Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Aum / Om & It's Meaning To Me

Aum or Om how it's often spelt, is the sound made when meditation or participating in religious practices. Remember sitting with your legs crossed as a child, finger and thumb together, closing your eyes making a prolonged "ummmmmm" sound - yeah that's one.

Now one of my favourite YouTubers Carli Bybel spoke about the meaning and importance of Om in one of her videos. The description on Google states "Om is the sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Hindu religion. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Om is part of the iconography found in ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats."

Whilst on my holiday in Cornwall we've visited many nick-nack shops all of which sell a variety of wonderous gifts, this one however caught my eye. I remember the Om symbol from Carli's video and thought it would be a great touch to my bedroom. The mirrored effect will go nicely with my "blogger-themed" room, but the symbol itself have come to hold importance to me.

It's said that everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating - nothing is really standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.

As someone who's suffered from anxiety and worries a lot, by having this on my wall is a subtle reminder to just top and breathe. We are so disconnected from what's around us and this small item I'll hang on my wall will hopefully allow me to become more connected.

What sound or symbol can you relate to? Comment below or tweet me at @PhoebeMoonBlog on Twitter!


Monday, 29 May 2017

To Those Who Feel Disheartened...

The blogging world has been hit with a lot recently. Debates on Twitter about using pods, automated systems and whether or not it's right to buy your following. It seems as if we've become more separated from each other which isn't what blogging is about.

The most recent "scandal" if you like is Sarah Ashcroft's interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. Now, I hold my hands up. When I first read the article I didn't see much wrong with it, in fact I even tweeted her saying how much I loved the article - which I have now deleted obvs. My main problem was only half of the article loaded (I'm in Cornwall where good wifi is hard to come by). I hadn't seen the part where she states "there's no space for anymore bloggers".

Now, hang on a second. Let's just rewind. Every single industry has a selective group of people who "make it" whether it be acting, singing, business or blogging. There is always the people at the top or the elite if that's what you want to call them. But, this doesn't make those who aren't at the top any less valid or important.

Blogging, for many people is an escape and a way to express themselves. For me, I using blogging to be creative and escape from school. So, by saying "there's no space for anymore bloggers" is utter bs. The internet is infinite and there is always room for new talent, it helps keep things fresh and that slight competitiveness that I like.

Also, what's going to happen when the bloggers who are in their prime eventually fall? (Which they will). Yet again, this happens in every industry. Actors who become less popular and business executives who flop at a deal. Everyone's streak will eventually come to and end. That then means there needs to be a new wave of bloggers to take their place.

I have followed Sarah for many years now and always loved her images, style and the places she travels to. However, the way this this article has come across has seemed to upset quite a few people within the beauty community.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're a new blogger please don't be disheartened by this. I've been blogging since 2014 and have not achieved any sort of "fame" at all. I restarted my Instagram (as I had dishonestly tried to get a bigger following when I was younger) and now have less than 100 followers. Does this make me any less of a blogger than her? No.

I don't know if this is how she intended the article to come across or if some of her words were twisted by the media. I know that I will continue to support her as I recognise how hard she's worked for the mini empire that she has created. However, this article is aimed more to those who are disheartened by what they've read which I fully understand.

Continue to make your content, someone, somewhere out there is reading and loving what you're doing. You go babe <3

Leave your blog link down below so I can check you out xo


Monday, 8 May 2017

My Style: Band Tee

Top: H&M
Jacket River Island
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Schuh


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Make-Up Look: Orange Tones

1. Choose a primer and foundation and apply evenly to the face - I used a dampened real techniques beauty sponge

2. Apply your concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes (I use a lot of concealer to get rid of dark circles and add dimension to my face).

3. Apply a setting powder and draw on/ fill in your eyebrows. I use the Laura Mercier powder in my t-zone to control my oil and the hourglass powder to add dimension and glow back to my face. 
For my eyebrows I use the L'oreal wax and powder. Applying the wax all over and then the powder to the tail of my brow for added definition.

4. Use your bronzer of choice and apply to the outer perimeter of the face. Take a highlight and place on your cheekbones (be sure to blend so there isn't a stripe) and anywhere else you want to reflect light off of).

5. Here I have the Morphe 35O palette to create the orange look. (1st number = horizontal row, 2nd number = vertical row, in order of how I used them).
4X2 Applied to the crease to make blending easier
5X2 Also applied to the crease to darken
7X1 Built up in the crease and blended out to give a blown out look
6X5 Applied to the lid of my eye then blended out so there is no harsh edges
7X3 Added to the crease to intensify the colour 
1X3 Added to the inner corner for highlight

6. Use eyeliner if you want and apply a thick coat of mascara (or use falsies).

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