Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Why I'm Done Being Someone I'm Not.

I've had this little blog since January, so about 8 months now, and it's really not taken off the way I wanted it to. I mean personally, anyway - not like in the great scheme of things cos really, who expects that when they start blogging? I'm talking about within myself. I expected me to crank out a couple of posts a week at least, and really get into what I was writing about. I started off wanting to write all about my passions - beauty, fashion, and food. So, you may ask, what went so wrong?

I think I was just trying to be someone I'm just really, really not.

Like see those glossy blogs, naming no names, that are so slick you die a little inside cos you don't live their life? Who have to-die-for wardrobes, every latest beauty launch going and just generally seem like flawless human beings?

I was striving so, so hard to come across like one of those. But in reality, I'm just so far removed from that it's funny.

Like, I can barely bring myself to have more than some cookies for breakfast sometimes, rather than instagramming my avo toast with a perfect filter. I don't have slim, permanently sun kissed legs to take pictures next to my cup of green tea (I live in Scotland, the only way I can get sun kissed is fake tan, and I'm so bloody bad at that it's laughable). I don't even get dressed somedays, cos I'm on holiday at the mo' and stayed in my bed till 1pm is the life. 

I mean absolutely no offence to those who call the above their life. In fact, have a round of applause, because I want your life, so much so that I pretended I had that life.

And I'm pretty tired of it. I think that it's the reason why I haven't been as motivated about this blog as  I should have been, 'cos I'm proud of the way it looks - just not the content.

And I'm going to start over.

Hi, I'm Abigail. I'm a teacher. And like I've already said in this blog, I do absolutely love marble, copper, rose gold, winged eyeliner, Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade, and that all sounds cliche blogger, no?

Underneath that, there's the fact my friends and family call me Miranda, after Miranda Hart, because I am literally the character in real life (sounds funny, but sometimes, is just dead embarrassing). I get my words muddled up when I speak sometimes, and things come out backwards. I think I'm allergic to colour in my wardrobe. I really only wear Nike trainers cos comfort > everything else. I would eat doughnuts for every meal if someone let me. I always pick my nail varnish off. And I've not got a perfect blogger life, not by any matter of means. But I am always friendly, warm, and I think I've got a half decent sense of humour, and  I can write pretty darn well too. Living life as Miranda means I'm not embarrassed to take the mick out of myself, either.

I'm still going to write about my passions on this blog. But I think it's time I started being a little more - me. I hope it'll inspire me to write more, knowing I can be myself and not a caricature.

I hope it's the start of a beautiful thing over here.

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Budget Highlighter That's Got Me All A-Glowin'

The Makeup Revolution VIVID Highlighter in Golden Lights is a beaut, and there's not much more to say.

I've been in the market for a highlighter for possibly a year, if not longer. I've longed for my cheekbones to cut glass and blind my enemies in one fell swoop, and I've just not found anything that really hits the spot.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

My Five Product Face: Drugstore Edit

We've all be there: alarm goes, we snooze it for five minutes, next thing you know you've slept in half an hour leaving you with roughly 5 minutes to get ready and out the door. This is what I'll be reaching for next time that happens (probably tomorrow morning, let's be honest!) and why I'm choosing to grab those products ...
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation is my current go-to foundation that is a dupe for my beloved NARS Sheer Glow. Dewy, medium coverage but effortlessly buildable, it's so easy for days like today. Usually if I'm rushing out the door, I skip on concealer and apply a little extra product where I need it, tapping it in with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for an airbrushed-esque finish. I usually miss out powder if I'm in a rush and embrace a more dewy look, as my skin doesn't ever get that oily except in my t-zone.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

How To Get Instagram-Worthy Brows For a Fiver

Whenever I look back at pictures of my teenage self, it's not my dubious fashion sense or dodgy haircuts that I cringe at most. It's my eyebrows. At around 16 I had discovered makeup, and piled on the foundation and blusher with not even a single glance at the two hairy lines above my eyes. Even my boyfriend noticed when I pulled out a picture the other day. Embarrassment central. Fast forward to present day, and even if I've got 30 seconds to put makeup on, brows goes on first. It's probably my one rule of makeup. If you're in a rush, the best thing you can do is put your brows on, because it's probably the most noticeable aspect!

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Makeup Bits I'm Currently Loving ...

Rather than doing a regimented 'monthly favourites' video, one of which may pop up over on my youtube at the end of April (how on earth did that even become a thing?!) I thought I'd give a little insight into some beauty products that I've been reaching for every day, just because I can't imagine doing my makeup without them.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Life Goals for 2016

I'm totally feeling this Leslie Knope quote (haha) mainly because every time I make a New Year's Resolution, it ends up with me eating my body weight in cake and finding no remorse for my actions. Sorry not sorry. So I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I do have some goals that I'm going to set myself for 2016. Goals, rather than resolutions, because I know I won't stick hard and fast to them all the time and this way I'll be more motivated to (loosely) stick to them rather than having a 'oh I blew my resolution in January, so there is no point in continuing!' attitude. And I know it's February so many will think that it's way too late for me to make these goals, but I wanted to get the madness that is January out the way before I thought about what I want to get out of the year. And it was a busy month! Now I've had time to sit and down and make a list of goals for myself that I think are achievable. Without further ado ...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

What I Got For Christmas

I know it's nearly February (January got away from me!) and I always intended my first blog post to be about what I got for Christmas. So, without further ado ...

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Welcome to The Fashion Avocado!

Hello! Obligatory 'welcome' first post. So welcome! to The Fashion Avocado, my little outlet on the internet. Expect to find posts about fashion, beauty, food, baking, and anything else that takes my fancy!

Hope you enjoy!