My Most Embarrassing Technology Sins

You don’t have to look far these days to find an article full of recommendations about ‘switching off’, staying present, connecting with people in real life, reading ‘real’ books, and so on, and so on.

I have no qualms admitting I’m addicted to my phone (and, let’s be serious, my iPad too).

But I still go out for dinner with friends, I still read ‘real’ books (not as much as I scroll my feeds, but hey) and I don’t own an Apple Watch.

Today, to make us all feel a little better, I thought I’d repent on everyone’s behalf —  here are my current worst technology sins, warts and all.

I check my phone before I get out of bed

Yes, it’s true. I used to avoid doing this, but these days, I can’t fight the feeling.

And the first thing I do when I wake up is feed my cats in Neko Atsume. Yes, it’s true. I love video games and I love cats so there you have it. Sin one down.

I cut my finger and suffered through the phone-holding pain

A couple of weeks back I managed to slice my finger while cooking, right in the crook of my index finger, where you apparently hold your smartphone.

Every time I held my phone it hurt — the leaning of the phone against the skin, the bending of my finger, everything really.

But do you think I stopped checking my phone? No way.

I ignore people at lunch so I can read my phone

I don’t do this every day, but if I’m having a particularly busy morning, I do like to escape to the work kitchen, eat my lunch and zone out on Instagram.

Sometimes this involves rudely ignoring a co-worker who’s trying to strike up a conversation with me.

I know that makes me a bad person, but sometimes I just need my fix.

I fall asleep to YouTube videos

In line with my zen way of waking up in the morning, over the last few weeks I’ve found myself depending on YouTube vlogs to put me to sleep.

I guess this is the same as watching TV in bed (also a no-no I’m sure) but it does feels wrong, particularly when you wake to find the iPad tipped onto your arm in the middle of the night. Whoops.

Anyway, my favourites are Vivianna Does Makeup and The Lindquists. Enjoy!

Ok, now that my shame is out in the open, tell me — what are your worst, most deplorable technology sins? Please share below!

 

The Best of the Best YouTube Beauty Channels

I’m a self-confessed content addict. Between blogs, podcasts and free e-courses, I find it hard to switch off from the bombardment of information available online.

But one of my favourite ways to either entertain and distract myself (while folding clothes, cooking or doing my makeup) or relax (while in the bath or lazing in bed) is to watch beauty videos online.

When thinking about my favourite YouTube channels, the same themes came to mind - they’re all calm, chilled, fun and, most obviously, two of the three have fabulous British accents.

Lisa Eldridge

A few years back, I read about celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge and her YouTube tutorials while flipping through Vogue at the hairdresser.

Cue an evening of binge watching almost two years worth of her videos...

Two close girlfriends admitted they were also obsessed with her videos and we decided she was almost like a ‘big sister’ with her advice and sage ways.

She has brilliant makeup tutorials, many celebrity visitors on her channel and this facial massage video will invoke zen in even the most stressed person. Run, don’t walk, to watch Lisa.

Vivianna Does Makeup

Anna is down to earth, easygoing and she makes beautiful videos (like this recent wardrobe shoot).

The flip side of her polished videos is she also frequently vlogs in her dressing gown with no makeup on, so it’s pretty much like having a housemate chatting to you while she gets around her place. Oh and she’s completely gorgeous and amazing at easy-to-follow makeup looks.

Her good friend Lily Pebbles is also a great beauty vlogger worth following.

Ingrid Nilsen

I read about Ingrid earlier this year - she has a huge following (almost 4 million subscribers!) and after watching a few of her makeup tutorials, I was drawn to her quirky personality.

Ingrid bravely came out in June and her videos have taken a slightly different path since then, but there’s still plenty of great beauty content to get through on her channel.

Who are your favourite beauty YouTubers? Let me know below.