Sunday, 28 September 2014
When I first started, as like you all I had no idea where to start and what to write about. I had been reading all the big bloggers for a while and I wanted to be just like them, but my photos were not very good, and all had an orange tinge. But I kept plugging away and tried to do the best I could. I am not very good with computers, and so everytime I hit a problem I got frustrated and just felt like giving up.
I dreamed of having huge numbers of followers, and kept setting myself a little goal, for example getting to 10 followers, then 25 followers then 50. I was amazed everytime I hit the target and kept climbing and at the moment I am at a staggering 550 followers. My confidence has grown in meeting new people and pushing the boundaries that scared me and that kept me wanting to stay within the safe and secure four walls of my home.
In making my blog, I have made new friends which I am forever thankful for and have gone to four different events where I have spoke to people I have never met before and I have been able to visit places that I had never even dreamed I would get to go to. I have tried new make up and skincare brands that I have never used and found that I love them. I am learning tips and tricks with make up and beauty all the time, therefore deepening my knowledge base and this really helps my role at work, as I feel I can talk to the customers with more confidence.
I feel because of my blog I am developing myself as a person and I am enjoying what I am doing so much. At first I will admit, I just wanted to try and make money from my blog, and now I have realised that that will never happen, but now that does not really bother me, because I am doing something that I really love. If it does happen in the future then that would be great and I would love to be able to give up my regular job and blog full time, but until that time I will just keep happily typing away to my hearts content.
If you are reading this, and you are wanting to start a blog, but you dont have the courage to start, I say go for it, just try and you will be surprised at how far you can go.
Thankyou so much to all my followers and friends who read my blogs, you are all incredibly special to me, and you will never know how much your support means to me.
Here's to the next 12 months.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
I met up with some of the other girls before the event and we had a walk around some of the stores, and then slowly made our way up to the venue. Once inside, the area where the meet was to be held, was decorated really beautifully with pink and white roses, and cupcakes that had #bhmbloggermeet spelled out on the icing.
Once all the girls arrived, Abbigayle got straight down to business and spoke to us about what she had planned for the 2 hour meet up. We were all allocated a name badge and on that badge had a symbol, e.g a ring, or a teacup, or a square. We had to one at a time, say our name and then Abbigayle asked us a certain question depending on what our symbol was. I was fine, until she said my name, and my mind went totally blank and I couldn't think of a suitable answer to the question. Duh!! Trust me, my moment of fame and I stuffed it up,lol.
Then we all got to pick our goody bags,and they were totally amazing. In there were lots of lovely things, and an fantastic binder that Abbigayle had made all herself to help us keep on track with our blogs and information sheets to fill in to keep records and things. This is a god send to me, and will totally be helpful for me in trying to promote my blog even more. We then had to instagram our picture holding the binder. Yet again, my nerves came into play and I could not take a good picture and so asked the lovely Laura, who was sat next to me, if she could help me.
"cupcakes + makeup = the perfect day"
We then could instagram the picture and the quote that Abbigayle thought was the best would win a prize. Luckily enough, we were able to eat the cakes after, and oh my days, they were delicious.
After this, we had a talk about Motives Cosmetics from the lovely Kirsty Lo, she brought some gorgeous samples for us to look at and test and one of them was an eyeshadow palette, that I totally fell in love with, and once I get enough money that will so be on my shopping list.
Then we had a tutorial from 2 girls from the Central School Of Make up, who showed us how to apply eyeliner correctly and tips and tricks to help us along the way, which was totally needed by me, as I am useless at eyeliner.
Now onto the goody bags. This part will be photo heavy, as I wanted to show the amazing things we received from the wonderful companies who helped to enable the meet to take place.
This gorgeous photo and pencil from Dottie Rocks.
The lovely people at Lush in Birmingham sent us this big bag of products. I love Lush and their products, so this was gratefully received.
You know me and my brushes, a girl can never have too many, so this brush will come in very handy.
Sampler perfumes from Colour Me Fragrances.
Thankyou so much to Abbigayle for allowing me to take part in this wonderful meet up, and to the other girls who were there for making me feel included and making the day so special, last of all a big shout out and thankyous to the companies who sent us things to be tested.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post.
Till next time,
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
First up out of the box is a L'Oreal Professional hair masque. It is only a sample size, but there is enough in there to last a few uses. So I was well impressed with this product. The full size you would purchase is 200mls for £15.50, but this one is 75mls. All you need to do is to apply to towel dried hair and leave on for 3 minutes and then rinse away.
I hope you have enjoyed this post about the Glossybox. I definitely recommend the monthly subscription box, you get so much value for money and the products that get picked out for you are always nice and you get good variety in what you get sent.
Let me know in the comments, if you have received the Glossybox this month and what you think of the products.
Till next time,
Sunday, 21 September 2014
With Slimming World, you are allowed 15 syns, and so you can have naughty treats, like biscuits and cakes but the minute I eat one, I want another and another. So I stopped having my syns and now I am just craving EVERYTHING. The week I was poorly with my arthritis I did put 1 and a half lbs on, which was devastating to me and I really felt like I wanted to walk out of class and never come back, but my friends in class all persuaded me to stay and our consultant Nikki, really tried to reassure me, that sometimes gains were in inevitable and that I just needed to try and get back on track and keep going.
Last week, I lost one pound and so my total loss in 5 weeks has been 7 and a half pounds, which isnt bad, but is not good either. It is so hard, when you know you need to lose the weight but inside, part of you just wants to go back to the old me, and enjoy food again. Deep down, I am not sure I can carry on with this diet, but I will try as I know I have to do this for my health but I still miss my Greggs cakes, and baguettes and cheeseburgers, and curries. Yes, the meals I have been cooking were really nice and tasty but they dont compare to my old meals.
I wish there was a magic machine that could get rid of all the weight, so I could eat normally again but that is not going to happen.To think I have got to be like this for the rest of my life is so depressing to me, food is a constant battle in my mind and I feel like I am torn in two every day, deciding whether I can conquer the food demons that constantly surround me. I guess it is just a case of taking it minute by minute, hour by hour and just trying the best that I can.
Well, that is my post for today. I will try to be better at posting my diet journey weekly, and if you have any tips for me to help me, please let me know in the comments below, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Love and Hugs.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
1) Which foundation has the best packaging?
This has to be the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation. It just looks so pretty and feminine with the design on the outside of the bottle, that I knew straight away this foundation has the best packaging.
For me, this has to be the MakeUp Forever foundation. When I first purchased it, I thought that it was going to be too dark, but it actually suits my skin tone perfectly. I am terrible for picking foundations that are normally too light for me, but this one really matches me well.
This question was easy for me, and the answer straight away is my Estee Lauder Double Wear, you can apply a light layer if you want just a light coverage, or you can slowly build it up to be a totally full coverage product. You can even (as I have done in the past) just used it as a spot concealer and dabbed it on areas where you need a little more coverage, and it never looks too cakey or too much.
4) Which foundation do you think is best for travel?
This is quite a hard question as most foundations do come in heavy glass bottles, which would be a nightmare to travel with as you would be worrying about them smashing and then foundation going everywhere (my idea of a nightmare). But I found one that would be quite compact enough to travel with, and doesnt come in a glass container, so reduces the hazards of smashing and that foundation is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation.
5) Which foundation do you regret purchasing?
This is an easy one for me, and it is an awful foundation and that is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint. It is just too watery for me and just looks as if there is nothing there on my skin. It is too thin, and just looks cakey if I even try to just apply a thin layer. A big regret in my book.
I really don't think any of the brands have foundations with the best colour names. They are more or less the same shades used, i.e sand, nude, vanilla, etc etc.
7) Which foundation is the least used in your collection?
Definitely the L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint. I have used it maybe 4 or 5 times, got fed up with not being able to get a good enough result and unfortunately it has been languishing at the back of my drawer ever since.
That would be a toss up between my Estee Lauder Double Wear and my MakeUp Forever foundation. I just love both of them so much as they really do give my skin that flawless, airbrushed look to my foundation that I really want.
Love and Hugs
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
As you can see from the picture above, I have been doing a little bit of shopping, and this was about 3 weeks ago and so some of the products have been well loved since I purchased them.
These were the 2 Illamasqua products that I have spoke about in a previous post. I love the Rose Pout lipstick and have worn it almost constantly since I purchased it. For me it is just the perfect nude lip, and I think everyone should own this shade, and the blush is just such a pretty glittery pink.
I chose the peach shade, and it is beautiful. I did try to do a swatch of it but it just would not come out on the picture, but when you apply it either just on it's own or over the top of a lipstick or liner, it really gives the lips such a pretty sheen and sparkle, that it is a must buy in my book.
My last purchases were some of my favourites, and it is with the amazing brand Charlotte Tilbury. She can do no wrong in my eyes, her eye shadows are pigmented to the max, her lipsticks and beachsticks just glide on with no dragging of the skin, which is important to me. But this time, I bought a brush and a lip liner.
I hope you have enjoyed reading all about this little haul, let me know in the comments what products you have been purchasing lately.
Love and hugs