Bettering Your Blog in 2015 & Some Amazing Blogging Advice


I'm not one for new years resolutions but as I said in this post, I want to better my blog in 2015. I don't think theres anything wrong with wanting to better yourself - as a perfectionist I'm always in competition with myself to try and improve and I think my blog has a lot of room for improvement. 
So how do I think a blog can be improved? Well, its easy to say write better, improve your photography or blog design but putting things into practise can prove more difficult.
I intend on bettering my blog with the help of all the amazing blog advice on the net. Theres so many different tips that it can be overwhelming but using clear and concise information where needed really can help you to improve.

My favourite pieces of advice

A few pieces of advice I'll be using in 2015 includes;

How to get serious about blogging - great advice if you want to take your blog to the next level.

How to promote your blog successfully on social media - advice for really getting your blog out there!

How to make a media kit for a small blog - great introduction for making a media kit for ANY blog.

How to use google keyword planner - really great for seo purposes

13 ways to drive traffic to old blog posts - great for boosting overall traffic.

How I started making a full time blogging income - for when you're considering taking the next step

How to attract more visitors by writing killer blog titles - something that tends to go under the radar.

Simple background hacks - a great post for photography and a great series on taking better blog pictures


What do you have planned for your blog in 2015?




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A Few Blogging Photo Background Ideas


Photographs are a huge part of blogging. Having nice, clear photos on your blog can help to draw the reader in and give your blog that extra 'edge'. I've always found it quite a struggle to convey my photographs in an interesting way. Theres only so much you can do with beauty products but I find adding a few different backgrounds can help. 
I've used all kinds of backgrounds for my photos. The ones I've really enjoyed incorporating into my blog are trays - I like the wooden ones (I have this one here), notebooks (I use the rifle paper co notebooks here) and also the rifle paper planner from here. I've also used magazines, jumpers (yes, really) and placemats (the gold one is from Dunelm mill).


A chopping board might seem like a bizarre choice but I find its great for taking photos on as you can place it right in front of a window and make the most of natural light. You can get a pack of two of these from Ikea for around £3. I'm going to paint one white and possibly put some backing paper on the other to change it up a bit.


I really like photo frames for taking photos on. I'm not sure why, I just think its something a bit different. I have a few of these Sainburys one.


Bedding, throws and cushions are all popular backgrounds to use. If you don't have a lot of time, these are the easiest things to use. I've also used wallpaper samples, my ikea helmer, bowls, tissue paper and flooring.

What are your favourite backgrounds to use?


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5 Lipsticks For Pale Skin


When you're as pale as me (think uber pale, whiter than a milk bottle, like a vampire etc etc) its difficult to find shades that don't completely wash you out or make you look too orange. Luckily, when it comes to lip products there are many shades that really compliment fair skinned ladies. 
My favourite lip products for pale skin are all products I've mentioned on here before but they're all good'uns and definitely deserve another mention.

Possibly my favourite lipstick ever is the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 110. I think these are priced around a fiver but I see them on offer on ASOS a lot and they're definitely worth checking out. Even though this is a matte formula, it still has a little bit of a sheen to it so its really flattering. Despite being a coral red shade, its not too 'inyourface' bright either. You can see it swatched here.

For luxurious packaging then YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks take the crown hands down. The formula is great too - I have pink in confidence, which is swatched here. This is a soft pink with a glossy finish and slight mango scent. The lasting power isn't that great but I love this shade as it looks great with smokey makeup or even if you're not wearing much makeup. It feels really comfortable to wear though and is one of my most worn lippies.

I havent heard too much about Clinique Soft Matte Lipsticks apart from when they first launched, however I love the shade matte mandarin - swatched here. Despite this being a fairly bright orange toned red, it feels really comfortable to wear and is a really lovely lipstick. It's fairly long wearing and the silver packaging looks really sleek too.

One of my favourite nude lipsticks is MAC's Hug Me - swatched here. This is such a lovely nude shade for pale skintones. Some nude lipsticks can make pale skin tones look washed out but as this has a slight pink undertones to it, its very flattering. Finally, I love Maybelline's colors elixir in breathtaking apricot - a warm toned pink. The formula is glossy,comfortable to wear and feels hydrating. I purchased this shade from ebay so I think it may be a US shade. 

What are your favourite lip shades?


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My Blogging Goals For 2015...


Okay, so were not quite at the end of the year but I've been thinking a lot about goals recently. Personally, I rarely make new years resolutions as I don't really see the point. You really don't need a new year to make changes - you can start whenever you wish. However, I've recently been considering making a few blogging goals. It's not something I've ever done before but these are quite personal to me and not trying to get x amount of views or x amount of subscribers. 

1. Up my photography game
I've really not been happy with my photography as of late. There's been many times recently that I've deleted hundreds of pictures because the quality has been crap. I've just purchased a light box so we'll see if that helps and I'm going to read the book I bought years ago on how to use my camera. 

2. Comment on more blogs/use twitter
I'm really going to start commenting on more blog posts, including responding to comments on here too. I've found it difficult to juggle my time in the past few weeks so I need to get my ass in gear and really make time to do it. I'm going to try and use twitter more too - I'm rubbish at social media and to be truthful, I probably wouldn't have a twitter account if I didn't blog but I think its a good way to interact with new people.

3. Film a video
Even though I've told myself many times that I wont go down the vlogging route, I am considering making a video really just to prove to myself that I can do it and get over my fear of putting it online. It's easy to type out words and sit behind your computer but exposing yourself a bit more is quite scary so I feel I should just have a go for that reason. I have no aspirations to be Zoella but I think it sometimes nice to see the person behind the blog and get to know them a bit more!

4. Give more consideration to features
I'm incredibly lucky to receive a few beauty products for review but in 2015 I'd like to take it a little more back to basics. I didn't start this blog to gain freebies and I do turn things down if its something I would never consider buying myself in a million years but sometimes I feel restricted when I have pr samples to review. I'd like to put more thought into what I'm posting and hopefully be a little bit more creative. 

5. Get to grips with consistency
I used to be really good at this but it seems to have just fallen out of the window. I've completely lost track of schedules and the like so I'd really like to be more organised and keep up with regular posting as I do enjoy posting daily. 

6. Work on a new project
I'm sort of in the middle of this at the moment as I've been wanting to create something where I feel theres a gap in the market. I'll explain everything soon if anybody is interested - you might all think its crap ha. 

7. Tackle more new ideas/visuals
I really want to get to grips with photo editing. Right now I only use the basics but after spying some fantastic visuals on pinterest its really made me want to up my whole game. 

8. Go to a blogger meetup
I would love to go to a blogger meetup. I'm naturally very shy so meeting new people is a bit of a challenge. However, it would be awesome to meet others who share a similar passion for beauty.


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Giveaway!Win an Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette


Today I have another awesome Christmas giveaway for everyone. Up for grabs is a Naked Basics 2 eyeshadow palette. I love Urban Decay shadows - they're amazing quality so I felt it would be great to offer one for a giveaway. As usual all you need to do is enter your details into the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open worldwide and will run for 2 weeks!

Good Luck



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5 Xmas Gift Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of...


Now that it's December, the Christmas gift guides are out in full force. I love seeing suggestions for presents as it can make Xmas shopping that little bit easier. If you're still stuck for ideas on what to buy a loved one, colleague, neighbour or even perhaps someone who's not expecting a gift then I have 5 ideas. 
Homeware is a popular choice at Christmas. However, it can be quite difficult to cater for someones taste without spending a fortune. That's why I think trinkets and small decorations are perfect for a Christmas present or stocking filler. Gifts & Pieces is an online shop run by Abbey over at Beauty Full Homes. Gift & Pieces sells all kinds of lovely little homeware gifts, including this super cute 'everything starts with a dream' storage box* - its perfect for placing on your desk, a set of drawers or anywhere else around the house. I'm going to put in on my desk to store things like paper clips and other stationary bits and pieces. 


Gifts & Pieces also have some super cute mugs. I love the Miss Darcy Bird Mug in Lavender and Silver*. These mugs come gift boxed so they make a really lovely gift. These are the type of mugs that are just to pretty to use. I'm thinking of using mine on my desk to store stationary as its very decorative. The polka dot monogrammed mug is gorgeous too!!


On the beauty side of things, a professional nail kit is perfect for any beauty lover. This is the Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit* for creating a gel manicure at home. I'll have a full review of this coming shortly but its ideal for anyone wanting to create a professional treatment in the comfort of their own home. 


It can be quite a difficult task when it comes to purchasing fragrances for presents as scents are really a personal thing. However, if you enjoy buying scents for loved ones then you're prayers may finally have been answered. The Library of Fragrance* offer a range of fragrances that each have a unique scent based on everyday smells around us. You can use these scents individually or layer them for your own personal blend. You can use each one as perfume and apply to your wrists or spritz it all over your body. I really like these are they're not too overpowering and each one smells really fresh!They're currently on offer at Boots too, so they're well worth a look at if you're considering gifting a fragrance this year.  


For any stationary lover, a pretty notebook would make a welcome present. I adore the Rifle Paper Co as their prints are so beautiful. I've had this notebook set for a while but I pretty much use it everyday so its been well worth buying. I believe you can find them in Waterstones, Papermash and this set is at Amazon here


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Giveaway!Win 3 Amazing Mascaras with Cohorted!

I'm really excited to be bringing you a series of fabulous giveaways in December. I have some great prizes up for grabs and to kick things off I've got a beauty giveaway with the guys at Cohorted.
Cohorted are kindly offering one lucky winner a trio of amazing mascaras. The prize consists of:

Benefit They're Real! Mascara

MAC False Lashes Mascara

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

To enter all you need to do is enter your details into the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to UK only. However, I do have further giveaways that will be open worldwide so keep your eyes peeled for those. This giveaway will be open for one week and the winner will be notified via twitter or email. 

Good Luck!!


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Awesome Advertisers #2



This month, I've been lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors on my sidebar. Not only are these awesome ladies but they have super amazing blogs too. I've decided to split this post into two parts in order to share these bloggers with you. Here is the second part of several lovely ladies gracing my sidebar in November. P.S If you're interested in sponsoring my blog in December, you can check out all the details here.


Cherry Pie




I began CherryPieBlog as a platform to showcase my published and unpublished writing. It mainly featured CD and Gig reviews as that was what I specialised in at the time, but it has slowly developed into a general Fashion/Beauty blog. I am loving writing about all things beauty related and hopefully if you head over to check me out, you'll enjoy what you see. :)





Hi! My name is Michelle, I’m 30 year old girl living near Norwich. I have an office job, a husband and a lovely little boy called Freddy. These take up most of my time so when I’m not at work, running around after my 3 year old or other half, I spend my time blogging! 
I started Thou Shalt Not Covet as a blog dedicated to my obsession with beautiful things, it has gradually evolved to include a focus on beauty, fashion and jewellery,product reviews and features, nail art, wedding plans and diet updates – a bit of everything really! Please feel free to stop by and say hi!








Hi there. My names Fran and as the name probably gives away, I blog at http://frannymac.com. Originally a country mouse, I took the plunge and moved to West London. You'll normally find me with either my camera, a cup of tea or a good book in hand. I write about the things I love most, namely makeup, clothes and going on adventures. I love to meet other bloggers, so come say hi!

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Jordan Alice 



Hi everyone! I’m Jordan, a 22 year old beauty blogger, currently on medical leave from university with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My blog focuses mainly on beauty reviews and hauls, although in the future I’d like to try some lifestyle posts. I set up my blog mainly because I’m sure my friends and family were getting fed up of me constantly telling them about my new favourite blushes or the new products I was looking forward to trying! It has also helped me to deal with my illness a lot, being bed-bound for days on end can get very boring & lonely! Although I haven’t been blogging for long, I absolutely love it! I hope if you pop by you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them! x






Hi! My blog is called Lovely Witches - I blog about cruelty-free, vegetarian and vegan beauty. My name's Gemima and I'm from South Wales, UK. My posts are for anyone curious about buying cruelty-free. On Lovely Witches, you'll find reviews of affordable beauty products that aren't tested on animals, made without animal ingredients. Skincare, make-up, haircare and nail polish posts all from an animal lover.







My name is Emily and I’m a 22 happy-go-lucky kinda girl and a self-professed makeup obsessive that works in a Zoo! I set up ‘British Beauty Addict’ just over a year ago after reading numerous beauty blogs and thinking 'I could do that’. My blog has been a place for me to gush about my latest beauty finds, favourite lipsticks and current beauty addictions, to people who are just as beauty obsessive as I am (rather than to all my friends, family and my boyfriend, who I’m sure really isn’t all that interested!).  If you come and visit my little beauty bubble, I hope you enjoy my content as much as I enjoy writing it for you. Emily x

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The Beauty Collection




The Beauty Collection is a beauty blog written by Ash, a 19-year-old girl from Melbourne who hoards lipstick, nail polish and basically any other beauty item. TBC is a space for product recommendations, pretty pictures and hopefully an all round good time. New posts featuring favourite products and helpful hints go up every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.


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Natillie




www.natillie.com is a beauty based and lifestyle influenced blog by me, Natalie! I'm a busy university student who loves exploring new, especially natural, products. I hope you visit my blog and enjoy it!

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Sharing My Favourite Sweet Electric Posts


As I've been blogging for almost three years now, I thought I'd take stock of all my blog posts and do a lil' reflecting. Here are a few of my favourite posts that I've written on here and some light Sunday reading inspiration.

* A super easy DIY phone case

* hydration, hydration, hydration

* five ways to feel more positive

* pale girls can bronze and contour

* a 99p MAC 217 dupe

* green tea | the benefits

* liners for every budget

* an ode to MAC satin taupe

* 5 ways to solve writers block

* things you think you need (but dont) to be a blogger

* your blog is a blog


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8 Tips for New Bloggers #2


Following on from my tips for new bloggers here, I thought I'd follow it up with a little bit more advice for those who are relatively new to blogging. 

1. Take blog advice with a pinch of salt
Without completely contradicting myself, when I write tips and advice style posts I always aim to write them as suggestions and not how to's. Its completely OK to read blog tips and tricks posts and not agree with them. If you have your own way of doing things then you should completely carry on doing just that. Tips are tips, they're not set in stone and you should definitely do what works for you.With that in mind, take the below with a pinch of salt.

2. Bloglovin
Bloglovin is a fantastic platform for allowing readers to subscribe to your blog. Now google friend connect is pretty much redundant these days, bloglovin is probably the most popular way to follow your favourite blogs. I've found so many new blogs on there and useful posts too.

3. Being organised will help you to keep up with your blog
I find it much easier to stay on top of my blog when I've organised my photos and blog posts. Just something like keeping a notebook for ideas, a weekly planner and a checklist will help you to organise your time much better.

4. Change is OK
You don't have to stick with the same ideas/blog themes/content if it's not making you happy. You may start as a beauty blog and later decide you want to focus on fashion. Don't feel boxed in when it comes to blogging - you can write whatever you want. Remember its your blog!

5. Photo editing
I highly doubt many bloggers upload their photos straight from their camera to their blog. A little bit of editing can make your photographs look so much nicer. I wrote about an easy editing process here.

6. It's OK to turn down opportunities
Its perfectly fine to turn down opportunities that come your way if its not for you. It's very tempting to say yes to everything and theres been a few times I've regretted saying yes to things when I should have given it some thought beforehand. If your hearts not in then don't be afraid to say no.

7. Its OK if certain posts don't work
When you're finding your feet with blogging you'll no doubt try a few different types of posts. I still like to try different things and sometimes it goes down like a lead balloon. Sometimes things don't work - it happens and you move on. Don't be afraid to try different things even if you have a fail now and again. As the saying goes, you don't always know until you've tried.

8. It takes time to grow
Most blogs take time to grow. It can be frustrating if your stats aren't growing as quickly as you'd hope but I'd say try to focus on producing good content that will grab a readers attention rather than on the numbers. It can take months or even years before a blog starts to build up in terms of readership so don't worry if your blog isn't quite there yet. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day and hard work pays off!



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Recent Lifestyle Favourites


It's been a while since I wrote about my lifestyle favourites but I have a few lovely things to talk about. I also seem to have completely forgotten how to write a blog post after taking a few days off this week so I apologise if I ramble on. I have some really exciting things coming up on here soon - I know I'm biased but its something good to look out for!

Back to today's post and firstly, I received the beautiful classy bristol watch from Daniel Wellington. I've never owned a really nice watch so I'm truly grateful to have this little gem in my life. The Bristol watch has a leather strap - it comes in black, brown and tan so you pick one to suit your style. The face has swarovski crystals all around the outside and the plating is available in rose gold or silver. I choose rose gold as I think it adds an elegant touch.


I have really small wrists and this watch fits perfectly. The case is 26mm so its ideal for those who prefer smaller styles. I find the majority of watches look far too big on my wrist and normally have straps too long but this one is a brilliant fit. The watches on the Daniel Wellington website all have free delivery and you can get 15% off any order with the code sweetelectric - expires November 30th.


Although I didn't purchase this all that recently, I need to mention my love for Primark homeware. I love the bedding section in particular, however I spotted this french shabby chic style cushion for £6 and purchased it for my bedroom. I always find something in Primani whether it clothes or home items!
I don't mention it much on here as its primarily a beauty blog but I love to read. I think I need to sign up to my local library as buying books adds up. I'm the type of person that hates new technology. OK, I don't hate it as such but I would rather buy actual books rather than a kindle. My recent read is 'It's Not Me, It's You' by Mhari McFarlane. I'm not the biggest chick lit fan but I've read her previous two books and quite enjoyed them. This one is definitely in the chick lit genre - its a little too cliched at times but I enjoyed it and if you're looking for a nice light read then this would be perfect. Plus its only £3.85 for the hardback on Amazon!



Like a few others, I'm a big Kate Spade fan. Theres now a new UK website with free delivery and I've definitely got a massive wish list for Christmas. I love this laptop case. There's also some really pretty jewellery too. However, I'm hoping for the agenda, which isn't on the site so fingers crossed. 


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Brow 101!


As someone with naturally sparse brows, I like to add a good product to make them look more styled and defined. I'm currently trying to grow them out to get a better shape but there are a few products I use to make them look better. 

To fill my brows in I use a brow powder - currently I use either the Beauty UK Brow Kit* or the Makeup Revolution Brow Kit*. Both of these are super cheap and really good products. In both of these kits, there are 3 matte powder shadows and a brow wax. To be honest, I don't really bother with a wax but I prefer to apply the powder with an angled brush. These kits have mini brushes which are fine for travelling but for everyday use, I prefer the Sigma Angled Brow Brush.

After applying colour, I use the RMK Brow Gel* - a clear gel which holds brows in place throughout the day. I really like the curved wand as it allows you to follow the natural curve of the brow. 
Another brow product I really rate is the Sleek Brow Stylist Pen, which is a wind up brow crayon with a waxy formula. I've heard this is meant to be a dupe of the Hourglass Brow Pen and its a hell of a lot cheaper too. I really like this pen as it has a crayon style texture - its soft, pigmented and as its waxy it helps to keep hairs in place too. It isn't the best for really sparse brows but for brows that need a little filling in and styling then this is almost a two in one product. 

What are your favourite brow products?

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Giveaway! Win A Jewel Candle!


Jewel candle is an interesting concept - if you like jewellery and you like candles, putting the two together is a genius idea. Inside every candle is a ring or earrings worth up to £250. The jewellery is actually placed in special heat resistant foil so you don't have to worry about cleaning your new piece of jewellery. Its also placed in the middle of the candle so you don't have to wait until the whole candle is burned for your treat. Jewel candle comes in a range of scents - I have cookies and cream, which is super yummy! You can get 10% all order with code sweetelectric10

The generous people at Jewel candle have offered one candle to one lucky reader, which would make a lovely pre-Christmas treat. To enter, simply fill in the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!!


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Using An Editorial Calendar


Whilst its not essential, I like to use an editorial calendar to plan my blog content. Obviously, only you can decide whether an editorial calendar will work for you but if you're looking to use one then the following may help.

Where can I get an editorial calender from?
I use a rifle paper co weekly planner and I've seen similar ones pretty cheap in B&M. If you're not looking to purchase one then you're in luck as there are many free ones on the internet. Here are three free ones to choose from:




What does an editorial calendar do?
Don't be afraid of the name 'editorial'. An editorial calendar is a way to plan and organise your blog content each week/month. You can also use it to keep track of your social media too.

How do I use it?
In an editorial calendar, you'll have spaces for each day - much like a diary or calendar. In these spaces, you can add notes on your blog content and use them as a to do list. For instance, in my editorial calendar, I'll make a note of which posts are going to be published on that day. What you decide to write on your editorial calendar is down to you but you could also include aspects, such as tweets to write, photos to take, emails to send etc. 

Why should I use one?
It depends on what you want to do but I personally use one to keep track of my content, to stay organised, to help to come up with content ideas and to stay motivated. 

Extending your editorial calendar. 
If you want to go beyond your blog content, you could include blog events, guest posts, planning stages and blog series.

Creating an editorial calendar is a really easy process - much more than you think!It can help keep on track with your blog and keep the blog process fun. Do you use an editorial calendar?


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Awesome Advertisers #1


This month, I've been lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors on my sidebar. Not only are these awesome ladies but they have super amazing blogs too. I've decided to split this post into two parts in order to share these bloggers with you. Here are the first of several lovely ladies gracing my sidebar in November. P.S If you're interested in sponsoring my blog in December, you can check out all the details here.




Hiya! I'm Rhiannon from www.rhiannontalksfashion.blogspot.co.uk and my blog is all about fashion, with the exception of #FashionFreeFridays which are often beauty related. I'm an A level student, and so I always try to make sure my outfits are affordable, so you may see a couple of posts about saving money on your clothes and makeup (which is always useful). My style is incredibly feminine, with lots of dresses, floral patterns and pink! I've been blogging for a few months and have absolutely adored every moment, so please go and have a look at my blog, and you can find me on twitter and instagram by searching @rhiannon_525! x

Best Wishes, Rhiannon x



Louminous



Louminous is a beauty, fashion, food and lifestyle blog written by me, Lucy Old (or Lou). A creative outlet whilst doing a degree in Biochemistry it started out as my way of expressing my girly, artistic side. During this time, it has slowly developed a much wider range of topics, be it book recommendations, DIYs or creative ways to store your jewellery. Along with a large dose of make up looks, nail art ideas and the best beauty products season by season. In essence, whichever harebrained idea I come up with next. I've been around in the blogging world for around 6 years now so grab a cuppa and stay for a while, I love a good ol' chinwag! :)






Hi I'm Hannah and I blog at Hannah Bakes Things. I'm 22, living in the Midlands and cake is my spirit animal. I'm all about simple, achievable home cooking and love creating new recipes (mostly desserts). On the blog you will usually find me talking about dessert or my obsession with chai tea. I'm very friendly (especially if food is involved) so if you'd like to say hi you can also find me on twitter: @hannahwebs



The Fox and The Furrow


I'm Abigail, a country girl from Norfolk who's just jumped into the cosmopolitan life of London. I'm trying my best to start a 'simple living' lifestyle, which involves lots of baking, slow food, crafts and a good stomp in the outdoors. Sometimes at odds with the regular demands of a 22-year old, my blog is an online scrapbook of figuring out 'what's next' whilst discovering my new city, London. There's always a piece of my heart in Norfolk, so I sneak it into my blog whenever I can! I feature all the lovely things in life, with a little culture and thought thrown in too, so come and join me for a cosy chat. Just bring a book, in case I'm late...





Hello, I am Iris! I am a beauty and lifestyle bloggers with a love for d.i.y and beautiful things. 
 I am a professional makeup and hairstylist and love to share tips of the trade.  





Hi, I'm Catherine and I blog over at The Beauty Trove. I'm a twenty something born and bred Yorkshire girl, with a love of pink, nail polish and all things girly.

The Beauty Trove is a blog for beauty lovers and girly girls alike, with a love of make up, fashion, nail polish and all things pretty. Head on over for a mixed bag of a blog with beauty news, reviews, nail art and more, theres something for everyone. Hope to see you there. 



All Things Beautiful


Hello, I'm Beth from All Things Beautiful! I recently dropped out of college to pursue blogging and child care- in that order! And I am much happier for it. I am sure you will find something on All Things Beautiful that you'll like from yummy recipes to tips for your blog. Blogging is my passion and I am incredibly enthusiastic about it so I hope this comes across on my blog. I would love to see you over there and please make sure you say hi! 

Autumn/Winter Beauty


There are a fair few products I'm reaching for this season. At this time of year, I seem to go for more moisturising skincare products. The harsh weather and central heating really dries skin out so trying to retain moisture and put some back into my skin is one of my main beauty priorities. 
One area that gets really dry are my hands. I like to wear gloves outside, which does help but a good hand cream doesn't go amiss. I like the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream* - my Mum swears by Nivea hand creams and I have a bit of an attachment to the Nivea brand as it was the first skincare line I ever used. This hand cream feels nourishing and hydrating without that greasy feeling. It soaks in pretty quickly too, which is exactly what a good hand cream should do. This cream is budget friendly too - I always usually go for a budget version as you can easily get hold of them from the Supermarket when you're doing the weekly shop. 

For legs, one of my all time must haves is the Nip & Fab Dry Leg Fix. I've been through a few tubes of this stuff and its brilliant for solving dry skin. I'd describe this as an instant fix as you can feel a difference straight away. It makes legs feel smooth, soft and moisturised. I read somewhere that Jennifer Aniston uses this cream (I have no idea if that's true) buts shes my leg inspiration - is that even a thing ha! It's a little bit more expensive than your average body lotion but its worth paying more for. The scent is also slightly overpowering and medicinal but considering the results its something to overlook.

I'm pretty sure that when it comes to dry skin, my feet are the area that needs a good beauty treatment. Feet tend to get overlooked as its not really an area you pay much attention to. My main foot cream is the Soap & Glory Heel Genius. I love the scent of this as its your general soap and glory scent - slightly floral but comforting. Whilst this cream is green and might look a bit off putting at first, its a really great hydrating foot cream. I usually apply this at night and leave it to work its magic but its not particularly greasy so you can always pop it on in the morning too. 


Two recent (ish) releases from The Body Shop include the White Musk Smoky Rose Eau De Toilette*. I had a bit of an obsession with white musk when I was a teen - I used to have a white musk spray I would use after PE (oh and impulse - who didn't?!). This version is a smoky rose flancor. This is described as a daring and mysterious fragrance with notes of musk, black smoky rose and tobacco flower. Fragrance is a personal thing but I would say that this is quite a seductive aroma. It is very smoky and you can detect the tobacco flower straight away. This wont be for anyone who doesn't like smoky scents but if warm musks are your thing then this is one to take a look at.

When it comes to body care, The Body Shop Body Sorbets have been a product I've been really interested in trying out. I've been lucky to test out the Moringa Body Sorbet*. The texture of these is really interesting - basically as it says on the name, it feels like a sorbet. When you apply it to the skin, it feels very light, soft and cooling but it takes a while to sink in. My skin feels extremely hydrated after use and smells really fruity fresh. The scent is basically a burst of summer sunshine, which is a nice feeling on a drab, winters day. Really lovely.


For skincare, the Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Rose Radiance Skin Serum* has been my dry skin saviour. Whilst my skin is generally oily/combination, in Winter I suffer from dry skin patches so having a good moisturiser in my routine is a must. This serum is packed with plant oils, including evening primrose oil and jojoba oil to renew and replenish. Its light, soaks in super quickly and doesn't leave any oily residue. As the name suggests, its rose scented to leave a slight lingering scent on the skin. So far, my skin hasn't suffered with any dryness so this stuff has really been working its magic. Its the type of product that would work on any skin type as its light, gentle and has more of a creamy gel texture than an oil. Whilst its more expensive than a high street serum, it really does work and its worth the price tag (in my opinion). If you're looking for a lovely skin serum, then this is one to put on your list this Christmas!

Have you tried any of these products?

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