About Shannon

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog and I really hope you enjoy your stay and keep coming back. This is where you can find out everything about me and my blog. I’m Shannon and www.shanylou.co.uk has been my corner of the internet for the past 6 years. I have always loved travelling around the world and now my blog will feature my guides, tips and recommendations from my travels.

I want to share my affordable travel tips with you whilst also going on bucket list trips and being ethically friendly. On my blog you can find everything from my travel guides, tips, favourite experiences and other lifestyle topics. I aim to share helpful and useful guides to help you explore the world around us without it costing you a fortune.

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 has a massive passion for animal welfare and being ethically friendly. She has turned her blog cruelty free by only using cruelty free products and brands. She has also been vegetarian for 3 years now. A little fact about me that I want to share with you is that I can say the alphabet backwards. (A useless talent I know but it makes me unique.)

If you would like to know more about me, then get in touch.


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.

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.

No, I do not get paid for writing content. Everything featured or written about on my blog was paid for with my own money. If any post/product is sponsored or sent to me by a brand, I will disclose so in the post. My opinions on products are completely my own, whether it was purchased or sponsored.

No I am not under an agency. I am a completely independent blogger.

I set my blog up on the 24th November 2012 but my first blog post was published in January 2013.

I use either my Google Pixel 2, my Olympus PEN EP-L7 with either my 14-42mm pancake lens or 40-150mm wide angle lens or my Canon 60D with my 50mm lens. I also occasionally use my tri-pod depending on what I'm shooting.

I try to feature only cruelty free brands on my blog but the odd few do slip the net. You can either browse my favourite cruelty free brands using this list here or check out my cruelty free starter guide.

I follow quite a lot of blogs for various different reasons and topics. Some of my favourite travel bloggers are The Blonde Abroad, Fernweh Footprints, Where's Mollie? and Isabella Dobozy's Instagram. Some of my favourite beauty bloggers are  InTheFrow, Jodie Melissa and Pint Sized Beauty.

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.

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.

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!

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!

My blog design and features were all 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.

In most cases, the products I use are featured in the blog post in the SHOP THIS POST section, especially if it's beauty related but if not you can check out my SHOP page here to browse my favourite fashion, homeware and lifestyle pieces that I enjoy using daily. If you would like to browse my blog via a particular brand, you can search for them using my BRAND ARCHIVE page.