• Blog,  Makeup

    Plastic Free! Lush Shampoo Bars

    Hey! How are you guys? Thanks for stopping by to read this latest post. For whatever reason you are here, whether it be because you are a regular or visiting for the first time, then I am personally sending you a huge welcome! I’ve been thinking a lot more about how I can change my habits in my everyday routine, and therefore, how I can do my little bit for the planet. Some of you may know that I have been switching over to cruelty free (read about my switch and about my progress!). I also want to try to do better with cutting out plastic. That’s why in this post…

  • Blog,  Fashion

    Darla, (a GORGEOUS clothing brand!) (gifted)

    Hello! How are you on this rather dreary day? It’s certainly not the summer we had last year but oh well! (We British really do always have to talk about the weather… guilty). Anyway, the lack of summer is not what I am here to discuss… What I am talking about today is a lovely clothing brand called Darla. Now let’s get this out of the way from the start, I contacted the brand and they said they would send me out an item for free if I were to do a review. I wouldn’t have sent them a message if I didn’t like their items, so that’s hopefully enough…

  • Blog,  Lifestyle,  Makeup

    Cruelty Free – Have I given in?

    Hello people! How are you all doing today? It’s finally the weekend which is fantastic. I hope you all have nice plans, whether it be doing nothing or the complete opposite! At least we now have something which vaguely resembles summer… Anyway, what I wanted to write about today is really a sort of update on how I am getting on as a cruelty free makeup user. If you haven’t already seen my first post, then you can read about my change over here: Why I’m now a cruelty free blogger. A few weeks ago, I decided enough was enough and that I would make the switch over to animal…

  • Exeter's Quay
    Blog,  Lifestyle

    Making the most of where you live

    Hey there, How are you doing today? Hope all is okay! As some of you may know, I am from England, more specifically Devon and even more specifically, from Exeter! Now for starters, if any of you also live here, please let me know, I’d love to find some other Exeter bloggers!! The reason I’m talking about where I reside, is because I wanted to do a post about making the most of where you live. This was spurred on by a recent visit to the ballet Coppélia. I saw that they had tickets for sale at the Corn Exchange in Exeter and bought some! My visit made me think,…

  • Shannen Claire - Interview
    Blog,  Lifestyle

    Interview with Shannen Claire

    Hello people! Today I come to you with another treat – An interview with Shannen from shannenclaire.com! I’m really loving doing these interviews so far, and I was so pleased when Shannen said she would like to work together on one too! She really is one of the nicest bloggers I have come across, and I’m so glad to have found her 🙂 Do head on over to her blog after this. She has actually posted her interview with me on there if you’d like a read. So the format is that we have asked each other 6 questions. They are completely blogging related! Here are the questions I put…

  • Jessica Cantell - Cruelty Free Blogger
    Blog,  Lifestyle,  Makeup

    Why I’m now a ‘Cruelty Free’ blogger

    Hey everyone, how are you doing? You might have noticed if you follow me on Twitter, that I have made the decision to be a ‘cruelty free’ blogger. It’s something that has bothered me for years, but I’ve never really done anything about it. This was until I started blogging actually, but I’ll come to that in a little bit. The background You may or may not know that a lot of, if not most of the main beauty brands test on animals. This includes companies such as MAC, Rimmel, Vaseline… The list goes on. I think in the past I was sad about this, but carried on using these…

  • Hollie George - Beautyandthebookshelves - Jessica Cantell interview
    Blog,  Lifestyle

    Interview with Hollie (Beautyandthebookshelves)

    Hey guys! I hope you’re well, how is your week going so far? We have had such lovely sunshine! Today I wanted to do a slightly different post and help you get to know some of the people I have found in this lovely blogging circle! Over the next few weeks (or however long!) I will be interviewing various bloggers and sharing some things about them. The first person to be quizzed is the lovely Hollie from beautyandthebookshelves.com I’ve only recently discovered her but I’m so glad I did, she’s lovely and so do check out her blog too. Hollie has also done a post in a similar style about me…

  • Jessica Cantell taking Instagram and blog fashion photos
    Blog,  Fashion

    Why I’m so awkward at taking outfit shots

    Hello, hello, hello! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve started doing a lot more fashion blogging. I’m actually really enjoying it! I never thought of myself as ever stepping into this niche, but I just thought to myself, why not? I think it is nice to be able to not categorise yourself, as such, but to be able to post what you want to. That’s what I enjoy most about blogging, is having this little space where I can just ramble about whatever! Sorry everyone… Outfit shots… What I wanted to talk about specifically today is the actual taking of outfit shots. This is the main reason why…

  • Sunshine Blogger Award - 2019 - Jessica Cantell
    Blog,  Lifestyle

    Sunshine Blogger Award

    Hello everyone! How are you doing after the lovely bank holiday weekend? I hope you had a good one! Sorry for not posting in a little while, despite my ‘organisation post’, I’m still not doing a very good job at keeping on top of things… Oops! Anway, I am back and the theme of today’s post is the Sunshine blogger Award. The lovely Shannen Claire was kind enough to nominate me for this, for which I am so grateful! Do go and check out her page, I’ve been really enjoying seeing her cheerful posts on Twitter and Instagram since we’ve been following each other. She’s so lovely! If you haven’t…

  • Jessica Cantell - The pressures of social media
    Blog,  Lifestyle

    Why I’m giving up on Instagram (sort of)

    Hello! Okay, so I’ll admit the title isn’t entirely true, I’m not giving up on Instagram completely. Instagram is a slightly touchy subject these days and I have heard of a number of bloggers that have decided to throw in the towel and stop posting. It all started when they changed the dreaded algorithm. Personally, I have noticed a change since when I first started posting on Instagram to now. There is definitely a lack of engagement! So what does this mean going forwards..? Enjoyment Not all that long ago, I was trapped by the ‘pressures’ of Instagram. I didn’t realise at the time, but I was letting it control my…