7 Beauty Sins!


I don't know if there are any 'rules' when it comes to beauty but we are often told certain things that we are supposed to do or not do. I'm guilty of certain things so I thought I'd give this tag a go. Here are seven of my beauty sins!

1.Baby wipes
I know baby wipes are meant to be bad for the skin - they can dry out the skin and don't remove makeup properly but I still use them (although not as much as I used to). Maybe its because I'm quite lazy at night. When you're tired and just want to get to bed, a skincare routine is the last thing on my mind!

2. Visiting a hair salon
I hate going to the hairdressers, I don't know why I just do. I can just about manage getting my hair cut once a year - getting a trim every 6 weeks is never going to happen unless its a diy job.

3. Cleaning make up brushes
I will be very honest and say that I don't clean my makeup brushes every week, which may sound quite bad. I do deep clean them every 2-3 weeks but its such a chore!

4. Overplucking eyebrows
oooh now this one I'm very guilty of. When I was younger I had no clue how to shape my brows (even now I'm pretty clueless) but yes there have been many times in my younger days when I sported half an eyebrow!very sexy!

5. Dyeing mishaps
This is why I should force myself to the hairdressers because damn I've had some hair dye horrors. miss matched hair, Yep!a shade that looks brighter than the sun, Check!You name it, its probably happened.

6. Dodgy makeup looks
When I first started experimenting with makeup, youtube and blogs were just a pipe dream (this makes me sound soo ancient!). I had no idea what to do with makeup so I just slapped it on which resulted in orange foundation (cue people at school asking if I'd been on holiday. My friend - "no its just her foundation"), 80's style blue eyeshadow and facial glitter thrown everywhere.

7. Shell suits
ok this isn't really a beauty sin as such but my god shell suits were horrendous. If you don't remember them then you're very lucky. Luckily for me, I had a lovely lilac number, thanks mum! Please fashion gods don't let this become a trend ever again!

Let me know if you give this tag a go!I would love to read your beauty sins!


Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

The Mascara Round Up!


I don't really review many mascaras because in truth I find it difficult to find one (and I've tried quite a few) that works on my lashes. My natural lashes have no length or volume whatsoever so I need all the help I can get. The current mascaras I use are all travel size versions but as they're all available to buy in full size, so I've decided to write a quick speed review round up!

Benefit Bad Gal
For a long time this was my HG mascara. The brush is quite large which I like as it adds great volume and length so my lashes. The formula is on the dry side so it doesn't clump or smudge, however the mascara tends to dry up after a short while, making it difficult to use. I've yet to try they're real so I'm not sure how they compare but bad gal is still one of the best mascaras I've used.
Priced £17.50

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel 
A newly released mascara, le volume de chanel adds both length and volume to my lashes. The one thing I don't like about it is the wet formula - it clumps easily and leaves annoying flecks of product under my eyes during application. I have to remove excess mascara with a lash brush but it stays put all day and its super black so it really defines the eyes.
Priced £24

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building
Saving the best till last, this mascara is amazing!It lengthens, adds curl and volume, never looks clumpy or smudges. Basically its perfection in a tube! My lashes always look really natural too when I use this - I really don't like spidery lashes. Its completely worth the money.
Priced £18.50

Have you tried any of these?
Whats your favourite mascara?




Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

May Favourites


I say this every month but time is flying so fast. It doesn't seem that long ago since it was new year. Somehow its almost the end of another month and I've picked out a few products I've been enjoying using.
After not being too keen on the Rimmel undercover eye primer I've reintroduced it into my routine. It doesn't work for me with powder shadows but under cream shadows it helps to keep my shadow in place all day. My most used eyeshadow recently has to be Burberry pale barley (swatched here). This shadow is easily the most pigmented and softest I've tried. I'm also a bit of a sucker for the packaging.
Blush wise I'm loving Illamasqua lover - a soft matte apricot. So far I've loved everything I've bought from Illamasqua and lover is no different. Its a very flattering shade that is extremely pigmented and long wearing. I've just picked up hussy which is a gorgeous shade too.
I mentioned The body shop honey bronze bronzing powder in this post and its a product I've been pretty much every day. It looks really natural and doesn't pull orange like a lot of bronzers do. For nails and lips I'm enjoying a double whammy of red tones. MAC Ablaze lipstick (reviewed here) is limited edition and a lovely red shade with slight orange tones. I don't own anything else like this shade so its nice to have in my makeup bag and even if I don't feel like wearing eye makeup I can put this on and it brightens my whole look. The China Glaze shade I'm currently rocking is make some noise - a bright orange coral. I like china glaze polishes on the whole as they're generally a good formula and not too expensive. You can also get them in UK now from beauty bay etc.
Whenever I get a few blemishes I always turn to Nip and Fab's spot fix as the gel formula feels light, without drying the skin out. This stuff really helps to reduce the redness and clear up blemishes quickly. One final product I need to mention this month is Real techniques eyeshadow brush which is one of my favourite eye brushes. Its small enough to apply colour to the crease as well as applying shadow to the lid. The brush is super soft and washes well. Its well worth buying!

What are your favourites this month?


Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Ebay Buys #1

Satchel Bag £12

Hi everyone!Hope you're enjoying the sunshine wherever you are. I was going to write a haul post for today but I think most of the things are bought are pretty boring to be honest - hair brush, tanning mitt etc, so I thought I'd show off one of my recent bargains instead.
I don't think its a secret that I love ebay!Well buying - selling is a such a faff! You can find some real gems on there that are really cheap. I especially love looking at the fashion section. This satchel bag was only £12 from this seller. I bought an alexander wang rocco style bag from ebay a while ago and its my most used bag . My main worry about ebay bags (apart from not being duped) is that you have no idea of the quality. Return policies on there vary but for £12 I thought it was worth the risk. Luckily I love this bag. You can tell its not real leather but it doesn't look really cheap either, if you know what I mean. Its feels sturdy and its a good size - handy for shopping! I've got my eye on this givenchy dupe next!

Have you ever bought any bags from Ebay?


Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer


After being impressed with the body shop honey bronze bronzing powder (reviewed here) I decided to pick up the new bourjois maxi delight bronzer. There's only one shade available at the moment - 02 which is perfect for olive/tanned skin. Though I'm very pale skinned, I thought this might be a good option for when I'm fake tanning as I can sweep it over my chest/shoulders etc as a body bronzer.
First off, this bronzer is a huge compact so it will last for ages. The bronzer has a subtle gold shimmer running through it which is flattering once blended. The powder feels incredibly soft and is really easy to blend.


 I cant put my finger on the scent - its kind of a chocolaty/coconut/summery fragrance all in one.This would make a great bronzer for anyone with tanned or olive toned skin but I think the body shop bronzer is a much better option for paler ladies. If its launched in a paler shade I'll be snapping it up - I did say that I'm not keen on shimmery bronzers but this one has convinced me otherwise as its really subtle - no disco ball craziness here!
For £8.99 its the perfect summer buy!

Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Beauty on a budget!


Whilst its nice to splash out now and again, I'm also a firm believer that you don't need to spend lots of money to find good products. I love looking for a bargain whether its online or in store. Here's a few products that deserve some love!
The Eco tools bronzing brush (from ebay here) is a great brush for powder or body bronzing. I think its slightly too big to be used for blush or bronzer but its really soft and washes well. Buying from ebay I'm not 100% sure if its genuine but its a good quality brush for the price and one worth buying.
Collection illuminating touch brightening concealer (amazon) is a recent beauty buy of mine. I suffer from under eye dark circles so I need a concealer that will brighten and give decent coverage and this concealer does both. I'm not a fan of the brush as its not very soft so its best to apply with fingers or a blending brush. I also find adding a bit of eye cream beforehand helps to prevent concealer looking dry or cakey.
For eyebrows, Maybelline master brow pencil (superdrug)has become a staple in my make up bag and would probably be more hyped up if it was available in more shades. Lukcily, the brown shade is perfect for my brows and keeps the in shape and looking natural.As its a wax formula, its very creamy and I like that you get a brush on the other end as it makes it easier to get that natural look.
One of my missions this summer is to get a firmer, toned body (Yeah, I say this after wolfing down a toffee crisp!) so I picked up Cyclax anti-cellulite and firming body gel (amazon). I'm not familiar with this brand but it was super cheap so I figured it was worth a try. I've not been using this long but my legs feel smoother and softer. The smell isnt great - its a citrus fruity scent that lingers but if you can get past that then its not a bad little buy!
One thing I always need is blotting powder (thank you oily skin). One of best ones on the market is the Rimmel stay matte powder (here). It does a decent job of controlling oil without that caked on look and lasts ages. It not the easiest thing for carrying in your bag as theres no mirror or powder puff but still worth buying for anyone with combination/oily skin.
One of my favourite nail brands is Essie which are just £1.99 at fragrance direct. Another cheap buy on there are the Rimmel kate moss lipsticks (here). These are well worth £1.99 - easy to wear, none drying and good pigmentation.

Have you tried any of these? I would love to know your best budget buys?



Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Review: Concrete Minerals Eyeshadows


I'm always on the lookout for new brands to try. I first came across concrete minerals on cutecosmetics but after browsing for swatches, I discovered that the concrete minerals website has an offer for bloggers/youtubers which worked out at around £12.70 for four full size shadows including delivery to the UK. My order arrived within a week and there was a little thank you note on the receipt - I love little things like that!
Concrete minerals contain no parabens, fragrances, talc, bismuth oxychloride and are cruelty free.
I ordered shades:

Blitzkrieg - shimmery bronze brown
Lolita - shimmery taupe with pink undertones
Troublemaker - medium brown with gold sparkle
Black Metal - black with silver sparkle


Each loose shadow comes in a plastic sifter pot


The best way to apply these is to empty a small amount of shadow into the pot lid. Take your brush, dip into the shadow and tap off any excess on the side of the lid before applying to the eyelid. I found this method created less mess and no fallout during application. I applied these over a MAC paint pot and they lasted all day without fading or creasing. I love all these shades - black metal also makes a great liner when applied damp. I'm honestly really impressed and I'll definitely be purchasing a few more shades!

You can buy them here for $7 each or from cutecosmetics for £6
If your a blogger/youtuber you can check out the special offer here

What do you think of these?


Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

source

Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming tropical taboo collection from MAC. Tropical taboo is a mineral collection available from July (US) so possibly July/August for Europe.


Mineralize Lipsticks
Lady at Play – Mid-tone cool tangerine
Divine Choice – Mid-tone cool pink cream
Midnight Mambo –Intense violet
Luxe Naturale – Light beige cream
Glamour Era – Mid-tone warm brown frost

Cremesheen Glass
Calypso Beat –Pale neutral pink
Fever Isle – Bright red coral
Japanese Spring  - Pale mid-tone pink
Narcissus – Mid-tone eggplant

Lip Pencil
Hip ‘n’ Happy – Mid-tone blue pink
Have to Have It – Soft warm beige
Heroine – Bright purple
Ablaze – Bright apricot
Tropica -  Silver blue with purple pearlize pigments

Mineralize Blush
Sweet Samba –Dark pink with tan pearlized pigments
Exotic Ember – Orange with bronze pearlized pigments
Simmer- Burnt rose with peach/gold pearlized pigments


Mineralize Skinfinish
Adored – Coral with light beige pearlized pigments
Rio – Bronze with bright pink pearlized pigments
Lust – Pale pink with cranberry pearlized pigments
Soft ‘n Gentle – Gilded peach bronze
Gold Deposit – Soft reflective golden bronze

Mineralize Eyeshadow
Dare to Bare – Light cream with gold pearlized pigments
Carribean –Rose with pink and red pearlized pigments
Cha-Cha-Cha – Deep blue green with green pearlized pigments
Time to Tango- Lavendar with silver pearlized pigments
Bossa Blue – Royal blue with brown pearlized pigments

Kohl Power Eye Pencil
Feline – Rich Black
Orpheus – Intense black with gold pearlized pigments


Brushes
187 Brush – Duo fibre face brush
159 Brush - Duo fibre face brush
287 Brush - Duo fibre eyeshadow brush

In Extreme Dimension Lash
Black




Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Foundation


Becca is a brand that's been on my radar for a while but for some reason I've just never got around to buying anything from them. A while ago the brand got discontinued in the UK but its now back at space nk and a few other retailers. I found the radiant skin foundation on offer at love make up so decided it was worth a splurge. I love trying out new foundations as I really believe your base is the staple that brings your look together. With the wrong foundation, your skin can look terrible but finding the right one and it can look flawless.
The radiant skin satin foundation aims to create an even toned base with subtle radiance, disguise imperfections and provide medium coverage. 
The packaging is a squeezy tube, which is ideal as its non messy and far more hygienic than a plain bottle. The foundation itself is really easy to blend - I apply with real techniques stippling brush, before buffing in with a sigma or real techniques buffing brush (from core collection). This foundation creates a beautiful finish - my skin looks smooth, fine lines are softened and I have a healthy glow. Even on my oily skin, it holds up most of the day. I still need to blot my t-zone which is normal with any foundation I use.
I bought shade buff, which in hindsight is too slightly too dark for my skin tone. Although its perfect for when I fake tan.


I will definitely repurchase but will pick up a lighter shade, either porcelain or shell. Becca radiant skin satin foundation has everything I look for in a foundation - good consistency, long lasting, natural looking finish..
The only downside is the price - £32 for 40ml (I paid £19 at love makeup but theres only a few shades left)
Next on my list is the shimmering skin perfector - a product I've heard so many great things about!

Have you tried Becca?

Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Ebay Beauty Bargains!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

I'm always on the hunt for a few bargains on Ebay so I thought I would put together a wishlist/post on a few current steals I've found. The foundation sponge is a bargain - definitely buying one of those!

Let me know if you've found any bargains lately?

Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Rave Review: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder


Hi Everyone! I havent blogged much over the last week due to feeling a bit meh but I'm now ready to get my blogging mojo back and I'm starting with a review of product I cant get enough of. 
I picked up The Body Shop honey bronze bronzing powder after seeing a few blog posts on the new range.  The honeycomb design of the powder drew me in and I liked that its not too pricey. It retails for £13 for 10g but I managed to track it down on ebay for £6 including delivery.

The honey bronze bronzing powder is a matte finish bronzer - I prefer matte bronzers as my skin is fairly oily and I think shimmer powders tend to make my skin look greasy after a few hours. 
The powder comes in four shades - I have light (the lightest one you can buy) but theres also fair, medium and dark so there should be something to suit the majority of skin tones.
The compact is really sturdy and has a mirror inside, which is handy for touch ups during the day. The powder itself feels really soft, not too powdery and is pigmented, whilst looking incredibly natural. It can be built up easily to give an extra sunkissed look but on my super pale skin I just like to lightly sweep over my face with a sonia kashuk highlighting brush which I bought here  (I'm not sure if this brush is genuine but it feels really soft and doesn't shed so I'm happy with it.)



I've built up the powder in the swatch but it looks really natural on the skin to give a healthy colour.

How I apply

I'm no make up artist but I find this method works for me;


I sweep my bronzer across the forehead, down my nose and across my chin - its almost a 'Z' shape. This is where your face naturally catches the sun, so I find it looks more natural, rather than just sweeping all over.
I'm really impressed with the honey bronze powder, so much so that its become an everyday product for me and I never thought I would say that about a bronzer. It makes my skin look healthier in a kind of 'lit from within' way and doesnt look muddy or orange.
 For a shimmer bronzer, the body shop brush on bronze or shimmer waves are a good bet. Theres currently 40% off online with code HONEY  and free delivery over £5.

Have you tried any body shop bronzers?


Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

St Tropez Gradual Tan Mousse

St Tropez Gradual Tan Mousse - c/o Hairtrade

Being extremely pale and burning in the sun, fake tanning is my go to option for achieving a little colour. As I naturally never go brown I prefer to use a product that gives a subtle natural colour - enter St Tropez Gradual Tan Mousse - a lightweight mousse with conditioning aloe vera to give a natural golden tan which I kindly received from Hairtrade.com, a leading UK online retailer of hair extensions, hair care and beauty products.

Before applying any tan product, I exfoliate my skin to get rid of any dry patches. I also use an intense body moisturiser for a few days before tanning in order for the tan to work better.
St Tropez mousse is colourless so you have to make sure that you've applied to every area. I bought a tanning mitt from ebay, which makes applying much easier. As the formula of the mousse is light it sinks in and dries fairly quickly. I use this at night as it takes a few hours to develop. It does have a slight fake tan smell, which I don't really mind too much.
The result is an even subtle golden shade but you do have to be careful when applying to hands and feet - I find these are the areas that can look patchy.

Overall, I'm pleased with the results and its definitely a product to consider if you're looking for a subtle natural tan




Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

New In: Haircare


Until starting a blog, I never paid much attention to hair products. I have really thick hair with oily roots and dry ends. When I was younger, I used to colour my hair a lot - bleach and using straighteners every day took its toll. I grew my hair out a few years ago and had it cut shorter, so its in much better condition these days. I now use more hair products but they have really helped to make a difference to the condition of my hair.
Here are a few recent additions to my haircare routine:

1. Schwarzkopf gliss hair repair ultimate volume shampoo - I spotted this in bodycare for 99p and love it. I cant believe a cheap shampoo is so good. It doesn't really do much for volume if I'm honest but it cleanses my hair, leaving it looking clean and healthy. It also doesn't make my roots look oilier, which is a problem I have with a lot of shampoos. I still wash my hair every other day but this is definitely one of the best shampoos I've used for oily hair and I've used most of them!I'm definitely going to stock up on this one.

2. Timotei pure 2in1 normal to greasy hair shampoo - This is another 99p steal from bodycare but I have spotted this range in pound shops too. First of all this range is not as natural as it seems. It is paraben, silicone and colorant free but it contains SLS (this article explains more about sls) . I'm not too clued up on natural products but I know Sodium Lauryl Sulfate isn't considered a 'pure' ingredient. That being said, I prefer this 2 in 1 version of the shampoo to the original - it has conditioning benefits which my hair feel soft, smooth and clean.

3. TIGI S Factor smoothing lusterizer is a smoothing cream that's perfect for thick and frizzy hair. It smells like strawberries and cream so it makes my hair smell amazing as well as looking smoother. The cream can be used before or after styling and has a subtle shimmer in it to reflect light, making hair look shiny. I find I only need to use a small amount on the ends of my hair as using too much can make it look oily.

4. Sebastian professional shaper fierce hairspray - c/o The Hut. Although this has your typical hairspray smell, its lightweight, doesn't feel sticky and holds well. I don't usually use a lot of hairsprays but I like that this one doesn't give your hair that 'crispy' feeling that many sprays do.

5. Vo5 smoothly does it tame and shine spray - When I do use straighteners or a curling wand, I use this as a heat protection spray which works a treat!It contains heat defence properties so it can be used before styling or after. Its lightweight and makes hair look shiny. I bough this when it was on offer at Tesco and I'm definitely thinking about buying a few more products from the range.

6. TIGI hair reborn smoothing texture refine masque* is a product used in salons and designed to provide an intensive treatment to smooth frizz prone hair. I've been using this once a week after shampooing and usually leave in for 10 minutes. It leaves my hair looking silky smooth and feeling nourished.

Have you tried any of these or are there any products you would recommend?



   Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

New Beauty Products for Summer 2013


I love seeing what beauty products are going to be launched and there are some great products being released coming up to summer this year.

First up is the Loreal sublime range which has been redesigned as well as adding more products. New items include express pro self-tanning dry mist in dark tan, one day glow tinted and shimmering gel and pro summer legs self tanning dry mist.

2. Models Own are on the ball at the moment and next up is the splash collection - polishes containing hand cut glitters with shades including aqua splash (sea blue), red sea (fuchsia red) and golden shores (sandy coral).

3. Dior birds of paradise summer collection includes nude tan bb cream, nude tan paradise blush duo, addict lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, shadow palettes and jelly pens - I cant wait to see these!

4. In June, Bourjois are releasing limited edition travel size versions of volume glamour max mascara in shades black, ultra blue, green lagoon and purple mania. Priced £5.99 each.

5. Kiko are launching a self tanning range including tan scrub, self tanning rapid drops, self tanning spray and mitt.

6. Next up for OPI is the minnie mouse couture collection - chic from ears to tail (bubblegum pink), a definite moust have (fuchsia), minnie style (red and white glitter), innie minnie mightie bow (crimson) and magazine cover mouse (liquid sand). Available from June.

Which products are you looking forward to?

Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

DIY Summer Grunge Nails


I'm the first to admit that when it comes to nail art, I am hopeless. Today I had a play around with a few polishes and came up with these summer grunge nails which are super easy to do!

You need:
Base polish - I used models own utopia
Nail polishes - I used models own golden green, bubblegum and orange sorbet*
sponge and scissors to cut the sponge into small pieces
plain paper 
I also used a nail wheel to practice on

After applying models own utopia as the base, I then sponged each nail color individually. I found it easier to pour a little polish onto plain paper so I could dip the sponge in the polish and then apply. I started with bubblegum and then orange sorbet before finishing with golden green.
That's it!so easy and its looks really awesome!

Let me know what you think





Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

April Favourites!


I haven't written a monthly favourites post for a while but there's a couple of products that I've really enjoyed using in the past few weeks. The naked basics palette is a product I've mentioned before but its been a great investment, especially as I don't own the other urban decay naked palettes


Urban decay shadows are pigmented, long wearing and don't crease. Venus with naked 2 in the crease are my go to shades at the moment. 
I've been giving the rimmel undercover shadow primer another go. Although I can get it to work on it own, when I apply a paint pot, such as nubile over the top and then apply my powder shadows, it works really well especially as paint pots on their own aren't enough to make my eye makeup last. UDPP used to be my favourite primer but I find it makes my shadows looks dry and crinkled so the rimmel primer is a much better option for me. I also really like Revlon colorstay liner crayon in brown - it doesn't drag and stays put. It twists up so a sharpener isn't needed!


I've been using MAC's strobe cream (review here) a lot lately. I find it work best mixed with foundation but I also like to apply it under my eyes, before concealer - it makes my eyes look brighter and refreshed!
On the lip front, I really like Laura Mercier lip glace in platinum. Its a clear lip gloss with shimmer, which catches the light to make lips look plumper.


For skincare, I have a mini origins plantscription anti aging serum that I've been using up. It feels light and none greasy, making skin feel smoother and firmer.
My big skincare love of the past month is definitely the elemis pro-collagen cleansing balm. I haven't used elemis for a long time but I'm so impressed with this balm. Even though its an oily balm, my skin feels more balanced, softer and smoother. I apply it to my face, leave for a minute or two and remove with a muslin cloth. I only have a small travel size pot but I will definitely be buying the full size. It is pricey but I really like it so I feel its worth the money.

What have been your favourite products of the last month?

Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

May Electric: Monthly Edit

The monthly edit is where I share my favourite none beauty discoveries/ what I've been up to and some lovely blogs that I've been reading.


Last night I went to the big reunion tour, which was amazing!I was a huge fan of Five back in the day (I swear they havent aged a bit) so seeing them again brought back some teenage memories. All the acts were really good - I still know all the words to most of the songs!


I don't really watch that much TV but the ice cream girls was so good!I haven't read the book so I didn't know what to expect - I didn't see that twist at the end coming!The acting was also brilliant and really believable.


For some reason pinterest wont load on my laptop so I've joined tumblr as a place to share my favourite images. I'm still getting to grips with it but my profile is here if you would like a look. If you have a tumblr account or instagram, let me know and I will follow!

Blog Love

A few blogs I've really enjoyed reading are (in no particular order)

*Kates Wardrobe
*Affordable Treats
*Sailboat



Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

HTML Tips and Tricks #2


Today, I'm continuing with the second part of my HTML tips and tricks series (you can read part one here) by talking about google fonts.
Fonts are a great way of making your post titles, sidebar titles and even your header stand out. Blogger does give you a choice of certain web fonts but if you want something a bit different then implementing one from google fonts is a great way to do this.

Picking a font
You can view all the differing google fonts by looking at the site here. When you're choosing a font, I would recommend choosing one that has a low to medium load time - basically it wont slow your blog loading time down. You can check loading times by clicking on the 'quick use' button under each font.

Installing a font
When you've chosen a font the next thing you need to do it install it via your blogs html template.

so for example, if you wanted to use the font 'BenchNine', click on the quick use tab under the font so you see this page.


The first thing you need to do is copy the code in box 3 (in the standard tab)

Then you need to paste this code right below the <head> code in you blogs html - you'll find this near the top of your html, for instance, mine is on line 4.

At this point, once you've pasted the code, you need to add a / before the > (see below in yellow) at the end of the code you copied from google fonts. So it looks like this
<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=BenchNine' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>

You need to do this for any font you choose as the coding wont work otherwise.

Now you need to go back to google fonts and copy the coding in box 4


Again you need to paste this code in your blog html. Where you place this depends on where you want your new font to be.
If you want to use it in your post title, you need to find the following code

h3.post-title,

and paste the code from google fonts anywhere underneath. So on my template, it looks something like this

h3.post-title, .comments h4 {
  font: $(post.title.font);
font-family: 'BenchNine', sans-serif;
font-weight: normal;
font-size: 20px;

Dont worry if yours doesnt look like mine, as long as the code is under h3.post title tag it will work. 
After pasting the code, just click save and your font will now be installed!

If you want to add your font to your sidebar titles you need to add the font-family coding under the h2 tag. Similarly if you want to use it in your header, place it under the .header h1 tag


*Dont forget to download your template before you make any changes, so if anything goes wrong you can just upload your old template again*

I hope I explained this ok. Let me know if have any questions or if there is anything else you would like me to cover in this series and I will do my best to help!



Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter

MAC Ablaze Lipstick


MAC Ablaze Lipstick is a limited edition product from the fashion sets 2013 collection. I picked this up alongside ripe for love blush. Although MAC lipsticks aren't my favourite - I find them to be quite drying!I love the vanilla scent and the vast variety of shades.
Ablaze is bright matte coral red with orange tones. It has great pigmentation and lasts around 4 hours on my lips. I don't typically wear a lot of reds but I love this shade!I usually put a bit of lip balm on before I apply MAC lippies so my lips stay hydrated.
Apologies for the lack of lip swatch - my lips are like the Sahara desert at the moment - bloggerproblems

*Ablaze has sold out on the MAC website but may still be available at counters*
Bloglovin |  Facebook  |  Twitter