An Afternoon With Kat Von D

I suffer with generalised anxiety disorder and this is amplified when I find myself in a social situation that means interacting with other human beings. I can drive myself around no problem, but if there is no one to meet me at the other end of my journey then the struggling starts. Because of this I have rarely taken myself off anywhere for a chunk of the day and I'll admit it has held me back a few times.

Last week I received an email inviting me to the Kat Von D counter in the Highcross Leicester Debenhams and I saw this as not only a fantastic opportunity to find out more about a brand who have been on my list to check out for literally months, but a chance to push myself out of the comfort zone and do something completely alone. And I did it, I went along and met the lovely team down at the KVD Debenhams counter and they were super lovely, friendly and welcoming.


I ended up having pretty much a full face makeover which gave me plenty of opportunities to explore the brand as much as I could whilst I was there. The main reason KVD sparked my interest was due to them being cruelty free and also vegan, something which isn't very easy to come by in the makeup world. Tiny disclaimer before we head even further into the post, I'm aware Kat herself has been under fire recently for various bits and pieces but what goes on in her personal life is none of my business nor is it my place to judge someone on how they raise their children i.e. the vaccination drama. The brand seem dedicated towards running a 100% vegan line which is NOT tested on animals so that is what I will be focussing on. I did notice that there wasn't a mascara present within her collection and one of the MUA's explained that Kat removed the mascara from the range due to the formula not being vegan so there we go, an example of how they're trying to make a difference and make positive changes as a brand.


I had a fabulous eye makeover by Louise who used the Shade and Light palette to create a neutral yet glittery look and she used three different shades that I picked out, topped off with the awesome Tattoo Liner. Whilst we were at it I was matched for a foundation and took away a sample (as foundations can sometimes make my skin react and break out like crazy) and Louise was kind enough to freshen up my face with a light coverage of the foundation, finished off with some lovely contouring and highlighter. I was talked through every step and made to feel right at home during the whole process and Louise along with the rest of the girls at the counter were beyond lovely.


I had a mooch around the rest of the makeup after my little session to explore the range a little more and fell completely in love with the Alchemist Holographic Transformer which is a highlighter for your face, eyes and lips. It has a gorgeous unicorn vibe going on as the light catches in different areas of the pan causing all sorts of colours to pop out, it really is stunning so I treated myself to one of those and upon paying was surprised with one of the Kat Von D sample goodie bags which was so sweet of the MUA's and certainly left me feeling fabulous.



I bounced away with a bag of goodies to try, nipped to Starbucks for my Pumpkin Spice Latte fix (they now do a vegan option and I have the oat milk...it's delicious!) and then I took myself for a little wander around the Highcross before heading home. I felt SO good for the rest of the day that I had managed to achieve this small but huge task completely alone and it has filled me for confidence for next time. I don't think I'd have had such a relaxing day without the support from the girls at the Kat Von D counter so a massive thankyou to them once again for being so warm and welcoming! I've since been trying the sample products at home and can honestly say that come my birthday, I'll most likely be treating myself to a full bottle of the foundation because it sits so well on my skin and lasts all day without drying my face out or making me a spotty mess - something I struggle to find in a foundation usually!

Have you ever tried KVD makeup? What are your thoughts on the brand and do you have a favourite product?

Thanks for reading,


Small Business Updates

It's been a while since I filled you in on all the new stuff for my small business, months in fact I want to say? A lot has been happening so I thought it was time for an update!

I recently launched a Kickstarter which ended last month and last week the funds were released to me so I have put an order in for four different enamel pins! This is a huge milestone for me because I never thought I'd be able to get them made but with the chipping in from you guys and everyone else who supports my work, we were able to scrape together enough funds via Kickstarter to get four different designs made. I'm super nervous for them but equally as excited! The backing cards for them arrived last week too so they're all coming together nicely. I even love the backing cards for my button pins too so I think I'll use them all round!


This year has been a big one for trying new things and expanding on my range, so I've been having a massive clear out of old stock and designs ready to make way for fresh new products. If you didn't know, I work from a teeny tiny room in my house which is my office and studio space so room for stock is very limited, so I've been selling off loads in my shop's sale!



With the help of my wonderful Patrons I was able to focus a lot on a brand new range of key rings and jewellery too. My Patrons have been a huge support in allowing me to expand a little and in return they get goodies each month in the post and exclusive behind the scenes content. It is also with their help that I am currently working on my first ever colouring book! I plan to release some of the pages to my Patrons as I design them, so they can print them off at home and colour them in if they feel like it before the actual physical book goes to print. Since Halloween is my favourite time of year and fast approaching, I've been building trick or treat themed boxes for my Patrons too as a huge thankyou for their support. I can't wait to send them out!





And to get into the festive spirit a little more since we've well and truly stepped into Autumn, I've released my new Halloween sticker set which I've been working hard on over the last couple of months! There are 9 different spooky stickers in the packs and they're really cute too! I've been moving away from plastic packaging but for the stickers I've been using biodegradable sleeves to keep to all together, clean and ready to use.



Overall I've been so happy with the progress of my little indie business over the last few months and I'm so excited for the enamel pins to arrive! My next goal is to replace my vlogging camera which sadly closed it's lens for the last time in June and I've been a bit stuck ever since trying to work without it, but hopefully I can save enough pennies and grab one during the Black Friday sale! Then before we know it the big festive season will be upon us and it'll be full steam ahead prepping and wrapping.

Thanks for reading,


Sexual Health Awareness*

Sex.

Let's talk sex. But before we talk sex let me divulge that my Nana is in fact a regular reader of my blog and talking sex for her and the rest of world to see felt a little odd to begin with. However after reminding myself that I wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for a bit of cheeky sex, all nerves and worry soon disappeared and since September is actually Sexual Health Awareness month, what better time to explore the world of sexual health a little more.

Now we've broken the ice, let's actually talk about sex. A lot of people really enjoy a bit of hanky panky, there's many different reasons why people take part because after all it's fun, exciting and let's not forget it's a FORM OF EXERCISE. Yes it is.

But with great whatsits comes great responsibility (no pun intended) and we all need to be looking after ourselves as well as looking out for the people we choose to get involved with. STD's aren't pretty, they're not comfortable nor are they funny. If left untreated, some can even leave you infertile. When you're young, free and...doing whatever the hell you want, I get it; sometimes you just loose yourself in the moment and don't actually give too much of a care about picking anything nasty up. It's not just one night stands either, if you're entering (sorry I did it again) a new relationship, are you asking your partners about their sexual health? As an act of respect for each other, I don't believe it should be such a taboo thing to ask. Should sex in general be such a taboo topic of conversation? You usually read about sex related topics in women's magazines but recently more and more average Joe's like me have been sharing their experiences online and I believe people are becoming more and more comfortable chatting away due to finding more relatable content, not just the celeb gossip or the little agony aunt sections in glossy magazines. So if this post helps just one of you feel a bit more comfortable talking about sexual health it's a winner!

Growing up I was part of a group of girls who were all 'more matured' than I was, at least at the time they thought they were. Looking back now I feel like it was the other way around; I was the one stopping in whilst they were out sneaking into clubs and stuffing their bras full of toilet paper. I was bullied for wearing a sports bra rather than a wired, padded, cleavage boosting thing at the age of 14, I was bullied again when I first wore a tiny bit of eyeshadow to school and this was all done by people who I thought were my friends. One of my worst memories was when two of the girls from the group went through my school bag and threw my sanitary towels across the classroom for a laugh. I was mortified as the boys looked at my pads in horror, I wanted the ground to just swallow me in one. The girls all self declared themselves no longer virgins by the age of 13 and I was left feeling crazy sick at the thought of ever becoming intimate with another human because I was always branded as 'frigid'. I always feared the day I found myself at the stage of becoming sexually active that when it eventually happened at 18 I felt an enormous big black cloud eventually leave from over the top of my head. And because I was ready and waited until I was comfortable, it wasn’t such a huge deal after all.

I grew up, met new people, made new friends and realised there wasn't anything so scary about sex after all, more the fear of the unknown. The same dreaded feeling was looming over me in the lead up to my first ever smear test and I was absolutely kacking my pants at the thought of dropping them in front of a total stranger. But it turns out, that too was a complete (literal) breeze and I would do it all again tomorrow if I needed to. The thing is, tests like this are for the greater good and whilst it feels awkward and intimidating, your health should always be the number one priority.

Having an STD test done I feel should be approached with the same attitude. You're choosing to take care of yourself - the circumstances in which you may have contracted an infection are none of my business and I'm not here to judge, however the fact you are making a move in the right direction to be safe and get yourself sorted out is a huge positive (fingers crossed not on paper!) and it could save you from a series of further, potentially permanent and life changing issues.

There are plenty of clinics over here in the UK but if you’re over the pond in the big USA like I know a lot of my readers are, there are in fact the team over at STDcheck who can carry out a quick 5 minute test for you, completely confidential and you’ll receive your results in 1-2 working days. Super speedy processing time I think is such a brilliant part of their service because if you are carrying anything it’s best to get it seen to ASAP so they can help you. They have a wide range of tests available and depending on what they're looking for, you could end up just peeing into a pot and job done.

But either way, choosing to be sexually active also means we should be taking our sexual health seriously too. Your reproductive organs are incredible pieces of kit as is the rest of your body, plus sex is bound to be so much more fun if you don't have the STD worry looming over you. And whilst we're here - there's no rush to loose your virginity. Did my 'friends' loose theirs at 13? Most likely not. Be safe and listen to yourself, if waiting feels like the right thing to do then please feel no shame in sticking by that.

Thanks for reading!





*This post is sponsored by STDcheck.com

All content and opinions remain my own.

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