A Short London Break


After moving home for the summer, I travelled back to London last week to see Beyoncé and Jay-z on their On The Run Tour II. Since I had a few extra days off work, I decided to make a mini break out of the trip and travel up a few days earlier.

My Everyday Makeup Routine


F A C E


I've never really been one to use primer, but after a trip to the Fenty Beauty counter in Harvey Nichols, I was persuaded into purchasing the Fenty primer to go along with the foundation. I was told that it would bring a much smoother application. Personally, I don't really see a difference. I'll probably continue to use primer once this bottle's run out although I'll purchase one from a high street brand instead.

Black Panther: More Than Just a Superhero Movie

I wanted to publish this review when Black Panther first came out, although after writing it I decided to submit it towards my university coursework. Due to university rules and regulations, I've only just been able to publish it here.

Life Lately: I Got Another Tattoo


The past few months, my life's been pretty busy. I haven't really been active on my blog as I just haven't had time. I've been working almost every day, attending university lectures and trying to do uni work, all whilst trying to squeeze in a social life on top.

Thankfully, uni comes to an end at the beginning of next month, meaning I'll have a lot more time to focus on my blog and my social life. Since I haven't been active in a while, I thought I'd share what I've been up to recently.

So, I GOT A TATTOO!

I've been wanting another tattoo for a while now but I wasn't completely sure what I wanted. I'd wanted a crescent moon tattoo for a while and was originally going to get a small, minimal one somewhere. After hours trawling through Pinterest, that quickly changed. I fell in love with mandalas, sun and moon tattoos and dot work. I found a few of my favourite designs and sent them to a tattoo artist, telling him which elements I liked from each. He designed the tattoo within a couple of days and after a couple of tweaks, my tattoo was designed.

I went to Gypsy Stables tattoo parlour, located in Soho, London. They were really good and scheduled me in with less than a weeks wait. I was worried about finding somewhere new to get a tattoo, especially considering I didn't know anyone who'd had work from them, but I went through with it anyway and I'm extremely glad I did. If I get another one in London, I'll definitely be going there again.


As of last month, I now have an Instagram account for my blog. You can follow me @thesundaydiarys.

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5 Beauty Mistakes You're Probably Making

We all make beauty mistakes, it's unavoidable. Some make more than others, although we've all been guilty of it at least once in our lives. Here are some of the most common beauty mistakes and how to prevent them.

Black History Month

'One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.' - Franklin A. Thomas


February is finally here, which means it's Black History Month. February is a time that sees the black community come together to commemorate heroes of the past, celebrate black excellence and recognise not only how far we've come, but also how much further is left to go.

Iceland: The Blue Lagoon

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Last week, I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful country of Iceland. After my twentieth birthday, my dad treated me to a long weekend away, travelling the country full of natural wonders. During the four days we spend there, we were lucky enough to see many of the amazing 'attractions' Iceland has to offer, including the Northern Lights, frozen waterfalls, a frozen volcanic crater, geysers and so much more. 

Ten Things I Did Before Twenty

In just a few days I'll be turning twenty. I always see those '20 before 20' or '30 before 30' lists, which are essentially a list of goals a person wants to achieve before they turn a certain age. A partial bucket list. Whilst there are many things I'd like to experience and achieve in my twenties, I decided to make a list of some of the experiences I've enjoyed the most throughout my life so far.


Got a tattoo. I got my first tattoo! It took me a very long time to muster the courage to get it done but I finally did it and I couldn't be happier with how it looks.

Volunteered abroad. I know everyone always says it, but volunteering really is one of the most rewarding, life-changing experiences you can have. The three weeks I spent volunteering in Ecuador were some of the best weeks of my life.

Learnt to drive. After nineteen years of relying on my mum to drive me around, I finally learnt to drive and passed my test first time.

Explored the Galápagos Islands. Visiting the Galapagos Islands is an opportunity that doesn't come around too often but it's one that everyone should take given the opportunity. Exploring the islands was an amazing experience that I'll never forget.

Swam with sharks. This was one of the scariest, yet most exciting things I've ever done. I never in a million years thought I'd swim with sharks, nor did I want to. But when the opportunity came around I couldn't miss out.

Moved to London and started university. Moving to London is something that I've always wanted to do and I finally got the opportunity after being accepted by Middlesex University. The concept of moving away from home and living in a big city was daunting but it was one of the best decisions of my life and I've met some of the most amazing people through it.

Visited New York. For my eighteenth birthday, I was lucky enough to go to New York. Visiting America is something that's always been on my bucket list so I was so excited to go.

Went to Auschwitz. As part of my A level History coursework, I was given the opportunity to fly to Poland for the day and visit Auschwitz I and II. The experience is haunting, yet rewarding and enlightening. Given the opportunity, I would definitely go back and would encourage everyone to visit one day.

Voted. Voting is something I believe that everyone should do regardless of whether you think it won't make a difference or not.

Moved in with my best friends. This year, I moved into a flat with six of my best friends. Living with so many people can be challenging, but I love having a friend there to talk to 24/7 and the independence of living away from home.



Summer Makeup Tips


Summer is great, but maybe not when it comes to wearing makeup. It often tends to to end up looking sticky and cakey and because of this, many girls prefer to go makeup-free. If you still prefer to wear makeup over the summer, you can follow some of these tips to help prevent your makeup looking cakey and create a more natural look.

1. ONLY USE A LIGHT LAYER OF FOUNDATION

Some people prefer to use BB creams or tinted moisturiser, which are a lot lighter than foundation, but I find that they don't give me enough coverage, so just applying a light layer of foundation works a lot better for me. Too much foundation during the summer can often end up looking cakey and unnatural.

2. TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION

If you tan during the summer then the chances are your foundation is going to end up being too light for you. Instead of spending out on new foundation and trying to find the right colour (that will probably change again soon anyway) it's probably better to get some True Match Foundation as it adjusts to the colour of your skin to ensure a natural look. I use L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation (£9.99)

3. BRONZER

I find that contour looks way too heavy on my face during the summer months, but without it I look too plain. During summer I prefer to replace my contour stick with a bronzer instead to add a bit of a glow to my cheeks and forehead.

4. WATERPROOF MASCARA

Mascara can be a pain during the summer. The main problem with it is that it can melt due to the heat and leave you with black marks under your eyes. To solve this I switched to waterproof mascara and I no longer have this problem. It's also great for if you're going to be in the sea or a swimming pool because you shouldn't come out with panda eyes. 

5. SETTING POWDER

I've only recently discovered setting powder and I can't believe I've never used it before. I apply it after I've finished all my makeup and it works to keep your makeup in place and leave a matte finish. If I don't apply it I'll usually end up looking shiny and oily as the day goes on. I use the NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder (£9.00)

Dressing For Yourself

It's summer. It's hot. Girls are going to go outside in skirts, shorts, crop tops and dresses. Why? Because it's too hot to be covered from head to toe. No, we aren't dressing 'provocatively' to get attention from men. Women wear less during the summer, not only for their health, but because they have the right to.


"If you say that a woman wearing revealing clothes deserves to be sexually assaulted, you are saying a woman's body is inherently deserving of rape. That women are inherently deserving of rape. That women have to make sure their body is hidden in order to not deserve to be raped. That is misogyny in its purest form." - Unknown

The funny thing about our society is the amount of double standards that exist within it. Men, for example, can walk around completely topless, wearing only a pair of jeans or shorts and no one will bat an eyelid. Girls, however, will be judged and shamed the moment they step out of the house wearing a skirt that shows a little bit "too much" (by societies standards) leg, a top that exposes a bit of cleavage or one that shows her stomach. Why? Because the female body is over-sexualised.

PREJUDICE WITHIN SOCIETY: WOMEN CAN'T WIN

The picture below is from an art project conducted by Rosea Lake called 'Judgements'. The picture shows what society thinks about women based on the length of her skirt and it couldn't be more accurate.


It doesn't metter whether you choose to wear a long, medium or short skirt. As a woman, you are going to get judged no matter what. If it's considered too short, you're a slut. If it's considered too long, you're a prude. And then there's everything in between.

A woman's worth is in no way measured by the length of her skirt or dress or the amount of clothes she chooses to wear.  

Okay, so you might not agree with the length of someone's skirt, but that is no reason to belittle them. What they're wearing has no affect on you whatsoever; if you don't like it you can simply ignore it rather than reducing someones self-worth and knocking the confidence they undoubtedly worked extremely hard to build. And most importantly, no girl is ever 'asking for it'. Instead of shaming women and telling them to cover up in order to protect themselves and their modesty, maybe we should be teaching men that women deserve respect regardless of the length of their skirt and stop perpetuating rape culture. 

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO DRESS FOR YOURSELF

Since I've started dressing for myself, I've felt a lot happier and a lot more confident than I did before. I've accepted the fact that not everyone's going to like or agree with my choice in clothing and I've learnt that, at the end of the day, it's my body and I'm in charge of how I dress it. I've learnt to ignore the disapproving looks and suggestive comments from strangers because I've realised that I don't care what they think. We're strangers to each other. So if they don't like what I'm wearing then that's their problem, not mine.

I choose to wear skirts and shorts during the summer because it keeps me cool, I like the way they look, and most importantly, because I'm dressing for myself.