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Friday, 9 December 2016

The Perfect Gift for the Geller Fan: Lights Of Venice 8 Piece Luminous Collection

Laura Geller Lights of Venice 8 Piece Luminous Collection


Imagine opening this gorgeous collection on Christmas morning. Know someone who's a Laura Geller fan? Or how about an early treat for yourself to wear for the party season.  

This collection comes beautifully packaged and features 8 pieces that includes the brand new Balance 'n' Glow Foundation which you cannot buy on its own yet. So, if you crave for that luminous glow, then this is your only way to get your hands on this is by purchasing this collection.  I personally think this would also be a welcome addition to bring some life to the skin now the weathers turning. When ordering, the only thing you have to do is quote which foundation shade you require: Porcelain, Fair, Medium, Tan or Deep. Collection is available from QVCUK - £54.12. However, you can pay for this in 4 easy pays of £13.53.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

10 Confessions of a Beauty Blogger


 



I hadn't quite realised that last week I'd published my hundredth post!  So I thought it would be fun and the perfect time to publish one of these light-hearted posts where I share all the things that I meant to do as a Blogger, but don't! (Naughty Blogger!) Plus, I've also featured some of the other bizarre things I do as well! I hope I'm not alone here. Are you guilty of any of these?




1. Your ideas for blog posts arise in the most strangest of places!

Yeah, like whilst in the shower! - Seriously? Must be the heat massaging my brain!
Ermm...yeah, enough about that one! Let's move swiftly on, shall we?

2. I never use Google Analytics! 

I must be the only person that doesn't share much love for this, what-so-ever! I suppose if you see your blog as more of a business or is something you do full-time, then I totally get the importance of using this tool. They often share their love for google analytics and how it helps to improve their blog - and I'm sure it probably does! But the truth is, I don't understand any of it because it involves too many numbers and analysis I haven't got a clue about! Unfortunately, the bit I do understand is too bloody depressing to read! It's an app I never visit!



3. The White marble background isn't as marbled as you think! 

No, I don't possess a top of the range kitchen you'll find in one of those House magazines (House porn as I like to call them because of the amount of "ooing" and "ahhing" you do over the textures and colours!) So, for me, I've had to improvise by using MDF and Fablon! For a long time, I tried to steer away from using this type background because it's featured on quite alot of blogs. But I found as time went on, something was needed to fill the gap in between the products (hence the soft marble effect) and help bring everything together.  



4. I don't own a DSLR! 

I don't posses a decent camera either! Hubby has got a nice one so I might try and make an effort to learn how to use it in the new year. But for now, I just use either my IPhone or IPad to take pictures. I also adjust the lighting of the pictures using Snapseed, which is a brilliant app and is very handy to use on my IPad.  However I do plan in the future to try and start adjusting them on the desktop instead, just to see if it makes any diffrence. I wish my photos looked so much better than it does at the moment. As in saying that, when you compare them with some of my older posts, it's definitely got better!



5. I've spent more money than I should on my blog!

On numerous occasions, I am totally guilty of buying things simply because you know it'll make good writing material and be popular, which is just a plain daft really! Plus Instagram is the worst place to be when you're resisting that urge to splurge!  Next year I plan on buying a lot less but concentrating more on the higher-end purchases as most of the time these work better on me. Also you find you're buying more accessories, which moves us on 6....



6. And the accessories have become out of control too!

But you're not buying for the house, it's for the pigging blog! So, other than shopping at the usual haunts, you find yourself wondering around in other places like Tiger or even New Look for accessories all because it might look that little more Instagram worthy! Madness! 



7. I still can't get to grips with this SEO thingy!

I'll admit, I still don't hundred percent know how to get my posts featured on the first page on google, (when someone searches on google using a specific keyword and your post is featured on the first page. It helps to gain more traffic to your blog). I kind of know about using certain keywords within the first paragraph of your post and also throughout, but that's just about it! Oh, and I also know that if my blog was a "dot com" instead of  a "dot blogspot", that'll also improve my SEO ranking too! Hopefully in the new year (lot's planned in the new year) I'll finally get my own domain.



8. Twitter Scheduling. I'm SO BAD at it! 

To be honest, I'm not a massive fan of Twitter. I much prefer Instagram as I feel a picture can say a thousand words! So, when it comes to promoting my posts, I don't schedule half as much tweets as I should do. I just find it so boring, and to be honest, when I'm not at work, I seem to spend so much time on my blog; my family and those dreaded house chores needs my attention too! Plus, I use to worry alot about spamming on other people's feed. However, this is something I really need to improve on. I mean, who wouldn't want new followers and brands to discover them.



9. I need to up my word description game!

It looks as though you've become obsessed with the words Creamy, Buttery and Smooth! Pigmented is another descriptive word that's over used. Unfortunately, sometimes, these are the only words to describe that particular product. It's just so same-y though!



10. I don't own a media kit either!  

If I want more brands to work with me, then I may need to get my skates on with regards to this one! The thing is, and this is kind of going back to why I find Google Analytics depressing, is that my stats would be too laughable to share with brands; and is one of the reasons I don't approach them either! At the moment, I only see my blog as a hobby, but the fact that I'm publishing twice a week, one can't help but come to the conclusion that I take this blogging a lot more seriously than I think I do. Despite getting the opportunity to work with some brands, so far, I haven't been asked for one, although I'm sure that will change in the future.




There's probably tons more I do wrong so I might need to do a follow-up post. 



What are your blogger confessions!




      Toni. xoxo






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Monday, 28 November 2016

Love, Like, Loathe! Budget Concealers




Love, Like, Loathe! Budget/Drugstore Concealers

In this post, I'll be sharing a round-up of drugstore concealers that I've loved, liked and loathed throughout this year.
 There are some that I've loved that much I've repurchased. Some that I liked but for some reason won't be the obvious choice for me in the future. And some I absolutely hated!

For me, concealers are a staple product to use for covering the under eye area so it looks like I've had a good nights kip. I don't sport the most darkest of circles but do have eye bags which I know no matter what I do nothing will get rid of them entirely! Despite this, I still like to look I've made some sort of effort in trying to hide them by making the skin look more even toned. Before applying any concealer, regardless of whatever brand that may be, I always use a Peach corrector for covering and neutralising the actual shadow of those damn eye bags! 

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Review: Too Faced | Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder


Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder Review


Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder Review


After finishing what seemed to be my umpteenth pot of the E.L.F Studio High Definition White Finishing Powder, I thought it was about time I tried something else. Don't get me wrong, I like the one from E.L.F, but like with a lot products; not only does the novelty begin to wear off after a while, you kinda get use to that initial effect you experience at the beginning.

For the past few years, I've always enjoyed the white stuff as I find they don't add extra coverage, nor tamper with my foundation shade. I also find they brighten my dull neutral complexion just nicely, and haven't experience much of that whitish cast look that some people seem to struggle with, or even flashback. Perhaps its the natural oils in my skin that's preventing this, I'm not sure.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Review : Makeup Revolution | New-trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette


If these shades don't float your boat, I don't think anything will. During 2016, we experienced a slight twist to our neutral shades, giving us a rather different flavour than we're so use to when it comes to our palettes. These popular combinations involving: Peach, Corals, Burnt Oranges and Plummy/Raspberry tones has resulted in constant sell-outs from any brand that features them. Like I said in an earlier post: if you missed out on the Sweet Peach or can't be arsed to chase Morphe's 35O, or your budget can't quite stretch to the Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills, or, like me, can't justify purchasing another high-end palette, this might be just what you need. And it won't break the bank either! 

  If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen me flirting quite a bit with this eye-catching palette - New-trals vs Neutrals by Makeup Revolution. I've gotta hand it to them; for a drugstore palette, these warmer tones have got to be the most diverse arrangement I've ever come across. I've been "umming and ahhing" for months on whether to get this, but once Autumn was upon us, the decision was made. It's autumnal feel is suited to a tea, although I couldn't help but notice it also has a rather nice Spring/Summer appeal to it well; so, it's little wonder why these arrangements have been so popular! Ok; let's do some nit picking and check out some more of these shades, shall we?!

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Affordable Skincare Haul Featuring Nivea


Affordable Skincare Achieved Using Nivea. Nivea Skincare Review

I was recently enjoying a body care product from the Nivea range, the Rich Nourishing Body Lotion when this package arrived filled with all these goodies from those lovely people from Nivea. It couldn't've come at a better time! 

Nivea (a name coming from the Latin word meaning snow white) has been looking after our skins for generations. The familiarity of their signature scent is something that we all know and love, but it's their ability in providing great skin care products that's affordable and is suitable for all regardless of need, and continues to be loved from all parts of the globe.


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