29.2.16

Harrods Exclusive Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase

Harrods Exclusive Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase
Who doesn't love a gift with purchase? Well you'll be happy to hear that Harrods have teamed up with Estée Lauder and are offering an exclusive GWP worth over £155, that contains a selection of skincare and makeup. There really isn't a better time to splurge, or stock up! 

To qualify for this free beauty gift you simply have to spend £75 or more on Estée Lauder products online at Harrods and the gift will automatically be added to your basket. This offer is valid from Thursday 11th February 2016 until Sunday 6th March 2016. The gift features a range of the brands beauty must-haves, including a full sized Pure Color Lipstick worth £22.00 in the colour 'Scarlet Siren' a bold, luxuriously rich red lipstick. Not only do you receive a selection of products, you also receive a lovely light grey croc effect clutch and makeup bag, that's perfect for travel. 

Harrods Exclusive Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase* includes;

2 x Cosmetic Bags
Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme (30ml)
Re-Nutriv Hydrating Creme Cleanser (30ml)
Re-Nutriv Ult Lift Age-Correcting Creme (15ml)
Re-Nutriv Ult Age-Correcting Ete Creme (5ml)
Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (2.8ml)
Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 'Scarlet Siren' (Full Size)

You can shop Estée Lauder online at Harrods here

Wouldn't this gift with purchase from Estée Lauder make the perfect Mother's Day treat? 
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27.2.16

Three From LUSH

Three From LUSH
Don't get me wrong; I love a LUSH bath bomb. But in all honesty, I rarely run a bath and currently have a small stash of LUSH bath bombs residing in a drawer under my bed. So in recent months I've branched out past their infamous bombs and stumbled upon a few new products that today I thought I'd share my thoughts on.

LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub £8.95
When fellow blogger and friend Laura from Tease Flutter Pout recommend the LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub on a recent trip to Lakeside how could I not pop it into my basket? The blue slush puppiesque scrub is packed with fine mineral-rich sea salt. It's scent isn't as irresistible as other LUSH products, with a squeeze of lemon juice and the tropical scent of mimosa blossom. But isn't unpleasant either. It can be massaged onto dry skin for a more abrasive exfoliation treatment, or onto damp skin for a gentle rub rub rub. Personally I prefer to use the scrub with my exfoliating gloves whilst in the shower. However, the tub has the tendency to fill with water when I take a second scoop and then I compromise product when attempting to drain the water away (I can't win!). But nevertheless, this scrub foams well and leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh and super soft. And it can be used as shampoo - talk about versatile. Not only does it exfoliate the scalp, due to the high concentration of sea salt it instantly adds volume to my hair too!

LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm £6.75
I'm a sucker for a delicious scent and the LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm doesn't disappoint! Not only is this lip balm rich, soothing, moisturising it smells so darn good - I'm hooked! And it's not surprising as this little pot is packed with natural ingredients such as honey and oatmeal, wheat germ olive, almond oils, honey, peppermint, white chocolate extract(!) and vanilla. 

LUSH Godiva Shampoo Bar £6.95
I admit I was a little apprehensive at first, but who wouldn't be? Not only does the shampoo bar look like an omelette, I've forever been washing my hair with liquid products. LUSH Godiva is a solid shampoo bar and boasts a beautiful heady scent of jasmine, but leaves my locks softly scented. Applied by rubbing the bar straight onto my hair it surprisingly creates a rich lather within seconds. And although it claims to be a 2-1 shampoo and conditioner, I wouldn't say it conditions, but it isn't drying either. Godiva gives my hair oodles of volume and I find it helps to keep the grease at bay for a little while longer than my regular shampoo. And it may be small, but this bar equates to two bottles of shampoo and is perfect for travel. I've also heard they work well at cleaning makeup brushes (I'll report back on that one).

Have you tried any of these products from LUSH? And what should I try next?
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25.2.16

February Makeup Menu

Current Makeup Menu
I very rarely share the contents of my makeup bag, mainly due to the fact I'm often changing it up and have new products in rotation. But over the last month I've been reaching for the same handful of products on a regular basis. So today I thought I'd run you through my current makeup menu. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal Foundation £9.99
With the lack of sunshine and my office heating on full, my skin has been both lacklustre and dry. So like you do, I've switched up my skincare and swapped my foundation for something a little more hydrating. And after a rummage in my collection I stumbled upon an old faithful Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal Foundation. Besides its crappy shade range, Healthy Mix is perfect for the current climate as it really does deliver a healthier complexion. Enriched with fruits, the formula is lightweight and radiance boosting, offering a medium coverage. And due to its dewy finish it's perfect or dehydrated, dry and combination skin types. Without doubt one to try. 

Laura Mercier Blush and Glow Face Trio £22.50
Like any beauty addict I find it hard to resist a bargain. So when I spotted the Laura Mercier Blush and Glow Face Trio (RRP £45.00) for half the price at Space NK, I simply couldn't resist. The pretty compact contains three of LM's best-selling baked powders and was part of the LM Christmas gift range last year. It includes their Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight (01), Bronze (03), Baked Blush Bronze in Ritual and a mini face powder brush. All three of the powders are ultra smooth, and long wearing. But I particularly love the matte powders, especially the highlight which instantly adds luminosity without emphasising pores. Unfortunately this compact is no longer available at £22.50, but can be found online at John Lewis and the powders are sold individually online here for £25.00. 

Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette £56.00
Housing three utterly beautiful baked blushers the Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette is simply divine. The three shades Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure have a soft texture and a high quality, long wearing finish. The formula is a mixture of colour and their much loved Ambient Lighting Powder formula, which leaves a subtly illuminating finish to the skin. This palette is luxury and comes with a price tag to match. So maybe not something to buy now, but something to add to your wish list. 

Maybelline New York Master Ink Liquid Eyeliner £4.99
Eyeliner isn't something I usually reach for during the week (ain't no body got time for that!), but when the weekends come around I like a good feline flick and Maybelline's Master Ink is pretty darn fab. It has a jet-black formula, dries matte, lasts all day, doesn't fade or flake and is relatively easy to apply. And if you struggle with eyeliner, I have the answer... sticky tape! 

L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara £9.99
Yet another drugstore mascara that has done all sorts of good things for my flutter! L'Oreal Flase Lash Sculpt Mascara may have an unusual crocodilesque plastic wand, but it separates and coats my lashes effectively and quickly, whilst delivering a fanned out full lash look. It's formula is jet black and if you like full lashes this might just be that magic wand you're after. However, I do have a few minor niggles. It can on occasion flake just ever so slightly and it doesn't hold a curl all that well. But primed with a coat of Maybelline's Lash Sensational Mascara I can't fault it. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown £15.00
I quite often get asked what I use on my brows. And the answer will forever be Anastasia's Dip Brow. There is no battle for the best brow product in my opinion. Nothing is as long lasting or pigmented. Admittedly the product from ABH was a little hard to use at first, but I found my Zoeva Liner brush works a treat and after a little practice, it really doesn't require much effort and I couldn't see myself using anything else. 

MAC Modesty Lipstick £15.50
My nude lip line up is forever growing and one lipstick that's often found in the bottom of my handbag is MAC Modesty. It's muted nude pink that's opaque in just one swipe. Modesty has a cremesheen finish, meaning it has a creamy formula that doesn't cling to dry patches and is easy to wear. It's a shade I don't often hear much about, but one that's well worth a swatch next time you're in store. 
What's currently on your makeup menu? 
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23.2.16

3 Face Masks That Work

3 Face Masks That Work
I love a chocolate scented mask and a peeler and as much as the next person, but in all honesty although satisfying their not truly effective. So when my skin is a little ropey I like to pull out the big guns (unfortunately not Channing Tatums!) that help to save my skin and show a visible difference after just one use. 

1. LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty £5.75 - £9.95 [Full Review]
This minty self-preserving pot of goodness is simply lush (pun intended)! The clarifying yet gentle mask from LUSH is packed with natural ingredients such as honey a natural antiseptic, peppermint oil which helps to absorb excess oil and aduki beans which gently exfoliate the skin. Mask of Magnaminty helps to tackle and sooth blemishes and reduce redness without drying out my skin. Applied to the skin it feels tingly and after application my skin instantly looks calmer and soft to touch and my blemishes and active breakouts are noticeably reduced. Affordable and effective. What's not to love? 

2. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask £34.50 [Full Review] 
Post-blemish Peter Thomas Roth works his magic. The exfoliating pumpkin pie scented treatment helps speed up the healing process of pesky imperfections without being over drying, harsh or irritating. Applied to the skin for a mere 3-7 minutes, you can feel the mask working (not entirely unpleasant). And after just one use, my skin feels polished, appears clearer, more even toned and radiant. No exfoliating treatment (not even my latest Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion Facial) comes close! Dead skin cells banished in a matter of minutes - I couldn't be without it! 

3. GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment £33.95 [Full Review] 
GLAMGLOW has received some serious hype amongst the beauty community and rightly so. Thirstymud is a deeply hydrating treatment perfect for parched skin in dire need of a drink. The mask can be applied for as little or as long as you like. I personally like to drench my skin in the stuff before bed and wash off in the morning to reveal a replenished, glowing complexion. It also plumps the skin, disguising fine lines and is perfect for all skin types. It's an indulgent beauty treat, but worth every single penny. 

What's your favourite face mask? 
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21.2.16

How To Grow Your Blog With Pinterest

How To Grow Your Blog With Pinterest
Pinterest and I have become the best of buds over the last year and in that time I've learnt that the power of Pinterest is incredible. It's so much more than just another social media platform, it's effectively a search engine. And with that in mind, although my blog visits are relatively modest, just over 30% of referral traffic to my blog comes via Pinterest. In short, pinning my blogs images to Pinterest drives new traffic and readers to my blog. And whilst I'm still learning, today I'm going to share with you 5 ways you can grow your blog with Pinterest. 

1. Create a business account 
First up you need to create a Pinterest business Account. The difference? A business account has features like analytics. And if you already have a Pinterest account no fear, you can convert and it won't affect your boards or pins. It's simple; follow the step by step guide. Make sure you upload a profile picture, write a good about me paragraph and include links to your social networks and blog. Once your profile is created follow a few bloggers and businesses that you find interesting and turn off your search privacy in your settings, as Google likes Pinterest! 

2. Make your blog Pinterest friendly 
Next you need to make sure it's easy for your readers to share images from your blog. Now there are a couple of ways you can make your blog images more pinnable including a "Pin it" button which pops up when you roll over any of your blogs images. It's easy to install and easy to use, as within a couple of clicks your image will be pinned and automatically include a backlink to your blog. You can also add a Pinterest widget onto your sidebar, which displays your latest pins. Widgets aside, bearing in mind Pinterest is a visual platform, its key that your blogs images are pin-worthy. Meaning when creating and taking photos for your blog, consider if your readers would pin them. Vertical images, taller images, infographics and how-to images are very popular.

2. Create a board dedicated to your blog
This step is simple. Using the title of your blog create a board dedicated to your blog so anyone can find your posts. You can directly pin your images from your blog using the 'Pin it' button, or directly upload from your device. But if you do this, make sure to edit the source, as it will not automatically include a backlink. I've arranged my boards in order of importance and have put my blog board first. And whilst you want to showcase your posts and entice new readers, it's important to avoid self promotion, so don't spam your followers by dumping them all at once as they will become diluted (if not irritating)

3. Pin like mad (well consistency)
On a regular basis, I discover a lot of beautiful images and at one point last year I questioned if I was pinning too much! But in reality pinning too much is near enough impossible. It is however important to pin quality images over quantity. So whilst I pin every day, I always pin and repin images that I love, or are in my niche. A few of my Pinterest boards include; hair, beautiful makeup and eyeshadow (duh!). With your business account, you can refer back to your analytics to see which pins are popular and the more people repin from your Pinterest account, the more influence and reach you'll achieve. And if you're lucky, you may pin or repin an image that then goes viral, meaning it is pinned, then repined again, again, again and so on. And as mentioned before it's important whilst finding inspiration to give a little back to by pinning your own images. You can also pin images directly from Bloglovin'. And don't disregard the basics, share the love; comment, like and follow.

4. Participate in group boards
Talking of networking, joining and participating in active and relevant group boards is a great way to promote networking and recognition for your blog. Group boards are simply regular boards with multiple pinners/contributors. You can discover group boards via PinGroupie. And if you're a fellow blogger you can join my group blogger board by dropping me an email (you must be following me and the board for me to send you an invite). Group boards are also a great place start if you don't have any, or many Pinterest followers, as participating in group boards will increase exposure dramatically. As when someone accepts your invite to become a contributor, that board is automatically added to their Pinterest page. Easy promotion at its finest. Just remember to respect the rules. 

5. Apply for rich pins
Oh rich pins! I'll be honest in saying that I've only just got my head around this one. So to put simply rich pins are regular pins but include a little extra information on the pin itself and also adds your favicon to the pin. It's not a necessity, but a nice touch (branding and all that jazz). There are different types of rich pins, 6 to be exact: product, place, article, recipe, app and move. As a blogger I use article pins. You can learn how to set up rich pins here

Do you use Pinterest for your blog? Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. 

Happy pinning! 
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19.2.16

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick | Review & Swatches

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick | Review & Swatches
After putting out feelers via a Twitter poll as what MAC lipstick I should purchase next (enabling at its best), MAC Velvet Teddy came out top, dominating 48% of the vote. So, it wasn't long until I popped the ever so popular shade into my basket and on its arrival straight onto my lips. 

Velvet Teddy has an acclaimed reputation as the lip product behind Kylie Jenner's infamous pout and consequently was a sell out. Bur fast forward a few months and we all now know that isn't necessarily the truth. But nevertheless, this matte shade from MAC is worthy of its cult status - could it possibly be the best nineties nude? Velvet Teddy is described as "deep-tone beige" with a matte finish. But applied directly onto my lips it's more of a muted medium-dark beige with a pink undertone. It can appear very dark on my skin tone. Admittedly something I'm not used to and something my Mum voiced she wasn't a fan of. However, the shade is wearing on me, applied lightly onto the lips, or paired with a swipe of MAC's Brave lipstick its pretty much perfection. It's creamy in texture, long lasting and neither drying nor hydrating. I'm yet to pair the shade with my MAC Soar lip liner, but as soon as I do, I'll be sure to give you the deets. 

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick | Review & Swatches
Have you tried MAC Velvet Teddy?
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17.2.16

Forgotten Makeup Favourites

Forgotten Makeup Favourites
Have you ever had a rummage through your beauty stash and stumbled across a few makeup products and thought 'ooo I used to love that'? Well, with an ever-growing makeup collection it can be easy for makeup products that once graced the top of my vanity to disappear back into storage. So today I'm sharing four forgotten makeup favourites that have been neglected in the last year or so and deserve a little love and attention here on BBA. 

Stila "In The Light" Eyeshadow Palette £25.00
Stila's most popular eyeshadow palette "In The Light" used to be my go-to eyeshadow palette. "In The Light" is a cheaper alternative to the likes of Urban Decay's offerings and is by far one of the best all rounder palettes for the price tag. The sturdy minimalist cardboard palette houses ten beautiful cool and warm toned eyeshadows and one retractable full size smudge stick. The palette includes Stila's iconic shade 'Kitten' a warm toned, pinky beige with a metallic finish. It's beautiful. "In The Light" seems a little hard to come by online, but if you're a bargain hunter it can often be found lurking in the messy makeup section at TKMAXX for just £10.00. 

NARS Orgasm Blush £23.00
Rewind back to 2-3 years ago, I can guarantee in all photographs taken, I'm wearing a dusting of NARS Orgasm on my cheeks - I loved the stuff. Described as "as peachy pink with shimmer" the premise of NARS Orgasm (if the name hadn't already suggested) is to give your skin a post-glow without having sex. When applied it appears more pink than peach on my skin tone and the gold soft shimmer really brings the glow. It may be more appropriate for evening-wear, but NARS Orgasm is a multiple award winner and for good reason. 

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter(s) £7.99
Colourful lip products have been on the back burner over the last year whilst the 90's nude lips make a triumphant return. But when Revlon launched their ColorBurst Lip Butters back in 2012, we all went balmy! The bright lip butters are somewhere between a balm and lipstick. They're light, not sticky, hydrating, bright, yet sheer. And at the time of their release I wanted to buy every single shade, so it's safe to say I own a little more than two. But my two favourites include Juicy Papya and Sweet Tart. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow £4.99
Admittedly I have a large eyeshadow palette collection, so very rarely find use for single eyeshadows. Nevertheless, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadows are a drugstore makeup must have. The creamy smooth, potted cream eyeshadows work well on their own, as a base and eyeliner. Whilst there not really permanent like a tattoo, they do boast some serious staying power (although I can't vouch for 24HR wear!), and don't smudge or fade. Their creamy consistency, however that does mean they can on occasion crease. But they're versatile and most importantly affordable, plus available in some very pretty shades. 

Have you had a rummage recently and rediscovered old makeup favourites?
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15.2.16

A Natural Beauty Obsession

Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil
Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil, is a facial oil worth talking about. And it's not often we talk about skincare here around these parts! Beauty obsessives love this oil from Pai. Why? Because it works. 

I don't share skincare all that often here on BBA purely because I don't like to swap and change up my skincare routine all that often. But the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil is a product I rely on to sort my skin. Admittedly I don't use this oil on a daily basis (maybe I should?), but when my skin has a temper tantrum, I get plagued with pesky red bumps and redness and in turn scarring. And the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil helps with a multitude of skin concerns, but most importantly it's a healer. 

The orange-coloured oil (won't leave you looking like a human tangerine) but is infused with unique concentrated blend organic and natural ingredients including; rosehip fruit and seed oil and Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 (essentially fatty acids). Combined, the ingredients in Pai's Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil boosts the skins natural healing functions, whilst helping to protect and maintain moisture, softness and elasticity of the skin. 

This oil can be applied at any time of day, but I tend to use it alone before bed. Using the glass dropper, I apply 2-3 drops into my palms and massage the oil onto my freshly cleansed face. On application, the oil improves my skin's texture almost immediately, plumping it up whilst reducing redness and blurring fine lines. After just a few uses the discolouration that's left after pesky blemishes come to stay is significantly reduced and my skin is calmer in colour and brighter in appearance and generally in a much better condition. 

Overall, Pai's Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil is a good all rounder and as it's organic and natural it's unaggressive, so ideal for sensitive skin. This oil can also be used to aid stretch marks, ages spots and UV damage. And it's relatively inexpensive costing £22.00

Are you too obsessed with facial oil? 
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13.2.16

4 Lipsticks for Valentine's Day

4 Lipsticks for Valentine's Day
It's time to prep your pout and pick your favourite lipstick for Valentine's Day. Whether you've got a date, or planning a night with the girls, I've picked four luscious lip products from a cherry red, to a nude that won't budge, to ensure you're good to go. 

If you like dark hues, Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Aria' is beautiful. The sultry deep raspberry matte liquid lipstick has a slightly moussier texture than GC Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and is highly pigmented. It's doe-foot applicator sits perfectly on the lips, although I would always apply with a mirror in hand and once it's dried down it doesn't bleed or transfer. And whilst it can be a pain to remove. There's no need to feel self conscious as is holds up well throughout eating and drinking.

What would a Valentine's lip edit be without a red? For a pop of colour Clinique 'Cherry Pop' is a true bright and crisp red. Applied directly from the bullet it doesn't drag and feels hydrating and super light on the lips. Admittedly 'Cherry Pop' isn't as long lasting as a liquid lipstick, but surprisingly it does last a good 3-4 hours and leaves behind a nice stain for good measure. However, things can get a little messy if you over apply, so I like to take a tissue and dab away any excess. 

Firstly I must address the playful packaging and love heart bullet that's kinda too cute to wear (see here). But nevertheless, the heart shaped bullet doesn't make this limited edition lipstick from KIKO's new Best Friends Forever Collection difficult to apply. 'Soft Marsala' is a soft muted red with a velvet finish. The lipstick formula is creamy, opaque and wears beautifully without bleeding. And you'll be pleasantly surprised at the price at just £5.90 - KIKO has a friend in me! 

Red lips aren't the only option for Valentines. So if you're after worry-free wear Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in 'Serenity' is perfect. 'Serenity' is a warm pink with a hint of brown and has a kiss proof formula that wears for hours. The laid-back liquid lipstick is light on the lips and although a little lip prep may be required (like all liquid lipsticks), it's very comfortable on the lips. It's a fail-safe lip choice and a personal favourite of mine.

4 Lipsticks for Valentine's Day

What lipstick will you be reaching for this Valentines? 
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11.2.16

Dare To Bare

Nude Eyelash Lace Bralet & Briefs from Accessorize.
It goes without saying that we all like to pull out the cotton briefs every now and then. But cotton briefs aside, regardless of whether anyone else will sneak a peak of you in it or not, beautiful lingerie doesn't just look good, it makes you feel good too. And Accessorize have an underrated selection of lingerie that's perfect if you fancy something a little different from your traditional bra, or a little something to perk you up... 

Bralets often flood my Pinterest feed and it's not surprising. The semi-sheer nude pastel pink lace bralet from Accessorize is beautiful, feminine and flattering. With soft floral lace detailing, adjustable shoulder straps, non-wired cups, hook and eye closure and delicate trim, it's the prettiest way to do downtime. As well as being a sure way of spicing up any outfit! The bralet is a comfortable fit and offers a little support and lift with side and front wire. However, it may be a little impractical for those of you with bigger busts. But sexy never the less. The bralet from Accessorize has very comfy pair of lace bottomed Brazilian briefs available to match:

 Accessorize Eyelash Lace Bralet £14.00*
Accessorize Eyelash Lace Brazilian Brief £7.00*

Have you tried any lingerie from Accessorize?
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9.2.16

Spectrum Collections 8 Piece Eye Blending Set

Spectrum Collections 8 Piece Eye Blending Set

If you're on the hunt for an affordable set of blending tools I've found a vibrant answer; Spectrum Collections 8 Piece Eye Blending Set. Whoever said it's well-worth investing in a good set of makeup brushes wasn't wrong. But with budget brush brands upping their game, its become clear that good quality brushes do not necessarily have to cost a lot.

Before we get on to technicalities, I think we can all agree that Spectrum Collections sell the prettiest and most Instagramable brushes ever, with their aesthetically pleasing pastel pink handles and blue ombre bristles. You'll also be happy to hear their brushes are vegan, cruelty free, hand finished and made from the highest quality synthetic hair. In fact, they're the softest synthetic brushes I've ever felt without feeling flimsy or cheap. All the brushes pick up pigment well and they wash clean with a trusty bar of Simple soap. 

The 8 piece eye blending set from Spectrum Collections arrived packed in a plastic zip lock travel pouch and includes everything you could possibly need to master that smokey eye: Precision Crease, Tall Tapered Blender, Small Angled Shader, Medium Fluffy Shader, Stubby Shader, Fluffy Pencil, Short Smudge and Tulip Eye Contour.

And they're a complete bargain priced at just £29.99, especially as individually the brushes cost £3.99 - £4.99 each. So if you're after a girly, fun and brush set that won't break the bank I recommend you take a look at what Spectrum Collections have to offer. But be quick on the mark - this brush set sells out like hot cakes! 

Have you ever tried any brushes from Spectrum Collections?
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7.2.16

71 Beauty Blog Post Ideas

71 Beauty Blog Post Ideas
Looking for beauty blog post ideas? I for one know how much of a struggle it can be to consistently come up with new blog post ideas. So I've compiled a list 71 beauty blog post ideas to help combat the dreaded bloggers block. What you waiting for? Grab your notepads ladies! Here we go... 

1. Product review 
2. FOTD (face of the day)
3. How much is my face worth? 
4. My everyday beauty staples
5. My everyday makeup 
6. Holy grail beauty products
7. Battle of the subscription beauty boxes
8. Best budget discoveries
9. Top 3 face masks 
10. Go-to beauty tools
11. Date night beauty
12. Holiday beauty essentials
13. Five product face
14. HOTD (hair of the day)
15. Shopping my stash
16. eBay beauty bargains 
17. Products worth the splurge
18. Makeup wish list
19. Nail tutorial 
20. Forgotten makeup favourites
21. Pamper products
22. Monthly beauty favourites
23. "No makeup" makeup look
24. Favourite beauty accounts on Instagram
25. Beauty haul 
26. Disappointing beauty products
27. Handbag beauty heros
28. Favourite beauty blogs
29. My makeup collection 
30. Products worth the hype
31. My hair story
32. Beauty product empties
33. Beauty hack(s)
34. Deseret island beauty picks
35. Top 5 nude lipsticks
36. Top 5 red lipsticks
37. The best beauty dupes
38. Products for spot prone skin 
39. A makeup celebrity look
40. Best of the beauty sales
41. Beauty jargon defined
42. NOTD (nails of the day)
43. Brand focus
44. Skincare routine
45. My fragrance wardrobe
46. Best beauty books
47. Long lasting makeup 
48. Makeup storage ideas
49. Dirty hair secrets
50. 5 glow getters
51. Skincare staples
52. Upcoming beauty 
53. Bedside beauty products
54. Top 10 under £10
55. DIY beauty products
56. Budget beauty brushes
57. What's in my makeup bag
58. Summer/ Spring/ Winter beauty essentials 
59. Favourite YouTube beauty tutorials 
60. 5 beauty brands to try 
61. Shower staples
62. SOS beauty
63. Melt proof makeup tips
64. The blogger made me buy it
65. Top 5 beauty bases
66. Seasonal inspired makeup look
67. Everyday makeup brushes
68. Top 5 nude eyeshadow palettes
69. 15 minute makeup 
70. Top 10 nail polishes
71. Beauty blog post ideas 

I hope these beauty blog post ideas are helpful and get your creative juices flowing! And if you have any post ideas, or ways to find inspiration share them in the comments below. I'm sure they'll be much appreciated. 

Love your resident beauty addict,
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5.2.16

The Sticky Trick For Perfect Winged Eyeliner

The Sticky Trick For Perfect Winged Eyeliner
Let's be honest, whether you're a makeup pro or novice applying liquid eyeliner can be tricky, if not a total nightmare. But if you don't have the steady hands of a heart surgeon don't worry, I have a sticky trick which is by far the best way to master winged eyeliner; scotch tape. 

This beauty hack isn't exactly ground-breaking, but over the Christmas holidays Scotch Tape was in vast supply and as my freehand feline flicks/cat eyes/winged eyeliner doesn't always go to plan, I put the infamous Pinterest beauty hack to the test and was impressed by the results. And have relied on the trusty trick ever since. Using Scotch Tape as a guide doesn't necessarily speed up the process and yes, you may look a little silly for all of 5 minutes, but who cares? It's totally worth it. 
So what do you need? 
- Eyeliner of choice (if you're a liquid eyeliner virgin, opt for a liner pen or marker)
- Scotch Tape (but any tape will do)
- Cotton buds & makeup remover
- A black eye pencil/kohl 
- Mascara 

Before you steam ahead, remember to take your time and if you're applying eyeshadow, make sure to do that first, as it creates a base for the eyeliner to adhere to. And don't forget to apply the tape to the back of your hand, remove and reapply a couple of times to take away some of the tackiness. Now you may go forth and may the wings of your eyeliner always be even... 

The Sticky Trick For Perfect Winged Eyeliner

1. Apply an inch-long piece of Scotch Tape under your bottom lash line at the corner of your eye, at an angle towards your temple. How you apply your tape will determine the shape of your feline flick/cat eye.  
2. Next take your eyeliner and apply it as close to the root of your upper lash line as possible and into the inner corner of your eye. I personally find resting my little finger on my face helps to steady my hand. 
3 & 4. Using the Scotch Tape as a guide, continue applying liner along the tape (mess isn't an issue!). Then bring the eyeliner back towards your lash line in a triangle shape and fill it in. Remember liquid liner starts thin towards the inner tear duct and gradually widens and comes to a sharp point at the end of the flick. 
5. Now gently remove the tape (but make sure the eyeliner is dry first) to reveal a smooth and straight feline flick.
6. Go over the eyeliner if required and clean up your under eye area with a cotton bud and a little makeup remover. 
7. Next tightline your upper water line (without jabbing yourself in the eye). This will define your lash line and fill in the visible space. 
8. Polish the look by applying a few coats of mascara. But remember it's all about the liner not the lashes! 
9. And voilà! You've mastered the sticky trick for perfect winged eyeliner!


Have you ever tried this sticky trick?
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