Emily Bashforth

There aren't many people who I would spend eight hours sitting on the cold, damp streets of Manchester for, well, Harry Styles is probably the only person in the world who I would do that for. The majority of my Wednesday 1st November was spent sitting in a queue outside the O2 Apollo in Manchester, longing for 7pm when the doors open and I could prepare to see my favourite person in the world...and it was worth every second.

Niall Horan has always been overlooked. In 1D, he wrote some songs but was never given enough credit for them, he was barely given any solos in the band's early days and, despite being the second most followed member on Twitter for a while, his talents were never truly given the recognition they deserve. He was the Irish one, the happy go lucky chap who made people smile and had a sweet voice - nothing wrong with that, of course, but it meant that Niall's true potential, vocals and songwriting abilities were cast aside.
Fair Squared are a company who sell skin and haircare products, as well as condoms. They are Fairtrade, too, and are actually one of the first cosmetic product producers who have permission to label their products with the well known Fairtrade seal. Their products are also approved by the natural cosmetic organisation, NATURE, as well as The Vegan Society, the animal rights organisation PeTA and are HALAL certified.

Feminism is the movement changing the world. It already has changed the world. Without feminism and the feminists who have died fighting for equality, many of us wouldn't be able to live as freely as we do today.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, "We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage." She was right.
The Kat Von D Lock-It primer and foundation tick all the boxes on my imaginary list of "things I a primer and foundation need to have in order for me to like them" so why not share my thoughts on them so you can like them too? What a great idea.

When I was a small child, there was such a lack of representation in what the media fed to me. In the TV shows and movies I watched, 99% of characters were white, they were all heterosexual, they were all cis gender, most were able bodied and most were not religious.

Cosmetics brands can be very good at hiding the fact that they test on animals. Many get away with claiming to be cruelty free because, for the most part they are, however, a lot of brands sell in places which require them to test on animals by law, such as China.

Animal testing has been around for, well, pretty much forever. Animals have been used repeatedly throughout the history of biomedical research. Early Greek physician-scientists, such as Aristotle, (384-322 BC) performed experiments on living animals.

You're 18. You've just completed your A-levels. Now, a lot of authoritative figures are on your case constantly, pressurising you to make a decision regarding your future. The "normal," I guess, path to take would be to go to university as that's what is expected but, honestly, if you don't want to go to university, then you don't have to go.

Every 40 seconds somebody takes their own life. Suicide is a huge problem and the statistics aren't showing any sign of decreasing, meaning days like Suicide Prevention Day are still so necessary. However, despite this day being around for such a long time, suicide still exists. Of course, just by naming a day "Suicide Prevention Day," suicide isn't going to cease, however, more needs to be done in order to tackle this prevalent issue in our society.

Being a woman isn't easy, especially in such a patriarchal society. Life in general isn't easy and it's okay to stumble sometimes and look in the direction of others for advice. I wanted to remind my fellow women of fifty three things which should always be in their minds. I want to tell you these things to help you live a happy, prosperous life as a woman despite the world wishing to silence you and constrain your ability to achieve your dreams.

College. The dreaded C word. You've survived your first day at nursery, first day at primary school, first day at high school but your first day of college just seems like the end of the world. A new environment? With new teachers? Having to make new friends? Whilst studying new subjects that are going to be difficult? How could one possibly make it out alive. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can.

December 2016 could've signified the end for world renowned X Factor manufactured girl group, Fifth Harmony. After losing a member, not all bands are able to move forwards. However, fearless 5H powered on as a foursome and are back with their third studio album and, after listening to it, I doubt anyone has any worries about whether or not these girls can manage as a four piece.

Music is the best thing ever...alongside pizza, poetry and equality, of course. It's rare that I go a day without listening to it. I love how music makes me feel. I love how one song can make me feel ten different emotions, even if I don't fully understand what it's about. On the other hand, I love how I can resonate so deeply with some songs and feel as though the lyrics were written about my own life.

Morphe are famous for their eyeshadow palettes. They're highly praised by both professional make-up artists and by everyday folk who see make-up as nothing more than a hobby. I've always been eager to explore Morphe as a brand and thought it was only right that one of my first products from them was a palette.
I'm tired. I'm tired of living in a racist world. The world is sexist, it's homophobic, transphobic, but it's also racist and, in this blog post, we're talking about racism because racism is a real issue today, just as much as it was seventy years ago and we cannot keep sweeping racism under the rug just because it's always been there. We shouldn't have to just "put up with it."

I'm 18. Oh no. Does this mean I now have to start going out to clubs every night, partying the night away whilst drinking my body weight in alcohol then laying in bed until 3pm the next day, nursing my hangover? Is my life now supposed to become a vicious cycle of partying, sleeping, feeling hungover then going out and doing it all again? Am I supposed to live off kebabs, pot noodles and spend every Summer up to my knees in mud at some British music festival? Because, if so, I'm about to be the worst 18 year old to have ever graced the Earth.

The bisexual community are subject to prejudice and harmful stereotypes at all times, both in real life, in fiction and within the media. These stereotypes have been used so much that it can be difficult to dispel them or to make someone see why the preconceptions they have of bisexuals are false.

It sucks living in a world which has such high expectations of you and which has you under a microscope, constantly picking apart everything about you. It's impossible to breathe without being scrutinised and it's a shame that that has become the norm. It's as if we all now just expect to be criticised for everything we do and it's stopping us from living our lives as the best versions of ourselves.

I don't know if it's just me who thinks this, but I believe gender stereotypes have got worse as time has passed. I know previous generations had to grow up in an extremely gendered society, with girls being directly told to aspire to be housewives and mothers and boys having no option but to be physically strong, intellectual and willing to defend their country. However, typical gender roles are now being fed to society's children much more subtly and it's worrying to see the impact they're having.

I love Tumblr for its cute GIFs, One Direction fanfiction, artsy room decor inspiration and for beautiful photos for when I'm in a wanderlust mood. I also love it for its realness and how its users aren't afraid to speak their minds, especially when it comes to things that really matter.
TV shows come and go. I don't know how many there have been since televisions were invented but I know there have been a lot and programmes have evolved heavily since the black and white days. Storylines are more intense, actors are more skilled, costumes are more extravagant, sets are more elaborate, budgets are higher, stunts are more death defying, technological developments make the impossible seem possible, taboo topics are touched on more frequently and audiences just generally love TV shows today in a way that they did not previously. TV shows are more than that now, they're a real part of all of our lives and, choose the right one, and you could find something which changes your outlook on everything.

You'd think that, by now, the world would have accepted the fact that, yes, women have body hair and, no, sometimes they don't want to shave it off. But no, whether or not a woman ought to shave off every hair follicle on her body is still actually being debated, most of the time, by everyone other than women themselves.

The lesbian community are stereotyped each day and it is vital that we dispel the myths that surround them in order to create a better society in which lesbians feel able to express themselves. Stereotypes dehumanise members of their community and are totally unnecessary as making a judgement about a whole group of people based on the way some of them act is wrong.

It's that time of year again. Supermarket shelves are stacked high with fitness DVDs, every TV commercial break contains countless advertisements for diet foods, gym membership prices have been reduced, everyone looks at you strange if you dare to breathe near anything with more than ten calories in it and the only thing you're allowed to drink from now until the end of August is water. Yep, you guessed it, it's time to get SUMMER BODY READY!

There's a series named 13 Reasons Why. You've probably heard of it. The show landed onto Netflix earlier this year and pretty much the whole world was eager to check it out after there had been so much hype surrounding it.

Feminism: The social, political and economic equality of the sexes.

To the LGBTQ+ community, this is my love letter to you. I write it at the beginning of Pride Month 2017.

In times of hardship, I rely on music to inspire me to keep pushing forwards, as millions of other people do. Despite our differences and whatever issues we're all facing individually, one common ground we will always share is our love of music. Everyone feels some sort of connection with music and it's something which truly joins us all together as one.
It's June, which means Summer is fast approaching. It also means I've switched some different products into my daily make-up routine as the weather began to get warmer and also just because I've generally made some fantastic new discoveries. So, naturally, I wanted to share them as I would hate for anyone's life to be void of wonderful make-up. Here are my top ten beauty products as we move into Summer 2017 
Time to share my new favourite thing in the world with you...well, One Direction are my favourite thing in the world...pizza is probably second...but AFTER that it's the thing in this blog post, the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I want to know how I survived for so many years without it in my possession. 

Everyone on the planet has a crush on Shay Mitchell, right? It's just a given. Everyone and their pet cat is obsessed with her, I mean, you only need to scroll through the comments on one of her Instagram photos to see how dedicated and besotted her army of fans are.

Five lipsticks for five pounds. Did that get your attention? It's unheard of in today's world. In fact, you would struggle to find one lipstick which will only set you back £5 and even then whether or not the quality is any good is debatable. However, I stumbled across a lipstick collection which contains five lippies, costs five pounds and each one of them is great quality so, of course, I had to share them with the world.

It often keeps me awake at night, not knowing which song on Harry Styles' debut solo album I am. I stare at the ceiling in the pitch black for hours, wondering if I'm more like Kiwi, the rock song of the century, if I'm more like Two Ghosts, the most heartbreaking song ever written, or if I'm more like Sign Of The Times, the most iconic debut solo single released by any artist, ever.

The day is Friday 12th May 2017. The time is 11:55am. I am sitting upright in bed, scrolling through Twitter on my phone with sweaty palms whilst anxiously biting my lip and constantly checking the time out of hope that another minute will have passed by. I am counting down to midnight. It isn't Christmas Eve, nor is it New Year's Eve, in fact, it's a normal Friday to most but, to me, and to millions of others across the globe, midnight on Friday 12th May is about to be the sheer pinnacle of my existence thus far.

I've worn glasses since what feels like forever which, consequently, means I've been through countless pairs of glasses, all of which I still possess, for some bizarre reason. It's funny to look back on my first pair of glasses and compare them with the ones I have now as I've gone from a pair of old lady maroon glasses with arms as thin as string to a chunky pair of black plastic Raybans which cover almost half of my face.

Having long lustrous hair is great because the list of things you can do with it is endless. Want to braid it? Go ahead. Messy bun? Why not. High ponytail? Sure. And whilst the possible hairstyles available to short hair occupiers is limited and whilst short hair, like everything in life, comes with its cons, I've found having shorter locks to pretty amazing.

Stereotypes exist. You'll encounter them daily and will use them yourself, many have probably been ingrained into your brain for as long as you've been alive, therefore, you may not know anything different. However, stereotypes are a real issue and are becoming increasingly harmful as society progresses.

I'm a huge believer in self care being the most important thing, always. It must always be your priority to prioritise your own mental health and well-being because, at the end of the day, you are the person you're going to have to live with for the rest of your life.

It's Spring!!! Which calls for an excessive amount of exclamation marks and means we are all legally obliged to wear floral printed clothing every chance we get. I love a good floral as they bring life to any outfit and, in this post, I'm showing you how I styled a vintage floral shirt.

We all feel rubbish sometimes, because we're human. We all get in sad moods, we all cry, we all feel empty sometimes and its important to remember that feeling sad isn't abnormal and it isn't a bad thing. Its more than okay to not feel okay.

Twitter was founded way back in 2006 (you know, that time when everyone wore flared jeans, pink lipgloss and some other erm, shall we say questionable ensembles) by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. Since its birth, the social media site hasn't stopped growing. With one billion Tweets being sent every week, the addictive service which we now use to share everything from memes to song lyrics is showing no signs of dying.
The day is April 7th or 'National Harry Styles Day' as I now like to refer to it as because, today, my favourite person on the planet and just all round perfect human being (Harry Styles) starts a new chapter in his life. 
Is it just me or is everything embroidered at the moment? Jeans, sweaters, dresses, jackets, boots, shoes...pretty much every item of clothing can be embroidered and it seems to be a big trend right now. (I use 'trend' loosely because I do not know anything about fashion trends, I've just seen a lot of people wearing embroidered things and decided it's probably a trend).

Sexuality can be a confusing thing. What am I? Who do I like? What do I like? Who and what don't I like? Figuring out your identity can be even more agonising when you aren't aware of the terms that can be used to describe it.

Demi Lovato has killer vocals but she also possesses a killer sense of style. She's someone I always find myself admiring and thinking 'WOW' whenever I see a photo of them. I'm a huge Demi fan musically as she can't half belt out a tune (I swear she has four lungs) and knows how to make me feel both joyous and emotional with her songs.

"OMG YOU'RE SO BODY GOALS!!!" is a phrase I see splashed across every social media comments section constantly and I've had enough of it. Everywhere I look, I see people referring to other people's bodies as "goals." People comment it on Instagram, YouTube, they Tweet it, Facebook it and it has reached the point where we now verbally use the term in real life and, in all honesty, it makes me feel a little bit ill.
I feel like my life is just one big awkward moment. Anyone else? I'm constantly messing up, putting my foot in it, doing things wrong, seeing things I shouldn't see, laughing when I shouldn't laugh, mishearing things, misinterpreting things and just generally being an incompetent human being.

I'm not one for horror films because 1) I'm a wimp and 2) just watching the trailers for them causes me to have sleepless nights, however, I am a sucker for a good thriller movie or anything with a sense of mystery. I love anything unusual, anything which keeps me on the edge of my seat until the end, anything which puts me into a trance and doesn't allow me to remove my eyes from the screen for the duration of the film.