Friday, 30 December 2016

Beauty Gifts I Received This Christmas

Hi, everyone! 

I hope you all had a good Christmas and hope Santa not only brought you some amazing gifts but kept everyone safe and healthy too! Mine was very hectic as I had family members over to stay. 

Being a huge beauty junkie meant the likelihood of receiving beauty gifts was always going to be very high! Here's what I got. 


Friday, 23 December 2016

Makeup For Christmas Day


Hi everyone! Where has the year gone? I can't quite believe it's now the season of goodwill and will be celebrating Christmas in just a couple of days. When it comes to glamour on Christmas Day some of you may feel it's the last thing on your mind, and see this as the ideal opportunity for lazing around in your onesie (I wish!) However, for others, they may see this as the perfect excuse to get glammed up. I'm kind of in-between the two - war paint with slippers! Haha! Time is of the essence, so I'll be sporting a simple but bold look featuring a winged liner a Red lip. 


Monday, 19 December 2016

Becca | Blushed with Light Palette: Limited Edition

becca blushed with light palette review 

becca blushed with light palette review 

It's always incredibly exciting when any high-end brand decides to release a blusher palette - especially like the ones we've seen recently, featuring a variety of glorious shades to play around with at a more appealing price than buying these separately. For some reason, I've never been one to hoard that many singles from the higher-end bracket (probably due to the cost) as I felt formulas from our cheaper counterparts do a pretty decent job in providing a good range of colours for everyday wear. But I was also aware of the fact that it's often on these rare occasions I knew I was going to experience something pretty special when it comes to a luxury brand and found myself surrendering to this limited edition offering from Becca
Blushed With Light Palette, after witnessing this on Instagram. 


Friday, 16 December 2016

Recent Black Friday Haul featuring Milani, Charlotte Tilbury and more...

Hi everyone!

I think it's safe to say there was a lot of us makeup fans eagerly waited with anticipation to see what offers were going to be featured during the recent Black Friday week. On the whole, I think there were some pretty good deals to be had. Here's what I got.

Shortly after receiving these, I got really sick! So I haven't had the chance to test these out properly, Hopefully, I'll get to use these now I'm feeling a little better. 



Monday, 12 December 2016

Let Eucerin Look After Your Skin This Winter!

Eucerin AtoControl Skincare Review

I was absolutely over the moon when skincare brand Eucerin asked if I would like to try some of their products. With Winter fast approaching and living by the sea meant that my skin had often been a victim from the harsh elements it brings. The sharp sudden change in temperatures (leaving a toasty warm environment, to the freezing cold outdoor air) can play havoc with my skin. And also for my daughter who has in the past suffered some terrible eczema flare ups mainly during the Winter months (although at the moment was under control).

I thought it would be a great opportunity to discover a bit more about the brand and to see if there was anything we could slip into her existing regime. As you can imagine, being eczema prone can make product choices very difficult and limited to the point where you can only use one product to wash AND moisturise with, which for a 15 year old doesn't exactly make this the most glamourous way to enjoy skincare. So, it's no cutely packaged bath bombs and no highly scented products for her. 


Friday, 9 December 2016

The Perfect Gift for the Geller Fan: Lights Of Venice 8 Piece Luminous Collection

Laura Geller Lights of Venice 8 Piece Luminous Collection

Imagine opening this gorgeous collection on Christmas morning. Know someone who's a Laura Geller fan? Or how about an early treat for yourself to wear for the party season.  

This collection comes beautifully packaged and features 8 pieces that includes the brand new Balance 'n' Glow Foundation which you cannot buy on its own yet. So, if you crave for that luminous glow, then this is your only way to get your hands on this is by purchasing this collection.  I personally think this would also be a welcome addition to bring some life to the skin now the weathers turning. When ordering, the only thing you have to do is quote which foundation shade you require: Porcelain, Fair, Medium, Tan or Deep. Collection is available from QVCUK - £54.12. However, you can pay for this in 4 easy pays of £13.53.


Friday, 2 December 2016

10 Confessions of a Beauty Blogger


I hadn't quite realised that last week I'd published my hundredth post!  So I thought it would be fun and the perfect time to publish one of these light-hearted posts where I share all the things that I meant to do as a Blogger, but don't! (Naughty Blogger!) Plus, I've also featured some of the other bizarre things I do as well! I hope I'm not alone here. Are you guilty of any of these?

1. Your ideas for blog posts arise in the most strangest of places!

Yeah, like whilst in the shower! - Seriously? Must be the heat massaging my brain!
Ermm...yeah, enough about that one! Let's move swiftly on, shall we?

2. I never use Google Analytics! 

I must be the only person that doesn't share much love for this, what-so-ever! I suppose if you see your blog as more of a business or is something you do full-time, then I totally get the importance of using this tool. They often share their love for google analytics and how it helps to improve their blog - and I'm sure it probably does! But the truth is, I don't understand any of it because it involves too many numbers and analysis I haven't got a clue about! Unfortunately, the bit I do understand is too bloody depressing to read! It's an app I never visit!

3. The White marble background isn't as marbled as you think! 

No, I don't possess a top of the range kitchen you'll find in one of those House magazines (House porn as I like to call them because of the amount of "ooing" and "ahhing" you do over the textures and colours!) So, for me, I've had to improvise by using MDF and Fablon! For a long time, I tried to steer away from using this type background because it's featured on quite alot of blogs. But I found as time went on, something was needed to fill the gap in between the products (hence the soft marble effect) and help bring everything together.  

4. I don't own a DSLR! 

I don't posses a decent camera either! Hubby has got a nice one so I might try and make an effort to learn how to use it in the new year. But for now, I just use either my IPhone or IPad to take pictures. I also adjust the lighting of the pictures using Snapseed, which is a brilliant app and is very handy to use on my IPad.  However I do plan in the future to try and start adjusting them on the desktop instead, just to see if it makes any diffrence. I wish my photos looked so much better than it does at the moment. As in saying that, when you compare them with some of my older posts, it's definitely got better!

5. I've spent more money than I should on my blog!

On numerous occasions, I am totally guilty of buying things simply because you know it'll make good writing material and be popular, which is just a plain daft really! Plus Instagram is the worst place to be when you're resisting that urge to splurge!  Next year I plan on buying a lot less but concentrating more on the higher-end purchases as most of the time these work better on me. Also you find you're buying more accessories, which moves us on 6....

6. And the accessories have become out of control too!

But you're not buying for the house, it's for the pigging blog! So, other than shopping at the usual haunts, you find yourself wondering around in other places like Tiger or even New Look for accessories all because it might look that little more Instagram worthy! Madness! 

7. I still can't get to grips with this SEO thingy!

I'll admit, I still don't hundred percent know how to get my posts featured on the first page on google, (when someone searches on google using a specific keyword and your post is featured on the first page. It helps to gain more traffic to your blog). I kind of know about using certain keywords within the first paragraph of your post and also throughout, but that's just about it! Oh, and I also know that if my blog was a "dot com" instead of  a "dot blogspot", that'll also improve my SEO ranking too! Hopefully in the new year (lot's planned in the new year) I'll finally get my own domain.

8. Twitter Scheduling. I'm SO BAD at it! 

To be honest, I'm not a massive fan of Twitter. I much prefer Instagram as I feel a picture can say a thousand words! So, when it comes to promoting my posts, I don't schedule half as much tweets as I should do. I just find it so boring, and to be honest, when I'm not at work, I seem to spend so much time on my blog; my family and those dreaded house chores needs my attention too! Plus, I use to worry alot about spamming on other people's feed. However, this is something I really need to improve on. I mean, who wouldn't want new followers and brands to discover them.

9. I need to up my word description game!

It looks as though you've become obsessed with the words Creamy, Buttery and Smooth! Pigmented is another descriptive word that's over used. Unfortunately, sometimes, these are the only words to describe that particular product. It's just so same-y though!

10. I don't own a media kit either!  

If I want more brands to work with me, then I may need to get my skates on with regards to this one! The thing is, and this is kind of going back to why I find Google Analytics depressing, is that my stats would be too laughable to share with brands; and is one of the reasons I don't approach them either! At the moment, I only see my blog as a hobby, but the fact that I'm publishing twice a week, one can't help but come to the conclusion that I take this blogging a lot more seriously than I think I do. Despite getting the opportunity to work with some brands, so far, I haven't been asked for one, although I'm sure that will change in the future.

There's probably tons more I do wrong so I might need to do a follow-up post. 

What are your blogger confessions!

      Toni. xoxo

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