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My Guide To Matte Lips On a Budget // Review

It’s official, matte lips are officially a thing. When it comes to trying out new beauty things, I’m not the most adventurous, hell I’ve only just started wearing eye shadow and guess what colour it is? NUDE. So I like to start by trying out a budget version, hence the post “matte lips on a budget”. I’ve spent the past few weeks collecting different shades and brands of matte lips, ok 4, if there’s more than two that’s a collection to me! All for blogging purposes of course, because I just knew you guys would want me to try them all and let you know, and I never like to let people down. Ok, I wanted them. Matte Lips On A Budget NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp So this one’s been judged the most for two reasons. Firstly, I had high expectations. NYX is like a buzzword in make up at the moment and I feel like this matte lip cream is something people are raving about in particular so I had high expectations. Secondly, the colours on Asos were not clear and I ordered what I thought was a pinky nude which came as a pinky red and I ain’t one for bright colours! It definitely doesn’t go on as smoothly as the other products however, it does smell like butterscotch and if i’m putting something in and around my mouth it better taste/smell nice. Just realised what that sounded like. It is actually a really nice colour though, like I will actually consider wearing this colourful lip cream kind of nice. The colour is really thick? I don’t speak beauty, but basically, it’s vibrant with just one layer. MUA Luxe – Velvet Laquer in Tranquility This one smells a bit like hubba bubba’s in a disgustingly sickly kind of way. I went to get this after I went into Space NK looking for a matte lip and the girl suggested trying a cheap one before pointing me in the direction of the nearest Superdrug with the name of this brand. If I’m not mistaken it’s actually Superdrugs own brand but I might be completely wrong! Anyway, it was only £3.00 and when a tester is still on your hand after numeral scrubs and hand washes a day later, it’s a winner. That is some staying power! I love the pinky brown colour look, just up my street! For the price this one is incredible, the epitome of great matte lips on a budget! Bourjois – Rouge Edition Velvet in Don’t Pink of It This has to be my favourite because the colour is just b-e-a-utiful and it goes on like a dream. It was more than any of the others at £8.99 but totally worth it! I now carry it in my handbag at all times, just in case. It’s also just got a general nice make up/ lip product smell, you know the one – am I the only one who cares about how their make up smells? Sleek Makeup – Matte Me in Birthday Suit For price,…

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Chaneling Britney // Are Pinafores OK?

Are Pinafores OK? Never thought I’d be one to be wearing a pinafore dress but here I am, channeling Britney at her best. I actually really enjoyed styling this one up and was pleasantly surprised by the result, I loved playing with the contrasting lengths of the barely there skirt and the maxi cardigan, I think it works! Cardigan : Old // Top : Old // *Pinafore : PLB // *Boots : Daisy Street Are Pinafores OK? Personally, I’m all about the, its not what you wear it’s how you wear it. Some say you can’t polish a turd, I say, challenge accepted. Not that I’m calling pinafores turds. Ok, shall I start again? Despite the eye watering length, I actually really like this one from PLB, perhaps it’s my abnormal height that makes it so small, I think on a normal human it wouldn’t be so short! Part of the appeal to me is the button up, who can resist a button up detail on anything? Not me, as we all know from experience! Anyway, despite the fact that I know for a fact that if I wore this around my boyfriend he’s do his oh so predictable joke of “sorry, oh, yeah, the 90’s called, they want their pinafores back” I’m pretty sure I pull it off. Please say I do? Can we just take a minute to appreciate the awesomeness (yes I said awesomeness) that is Kirk’s photography skills? I’m loving the two photos above and the ‘blurriness’- I don’t know the lingo okay? The boots themselves are pretty damn hot, you can see my detailed opinion on them along with my advice on fit in my haul here. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m loving these longer length boots from Daisy Street, they’re just so much more flattering and I think it looks amazing with the cardigan. I definitely need to get this cardigan out more often, I find myself neglecting the older pieces in my wardrobe for the new shiny pieces. So what do you think? Are pinafores OK? and most importantly, do I pull it off? Shop the Look Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ so you never miss a post! Lot’s of great posts this week including my tips on creating a killer blog title and why I’ll always be a denim girl! Follow me here! If you’re a fan of my blog, you might be interested to know that I’m also now on youtube! You can subscribe to my channel here for lookbooks, hauls, q&a’s and more! Make sure you send me a request if there’s a video you want me to do! All photography by Kirk Schwarz, follow his instagram here and his website here!

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Make This Monday The Best Monday You’ve Had

We’ve all been there, it’s that dreaded feeling you get on a Sunday night when Mondays looming and you can’t escape the fact that the weekend is well and truly over. In this post I want to share some of my top tips to help you enjoy yourself this Monday and make it the best Monday you’ve ever had – cheesy I know. Personally, I hate the fact that everyone (including me) lives for the weekend. Why should our lives consist of two days when there’s 7 in the week? Ok, so this is really an issue I have with the whole week but let’s just take it one day at a time and start with battling the Monday blues. I would like to share with you, my top tips for making Monday’s G R E A T. Making Mondays Great Start The Day Right What effect do you think an extra 15 minutes sleep does to you and your body? I’m guessing not a lot. This is why I say, get up 15 minutes earlier (or more if you can hack it) and enjoy your breakfast time. If you literally just get up to shove clothes on and go to work then you’re not going to be in the best mood now are you? My thoughts are, make work just a part of your day, not what your day is all about. If you’ve already been up for a while before you go to work. Maybe read a magazine article, had a relaxing breakfast and leisurely got ready, then you’re going to be in a better mood! Take Time Over Your Appearance So this one may sound Vein, but I feel like when you look good, you feel good. Just think, every time you go to the toilet your gonna thing “damn I look good”. Instead of the usual (if your like me) avoiding eye contact with the mirror because foundation was just too much this morning. Be Beyonce Don’t drive to work listening to how bad the traffic is on the road and who died over the weekend, the news and radio stations just don’t do it for me on a Monday, maybe on a Friday, I’m all about that happy hardcore FM. Listen to your favourite music and turn it up to full volume, singing your heart out to Beyonce and walking in like you own the place is how I expect my Monday to go down. Sasha Fierce doesn’t hate Mondays and neither should you. Start A New Notebook Ok, unless you’re rich in notebooks you can’t do this every Monday but I just had to add this one in because to me, a new note book is a new start. Yes, I am a stationary addict and yes I do have a draw full of notebooks with cute quotes on the front and one list in the entire book, and? It’s just the small things that count, like starting a new notebook and using a new pen for the…

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Blogging Tips // Things I Wish Someone Told Me

So I’ve done a post on how to get started as a blogger, easy SEO tips and bounce rates, so the next in my series of blogging tips I thought I would share the things that I wish someone had shared with me! I feel like theres the generic tips that everyone shares and then there’s the tips that they keep back for themselves! If you have any more questions you want answered I am happy to answer on instagram or twitter or even if you wanted I could do a Q&A on my new Youtube Channel? Let me know! Blogging Tips Photography is Key I feel like people always say ‘photography doesn’t matter’ and it’s right to some extent. You don’t need a fancy camera, it’s much better to take beautiful images on your iPhone than it is to have all the gear and no idea coming out with something that looks like it went off in your handbag. Your photography is generally what will attract someone to your post, unless of course you have a super duper catchy title (which is also important!). Not only this, but I myself have recently discovered the power of a repost on social media. If you take a beautiful picture, the brand featured or an inspiration page is going to want to repost it, they’re also going to sit up and take notice of you, as are their 1.5 million followers. . . do you see where I’m going with this? One of my top blogging tips would be to always take photos bearing in mind your instagram and make sure you tag the brands whilst simultaneously crossing your fingers for a re post! Get Google Analytics & Use it I got google analytics a good 6 months after I started blogging and it took me until recently to actually use it. I’ve now got the app on my phone which is amazing for motivating you to share your posts on social media. It shows real time figures and when you can see the views going up in response to your networking it spurs you on to keep doing it! It’s also a great way of learning more about your audience, the time’s and days that your blog is the most popular and the posts that fetch the most views. It’s also the most accurate for stats and the one that all brands ask for. Be Useful When using my Google Analytics (another reason why you need this!!!) I noticed that my posts that were helpful in some way shape or form were doing the best stats wise. I was shocked to see that my outfit posts weren’t doing all that great in comparison, however, I’ve now taken this on board and I make sure that every post has something interesting that the reader can take away. Whether it’s a tip, my opinion, a review, just something that isn’t just “hey look how good I look, I know” or “I got sent…

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