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Blogs Worth Bookmarking.

27.2.15

I thought it was time to update my blog directory - this is just a list of pretty much all the blogs I'm following on Bloglovin' at the moment, so read on if you're looking for something new! Knowing me i rpobably missed a few out, so sorry if you're not on here... Also please leave some links to some of your favourites, or your own blog, in the comments!

A//
A Beauty Junkie In London
A Little Obsessed
A Little Opulent
A Little Treat
A Model Recommends
B//
Berrie Blogs
Bespectacled
Birds Words
Bloomin' Rouge
Blush & Brunch
Bonjour Luce
British Beauty Addict
Brodie Jay
C//
Caroline Hirons
Carrie Brighton
Cat Crawford
Chapter Friday
Citron And Guavaberry
Coco Chic
Couture Girl
D//
Dainty Little Dreams
Dizzy Brunette 3
E//
Ellalogy
Essiebutton
F//
Fashion And Beauty Tribes
Fashion Toast
Fleur De Force
Fragmented Splendour
From Roses
G//
Gems Maquillage
Gh0stparties
Girl With Makeup
H//
Hello October
I//
I Covet Thee
In The Frow
Into The Gloss
Isobel Rose
J//
Jessica Beautician
K//
Karla's Closet
L//
La Petite Primp
Laurzrah
Liana Beauty
Life Of Libby
Life, Set Sail
Like Neon Love
Lilting Grace
Lily Melrose
Lily Pebbles
Lips So Facto
Lipstick With Some Sunshine
M//
Makeup Savvy
Man Repeller
Meg's Boutique
Microscope Beauty
Milkteef
Miss Makeup Magpie
N//
Niomi Smart
Nothin' Fancy, Really
Nouveau Chique
Nouvelle Daily
O//
Overdose De Maquillage
P//
P0lar Milk
Paint Potted
Parisian To Be
Pearls And Poodles
Pink Pot
Pomegranate And Coffee
Pretty Little Us
R//
Rosy Chicc
S//
Salt And Chic
Sara Pags
Scared Toast
Sea Of Shoes
Sharleen
Sleep And Water
Sophie's Makeup Blog
Soph's Choices
Sparkly Vodka
Srsly Lou
Subgenre Of A Dream
T//
Tanya Burr
Temporary Secretary
That Grace Girl
The Beauty Department
The Celution
The Little Magpie
The Londoner
The Lovecats Inc.
The Misty Mom
The Nailasaurus
The Private Life Of A Girl
The Sunday Girl
Thunderl0ve
Tiny Paint Pot
Today I Adore
U//
Unstitchedd
V//
Victoria Beauty
Vivianna Does Makeup
W//
What Olivia Did
Z//
Zoe Newlove
Zoella
Zubie's Musings

Blogging Etiquette.

22.2.15

Reply To Comments/Tweets You're not Beyoncé. You have the time to acknowledge people's support and respond to comments and tweets with a thoughtful message - even just a thank you and an emoji works! 

Get Disqus Seriously. It is the only comment system worth having. It makes logging in, leaving links and replying so much easier! You can even upvote comments and turn it into a discussion (hence the name, which is not pronounced like 'discus' as I though for months...)

Comment On Posts If you've enjoyed reading something someone's written, tell them! A comment takes two seconds and you can even add your blog link at the end. But please don't comment just for the sake of a little publicity! We can all see through ANYONE WANT TO BE YOUTUBE FRIENDS and it looks very tacky and desperate so just don't do that. 

Like Posts On Bloglovin' Another way of showing appreciation - not only does this let the blogger know which of their posts is more popular, if there's enough likes then this can also get something to Bloglovin's popular page, possibly gaining the blog a little extra traffic.

Be Polite I could rant for hours on this subject, but I'll keep it short and sweet. Don't be rude to people. It's mean and it will tarnish your reputation. Simples? Simples. 

 Have you got any more tips on how to adhere to the unwritten rules of blogging?

How I Do: Red Lips.

4.2.15

I'm no red lipstick expert. Actually, no - that's a lie. I wore a full-on pigmented matte red ALL DAY on the Friday before last, so yes. I am a professional expert on red lipstick, as of two Fridays ago.

Now that you know I'm an expert, you've probably got a shit ton of questions for me, right? Well, not to worry - here's a run down of all the dos and don'ts that come with sporting a snow-white-style lip...

DO:
Prep
Scrub + balm = done. If you're going for a matte finish, choose a less glossy lip balm like Nuxe Rêve De Miel and give it plenty of time to sink in. You want to avoid chapped bits!
Pick The Right Shade
I like this guide by Lily - it's useful for beginners as it's very simplistic in helping you determine what tones might suit you. You don't have to completely adhere to the rules, though! I like Nars Cruella for a slightly darker, blue toned red; Topshop Rio Rio for an orange toned one and Rimmel Kiss Of Life as my neutral. In the end, you'll only know whether you suit a colour once it's on your face.
Pick The Right Finish
Once you've worked out what tones suit you, it's time to think formula. Do you want something sheer and balmy? Or a more matte look? Perhaps a full on glossy stain? I prefer long lasting mattes in bold colours, but really whatever floats your boat works. You don't have to spend much! If you've found the perfect colour with the wrong finish, you can sheer out lip colours with this trick, mattify them following this tutorial or even do a gorgeous ombre thang like so.
DON'T:
Overline Your Lips
This looks good on Kylie Jenner. And possibly some other people. But rarely with reds - it's best to stick with nudes. At least this is true in my case!
Get It On Your Teeth
This may seem hard to avoid, but after you've applied your lipstick, stick your finger between your lips and then pull it out (à la Anna) to up your chances of clean teeth all day.
Feel Self Conscious
This is the number one thing you must remember - literally no one cares. No one cares what lipstick you're wearing. If it looks great (it does) then you may even receive a compliment or two - but no one (no one worth knowing) is going to actually judge you for wearing bright lipstick. You're wearing red lipstick, therefore you look like a badass, therefore you should act like one. It's your face. Do what you want. Life's too short.

Phew, so that turned into a bit of an inspirational essay there! Are you a regular bright lip wearer or a scaredy cat like me?

Bright Eyed.

26.1.15



I was recently lucky enough to be gifted a voucher to spend at Perfume Click -  when I saw the range of products they had, I couldn't refuse!

They are a site that sells a bunch of makeup, skincare and perfume at affordable prices... from well-loved brands like Clinique, Benefit and Clarins. Their Clarins range is especially good, with a huge amount of makeup, skincare and fragrance alike.

However, I needed a new mascara, so I decided to opt for Clinique Lash Power mascara*  I haven't heard much about it, but Kayla's review alone pretty much swayed me! THIS MASCARA IS INSANE. I've been using it daily as it's perfect for full, fluttery, feathered lashes. The brush is really skinny, meaning it's easy to apply to bottom lashes too if that's your jam. The result is curled, crazy long lashes, much better than the style I'm used to from Benefit They're Real. It's a welcome change, although it's a nightmare to remove! I think it might actually be a tubing mascara, meaning you use warm water to take it off, but I'll have to research that. You'll be able to see it in action in my January favourites tomorrow!

I also chose a cream eyeshadow in the form of Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow* in Sippin n Dippin. The colour is absolutely beautiful - a duo chrome peachy rose/warm gold that seems quite similar to Mac Rubenesque. In fact, at under £7, I'm sure it would be a pretty decent dupe!  The formula is really unusual, actually more akin to a cream blush than any eyeshadow that I have used, but that means it's really lightweight. Luckily it has much better pigmentation and staying power than any cream blushes I've tried, too! I think it will look much better on me when I'm tanned, as that sould bring out the gold a bit more.

I was actually very impressed with the service I recieved.  I ordered these on Tuesday and within an hour or two got an email confirming that my products had been dispatched. The next day, they arrived at my doorstep! How often does that happen when you're promised 1-3 working days? Postage is £1.95, but for every additional item you order (after the first) you get £1 off, so if you're ordering 3 or more things the postage costs are covered. I promise I'm not just saying this - I'll honestly be ordering from Perfume Click again! Visit them here... le website

*I was gifted a voucher to pay for these items but, as always, all words are my own. I wasn't sponsored to write this post, I just wanted to show Perfume Click a little appreciation for their kindness and great service!

Homeslice.

22.1.15


Ahh, Homeslice. Located in Neal's Yard, near Covent Garden, it's easily the No1 blogger favourite pizzeria in London, and for good reason. Just look. at. it.

I've been there a couple of times now, and it really is as good as everyone says! I'd reccomend going at lunch rather than the evenings as it tends to get busy later on - although they take down your phone number and call you when a table's free so there's no real problem... You can just browse the shops in Covent Garden while you wait! It's pretty cramped inside and the pizzas are almost as big as the tables, the music can get really loud and (occasionally) service is slow... But it's all about the pizza. And the pizza is good.

You can buy gigantic 20" (51cm) pizzas for £20 or one slice for £4 - yes, 20" is like four 10" pizzas, but trust me you will want half of one! I personally  do prefer to share one between two as they are flippin gigantic (you can get half n half toppings if you want). Shown above is one half margherita, the other half topped with wild mushrooms, ricotta, pumpkin seeds and chilli flakes. Nom.

The actual food is perfect. Thin and crispy base + just enough tomato, + melting cheese = delicious, and for those of you who don't really like tomato sauce, they do garlic oil or cream instead. I can't vocalise the tastiness, it's just so... rhusdjgialvshuiolghourwfovu. Ya get me? The sea salt flakes on the edges of the crusts are all kinds a wonderful, too.

 You can find their address and other deets on their website. Anyway, if you're in London, and you're looking for pizza, it's probably your best bet! Although I haven't yet tried Pizza Pilgrims...

Face Of The Day #5.

20.1.15


I haven't done one of these in quite a while. The makeup I've been wearing recently has been very low effort/minimal impact, but who has time in January for anything? Not me, that's for sure.

I've been starting off with ye olde faithful, Nars' Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska. It's probably a tad dark right now but I've been applying the thinnest of layers for a sheer, dewy finish. Underneath, for a bit of oomph in the lasting power department, I whack on the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free primer. What I love about this is that it giving your base something to cling to without sucking all the moisture out of your skin, AND it feels light and weightless. Using a primer rather than a powder means I get to keep that radiant finish, too! 

On the cheeks I like to apply a healthy amount of Revlon's Photo Ready blush in Pinched for a little colour. I then finished off with some extra shimmer using the Topshop Glow in Gleam, a pretty rose gold.

On the eyes (shock horror!) I've been actually skipping my usual liner in favour of the simplest look ever. I just take the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze and smush it all over my lids with my fingers before blending it out at the crease and smudging some along the lower lash line. I then just apply a coat of Smashbox's Full Exposure mascara.

Last but not least - lips. I can't get enough of the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso at the moment. I desperately wish it wasn't limited edition! It's such a gorgeous pinky nudey MLBB-type colour that is just perfect. I love it. 

Have you tried any of these products? What kind of makeup look have you been going for recently?

All The Essies

17.1.15


I was inspired by Kate's Pinterest-worthy Essie collection post a couple of months ago to do my own - although I don't quite own as many her, I still probably have too many. What can I say, they're a weakness of mine, and I hardly ever wear other nail polish. Here's a rundown!

Row 1: Lilacism, Bikini So Teeny, Parka Perfect (mini), Maximillian Strasse-her, First Base (mini base coat), Fear Or Desire, Apricot (cuticle oil), Fifth Avenue, Bermuda Shorts

Row 2: Exotic Liras, Cute As A Button, Off The Shoulder, Primavera, Pansy, Fiji, Fiji (yes I have two), Limo-scene, Mademoiselle

Row 3: Shearling Darling (mini), Toggle To The Top (mini), Sole Mate, Wicked, Licorice, Midnight Cami, Chinchilly, Sand Tropez, Set In Stones, Good To Go (mini top coat)

If you're slightly unwilling to fork out £8 for a bottle of finger paint, I'd really reccomend their mini sets - I have two above, and they contain 3 colours for £13 which is a better deal if you don't think you could finish a whole one. Who knows, you may even go back for more ;)

It's hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to I'd probably go for Wicked - nothing beats deep, glossy, vampy nails. Honourable mentions go to Fiji, Mint Candy Apple and Fifth Avenue!

Have you tried anything from Essie?

Ella xo