Friday, 23 June 2017

4 Top tips to ace Instagram

4 top tips to ace instagram

Since Instagram changes its algorithm it's harder than ever to maintain- and keep a good loyal following. With the new algorithm tendency to favour the 'popular' instagrammers it's more important than ever to up your insta game. Here's some tips on how you can help to achieve this.

Use hashtags sparingly
Hashtags are great for getting your picture to feature in popular topics that people regularly search for. This is incredibly important if you've featured a popular makeup brand or celebrity icon in your photo. Make sure you tag them or include the relevant brand hashtag as you may get a regram which will gain you new followers. If you try to put a hashtag for absolutely everything you can think of however it can look like you're trying too hard to get visibility. As long as you post consistently and have visually interesting photos people should start to follow you.

Create a uniform theme
Ever clicked on a instagram profile and just thought wow? A lot of thought and planning goes into a successful instagram feed, including arranging their photos with a similar filter, style and colour palette. Everything seems smooth and just seems to flow. Haphazard feeds where photos are thrown together tend not to look as good and don't have as many followers.

Post at popular times
The best time to post a photo is when you know people are going to be using Instagram. Often people who commute in the morning and in the evening will be browsing their feed and are more likely to like a photo that you've posted. If you want to grow your instagram further you should switch to a Instagram business profile (it's free) which will give you detailed analytics on what photos are doing well and the times of day people are viewing your photos. It will also tell you how many people are visiting your profile, clicking on your profile link and sending you messages.

Give your feed a USP (Unique Selling Point)
If everything was the same life would be pretty boring right? The same goes for instagram, don't model yourself on a popular Instagrammer and hope that you'll reap from their success - it won't happen. People hate copy cats and surely you'll want to benefit from your own success. Come up with a USP that's original but still something that you enjoy and people will like to see more of. Be true to yourself and your personality and people should start to follow you.
         
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block review

collection gorgeous glow blush block review

What the brand says
Get a gorgeous glow with Collection's highly pigmented blusher bricks. Available in 2 formats - 1 blusher and 2 bronzer. The palettes contain easy to blend shades and have a gorgeous shimmery finish.

The Lowdown 
The blusher brick has 5 shades - orange/pink, ivory, orange/brown, light brown and pink. The colour palette of this blush is quite complex and I had trouble working out exactly what colour each shade was!

collection gorgeous glow blush block shades

Running through each shade is a gorgeous gold glittery undertone which makes the colours a lot more 3 dimensional (the picture doesn't pick this up). When swatched I found each shade is quite light and subtle but has a gorgeous highlight running through it. Whilst it's been designed to be used as a blusher it can definitely be used as a highlighter palette as well.

collection gorgeous glow blush block swatch
For the warmest look I swept my brush into all of the shades and applied to my face. The effect is very light and subtle and gives quite a natural glow.

before and after collection gorgeous glow blush block

Grab it for £4.19 at Superdrug

Advantages

  • The product can be used as a blusher or a highlighter palette
  • Each shade has a gorgeous gold glow running through it
  • Gives a really natural glow to your face so it's not obvious you're wearing blusher 

Disadvantages
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

8 Top Facebook groups you need if you want to grow and monetize your blog

8 top facebook groups you need if you want to grow and monetize your blog

Considering how long I've been blogging, I'm relatively new to discovering the gems of the Facebook blogging community. There are so many groups dedicated to helping you succeed; with everything from social media shares, to helping you decide the best platform for your blog and opportunities to monetize it. In this article I'm going to  recommend some of my favourites and hopefully it will help your blog to grow.

Official UK Bloggers
UK Bloggers is a really useful community of bloggers that help everyone from the newbies to the seasoned pros. They have weekly posts in which you can share your latest blog or youtube video and even a place you can submit the link to a competition you're hosting. Occasionally you'll find there are opportunities posted that can be everything from an invite to an event or a sponsored post.
Join here

UK Blogger Opportunities
This is one of my favourite groups as it has so many opportunities that you can apply for. Every week PR's, or brand outreach will post briefs for sponsored posts and events. The briefs are often very varied and can cover everything from toys to holidays and beauty. Obviously you're not going to be suitable for everything but it's a good group to join, hover and apply when you think you'll be a good fit.
Join here 

UK Bloggers PR Unite
UK Bloggers PR Unite is  bit of a mixed bag, where you can share links to your latest post and apply for an opportunity such as aas a sponsored post. I have to say this group is not as busy as some of the others in terms of PR requests and does tend to be more of a post share group. We all need a place to promote our links however and this is a good place to start.
Join here

Fundamentals of Blogging
If you're looking for a bit of help and advice on your blogging journey then Fundamentals of Blogging is the group for you. The group is full of  bloggers who are happy to help or point you in the right direction when you're not sure on what direction to take next.
Join here

The Blogging Squad
If you're new to blogging you may want to grow your social media pages. The Blogging Squad is a fantastic place to do that as they regularly post threads where you can post your Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or even blog subscription page. Those taking part in the thread will follow you or subscribe to your blog helping you to grow your following. You do actually have to reciprocate however and follow, comment or join the other participants pages. If you don't you will not be able to join in the thread again. They also have blogging advice.
Join here

Blogger Opportunities
If you're looking for more blog opportunities then this group is a great place to try. It's got just as many opportunities as UK Blogger Opportunities although you may see dupes. The requests are varied with everything from travel to vaping.
Join here

Blogger Collab Giveaways UK
Competitions are a fabulous ways of gaining traction and getting traffic to your blog. When running a competition you want to give away something that you know people will love - and that can get expensive. If you want to host a competition on your blog but you can't really afford it Blogger Collab Giveaways UK may be perfect for you. The group admin will post a Google form asking for anyone who is interested in taking part in a group giveaway. Everyone puts in £10 and then a big prize is chosen that everyone can put on their blog. The entrant will have to follow most of the blogs involved in order to get the best chance of winning the competition. There's normally only one prize so a lot less admin then a typical competition as well.
Join here

Grow Your Blog
If you're looking for another group to share or promote your social media you may want to try Grow Your Blog. They have daily threads where you can post links to your Pinterest, Facebook or blog to get more follows. To take part you will have to follow/comment on all the other uses commenting on the thread.
Join here 

In order to join most of the groups listed above you will have to request membership as the groups are often closed to outsiders. They might ask you for a link to your blog but generally you're accepted pretty quickly. Have fun blogging!
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Celebrate National Selfie Day with the Cotton Bag Company

national selfie day cotton bag company

Who would have thought ten years ago that selfies would be such a part of our culture that we've established a day dedicated to taking them!? Get practising your best smile or duck face for Selfie Day which is being held on Wednesday 21st June 2017.

The Cotton Bag Company want to help you celebrate this with the release of their new selfie bag. The bags which come in two designs - colour print on plain canvas and gold print on black canvas - has been custom designed so you've got all you need to create the perfect picture.

cotton bag company selfie reflector

The canvas bag is a little larger than a traditional shopping bag and looks like a great addition for the beach. It has a unique large pocket inside that is big enough to hold your smartphone and a selfie stick (folded up of course). There is also a fold out reflector sheet which helps to give your selfies a professional glow.

cotton bag company selfie bag selfie pocket

I like how roomy the bag is and the extra large pocket for my phone and selfie stick. The only real concern I have with the bag is that it's not very secure. There are no zips to keep your stuff inside, and the large camera pocket is completely loose so if you bag slipped or tipped up you'd lose everything. A good idea but I'm not sure I would trust it in it's current format. Perhaps for next years selfie day Cotton Bag Company will release a selfie bag which gives a little more peace of mind.

Grab it for £9.99 here
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Win a £25 Amazon voucher

win a £25 amazon voucher

In celeberation of the fact that it's now summer (no more dark mornings or low light for a few months, yay!) I'm giving you the chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

It's very simple to enter, simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions
To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions. There are two mandatory requirements - to follow me on Youtube and subscribe to my newsletter. There are other ways to enter the competition, these aren't mandatory but will get your extra entries into the competition. The competition will run from the 19th June to the 19th July 2017 and will start and finish at midnight. Please note I will check if you have subscribed and if you haven't you will be disqualified. Good luck!  
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Friday, 16 June 2017

What I would do if I won the lottery


what i would do if i won the lottery

Like many I often dream of what I would do if I won the lottery. The first thing I would buy is a beautiful house, with four bedrooms, large drive and garden and perhaps a indoor swimming pool. Next I would buy a brand new car - probably a Audi TT - posh but not too over the top. Of course I'd be booking a holiday - I've always wanted to go to Disneyland Florida, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Aruba (to visit the Pink Flamingo beach of course!) With my lottery winnings I won't have to worry about saving I could book, pay up straight away and fly off into paradise.

pink flamingos beach aruba

If you want to win the lottery obviously you've got to be in it to win it. In the UK there are a few lotteries available; the National Lottery has numerous draws including Euro Millions and the National Lottery whilst the Health Lottery offers prizes of up to £100,000. There are also other lotteries available with smaller prizes including the  Postcode Lottery or charity raffles.

lottoland lotteries all over the world

Countries all over the world run lotteries however they're often restricted to the residents of that country. For example you can only enter the US Powerball or US Mega Millions if you live in America. So what would you say if I told you that you could enter lotteries for countries you don't even live in? I bet you'd be surprised right? Lottoland gives you the chance to win millions by betting on the outcomes of lotteries in countries all over the world - all from the comfort of your sofa.

lottoland euromillions

lottoland us powerball

As I'm such a fan of winning and entering prize draws I've collaborated wiht Lottoland. As part of the collaboration I got a credit of £25 to try out the site. It was exciting to be able to try a lottery I wouldn't be able to normally so my first pick was two entries into the US Powerball. I haven't bought any Euromillions tickets for a while due to the price increase so I bought several tickets for the draw in addition to 5 picks on Keno. Wouldn't it be amazing if I won!

lottoland scratch cards

If you don't want to wait around for the numbers to be drawn Lottoland also offer Instant win scratchcards and slot machines to try your luck on.

Head on over to Lottoland to start winning.

This post was a collaboration with Lottoland. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Massive Bournemouth haul

holiday haul

The other week me and my mum headed down to Bournemouth for a couple of days. I was kind of expecting it to be a bit like Margate with lots of arcades, doughnut stalls and chippy stands - but it really wasn't. Bournemouth is actually quite a posh seaside and we only found one arcade - more's the pity.

On the upside the shopping was fabulous and Bournemouth's Primark is epic!

We visited Poole as well intending to find a beach but when we only found a yachting marina we headed to the town. Poole has a lot of charity shops so my mum was in her element, I did find a few gems for my haul too.

My Bournemouth haul is a bit of a mixed bag with lots of sweets, chocolate, makeup and clothing thrown in. Have a watch and enjoy!

        

Have you been away recently - if so where to? Let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Get back to nature with Essie's Wild Nudes collection

essie wild nudes collection

What the brand says
It's time to reacquaint yourself with nature with the release of Essie's latest collection - Wild Nudes. The new collection is inspired by nature and is a modern take on neutral shades.

The new collection has taken traditional nude shades and redefined them to make them stand out more. Included in Wild Nudes are:

  • Bare with me - a apricot tone with a grey cast
  • Exposed - A mossy green with a slight white overcast
  • Clothing optional - A sienna brown that's a little lighter than traditional sienna
  • Winning Streak - a dark purple with a greyish tone

The Lowdown
Typically I go for glossy pinks or gold nail polish shades so the Wild Nudes collection gives me the opportunity to try something new.

The formula of the nail varnishes was pretty thick so I only really needed one layer for full coverage of my nails. They had a gorgeous glossy gel like finish which was so shiny I could see my reflection in it. Exposed, Bare With Me and Clothing Optional all had really wide brushes which made applying the varnish really easy, however Winning Streak had a really thin brush which I thought was odd, especially as it came from the same collection.

The polishes dried pretty quickly so I didn't have to spend ages trying to get it to dry. In terms of longevity I was pretty impressed, they lasted a good few days before chips started to appear. The colours in the collection are  quite understated so can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. Whilst these are shades  I wouldn't normally choose I adore the amazing salon like finish that cost little more than a  fiver.

I give the range 4/5

wearing essie wild nudes collection

Grab the shades Exposed, Bare With Me and Clothing Optional for £7.99 at Superdrug

Advantages

  • Gorgeous salon like gel finish
  • Dries quickly
  • New take on the nude look
  • The polishes last quite a few days before chipping

Disadvantages

  • The colours in the range are quite selective and may not be your cup of tea
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Top tips on how to dress better

stop trying to stand out and start dressing better

Does dressing well mean that you have to stand out among others to catch their attention? If the answer is yes then it's time to correct your approach because by trying to stand out you may commit some major fashion faux pauxs.

Yes you may get a bit of attention but often it's negative and you don’t want that for sure! If you really want to make an impression start by improving your dressing sense. Women are often bombarded with fashion suggestions from different shows, magazines and advertisements which can make it very difficult to decide what to wear. This article will help you to dress in a way that not only looks stylish but will make others think so too.

Dress to showcase your natural features
Establish your own personal style by choosing clothes that best compliment your features. Get to know your body type and then dress to accentuate the most favorite part of your body. For example if you like your legs but you want to draw attention away from your stomach you can dress up by wearing a flowing top with shorts or tight pants. Learn to express yourself through your clothing to appear classy and stylish without looking like you're trying too hard. 

Screen your closet for unnecessary items
Screen your closet for the unnecessary items and get rid of those outfits that are outdated and you don’t wear anymore. Keeping such outfits may prevent you from trying new looks and lose out on the chance to keep up with the latest trends.

Wisely choose the colour of your clothing
The color of your outfit is very important as choosing the right one can compliment your skin tone and personality. Don’t choose a very bright outfit just to attract attention. If you do want to wear a bright colour combine it with a subtle one to create a more balanced look.

Do not over accessorise
As Coco Chanel rightly said "Get yourself fully dressed and then, before walking out of the front door, pause by the mirror and remove one item." Always keep in mind that simplicity is the key to look stylish without looking too try-hard. Wearing too many accessories will not make you look good instead you may look overdressed and a bit daft. A pearl necklace, a ring or a cute belt is all you need to pull your outfit together in an exceptional way.

So instead of trying to stand out your aim should be to dress up in a way which will make you look and feel great. Choose clothes that define and complement your personality making you look like the best version of yourself!

Guest post by Claire Austin
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Lottie London The Rose Golds eyeshadow palette review

lottie london rose gold eyeshadow palette review

What the brand says
Lottie London The Rose Golds is the perfect palette for taking your look from day to night. It has been designed with super smooth shades to create everything from a natural daytime look to a glamorous smokey eye.

The Lowdown
Lottie London is a fairly new brand to me and after trying their rainbow highlighter I was keen to try more from the brand.

lottie london rose gold eyeshadow palette shades

The Rose Gold palette has 12 shades, 9 have a shimmery finish whilst 3 are matte. Despite being named Rose Gold, there's probably only half of the palette that fits in with this theme, the rest of the shades in the palette are a lot more nude.

lottie london rose gold eyeshadow palette swatch

When swatched I found that most of the shades had quite a lot of pigment in (the pictures don't do them justice). The first 6 shades have a gorgeous delicate shimmer and I especially love shades 3 and 4. The matte shades are incredibly soft but ever so crumbly and after only a few uses I've already lost a fair amount of product. If I pressed hard on the shimmery shades I found they crumbled quite easily too. Number 7 is very dark and almost looks black; but it's actually a dark violet shade with glitter running through it. The unique colouring seems to get lost in translation though which is a shame.

Using the palette I used two sets of colours to create Pink Petal and Divided Intentions. If you want to recreate these looks here's what you need to do:

lottie london rose gold eyeshadow palette look pink petal

Pink Petal
Pink Petal is a really subtle look with a gorgeous shimmery finish.

1.  I applied the light dusty pink (1) to the inner 1/3 of my eye
2. To add a bit more definition and contrast to the look I blended in the dark pink (3) to the outer 2/3 of my eye and swept it up into the crease

lottie london rose gold eyeshadow palette look divided intentions

Divided Intentions
Divided Intentions is a lot darker then Pink Petal and I used a mixture of gold and brown shades to create the look.

1. The dark gold shade (4) is perfect for adding a bit of brightness to the look. I applied this on inner 1/3 of my eye
2. Next I blended in the dark brown (11) to the outer 2/3 of my eye
3. To add a little more drama I applied the violet shade (7) to the outer corner

I founded that the shimmery shades blended easily and the colour selections that I used went well together. The eyeshadows were really long lasting and didn't crease or cake all around my eyes. By the evening the look hadn't really faded much.

Overall a lovely palette with a good range of shimmery and matte shades. The shades have a decent amount of pigment in and they're not too light or too intense. Some of the shades are quite crumbly so the palette might not last that long if you're not careful. The palette is perfect for a casual summer's day, wearing out with friends or to the shops.

I give it 4/5

Grab it for £9.95 at Superdrug

Advantages

  • The shades are fairly pigmented but not so intense you have to tone it down
  • The shades last pretty much all day without fading
  • No fall out and the shades stay put

Disadvantages

  • Some of the shades are pretty crumbly which may  result in you using more product then you intended 
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Reverse the signs of ageing with the NEWA anti-ageing device

newa anti ageing device

What the brand says
With so many people wanting to reverse the signs of ageing, the anti-ageing market is huge. Unlike your usual lotions and potions, NEWA is a brand new device that uses the power of 3Deep Technology to help stimulate the skin, penetrating it with controlled energy that helps to stimulate the production of new, healthier collagen.

3Deep Technology has been used by dermatologists and clinics around the world and has been proven effective in reducing fines lines and wrinkles. Over time it will help to slow down and counteract the ageing process, with clinical tests confirming wrinkles can be reduced by an average of 36%.

The Lowdown
So as you  know if you've been following me over the years I've tried so many different anti-ageing creams, and even devices. I've had varying levels of success but nothing that I would say is revolutionary in any way.

newa anti ageing device electrodes

The NEWA is quite a new concept to me and takes me out of my comfort zone a little bit. Unlike a cream which you can just apply in the bathroom, the NEWA uses electricity to conduct energy which helps to stimulate the renewal of collagen. After I cleansed my skin I plug the device in my bedroom and rub the device over my problem areas.

newa anti ageing lift activator gel

The NEWA has two heat settings, and gradually warms up to deliver the energy to my skin. To use I applied the Lift Activator Gel directly onto the electrodes and then circled my problem areas for 4 minutes. Whilst they advise you use the device on setting 2 I wouldn't really recommend it. The electrons get very hot, even on setting 1 and went as far as to burn my skin when circling on my delicate eye area.


The NEWA device is quite interactive and they encourage you to record your progress on the NEW Mobile app (available on the Google and Apple store).

before using newa anti ageing device

I like the concept of the NEWA and I'm keen to see if it works. I do feel that it's a bit of a pain having to go out of the bathroom to use the device though and it can be a bit uncomfortable to use on certain areas as it gets so hot. I'm going to use it for the next 6 weeks and then show you how it performed. Keep tuning in for the results!

It's currently £279.99 (RRP £349.00) at  Current Body.
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

7 fantastic tips to help beat writers block

7 fantastic tips that will help beat creative block

Running a blog is perfect for letting your creativity run free, allowing you to tell the world about your life, the products you love and the events you attend.  Whilst many people blog as a hobby, some people blog for a living so it's important to keep things fresh and the ideas coming.

Part of the fun of being creative is that you are free to do what you want without restriction. Often when you get into a routine your creativity can start to die and things start to get boring. That's when writer's block can strike. So when the ideas dry up and you're scratching your head on what to write next, what can you do? Here's top tips on how you can help combat the evil curse of writer's block.

beat writers block take a break

Take a break
Sometimes the worst thing you can do is sit there and stare blankly at a blinking cursor on a blank screen. Often you can come up with your best ideas when you're lost in the moment, playing with your kids or having a chat with a friend. Take yourself away  from your desk and completely take your mind off writing. Perhaps do something fun like a adult colouring book.

Is something wrong?
Sometimes you can be stuck for words as you have too much on your mind to be writing blog posts. Step back and assess your situation and see if there's something on your mind that is bothering you. Once you've cleared your mind you should be able to think clearly again.

beat writers block have a laugh

Have a laugh
Have  you got several blog posts you need to get out like yesterday? Facing the pressure of deadlines can be extremely stressful and this can have a knock on effect on your creativity. So what can you do about it? They do say laughter is the best medicine and it releases the feel good hormone dopamine which helps relieve stress and make you feel amazing. Once you're in a better mood  your mind will be a lot clearer enabling you to write your blog posts.

Switch off for the day
I bet the first thing you do in the morning after you wake up is pick up your phone and flick through  social media. Whilst it's amazing that the world is so connected and we can document our every move, sometimes the constant need to connect can be overwhelming. If you find yourself overwhelmingly distracted by the internet and feel that you constantly have to reply to comments and messages, maybe it's time to take a step back. If you find it's affecting your creativity why not plan a time when you reply to your messages and stick to it so you have time to focus on writing your posts.

beat writers block  take a walk

Go for a walk
A good walk will give you time to gather your thoughts and come up with ideas for future blog posts. Take your camera or mobile with you and snap pictures you take on your way. Why not try a walk with a lot of countryside or animals near by so you can take lots of interesting photos. You could even use the photos you've taken to create a blog post.

Carry a notebook with you at all times
Sometimes the best ideas can come to you when you're out and about, commuting, or on your break at work. Make sure you have something to note down any ideas that suddenly come to you that are inspired by what you see around you.

beat writers block try another creative discipline

Try another creative discipline
If you're struggling to write have you considered trying another creative art - like painting, sculpting or even photography? You may find that you find inspiration strikes when you least expect it.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Primark PS... Highlighter review

primark ps highlighter review

What the brand says
Primark PS... highlighter is the perfect low budget buy which can give your skin a natural healthy glow.

The Lowdown
The highlighter has a creamy formula that is super soft and literally melts into my skin. The formula is quite light and I get a really subtle glow.  If you're looking for a really strong highlight, this probably isn't for you as you can't really build on the effect. It definitely looks stronger in the swatch then it does when applied to the skin. If you do try to get a stronger highlight the cream tends to stick to the skin and creates a very artificial effect. The packaging is not the best and the highlighter fell out of its container on quite a few occasions.

primark ps highlighter

Surprisingly for a cream highlighter the effects lasted all day and it was still visible when I got home in the evening.

primark ps highlighter swatch

I'm used to the effects of palettes like Sleek Solstice where the highlight is very strong and long lasting, so Primark PS... Highlighter is probably a little too subtle for my liking. At just £1.50 the highlighter is a great budget buy if you're after a low key natural look.


Available for £1.50 in all good Primark stores

I give it 2/5

Advantages
  • Good if you prefer a natural glow
  • Melts easily into the skin
Disadvantages
  • Packaging is quite cheap and the product falls out of the tube a lot
  • The formula isn't buildable
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

8 Beauty Tips That Will Change Everything You Know about Makeup

8 beauty tips that will change everything you know about makeup

Applying makeup is an excellent way to de-stress for most women. Regardless of your age or what you do, it is important to have at least five minutes a day for yourself, to feel better, and prepare your mind for all challenges that are coming your way after stepping outside. This is a win-win situation; you enhance your beauty, boost confidence, and get to relieve stress at the same time. With the rise of beauty bloggers and tutorials on Instagram and YouTube, the beauty rules that we followed religiously before vanished. Nothing is off limits now! You can use different products, techniques, or do things that were considered a major NO-NO just a few years ago. Throughout this post, we bring you eight tips that will change the way you think about makeup. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Use white eyeliner to brighten your eyes

Some girls and women have big round eyes, while some of us don’t. Nothing is stopping you from achieving that effect with makeup or more precisely with white or skin-tone eyeliner. God bless eyeliners! If you’ve ever wondered about the purpose of eyeliners in different colors, now you know at least one way of using these things. So, take the eyeliner and use it to rim your lower waterline (the inner rim of your eyelid). This simple trick makes your eyes look larger by extending the whites of your eyes. Besides making your eyes look a little bit bigger, you can use this trick for the early morning after a night that you didn’t sleep much, or you were partying too hard. In this case, white or skin-tone eyeliner will make you look alert and awake. Pretty cool, huh?

Easy way to get dewy skin
Don’t you love it when your skin has that pretty glow to it? Dewy or radiant skin looks more feminine, natural, hydrated, and youthful. Unfortunately, a wide array of factors ranging from sun exposure to unhealthy lifestyle replaces that radiance with a dull complexion. Lifeless skin gives a major blow to our self-esteem. You’ve probably dealt with this problem on more occasions than one. The skin is dull, and even when you apply makeup, you still don’t feel any better. Well, this trick is a proper lifesaver; you can easily achieve super dewy skin by mixing a very little amount of night cream into the foundation before applying it on your face. Not only will it help you have that glow every day, but it is also ideal for drier climates and ladies who struggle with dry skin, which tends to look dull and lifeless.

Use an eyeshadow to get a custom nail polish
You don’t have to be a celebrity to have your own custom made polish, all you need is an eyeshadow of your choice, clear nail polish, and love for DIY projects. Just mix 1 teaspoon of eyeshadow with about 20 drops of polish in a small plastic bowl, and that’s it. No muss, no fuss! Keep adding polish into the bowl until you get desired opacity or consistency. This trick can be particularly useful for ladies who love polishes with shimmery shades. Now, you can have that glitter-like manicure, without fussy removal. You know how difficult it is to remove glitter polish; now you won’t have to struggle.

Fill in your eyebrows, regardless how thick they are
It’s a general idea that you should fill in your eyebrows only if they are thin or scarce. That’s not true; you should do it even if you have thicker eyebrows. Why? This will polish your look and frame your face perfectly. For this purpose, getting an eyebrow pencil is just fine. Do it today, and you’ll notice the difference. You’re welcome.

No need to contour to create depth
When you combine best anti-aging products such as creams, lotions, serums and proper makeup technique, the result is a youthful appearance that every woman wants. For example, you can create more depth and get instantly younger-looking skin without heavy and time-wasting contouring. Take a blush brush and blend a golden highlighter or any shade that suits your complexion, onto your skin in soft and circular motions. This way, you’ll blend the highlighter in a subtle, triangular way without awkward highlighter strips on your cheekbones.

Contour cream for a tanned, radiant look
You’ll definitely like this tip if you’re into contouring, you can easily create the natural and sexy tan with a little help from the contouring cream. Apply cream (in a reasonable amount) onto your face and top it with translucent powder, again in the reasonable amount. Then, apply bronzer onto your cheekbones and nose. This will not only give your skin more glow, but you’ll also get that lovely, natural tan.

Use a translucent powder to make lipstick last longer
Reapplying lipstick over and over again isn’t among your priorities, but you have to do it anyway. With this trick you can make lipstick last longer; all you have to do is to apply lipstick and lay a tissue over your mouth. Then, dust with translucent powder. This sets your lipstick, mattifies it and makes it last longer.

Take care of your skin
One beauty tip that will never go out of style is taking care of your skin. To look youthful and to make sure products you apply only enhance your natural beauty, you should stick to the regular skincare routine. Treat your face with cleanser and nourish the skin with best wrinkle creams to deliver various ingredients and nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy.

It can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing beauty trends set by makeup artists and beauty bloggers with thousands or millions of followers. When it comes to beauty tips and tricks, the rule is that there aren’t rules anymore. Feel free to experiment, use different techniques and products to look younger and make your makeup match the lively and vibrant personality you have.

Guest post by Sophie Addison
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Kiko Smart Lipstick in 912 Crimson Red review

kiko smart lipstick in 912 crimson red

What the brand says
Kiko Smart lipstick has a rich nourishing formula that is available is 24 shades. The lipstick range comes in a variety of finishes; full, satin and pearl and has been designed with a smooth texture that helps the lipstick to glide into the lips.

The Lowdown
The lipstick is in shade 912,  a deep raspberry shade.  I'm a bit surprised it's been marketed as a red as it couldn't be further from it. It's definitely more of a grown up pink shade, and as it's quite dark it doesn't look overly girly. I don't know why but I can't say I really love this shade, there's just something about it that doesn't really work.

kiko smart lipstick in 912 crimson red swatch

The lipstick has a super moisturising formula which leaves my lips feeling soft with a glossy shine. Whilst the moisturising formula is great in that it keeps my lips nourished, on the downside this makes it very slippery and the colour quickly fades away. After around 2 hours the colour had completely disappeared.

before and after kiko smart lipstick in 912 crimson red

I'm not the biggest fan of this lipstick, it's not often I buy a lipstick that comes off in less than 2 hours. Whilst the formula does feel moisturising and kind to my lips the idea of constantly having to reapply the lipstick during the day is quite off putting.

wearing kiko smart lipstick in 912 crimson red

I give it 2/5

Unfortunately this particular shade is not available anymore but 428 Grape Smart Fusion lipstick is a very close dupe of this. Grape Smart is available for £3.95.

Advantages

  • Glossy, moisturising formula that leaves lips feeling well nourished
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Available in 24 shades

Disadvantages

  • The super glossy formula makes the lipstick quite slippery and after less then 2 hours the lipstick had disappeared
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Friday, 2 June 2017

10 top lip plumpers you have to try


10 lip plumpers you have to try

Whilst I'd have loved to have been blessed with a pout to rival Angelina Jolie, unfortunately mother nature had other ideas. My lips are quite thin so I'm always on the hunt for a lip plumping products that does more than make my lips tingle. Here's some of the better ones I've found.

10 lip plumpers you have to try 1

Pretty Vulgar Poisonous Pout Plumping lip gloss
It may not have the most attractive name but I love the packaging of Pretty Vulgar Poisonous Pout. The lip gloss has a highly pigmented formula which uses a natural petite complex to make your lips appear firmer, smoother and fuller. It's free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Available in 6 shades.
£16.97 at Sephora 

Josie Maran Argan Lip Sting plumping butter
This little beauty uses the power of nature to give you a fuller looking pout. Created with nourishing and conditioning argan oil and honey infused lip butter with a sweet sting, the products work together to help create the illusion of naturally larger lips. The  100% argan oil replenishes lips with antioxidants, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids whilst the honey seals in moisture, soothes and enhances barrier recovery. The subtle sting of the honey helps to support natural circulation of the lips to boost volume, whilst konjac root ultra filling spheres smooth out lines and Volulip (a natural peptide and plant extract) helps to plump lips through hyaluronic acid synthesis.
£17.74 at Sephora 

Clinique Chubby Plump and Shine Liquid lip plumping lip gloss
If you don't like the feel of typical lip plumping products you may want to give Clinique Chubby Plump and Shine a go.  It uses a light reflecting high shine gloss to improve the appearance of lips giving them the illusion of a plumped appearance. The formula moisturises lips and leaves them feeling cool and refreshed.
£13.11 at Sephora    
                          
some of the best lip plumpers

By Terry Terrybly Velvet Rouge Liquid Velvet lipstick 
Love the colour of lipstick but prefer the feel of lipgloss? By Terry has the answer with their Liquid Velvet lipstick. It combines intense colour with the formulation of a gloss and is blended with rejuvenating plant extracts for a beautifully plumped pout.
£30.00 at Net-a-Porter 

Clarins Instant Light lip comfort oil
Love lip plumping products but don't like having to sacrifice your favourite lippy to wear them? Clarins have come to your rescue. Their Instant Light lip comfort oil has been designed to be worn alone or over your favourite lipstick for a lightly coloured and naturally shiny lip. Formulated with 3 key plant extracts, this non sticky oil is perfect for adding volume to your lips.
£18.00 at John Lewis

SkinChemists Lip Plump Extreme
Avoid the needle with Skinchemists Lip Plump Extreme. The product has been made with super strength hyaluronic acid which works to visibly increase the volume of your lips. The moisturising element will ensure your lips will be kept smooth and moisturised whilst the hyaluronic acid works to increase the volume of your lips.
£47.00 at The Hut

10 top lip plumpers

Rhodes to Heaven The Box Lip moisturiser plumper balm
Unlike other lip balms, Rhodes to Heaven is an all in one lip plumping moisturiser that targets the fine lines around the lips to increase lip volume. It uses natural ingredients such as special protein peptides, beeswax, fruit wax, castor oil and Vitamin E to help protect the lips and add a gloss that is soft and hydrating.
£14.95 at Notonthehighstreet

Skyn Iceland lip plumping gel
Unlike your typical lip plumpers Skyn Iceland offers a whole different experience. Skyn Iceland plumping lip gels help to treat three major concerns - loss of fullness, lines and wrinkles around the mouth. The gel patch is formulated with advanced plant and marine based actives, and uses a state of the art transdermal delivery system to ensure the patch stays put and ensures the ingredients penetrate deep into the skin. A great long lasting alternative to lip injections.  Free from harsh chemicals, parabens, formaldehyde, silicone and sulfate detergents. It's also suitable for vegans.          
£30.00 at Feelunique 

Too Faced Lip Injection glossy
Too Faced have combined an infusion of fabulous colour to their best selling Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy. The formula is packed with natural botanicals like avocado and jojoba oil to help smooth and moisturise lips to make them extra kissable. Available in 6 shades.
£18.01 at Macy's (yes they now ship to the  UK!)

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Lip Plumping lip gloss
If you don't want anything too heavy this lip gloss by Soap and Glory will give you a glossy full bodied pout in no time at all.
£10.00 at Boots
                       
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Super easy plait hairstyle you can create in under 5 minutes

super easy hairstyles you can create in under 5 minutes
I recently watched me before you (which is super sad by the way you have to give it a watch) and loved the hairstyles of ..

The main hairstyle she wore a lot were two plaits that were worn like a crown on the top of her head.

Inspired i created my own version of her look. Here's how you can recreate it:

super easy plait hairstyle

1 . First I separated my hair into two and plaited each section. I secured the plaits with a clear plastic hair band.
2. I pulled up the plait on the right side and pulled it along the centre of my head fastening it on the left side.
3. I took the plait on the right side and pulled it alongside the centre of my head fastening it with a Kirby grip on the right side of my head.

  • Top tip- you can add extra Kirby grips to the plaits to ensure they stay firm and that their weight doesn't pull them down.

So what do you think of the look? Is it something you'd try?

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