This post has some make up and some more heavy-going content below... don't say you weren't warned!
So, I have been having lots of fun playing with my UD Naked Palette at the weekends, as I'm sure you know by now! On Saturday I went for a very neutral eye, as I wanted to make some use of my All for Eve red lipstick that I got in my May Glossy Box.... I believe this was a combination of 'Virgin', 'Sidecar' and 'Smog' but I am not 100% sure... I knew I should have wrote it down!
I used my long-neglected Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, and had forgot how nice it is. When I then decided to go out on Saturday evening for a few drinks, rather than start all over again, I just removed my eye makeup and lipstick, added a bit more bronzer and tried out a smokey eye using 'Creep' and 'Gunmetal', which I thought turned out really well, and demonstrates the versatility of the palette. I then used MAC lipstick in Creme D'Nude to keep the eyes as the focal point of my make up.
I sometimes don't know how much about my life to share on my blog... while the main focus is clothes, make up, beauty products, etc., I do like to mention things about me and my life, so that it's a more 'personal' read and, hopefully, you get to know me a little too. I have 'met' so many of you lovely ladies through blogging too, and am in contact with you almost daily! So I wonder sometimes where to draw the line between 'blog-appropriate' and 'no one gives a monkeys' material regarding my life.
I have decided to share something on here though, which some of you already know, so that I can explain a new direction with my blog. A few weeks ago, I was informed that my contract at work will not be renewed. I was devestated. I really love my job; I quite enjoy the work and I like the people I work with. Others at work had their hours reduced due to lack of business, and I knew that any future cutbacks would revolve around me, however I had thought it would perhaps be a reduction in hours too. To be told that, due to financial reasons, I could not be kept on, was absolutely heart-wrenching. Equivalent to a breakup; I cried in work, I cried all evening and the next day. Then I decided crying was pointless and had to drag myself back on the job-hunt bandwagon.
It is a scary time for me; from what I have seen so far, jobs are fewer on the ground than they were this time last year. My contract finishes at the end of June, and it's going to take a miracle for me to find another job before then. My main concern is not the fact that I had planned to go on holidays to America (bye bye Las Vegas...) or even having money for clothes/make up... it's my post-graduate loan repayments. I pay back a significant sum each month, so if I can't find a job soon, then it will be my loan repayments that will suffer, and in turn my credit rating! (I apologise for the money-talk; I know it's crude to discuss money and all that, but I am a very open person and this is a very stressful issue for me right now.)
Obviously I am going to save my arse off for my last few weeks in my job, but I need to take on any work I can in the near future to supplement my savings, so that should I end up unemployed for a while, all is not lost. This is where we reach the crux of my story; sponsored posts *dun dun dunnnn!* I read sponsored posts on blogs; sometimes I enjoy them, sometimes I don't. Even when it's not stated, you can generally tell that it's a sponsored post. Perhaps you thought you recognised a sponsored post on my blog lately... well, that because there have been.
I was recently offered the opportunity to do some sponsored posts and, quite frankly, I was extremely torn. I have expressed distaste on Twitter for blogs that revolve entirely about freebies and events, and the like. I have nothing against people getting freebies, or going to blogging events, or even doing sponsored posts on their blog - these are all fantastic opportunities, of which I believe most bloggers would be extremely grateful. My main point of contention is blogs that revolve entirely around freebies/events/sponsors and have little to no personal content, which I find quite sad.
While I did not want to appear a total hypocrite, I was being offered a fantasic opportunity at time when I needed it most. I did not wish to hide this; I thought I should test the water of sponsored posting before making it a more regular occurance. I enjoy the challenge of these posts, and the chance to be introduced to new brands, thus I am going to do a sponsored post every once in a while. I will only do those that are relevant to my blog content, and I will write below it that it is a sponsored post. If you don't want to read them, you don't have to. I emphasise though, that I will always be doing my usual, normal posts 99.9% of the time, and just a sponsored one every so often. I am very worried that I might lose readers or induce nasty comments over this issue, and I sincerely hope that this is not the case; this opportunity has been a lifeline in the midst of my impending unemployment and I will always do my best to make ALL my posts as personal as possible.
I have rambled on for ages here; apologies for that! If you have made it to the end you deserve a medal, or a cup of tea or something! I hope you understand why I wanted to explain my dilemma regarding this though, it is not a decision I made lightly and my readers are my main concern. You deserve the truth and I can only hope that it clarifies my decision for you.