Three Budget Friendly Vegan Snacks

Three Budget Friendly Vegan Snacks

IMG_7819

As some of you may know, I am now a vegan. I have been for nearly the past month and have been noticed that it has all started with looking and being in control of what I am eating and the amount that I am putting into my body. I found the way forward is through small snacks rather than large, heavy meals. Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourites and trust me you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy these tasty treats.

Nakd Bars are by far my most favourite vegan friendly snack ever! They taste amazing and all of the ingredients are 100% natural. Luckily enough, the bars are wheat, dairy and gluten free so are perfect for anyone with allergies too. My personal favourites are the Cocoa Orange and the Rhubarb and Custard ones. I am desperate to try some other flavours but anyone who knows me already knows how fussy I am trying new foods.

To some people, crackers are boring and half of the time they are right but if I am looking for something super quick I usually have four crackers with a bit of vegan friendly butter or almond butter. I usually dig into a punnet of grapes or cherry tomatoes to add 1 of my 5 a day into my diet. Crackers, to me, are extremely filling and tasty!

Last but not least are Rice Dream’s Chocolate Drinks. I usually have one of these in the morning with my breakfast or pop one in my bag for during the day. I find them refreshing, delicious and extremely chocolatey. At £1.50 for three, you can’t really complain about the price either. If your hungry add a piece of fruit, a handful of Oreo’s or a slice of toast and it makes the perfect snack!

What are your favourite snacks to eat during the day? I would love to know what your vegan food favourites are!

Three Budget Friendly Vegan Snacks

Real Technique’s Bold Metal Collection

Fact: Real Techniques is the queen of make up brushes. Personally when it comes to buying any brush that I use to apply make up, I head for Real Techniques first. The quality is amazing and I find that they just do the job.

I had my heart set on the new Bold Metals collection since their release date and after finally finding a Boots stockist that sold them, I was jumping for joy. Kind of like a child would be like if he/she won a lifetime supply of sweets.

IMG_7679

There are seven new brushes in the range: three for eyes, two for base and two for cheeks. The long, metallic 3D-triangle shaped brushes is what I think many beauty bloggers fell head over heals for. The rose gold in particular is my favourite. The prices of the brushes are rather expensive so I did only buy three from the collection but the others are on my wish list.

IMG_7677

100 Arched Powder Brush is a perfect brush for applying powder or for contouring. I have been using this one a lot as I think it’s just brilliant compared to my previous contouring brush.

200 Oval Shadow Brush is a soft shadow brush which is perfect for creating simple and effective eye looks with the use of one shade. One swipe can apply the shadow perfectly onto the lid of your eye.

201 Pointed Crease Brush is a soft rounded dome brush that is perfect for creating en effortless smokey eye. I find it really is to blend shadow into the crease of the eye when using this brush but still getting the fine detail with the different shades of shadow.

I do have my eye on some of the others from the collection but for now I am really enjoying using these. Have you brought any of the brushes from the Bold Metals collection recently? What are your thoughts?

Are We Oversharing On Social Media?

Social Media has become a big part of our lives. We communicate, engage and interact every second of every day with friends, family and professionals but the question is ‘Are we oversharing?

The CIPR definition is that “Public Relations is about reputation – the result of what your do, what you say and what others say about you.” 

(more…)

Three Budget Friendly Vegan Snacks

Current Favourite Bloggers

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 15.33.13

The other day I went through my Bloglovin’ following list as there was a lot of blogs that I found myself just skipping past their posts. It’s not that I don’t like the blogger any more, it’s just that there was some that hadn’t posted in a long time and my interests have changed too. I thought I could share with you some of my current reads and new favourites.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 19.30.34

Lovely Witches – Since trying to change my lifestyle to be more cruelty free, I have found myself returning to Gemima’s blog again and again. I love her writing style and her photography is amazing!

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 19.31.19

Salt and Chic – A northern blogger with amazing style inspiration and equally amazing blog content. Even if I have been really busy during the day, I have found time to read her posts, I especially love her Sunday Posts too.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 19.33.56

Brogan Tate xo – I have been following Brogan’s journey ever since she started YouTube and I have recently fell back in love with her blog and channel. Her vlogs are relatable and has made me feel as though I am not alone during tough times. I think if we were to meet one day, we would definitely get on! (Does anyone else think that about their favourite YouTuber or Blogger?)

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 19.34.21

Hanna Talks – Another long time favourite of mine. The products she reviews are the ones that I am either wanting or already own (blogging product twins?!) which just makes her more relatable. I love her writing style and photography too.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 19.34.38

Tea on the Tyne – Another new blogger who I have found since changing to a vegan and more cruelty free lifestyle. I look to Emily’s blog for food inspiration, especially for vegan places in the North East. Similar to Gemima, I love her writing style and photos.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 19.37.04

What Lauren Did Today – Finally we have Lauren’s blog. Another new favourite of mine that I have found. She started to review cruelty free products but what really attracted me to her blog is her post on making a DIY Fruit Infused Water. I can’t wait to find out what other posts she has in store for the future.

Is there any bloggers you have loved reading recently? Share your favourites in the comments below, I am always on the look out for new ones.

The Five Minute Guide To LinkedIn

LinkedIn for me is like unknown territory. It’s like trying a new makeup brand. Lectures told me time and time again to create a profile so naturally I did.

After exploring the site further I can see why it is important, especially for students looking to communicate with the community and engage with professionals and other students. No word of a lie, my LinkedIn profile isn’t five star yet but these tips and advice that I am about to share with you may come in useful for the both of us.

Create A Killer Profile – LinkedIn acts as an online CV. It is a place to show off your qualifications, experience, skills and achievement but also your future aspirations. It’s one of the first chances for you to make a good impression with a future colleague so it is important to keep it organised and up to date with clear, informative information about your experiences. Academic tutors and previous/current employers are able to recommend you and your skills.

Use Keywords – Keywords are a great for getting recognised by your future employers. Have a look at the job descriptions of positions that interest you and use the keywords that stand out in those descriptions. Use words and phrases throughout your profile. I keep a Word document with all the powerful words and phrases so I can use them when writing a cover letter too, it makes applying for jobs a lot easier and quicker.

Subject Groups – Joining groups related to your subject can help you gain a better understanding of your career choices. You can share ideas with with others and get advice from industry professionals. Ask questions, read the related articles shared by other people in the group; trust me it will help you.

People Of Interest – LinkedIn members are going to connect with you if there is a common interest between you and that other person whether that is being a current or previous student at the same University or sharing the same group interest. You can identify job titles early on as well as currently recruiting companies in your sector. If connecting with a professional you will be able to gain a better understanding of the job role and other career pathways that might interest you. This can also work the other way where they are able to recognise your talents and keep up to date on your achievements.

Check And Update – LinkedIn has been created for professional networking. Think about how you want to present yourself. Use the correct language and tone for your profile and posts in groups, check your spelling and grammatical errors like you would on a traditional CV and keep your profile updated. Your profile picture is the first thing that shows up on your profile. People with no faces are put at the bottom of the search results so you will be at a huge disadvantage but at the same time keep your profile picture professional. You don’t want any drunken accidents of you up against a lamp post for future employers to see but you also don’t want that same picture you had as your Facebook profile in 2009.

LinkedIn can be extremely helpful for students, not just employers and current professionals. What are your tips or advice for creating an amazing LinkedIn profile. I would love to know your opinions. Please feel free to leave a comment or tweet me.