• Beauty,  Reviews

    Figs & Rouge Hero Cream Review

    I love discovering new brands and one of the beauty subscription services I am signed up for sent me a tin of Figs & Rouge Hero Cream. Figs & Rouge are a brand who aim to “combine cutting edge formulations with bio-active technologies” and the desired result is a more luminous complexion. Their products contain glycosides, proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which all sounds really healthy, but does it work? Firstly, the packaging is really funky and fun. The creams come in screw-top tins that are study and lightweight and slip easily into your handbag for hydration on the go. They have limited edition designs which are colourful and…

  • Mental Health,  Student Life

    How To Survive Your First Year As A Mature Student

    This week I received some good news. I passed my first year of university! It’s been full of ups and downs. Well, mostly downs if I’m honest. I’m just glad that the first year is over. I’m not allowed to share my exact mark but I was one point away from getting a distinction. Maybe next year I’ll get one. I enrolled with the Open University last June for numerous reasons. Firstly, I wanted to learn. That’s a pretty good place to start, right? Secondly, I wanted to meet new people and I certainly have. I’m not sure I’ve formed any meaningful connections but studying has definitely thrown me into…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    When Travel Blogging Goes Wrong

    One of the reasons why I’ve always shied away from pro-blogging is that I am far too honest. I would even go so far as to say that I have honesty Tourettes. I can’t help it. If I’m not happy with something, I can’t pretend that I am and I often roll my eyes at the sight of all the sycophantic blogs that do nothing but praise. I told myself that when I started RockPaperSpirit, I wouldn’t have to tell any lies. I would work only with brands I love. I would blog only about products I believe in and keep my fingers still when I hate something, but does…

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    Fashion,  Interviews

    Meet The Designer: Cherry Hurren of Cherry Lingerie London

    A few years ago I used to run a beauty and lingerie blog called Making It Up As I Go Along. It was so much fun to try out different garments and I loved the brands I reviewed but there wasn’t a lot of heart in it when you’re just trying on another generic bra from Ann Summers that’s pink this time instead of black. That’s why when I started RockPaperSpirit I chose to seek out niche brands and handmade garments, so today I am absolutely thrilled to feature Cherry Lingerie London! And even more exciting than that, this isn’t just a feature, I also managed to bag a short…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Flawless Eco-Friendly Vegan Makeup Accessories

    It’s time to feature another small business and this is another one I stumbled across in my latest Pink Parcel. Flawless are an eco-friendly, vegan make-up accessories brand who have an online store. All their products are cruelty-free and approved by PETA using ethical materials and never from cruelly farmed animals. They provide mostly make-up brushes and glitter pots and I tried out the single blusher brush. The brush has a polished wooden handle, comes in a single pack and is crafted using synthetic fibres. My first impressions were that the wooden handle was polished to perfection and you could still smell the varnish – but that wasn’t unpleasant and…