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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone and bought a new beauty product after hearing rave reviews from bloggers only to be bitterly disappointed. It has to be one of the most annoying and frustrating things. It has made me really cautious when it comes to cult beauty staples these days because as the hype for it grows the cons seem to get lost along the way. And most must-have cosmetics come with a weighty price tag too so it’s not exactly an impulse buy. But recently I have come across a solution to this problem, a brand I can really trust – Charlotte Tilbury.

I had one of those moments after Christmas where I wanted to completely clear out my dressing table and start again. The only problem was, could I really part with the tried and tested cosmetics I rely on every day? The honest answer was no, it had taken too long to find products I get along with to just give them up! But I couldn’t deny that for a long time I’d been looking for more ‘efficient’ makeup. Β Don’t get me wrong, I love spending hours getting ready but that’s not feasible every day. But I also didn’t want to compromise the result. After trying various samples from high street and high end brands I settled on Charlotte Tilbury and I wasn’t disappointed.

Charlotte’s Magic Cream

This cream, where do I start! Moisturiser is so important to flawless makeup. I had used the Chanel Sublimage moisturiser which was out of this world, by far my favourite although it could look a bit oily as the day wore on. But I forgave it that, probably just to justify the price. After I finished the first pot, I flitted from face cream to face cream, not liking one enough to purchase again. Until one day I receive a sample of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Night Cream. It immediately reminded me of Sublimage but had a thicker, more luxurious consistency which I liked. I used it at night and in the day and found that the silky texture really suited my skin. It inspired me to try Charlotte’s Magic Cream which I now use every day regardless of whether I am wearing make up or not.Β I will definitely be repurchasing this product.

Wonderglow Face Primer

This purchase was a direct result of my all time favourite make up tutorial. Charlotte recreated the wedding look she did for Amal Clooney which is absolutely stunning:

She used the Wonderglow primer in this look and it won me over immediately. It’s such a subtle way to highlight or achieve a natural glow. If you like BB creams or sheer coverage foundations you could probably just use this product on its own because it blurs out imperfections and brightens the skin. It applies just like a cream and makes your skin feel really soft. This has become such a staple for me because it allows me to use less foundation and concealer.

The Retoucher Concealer

Previously I had used a Mac concealer for years and years but I was never really happy with it. It was cakey and creased really easily. I did have reservations about trying a new concealer because it’s really difficult to find the right shade and texture. I decided to take the plunge and try the Retoucher Concealer, I liked how easy the application was in a pen. I was really surprised to find after using it for a couple of days that the end result looked just like foundation but with more coverage. It’s really easy to set with minimal powder so it would be hard to make it look cakey. If I had to find a negative I would say this concealer is not full coverage, if you want to hide bags this probably isn’t for you. But does have a really natural finish that could even be worn instead of foundation.

Eyes To Mesmerise

This is another product that I had to get after watching a few of Charlotte’s YouTube tutorials. It is a cream eyeshadow that has a slight sheen to it which gives a more natural look and is perfect for every dau. If you apply this with a brush it gives a wash of colour but if you apply with your fingers and then blend in it gives a much deeper colour. Either way it is easy and quick to apply. It makes it really versatile and it’s such a dream to blend – much easier than powder eyeshadows. Another great thing about this eyeshadow is that it does not crease even after 12 hours of wear. This is another product that I will definitely repurchase because it is flawless.

 

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Some of these items were kindly sent to me.

Finding that outfit suitable for party season is the least enjoyable part of the festivities for me. How do you choose something that will look good while you play board games with your family but also at a Christmas party? Instead of searching for endless pieces which I probably will never wear again, this year I’ve decided to keep it casual with block colours and simple tailoring. You don’t have to look like the fairy on top of the tree all shiny and sequinned to stand out. The classic look goes a long way, especially when everyone else is dolled up. For me, this look is perfect for an early Christmas lunch or a informal work do which doesn’t require too much effort. And with so much food eating and gift wrapping going on over the holidays, who has time waste on getting ready!

 

These items were kindly sent to me.Β 

magnitone review 5 skincare hacks Magnitone cleansing brushGreat skin starts with great skincare. Try these 5 hacks to transform your skin in no time: 

1. Put Your Toner In The Fridge

Toner is the step that most of us miss out in our skincare routine. But if you suffer from puffiness, spots or redness toner can be extra beneficial to you. Try putting your toner in the fridge for 10 mins before you apply it. Cooling your toner helps to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. It also closes your pores to stop unwanted dirt from clogging them up and causing more spots!

2. Clean Your Phone

Our phones are filthy. We handle them all day, put them down on dirty surfaces and they even come to the loo with some of us. All the grime of daily life ends up on our phone which we then press up against our face. Cleaning your phone regularly with antibacterial spray or wipes can help stop dirt building up an transferring on to your skin. The same goes for your pillowcase. Make sure you wash your pillowcases regularly to stop dirt accumulating. 

3. Use A Cleansing Brush

Exfoliating is a great way to buff away old and dull skin cells to make room for shiny new ones. But manual exfoliating, and all it’s minefields, are a thing of the past. With a cleansing brush you won’t have to worry if your scrubbing delicate areas of your face too hard or whether your cloth is clean enough to use.  There are a number of cleansing brushes on the market, my personal favourite is the Magnitone Barefaced! Facial Cleansing Brush. It has a built in timer which tells you how long to cleanse each area of your face for as well as two settings for a really deep clean. The cleansing brush also acts as a facial massage which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stimulate blood flow and gets rid of puffiness.

4. Don’t Over Wash Your Face

We all love that feeling of freshly cleansed skin but too much of a good thing can be bad for us too. Washing your face more than 3 times a day or exfoliating too vigorously and too often can strip the skin of its natural oils. It can make the skin dry and irritated and could leave you with more spots than ever. Try washing your face with warm water instead of hot water. Hot water can be damaging for the skin and leaves it dehydrated. 

5. Let Moisturiser Absorb

Moisturiser is a must for every skin type. But be sure to let your skin absorb its goodness for at least 10 mins before you start applying your makeup. Otherwise it will sit on top of your pores mixed with foundation making you look oily! To fully get the benefit of moisturiser, apply it gently to clean skin after using a toner. 

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boohoo sunglassesLipsy grey giletHow to juggle a blog and a jobSo you have an awesome day job, you’re not ready to quit it yet or you simply want to keep blogging as a hobby. We all have different reasons for not going full time with our blogs but there’s no denying blogging takes an awful lot of time.

This post is not about how to make your blog as fabulous as possible while keeping your day job ticking along. This post aims to help you strike the right balance between blogging and holding a successful career.

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Know Your Niche

How many times have you heard this phrase in the blogging world. Probably too many. Well I’m going to say it again but this time it has a real meaning. If you work in finance from 9-5 but you have a passion for art then blog about your favourite artists or even your own pieces of art. If you’re a teacher by day but an avid gamer in the evenings then start a gaming channel on YouTube. The key to this phase is “your” niche. That thing that really gets your blood pumping, that’s the seed of your blog and it’s up to you to grow it in the direction you want. It might be a passion which you’re not able to follow in your day job, it could be completely unrelated. But that’s the beauty of blogging, it can be anything you want it to be.

What I love about blogging is how it lets me explore a side of me that I am not able to in my job. I’ve always had an interest in fashion and blogging is a way for me to unleash my creativity, unhindered by the restrictions of working for someone else. My day job is a world away from the bells and whistles of bloggersphere but it is also something that I am passionate about. The way I see it, it’s like having the best of both worlds.

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Create A Schedule And Stick To It

You guys know by now that I’m a stickler for organisation and this time it is a must to keep a balance in your life. It is near impossible to blog on an ad hoc basis and stay consistent. So getting in to a routine can really help. For example, I try to post on a Monday and a Thursday but all images for the posts must be ready the Sunday before. Images usually take me the longest which is why I like to get them out of the way as early as I can. The writing mostly comes the day before the post is live. So the majority of my blogging is done on the weekend and the odd post is written in the evenings during the week. It’s a good balance for me because blogging doesn’t interfere with my day job or vice versa.

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Don’t Feel Guilty

As you grow your readership and establish a brand in the blogging world you might be invited to blogger events. More often than not these events are during the day or on a school night and it’s not always possible to make them but don’t feel bad about it. I’ll let you in to a little secret, most events aren’t really all that! That’s not to sound rude or ungrateful, typically brands are extremely generous and welcoming but if you can’t make it then don’t stress. It’s a lot of effort and time to travel to the location to spend a couple of hours at an event and travel back. Most of the time you won’t be getting paid and you’ll either have to take annual leave for the day or miss out on a days wages. When you weigh it up like that sometimes it doesn’t make sense going even though it sucks turning down invitations.

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Don’t Forget What Pays The Bills

At the end of the day we all need money. Those bills won’t pay themselves. So don’t forget to focus on what contributed to your bank account. For me, that’s my day job and it takes priority every time. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also something I really enjoy. But I know the temptation when my blog is picking up momentum to quit everything and go full time with it. You know those weeks when engagement is up and opportunities are rife, it’s a struggle to bring my head back down to earth and realise that blogging can be unpredictable and right now that doesn’t suit my lifestyle. There’s so much pressure to say that bloggging is a lifelong passion and I would do it full time to prove my commitment. But it’s important to be honest with yourself (and other bloggers) when it comes to doing it full time. It’s ok if it stays a hobby.

 

 

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You don’t have to dress like a frump at work. Although stumbling around in the dark at dawn isn’t the best start to looking your best every day, there is something you can do to help your mornings run smoothly. And that is to create an interchangeable work wardrobe. I’ve never really thought much about buying pieces to create an interchangeable wardrobe, it was just a phrase I would hear people like Gok Wan banding about on their make over shows. But as I’ve grown older and time has become more precious, anything that saves extra minutes is welcome. Pretty Little Thing have an amazing selection of on trend clothes and while at first glance they don’t look suitable for the office, they do really work for those of us who don’t want to be stuck in a grey suit 5 days a week.
By choosing a range of plain, print, tailored and loose fitting pieces you will be able to mix and match, giving you numerous choices without having to think to hard. Here are my favourite choices from Pretty Little Thing:
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Printed trousersfloral trousers
Outfit 3
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Outfit 4
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Outfit 5
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I’d love to see what you guys wear to your workplace. Tag your posts with #PLTPrefect on social media to  share what you’re wearing.
This post is in collaboration with Pretty Little Thing but all views are my own.

10 Ways To Feel Like A 10We all have those days when we feel under the weather or not as perky as we usually are. But there are some easy things we can do to get ourselves out of that funk. Here’s how you can feel on your A game every day:

1 Dress Up Or Dress Down

Sometimes spending three hours getting ready is ok and sometimes staying in your pyjama’s all day is also ok. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable!

2 Contact An Old Friend

Remember that friend from school that you used to spend every day with? As we grow up we can easily lose contact with people who used to be a huge part of our lives. Take time to search that old friend on social media and reminisce on old times.

3 Take A Nap

No one feels like 100% when they are tired and ratty. Catch up on your sleep with an afternoon nap and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.

4 Shop!

Whether it is online or at your local mall, shopping is a proven way to make you feel good. So go on, treat yourself!

5 Tidy Up

Nothing makes me feel better than coming home to a clean and tidy room. Clearing away the clutter makes me feel like my life is in order and I can take on the world.

6 Do Something For Someone Else

If you know someone going through a bad patch or just want to thank a friend then take some time to do something nice for them. Whether it’s taking them out for coffee or even a simple phone call, doing a good deed for them will make you feel better!

7 Find An Old Playlist

Scroll through your iTunes and find the first playlist you ever created. That’s bound to bring back some good memories and is probably the best music you have.

8 Stay Off Social Media

How many hours do we spend trawling through our social profiles every day? It can’t be good for us so try taking a break from social media for a few days and actually DO something.

9 Pamper Yourself

Take the time to give yourself some attention. Whatever makes you feel like a superstar, do it! Pedicure, manicure, hair, makeup, massage, why not try something new.

10 Make Plans

Make sure you have something to look forward to. I like to plan in something in once a week that I know I will enjoy. It can be watching a new movie, meeting up with friends or even just a takeaway.

 

I hope these little tips can help you get your sass back on those bad days!

I’m no stranger to falling out of love with my blog and blogging in general. It’s a strange thing as my passion to blog is still there but my drive to do so lags at times. As far as I can tell that’s pretty normal for us bloggers and it’s not a bad thing to admit from time to time! In fact, it’s quite refreshing to hear others say they are lacking motivation too. For those occasions when you are struggling to create content for your blog here a few of my favourite tips to get back on track. Blogging tips

Misspap topTake A Break

Whether your feeling stressed or uninspired the best thing to do is to take a break. Staring at a computer screen won’t spark your imagination and will probably leave you feeling even more frustrated. Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on delivering posts or videos on the days we say will. While it’s great to have consistency, blogging is about real life and sometimes it’s not possible to hit a schedule. As long as you keep your followers informed, don’t stress about being late or taking a week off. See How Far You’ve Come

When I feel most frustrated with blogging I become quite dramatic and have been known to declare that I never want to blog again. Obviously I don’t mean it but emotions can run high when you work on personal projects. It’s always a good idea to sit back and reflect on how far your blog has come. Trust that your work is good and constantly developing and being stuck is one step away from having a stroke of genius. It’s also worth remembering how many people have blogs and how many people give up on them. The fact that you’re still going is quite an achievement. 
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This kind of goes hand in hand with taking a break. If you have a spurt of inspiration get as much blogging done as possible while your brain is still whirring. Take as many pictures as you can, write lists of blog post ideas and save articles and other blogs to browse ready for those times when you have brain block. This way you won’t feel so guilty to take a week or two off, you can schedule pre-written posts to keep your consistency, well, consistent. 
CollageThink Outside Your Comfort Zone 

If you blog about fashion, take time to look at food blogs. If you always read women’s blogs, search for blogs written by men. I find myself doing this more and more. It’s amazing how many ideas you can get from studying blogs you’ve never looked at before. It can be really inspiring and a good way to leverage tips from others. If you don’t know where to start to find new blogs, websites like Blog Lovin’ are a great way to search through the latest blogs posts by topic. 
river island jeansBlogging TipsSurround Yourself With People Who Don’t Blog 

Yep, that’s right. This is nothing against fellow bloggers but sometimes you can find yourself in a rut, interacting with the same people day in day out. It’s an amazing feeling when someone who doesn’t blog or who doesn’t understand blogging starts to ask you questions about your blog and suddenly you’re talking for ages about how you started and what motivates you. If that doesn’t ignite your passion again, I don’t know what will! 


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farfetch competitionsummer tracksOnce again time has made fools of us as we find ourselves on the brink of Autumn. Despite enduring somewhat of a heatwave at the moment, conversations concerning Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas have begun surface. It’s hard not to look ahead excitedly to the cooler months and all the festivities they bring but I am in no rush to hurry time along.

As September approaches I find it is the perfect time to reflect on the summer just gone. They always seem to dash by in an instant and suddenly the big plans you spent hours dreaming up slowly slip away. But before the attic hatch opens and our boots replace our sandals, while the weather is still balmy and mild, let’s take a moment to pause and relish the good times we’ve enjoyed.

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They say music can transport you to a time or place in your past, a single song can hold a memory for a lifetime. While we listen to our favourite music, our brain is busy forming links with our surroundings, absorbing and storing as much detail as possible ready to unleash the next time we hear that song. There’s no better way to capture the magic of summer than through the medium of music. Unlike pictures and videos, music inspires all of our senses and immerses us in emotion. That is why I like to use music at times of reflection. My top three tracks for this summer are from artists who you wouldn’t usually find in my playlists but it seems fitting as this summer has been one of new beginnings for me. Take a listen below. Whenever I hear them I will think of the very best memories from the past few months, from days at the beach to personal achievements. They are my little bits of summer that will accompany me throughout the winter and beyond. Summer doesn’t have to be over just yet.

To honour the power of music I have teamed up with Farfetch to give you the chance to win a pair of brand new Will.I.Am headphones worth Β£175! The I.Am +EPS headphones are a fusion of fashion, music and technology, ideal for any style conscious music lover. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment below.perspex heels

Although my attempts to slow time down are in vain, I am clinging on to the dregs of summer through fashion. 2016 has played host to a number of incredible trends including my two favourites, the pyjama trend and the choker trend. Anything that makes wearing nightwear acceptable during the daytime has my vote! More often than not I have found myself whiling away the day in whimsical silks and satins floating loosely off my shoulders. It is the perfect accompaniment to lounging in the sun or strolling down winding lanes. And as a child of the 90’s I think I can safely say it is about time the choker made a come back!
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As ever, Farfetch have my favourite trends covered over on their website. I’ve pulled together a couple of looks that I’m dying to try and yes, you guessed it, a couple of nightwear pieces and a choker have slipped in there! outfit 1

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Don’t forget to comment below for the chance to win Will.I.Am headphones. Best of luck!