy writing about beauty.

That is my reason for blogging about beauty: I love it. What about you? What do you think? Is that reason enough?

If you have any opinions about this topic then I’d love it if you commented below (I’m sometimes too scared so don’t be) or emailed me at j.applesmail@gmail.com

I’ll be seeing you all again soon,

Apple xx

Safety in jumpers (and other habits) + update

Hey everyone! I haven’t posted in ages, I’m really sorry, but I’ll be getting back to a normal schedule this week. I know people have been wondering about the second part of the drugstore reviews, bath stuff and skincare, so I’ll try and get down to that soon.

Anyway, today’s topic is on some weird and, in some cases, maybe a bit evil habits. The first is on the safety I find in jumpers, and my slightly-out-of-style-but-super-warm uniqlo coat.
Even if I’m not that cold, I feel like my jumper is like a shell, or armour. It makes me more confident. And the coat? Well, if I wear it into the canteen at break then it kind of flaps out and looks like a film/advert. I’m just like ‘oh, yeah. I have an awesome long coat and all you have is a cardigan.’ Except I don’t actually say that.

GAP jumper
The jumper in question.

Secondly, and I’m really scared because this is a bit perverted, if it’s a really upsetting or sad or angering subject then I’ll actually smile. I feel so bad, because I also do it if someone gets in trouble or something but I just can’t stop it. I wish I wouldn’t do it, but it’s a bit like breathing. I can’t help myself.

And next, the irrational feeling that I have to arrange all the small things in my bedside table before I go to sleep but to leave the rest of the room a tip. I have too many lip balms on there…

And an update! I mentioned quite a lot of things at the top of the post, like the next part of drugstore reviews. I’ve had a busy week. My clarinet (I play the clarinet) broke.
Also, my friend Maya (who I really need to go and visit) started a blog and I wanted to give you the link: Maya’s blog! Though if you’re reading this, Maya, I would drop the text speak.

See you all soon, hopefully!

Apple xx

What I’ve Learnt Since October

I have learnt many things since October, a lot of which are, frankly, useless. No, I’m more specifically going to talk about what I have learnt since I started my blog!

  • I have discovered that I have a wierd way of writing which is half-formal and half-chatty. Unfortunately, I don’t actually mean a happy medium – I mean literally half-like-I’m-writing-and-essay and half-like-I’m-talking-to-my-friend-over-the-phone. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me being paranoid.
  • I have learnt that planning your next blog post during maths and/or the train ride is a good way to pass the time. Please don’t take this as an incentive to daydream during maths, because I’m not  very good role model in that respect.
  • This is similiar to my last thing-I’ve-learnt. I have learnt that blogging can give you an amazing, warm feeling, expecially when people read or communicate with you. It’s awesomely awesome. Even if this blog is not exactly buzzing with page-views, it still feels totally and all-the-way awesome.

Blog screenshot

  • I’m a drugstore makeup gal. I think I always knew it but never realised it.
  • I am now more knowledgable about the strange place you call the US than ever. I finally muddled my way through the grade system and I know vaguely what the dollar is worth. Ish.
  • I am more restricted than a lot of people in my spending. I know this sounds odd, but I think I should actually spend more.
  • I can spend hours on hours reading beauty blogs that have no particular relation to what makeup I’m buying or what makeup I have.
  • I have to scour the internet for opinions before buying anything.
  • Trying in vain to not sound like I’m selling myself and my blog to you, I love blogging. A lot. And, on that note, I think I’ll finish. Happy New Year, everyone!

Apple xx

Breaking the Silence | Update

I hope you all had a merry Christmas!  I haven’t really had much time to post, although I have two in the making, which I hope to put up soon (with luck, later today). I figured that a bad, half-finished post was just as worse as  not posting it at all.

Yes. So, this post was basically to give you a heads-up that I have not disappeared off the face of the earth. I’ve only been caught up in the flow of relations that fill our house every December. And, in truth, I’ve been very excited by all the sales, presents, parties and so on.

I’ve missed blogging so much, and I’ll try and be more diligent in future! I hope you have a fantastic new year,

Apple xx

Check out my new Google+ account!

Yay! I made a Google+ account especially for this blog of mine!

My lovely new avatar for Google+

I’m pretty excited about this whole thing, which I haven’t really experienced anything like before. Google+ probably isn’t the best choice, compared to facebook or twitter, but it comes with a shiny new email and I know how to work it a little better than the others.

So, here it is! I’d love to add any of you who use G+ to my circles, so please don’t be afraid to add me, and I’ll add you back. I’m also happy to add people from links in the comments.

My Google+ profile (Jibi A.) I hope that this will help me connect with readers better, although, it has to be said, there is definitely a lot of fun to be had in maintaining a social media profile (I can guarantee that there will be plenty of slightly random and off-topic posts on there, as well as the blog-related ones).Have fun! Apple xx

What Do You Think of My New Theme?

You may have noticed that my blog has had a little makeover, today! I’ll be testing this theme out for a while, so tell me what you think of it! My previous theme was the Forever theme, if you were wondering.

My next post will be on hand care in cold weather and I’m awaiting another Superdrug delivery; stay tuned for more (in the true style of…I’m not sure, but you know what I mean)!