shanylou is a beauty, lifestyle, travel and music blog written by 20 year old financial administrator Shannon. Focusing on a variety of topics from cruelty free beauty to budget friendly travel. shanylou aims to inspire readers to appreciate what they spend their money on and also inspire them to do the small good things in the world whether it be caring for animals by turning cruelty free or focusing on ourselves every once in a while by taking part in the #YearOfYou project.

Shannon is an A Level graduate of Media Studies and Photography and is currently working in financial services. (not her ideal job but it’s a job for now) Shannon dreams of becoming a self employed photographer or working in a photography firm either photographing wildlife or whilst travelling. Shannon started blogging in 2013 but has recently wanted to create a name for her blog. 

Catch more from Shannon over on the Twitter with daily updates and behind the scenes, see life through images via her Instagram and updates of new blog posts via her Facebook page or subscribe to her newsletter. I am also running a few photography accounts so you can follow my online portfolio and my photography Twitter too. 

Skin Tone: Very pale with a pink/red undertone.
Skin Type: Combination – Oily and Dry. Very oily with breakouts/blemishes/rosacea and very dry in some places which I am slowly getting under control. I also have faint freckles and large pores.
Hair: Shoulder length with side fringe, brunette with faded blonde highlights, rather thick hair that has a mind of it’s own unless it’s been straightened.
Hair Type: Oily. (A bit like my skin really) Can’t go more than two days without washing my hair.
Favourite Beauty Brands: Urban Decay, bareMinerals, Too Faced and Tarte.
Favourite Beauty Utensils: My Hot Pink GHD Straighteners and Tangle Teezer.
Favourite Beauty Brands I Need To Own: Hourglass, Laura Mercier and Too Faced.
Favourite Makeup Products: bareMinerals Nature Of Nudes Eyeshadow Palette and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria.
Favourite Skin Care Products: Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Clearing Scrub, Liz Earle Hot Cleanse & Polish, Liz Earle Instant Tonic Boost, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, Liz Earle Moisturiser Normal/Combination Skin and the Magnitone Skin Clearing Cleansing Brush.
Favourite Hair Care Products: Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner and Tangle Teezer.
Favourite Body Products: Original Source Vanilla & Raspberry Shower Milk, Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream.
Favourite Nail Products: Nailed London by Rosie Fortescue Nail Polishes.
+What is your blogging schedule? 
I try to post every other day unless I am running low on content and need to work on some new posts. It’s very hard to do blog photography and work on new content as well as my full time job. I try to do my blog photography at the weekend which is the only time I get to use the natural lighting that comes into my bedroom. (I am looking into getting some decent lighting set up for my bedroom sometime soon.) My posts go live at 8:30am.

+ What do you blog about? What is your blog about? My blog is based around budget/affordable topics for those who love a good bargain, who are students (as I was one myself) and those who are working with a budget. I blog about beauty, lifestyle, music, travel, advice and any other little thing that pops into my head. I am also a newly turned Cruelty Free blogger so I will now blog about all cruelty free brands and makeup products.
+ Do you get paid for your blog/writing content? No, I don’t get paid whatsoever. Everything featured or written about on my blog was paid for with my own money and I am not sponsored by brands in anyway. My opinions on products are completely my own.
+ Are you under an agency? Nope. I am a completely independent blogger.
+ When did you start your blog? In 2012 but my first blog post was published in 2013.
+ What camera do you use? I use either my iPhone 6, Olympus PEN EP-L7 with either my pancake lens or wide angle lens and tri-pod.
+ Which are your favourite blogs to read? Who are your favourite bloggers? My favourite blogs which I follow the most are featured in my ‘Bloglust‘ page.
+ Story behind my URL? My URL comes from my first and middle name, which is Shannon Louise. Shany always used to be my nickname when I was younger and Lou which is short for Louise; so I put them together to create shanylou and I’ve always liked the sound of it.
+ What is your lighting and photographing set up? I am currently exploring and trying to find new ways of making my photos look better at the moment, but for now I am using as much natural lighting as possible which is difficult working full time during the week and the only time I can take photographs is at the weekend. I also use flash on my camera and some minor editing to help brighten up the photographs.
+ Do you do any photo editing? I do a little bit of editing, mainly I edit my photos in GIMP (which is a free, permanent and easier to use version of Adobe Photoshop) I also use photo collage apps such as iPiccy and Canva on the web to create collages I use in posts. If the photos I take come out too dark I will always bump up the brightness and sometimes contrast using GIMP. I’m not an editing pro!
+ When and why did you turn Cruelty Free? I recently turned cruelty free in June 2016, after hearing so many stories in the news of animals being treated horribly and being killed for things they didn’t do it gave me a kick up the backside to finally make a change. I have always loved animals from being a little kid and I have always supported the welfare of animals. Even from watching animals being killed in movies I have always hated it. You can read up on more reasons why here!
+ Who designed your blog logo/header? My blog logo/header was designed by Giada at Miel Cafe Designs. She was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t recommend her more. She was very efficient and worked really quickly but also produced high quality work for a really reasonable price. You can read more about what she did here