How to get Salon Perfect Nails at Home

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I love having my nails done, especially acrylics because I love them to be long, but it can get so expensive if you are getting them done a lot. I have instead turned to false nails. Although they don't stay on as long, they still look really nice and there is so many different ways you can do them. 

I don't buy a certain pattern/ colour, I buy lots of plain clear plastic nails and then shape and paint them myself, and it is really easy to do.


You will need:
Clear false nails (you can get them here)
Scissors (preferably nail scissors)
Nail file
Nail glue (I use this one)
Nail polish 


The first thing to do, is measure up the different nail sizes with your own, and figure out which sizes suit which fingers best. You may have to file them down at the side, but luckily there is a size to fit each of my nails perfectly.

Then stick them down using the nail glue. I love the Elegant Touch one, because it is brush on which is 100% easier than the glue you get in false nail sets, and it doesn't damage your real nails underneath.


After that you are king to want to file them down to the shape that you are after. I went for a rounded-stileto style, by cutting the tips into triangles and them filing them down so that they are not too sharp.




Finally, you will just need to paint them. I just went for white, but I also love doing them matte black as well.

They are honestly so easy to do, and I love having them on. I just carry the glue around with me and then if any of them fall off, I just stick them back on, and within in seconds they're back to normal.

I hope you find this helpful.

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How to Start a Blog

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I have been blogging now for over a year, so I have quite a lot of experience in what it takes to start a blog. I thought that I would round my advice up, to help anyone out who is thinking of starting a blog, because it can be quite confusing.

Setting up your blog
The very first thing that you need to do is choose which website you are going to use to set up your blog with. The two most popular ones that people go for, are usually Wordpress or Blogger. I don't have any experience with Wordpress, so I'm not sure what it's like. I have always used Blogger, and it does a good job of making things simple and straight forward. 

Once you have chosen the website that you are using, you will probably need to set up an account. Blogger is very easy if you already have a Google account because they are linked, so you can log in through that. 

Choosing your name and layout
The next thing to do, is definitely one of the hardest, and that is naming your blog. If you already have an idea in your head, this could be easy, but if not it may take a bit of time. You will also find that a lot of the domains are already taken; a lot more than you would expect to be. However, most people go on to by their own domain anyway, because if you use blogger, it will have '.blogspot' on the end. So don't overly worry yourself about it at this point.

If you are using either blogger or wordpress, they both have default templates, which will decide the colour and layout of your blog. The free ones are not always great, but I used them for a few months and then went on to buy my current template from www.pipdig.com.

You will need to do some work on the layout, in order to get your blog set up exactly how you want it. If you are using blogger, you need to go to layout, and then you can move things around and add features, such as an archive, which is a list of all your blog posts and what month they were from. I wouldn't over do it at first. Just keep your layout simple, because no one will want to read a blog that is overcrowded and all over the place. You can just add features as you go along.

Writing your first post
Writing your first post, will probably be the hardest. You will probably struggle to find your feet a bit, but don't worry because everyone's earlier posts will probably make them cringe later on. Just write something in the niche and style that you intend to carry on with. I would also recommend focusing on your photography. Not everyone will be a pro at first. I still struggle now. People will notice your pictures though, so try to make them stand out and look nice. You won't need an expensive camera, because phones work just as well.

Social Media
I'm guessing that the main reason you are writing a blog, is for people to read it. For this, social media is the best way to get yourself out there and well known. I recommend setting up a Bloglovin' account and linking it to your blog. This is the best place to gain followers and it will publish your posts on there automatically, which will spread them to a much wider audience.

I would also recommend setting up a Twitter for your blog. I have an independent one for my blog (which is @beautybillboard if you aren't already following me). So many bloggers have accounts, and it is a great way to communicate with others and spread the word of your blog.

That's about it, so I wish you the best of luck. If you have any questions, hit me up, and also if anyone is starting a blog, leave me your link in the comments. Also, if you would like me to do a part 2 for this, and talk about gaining followers and growing your blog, let me know.

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My Trip to Italy

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For the past week, I have been away with my family in Italy. We stayed in Sorrento and had days out visiting other places in the area.

It is such a beautiful place, so I thought that I would share some of the pictures I took with you.

Around Sorrento





Capri  Island



I don't have any pictures of it, but when we were on Capri Island we took a boat to a cave, and then moved into little rowing boats. We had a guide who took us into what was the 'Blue Grotto'. It was a little cave that has light shining through the top, turning the water bright blue, even though it was pitch black in the cave.

Pompeii Ruins





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Maple Holistics Review

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You may remember that a couple of months ago, I ran a giveaway with a company called Maple Holistics. As well as running a giveaway with me, they were also kind enough to send me a couple of their products. The two things that they sent me were the Dead Sea Mud Mask* and the Silk 18 Conditioner*, and I'm going to review them today. Apologies if you have already read this post; it disappeared and I have no idea what happened to it.

Dead Sea Mud Mask
When I first opened this, I'm not going to lie, the colour terrified me. I have used mud masks before but never one that looked so thick and grey. I'm pretty sure it is lavender scented, and it feels very fresh on your face. It is probably not one to use too often, but I think I will be able to get a lot of use out of one pot. I could feel such a difference after using it. I definitely made my face a lot less oily and it felt a lot smoother and clearer afterwards. Even after applying quite a lot, it dried pretty quickly, which I love because I can't deal with face masks that take half an hour to dry. I think that it would also be a good one to apply just to your nose, or t-zone, if that area is feeling particularly oily. 


Silk 18 Conditioner
I recently got a major haircut. I had about 6 or 7 inches of my long hair cut off, and although my long hair wasn't awful, I am trying to keep my shorter hair in very good condition. So as you can imagine, finding a good conditioner is very important to me. I wouldn't say that this is perfect, especially if your hair is already damaged; I don't think it would be a repairing conditioner. But for my hair, at the moment, it is keeping it very soft and moisturised at the ends, so I am very pleased with it. It also smells amazing. It is vanilla scented, and it's is also a smell that lingers in your hair and hasn't disappeared a couple of hours later. 


If you are interested in any of these products, you can find them at www.mapleholistics.com.


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