15.9.14

Berry Lips on a Budget!


As Autumn approaches, I like to change my makeup and switch a few things up. Darker lips always look really classy at this time of year. As I don't wear dark lips very often, I prefer budget lipsticks rather than splashing out. I have three amazing lipsticks at the moment and I'm sure I'll be using them in the weeks to come.

This is a really easy to wear lipstick if you're a newbie to dark lip shades. Berry smoothie is a pale pink/berry shade with a balm like texture. Lip Butters are so comfortable to wear if you suffer from dry lips as they feel a bit more moisturising than your standard lipstick. As this shade is lighter in pink tone, it would suit a range of complexions, even if you're really pale.

The Kate Moss line for rimmel have some really great lipsticks. Unfortunately they don't have names (surely it wouldnt take them 5 minutes to come up with a name?!) 030 is a dark berry/wine shade with a velvet matte finish. The matte texture is creamy and highly pigmented - its comfortable to wear and fairly long lasting. 

Raspberry pie is a true berry shade with pink undertone. Despite the buttery/balmy texture its incredibly pigmented, though I find not as long lasting as other shades. Its an easy to wear shade and again would suit a range of complexions. 



Swatches: Revlon Berry Smoothie | Kate Moss 030 | Revlon Raspberry Pie

Have you tried any of these shades?



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The £7 Beauty Box


Beauty boxes don't need any introduction. Some have come and gone but a few have managed to establish themselves as real value for money contenders. This month, You Beauty celebrate their first birthday. With You Beauty you choose two products each month and there's usually a few little extras in there too. I always check the menu to see whats available and this month I couldn't pass up the chance to order, especially as its only £6.95 including delivery.

Samples to choose from are either full or deluxe size. You can see whats on offer this month here. I opted for a full size Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Colour Lipstick - I received the shade 'maddy', which is an on trend dark nude with pink undertone. I also picked a deluxe sized Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen. I got the shade black cocoa, a shade I will definitely wear. This month, you also receive a full size Tony & Guy Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, a makeup sponge, 2 Crabtree & Evelyn tea bags and £25 Hello Fresh Gift Card. The value of the Toni & Guy product alone is £7, which covers the cost of the box. Along with the lipstick and eyeliner, I'd say this is the best value box I've ever received. The shades of makeup are wearable, there's some nice extras and the hair product is a great treat. Some samples are sold out but there's still a decent selection available. I'd honestly recommend this to anyone, its such a steal!


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14.9.14

The Blog Posts Making My Month!


Sometimes when you read a great blog post, you wanna share some love and that's exactly what I'm doing today. These are just some of the amazing blog posts I've loved this month - they are definitely well worth a read!


Crap You Realise in Your Early 20's by The Confessions Of A Professional Drama Queen




How To Make Amazing Guacamole by The Runner Beans


5 Amazing Ways To Use Rosewater by Miss Sophie | Beauty & Lifestyle

10 Under £10 by Girl With Makeup

Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup Look by The Black Pearl Blog

Learning To Spend Less by Beauty Babbles



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13.9.14

The Top 5 Products I'm Currently Reaching For...


I rarely talk about the products I reach for unless its in a favourites post, however now summer is on its way out, I've had a lil' change up and there's a few new and old(ish) products currently rocking my world.

As someone who suffers with static hair, I'm constantly on the lookout for serums and creams that will tame my frizz. One of the pluses of blogging is getting introduced to new brands. I wasn't familiar with Leonor Greyl until using this product but I'm pleasantly surprised. This serum detangles and nourishes hair without feeling heavy or sticky. You can use it on both dry and damp hair - I like to use it both ways for extra conditioning. It helps to tame my hair and make it look much sleeker than normal. 

I've mentioned these shadow pencils before but they really are awesome to use if you're in a rush. I love the shade 'cool mink', which is a cool toned taupe. Shadow pencils are really easy to use as you can just swipe them over the lid in one go, blend out a little and your all good. These are £8 each but often on offer!I love that it has a little built in sharpener at the bottom so keeping them pointed for liner isn't a problem.

Ahh I do enjoy a lipgloss every now and then and this one is a real good 'un!It doesn't feel sticky and you only need one swipe of the wand to get smooth, even colour. The smell and taste isn't all that but for a drugstore gloss, these are a great, comfortable lip product.

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to MAC cranberry then this is the one. NYX single shadows are under £5 and rust is pigmented, soft and smooth. I like to wear this layered over a black liner or in the inner corners of my eye to give it a little edge. 

Being a lip balm fanatic, the lanolips banana balm is totally my thing. Unlike other balms, this is a bit more unique in that its a 3 in 1 lipbalm with an iridescent finish. I'm not a massive fan of banana but luckily this only has a slight banana scent to it. It's a lot more nourishing than your standard lipbalm, meaning my lips are much smoother and softer after use. I'm sure I'll be relying on it a lot this autumn and winter.

Have you tried any of these products?


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12.9.14

A Guide To Monetising Your Blog


Monetising your blog is becoming more and more common. Whilst I don't think anyone should blog for the sole purpose of making cash, if your putting a lot of time and effort into your blog then making a little bit of money from your blog can cover any costs you put into it, whether its buying a domain, running giveaways or advertising yourself on other blogs. Getting real for a second, your not going to become rich by monetising your blog (well, unless you have an extremely high number of subscribers and views) but it is possible to earn an income from your blog. As I've just started to monetise my blog, I thought I'd share a few ways you can earn a bit of money, whether you're at the stage where your considering blog monetisation or its something your working towards. Over the next few weeks, I'll be talking about each method in more depth but for now here's a quick overview.


1. Affiliate networks
An affliate programme is basically when you earn a percentage of money every time someone clicks through a certain product link/image and makes a purchase. For example, you may earn up to 10% of a sale. When you sign up, you'll have an account where you can keep track of your earnings, click throughs etc. A few affiliate networks include:

Skimlinks

Paid on results

Reward style

Shareasale

Amazon

Its best to have a look at what each one offers in terms of commission to see which one is suited to you. A lot of companies, such as Amazon run their own affiliate programmes so if you're a fan of a certain brand, its worth checking if they offer such a service.

2. Advertising space on your blog
Selling advertising space on your blog to other bloggers or businesses is another easy way to earn a little bit of income. How much you charge and what you offer is obviously up to you - its mainly down to trial and error as I've found. I've just started offering this service via passionfruit, which basically does everything for you including installing adverts and rotating them. However, I think I'll be having a rejig soon.
I'd say numbers do count somewhat when it comes to blog advertising but it really depends on your niche/readership.

3. Sponsored posts
A sponsored post is when you are paid to publish an article on your blog. This may be pre-written content or content you have written yourself. What you charge for a sponsored post is down to you. Brands will have a set budget and guidelines and only you can decide if its something you want to go ahead with. I'll be talking further about this in a future post as it requires a lot more depth.

4. Google adsense
In a nutshell, Google adsense is when you get paid for publishing google ads on your blog. If you're on blogger then google adsense can be set up via your dashboard but you need to apply first (its free to join). How much you earn varies but you need to earn £60 before you can cash out.

5. Blogging networks
Joining a blogging network, such as mode media (formerly glam media), handpicked media or BlogHer is a way of working with certain brands, whether its advertisements, samples, sponsored content, events. With these type of networks, you need to apply. I'm not with any network so I honestly don't know if its worth applying for or what they require, however I do know you need over 10,000 unique UK users per month to join Handpicked media so I'm guessing you may need a high level of views to join the other networks too.

6. Blog sales
Holding a blog sale selling your items is probably the easiest way for anyone to make some money via their blog. Unlike ebay/depop, its free to put your items on your blog to sell and you don't need a certain amount of views/subscribers to hold one. Blog sales are highly popular as its a great way for people to buy makeup/clothes at a much cheaper price. If you're holding a blog sale then check postal costs and shipping regulations. For instance, Royal mail wont ship nail polish abroad and there are rules on sending liquid make up items.

7. Selling from your blog
An alternative method to earn money is to sell from your blog. This may be certain products or services, for example, you may open your own online shop - I currently have an etsy store selling blog templates here *shameless plug* and lots of other bloggers sell fashion items/jewellery/homeware. You could also offer your writing services for freelance projects or write an ebook.

Its also important to think about declaring your blog earnings for tax purposes. I'll be going into much more depth in future posts but these are a few options to consider when thinking about monetising your blog. If there's anything you'd like me to cover, let me know in the comments below!


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