20 Oct 2014

BEAUTY: Day-to-Night Makeup


Oh hey dark circles, nice to see ya. In today's post I'm showing you a little bit of day-to-night makeup using Nudestix. Now, I hadn't used the brand before despite seeing them on the Cult Beauty website, but now I'm glad they're in my makeup bag as it's love guys. They're very versatile and can offer a wide range of looks, I think, and the packaging is awesome as each one comes in a tin with a sharpener and a mirror! Anyway, below is what I used for my look...


And I'll run through the products. For my base I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, as I want my makeup to last as I'm wearing it all day. I then applied a little bit of my Bobbi Brown Corrector under my eyes and patted in the Nudestix Skin Concealer Pencil in Light2. It has a great creamy consistency and medium coverage, so it great on blemishes too. After, I used my Stila Convertible Colour in Poppy, as it's such a pretty natural shade (despite how scary it looks!).

On my eyes I used the Nudestix Eye Pencil in Shimmer all over the lid and went in with the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour Pencil in Twilight in the crease. For my night look, I went over my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner, applied some more Clinique High Impact Mascara and added in the Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil (my favourite!). On my lips I patted in some Nudestix Lip and Cheek Pencil in Sin during the day and applied a few extra layers for the night, as it's such a gorgeous every day shade.

And they're my finished looks! Let me know what you think.
Oh and make sure you enter my new giveaway to win RayBans of your choice worth £129! Click here - ends next weekend!

Helen x
Check out these blogs: LeLoreA Dash Of GingerAgent SmythAbracadabra Girl and Gyudy's Notes of Beauty!  

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19 Oct 2014

TIPS AND TRICKS: Boosting Your Blog Productivity


I'll keep this intro short and sweet, as these posts always seem so long! Apologies for that. This week I'm chatting about productivity and the things I do to help keep ontop of my blogging schedule!

Scheduling | I pretty much schedule everything, as it saves time and really does help boost your productivity. I tend to only schedule blog posts and tweets the night before  It's good to know your blog promotion is ticking over throughout the day. I personally use Buffer, as you can link your Facebook page on there too, and it's quick and easy to use! If you don't have time each night, you could schedule a few posts in when you've got a spare half an hour and you'll have an entire week done in one go!

Taking Photos in Bulk | Another thing I've always done as it saves time, plus it's good to make the most of a good weather day. For my beauty photos, I take photos once a week and usually take 3-4 posts worth, same with any style based posts or those that just require a white background. For outfit photos, I tend to shoot 2-3 outfits per session, as I only meet up with someone once a week. I then edit and put these into posts, so I can write them up later. It takes around an hour, but saves so much time as that's me done for the week!

Plan Ahead | I actually have post ideas for each day from now until Christmas. Yup. I'm going to write a full post on this at some point, but it didn't take that long to do. If you post, for example, three times a week on a beauty blog, then planning is easy ie. Mon: Autumn makeup, Wed: top nail picks, Fri: Hydrating skincare. Then do this for each week of the month. I always base this on the time of year, so for October it's Autumn and I'll move into winter based posts around November. It's easy once you get into it!

Organise Your Time | This is oh so important, especially if you work. I only have a few days to do everything per week, typically one day for beauty photos (plus editing and writing up posts) and one for outfit photos (plus editing). So, if you've got a spare hour at the weekend, take all the photos you need for the week. Then, as you're binge watching Netflix, write up a post or two. Blogging can really take up as little or as much time as you want it to, it's all about being organised!

Don't Beat Yourself Up | If you get a little behind, or you post every day and have to miss a day, it's ok. If blogging is your hobby, it's natural for life to get in the way. I mean, consistency is key in blogging if you want to gain a readership, but no one is going to cry if you miss a post. Readers understand, fellow bloggers understand and it's just one of those things. Just find some time later on, answer emails on your morning commute, grab a spare half an hour to snap some photos and get back to everything when you can.

What are your productivity tips? Oh and make sure you enter my new giveaway to win RayBans of your choice worth £129! Click here - ends next weekend!

Helen x
Check out these blogs: LeLoreA Dash Of GingerAgent SmythAbracadabra Girl and Gyudy's Notes of Beauty!  
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18 Oct 2014

TODAY: New In | & Other Stories



Being from near Newcastle means I'm pretty much at the opposite end of the country to the & Other Stories shop in London. Every time I check the site, I always wish they would open a store up here, but alas, that'll probably never happen. So, I decided to bite the bullet (and the £6 delivery charge, sigh) and order some things I'd had my eyes on for a while.

I adore all of their clothes, but as I'm unsure on sizes, I stuck with a pair of shoes for my first purchase. I went with these tasseled leather loafers which are rather lovely, don't you think? I actually returned them as they didn't quite fit right (being in between sizes is a pain sometimes!) but I shall be scouting out some more pairs for future purchases.

I couldn't not get my mitts on some beauty bits, so a few pieces ended up in my basket. I wanted to get some small bits at first, as I wasn't sure about the scents, but each one is as delicious as the next. To start, I opted for the Couture Carnival Body Wash, which smells like sweets. It's honestly heavenly! I snapped up two hand creams, one in Zesty Lemon and the other in Fig Fiction, after it being so highly praised in blog world. They're both lovely and I really like the light, yet hydrating, formula. Lastly, some nail polishes in the shades Cardovan Wine (a beautiful dark plum red), Selvedge Midnight (a deep navy) and Blunt Grey (a gorgeous light grey). I've tried all three now, so be sure to look at my instagram for the colours.

I'm definitely going to visit the store when I'm in London in November with my sister. I'll probably come back with something from every range, no doubt, plus half of the ready-to-wear selection. Oh, & Other Stories, it's love so far. Do you like the store or can recommend any other things to pick up?

Make sure you enter my new giveaway to win RayBans of your choice worth £129! Click here.

Helen x
Check out these blogs: LeLoreA Dash Of GingerAgent SmythAbracadabra Girl and Gyudy's Notes of Beauty!  

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