My favourite blog posts of the year

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

I love this time of year because everyone is posting content that I love to read, yearly round ups, Christmas style content and I LIVE for posts full of goals and wishes for the new year. I wanted to write a post that reflects on myself and my blog this year, so I thought I'd share with you guys some of my favourite blog posts I've written in 2017! My inspiration for this post comes from Dorkfaces A Collection Of My Favourite Blog Posts Ever - it's great to have a reminder of bloggers pasts posts, hopefully this will give you an insight into the content I want to push more in the new year.

I love these posts for a number of reason, the photography, the content, the concept or 'genre' so I hope you have a little Heartshapedbones flash back as I did when collecting all of them!




















I hope you like the format of this post, I loved writing these blog posts and hopefully I can fuel them into the new year! It's crazy looking back on the year and seeing myself with green hair! What posts have you loved from Heartshapedbones? If you've rounded up your posts on your blog definitely share your links for me to have a read!

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

Stepping out of my comfort zone & brightening up this winter

Friday, 22 December 2017

Do I look abit silly? At the time putting this outfit together I was so enthusiasting about actually not wearing so much black, but now I'm sat down writing...I know I'm falling back in on myself and that little man on my shoulder is screaming ITS NOT BLACK YOUR COMFORT IS BLACK THIS IS NOT YOU ITS SO BRIGHT AND NOT BLACK. You ever get that little man? Disheartening something you really like? I'm forever chosing the black option because I know I'll get my wear out of it, but when Pop Julia reached out and asked if I wanted to add my personal style to one of their items, not only did I jump for joy at adding something new into my wardrobe, but I wanted to challenge myself to be a little daring and go for something thats really going to stand out. 

Jumper dresses are so comfortable, not only are they a genius idea in the colder months to retain some femininity but keep cosy with the length too. This red and navy blue striped dress* (I know navy not black! good for me aye) was all I could think about when I spoted it on their website, I'm such a jumper hoarder in winter! For someone who only really reaches for a very monochrome wardrobe, colour is a very scary thing. Black has always been my comfortable go to but as I’m exploring with my personal style more I’ve been opening myself up to more colour and actually loving it! When I had bright green hair I was always scared to clash colours, I really limited myself to what I’d try so with my hair being more…well, ‘normal-er’ for me anyway I thought it was about time I played with colour again.  I love wearing red, with green hair I was scared I’d look like a Christmas tree, but for a couple of posts now over this year I’ve been bringing red more into my outfits. I love how it looks against my pale skin, it goes well with black and no doubt I’ll always be wearing red lipstick anyways so it does just brighten up my look.

If I can get away with not wearing tights I will because there's nothing worse than loving your outfit then putting on a pair of contrasting thick tights. I did expect this jumper to be a little more baggy considering it's a dress style, but it's actually quite fitted! I mean that there isn't a lot of stretch to it, but it does show a hint of my curves to give it a feminine touch. It's like 'oh hey I do have curves but you can't see them all because I'm being super comfortable.' that I definitely want because it gives style with very little effort. The sleeves are belled and cropped as a quarter style, but I'm totally in love with them because it makes what could be quite a grungy dress into something feminine. Long baggy sleeves = Kurt Cobain vibes, Bell quarter sleeves = culture feminine ready to explore cities and look cute with coffee look.

I decided to pair the jumper dress with some chunky sandals because whilst it is winter, I probably will wear this outfit coming up to the warmer months next year. I think any style of stompy shoe could work, Dt martins, big boot heels or even knee high length boots, but I went for a strappy heeled sandal instead just to show it a little different as I'm sick to death of winter boots already. Of course I had to jump on the beret train and I paired it with a matching red beret - I am in love and so on board with this trend. I bought so many others in a variety of colours, as you probably saw in my last post! 

I don't even care if this look is a little over the top, I'm loving experimenting with a little red in my wardrobe! For me this is such an easy way to introduce colour to your outfit if you're a little scared to come out of your comfort zone. Start with accessories and then if you find a simple item that's full of colour it's bold style without much effort at all.

I couldn't think of any Christmas themed personal style looks I could come up with this year but I thought changing things up with a big pop of red was at least a little festive. If you want some cheap alternative clothing to experiment with definitely check out PopJulia - on trend with huge deals on this time of year.

Until next time guys,

(items marked with * we're gifted to me for free in return for a honest blog post reviewing the product. All words are my own and completely honest to my own opinion)

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

2017 - the year I had my down fall and built it all back up again

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

I cannot believe that 2017 is coming to an end, it's only six days till Christmas and then hello to the new year which hopefully with be a full year of me just kicking butt! I've never really written a post where I speak about my goals and it's probably because up till this year I'd only blogged when I could more for fun than a career. Of course I love blogging, of course I find it so fun which is why it's taken over my life - but in 2017 I actually took a huge plunge as steps closer to letting my blog become a career for myself. Each year before the new year I think about a lot of things, any resolutions that I'll definitely not keep, trips, things I hope to do, but I rarely thought about what I hoped to achieve creatively on the internet. Somewhere along this year a light switch went off in me and I've never felt so dedicated to my blog than I do now, the goals I have for 2018 are insane but they definitely wouldn't of even crossed my mind if 2017 hadn't of taken the course that it did. A lot happened for me, with my blog and my personal life, so I thought I'd summarise my year to you with a personal round up but also end with my big goals!

2017 started out with a lot of changes and big promises, but mid way took a huge fall that definitely was my first hiccup as being an adult outside of university. I finished uni last year and continued living in York where I studied, I lived with my Boyfriend (now fiancĂ©e ooo) and worked in my part time job until I found something I had more of a passion in. I worked for a fashion retailer and despite it being a regular job, I loved it. In January my boyfriend got a new job and it meant we needed to leave York, so possibly my first big step as an adult - we moved to Doncaster where I'm from and got ourselves a house! Only renting, but I felt so good having our own home, bigger than our flat in the city and we even had a garden! Three bedrooms, our own furniture, everything was exciting but I feel that I really under estimated how it would affect other areas of my life like work, money, etc. I quickly found it incredibly hard to juggle traveling back and forth to York where I still worked and maintain things like my blog, shop, youtube - even my relationship, it all took a toll and it definitely broke me.

I was travelling a total of nearly 5 hours a day just to do a regular hour, minimum pay job in a different city just because I loved it, whilst changed when it was such a struggle to even get there. I couldn't manage more than one blog post a week, I never had time to film or blog, my days off consisted of trying to see Joel and sort out or home which we we're still settling into and I think I just took too much on and I wasn't going to give anything up for the other.

I got promoted to a manager which should of been utterly amazing, but whilst going through the training process I found it wasn't at all what I expected and this is where my mental health started to get a kicking. I cried every day traveling because it was so much, I was transferred to Leeds where I trained to be a manager and the job was a total joke. I never saw Joel, I never blogged, my store wasn't getting orders and I had no creativity to put into it. I could see everything spiralling downwards and then something in me just snapped. I truly feel for anyone that's had a mental break down, it literally spirals your whole world out of control. I quit my job, moved back in with my parents and fell off the face of the earth because I just wanted to ignore everything I possibly could.

This summer was the hardest hurdle that's been thrown at me yet, it challenged me as a person but luckily looking back now I can say it was something that had to happen. After being in a pit for months I climbed out to make myself a better person. I built back up my relationship, home and life - keeping one thing in mind - do what I love and what I'm most passionate about. I was sick of being unhappy, so I did everything possible to ensure my mental well being. I closed down my store and re started a fresh, creating a complete new brand Witchcrafts to pour in my all as I took the plunge to be self employed!

I can't thank my partner Joel enough, he really supported me as I started up my business and put all the money I had remaining into it. I was so scared, what if I didn't make any money, what if it didn't work and I had to get another job I hated...but luckily it all hit off with a bang and I found myself being more creative than I had ever been! T-shirts, home ware, prints, cards, I felt so much productivity to give it my all and that's where I also found my motivation again for blogging!

I came back with more motivation than ever before and I'm glad it's stuck with me till the very end of this year. My blogs reached so many new levels, growing so quick than it has done before. Whilst small to some the progress is massive to me and I've found not caring or comparing myself to others has made blogging fun again. Rekindling my love for blogging has really shown my creativity and I'm glad people can tell! I have a good schedule that I've managed to keep up even with a full time job. I didn't plan to work full time again, but when my dream job practically landed on my door step I couldn't turn it down. I love my job and not once has it hindered my other projects, I still blog to my schedule, I upload videos regularly and even my store is going steady. I seriously cannot wait for all the things I want to do in 2018, it's going to be one hell of a creative year.

It's so strange how in just one year you can have so many ups and downs, but I'm so happy that it's ending on a good place that fills me with so much hope. I never imagined that I'd ever taste working for myself so soon, possibly a little too early in my businesses, but it makes me so positive for when the time is right. I never imagined having our own house, or moving back to Doncaster - we even got a couple of pets that seriously makes me feel like an adult. I GOT FRIGGIN ENGAGED! I do want to write a full post on my engagement because it's definitely a different story to tell, but I'm so excited for next year because again it's going to come with so many life changes.

Yellow beret - ebay . Black fur coat - new look . Long frilled top - h&m . Harley-davidson t-shirt - Spanish market . Striped cullots - Romwe .

There's so much more to 2017 that I could waffle on about, but I want to end this post with a bunch of my goals for the new year!

  • release a bunch of new products in January, following with a new product each week and focus on getting more t-shirts printed
  • get married in Vegas and plan our reception back in England
  • start saving to buy a house
  • post two youtube videos each week - focusing more on fashion/lookbooks
  • post three times a week on my blog, really challenge myself to be creative with my fashion posts
  • be more confident in reaching out to brands with  a constant updated media kit
  • give our home a little revamp - mainly the livingroom
  • give my website a little revamp - more cute witchy content
  • blog more on my store - DIYS, etc
  • grow my social medias - be more creative on Instagram
  • grow my hair
  • work towards working for myself again or decreasing my hours at work
  • plan to do full 30 days of Halloween makeup looks
  • produce more Christmas content next year
  • more story times on my channel, I have so many ideas I'm bursting to tell the stories
  • create more content on my home and adult stuff
  • see more of my blogging pals and hopefully collab on youtube with them
There's a lot of goals that and I can think of so many more, but for now lets keep it to this basic list and I can keep adding as the year goes on! I cannot wait for 2018, it's going to be amazing. This year has really shown me the path I want to go on in life, so hopefully my passions show to others and my blog and store continues to grow.

Thankyou so much guys for a fantastic 2017 - I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and new year!

Until next time,

Colourpop | Liquid Lipsticks, Eye Shadow Palettes, Eye Magic + My Little Pony Palette Mini Review

Sunday, 17 December 2017

I'm quite excited about this post because yes I did indulge in another Colourpop order! My first purchase was ruined by the delivery service I received which you can check out in this post here, but I can happily say that this one came without any hiccups. 

I love Colourpop, it's affordable, amazing quality and now it ships to the UK I'm constantly adding items to my cart ready for that little boost in money to press purchase. If you send over a certain amount you get free shipping, but as they are located in the U.S it means that you're going to get gifted with a little custom fee. I spent less than £40 and still had to pay £16 in custom fees, which is a huge kick to the gut but I quickly forgot about that when I was squealing opening my package. If you can get past having to fork over unnecessary money to get the package into the country then I'd definitely check out the cosmetics brand and treat yo self - go halves on an order with a friend and share the fee!

Whilst I do love watching hauls and reviews on YouTube I do love to see them come alive in blog posts, pretty photographs, swatches and it's more easier to refer back to written word than fast forward through a video to find what you're looking for. In my last Colourpop haul I got so side tracked with reviewing Royal Mail's crappy delivery service that I didn't do any of the cosmetics justice, so this time I wanted to get a little more in depth.

I love palettes, with any brand the first thing I'm automatically drawn to are the pretty shades of eye shadow. Whether the brand being independent or well known, I'd rather indulge in an eye shadow palette over their other products. I have so many palettes on my dressing table and I know full well I don't need them all, but hey that's not going to stop me from trying out some new makeup.

I spent the evening scrolling through Colourpop's website and immediately I headed to their palettes - which had let me down before but I saw so many good words from other bloggers. Definitely a 'blogger made me buy it' situation.
I'm more of a matte kind of gal but just lately I've been interested in trying out some pastels and glittery shades - so I think I went for the best of both worlds by trying out the My Little Pony Palette AND Yes, Please that offer me both the unusual but daily wear colours.

~ my little pony eye shadow palette ~
Oh boy I was so unsure about whether to purchase this palette but it's by far my favourite item from this purchase! I really wanted to play with some pastel shades and I've really wanted a lilac - which this palette has. I couldn't find anything close enough to this shade, for that one colour alone I bought the palette and have used pretty much each shade since. The shades are. so. pigmented. The shimmers are buttery, bright as hell and not one shade has disappointed me yet.

My favourite three shades are definitely the very first lilacy white that is a perfect base colour, the eighth being a pastel matte orange (my favourite day to day shade so far) and then of course the glittery purple. I keep using this shade to experiment but as it's far from my comfort zone I've been unsure how to go about it. I see so many purpley/glittery eye tutorials I'm dying to be a little more unusual with my makeup and do something a little alien. I don't think you need to be into My Little Pony at all to enjoy this palette, if you're wanting something fun and super good value for money at only £16 then definitely give it a go!

I bought this thinking it was actually a metallic lip product, but Colourpop have wow'd me further because it's actually an eye paint! There's a variety of shades part of the Supernova Shadows, I wanted something extra glam so I went for 'walk of fame' which is a champagne shade. It looks alot darker on the applicator and in the tube, but when applied it dries super quick and has a bright shide. 

I've never used a paint on eye shadow before so I was incredibly intrigued, I wouldn't use it for highlighting corners but I would apply it all over the lid.

As for lip products I decided to try out two different types, keeping the shades quite tame but two I've wanted to try for ages now. I went for a satin liquid lip which is super buttery, non drying and in a nude shad has become my every day lipstick. I also went for one of the normal liquid lipsticks in an orangy red called 'Mama' which I've wanted since ever coming across Colourpop. The colour is by far my favourite of my red shades in my makeup collection, but I wish that it was in the satins because I find it quite drying. This goes for the other normal liquid lips I have from the brand - their satin formula is just golden.

~ yes, please eye shadow palette ~
Last but by far least my new daily used palette - the yes, please eye shadow palette is perfect for anyone who loves a grungy eye or an autumn palette. I tend to always go for warmer shades year round, so to have a palette with some amazing ranges of reds, oranges and yellows is amazing. It reads CUTE AF on the front - all the shade names on the back where you can also see the name of the palette which is slightly confusing. The packaging is no 'my little pony palette' but I have completely fallen head over heads with how perfect this palette is for me.

I really want to do an in depth review of this palette with swatches and show some eye looks, so expect to see that in the new year! I think this palette has the perfect balance of mattes and shimmers, for both glam and casual looks. I can't recommend enough to have this palette in your travel case for all occasions!

I hope you liked this general review and haul of my latest makeup indulgence! I'm going to do more in depth reviews of the palettes with eye looks getting into mostly all of the shades - so keep your peepers out for that in the new year! I absolutely love Colourpop makeup and despite the dreadful customs fee that us Brits have to pay, it's still worth the quality because I've never come across palettes I've loved more with such creativity.

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop

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