Five Ways that Blogging is Different to How I Expected

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I have been blogging for over a year now, but before I started, I had no idea what it would be like. Blogging is so different to how I expected it to be, and here are five ways in which I have found it different.

1. I underestimated how time consuming it is
I know everyone says this, but you read blogs or watch youtube and you think, 'how time consuming can that actually be?' The answer is very. I never knew before starting, how much time it would take up. It takes a little while to learn how to fit it into your daily routine, and help you get a good life, blog balance.

2. It can be low maintenance if you want it to
If you need to take a little break from blogging, you are not fully committed to posting everyday. You can have a few weeks off, and although your readers may miss your posts, they aren't all going to desert you. I honestly think that being able to pre write posts and schedule them for the future, is the best invention. If you are going on holiday, then you can write a few posts in advance and then schedule them to publish whilst you are away. That way you can have some time off, but content is still being posted, so no one will know.

3. You won't shoot to fame right away
By no means did I ever think that my blog would become an internet sensation, but what I mean is that it takes a lot of time to build your presence. You will not gain thousands of followers overnight, and you do really have to work for it. Saying that though, you need to be blogging because you really enjoy it and not for the number of followers you have, because that will not work out well.

4. How nice people are
You constantly see so much hate and negativity when you are online, so when I started my blog, I thought that would happen to me. I have been blogging for over a year now and have never had anything but lovely, positive comments. I know that the more popular someone is, the more likely you are to experience it, but I am so grateful for everyone who has been so nice to me. Reading comments always puts a smile on my face.

5. How much it would change me
I use the term 'change me' very loosely here, because I am exactly the same person I was when I started my blog, personality wise. Over this time, I have learnt so much, and it's all for the better. I have learnt how important it is to be organised, which I have definitely improved on, and I have also learnt so much more about makeup and beauty. My blog has become a big part of my life. It is my own little corner, which I am in full control of, and I am so proud of it.

Thank you for reading and always being amazing!

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Topshop Autumn Wishlist

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Topshop is probably my favourite shop ever to buy clothes from. The clothes are pretty pricey compared to places like New Look, so I don't buy everything from there, but they are such good quality.

Low Back Fitted Bodycon Maxi Dress
I own nothing like this at all, and if I'm honest, I have no idea when I would wear it. I think that this dress is absolutely stunning. It is so simple, but so pretty. It is also long sleeved which is good for the colder months.
RUPA Snake- Effect Tie Up Sandals
I am so so in love with these shoes, and if I had £50 spare, I would have bought them already. I just think that they look so amazing, especially with jeans or trousers. They are also sold in a browny tan colour, which I love too.

High Neck Cut-Out Mini Dress
I love this dress, and it would be so good for me to wear because it is a colour other than black. I also love the fact that it is high necked.

Shaggy Faux Fur Gilet
This is quite hard to see in the picture, but I think that this would be perfect with a long sleeve roll neck top. It is also great for the autumn, because it will warm you up, but it has no sleeves so you won't get too hot.

Soft Belted Trench Coat
I love these types of coats, and I think I will buy one for this winter. They just look great with all outfits, and it would be great for sixth form, where I need to wear business dress.

MOTO Denim Button Front Skirt
This is nothing to do with Autumn at all, but I have had my eyes on this skirt for months. It would look so cute with crop tops and chelsea boots.

Which of these is your favourite?

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Ways to Drink More Water

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Drinking water is so important. Not just for your body, but also for your skin and hair, and many other things. Around a year ago, I wrote a post about the importance of drinking water, which you can read here, but today I am going to give you some tips in how to drink more water.

1. Start off your day with a big glass of water
I find that this is the easiest way to start a day of drinking lots of water. I can't tell you how many times, I have gotten to the evening and realised I haven't drunk very much, and then had to drink loads at one time. If you start out the day by drinking around 500ml to 1 litre of water, you have already consumed a lot. It will also help you to wake up in the morning, especially if it is cold water. This will also kickstart your metabolism for the day.

2. Set reminders
Although it sounds silly, it is so easy to forget to drink. You may just have a couple of sips here and there but that isn't enough to get you through the day. If you set four reminders throughout the day (every 2 or 3 hours) to drink 500ml, you will easily consume 2 litres throughout the day, if not more.

3. Water bottle D.I.Y
I'm not claiming to have come up with this idea, but it is very helpful. You basically just need to draw lines on your water bottles, of where you need to drink up to and by what time. This will just help you keep on track throughout the day, and if you are drinking some every 30-60 minutes, you will barely need to drink anything at a time.


4. Set yourself a goal
The best way to remember to drink a lot of water, is by saying 'okay, this month I am going to drink 2 litres of water everyday'. Then you could make a chart to fill in everyday, saying whether or not you have reached your goal. The aim then, is to never go to bed before you have had 2 litres of water. At first you may end up drinking the majority at 9pm and then needing the toilet a hundred times overnight, but it will get easier, and you know it is benefiting your body.

5. Put fruit in the water
I don't do this that often, but if you aren't so keen on water or find it boring, putting fruit in it to infuse it is a great idea. You can find loads of ideas on the internet of different fruit combinations.

If you have any other tips, leave a comment letting me know.

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MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick Review

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As I have mentioned in a lot of my recent posts, when I went to America I bought a lot of MAC products. While I was there, I picked up a new lipstick, which worked out cheaper than what I would have paid in the UK.

The lipstick that I picked up, was in the shade Kinda Sexy. It is a matte shade, and has become my favourite and most used lipstick, that I own. It is very natural but adds a nice colour. My favourite lip liner to use with this, is from Rimmel and it is in the colour Spice. Spice is a slightly darker pink than the pinky nude lipstick, but they somehow work very well together. I often overline my lips very slightly with the lipliner and then blend the line out to make it a bit softer, and then add the lipstick over the top.

The pigmentation of the lipstick is incredible and I think that this is mainly to do with the matte finish. It is very long lasting too, and will only need one or two re-applications throughout the day.

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How to Combat Oily Skin Throughout the Day

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I often suffer with oily skin, especially around my T-zone. It is fine in the morning when you apply your makeup, but throughout the day, it begins to wear off and your oily skin can begin to appear. Here are some of my tips to try and combat oily skin throughout the day.

1. Start off your day with a good oil control primer
Before you apply your makeup, it is a good idea to use a shine/ oil control primer. This will make your skin a lot more matte, which will stop your makeup from slipping off, and your skin appearing shiny. The one that I have been using recently, is one from Neutrogena. I haven't used it a great deal yet, but another good one to use is Benefit's Porefessional. Another great thing to do is use an oil or shine control face wash. I use the Neutrogena Pore and Shine, and noticed a massive difference right from the first time I used it. I have now been using it for about 2 years and it has become a holy grail.

2. Blotting sheets
Blotting sheets are pretty new to me. I have heard a lot about them in the past, but never picked them up. I bought some from Elf in America, for $1. I haven't yet used them enough to have an opinion, but so many brands sell them cheaply. They are basically a little sheet of blotting paper, which you can dab on your face. It will absorb the oils, which will control the shine. They are a great thing to use around half way through the day, when your skin is beginning to become oily.

3. Carry powder
This is the easiest way to keep your face matte. Just carry a makeup bag around with you when you are out, which includes a powder (a pressed powder may be less risky that a loose one) and a powder brush. I like to carry around the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, because it is light and cheap to replace, if it was to get lost or broken.

4. Don't touch your face
This can be a pretty hard one, especially because most of the time you don't realise that you are doing it. If you are continuously touching your face throughout the day, it is likely that oils and grease from your hands will transfer to your face. This can also be a cause of spots, if you are adding bacteria to your face. If you are touching your face, make sure your hands are clean, and try to avoid the areas that get the most oily.

I hope these tips help you out. Let me know if you have any others.

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Elf Smudge Pot Review and A Big Thank You!!

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Today, I have a product review for you, but I would like to start this post of with a massive thank you. I have reached 600 followers on Bloglovin' (follow me here if you haven't already). I am so excited because I only hit 500 about a month ago, so thank you so much if you are following me. It means the world!!




Today I am going to be reviewing the Elf Smudge Pot, and it is in the colour Brownie Points. I had never tried out this brand before, but had seen so many amazing things online about it. I think it is pretty hard to get hold of in England, unless you buy it online, so when I was in America, I picked a couple of bits up in walmart.

It reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, as it is a similar cream eyeshadow. I'm pretty sure it only cost me $3, which is only a couple of pounds, and it is amazing for the price. I feel like it will be one of those products that never seems to run out, however much you use it. A little bit goes a very long way.

The lasting power is amazing. When I swatched it, to take the picture above, it took me so long to get it off afterwards, which is a good sign. It can be used in loads of different ways. I like to use it as a base for other eyeshadows, or blend it into the outer corner and crease of my eye. I have also enjoyed using to line both my top and bottom and lash lines. I find that it is a lot softer and looks a lot more natural than darker eyeliners, so it is a lot better for subtle eye makeup. It blends really easily, but once it has dried it stays in place for the rest of the day.

Let me know what you think, if you have tried this. Also, let me know what other products you recommend from Elf.

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The Best Microwave Mug Cookie

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Mug cakes are my favourite thing ever. It is great being able to make a cake for one person with ingredients you are likely to already have at home. I also love cookies, so why not combine my two favourite things and make a mug cookie. I am not claiming to have come up with this idea, but this is a recipe that I came up with and love.

You will need:
-2 tbsp butter/ margarine
-2 tbsp brown sugar
-1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 egg
-4 tbsp self-raising flour
-a tiny pinch of baking powder
-a few drops of vanilla extract
- chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

Add of these ingredients to your mug and mix well. Remember to only use a tiny pinch of baking powder because self raising flour is already included. If the mug is almost full already, don't include baking powder. Believe me, from experience, it will spill over the edge when you cook it, and it will be messy.

Once all of the ingredients are mixed well, put it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on it the whole time because you don't want it to be overcooked or burn. Just make sure that it is cooked the whole way through before you eat it.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is quite filling, so it is also good to share.

If you make it, I would love to know.

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Favourite Drugstore Foundations

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Last week I wrote a post about my favourite drugstore mascaras, and really enjoyed writing it, so I thought that I would write another for foundations. I tend to use drugstore foundations, because higher end ones are usually pretty expensive, and drugstore versions are usually still good quality. Here are my top 3 drugstore foundations.

Rimmel Match Perfection
This was the first liquid foundation that I ever used, (before that I used Bare Minerals Powder Foundation). It does what it says on the tin and is very good at matching your skin tone (as long as it is a close colour match). It blends really nicely and has high coverage. It is quite dewy when you first apply it, but matifies a bit, soon afterwards. It also lasts well on your skin.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin
This is probably my most favourite drugstore foundation ever, although I haven't used it in a while. The packaging promises better and clearer skin in a few weeks, and it does not disappoint. When I first bought this, I was struggling with bad skin and this cleared it up pretty quickly. It has medium coverage and feels very light and soft on your skin. If you are struggling with bad skin, I would recommend this foundation. It is not a perfect miracle worker, but it is nice to be able to wear foundation, knowing that it is helping your skin and isn't making it worse.

L'Oreal True Match
This foundation has been a recent favourite of mine, and I have been using it almost everyday for the past couple of months. I have found it to be amazing for the summer, as the coverage is good, but it feels so light on your skin. If you don't like the feeling of foundation, this is definitely a good one to try. It is great at balancing out redness on your face and covers it up well. It lasts well, too.

What is your favourite drugstore foundation? Have you tried any of these?

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