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The spring make-up edit

Friday, 30 March 2018

I think Spring might be one of my favourite times of the year, I mean it's not quite summer but it's still lovely outside and after the winter we've had in the UK it's just nice to finally see some sun and get some fresh air without coming home looking like you've fallen in the river. I thought I'd have a little sort through my makeup collection and fish out all my 'fresh-faced' makeup ready for Spring.

Highlighters



I feel like highlighters are one of my must have's during the warmer months and whether you prefer to go all out and blind those who walk past you or keep it subtle and have a more natural glow I've picked out a couple that I love. The Makeup revolution Rose Gold ingot highlighter is a new addition to my collection but I absolutely love it I've used it a couple of times and it's definitely one of those where you wanna scratch the top off for the best pigment but it's quite subtle if you don't do that so you have the option. The colour is gorgeous it's rose gold and it looks gorgeous on.The packaging is simple but gorgeous the pan is pretty big making it really good value for money (£4) and the highlight is shaped like a bar of gold with 'Bank of revolution' imprinted into the highlight, which I just think is adorable. 

The second highlight has a little mix of both blinding and subtle highlights it's the Technic strobe kit, I've found that the cream highlighters are the most bright and pigmented there's a pink toned cream as well as a yellow, The powders are a little less bold and there's a peach toned highlight as well as a lilac shade this little kit was only £2.50 which is such a bargain and it's really good quality for the price, you can read a full review on this here.

Last but not least I picked out a pan from the body shop called 'Indiana Rose Quartz' this is quite a natural subtle highlight and I really like it for those days where I'm after just a 'fresh face' or if I'm in a rush. I got this in the contouring kit but I can't seem to find that anywhere but you can get it individually for £5, the pan has lasted so well which is such a bargain.

Lipsticks


For spring I think a peach or pink shade is perfect, I love shades which perk up my complexion personally so to start with I've picked out the MUA Luxe liquid lipstick in Halcyon I used to be absolutely obsessed with MUA when I first started using liquid lipsticks, they were pretty much the only brand I owned so when I spotted this one in Superdrug I grabbed it straight the way, the shade is a brownish red but as with the majority of the lipsticks the shade is a little darker in the tube because of the frosted glass. This applies well but it does dry quickly so you have to be quite quick with your application.

Another lippy I love for spring is the Sleek matte me in shabby chic, I know I bang on about this one quite a bit but it really is the perfect shade. It's pink with purple undertones, it works really well with both glam and natural makeup and it's just my perfect shade and a bonus is that it goes well with quite a few make-up looks that I've done. Another one of my Sleek faves is the matte me in shabby chic, this is more of a peachy pink and it's fab for more bronzey makeup, these lippies are so comfortable to wear and they apply so well which I love.

The next one isn't actually a matte lipstick (whatttttt?) I know right, shocker. I decided I needed more than your standard liquid lipstick in my collection if I actually want to experiment a little more with my makeup so the Tanya Burr lipgloss in Pink Fondant is my next pick. Update: I'm still not a fan of your bob standard gloss but I surprisingly like this one. The colour is pretty and I do like the fact that it gives your lips a nice shine this does wear off quite easily (as with most glosses) but It's worth the top up, it also moisturises your lips nicely which I like.

Eyeshadow palettes



Now I couldn't chat about makeup without whipping out the eyeshadow palettes. I'm not hugely great at eyeshadows but I am learning and I do find high-end palettes easier to work with purely as I find them easier to blend, they're much more creamy in my opinion and they're just so easy to work with which is why my first pick is the Too Faced Sweet peach palette. Don't worry, I won't go on too long because I know I've waffled on about this so much but in short, it's pigmented, blendable and smells of peaches; you can read more about this here.

Sometimes in the summer you just don't want to be faffing around with a complete eye look and there's been a couple of occasions where I'll just use whatever bronzer I'm using that day to just give me something which I highly recommend, bonus points for sweeping a highlight on the middle of your lid, inner corner and brow bone to catch the light.

What make up are you hunting out for spring?

SEO for bloggers - 5 tips you need to know

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Digital Marketing experts, Bigfoot Digital, have teamed up with Charlie’s Wonderland to give you some top tips on how to grow your blog.




Your blog is your pride and joy. You’ve created your layout, posted your first blog post and you’re actually quite proud of what you’ve achieved. However, we all know that being a successful blogger isn’t as simple as writing the odd post here and there. So, what next


At Bigfoot Digital, we blog a lot. An awful lot. Thankfully, we know how to best optimise our blog posts for SEO to get the most out of them. We make sure the content we’re producing is based around the topics people want to know about, and ones that are helpful to our audience. It’s the way to go to get your content noticed and shared. In terms of SEO for bloggersyou need to prove to search engines why your site should be placed above others for popular search terms. 

You want to people to read your posts, and it’d be amazing if your blog got noticed by other people. That’s why many of us write our content! But how can you grow your blog from a blank canvas to a regularly active website? We’re here to give our top tips on easy ways to grow your blog. All you need is a little dedication.

1. Keep it looking and sounding professional.
The worst thing about visiting someone’s website is quickly noticing that it doesn’t look too great. It will instantly turn off your readers and they may even refuse to read your contentbecause of it! It’s worth investing some time into making things look good and more importantly, making sure everything links up correctly. You also need to make sure your content is top quality and is tailored to your audience. These are the people that matter and are the ones who are going to take in the information you give them. User experience should be top of your priority list when it comes to keeping on top of your blog. 

2. Get a Social Media presence and share your content.
When you start sharing your content, it can feel a little daunting. The fact that people you don’t know are reading your content can be a scary thought! However, the best way to overcome this is by getting your content out there straight away and sharing across social media channels. It’s worth setting up new profiles for your blog and building your community around it. You develop the right audience and bring in new readers daily. You’ll be surprised at the growth you see in such a short space of time if you keep at it. 

3. Keywords and SEO techniques.
Now to the more technical stuffIf you want your blog to become more searchable (and findable!) online, you need to get up to speed with how SEO works. Doing some keyword research to find out what your readers are looking for can be a great way to see what the online search volume is for a particular subject, and if it is worth writing about on your blog. Other SEO techniques for blogging that can be useful include a whole host of things:
• Titles – getting keywords in your titles can give you a boost. It will help Google to understand what your post is about and what to show in search results.
• Images and alt text - use great quality images in your posts whether these are simply stock images or images you have taken yourself. Getting your keyword in the alt text of your image will ensure they’re optimised for best results.
• Link building  building links from other trusted sites to yours is a great way to build up the trust of your site. When linking to other sites, make sure you only link to those with a good domain authority. You can check the authority of a websites by using an online checker, such Moz.

4. Create a schedule.
If you’re not posting regularly on your blog, you’ll not be building your following or engaging your readers. Google likes to see updated site content, so having a schedule of whenand what you post will make things more organised and will even push you to meet your content deadlines. Make sure youresearch possible blog titles to entice your readers and to make what they read more interesting to them.

5. Tag and categorise appropriately.
The options to tag and categorise your blog posts aren’t just there to make your post look pretty. They’re there to help your post get found by the right people! Think of it as a book. Your categories are the chapters of your blog and your tags are more like an index page. This makes things more specific and a lot easier for readers to find what they’re looking for. 

When you write a blog post in future, make sure you keep our top tips in mind to make your posts count. It doesn’t take a genius to build a successful blog. It just takes a little determination and a passion for what you do. 
What are your top tips for growing your blog, and what has worked best for you?
Bigfoot Digital are an award-winning Digital Marketing Agency, specialising in everything from SEO to Social Media Marketing.

Botox, Whats the deal?*

Thursday, 15 March 2018

I'll be the first to admit that when I think of Botox, I think of the old saying, If the wind changes, your face will stay like that.’ I think that's because there's so much stigma surrounding the procedure which usually leaves us all thinking about the 'frozen face' look. I want to understand more about this procedure, and actually, understand what the deal is with BotoxTrust me, it's a lot more than just an injection. I've teamed up with Courthouse Clinics and I'm going to find out what the deal is with Botox. I'm not, of course, suggesting we all go and get plastic surgery, but I wanted to post this for anyone considering the procedure who might want to know more, whether you're really against procedures or you're in the process of having one done to you!


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What is Botox and how does it work?Is it safe & does it hurt? The overall effect

Botox is an anti-ageing injection that is used to smooth out wrinkles. It's an inexpensive procedure and is very commonly used - it can even be completed as quickly as your lunch hour! Botox is clinically proven and it works by weakening the muscles which gather your skin into folds. It does this temporarily and makes the skin creaseproof in that area. Once the Botox is injected, it will attach itself to the target muscle to give you this effect. Usually, the Botox wears off in roughly 4 months and then your skin will return to its previous state. 

The actual procedure itself is broken up into a couple of steps. Firstly, you'd have your consultation where your doctor will discuss Botox with you, as well as talk about what you're aiming for with your treatment. After that will be your treatment, where your doctor will prep your skin with a cleanser and then administer the Botox using a small needle into the target muscle. This will then prevent the muscle from contracting and leave you with 'crease proof' skin which looks smoother and firmer.

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Botox is one of the most commonly used cosmetic procedures, so long as you're using a trained doctor and are using it in recommended amounts it's perfectly safe. People, of course, have different pain thresholds but most people would describe Botox as slightly uncomfortable. As with most cosmetic procedures, there's likely to be some pain, though it is possible to numb your face beforehand with a numbing cream if you are worried about pain. 


Overall, I've learnt a lot about the procedure. Before researching, I just had the frozen face in mind! However, the results of Botox with this clinic are just so natural and it really does give a nice smooth finish. There are of course some instances where you shouldn't really have Botox doneIf you’re taking muscle relaxants, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, you really should steer clear of the treatment. It’s important to do your research first to determine if the Botox procedure is something for you.

Courthouse Clinics really understand the Botox London* way! As well as their London location, they have clinics across the length of the UK, including Birmingham, Sheffield and Southampton to name a few. Their trained Doctors want you to feel your very best, so have many different treatments to choose from at their clinics, including Laser Hair Removal, anti-ageing. injections and Dermal Fillers. Their team is super friendly if you’d like to get in touch, and they also have a live chat on their website which I have found really useful. Sometimes, people feel more comfortable having a chat about procedures like this over the internet than over the phone, so you’ll always feel at ease!

P.S pro or fail? - Primark's oval blending brush tested.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

 Although I've seen these types of brushes on literally every blog & Youtube channel ever I can't say I've ever tried one myself, I saw this on the off chance when I was mooching around in Primark and I thought I'd give it a go and see what the fuss was about.



First Impressions

On first impressions, this looks exactly like the ones I've seen for £30+ so we're off to a good start. It was on sale for £2 but the usual RRP is £4 so I'm really not expecting a lot from this brush at all but I might be surprised. The packaging is really simple just a clear tube with a little silver card to line it but it's a bit of a pain to get out of the packaging (most likely me just being clumsy) I actually ended up cutting my finger on the plastic whilst opening this so just go carefully. This is quite insta worthy purely because of how simple it is it would go with most backdrops (bar black). So after slicing myself open, I can say the brush does feel really soft although it doesn't look to easy to use, it's quite awkward to hold as well which is making me a little weary but we'll see how it goes.

Quality 
Primark quality hasn't exactly got the best reputation which I'm sure we're all aware of although I do have some bits from there that have surprised me, This however not so much on first impressions, this feels like the flimsiest brush I've ever held. Almost like when you grab those like 20p toothbrushes from Tesco when you're travelling and they snap during the first use? yeah, that flimsy. So we're not off to a good start on the plus side though I mentioned before the bristles were quite soft but they haven't moulted or anything like that which is what I expected but we'll see on that one.

Blending 

I'm quite terrified to blend my foundation with this, I'm either expecting to end up really streaky or have it snap whilst I'm using it. I'm using The Body Shop's matte clay foundation and I'm just going to start blending in circles as I would with my usual buffing brush. so the first thing I've noticed is that my foundation is being pulled off in places which I am not a fan off at all, I've decided to just add another thin layer of foundation and buff that over the top which has worked well. I am liking how much this brush covers whilst I'm blending because of the size and shape, though it is a little awkward to get into the little places without like wrecking your eye make up. I can definitely feel the flimsiness I'm not too sure if all of these types of brushes are like this but it is feeling like it's going to snap if I'm not too careful. I do like the finish this has given though It's blended out my matte foundation to quite a natural yet still full coverage finish and it really looks great (If I do say so myself). I also found this really handy for softening my contour and I'd be quite happy to apply contour with this brush as well just perhaps a smaller sized one. 

Conclusion

So overall is it a P.S pro or a P.S fail?.
I'm going to say it's a P.S Fail, although this did well compared to my expectations and I really wasn't expecting much for £2 the only major pro of this brush I have this that gave me a nice finish eventually and it's affordable. However on the flipside, there was just so much that I didn't like about this brush, mainly how awkward it was to hold and how flimsy it was as well, I also didn't like that it pulled off my foundation and I ended up having to add more layers just to get an even finish. I've found this bruhreallyy hard to clean out, it seems like I had to just keep rinsing and rinsing. I'm sure I'll be trying these brushes again but I'll most likely be going for a different brand to get the best finish possible but it's a good place to start if you're unsure on this type of brush and don't want to fork out over £10 to try one.

Have you tried these brushes?.


A guide to your perfect brow product

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

our generation is obsessed with brows Id almost go as far as to say it's close to "if your brows aren't fleek you can't sit with us". With our brow obsession comes lots of brow products, like a hella lot of different brow products, I thought today I'd br-br-break it down for you and help you find the best product for upping your brow game. So how many different types of products are there for your brows exactly?, Roughly 5 so which exactly is perfect for you?.


Brow powder

I go too, perfect for filling in sparse areas. As I have quite full brows I don't really need to shape them etc I just need to run a little powder through my brows to make them look a little more groomed. The powder I'm currently using is the makeup gallery brow quad. This has a couple of different shades in it which is so handy, but my all time favourite is the seventeen all about the brows kit. I wouldn't go for a brow powder if you have quite sparse brows personally because the pigment isn't too strong also they can tend to wear off quite easily so If you're after something more 'set' I'd recommend a gel or pomade.

Brow Gel

Brow gel is so handy for giving you a natural finish on your brows, they usually come with a spoolie which means the product is evenly dispersed although if you aren't too careful it can look a little 'blocky' and too much. Personally, I prefer a powder to a gel because I just prefer the finish of a powder and I feel you get more control by using a slanted brush. It's quite pigmented which is great and it also lasts so well, it almost 'locks' everything in, I do like the fact that you can set other products in with a clear brow gel.

Brow Pomade

Brow pomade is a Gel- mousse formula, I haven't tried it personally but it is hyped about quite a lot, going on reviews pomades are usually smudged free (so perfect for holidays) and I do spot them a lot in youtube & blog tutorials the most hyped is the Anastasia brow pomade. Usually, you apply this with a slanted brush (the same as powder) which means you have plenty of control with the product. However, the pomades are usually very pigmented so you will want a decent brush otherwise you may have some trouble with them and going by reviews you definitely want a spoolie to soften the 'beginning' of your brows especially if you're after the perfect fade.

Brow Crayons

I don't do too well with crayons but some people really love them. personally, I think some crayons can be quite waxy and they can look overbearing if you're not careful. Pencils are really easy to control which is handy for beginners, it was actually the first brow product I had in my makeup bag, If you did want to try a crayon I've heard good things about the Anastasia Brow definer (I swear she's killing it at this whole brow thing) I'm actually considering giving this one a go.

Brow Tint

A permanent tint to keep your brows looking fuller and defined for longer the perk of this is you don't have to actually do anything with your brows, they're done already so it'll cut the time of your make up routine and also you can do it yourself at home but do remember like it's permanent and it may be cheaper to do it yourself but if you aren't confident with it I would recommend getting it done by a professional, Benefit has a brow parlour as well as superdrug they're not too expensive either and I'm sure it beats having brow here, there n everywhere.

My Brows

Overall I prefer a powder for my eyebrows, I find it really easy to use and I think it gives you such a nice finish, it's easy to build and it's really easy to fade the beginning of your brow with a powder. I like the fact that a powder is easy to clear up if it goes wrong although I am considering swapping to a pomade after reading about the Anastasia one because it just sounds unbelievable as well as completely foolproof (which your gal needs).


What's your favourite bow product?.

Testing out The body shop's Matte Clay foundation

Thursday, 1 March 2018

I've had a few beauty bits and bobs from the body shop in the past; some I love, some not so much. I saw this foundation a couple of months ago and I was somewhat sceptical to buy it, I hadn't heard good things and I suppose I was expecting it to be a very light coverage coming from the body shop. Recently my local rep was giving 40% off and I decided to just go for it, it was only about £8 making it cheaper than my usual foundation and a fraction of my all time favourite (Younique's liquid foundation) but was it worth it?.


Coverage 

In all honesty, this is the thing I was most worried about, I've tried a couple of foundations from the body shop and the coverage has always been 'Buildable' aka hella light. I used a litl3e bit more than I usually would just in case and blended it out with my Real techniques buffing brush and I was very surprised to see full coverage as promised. 

Application

This comes in a tube with a really precise 'nozzle' (I guess you'd call it), It's very easy to apply because of that, it also isn't 'runny' like other foundations I've tried which makes it really easy to blend. I squeeze the tube straight on to my face and generally use about 4 'lines' of the foundation. I like the fact that the nozzle is precisely because it doesn't let too much product out so no more of the 'Just scoop it back in the tube' nonsense although if you do squeeze to much out good luck because this nozzle is tiny. The foundation blends quite well although I did find myself 'patting' it in around my eyes as if you would a concealer but personally I do this with most of my foundations to get more coverage around my eyes anyway.

Formula 

The first thing you're gonna notice when you squeeze this out the tub is it wreaks of tea tree which I freaking love It just has such a clean fresh smell to it and I really like that, Plus tea tree is very good for your skin (especially if you have quite a few blemishes like me). It also includes Morrocan 'lava clay' god doesn't that sound lovely?. I personally have oily/sensitive skin and this works so well on it, I don't have to prime when I use this foundation and it still lasts all day which is so great. 

Shades


There are 10 shades fo this foundation and there are some quite good matches in there for different skin tones, personally, I went for 010 because your gals pale as but I think I could have gotten away with one up because this is very pale (even for a Wednesday Addams look alike). I would advise going to the store for this because the shades are generally lighter than they look on the tube (I just use a lot of bronzers to balance my paleness out). There's also a couple of darker shades that would suit darker skin tones which is nice to see because usually, the darker foundations in some ranges can come up too light or dark for some people but these shades generally look like a good match.

Cons 

Whenever I write a review I want to start writing a 'cons' section, I don't want to bash products but I want to give a more balanced review and if I do find anything off I do want to mention then I can do it here. There's not much about this foundation I dislike, if I had to pick something I'd say it can come up a bit light in terms of shades so I'll for sure go one darker next time but that's mainly my fault rather than the product itself as I didn't look into swatches.


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