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After almost five years in the PR industry, with some mega highs, mega lows and a couple of false starts, I decided back in May to make my side hustle my main hustle and take up freelance writing full-time.

Why freelance writing?

Short answer: I freakin’ love writing. I’ve always loved writing. Over the course of my PR career I’ve written several great pieces. However, it was such a small part of my day-to-day that I was always left wanting more. To compensate, I’ve run this blog for over six years which has been a great outlet for my creativity. Freelance writing was always on the cards for me – it was just a matter of when.

Now, I have free reign to choose my clients and write some excellent pieces to get them the results they desire. I write all day, every day – that is my job. I can’t explain how much of a buzz it gives me to say that!

What do you offer?

My freelance writing services include content strategy and planning, copywriting, blog writing, article writing, proofreading and editing. I am also proficient in writing optimised web copy and social media management, including full audit, analysis and recommendations.

I am available both for a fixed day-rate (8 hours work) or on an ad-hoc basis, i.e. payment per post.

Can you help me / my brand?

Most probably. Get in touch and we can have a short consultation to discuss what I can do for you and your brand!

ella.delancey@gmail.com

“Having collaborated with some of the world’s biggest Youtubers and lifestyle publications, Ella certainly knows how to grab the attention of influencers, both online and offline. She was extremely good at devising creative strategies to engage with our client’s key audiences, effectively securing coverage that had a direct and positive impact on both sales and share of voice.

In addition to her strong skillset in the consumer space, I always found Ella had an excellent eye for detail and is a very passionate employee. She puts 110% into every task and was an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Hannah Wright, PR Manager

“We’re working with Ella for creating our content – she has brought enthusiasm to the task but more importantly delivered what we have been looking for with barely any direction to grasp what we need – she just gets it and gets on with it which is super great! Ella brings a structured plan together with well-written pieces which are carefully thought through and well researched. We look forward to continue working together in the future.”

Oliver Huntsman, Gemma Sutton Limited

…damn that’s a lot to review. I was off sick from work when the postman delivered the goodies from the amazing PR team behind St Moriz. Cheered me right up.

That was a few weeks ago now, and I’ve been using all of the products non-stop. They are simply gorgeous.

We all know about St Moriz, it’s the cheaper rival to St Tropez. They’ve recently launched four new products, including a new mitt, gradual tanner, tan primer and the one that piqued my interest – the Insta-Grad. Yep, instant tan whilst the gradual one develops underneath.

St Moriz Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse

Absolutely loving this, I’ll be having to get some more soon. Had my concerns about developing into a tangerine over a few hours, but it just didn’t happen. Using the new mitt, I applied all over. It does come out rather dark, but it went on really smoothly and blended out to a dark-ish but still natural tan – the perfect colour for me. You can see a picture below of one leg done – absolutely shite photography by me, but you get the picture. It dries really, really quickly with no greasiness or stickiness, which on the one hand is great, but also means you have to work quite quickly to ensure you get everywhere evenly.

St Moriz new 2018 mitt and insta grad tanLegs one tanned and one plain st moriz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t transfer much, even onto our white bedsheets! The product comes off in the shower, leaving behind a lighter, golden tan which I’d say lasted me a good couple of days. I’ve been using it every weekend since. 10/10 would recommend.

St Moriz Professional Golden Glow Moisturiser

So, I’ve been using the gradual tanner in the week. It gives a similar shade to the washed off Insta-Grad I mention above. It’s perfect for everyday as it’s moisturising too, and I don’t feel like it’s too much for work either. I’m going to squeeze some out into a 100ml bottle for when we go to Thailand to boost my golden glow.

St Moriz Exfoliating Skin Primer

Again, pretty much in love. I use this in the shower about twice a week to stop that weird self-tan orangey build up. It’s got quite fine particles, which suits me fine as some of the coarser ones irritate my skin. It smooths the skin’s surface to create the perfect base for new tan.

I am really enjoying ALL of the new products. Side note: they all smell amazing too and don’t have a weird biscuity smell I seem to find in many of my other tans. I really would recommend, and at less than £10 per item, you’d be silly not to.

I’m now looking forward to flashing my legs in summer, knowing they’ll look naturally golden and glowing, thanks to St Moriz. Let me know if you’ve tried it!

 

KNOW Cosmetics images - lip pen, lipstick sealer, lip plumper, brow pencil and concealerThere’s a new cosmetics brand over here in the UK. KNOW Cosmetics have come across the pond to the UK and you can now pick them up in Superdrug.

I was sent No Bleeding Lips, No Thin Lips, No Dark Shadows and No Bare Brows…and am pretty impressed.

Unfortunately, at the moment I can only see the concealer on the Superdrug website, but the rest of the products should be online soon!

No Bare Brows £15


The No Bare Brows Kit is a 4-in-1 product, containing a brow pencil, taming wax, brow brush and pencil sharpener. Gotta be honest and say that I thought ‘universal’ was a bit of a stretch for the brow colour – it’s definitely on the darker side and I had to be quite careful not to give myself slugs. However, it’s really, really smooth and buildable, and adding the clear wax on top just added to its longevity. If you need a comparison, it goes on so much smoother than Benefit’s Archery. I accidentally went to sleep with my make up on after a heavy night (BAD MOVE) whilst wearing the brow kit, and the sistas were pretty much perfect in the morning.

 

No Bleeding Lips £15


I’ve only recently started wearing lipsticks on the reg, and am having a grand old time figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t. A reason I shied away from bright / dark or actually, any kind of lip colour was because I was so nervous it was going to go all over my teeth, or smudge. I’ve pretty much solved that issue with the product sent from the gods, Lipcote. KNOW cosmetics actually do a sealing top coat too, but I’ve not tried this.

But there’s nothing like a little bit of extra security, right?

No Bleeding Lips is applied around the lips, to stop feathering and bleeding. Simply twist the pen up, and apply before your normal lip routine. It went on really smoothly, and worked like a dream – so if you’re one for bright reds, this is definitely one for you.

KNOW Cosmetics images - lip pen, lipstick sealer, lip plumper, brow pencil and concealer

No Dark Shadows £15


This light-diffusing concealer offers medium coverage, is waterproof and is free of minerals and parabens. Unfortunately, this shade was too dark for me! PIZZAZ has yellow undertones and I would need the rosier tone called WOW. Although I couldn’t wear it, I did try it out anyway to check consistency and how well it blended. I did actually like the formula! If I could have a lighter tone, this would have been fine.

 

No Thin Lips £15


So excited to try this one! I’m a sucker for lip plumping tricks that don’t involve needles. This one actually worked, too. It reminded me of the Soap & Glory Mother Pucker gloss I used to use religiously. I used it straight on my lips on a night out and there was a difference in size, although Will couldn’t tell (but he is just a boy).

The downsides for me on glosses like this is that they irritate your lips – I mean, that’s how they work. Sometimes I can’t be dealing with that faff. Also, it is a GLOSS. My hair gets stuck in glosses, I worry I’m a throwback to year eight, and I don’t feel like the product worked as well over a colour. Overall though, if you’re wanting a little bit of a boost, this is perf.


Have you tried KNOW Cosmetics before? I’d love to know what you think!

Read more reviews here.