GIRL TALK: Body Confidence and Self-Love

Hey guys! So you might have already guessed (or seen me talking about it on social media), but I've decided to start a blog series! Basically, the idea behind it is to write blog posts, either fortnightly or monthly, surrounding important issues that girls have to deal with. This could be anything from self-confidence and body image issues to sex and relationships. I'll be asking you guys over on my twitter what posts you want to see so make sure you're following me so you can have your say!

Apps Every Blogger Needs

Hey guys! I've had a very busy couple of weeks and the blog posts have been coming in very slow but I'm going to try my best to keep on top of everything from now on!

I asked you all over on my Twitter what blog post you'd like to see next and you responded with this! Keep reading to find out what apps I use for blogging.

P H O T O  E D I T I N G

Prepare yourself for a lot of editing apps coming your way! I use every single one of these apps to edit my blog and Instagram pictures. Not all at the same time (I might on the very rare occasion), but I use every single one frequently and they each help to enhance my pictures in a different way.

VSCO - Free

This is my go-to app for editing pictures. I use it every single time I edit a picture, without fail. I'm very fussy with filters and can very rarely find one I like, but this app has the prettiest filters I use almost every time! There are many free filters to choose from although you can also buy filter packs for very little. Personally, I use 'The Aesthetic Series' which is available in the shop for free.

I also use this app to edit the exposure, tone, white balance etc. I'd be lost without it.


After light is useful when it comes to brightening up your pictures. Increasing the exposure of a picture generally tends to leave it looking a bit washed out. With Afterlight, the brightness option brightens up the picture without giving it that effect. It's especially helpful when editing flatlay's and white backgrounds.

Another feature I sometimes use is their frames. When I'm creating an Instagram story and I want to add another picture to it, I like to place the picture inside a polaroid frame. You can find these on this app under Instant Films.


I don't tend to use this app very often, but when I do it comes in extremely handy! Snapseed has a healing feature that allows you to get rid of imperfections within a picture. For example, do you have litter in your otherwise perfect outfit picture? Nine times out of ten, you can get rid of that with Snapseed's healing feature. It's so handy!


I use this app when the backgrounds of my pictures are looking pretty dull. Facetune's whitening feature can change the appearance of your photos like that! Another feature I find really useful is the Matte tool. If you're looking a bit shiny in your selfies, you can use this to tone it down a bit and get that matte look.


Surprisingly, two of my favourite filters are on Instagram stories! The filters 'Oslo' and 'Melbourne' are really good for brightening up your pictures and I've been using them more and more frequently as of recent.

S O C I A L  M E D I A

Social media is extremely important in terms of growing your blog. These are the platforms that work best for me.

INSTAGRAM - @thesundaydiarys

Of course, Instagram is top of the list. Since creating my Instagram account, I've received countless offers to collaborate with brands and a significant increase in blog traffic. If you haven't made an Instagram account for your blog, I'd advise doing so ASAP as it can take you from being a blogger wannabe to one of the best in the game (depending on how effectively you use it).

TWITTER - @thesundaydiarys

I've started and stopped my twitter account countless numbers of times and it hasn't been until recently that I've actually started seeing the benefits of it. Twitter allows you to connect with other bloggers, advertise your blog and engage with your audience. Make sure to be active and interact with other users and Twitter is sure to benefit your blog.

BLOGLOVIN' - The Sunday Diary

Bloglovin' is the best platform to grow your blogs following. It allows users to follow your page and get notifications when you post.


UNUM - Free

UNUM is a must-have app when it comes to Instagram. It allows you to plan your Instagram post and ensure your pictures fit with your feed before you actually post them. There's also a scheduling feature, which seems like it could be quite handy. Personally, I've never used it, although I can see how it would be helpful to those on a busy schedule and may be too busy to post at prime time.

TRIBE - Free

I've only recently discovered this app, but it's amazing! For all the Instagram influencers, TRIBE is the app for you. Through TRIBE, you can get paid to recommend products that you love. However, you do have to have over 3,000 followers to be applicable.

So these are the main apps I use when blogging, although there are still many more useful apps I use. Do you use any of these apps as well?

Festival Lookbook

Festival season is finally here! I've spent the last three days wandering around Finsbury park listening to the likes of Big Sean, Stormzy and Drake at Wireless Featival. One of the most prominant aspects of festivals (other than glitter) is of course the fashion.

Inexpensive Date Ideas | London

Date nights are always fun but at the end of the day, they can prove to be quite costly. All those fancy dinners and cinema/theatre tickets do add up, especially when you're a uni student! Lately, my boyfriend and I have been trying to save our pennies.

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


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.


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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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.