A Day Through A Lense & EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS

I contemplated waiting until the end of this post to share my news with you guys, but it has been over a month in the works and I just can’t wait any longer, so I’m opening this post with it!

I’m going to be daily blogging for the whole month of June! AND I’ve only gone and set myself up for a weekly podcast series for this month too!

Obviously the posts are going to be going up every single day this month, and each Friday post is going to be the podcast. The podcasts are going to feature myself and my friend Gemma, as we talk to you guys, answer your questions, play music and just chat like friends do! (The podcast posts start on Friday, May 10th and continue until the 1st of July)

So with that exciting news finally out there, let’s kick off this awesome month with a fun day in the life post. I recently had a lovely day out, and I took some snaps throughout the day, so I thought I’d compile a little photo diary of that day, I hope you enjoy it!IMG_2565IMG_2566IMG_2572IMG_2577IMG_2578IMG_2584IMG_2590IMG_2592

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(living up to my dog-obsessed ways)

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What have you been up to lately?

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Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! As Ariana Grande’s latest album, Dangerous Woman, was released today, I thought it’d be fun to recreate the makeup look that she wore in the Dangerous Woman music video.

It’s actually a surprisingly easy look to do yourself, as it’s a mix of nicely blended brown shades on the lid, light contouring, and a pink/brown toned nude lip.

Products used:

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave Eyeshadow Palette
Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Gel
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Fleur De Force False Lashes ‘Fleur Loves’
MAC Lipliner in ‘Edge To Edge’
Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl Eyeliner
Makeup Revolution ‘Golden Sugar’ Blush & Contour Palette

Here’s the tutorial! Hope you guys enjoy it!

Halloween Gingerbread Men

That’s right, today marks the official start of Halloween here on Organic By Nerve! I’ve got a lot of fun halloween themed posts for you guys for the rest of this month, so without further adieu, let’s get started with these super cute (and easy) halloween themed gingerbread men!6


Ingredients:

350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

125g butter

175g light soft brown sugar

1 free range egg

4 tbsp golden syrup


Method:

First, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4, and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Then start by sifting together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Then pour into your mixer. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Next, lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mixer and mix until the mixture combines together.

Roll the dough out to whatever thickness you’d like (remember that they will spread and rise in the oven though!) on a lightly floured surface. Using your gingerbread men cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between each of them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Finally, move them onto a wire rack to finish cool properly before icing. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and make them as ghoulish or creepy as your heart desires! I’ve left some ideas for you below.


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You can ice your gingerbread men to look like skeletons, mummies, zombies, sewn-up frakensteins, vampires, chainsaw victims, ordinary creepers or even the gingerbread man from Shrek!


That’s it for my halloween themed gingerbread men! Let me know if you’re going to recreate these, I’d love to see them!

To Bucket List, Or Not To Bucket List?

Bucket lists. We’ve all heard of them, and plenty of us have one either written or saved somewhere. But here’s something you don’t usually hear, I don’t have one.

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The main reason I don’t have an actual written-out list is simply because I’ve never really set aside the time to really decide what things I’d really like to have done before I die.

However I do personally feel that I’m more of a living in the moment type of person, meaning I don’t like to have my life entirely planned out. Now I do also understand that a bucket list isn’t a life plan, but I feel that when it does come around to it, I’d rather nostalgically look back on everything I have done, as opposed to being faced by lost opportunities and things I really wanted to do, but never got around to doing.

We don’t like to entertain the thought, but anything could happen to any one of us at any given time, so I think it’s best to do what you love right now, and if there is something you’d really like to do, do it now, book it now!bucket list blog post

Overall I think it’s a great thing to have aspirations and things you’d like to do the future, even if you can’t achieve them right now, but having a written out list can be intimidating and leave you feeling regret about the things that you didn’t make time to do.

One of the most important things,I think, to internalise, is to not deny yourself of the things that you want to do. Work hard, but don’t overwork yourself, no one has ever gotten to the end of their life and wished that they had worked more. They’ll wish they loved stronger, lived more, and forgave quicker.

We’re all in this together, so make friends, celebrate each other, wish the best for people, and they will do the same for you.


This post sure got philosophical real fast! I hope you guys enjoyed it, let me know if you’ve got a bucket list, and what thing you’ve crossed off so far that you’re the proudest of!

A Day Out: The Aquarium

Summer days can pass by so quickly, and sometimes can leave you feeling like you haven’t really done much. So to make sure that we make the most of our time, myself and my friends decided this week, to visit the aquarium!

It’s a great day out, whether you go with your friends or family, a big group or a small group. From £38.70 for a family of 4, to £10.35 for a student (Children under 4 are free) it’s also not an expensive afternoon out. There’s not much else to say apart from how much you’re guaranteed to enjoy your visit, you can attend talks, or just wander around and take pictures.

So today I thought I’d share with you guys some of the pictures I took during our visit!

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I hope you guys enjoyed these pictures, let me know if you did and if you’ll be planning on visiting your local aquarium soon!

Expectations VS Reality: Having A Brother

I think some of the funniest videos and blog posts are ‘Expectations VS Reality’ ones, they can cover just about any topic, and they are totally relatable, so today I thought I’d show you guys the expectations and reality behind having a younger brother.


Watching movies | Expectation:

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You hope that the two of you can sit down for an awesome evening of watching a movie together. You’ll both settle on a movie that you’ll enjoy, and the hours will fly by. But oh no, your younger brother has already (by whatever means necessary) watched every movie that has ever been released, online in the middle of the night before.

“But Ty, that movie came out yesterday.” “Seen it.”

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Music tastes | Expectation2 exp

Everyone assumes that as a teenage girl, I’ll be constantly bothering my brother with the loudest pop music. (More specifically, boy bands). But oh no, the harsh reality is that your younger brother will make you follow his Spotify playlist, and you will get a notification every time he adds another One Direction song to it.

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Taking pictures together | Expectation3 exp

Actually, this one can really apply to just about any situation that involves the two of us. You picture an adorable, perfect picture to share with your family, or you’d like to plan an afternoon out with your brother and grab some lunch. But he’s always. asleep.

Reality:

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So those are some of the expectations and reality that I could think of behind having a younger brother! Do you have a younger or older brother? Let me know in the comments if you get people asking you what it’s like to have one! In conclusion, brothers: can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

5 Free Printables & Facebook Page Announcement

Every now and then we can all do with a personal mantra, or just some words to settle and reassure us. So today I created 5 printables with some quotes that I love, all for different situations.


quote3 I adore this quote because it’s to the point, punchy and sassy. Any time I’m feeling a little bit down, or if someone in particular is getting you down, either because of the present or the past, I love being reminded that how we feel is up to us. Your self-perception and confidence is all determined and can only be changed by you. And as I like wearing makeup, (even if my drink of choice is Fanta…) this one feels great for me.


quote2 This quote entirely speaks for itself. Never do anything that you don’t absolutely love. You can always stop. Speak up and stay true to yourself and your preferences.Don’t waste a second of your life half-invested in something.


quote1 Again, this quote has no grey area. Personally I have never been very good at dealing with change. But as soon as I internalised this saying and stopped questioning the why of everything, life becomes so much easier. As humans, we are all constantly searching for the why in every event, but if we simply accept that everything happens for a reason, but some of these reasons may not be immediately evident, it doesn’t matter. Just embrace it and move on.


quote5 I love this quote because it reminds me that none of us are in this alone. Yes, there will always be people who appear worse off than you, and there will always be people who seem better off. But the reality is, you never truly know what another person is going through, because we cannot experience life from their eyes and with their thoughts. So therefore the best thing to do is to just be kind.


quote4And finally I love this quote because it doesn’t delve too deeply into life or emotions, it’s just a great little mantra to have whenever you’re shopping or getting dressed. All too often to place importance on what other people think and what other people are doing, and in the meantime we lose who we are and what we like. So this is just a more fun, confidence based quote to keep in mind if you’re having a down day, or questioning what to wear based on what others are wearing, or what they might say.


And that’s it! Those are just a select few of some of my favourite quotes that I like to keep in mind on a regular basis. Do you have a personal mantra? I’d love to hear it, so let me know in the comments!

I’ve also created a Facebook page that you can like, if you would like to do so! This way you can stay up to date with Organic By Nerve, and get in touch with me if you’d like to request a post, or collab!

Q&A: Blogging, Life, Etc

I always like connecting with you guys, and getting to know more about you, so today I thought it was about time I answered any questions you guys might have about me, my life, or this blog! So in order to collect your questions, I gathered questions from Twitter and Tumblr, and I’m answering them today! I’ve organised all of the questions into categories below.

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Blogging:

Which of your posts is your favourite?

I have different favourites for different reasons. Such as I prefer how some look over others, but I enjoyed writing other ones more. But I think an all-rounder for me is The Truth Behind Being A Journalism Student. 

What are your personal favourite methods/platforms for gaining and keeping a loyal blog following?

I obviously signed up for Bloglovin’ shortly after creating my blog, but I don’t really have any particular methods for this. I share my content on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and occasionally Instagram. For me, discovering new blogs means I simply scroll through the WordPress tags from time to time and comment on and ‘like’ new blogs, so I’m consistently meeting new blogs and bloggers.

What do you find toughest about blogging?

Like all creative things, you go through bouts of seemingly unending inspiration and motivation, only to then be stopped in your tracks by a lack of inspiration. I do really enjoy every aspect of it, but that can leave me feeling a bit down on occasion. I also sometimes struggle with my personal life affecting how I feel, and therefore what I spend my time doing, but lately this blog has been a nice escape and has given me purpose.

What is your blogging set up?

Luckily, I have an entire post showing you my writing set up! My camera set up varies from post to post though, depending on the style of post, I may need a tripod, and even an extra pair of hands. Most of the time it is just me and the camera, repeatedly taking pictures from slightly differing angles.


Life:

If you could re-live a memory as many times as you wanted at the touch of a button, what memory would you choose?

I’m so lucky to have so many memories that I would absolutely love to relive, but if I had to choose just one, it would be tied between either my 18th birthday, or the day we went to go and get Sawyer and Milo.

What has been your favourite dyed hair colour?

Dark brown with purple ends. I adored that style, length and colour! It’s just a big commitment because it requires re-dyeing roughly every 3-4 weeks so it’s not very practical or economic.

Have you ever read a book/seen a film that changed how you see things in life?

Bee Movie. I mean seriously. But also About Time. It just made me realise that sometimes during the day you need to step back and appreciate even the smallest things that might normally annoy you, because without them, we wouldn’t be living. We’d just be rushing through life, existing.


Random:

Favourite flavour ice cream?

Mint Choc-Chip.

If you could be any celebrity for one day, who would you be?

Be.Yonce.

If you could invite 4 famous people to a dinner party, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson, Derren Brown, Katy Perry and the creator of the chicken nugget. MJ just to share my appreciation and love for him. DB because I could talk for hours about literally anything with him. KP because she’s a gem and an all around lovely gal, and the creator of the chicken nugget to thank them, duh.

What super power would you have and what would you do with it?

I would have the superpower to be able to actually read minds. It’d take a lot of the challenge and time out of it currently.


And that’s it for this Q&A! Thank you to those of you that sent me questions, I really enjoyed answering these and putting this post together, so if you guys have any other questions for me, you can send them to me at any time either via Twitter, or my Tumblr.

The Best Pamper Night Of All Damn Time

We can all always benefit from a good pamper night. So today I’m taking you guys through the best pamper night of all-damn-time.

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First things first, your attire. You’ve got to make sure you dress for the occasion. If you’re a girl, take. off. that. bra. There is absolutely no reason for you to still have it on for a pamper night, so remove that immediately. Next is a comfortable oversized shirt/pyjamas, anything that makes you feel cosy and relaxed. Then put your hair up, in any style you like, just so long as it’s out of your face, otherwise you’re going to have a mess with face masks/moisturising.

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Now we move onto products and entertainment.


A big fluffy cushion | For putting your feet up, or resting your weary head, a big cushion is a must-have.

Soft blanket Again, a must-have. For feeling cosy and warm while watching tv, or wearing as a cape as you stroll to the freezer for an ice-cream.

Tablet/Phone | Whether you’re sharing your pamper night on social media, watching a movie, listening to music, or you’re just chatting to your friends.

Micellar water Just as important as bra-removal, makeup-removal. Pamper night is all about treating yourself and your skin, with a cleanse. I really recommend this particular micellar water because it’s 3 in 1, so you don’t need a strenuous cleansing routine, this even moisturises!

Face wash | The perfect thing for the aforementioned skin-cleanse. I use Garnier’s Gentle clarifying foam, because it clears impurities, clarifies skin, and removes any lingering makeup after you’ve removed it. But it’s still gentle on skin, meaning you won’t be left feeling scrubbed raw.

Bath bomb/bubble bar | Having a bath is always an essential when it comes to nights in and pamper nights. But on a pamper night you’ve really got to go all out, bubbles, bath bomb, candles and heck maybe even flower petals, because you freakin’ deserve it.

Night moisturiser Of course any moisturiser will do, but many overnight moisturisers have extra skin renewing benefits that regular ones don’t. As your skin repairs and renews itself overnight, you’ll be surprised with the difference if you moisturise before bed.

Hand cream | People all too often forget their hands when moisturising, so I’d say opt for a hand rescue cream for a pamper night.

Nail varnish | After moisturising your hands I think it’s always nice to treat yourself to a little mani-pedi. Plus having done your nails usually puts you out of action for a little while, so you’re almost forced to sit still and relax.

A suitable beverage | Whether you’re in a real need of a pamper night, and therefore your drink of choice is red wine, or you just want an accompanying comfort drink such as hot chocolate or tea, make sure you’re staying hydrated!

Candles | And finally, the best thing for setting the mood. I’m never more relaxed than when I can smell a Fresh Linen Yankee Candle. Pick your pamper nights signature scent, and away you go!


And that’s it for my pamper night recommendations, let me know if there is anything specific that you do when you’re having a pamper night!

Again, apologies for this post being released late last night, that WAS a fault, and I am still posting only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

Pop Of Pink

I think summer is the perfect time for bright and girly colours, so today I’m sharing with you guys some ideal products for summer, with a pink theme!DSCN0794

Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Lip-Liner | This lip-liner is one of the rare finds that you can apply all over you lips, but it doesn’t leave them looking overly ‘done’. It’s quite pigmented, meaning that you can leave it as all you’ve got on your lips.

Rimmel London’s Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint | Again, this blush is perfect for summer because you just add the smallest amount to your finger and blend it onto the apples of your cheeks. It’s also one of my favourite blush colours of all time.

Nivea’s Raspberry Lip Butter | This. Stuff. Smells. Amazing. You can smell it instantly, once you’ve opened it. It also works wonders for your lips! I would however, highly recommend using this product sparingly, because suprisingly enough, it is very pigmented. Apply too much of this and your lips will disappear, and a very light, bright pastel pink will leave your face looking washed out.

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Dior’s Lipgloss | I mentioned this lipgloss before in my Spring Inspired makeup routine, and it’s great for summer too! It’s not sticky, and has an amazing staying power, so you don’t need to keep constantly reapplying it throughout the day, again, perfect for carefree summer looks.

Gosh’s Giant Blush | This stick blush is perfect for summer, because you can just dab it on your cheeks, blend and you’re good to go! It’s also perfectly sized for your purse so it’s ready on the go.

Colourworks Lipgloss | This lipgloss is essentially the same as the Dior one, but at a much more affordable price, it also leaves a slightly more pastel-look to your lips, which is very well suited for any makeup looks where you’d prefer the attention drawn to your eyes, as it’s not distracting, but completes the look.


Those are some of my favourite pink-based products that I love for summer. Do you have a favourite colour for this season? Let me know in the comments!