26 January 2012

Nicki Minaj OPI Metallic for Life


I think you don't need to spend a lot of money to get a good nail varnish. OPI's prices are quite expensive, I would only buy one of their products if the nail varnish was a bit different & unusual. This limited edition one from the new Nicki Minaj collection is a beauty. Slightly reminds me of Rainbow connection. You can buy this online from Lena White for for £11. Does Metallic for Life tickle your fancy? How much do you spend on nail varnishes? x

22 January 2012

eighteen



sorry i haven't posted in a few days, i've been celebrating my 18th! 
Hope you are all okay, will be back to blogging now! xxx

16 January 2012

week in pictures #08


Bit of a cosmetic clear out this week, no idea how much liz earle stuff i've been hoarding. Doing some beauty illustrations as I haven't posted any in a while. Denim Blue by Mavala. Some new products from avene which i still need to try out. Hasn't it been frosty lately, had to whip out the hand warmer. Death my chilli con carne. Taking photo of me wearing a brightening serum for the blog but I can't stand pictures of my face!


I've gone for a bit of an update/week in photo's. I've seemed to gain some new followers, hello! And I think it's nice to get to know the blogger & not just post review after review after review. 


Also after a year of searching, I've got a job! So so happy, good for you guys as it's mean there will be some hauls coming up. I've just purchased a lot of make up online so will post that on here when it arrives. I feel like I have to tell you guys if I purchase any beauty products!


I'm up against blogs with 10,000+ followers in the Marie Claire blog awards, eek! I'm extremely surprised i made it onto the longlist & I think it would be cool if the least well known blog got into the finals! If you wanted to, you can vote here


How was everyone's weekend? x

11 January 2012

Oooh have you seen those...Shizzle Lips?

Shizzle lips are basically lip foils. I was kindly sent some and I couldn't wait to test these out. Each pack contains lip foil, glue and a set of instructions. First Impressions, I wasn't impressed by the packaging. I think for the price your paying (£19) you would expect it to come in a nice box or for the packaging to be of a better quality. 



When it comes to application practice definitely is key. The glue has quite a strong smell to it & it felt very wrong putting glue on my lips! It took me a while to get the hang of it, the foil wouldn't stick to my lips leaving a patchy effect.  You can see all me first attempts below. You recieve 1.5 meters of foil which will give you 10 -20 applications according to Shizzle Lips. 
 

I love the idea of Shizzle Lips, I think they would be perfect for fancy dress parties, Halloween, New Year or just if your brave enough to wear them. If you can master the art of applying them the effect is great. They have a wide selection of colours as you can see in the picture above. I do think they are a bit overpriced for what you get but they have good staying power and were fun to test out! They are available to buy here.Would you try Shizzle Lips or have you tried any similar products?


If your not familiar with this 'Oooh have you seen those...' post, here's a bit more about it. It's a feature I do each month on a beauty product that is either new, unusual  or interesting! I love doing these sort of posts as I'm always interested in seeing what new products are launching. I have some really cool products coming up in this feature!

9 January 2012

How to have a successful beauty blog

I know, who am I to give you blogging tips? But since my Shout interview I've had a lot of emails from girls wanting to start their own blog. So, as promised I've wrote some hints & tips that have helped me over the past year. 


How to get more blog followers
Remember, everyone starts with 0 followers. So keep calm and carry on blogging. Readers want to see good blog posts before they start following. Keep your GFC follow button in a easy to find position. Alternatively if you don't have many follows - hide it. So people aren't put off following you. Don't compare the number of followers you have to other bloggers, you don't know how they got their's or how long it took them. Maybe they follow back everyone that follows them? I hate to say it but there is no magic way to gain more followers, don't let it get to you; it's just a number. Maybe some of your followers don't have a google account & your blog is saved to their favourites? That's what I did at first! Twitter has definitely helped me to get more readers. 


Also, just because you have a few followers it doesn't mean you have a bad blog. It's just undiscovered. 


Twitter & Facebook
These are two of the most popular social networking sites that can help you to expand your blog. My followers have doubled since getting twitter - it is a must have! It also allows you to join in with discussions. #bbloggers is a special beauty blogger hashtag. If you search this on twitter or include it in a status more people will see it. Make sure you post photo's on these accounts, people always respond well! Update regularly, interact with your followers and don't moan all the time - easy!


How to get more page views


Comment
propably one of the easiest wasys to get more pages views is to comment on other similar blogs. Most bloggers will return the favour & may even fall in love with your whilst they stop by.


Add the 'Link Within' Widget
I've recently just got this, but it's a great way of new and old readers to discover your other blog posts more easily. You can see it at the bottom of each post. Just click the link if you want to add it to your blog. http://www.linkwithin.com/learn?ref=widget

Images
I prefer blogs that take there own photo's rather then copying & pasting images they've found online. Did you know if you rename your photo, it appears in image searches more easily. For example a photo called - 'DS34905' can be changed to what the image is, 'Revlon Lipstick Swatch'. As a result more page views!

Join Bloglovin
I find gaining followers on here can be a bit slow, but it does bring in more pages views. Worth joining as it's another space on the internet people can discover your blog & follow you. 


Blogging Inspiration


It can be difficult thinking of something to write about. Being a blogger you go through different phases. Sometimes you want to blog everyday & have loads to write about. Other days, you haven't the foggiest what to post & can't get the motivation to blog. Maybe some of you reading can relate to this! If you lose your blogging mojo here are some tips on how to get it back! Read a magazine that includes information about your blog topic, visit bloglovin to see what post's are popular and look through some of your favourite blogs to see what post's they did a year ago.


Under Pressure
So you've read tons of posts about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or the new Sleek Eyeshadow palette - this doesn't mean you have to go out and buy it, swatch it, take photos, review it... Just because people are blogging about these products doesn't mean you need to! Also, blog when you want and when you have time too. Some people blog daily (how do you do it?!) but for most of us, blogging is our hobby and we have to fit it around our busy lives. 


Best Time and Day to Blog
If your with Blogger, there may be similar settings on other platforms, you can view you stats over days, hours, weeks and months. If you've been blogging for a while you will be able to notice a pattern. You will be able to see what day & time you get the most views. This information might help you decide what days to post on. I think on mine popular times are 7 & 8pm. 


What if no one reads my blog?
A lot of people share this worry, but it's not the end of the world if no one reads you blog! People will find your blog and read it, if they don't they probably weren't cool enough anyway.


At the end of the day it's just blogging, don't take it to seriously and don't let it take over your personal life!


This is everything I can think of right now, but i'm sure i'll learn more & there are a few things I've missed out but i will update this & please ask any questions below. Also, I'd love to hear any of your tips. Hope you found this helpful! x


*WOAH THERE, Make Me Up has been long listed  in the Marie Claire Blog & Twitter Awards. You beautiful people. You can vote for me in the 'Beauty Blog of the year' bit here (only if you want to!). I thought they had put my blog in by mistake at first, don't worry I checked!*



6 January 2012

My Love for Burt


I'd never tried any Burts Bee's product before I was kindly sent these products for reviewing. As a beauty product lover, my favourite thing is to try out new brands and discover products that really work. But even more, I love sharing my experiences with you guys!

I was sent some skincare items from their 'Cotton Extract' Range. It is developed for people with sensitive skin. My skin type is normal to combination & I didn't know before hand what products I was going to try out - so I can't comment if these will irritate sensitive skin, sorry!

Sensitive Facial Cleanser £9.99
I don't know why, But I've always loved Burt's Bees packaging. I like the simplistic look of their Cotton Extract products. I think it would appeal to both men & women. This cleanser is to be used like a face wash. However it doesn't foam; instead it has a thick creamy formula and it's soap free. You apply it onto damp skin and massage it in until all traces of make up & dirt have been removed. After using a wet flannel to take off the cleanser my skin felt soft, clean and without any redness or irritation. It says it's fragrence free but there is a slight scent to it which I can't describe! Would you recommend? If your looking for a soap free cleanser, this may be the one for you! 
Daily Moisturizing Cream £14.99
Again, I really like the packaing & the way the product is dispensed. This is to be used in the morning after cleansing. The moisterizer is light but takes a while to absorb into the skin. Would you recommend? Well it keep my skin moisterized thoughtout the day!
Sensitive Night Cream £14.99
I'm a big fan of night creams, I feel they really work & improve the skin. This one from Burt's Bees is quite thin & leaves my skin feeling soft in the morning. it contains Rice Extract to moisturise and Aloe to soothe. I love the glass jar it comes in. Would you recoomend? Yes, I enjoy using this night cream but I personally would prefer it to be thicker.  


Sensitive Eye cream
The area around my eyes can get a bit sensitive at times. This eye cream has a nice creamy formula and hydrates the skin under my eyes. When i got this product into my eyes, it did sting a little! When applied it does feel really nice. Would I recommend? Well, it did sting my eyes which I didn't expect from a sensitive eye cream, so if your more careful then me you night like this.

Mango & Orange Body Butter £12.99
A body Butter is a lot richer then a body moisterizer. They are great for the winter months or if you suffer from dry skin. It contains mango butter and sweet orange oil making it smell delish. Would you reccomend? Yes, I am in LOVE with this body butter. It's my favourite product out of them all.

Hasn't it been winding this week in the UK?! I've been thinking recently where I see my blog going in 2012. This year I want more exciting content, more illustrations & maybe a few contraversal posts... Do you like Burt's Bees? Hope your all enjoying the new year so far x

1 January 2012

favourite beauty products of 2011

happy new year to all my beautiful followers and readers. I asked on twitter what post you would like to see & a reader (thanks islay!) suggested my favourite beauty products of 2011. So here they are, a bit of a mixture of skincare and make up. I don't really invest in my haircare products. **Another product I forgot to add is sudocreme. All this unhealthy eating has caused my skin to breakout & sudocreme has been an absolute life saver!






Kim Kardashion Perfume I'm not normally a fan of celeb products. I just assume there not very good & just another way to make money. But I am in love with Kim K's debut fragrance. Next time you see this I urge you to give it a sniff! It contains Mandarin, Pink Jasmine & Vanilla Orchid.
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser - this product was all over blogs earlier in the year, including mine & I love it! It is expensive retailing at around £13. This year I'm on the hunt for a cheaper alternative!
Burt's Bees mango and orange Sugar Scrub  - This is a lovely body scrub, one the best I've tried. This year I've promised my self I will exfoliate weekly. This scrub smells beautiful and leaves my skin super soft.
Collection 2000 Cream Puff in Angle Delight - Collection 2000 has really gone up in my books this year. Their cream puffs are revolutionary. I hope they bring out some more shades soon.
Frontcover lipstick in Pink Papaya - a really nice peachy colour. This came in their airkiss collection, so unfortunately once I've ran out I've ran out forever as it came in a collection.
Kiehls creme de corps - another new discovery this year & I love it! My favourite body moisteriser, a cheaper much loved would be soap & glory's righteous butter.
Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer - this is a great highstreet concealer, I'll use it over another concealer just to add the finishing touch. Shame the font rubs off!
Superdrug Essential Cleanser - I use this to take of my make up and In the morning if I do'nt have time to wash my face. Absoulte steal at 99p.
Revlon ColourStay Foundation - my mum introduced me to this last year & since then I have brought 3 bottles. Love the coverage, finish & packaging. 
Revlon Compact Photoready foundation - at first I didn't like this, but now I love it. It is a must have before any photo is taken of me. Reviewed it here.
LP Skin Therapy night cream - I can't even explain why this is my favourite night cream but my skin seems to love it.
Super by Dr.Nicholas Perricone Sun kissed Tinted Moisturiser - this moisturiser really does tint your skin, it gives a natural healthy glow. The coverage is low so I like to layer it on top of my foundation. It doesn't look cakey in the slightest. My skin is left tanned & luminous, may have to do a separate post on this!

Hope you are all well & wishing you a good twentytwelve. Any new years resolutions? What have been your fav products of 2011?  

This year I want to travel, exercise more, spend more time with friends, have a job, make this blog brilliant and find a nice - preferably rich boyfriend. Is that too much to ask for?
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