26 Nov 2018

Why are we trying to rush our lives?

Its nearly the end of 2018 and I feel like now it’s one of two things: 

1. Have a manic rush to complete the goals and aspirations you set yourself for 2018 and try to make yourself feel like you’ve actually accomplished something in life.

2. Completely lol at 2018, eat your weight in cake and pretend that 2019 is going to be ‘your year’.


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28 Oct 2018

What does it actually mean to be a Social Media Influencer?


Influencer

[in-floo-uh n-ser]

‘An influencer is an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of his/her authority, knowledge, position or relationship with his/her audience.’
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27 Sep 2018

My favourite Palmers body care products right now

Skin care and body care is something that I always try to keep up. During the summer, I’m always applying body creams and oils and exfoliating (to keep that tan up) but in the winter sometimes I can get lazy… I mean hello, your whole body is covered so why bother keeping the pins looking silky smooth…  #hibernationmode.


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24 Sep 2018

My thoughts on catcalling and street harassment. Is chivalry dead?

Catcalling. I feel like this is a topic that is just not talked about enough, especially when women are dealing with it on a daily basis. Picture this - it’s 8.30am and you’re walking along the road to work (probably scrolling through Instagram), obviously there is loads of rush hour standstill traffic but there is also loads of men rolling down their windows and leering at you, shouting things like: 

Why I hate catcalling - Street Harassment needs to end

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21 Sep 2018

How I actually created the career path that I love


Facebook timehop is the devil because this week I realised that I started University SEVEN years ago. SEVEN, and gosh I have come a long way since then, both personally and professionally. I get asked all the time about how I got into the Social Media/Marketing industry... What did I study? Why do I have a blog? Why does your job look so fun? All of these questions I have the answer to so I thought I’d do a post about what it actually takes to do what I do. For some reason people think that the fashion and beauty industries are impossible to get into, yes they are extremely competitive (and it's about who you know) but if you want it and you’re willing to work for it you’ll get it - it’s certainly not all smooth sailing though.

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18 Sep 2018

#ItsFaceTime with Sanctuary Spa

Skincare has always been a huge player within the beauty industry with brands convincing us that they can make us look 10 years younger, erase wrinkles and essentially change our faces with a miracle cream. More recently, well known beauty brands are creating skincare lines to compliment their already strong colour cosmetic offering, which certainly means the market is becoming over saturated. With many consumers already stuck in their habitual skincare routines, how can brands convert them and convince them to try something new? 

Sanctuary Spa It's Face Time
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17 Sep 2018

Why you should never stop growing as a person (and stop comparing your life)

Recently I’ve been thinking about my long term life goals, maybe because I’m 26 in a few months and I’ll officially be more than halfway to 50 (fml). What do I actually want from life? Is what I’m doing enough? Am I settling? All of these questions I’m starting to ask myself. Generally, I’m quite an upbeat and happy person with drive and passion towards any goal that I have - I’m in a job I love, I have amazing friends and family and I do love life, but recently I feel like my goals have slipped and I’m not pushing myself anymore because I’m ‘comfortable’ coasting along with everything.

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14 Sep 2018

Revlon - Photo Ready Insta-filter Foundation Review

Whether it be full vs light coverage or dewy vs matte, foundation is simply a staple in any makeup look. When it comes to mine, I’m quite set it my ways with what I use because I have very dry skin which doesn’t sit well with most foundations. However, Revlon were kind enough to send me across their new Insta-Filter foundation to try so here are my thoughts. 

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11 Aug 2018

How to live a more positive life

Do you ever get into a complete slump that you can’t seem to get out of? Feel a bit useless and like the world is against you, or maybe you’ve lost your mojo and can’t get it back... Well, keep reading. 


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30 Jul 2018

When does planning your Instagram feed become too much?


Instagram feeds can probably be one of the most frustrating things to seem to get ‘right’ – but what is actually right? Does every photo have to have the same filter, does a feed have to be visually ‘pleasing’ and what even is an aesthetic?
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5 Jul 2018

Revlon: Live Boldly

Revlon are on a mission to get us all to Live Boldly and I’m thrilled to be part of the revolution! 
  
“Revlon’s Live Boldly multi-media platform leverages social, digital, and in-person interactions to engage, support and empower women through community building, catalytic experiences, and inspiring conversations.”


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28 Jun 2018

What It's Really Like To Work In Social Media

Whenever someone asks what I do for a living I can’t help but slightly hesitate. Telling someone you’re a Social Media Manager can produce a number of different opinions, mainly confused ones. Unfortunately everyone has their own views on social media and how it impacts the world and many of these views can be negative. Yes, I agree we kind of live in a world obsessed with selfies and follower numbers but social media plays a much deeper role than that for me. I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of my day to day working life….

beauty social media manager job
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24 Jun 2018

Lash Perfect Beauty Bar London - My Lash Extension Experience

It’s time to talk about LASHES. I love doing eye makeup and I spend a lot of time on this part of my face. Day to day I’ll chuck on a slick of mascara for work but on a night out I want that dramatic volume look so have been using strip lashes for aaaaaages. The problem for me with strip lashes is that my eyes are quite sensitive so the lash glue can start to rub off, meaning the lash does too - and no one likes being wine drunk in a club toilet, with half a lash hanging off ruining their perfectly winged eye. Nope. Enter The Lash Perfect Beauty Bar…. 

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21 Jun 2018

Can you care too much about your career?


“Em won’t be next to have a baby, she cares too much about her career”.


This is what one of my friends said at her baby shower about 3 years ago when we were discussing who would be the next to start a family. To be honest I was kind of shocked by her comment! Was I being penalised by my friend for not wanting to settle down like her and for carving a career path for myself? Can you really care too much about your job?

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24 May 2018

Antipodes - Skincare Spotlight

Many of you know that new skincare is something that I am quite hesitant about trying. I have really sensitive skin so sometimes it can really flare up with eczema if I try something that doesn’t agree with me. That being said, I’m always willing to give new products a go as I think it’s important to revamp your skincare routine from time to time so that your skin doesn’t get complacent. (That could be a total skincare myth, but that’s what I like to do so, yolo.)

Enter Antipodes… They are historically known for their natural based skincare and only use ‘ingredients formulated directly from nature, and carefully selects bio active extracts from sustainably cultivated native plants, thus creating products that boast anti-ageing properties and are clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin.’ This makes them a certified organic skincare brand that we can actually trust. Lovely. So here’s a little more info on a few of their newest products that I’ve been trying out. 



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3 Apr 2018

Morphe Brushes 18 Piece Sable Brush Set

Everyone needs makeup brushes to do their makeup, fact. I used to know someone who barely used any makeup brushes for their makeup and I was simply horrified every time she’d whip out her foundation and rub it around her face with her fingers... (soz hun, but fingers are reserved for serums and moisturisers only).

Anyway, I’m someone who probably has way too many makeup brushes but there is simply nothing better than getting a fresh set to start painting your face with. Plus, we’re in Spring now so it’s worth giving that makeup bag a good old Spring clean (any excuse).


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20 Mar 2018

Easy Kinder Bueno Cupcake Recipe

Lately I’ve started to revisit my love for baking and I have to say, I am LOVING it. Back in the day I actually used to subscribe to a Disney Baking Magazine (LOL), so it’s safe to say I have my fair share of moulds, cutters and baking tools that I need to put to use. To kick things off, here's a quick and tasty Kinder Bueno inspired cupcake recipe...

Kinder Bueno Cupcake Recipe

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16 Mar 2018

Are Magnetic Lashes Actually Worth The Hype?


If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you should have heard about Magnetic Lashes. The latest beauty craze to hit YouTube is attracting (lol) a lot of interest among online communities so of course I’ve given them a go. The first brand to launch these in the UK were Lash FX, an eyelash brand that’s famous for their eyelash extensions, lash technician training and now their magnetic lashes. Branching out from the professional market and conquering the retail world seems to be working a treat with these lashes going GLOBAL, even across to the sunny shores of Dubai. 

Magnetic Lashes

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19 Feb 2018

2018 Everyday Makeup Essentials

Hi angels, it appears I took the WHOLE of 2017 out from creating content for my blog (unintentionally of course). Life has been pretty hectic and a lot has changed for me in the last 15 months and I am quite excited to share some of these experiences with you all. 

Since getting my Marketing degree in 2014, I’ve been working tirelessly on pursuing my dream career in Social and Digital in the Beauty industry. Thankfully, hard work and determination has finally got me here and I have been spending my working days with beauty brands helping them evolve their digital marketing channels. Understandably Keeping Up With Kirby has taken a backseat due to this. Back in the day, this blog was pretty much my only creative outlet and since I have been busy creating content for other brands, my 'creative tank' has been pretty full. But now, I realise I miss creating my OWN content and writing about things that make me happy (and also lol). So,  what better way to get back into the swing of things than a dip into my everyday makeup essentials… because why not?




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