(Warning: this is a bit of a ramble).

If you were around on Twitter the other day (@thunderl0ve - hit me up) you'll have probably seen me mention that I've been feeling a little disillusioned with my blog lately. My posts over the past couple of weeks have been scheduled while I've been on holiday and since getting back I really feel as if I've fallen into a blogging slump. My page isn't something that I'm proud of any more; instead I feel as though it's slowly becoming a carbon copy of so many other blogs out there and I'm becoming less and less happy with the content I'm putting up. There's nothing worse than feeling restricted creatively, so I really want to get back into the flow of things and make my site something that I'm super proud to be a part of again.

I've been running thunderl0ve for two years now and it's always been a relatively small blog with a small audience, which in all honesty has suited me fine. I really do cherish the followers that I have and it's been lovely to really connect with so many of you on a more personal level. As my blog grows I'm actually finding it harder to produce posts that I'm really proud of and I feel as if I've begun to lose my integrity a little. I blog because I love to blog - but recently I feel as if I've fallen into the trap of blogging to please other people and fit into the crowd. I want my page to be something that I can look back on in years to come and really relate to; to be a personal scrapbook of my thoughts, feelings and loves. Beauty has always been the backbone of my blog and probably always will be, although recently even those posts have left me feeling a little bit 'meh' when I read back on them. I've always felt proud of the fact that I very rarely accept PR samples or talk about products that have been given a hefty amount of coverage on other blogs, but lately I feel as though I've let that slip a little too much and my site is becoming all too familiar. Jen's post on finding your creative voice really struck a chord with me and reminded me what I started this blog for and the direction in which I want it to go.

I've been playing around with different content ideas and focusing on changing the layout and look of my blog, which I've been finding really exciting but may mean that I'm a little MIA over the next week or so. I feel as though giving things a big shake up may just be the push I need to get back on track and I'm really excited to get writing genuine, authentic content again. 


Blogs Worth Bookmarking

I've been having a little bit of time off from reading blogs over the past few weeks and admittedly I haven't managed to get as much of a fix as I'm used to. It's not really been a concious decision; I'm actually finding that even with uni out of the way for the summer I have less time than I ever have to sit back and do something that I really enjoy. That said, there are still a few pages - both new finds and old favourites - that have kept  me in the blogging frame of mind.

Two more recent loves have been That Grace Girl and All That Fascination; both of which share a passion for beauty, style and stunning photography. Grace's written style is flawless and her posts are genuinely a real pleasure to read; especially her skincare snippets (girl has a collection which leaves me green with envy). ATF is written by Italian beauty Federica; although all of the posts are translated to English too - I only wish I was fluent enough in Italian to read Fede's blog otherwise. It's another eclectic mix of beauty, fashion and hair inspo that has managed to keep me entertained for hours.

I've been obsessed with Chapter Friday for a long time now, but recently I've spent more time than is probably advised pouring over the archives. Yara's style is truly flawless and her ability to compile a blog that focuses on so many different topics is really something to admire. CF's recent interview with makeup artist Alexandra Borcila was a particularly interesting read and I can't wait to see more in the series. I've also been enjoying Amy's page A Little Magpie. I used to follow the fashion blog back when Blogger was all the rage, but since making the switch to Bloglovin' this was one of the ones that somehow got lost along the way. I'm so pleased I rediscovered it though; as someone with no clue about fashion whatsoever it's really nice to come across such an inspirational little corner of the internet.


Hip Hop

Rimmel's Hip Hop is relatively far out of my usual neutral-hued comfort zone, but it's quite possibly the ideal summer shade. A vibrant coral hue, application of this little beauty is easy as pie (the Salon Pro polishes have arguably the fattest brush on the market) and you can be reasonably safe in the knowledge that the formula will last through your week long holiday, too. 


Acne & Me

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Last week I finally got around to uploading a video that I've been wanting to film for ages now; in fact it was the main reason that I set up my YouTube channel over a year ago. Acne is a subject that's really close to my heart, so I wanted to do it justice and get my points across in the right way. 

The idea came about when I wrote a post with the same title back in June of last year (find that here). The response I got from it was so overwhelming and it was a huge relief for me to realise just how many people are have been through similar experiences and that I was in no way alone in what I was feeling. I've already been really enjoying the chance to read through comments people have left on my video and once again it's been super heart warming to receive such lovely feedback. As always, click on the image above to be taken straight through to the video and let me know what you think!