Hey 2014, You Can Keep These.

There's been a lot of reflective posts popping up on social media, as is usual with the beginnings of a new year. It's now the 3rd of January 2015 and I've done nothing but lie in bed with the worst cold in the history of the world ever - so it's safe to say I've done a little bit of reflecting. But not on the usual topics of 'blog predictions for 2015' or resolutions. What I've been dwelling on is things which can safely stay in 2014 and won't be missed. Here goes:

Paper Straws: You know the type? Those pretty stripey ones you've seen on Instagram, more often than not sticking out of a mason jar style glass. Some of you may have been ripped off buying these from Urban Outfitters, or the more savvy shoppers may have picked them up for 99p in Home Bargains, but either way - they suck (wheeeey pun!). Paper + Straws = Soggy Mess after the first mouthful. They also feel rotten when you catch the front of your teeth on them. Go home paper straws, you're drunk. 

Blogger Tatt in Superdrug: Don't get me wrong, I love seeing bloggers getting their collaboration on and teaming up with companies to make some lovely products for their fans to like. But that Zoella range in Superdrug? Hell to the no. I know her fanbase is predominately teenage girls, but c'mon, they have nostrils and eyes guyssss. The range was lacklustre in delivery and it seems like the girl had forced her fingers in to too many pies for 2014 and quantity over quality was the ethos of her products. Zoella is just an example though, I mean I still can't fathom out why that model one released dry shampoo? I guess it's the same as Fearne Cotton doing make up - pointless. Saying this though, I do thoroughly enjoy the Tanya Burr make up range, it makes sense and is a nice quality of product for the price. 

Katie Hopkins.

Twitter Witch Hunts: Is there anyone who wasn't hated on Twitter in 2014? I am bored by people taking time out of their day to create new villains on the internet. From ignorant throw away comments to people being downright rude - if someone could be offended then you can guarantee THE WORLD WOULD BE OFFENDED WITH THEM. I could go in to this more, but I fear I would offend someone and my name would be used on a Buzzfeed list exampling how social media is done wrong. So all I will say is: Give people on the internet the benefit of the doubt. Don't be offended by everything you can. Swerve the bullshit. Kill them with kindness. 

James Cordon. Please?

Brand Bashing: This relates to this post I wrote a while ago. Sorry if you're not a blogger who is reading this list, but prissy princess attitudes can stay in 2014, thanks. Slagging a brand off on the internet instead of sending a diplomatic email to the brand directly isn't great form. If you worked in a shop and people came in and spoke to you in the way some people do about brands on Twitter, you'd be more than upset, So treat others how you'd like to be treated online. Also remember that people talk. I've caught wind of a few stinkers through conversations with fellow blogger outreach pals, and definitely know which bad apples to avoid (and equally, which diamonds to work with in future).

Macaroons/Macarons: They look beautiful, but why are they so disappointing to eat?

Judgemental Snobbery: I couldn't think of another word to use for this point. But lately a lot of people seem to be getting on their high horses about how other people live their lives. This is usually do to with diet or skincare really. Vegans pushing really disgusting links about skinning ants alive or people calling you scum if you use a facewipe. If everyone did the same things in their lives it would be boring. Everyone is different, they like different things, they do different things. If it's not impacting your life, leave them to it. 

What would you add to this list?

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29 Comments:

  1. I agree with you with a lot of this stuff, especially the Superdrug tatt one! x

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  2. Why does everyone love James Cordon?! Why is he going to be in a film as Emily Blunt's husband?! Just, Why?!

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    1. I don't knowwww! It's so weirddddd!

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    1. Yessss, they're stripey and look pretty but are horrible.

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  4. You're so spot on with the superdrug blogger tatt , was really not a fan. I'd agree with being judgemental and add body shaming into the mix. So fed up with reading nonsense about how 'nobody likes to snuggle a stick' and the like. Xx

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    1. Yes body shaming is also a good one for this list! Totally ties in with the fact everyone is different yet no one seems to realise this any more?!

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  5. I may have been living under a rock because I have no idea who James Corden and Katie Hopkins are, but after looking them up I feel I'm probably better for it! Haha. I totally agree with everything on this list but the macaroons. Even without much flavour I find them oddly satisfying to eat. I could actually be alone in that statement though!

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    1. Hahaha yes probably best you are ignorant to their existence!

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  6. Thank you, THANK YOU for this refreshing post!!!! I agree completely!
    I do have two things to add:
    1) (concerning youtube as I myself have a channel which is a side-arm to my blog) I am absolutely tired of youtubers getting more and more uber-perfect on youtube. A lot of the "big" channels look alike and everybody reviews the same stuff, does the same tags etc. I sometimes feel the people forget their roots and some of the youtubers seem quiete full of themselves because of the success they have. 2015: bring on the real people!
    2) Products that get reviewed without being actually used for any length of time... ok, a mascara or eyeshadow is quickly tested, but it becomes quite obvious when loads of bloggers/youtubers talk about the same product and everybody "absolutely looooooves" it... makes it so much more obvious that the companies have been busy sending out samples... Sometimes I wish for more reviews looking at the pro's AND con's of a product.

    :-)

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    1. Ah yes the products which get featured the same day that they are received posts are so annoying! But makes me just not read the blog any more so they shoot themselves in the foot haha.

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  7. You made me laugh with this, I like that you are never afraid to say what most people probably think.
    Perhaps you could make this a weekly post about what annoys you.
    I agree about James Corden, why do people find him funny?

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    1. haha good idea although things annoy me daily!

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  8. Paper straws? What a nonsence... I don't even have a mason jar. Drinking tea from a honey jar to use up the left over honey (the bit you can't get out with a spoon cause it's stuck to the glass) is as far as my jar sophistication goes lol

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    1. That's actually the best idea ever to use up the last bits of honey!

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  9. I don't know if this is what you mean but I really don't like people being horrible to companies. For example, '@ I placed an order two hours ago and it still hasn't been delivered, where is it? Outrageous service!!'
    For one thing the person on the other end is just one person who probably has no access to anything apart from social media marketing. Secondly who are you? Do you expect the company to be psychic? I've forgot my third point lol. But one tiny thing wrong and people just jump on Twitter and attack! Really annoys me!

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    1. I kinda did that with new look the other day but then immediately felt bad! Haha.

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  10. Great list, really like how you speak your mind, it's as someone else said, very refreshing! Happy new year :)

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  11. Can we add those ugly Nike Huarache trainer thingys to this list too please!? Great post! Made an interesting change from the soppy reflective clap trap currently everywhere on my Bloglovin' feed! :)

    Jen xx

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    1. I didn't know what those trainers were but I jus googled them and yes they can be added haha

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  12. Well you know I'm anti everything sold in Superdrug so agree with you on the Zoella crap. Face wipes and animal cruelty I'm afraid I will be giving my judgmental opinion about those, sorry can't help it ;D

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    1. Haha I'll let you off ;) it was more a dig at people on my facebo and to be honest !

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  13. James Corden drives me CRAZY! My sister records his stuff on TV (she's away from home a lot in the week) and then has a marathon each weekend she's home, it drives me potty. Not a fan of blogger tat either, mind you I'm 25 so none of it ever appeals to me, the same goes for the bloggers now too sadly :(
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Yeah I suppose you have to be the target audience to succumb to blogger tatt hype but still if I had a daughter I'd expect something a bit better for the price haha

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  14. I'm so glad you said that about the paper straws, I thought I was the only one! I can't bear the idea of eating with wooden spoons either though (like the ones you get in ice cream tubs?) I KNOW they're better for the planet but I don't want them near my mouth... ugh!

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    1. I bought them knowing they were paper but thinking surely they can't be paper..... They were paper.

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