Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette

In my haul post yesterday, I mentioned purchasing this super cute Benefit Set. I love the sets they release at this time of year as its a good way to try a few products in one kit. I think every year, I hope for a blusher palette and this year my prayers have been answered. The Cheeky Sweet Spot Set is a metal tin in the style of a festive sweet shop. Inside, there are five blushers, bronzer and highlighter.

The blushes are deluxe mini sized versions including Dandelion - a pale pink blush, Bella Bamba - watermelon pink with gold shimmer, Sugarbomb - peachy blush, Hoola - matte bronzer, Coralista - coral pink blush and Rockateur - rose gold blush.
Theres also a mini Watts Up! - a champagne gold cream highlighter and a mini blush brush. 

swatches: dandelion / bella bamba / sugarbomb

hoola / coralista / rockateur

watts up!

The textures of the powders is soft and smooth, particularly on dandelion, rockateur and hoola. The shimmer blushes are slightly more powdery but not overly so. Watts up is a subtle highlighter. I had to layer it up to swatch it. I usually prefer powder highlighters but I think this would look nice used over the cheeks and under the brow bone. Overall, this is a great little set. Its £29.50, which I don't think is too bad considering you're getting 7 mini sized versions of the product in here and a brush. I imagine this set will sell out fairly quickly as it really is the standout Benefit set this year. Its currently available online at feelunique with free worldwide shipping but I found mine instore at Debenhams.

Breaking A Spending Ban Haul & This Months Love Me Beauty Box

It feels strange to be blogging again after taking a week off. I also seem to have forgotten how to take photos as these ones are poop (apologies) but sometimes you need to take a step back to start feeling inspired again. I've also given the blog a lil' makeover and I'm really pleased with how it looks so far. I'm going to be updating the templates in my blog design shop soon too!
Recently I mentioned I was on a spending ban. I've been quite strict with myself this month but all that went out of the window yesterday. I went on a day trip to Blackpool and ended up having a look in a few shops and one thing led to another. To be fair, most of these are things I needed so I don't feel too guilty. The first thing I bought was a little coat for my niece. It's part of her first birthday present and was £24 from Next. Next have the cutest baby wear. I'm looking for a knitted hat to go with it - one with little ears would look super sweet. On the coat front, I purchased a pale blue wool coat from New Look - its this one here, which is now sold out online. I managed to find the last one in store and in my size. That's fate right there I tell ya! This is exactly the style and colour of coat that I've been looking for so its just perfect. I would have never shopped in New Look many years ago but these days, I always find something I love every time I go in there.

I also bought this fluffy pink jumper from New Look. I don't usually like wearing pink but as this is a cerise shade it looks really flattering. Its nice to inject some colour into my wardrobe, especially at this time of year when theres a lot of black, browns and greys on the high street. 
The only makeup item I wanted was this sweet set from Benefit. I saw +csibeautyblog tweet about this on Saturday and I knew I had to track it down. Its a palette with five blushes, hoola bronzer and highlighter (I'll have a separate post on it soon). There was 10% beauty at Debenhams, so it worked out around £26.

You cant have a shop on the high street without stopping off in Primark, can you?!! I wasn't feeling anything clothes wise but accessories/sleepwear was a different story. The primark in Blackpool is really well set out and so much nicer than my local stores. They had a lot of stock, I probably wouldn't have found otherwise. First, I purchased these cute pug socks (pack of three) and teddy bear socks (also in a pack of three). I also found this bear makeup bag, which will be handy for popping in my handbag.

I desperately needed some new slippers. I found these panda ones and pug ones (I seem to be going through a pug phase right now), which are really warm and cosy!

I saw these moomin pyjama bottoms on the Primark instagram and found them instore - so adorable!I think these were £8. I also got a jumper to pair them with. 

I thought I'd also mention the new Love Me Beauty box* in this post. I have a massive backlog of posts at the moment so no doubt you may have already seen this new style of box. I'm really liking the re-brand - the silver packaging looks sleek and luxurious. Each month, you get six credits with your subscription. You spend the credits in the online boutique so you can pick exactly which products you want in your box. This month, I chose Percy & Reed Shine & Fragrance Spray, Malin & Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, a full size Anatomicals Joint & Muscle Rub and a full size Oriflame Beauty Balm. I think the value is pretty good but I'm interested to see whats on offer next month and if any other brands will pop up. 

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MAC Girl About Town Lipstick

As a beauty blogger, I don't own that many MAC lipsticks. I have a few on my wish list and a few empties so that may all change. Recently I won Girl About Town in a blog giveaway - I don't enter many blog giveaways so it was a real surprise!

Girl About Town was also on my wishlist too so it was a huge fluke. I love this shade - its a a bright blue toned fuchsia in an amplified creme finish. Its not the most unique shade - possible dupes include Rimmel Kate Moss 20, Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia and Inglot 69.
Generally, I get around 3 to 4 hours wear out of MAC lipsticks and I do find them slightly on the drying side. The amplified creme finish have a creamy, pigmented texture. It's a slightly more moisturising finish than others and comfortable to wear.

Girl About Town is a beautiful lipstick. Would I recommend it? Well, if you're a MAC fan then yes but if you're just a fan of the shade, I'd probably opt for one of the cheaper versions. MAC lipsticks have recently increased in price to £15.50 each. I'm going to predict that next year they'll be £16. Yes they're cheaper than the likes of YSL and Dior but those are luxury brands and MAC is meant to be a mid-range brand. However you can get MAC lipsticks when you return 6 empties with the back to MAC recycle scheme.

Have you tried Girl About Town?
Whats you're favourite MAC lipstick?

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5 Products For Blemishes

There are times when my skin goes slightly crazy and I break out. As I suffer from blemishes now and again, I like to keep certain products that I know will help to treat and minimise them as best as they can. For concealer, I usually turn to Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer or Becca Dual Coverage Compact Concealer. For skincare, I have five products that I use in rotation.

Cliniques Blemish Gel is a clear gel that soothes, reduces redness and irritation. The formula contains salicylic acid - a well known spot fighting ingredient that gets rid of dead surface cells to promote healthy skin renewal. as well as seawhip to calm and soothe. This gel also aims to control the production of sebum and help unclog pores. You can use it directly on each blemish or as a mask. As it contains alcohol, I prefer to apply it to blemishes only. I've found it really does help with redness and reducing spot size. Its not a miracle worker by any means but with continued use it does work.

Tea tree is known for its antibacterial properties. For spots, this means helping to keep the skin clear and refreshed. I like to use this water after cleansing or in place of a cleanser in the morning. I find its really light and cooling, which helps to calm and soothe any blemishes. It also helps with keeping my oily skin balanced.

What are you mad?an oil on spots?!!Yes, trust me oils are not to be feared on oily or blemished skins. A lot of oils can actually help to balance your skin. This facial oil from Antonia Burrell is aimed at ageing and blemished skins. I love that brands are now realising that theres a market for this. The pure therapy facial oil contains date palm kernal extract to increase collagen, oleanoline IS extract to reduce redness and organic sandalwood to calm irritated skin and reduce blemishes. This oil is fairly light and despite the 15ml size, a little goes a long way. I find it soaks into my skin fairly quickly and it doesn't leave my skin feeling any oilier than normal. I've really been enjoying using this every night - my skin feels hydrated, calm and any blemishes I've had have been smaller than usual.

Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care
This is my regular morning moisturiser as it makes a great base for makeup. Its also super light and treats blemishes, as well as controlling sebum. It contains zinc gluconate and enoxolone to reduce redness and inflammation and purify the skin. Its also aimed at reducing acne scarring to. I find some spots can leave slight scarring on my face but this moisturiser really does help to fade any marks left from blemishes. My skin feels hydrated, balanced and smooth after I use this. If you have oily/combination skin with blemishes, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this moisturiser.

Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleaning Milk
Technically this cleaner isn't aimed at blemished skin, however after using a lot of cleansers over the years, I've found that cream cleansers work better on my skin. Generally, cleansers aimed at blemishes tend to dry my skin out so I prefer using cleansers aimed at sensitive skin as they're more gentle and soothing. The Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk is a light, creamy cleanser with omega 3 to reduce inflammation, omega 7 to reduce and repair chronic inflammation and flavonoids to heal and soothe. My skin feels really soft after use - I like to apply it all over my face and remove with a warm damp cloth (like you would use a hot cloth cleanser). I like using Ren products as their products are free from parabens, synthetic colours and fragrances, animal ingredients and silicones. If you're looking to start using their products, I would highly recommend the gentle cleansing milk as its perfect for any skin type!

What are your favourite products for blemishes?

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Introducing | September Sponsors...

This month, there has been some lovely ladies advertising on my sidebar. Here's an introduction to their awesome blogs...

Hi guys, I'm Charlie and I write at a lifestyle blog where I aim to pace the way to healthy. I share workouts, nourishing recipes, fitness class reviews and running race recaps, as well as restaurant and travel posts. I promise there will be plenty of sweaty selfies, fitness fashion posts, and embarrassing running moments
I believe life is about balance; eat a lot of what's good for you and a little of what you love. Find a workout that you enjoy and do it regularly.
I'll try anything once- whether it's a gin cocktail or jumping 20ft into the Thames during a race. Oh and brunch is my favourite meal of the day. 

The Garment Rack

Hi there! My name is Eva and I am the blogger behind The Garment Rack. Growing up in a major city like Boston, I developed a great sense for street style at a young age. I have been completely head over heels obsessed with fashion for as long as I can remember and just thought one day to start documenting my looks and my style. I do a lot of styling, beauty reviews, lifestyle posts and more! I am so so so compassionate about my blog and just want to share my ideas and creativity with the world! I put a lot of work and am so particular about what goes into my blog and what I display over the internet so I hope you enjoy my ideas and posts as much as I do! XOXO

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Mirrored Glow

Hello, my name is Kate and I blog at Mirrored Glow. I live out in the countryside in Dorset, I'm a lover of chai lattes, brogues and anything monochrome. When I'm not busy working as a nurse I love to blog about all things beauty. Usually talking about my current favourite lipstick or what skincare I'm obsessed with. I love to meet other bloggers so come on over to my blog and say hello. You can also find me on twitter and Instagram @mirroredglow. 

Jessica Leona is a public journal about Jessica's travels, opinions and life in general. Jessica  Leona also features fashion and beauty, whether its favourites or reviews. Jess is 18 and a media student, with an interest in cinematography and photography.

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Creating A Blog Disclaimer

These days blogging is so much more than just writing a post. With it comes the possibility of receiving samples from brands and monetising your blog. Here in the UK, theres somewhat of a grey are when it comes to disclosure. Officially you are not legally required to disclose samples like you are in the US. Paid content is another matter - you can read an official statement from the ASA (advertising standards authority) here. Basically, paid for content needs to be disclosed, though it would be the advertiser who would be investigated and not the blogger if content wasn't disclosed.

Having a disclosure is important as it allows you to be transparent with your readers as well as retaining some integrity. Whether you use a small disclosure on your main page, do an in post disclosure or have a separate page is up to you.
I have mine on a separate page, currently at the top of the page, under my header. I also put a * next to products that have been received for review purposes. I know a lot of bloggers do the same and I'm not really sure where it came from but it seems to work. I also disclosure on sponsored content or if products have been received in receipt of a post. What you decide to do is obviously up to you but if you're considering writing a disclosure then here a few things that may help.

What Do I Need to Disclose?
Regulations vary between countries to its best to check first if they are any legal requirements in your country. Generally, I'd say to disclose if your blog receives products for review, sponsored content or any other revenue.

What else?
If you hold giveaways on you blog, I would ensure readers that their details will only be held for that purpose. In other words, their details will not be passed on, sold or disclosed to any other party.
On my disclaimer, I've also disclosed 3rd party disclaimer, for instance I use skimlinks so I've added a link to their policy/cookie information. If you're using an affiliate network, it might be worth checking out their disclosure.

Theres no template out there for writing a blog disclosure. If you're struggling to write one, you are more than welcome to use mine and change the details to suit your blog. However, you dont have to have a page full of writing if you dont wish as you could combine it with an F.A.Q, contact me or about page etc.

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Monetising Your Blog | Google Adsense

There are many ways to monetise your blog as I mentioned in my monetising your blog post. Today, I'm looking at Google Adsense as a way to make money from your blog. I'm no expert at the ins and outs as I've only just recently installed it. I guess you could call this post a little guide for us beginners.

What is Google Adsense?
In basic terms, Adsense is a free way for content publishers to earn money via text, video and image ads on their website. On blogger, you can set this up via your dashboard (earnings tab). As a publisher, you can decide which ads are best for you (text/image) and where you want the ads located. I currently have one at the end of my sidebar as I prefer to have it where its most unobtrusive. If you're on self hosted wordpress, I believe you can apply via the Google Adsense website.

How Do I Earn Money?
Revenue is created via the number of page views and clicks (users who click on the ad). It's highly unlikely that you're going to get rich from Adsense. You may earn around a few pennies per day. That's very little and you need to earn £60 before you can cash out. However, little amounts add up over time and its a free program. Basically, you're not going to earn much in a short space of time but in the long run, its a bit of money for essentially doing what you already do. You can see all information about your earnings on your adsense dashboard.

Can I Increase My Earnings?
The best way to increase your earnings is to increase your blog traffic - you can find great posts on this subject here and here.

What If I Get Rejected?
There does seem to be quite a few bloggers out there whose application for adsense gets rejected. Adsense do have certain guidelines and terms - you can see some of those here. It may be that your blog doesn't meets those terms, for example if you're a very new blogger. If you're a new blogger, its best to apply after 6 months, make sure you're content is original and post regularly.

What Not To Do
Don't click your own ads or have family/friends clicking your ads - Google will recognise this right away and you'll be penalised. You can find some other advice on what not to do here.

I hope this was helpful. There is so much information out there on Adsense, its impossible to cover it all in one post but hopefully this post may give you a little background if you're thinking of applying.

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Surviving A Spending Ban!

Bit of a dramatic title - its sounds like we're trying to survive the apocalypse!However, in all seriousness, for a beauty/shopping lover trying to curb you're spending is hard work!As I've recently made the switch to working from home, I'm really having to take a long hard look at my outgoings and try to make cuts. For now, beauty splurges and buying random crap are officially on the back burner!I've never done a spending ban before. I usually stick to a budget but I have managed to do better than expected. Here's a few things I've found that's really helped:

* Avoid going into shops where you usually spend money
I'm still going shopping as I need to buy essentials, such as food and other necessities. I've managed to avoid places like Boots and Superdrug - places where I'm likely to cave in. If I start browsing makeup stands I will easily break.

* Don't open emails from retailers
I've had so many emails with offers from Look Fantastic, Feel Unique etc. I've deleted every one so far as I know I'll be really tempted if I open them and see an amazing offer. If you're on a spending ban and think you might be tempted by emails, you could always unsubscribe for the time being.

* Avoid money saving websites
I normally stalk moneysavingexpert and HDUK to find all the best online bargains but I've been avoiding them for the past few weeks. I've taken them off my favourites bar for now as I know how tempting spotting an amazing steal can be.

* Allow yourself a treat
OK its cheating but letting yourself have one small treat in the middle of a spending ban just makes it so much easier. 

* Make the most of what you already have
I have a few products that I completely forgot I owned, so using them again has sort of made up for the lack of new things. I also think swapping products/clothes with friends is also a great idea for when you're on ban - its a great way of trying new things for free!

* Start saving towards a product/purchase
I'm currently thinking about buying a new winter coat so any spare pennies are being put to one side. Its actually quite satisfying saving up for something rather than just splashing out on a whim. 

Do you have any tips for a spending ban?

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What I've Learnt From Content/Blog Writing

Writing this blog for the past 2 years and branching out into freelance writing, there's a few things I've realised. It's very easy to feel down about yourself and I often have those moments of feeling rubbish/frustrated about what I'm writing. To keep myself in check and my positivity flowing again, there are a few things I try to remember;

* If you don't believe in what you write, no-one else will
* Write with passion and enthusiasm
* Content is king
* Remember why you started
* Writing down ideas and thoughts is a good starting point
* Write in your notebook
* Write what you love
* Be consistent - it keeps ideas flowing
* Change is good
* Be yourself - what can you bring to the table
* It's ok to want to improve
* Practise makes perfect
* It takes time to find your voice and really put yourself out there

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Berry Lips on a Budget!

As Autumn approaches, I like to change my makeup and switch a few things up. Darker lips always look really classy at this time of year. As I don't wear dark lips very often, I prefer budget lipsticks rather than splashing out. I have three amazing lipsticks at the moment and I'm sure I'll be using them in the weeks to come.

This is a really easy to wear lipstick if you're a newbie to dark lip shades. Berry smoothie is a pale pink/berry shade with a balm like texture. Lip Butters are so comfortable to wear if you suffer from dry lips as they feel a bit more moisturising than your standard lipstick. As this shade is lighter in pink tone, it would suit a range of complexions, even if you're really pale.

The Kate Moss line for rimmel have some really great lipsticks. Unfortunately they don't have names (surely it wouldnt take them 5 minutes to come up with a name?!) 030 is a dark berry/wine shade with a velvet matte finish. The matte texture is creamy and highly pigmented - its comfortable to wear and fairly long lasting. 

Raspberry pie is a true berry shade with pink undertone. Despite the buttery/balmy texture its incredibly pigmented, though I find not as long lasting as other shades. Its an easy to wear shade and again would suit a range of complexions. 

Swatches: Revlon Berry Smoothie | Kate Moss 030 | Revlon Raspberry Pie

Have you tried any of these shades?

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The £7 Beauty Box

Beauty boxes don't need any introduction. Some have come and gone but a few have managed to establish themselves as real value for money contenders. This month, You Beauty celebrate their first birthday. With You Beauty you choose two products each month and there's usually a few little extras in there too. I always check the menu to see whats available and this month I couldn't pass up the chance to order, especially as its only £6.95 including delivery.

Samples to choose from are either full or deluxe size. You can see whats on offer this month here. I opted for a full size Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Colour Lipstick - I received the shade 'maddy', which is an on trend dark nude with pink undertone. I also picked a deluxe sized Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen. I got the shade black cocoa, a shade I will definitely wear. This month, you also receive a full size Tony & Guy Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, a makeup sponge, 2 Crabtree & Evelyn tea bags and £25 Hello Fresh Gift Card. The value of the Toni & Guy product alone is £7, which covers the cost of the box. Along with the lipstick and eyeliner, I'd say this is the best value box I've ever received. The shades of makeup are wearable, there's some nice extras and the hair product is a great treat. Some samples are sold out but there's still a decent selection available. I'd honestly recommend this to anyone, its such a steal!

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The Blog Posts Making My Month!

Sometimes when you read a great blog post, you wanna share some love and that's exactly what I'm doing today. These are just some of the amazing blog posts I've loved this month - they are definitely well worth a read!

Crap You Realise in Your Early 20's by The Confessions Of A Professional Drama Queen

How To Make Amazing Guacamole by The Runner Beans

5 Amazing Ways To Use Rosewater by Miss Sophie | Beauty & Lifestyle

10 Under £10 by Girl With Makeup

Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup Look by The Black Pearl Blog

Learning To Spend Less by Beauty Babbles

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The Top 5 Products I'm Currently Reaching For...

I rarely talk about the products I reach for unless its in a favourites post, however now summer is on its way out, I've had a lil' change up and there's a few new and old(ish) products currently rocking my world.

As someone who suffers with static hair, I'm constantly on the lookout for serums and creams that will tame my frizz. One of the pluses of blogging is getting introduced to new brands. I wasn't familiar with Leonor Greyl until using this product but I'm pleasantly surprised. This serum detangles and nourishes hair without feeling heavy or sticky. You can use it on both dry and damp hair - I like to use it both ways for extra conditioning. It helps to tame my hair and make it look much sleeker than normal. 

I've mentioned these shadow pencils before but they really are awesome to use if you're in a rush. I love the shade 'cool mink', which is a cool toned taupe. Shadow pencils are really easy to use as you can just swipe them over the lid in one go, blend out a little and your all good. These are £8 each but often on offer!I love that it has a little built in sharpener at the bottom so keeping them pointed for liner isn't a problem.

Ahh I do enjoy a lipgloss every now and then and this one is a real good 'un!It doesn't feel sticky and you only need one swipe of the wand to get smooth, even colour. The smell and taste isn't all that but for a drugstore gloss, these are a great, comfortable lip product.

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to MAC cranberry then this is the one. NYX single shadows are under £5 and rust is pigmented, soft and smooth. I like to wear this layered over a black liner or in the inner corners of my eye to give it a little edge. 

Being a lip balm fanatic, the lanolips banana balm is totally my thing. Unlike other balms, this is a bit more unique in that its a 3 in 1 lipbalm with an iridescent finish. I'm not a massive fan of banana but luckily this only has a slight banana scent to it. It's a lot more nourishing than your standard lipbalm, meaning my lips are much smoother and softer after use. I'm sure I'll be relying on it a lot this autumn and winter.

Have you tried any of these products?

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A Guide To Monetising Your Blog

Monetising your blog is becoming more and more common. Whilst I don't think anyone should blog for the sole purpose of making cash, if your putting a lot of time and effort into your blog then making a little bit of money from your blog can cover any costs you put into it, whether its buying a domain, running giveaways or advertising yourself on other blogs. Getting real for a second, your not going to become rich by monetising your blog (well, unless you have an extremely high number of subscribers and views) but it is possible to earn an income from your blog. As I've just started to monetise my blog, I thought I'd share a few ways you can earn a bit of money, whether you're at the stage where your considering blog monetisation or its something your working towards. Over the next few weeks, I'll be talking about each method in more depth but for now here's a quick overview.

1. Affiliate networks
An affliate programme is basically when you earn a percentage of money every time someone clicks through a certain product link/image and makes a purchase. For example, you may earn up to 10% of a sale. When you sign up, you'll have an account where you can keep track of your earnings, click throughs etc. A few affiliate networks include:


Paid on results

Reward style



Its best to have a look at what each one offers in terms of commission to see which one is suited to you. A lot of companies, such as Amazon run their own affiliate programmes so if you're a fan of a certain brand, its worth checking if they offer such a service.

2. Advertising space on your blog
Selling advertising space on your blog to other bloggers or businesses is another easy way to earn a little bit of income. How much you charge and what you offer is obviously up to you - its mainly down to trial and error as I've found. I've just started offering this service via passionfruit, which basically does everything for you including installing adverts and rotating them. However, I think I'll be having a rejig soon.
I'd say numbers do count somewhat when it comes to blog advertising but it really depends on your niche/readership.

3. Sponsored posts
A sponsored post is when you are paid to publish an article on your blog. This may be pre-written content or content you have written yourself. What you charge for a sponsored post is down to you. Brands will have a set budget and guidelines and only you can decide if its something you want to go ahead with. I'll be talking further about this in a future post as it requires a lot more depth.

4. Google adsense
In a nutshell, Google adsense is when you get paid for publishing google ads on your blog. If you're on blogger then google adsense can be set up via your dashboard but you need to apply first (its free to join). How much you earn varies but you need to earn £60 before you can cash out.

5. Blogging networks
Joining a blogging network, such as mode media (formerly glam media), handpicked media or BlogHer is a way of working with certain brands, whether its advertisements, samples, sponsored content, events. With these type of networks, you need to apply. I'm not with any network so I honestly don't know if its worth applying for or what they require, however I do know you need over 10,000 unique UK users per month to join Handpicked media so I'm guessing you may need a high level of views to join the other networks too.

6. Blog sales
Holding a blog sale selling your items is probably the easiest way for anyone to make some money via their blog. Unlike ebay/depop, its free to put your items on your blog to sell and you don't need a certain amount of views/subscribers to hold one. Blog sales are highly popular as its a great way for people to buy makeup/clothes at a much cheaper price. If you're holding a blog sale then check postal costs and shipping regulations. For instance, Royal mail wont ship nail polish abroad and there are rules on sending liquid make up items.

7. Selling from your blog
An alternative method to earn money is to sell from your blog. This may be certain products or services, for example, you may open your own online shop - I currently have an etsy store selling blog templates here *shameless plug* and lots of other bloggers sell fashion items/jewellery/homeware. You could also offer your writing services for freelance projects or write an ebook.

Its also important to think about declaring your blog earnings for tax purposes. I'll be going into much more depth in future posts but these are a few options to consider when thinking about monetising your blog. If there's anything you'd like me to cover, let me know in the comments below!

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I'm glad I splurged on...| High end beauty buys!

Have you ever bought a high end beauty product and felt really disappointed? Purchasing a product that doesn't live up to expectations is never great but when you've splashed out on a treat, it's money down the drain, especially as we cant return tested beauty products here in the UK.
When I make a high end purchase, I like to do my research - I look at various reviews and swatches online before I make a decision to buy or not. There are several high end beauty products I would recommend to any beauty lover and my top 5 are all incredible products. If you're going to treat yourself (or others maybe?) then these would be the five I would wholeheartedly suggest.

Despite the name, there's nothing sheer about this eyeshadow. The formula is soft, smooth and highly pigmented. The packaging is luxurious with a magnetic closure and mirror inside. You can use these as a swipe of colour over the lid or in the crease as the texture blends easily. 

I've mentioned this product a lot over the past few weeks but its one that's really worth splurging on. You can use this on both lips and cheeks - I prefer it as a blush to give a natural flush. The formula is 'air-whipped' to provide a luminous matte finish. Its soft, creamy and pigmented, with a little going a long way on pale skins. On darker skin tones, the colour is buildable to provide a defined look. 

Honestly the most natural highlighter I've ever used, this Kevyn Aucoin highlighter in a golden apricot shade adds subtle radiance without looking glittery. It works best applied with a fan brush and dotted over the nose, cheeks and forehead. The texture is finely milled, which makes it look natural on the skin. A real gem!

Bobbi brown isn't particularly best known for shadows but the cream variety are truly awesome. On my oily lids, this lasts all day without fading or creasing. The texture is a little bit harder than MAC paint pots but the formula is still easy to blend. 

Exactly as the title says, these are long wearing lipsticks with a matte finish. Despite the matte texture, its creamy, soft and doesn't dry your lips out. The colour is saturated to give an opaque finish and the silver bullet adds a bit of luxury too.

What are your favourite high end beauty buys?

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House of Fraser Beauty Confidential Event

When I splurge on high end beauty, I try to make purchases during a promotional offer in order to get the most for my money. This month, House of Fraser's Beauty Confidential event offers shoppers £10 off one of HoF's top 30 beauty items when you buy any other beauty product. 
When you shop between Monday September 8th and Tuesday September 23rd either instore or online you'll get £10 off one of HoF's favourites when you buy one of yours (any beauty item not in the offer):

1. Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, Estée Lauder, 30ml, £37
2. Fusion Ink Foundation, Yves Saint Laurent, 25ml, £30.50 
3. Ceramide Lift and Firming Day Cream SPF30, Elizabeth Arden, 50ml, £56 
4. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl's, 30ml, £36 
5. Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum II, Estée Lauder, 15ml, £46 
6. Get Started Kit, bareMinerals, £49 
7. Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo, Lancôme, 30ml, £36.50 
8. Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 20, Clinique, 50ml, £39 
9. Repairwear Laser Focus, Clinique, 50ml, £58 
10. Smart Custom Serum, Clinique, 50ml, £68 
11. Visionnaire Serum, Lancôme, 50ml, £82 
12. All- In-One BB Creme SPF 25, 40ml, Yves Saint Laurent, £39.50 
13. Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum, Origins, 50ml, £62 
14. Double Serum, Clarins, 50ml, £69 
15. Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream, Origins, 50ml, £50 
16. Météorites, Guerlain, £37.50 
17. Advanced Génifique, Lancôme, 30ml, £59 
18. Diorskin Nude, Tan Matte, Dior, £35 
19. Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, Clarins, 15ml, £39 
20. HydraQuench Cream SPF15, Clarins, 50ml, £35 
21. The Moisturizing Soft Crème, Crème de la Mer, 30ml, £105 
22. Daywear Sheer Tint SPF 15, Estée Lauder, 50ml, £38 
23. Brow Kit, Bobbi Brown, £35 
24. Bright Finishing Powder, Bobbi Brown, £40 
25. Hydra Floral Multi-Protection Light Cream, Decléor, 50ml, £39.50 
26. Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm, Bobbi Brown, 30ml, £36 
27. 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow, Dior, £42 
28. Naked 3 Palette, Urban Decay, £37 
29. Mia 2 Lancôme Set, Clarisonic, £125 
30. Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, Urban Decay, £38 
There's also double points on your reward card during the event too!Is it too early to start buying my Xmas presents? Will you be taking advantage of this offer?

*Just a little note that this post isnt sponsored however I received the above 2 products - reviews coming soon!

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Do what you love!

If theres one piece of advice I could give to any new blogger it would be 'do what you love'. Theres a lot of blogging advice out there today and if your new to blogging it can be hard to digest all the information available to you. I started sharing tips and tricks posts for bloggers as I struggled to find certain types of information. Sure, I'm no blogging expert and I would never claim to be. I've still got lots to learn but if there's a few words of wisdom I could share with any new blogger it would be these.

Do what you love.
Write about what YOU want to write about. Don't worry about what people think. Be true to yourself. 

Do what works for you.
Despite sharing tips/blogging advice, its important to note that these are not rules. If planning, scheduling and all that jazz doesn't work for you then don't do it. Its perfectly OK to do things how you want to do them. If you have your own routine then you should stick to it. Do whatever works for you and don't feel you need to change it.

Keeping things simple.
As above, its fine to think of your blog as a blog. Theres a lot of information on pro blogging these days and seeing your blog as a brand. You really don't need to start thinking about these things if you don't want to. Personally, I see my blog as a place I can escape to and share my thoughts. I cant ever see myself viewing it as a brand or a business but that's ok as not everyone wants to go down that road. 

Dont get caught up in what everyone else is doing.
Different things work for different people. I like posting on a daily basis as it works for me and my routine. However, I would never say that a blogger should be posting regularly if its not ideal for them. Blogging should be enjoyable - putting pressure on yourself is never a good thing. Focusing on doing your own thing will make things so much easier in the long run. 

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Pale Skin Beauty

Being incredibly pale, I used to find it a real struggle to find products that suited my skin tone. Luckily since I started reading beauty blogs, I've found several products that are perfect for my complexion.
I used to avoid bronzers at all costs as I thought they would just make my skin look dirty or muddy. I discovered the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer a year ago and haven't looked back. This bronzer is incredible for pale skin as its not red or orange toned but light enough to add subtle colour or contour. Its also a matte finish, meaning its really natural looking and great for oily skin. 
For a 3in1 palette, I love the Urban Decay Flushed Palette in streak - the bronzer in here is darker than the honey bronzer but if applied gently, it adds a subtle hint of colour. The highlighter in this palette is stunning. Its a peachy gold shade and its looks beautiful layered over the coral blush. 
Foundations are the biggest problem for my pale skin. Some bases run far too dark (Bourjois I'm looking at you!) but Rimmel, Loreal and Revlon all have really light foundation shades. I like Rimmels Match Perfection, Loreals True Match and Revlons Colourstay. At the higher end of the scale, MAC have a great shade range and my favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear light now comes in a lighter shade.
Theres a lot of choice when it comes to lips and eyes - the best lip shade I've found recently is MAC's hug me - swatched in this post. This is the perfect nude shade for pale skin as it doesn't make you look washed out or tired. For eyes, I really love cool toned shades, such as Bobbi Brown's Cream Shadow in sand dollar - a pale grey taupe with subtle shimmer. This one lasts all day and is creamy and smooth.

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HTML Tips & Tricks | Moving The Page Navigation Bar

In blogger, the standard templates have fixed have headers, meaning that you cant move your pagebar above your header. However, theres a super easy way to fix this and you don't need to be clued up on html to solve it. 

A standard layout on blogger will look as above. You'll notice that next to the pages widget there is a grey bar, whereas on the header widget there isn't. This means that the pages widget can be moved but the header widget is static. In order to place the pages bar above the header, we need to make the header widget movable. To do this, all we need to do is go to template section on blogger - edit html and in your html, find the following coding;

The line you're looking for is the following;

<b:widget id='Header1' locked='true' title='blog title (Header)' type='Header'
All you need to do is change the text in yellow from true to false - this will unlock the header so you can now move the header below the pagebar.

Just click on the header widget and drag it below the pages widget so it looks like above. Now click save arrangement and your pages navigation bar will now be at the top of your blog.

I hope this was helpful. I'll have some page navigation bar styling tips soon!

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5 Amazing MAC Products!

Its no secret that MAC are one of my favourite makeup brands. Recently I was asked by lovely Sandra over at The Black Pearl Blog to share my top 5 MAC products, which you can check out here. Sandra's blog is one of my favourite blogs and a must read for any beauty lover!

What are your favourite MAC products?

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