Ladybird Nail Art Tutorial

As a child I always loved lady birds/ladybugs (until I found out some of them can be poisonous and my dreams were forever shattered!) I had planned for today a fan brush nail art tutorial but I couldn’t get it to work so decided to share with you a simple yet fun ladybird one instead, I hope that you like it!
You will need
you-will-need
A red nail polish (true red ideally) – I’m using Seventeen Coral Crush Nail Colour
A black nail art pen or thin tipped polish – I’m using Seventeen Nail Art Pen in Black
A white nail art pen or thin tipped polish – I’m using Seventeen Nail Art Pen in white.
A base coat and top coat of your choice (I’ve not used one here as I’m using nail wheels)

Step One:
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Paint your entire nails with your red nail polish until opaque, then allow to dry.

Step Two:
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Using your black nail art pen or thin tipped polish paint a thick, black, vertical line down the centre of your nail as shown. Take your time with this, I used the nail art pen side as a guide then used the thin tipped polish side to thicken the line and straighten it out.

Step Three:
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Using the same black polish or pen, create a semi circle at the base of the line and fill it in. Again, I used the pen to create a guide then filled it in using the thin tipped polish.

Step Four
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Using the black nail art pen draw small dots onto the red sections of the ladybird. Then take your white nail art pen or polish and draw two polka dots on either side of the semi circle for the eyes.

Step Five
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Add your chosen top coat to seal in the design once dry and you’re finished! I really like this look, you could use it on all of your nails or an accent nail but it definitely makes me think of spring!

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this tutorial. Also, if you do decide to give it a try let me know!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Blush Pink LOTD

I didn’t bother doing a Valentines Day makeup tutorial however, it’s quickly getting closer to Spring which is my favourite month, plus it is just after Valentines Day so I’ve been rocking a lot of blush toned makeup lately. This tutorial is relatively simple and you can of course use any blush toned products you own you don’t have to stick to these specific products, I hope that you like this post!
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Eyes
Body Shop Instablur Eye Primer
A dry silicone feeling eye primer that smooths out the lid and provides a base for eyeshadow. I applied this all over the lid using my fingers to blend it out.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
My go-to palette for rosy toned neutrals, I used the shade Dust all over the lid then applied Limit into the crease. For the outer V I used the shade Nooner I then pressed Strange into the centre of my lid and applied this same shade underneath my brow bone and in my inner corners.
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude
This is such a staple in my routine especially for daywear. I like to apply this onto my waterline for a brightening effect, this works very well for a natural look.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I alsways do my under-eye concealer after my eyeshadow so I have the chance to clean up any fallout. Today I used this to cover my dark circles and then because my skin was quite blemished I used this on any redness and blemishes as well.
Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer
I used this on both sets of lashes, this provides a great base for my mascara and separates my lashes, I also like to use ths on it’s own as a bottom lash mascara as it doesn’t run, smudge, flake or transfer.
L’oreal Telescopic Mascara
My holy grail mascara, I’ve almost used this up but it has a very black formula and it always coats each and every lash. I used two coats of this for long and volumised lashes without any clumps.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
I recently sorted out my eyebrows and by that I mean I plucked and shaped them. This works very well at giving me Instagram worthy brows. I like to use the wax all over the brows to shape and fill in and then I use the powder to set them into place.
Benefit Gimme Brow
I don’t always use this but it work well with the brow kit to coat each individual brow hair so my brows look fuller yet more natural. It is expensive but it has confirmed to me why I do need to use tinted brow gel more often.

Face
Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer
A beautiful hydrating primer that cools and soothes the makeup, I really like this for makeup prep as it breathes life into my skin. My skin always feels less tight and more refreshed when I use this.
L’oreal True Match Foundation
Quite possibly my favourite high street foundation, I wish this lasted longer but when it is on it does a great job at making my skin look flawless yet natural. I love the medium coverage and dewy finish of this foundation.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I’ve been trying this out recently and I really like it, this is quite pigmented so I prefer to use a light hand for this but it is a great bronzer for lightly contouring with and for warming up the face.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Santa Rose
There’s a reason that this blush has such a hype behind it. The formula is incredibly soft and buttery and it really brightens up the cheeks. I wear this high on my cheeks and it just gives a natural flush to my face to prevent me looking too flat.
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter (Pink Shimmer)
My current favourite highlighter and I’m quite excited to see that MUA has rolled out lots of new shades. This pink shade is great for me, it’s very soft and easy to work with and I love the pearlescent pink finish.
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray
This doesn’t set my makeup or increase the longevity but it does feel quite nice to use and it gives me a dewier finish which is a plus. I am trying to use this up but I wouldn’t repurchase.

Lips
Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty

My holy grail lipstick, I’ve nearly finished this so I will have to buy another tube. This is such a steal and the shade is the perfect MLBB for me. Similar shades include MAC’s Brave and the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Fiend, but this is much cheaper and more long-wearing.

So there we have it, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you like using blush toned products, for someone who was never a huge fan of pink I really like wearing pinky tones in my makeup.

Thanks for reading!
love_nina

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Nivea Daily Essentials Creme Care Cleansing Cream Wash Review

When it comes to hydration and budget skincare Nivea has to be one of my favourite brands. I’ve used Nivea Soft as a moisturiser and even the high end moisturisers I’ve tried don’t compare to the soft scented light cream that always hydrates my skin without turning it greasy. Cleansers are something that I use on a daily basis and I’ve tried cleansers from all price brackets, today I have a review of the Nivea Daily Essentials Creme Care Cleansing Cream Wash (what a mouthful).
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I have a little sample sachet of this product but the full size retails for £3.59 for 150ml so this is very affordable. Of course this is branded with the typical Nivea colours of navy blue and white, so even though this is a new product it still feels quite nostalgic – Nivea Creme anyone?

The product description is as follows:
NIVEA Daily Essentials Creme Care Cleansing Cream Wash enriched with skin caring ingredients from NIVEA:  Cleanses skin thoroughly and mildly, removing impurities. Protects skin’s natural moisture balance and prevents drying out. The caring formula with Eucerit, Panthenol and the unique scent of NIVEA Creme is suitable for all skin types. See and Feel Beautifully Soft Skin.The caring formula leaves the skin feeling clean and soft, looking naturally beautiful.

Although it’s quite a long-winded product description Nivea has two major claims with this product. The product claims to cleanse thoroughly and protect the skin from drying out, this also claims to be dermatologically and opthalmologically approved and contains skin caring ingredients for all skin types.

I’m going to start by talking about the ingredients, this contains Eucerit and Panthenol which Nivea claim are particularly caring for the skin. This didn’t set off my sensitive skin, nor did it leave me with any discomfort, tightness or itchiness however, for a product that claims to be so gentle I was surprised to see parabens and alcohol in the ingredients list both of which typically dry out the skin.

Ingredients List
Aqua, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Methylpropanediol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Cetyl Palmitate, Lanolin Alcohol (Eucerit®) Octyldodecanol, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, BHT, Parfum

This product does smell quite nice it has a soft lemon scent to it which I really do like despite the fact that it is most likely artificial (read Parfum in the ingredients list). The formula is the perfect balance between thick and runny and does in indeed feel like a cream rather than a lotion. I applied this to my face and then used a warm, damp flannel to cleanse my skin with. This did leave my skin feeling quite soft and smooth however, this isn’t the most hydrating formula I’ve ever tried. That’s not to say it isn’t hydrating but I have tried better.

This did manage to remove my makeup and cleanse the skin, again it didn’t feel like the deepest cleanse but my skin did feel clean without feeling stripped. The only thing I did notice is that this struggled to remove long-wearing makeup such as liquid lipstick however, it didn’t have an issue with my mascara or foundation.

Overall, this isn’t a bad product but it didn’t blow me away either. I would use this again although I wouldn’t rush and specifically seek it out. In terms of recommendations I think that if you do need a budget product do cleanse your skin then this will work (better than wipes or nothing at all) however, if you are finicky with your skincare ingredients then I don’t think that this will be for you.

The Nivea Daily Essentials Creme Care Cleansing Cream is available here for £3.59.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this product and what you think about budget skincare, do you rate it or hate it? Do certain ingredients turn you off a product?

Thanks for reading!
love_nina

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Hair update (and why change doesn’t have to be scary)

I’m writing this in advance so by the time that you’re reading this I’ll have started my new job yesterday! Today’s post is going to be a little bit of a ramble and that’s because I’m going to be giving you an update on my new hair and why I chose to change it.
Before
before hair-update
I’ve always opted for medium to long hair, I always felt more feminine whenever I had longer hair and as someone who gets bored easily with my hair I could try a range of hairstyles andconstantly change it up. In truth, I think a lot of my change stemmed from insecurities, growing up I was never fully comfortable with myself I constantly changed the way I looked to try and make myself feel better.

Naturally, my hair is very fine it does always look shiny and glossy which is definitely a positive but it can also look very flat and I get a lot of static, flyaways are my constant bug bear and I’d find myself using hairspray every day to try and keep it looking tidy.

Partially due to laziness, and partially due to my hair woes I found that even though I had long hair I’d never wear it down. If I straightened it into submission the slightest amount of humidity would cause it to frizz, if I left it naturally wavy I’d need to use a lot of products to make it look semi-decent, over time I found myself constantly shoving it up and dousing it in hairspray to keep it into place. There’s nothing wrong with a good messy bun but that became my daily hairstyle and I started to feel unconfident and unhappy.

Coming into 2017 I wanted to instill a few changes nothing like the whole ‘new year new me’ but I wanted to change my lifestyle. I’d struggled with unemployment after losing my job suddenly and 2016 was a bad year for me. After a wonderful festive period I came into 2017 feeling much more positive, I felt happier, more confident and more optimistic and in February I was offered a job!

Starting a new job is always nerve wracking but I also saw it as an opportunity to start afresh and what better way to mark a fresh start than with a new haircut? I actually used Pinterest a lot and pinned lots of hair inspiration, I decided that I wanted something shorter that was easier to manage, tidier and more practical. Now that I no longer dye my hair, it’s much healthier so I wanted a hairstyle that would really show off my hair. I will admit, as much as I wish I could pull off something like a pixie cut my face is oval shaped so anything too short makes my head look like a football. After much deliberation and a lovely discussion with my hairdresser, I decided to go for a long bob…and I love it!
After.
hair side
I wanted to keep my side parting but didn’t want a heavy side fringe, I also decided that I wanted to go for a long bob that was angled and at the back I wanted it to be the sae length rather than stepped in. My hairdresser really listened to what I had to say and looked at the pictures I’d brought with me and here is the end result! Already I feel much more confident, the amount of time it takes to style my hair has been reduced from an hour to around ten minutes and it feels so much lighter. It just goes to show that change doesn’t always have to be scary and that a haircut always makes you feel more confident.

I can’t wait to see how the rest of 2017 pans out because so far, that past couple of months have been fantastic!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have changed anything in your life recently and how it has made you feel.

Thanks for reading!
love_nina

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LA Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Liquid Lipstick in Criminal Review

Liquid lipsticks still continue to be a highly sought after beauty product since they exploded into the beauty bloggersphere. I’ve tried a few liquid lipsticks but keen to try more I picked up a couple from LA Splash to try. I wasn’t overly fond of the Lip Smitten formula (catch my review here) but I decided to give the Couture formula a try to see if they fared any better, here’s my thoughts.
lip-couture
The LA Splash Lip Coutures come in these clear tubes with a gold lid. The box itself is quite funky but in a way confusing as it gives off a different image to the tubing. These are what I would describe as mid-range priced at £9.95 from Beauty Bay.
wet-swatch dry-swatch
(L-R: Criminal swatch (before drydown), Criminal swatch dried.)
One thing that I would like to point out before continuing on with this review is that if you do end up purchasing any liquid lipsticks from this range I’d highly recommend that you do a Google search and research swatches. I’m quite happy with the shade of Criminal which is a mid blue toned purple however, I did notice that on websites such as Beauty Bay and Love Makeup the shade appears to be a very red-toned purple so those swatches are not true to colour.
wand
Moving onto the wand and the formula, the applicator is an angled application that is slightly tapered for ease of application. The applicator does have an excess of product when you first take it out of the tube so I would recommend wiping off the remainder of the product. One thing I also noticed is that comparing this to the Smitten Lip Tint Mousse formula, the Couture formula is thinner and runnier, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you may need to layer up this to prevent any patchiness.
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This product does offer a matte finish however, similar to the other range by LA Splash this dried down into something that felt almost powdery on the lips. I have noticed that the LA Splash liquid lipsticks do tend to feel incredibly drying and you can’t rub your lips together without increasing the fade speed so do bear that in mind. I personally prefer something with a little more hydration and comfort, so if you are like me, then these may not be for you.
faded
Although this did last a few hours on me I noticed that it didn’t last as long as the Smitten Lip Tint Mousse. I also noticed that rather than just fading in the centre of my lips, this faded patchily. One other thing to bear in mind that these can be quite tricky to remove, I had to really scrub at my lips with my cleanser and flannel to get this off fully.

Overall, I’m just not a fan of this, I love the shade but the formula leaves much to be desired and as someone who has dry skin (and often dry lips) this isn’t great for me. If you do love the incredibly matte liquid lipsticks then you may get on better with these, but I wouldn’t repurchase this for myself.

The La Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Liquid Lipsticks are available here for £9.95.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the LA Splash liquid lipsticks, also if you have any liquid lipstick formulas that I should try please let me know as I definitely want to try more!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Brands I Won’t Use and Why #2

I’ve tried countless beauty brands and whilst the majority of them I have loved there are a select few that I just do not want to use. This could be due to bad products, a bad reputation or simply a bad experience but nevertheless I won’t use them. If you missed my last post on brands I won’t use you can find that here and here is another ten brands I won’t use and why.
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1) Almay
Almay has a hell of a lot of bad reviews online and whilst I’ve not tried many of their products what I have tried I didn’t like. The main culprit for me was their Smart Shade foundation which was a strange grey colour, smelled like fish and paint stripped and literally turned orange on my skin. I actually ended up binning this product and I’ve avoided the brand ever since.

2) Beauty Pie
Despite plenty of raving reviews I’m just not feeling it with this brand. I’ve not tried the products of experienced their customer service so with this brand it’s nothing personal but I dislike the way the brand is set up. I don’t typically sign up to things where I have to pay a monthly fee then buy the products as well and when you work it out it’s a lot of money. I feel like a lot of impressionable young girls will try this brand because of the hype and will end up losing more money than they realised, I wish the brand just sold products on their website like every other brand.

3) Constance Carroll
When I was a teenager I had very little money so my makeup came from wholesale and market stalls and one brand I used was Constance Carroll. Literally the products from this brand suck, think rock hard powders with no pigment, watery foundations that move around and cling to dry patches but don’t cover anything and hard eyeliners and you can imagine the rest, not a brand I’ll ever use again.

4) Jeffree Star
I’ve never mentioned anything about Jeffree Star but I cannot abide by his hatred. I really cannot see past his racist and horrific comments against women of colour, he’s come out with things that are racist, his products had zero quality control, with excessive scandals and him being downright abusive to customers on social media I refuse to spend a single penny on any of his products. I may be missing out and I’ll be honest some of the products look nice but I refuse to support someone who attacks people so maliciously – he goes against everything I believe in.

5) Kardashian Beauty
I remember seeing this brand on one of those beauty websites (Feel Unique or Beauty Bay or something like that) and I held off buying, thank god I did because a video by Tati shows how horrendous the products are. I’m not a fan of the Kardashians anyway (I don’t hate them I just don’t understand why they are famous either) but from what I’ve heard the products are worth avoiding.

6) Kylie Cosmetics
Another brand I won’t use is Kylie Cosmetics, in addition to ridiculous custom charges I’ve seen poor quality control and a lack of consistency across the products. From what I’ve heard from bloggers and the media Kylie herself is also quite arrogant, this brand might be a hit for some people but it’s not one I’m bothered about.

7) Laval
Similar to Constance Caroll this was another brand that I used as a teenager and again it was horrible. The pencil liner is tolerable but the liquid liners are patchy and watery and the foundation is just a greasy mess. Finally the pressed powder is literally like chalk, overall poor formulas and you could get better from MUA and Makeup Revolution if it’s budget beauty that you’re after.

8) Mica Beauty
Using pushy sales tactics (and selling in stalls in shopping centres) Mica Beauty has also gained a bad reputation. I tried a hand cream from them which was horrible, I also found the sales people pushy (literally grabbing my friend in Meadowhall to show her products) and there’s terrible reviews from their overpriced products online.

9) Stargazer
Another budget brand, Stargazer sells a lot of alternative looking beauty products but again they’re not great. Their foundation is literally white like paint but has a very thin and watery formula. Their UV paints remind me of poster paint and again there’s a lot of bad reviews online.

10) Younique
Finally is Younique, hands up if you’ve ever been approached by a Younique rep…(My hand is waving in the air right now). Younique is just a brand that seems to be laughed at by a lot of bloggers, the bloggers that have reviewed it primarily are consultants themselves so really everything is biased. To be honest the products look incredibly gimmicky and I thought we were past the whole door-to-door sales that was Avon once upon a time. I’ve not heard anything from Younique in a while now but it’s a brand that I’ll be avoiding as the reps just don’t have my trust.

So there we have it, the brands I won’t use and why, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if there’s any brands that you won’t use and why I’d love to hear your thoughts! (And hopefully avoid other bad brands.)

Thanks for reading!
love_nina

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Inside Nina’s Noggin #2

It’s been a very long time since I’ve just sat down and had a chat with you guys so today I’m going to be doing another post chatting about some controversial issues. If you missed my last post where I did this you can find that here but for today I’m going to be focusing on just the one issue and this is my take on the following idea: are bloggers the new journalists?
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What sparked this post is something that I read a while go on a popular blogger and youtuber. She’s quite a big name but I’m not going to name and shame here because this is purely my opinion but this blogger basically said that “Bloggers are journalists.” This is something that I really disagree with but before you slam me here’s my thoughts.

Bloggers
We are now living in what is dubbed the “digital age” bloggers are no longer people who simply share content or type words in an online diary, bloggers are now becoming influencers with people across all ages and genders tuning in to read a review. Thanks to the joys of commercialism marketers and public relations professionals are now outreaching to bloggers. Bloggers typically have a more personal tone, rather than producing content in a formulaic fashion. Bloggers share opinions rather than writing pure fact, bloggers build relationships with readers and as a result for brands it is desirable to reach out to a blogger and access a large readership and following. Now I am in no way slating bloggers, as a blogger myself and as someone who works within the marketing and PR industry I too believe that bloggers are valuable especially as the journalism industry has lost a lot of trust with the public following scandals such as the Leveson Inquiry.

Journalists
I do believe though that there is a separation between bloggers and journalists, as someone who studied journalism at degree level there’s so much that journalists need to understand and so many rules that journalists must follow that you might not have imagined. For a start there’s a lot of training, a degree can get you a foot in the door but then most journalists will become NCTJ trained which means that they are accredited as a professional journalist. Journalists have a lot to learn and a lot of rules to follow and whilst on the surface it may seem the same it truly isn’t.

Looking at an overview of journalists I think that there’s a common misconception about how journalists work. Ultimately a journalist’s goal is to tell the truth and to produce that in a concise, formulaic fashion whilst abiding to ethical standards and media law. Whilst undertaking my degree there were so many things that I had to learn including:
Media Law (this includes Defamation, Fair Comment, Libel and Slander)
Court Law (There are so many rules when reporting on a trial and one slip up and you’re toast)
Shorthand – An entire blooming new language that enables you to produce a hundred words a minute by hand, we did this extra curricular and only went up to 4owpm and in my year there was only three of us who passed, shorthand is bloody well hard.
Voxpop – How to correctly interview someone and how to ask multiple people multiple questions at the same time.
Head and Sell – How to write a specific headline and how to package the content up to suit media purposes.

Journalists need to be able to sniff out news and then turn it into a full piece of content, usually within an hour time frame. They must be able to operate in a news room, deliver content at a fast pace before competitors and find valuable sources and true interviews and evidence to back up their story. Similar to writing an essay everything must be referenced and everything must be true. (That’s not to say journalists don’t have an agenda or try and put spin on their writing but the original idea was to become a truthseeker.)

And so much more…The questions I’d like to ask you is that if you watched Grey’s Anatomy would you consider yourself a surgeon? If you created a cool thumbnail would you consider yourself an expert in graphic design?

If I’m honest it really pissed me off that someone honestly believed that they were so great that they were equal to a journalist. Journalists have a lot of issues within their industry but at the same time training to b a journalist takes a lot of time, it’s bloody hard work and there’s so much that you have to learn and for somebody who hasn’t undertaken that training to feel that they can skip those steps and suddenly become a journalist really annoyed me, it made me feel that all the training that I and other journalists had undertaken was irrelevant, just because it’s not something that journalists shout about it doesn’t mean that it hasn’t happened.

Bloggers as influencers
Personally I believe that it also takes a lot of work to become a blogger, I’m sorry but you need to be able to right at least semi-decent, if you can’t string a sentence together without making mistakes then your blog post will come across as jumbled. That’s not to say you have to be a pro but the blogs that stand out to me are the ones where the blogger’s voice really shines through or the writing style is so beautiful that I’m sucked into the post.

Of course there’s also the photography element, being able to plan a content calendar, knowing whichever industry you’re writing about, engaging with readers, cross promotion on social media, SEO and so much more. I think that bloggers are incredibly valuable and incredibly talented but ultimately bloggers and journalists are two separate things, a journalist is not a blogger and a blogger is not a journalist!

Influencers though is something different, I do believe that bloggers make better influencers than jorunalists. Although a newspaper might have more numbers, a blog is much more targeted with their topics and as a result the readership tends to consist of people who are genuinely interested in a blogger’s content. Being able to talk about a product in such a genuine way that readers actually want to go and buy it is pretty incredible, bloggers and influencers are shiny stars on the internet and it’s no surprise that so many brands want to connect with bloggers.

Overall
Overall I love being a blogger and whilst I have completed my degree I wouldn’t consider myself a journalist (I’m not NCTJ accredited and I’m now in a different industry). I can appreciate a brilliant news article and I can appreciate a great blog post but in my opinions, bloggers and journalists are seperate entities and we both have separate purposes.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this (be nice please) I’d love to hear your thoughts and hopefully nobody is offended at this post because it’s not meant in an offensive way!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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