Being a Beauty Blogger – My journey so far!

Hi, there fellow beauty fans!

I am so sorry I have not been blogging for a few weeks! Between my day job and all the lovely things I am about to tell you about, I have had very little time to focus on writing! But, as much as I hate not posting every week, I am really happy to be sharing what I have been up to which will hopefully explain the delay!

This post is going to be different to other posts. It’s going to be a whistle-stop tour of everything that has been happening in my blogging journey so far, particularly in the last few weeks! There will be a few links to check out, (which are not affiliate links) and I hope you’ll click on them and see where my time and effort has been going.

So, the last time I posted was mid-May, after I had reviewed a whole range of lovely Body Shop products! I hope you all enjoyed that post as much as I enjoyed writing it – if you didn’t read it you can check it out here.

Since then, I have had so many things going on I don’t even know where to start! Here goes:

  • blogging on ReallyRee

I am really proud to say I have become a contributor to the blog ReallyRee! This blog is huge in the beauty blogging world and I have subscribed to it for a while. Never did I think when I started blogging, that I would be able to contribute to it myself! I contacted the blog in the hope that I would be able to learn some valuable information about beauty blogging and was then invited to submit a blog to them to decide whether I was contributor material….and I was! So far I have submitted two posts, one is already live and one is soon to be! You can check out my first post about Lilly Lashes here.

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  • blogging on Greenide

On top of that, I have also been invited to blog regularly for a digital magazine called Greenide! I was approached by the magazine through Instagram and like ReallyRee, they asked me to prepare a blog for them which then led to me being asked to be a permanent blogger for them! I have written a few posts for them already, which I have listed below so you can have a read!  They are also looking for bloggers generally to contribute to the magazine so if any of you are bloggers and would like more exposure leave a comment on this post and I will put you in touch with my contact!  Here are my posts – The Little Known BoxThe Blackhead Suction RemoverMy Weekend Beauty HaulBrand Focus: Charlotte Tilbury and The Glossy Box.

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  • Digital Miss

Also this month, I was included in the May edition of another digital magazine called Digital Miss! This is a new online magazine that used social media to ask for blog submissions from bloggers which the editors then whittled down to their favourites. Those favourites were then included in the May launch! You can find my post here and the magazine is now looking for June contributors so if you are interested go to the site and apply!

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  • Beauty Royale

Through Instagram again, I have been invited to an interview in London regarding my makeup work! The company is called Beauty Royale and they approached me to be one of their first interviewees! I am attending the interview this coming weekend and I am very excited – watch out for my update once I have done it!

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  • Makeup Artistry

In addition to my blogging developments, I have also been increasing my makeup and hair artistry work, which I am loving! As well as booking individual clients for hair and makeup, most recently, I was asked to be a makeup and hair artist at the Miss Vietnam beauty contest in Birmingham, which was hard work but so much fun and the contestants were all so beautiful but very friendly and down to earth. Here’s a sneak peek of the looks I created, which I will be posting on my Instagram soon!

  • IMATS

If you are a beauty obsessive like me then you may have attended IMATS 2017 and the Beauty UK show – I attended both and they were amazing! I will be writing a separate blog for both shows but I have to say they were both very enjoyable and I bought some gorgeous makeup which I will review in due course! If you have never been to either show you need to, IMATS is not cheap at £45 a ticket but if you are a makeup artist or student you can apply to go for free, and the Beauty UK show is free if you book in advance!

  • Selfridges

More locally, Selfridges Birmingham held a beauty haul event for an evening and I was lucky enough to get a ticket! These events happen a handful of times during the year and are always good fun, with demonstrations and makeover opportunities, free canapes and drinks and a goody bag! I bought a few items during the evening which I will review in separate posts but if you have never heard of these events, sign up to Selfridges newsletter and you will then receive an email each time they arrange one! Harvey Nichols also arranges similar evenings – I am waiting to hear about their next one!

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  • Flipboard

Finally, I have created my own magazine to promote this blog on Flipboard! If you have never heard of Flipboard, it is an online magazine whereby you can design the content of your feed so that it is tailored to your likes and tastes. I did not know until recently that you can also create your own magazine on Flipboard so I decided to try it and also invited some other beauty bloggers to collaborate on it! It was really easy to set up and is another way to promote my blog to a different audience! You can take a look at the magazine here and if any of you are beauty bloggers and would like to be considered as a contributor, leave me a comment on this post with your blog and contact details and I will come back to you!

Other Developments

These are the main things I have been working on but there have been lots of smaller developments as well, such as setting up a domain ready for me to switch from a free to a fully self hosted site in the near future (which will be AllThingsBeauty.co.uk), being offered discounts codes by companies in the beauty and fashion industries such as Mikasa Beauty and Mirina Collections, being invited to Pinterest Group Boards to share my blogs and making contacts with people in the modelling industry to broaden my network and makeup artistry opportunities! Even though I have only been blogging for 5 months I feel like I have been blessed with so many opportunities and I am hoping it is a sign of things to come!

I hope you found this post a fun read and I also hope it inspired you to try new things and look for opportunities wherever you can! I would like to say thanks to all of you for following me and subscribing – I wouldn’t be writing at all if it weren’t for you lovely people supporting me! Do leave me your comments and feel free to share, like and subscribe to email – I will be posting again very soon!

Dips xxx

 

The Body Shop Beauty & Skin Care – My Review

Hi, beauty fans!

I can’t believe it is already May 2017! This year is flying by but so far it has been a positive one! I have already been presented with some very exciting opportunities and I have met some lovely people – long may it continue!

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One such opportunity I was given was to review a selection of skin care products and makeup from The Body Shop! One of my old school friends is now a Body Shop Consultant and thought I would be interested to try some of the recent ranges so she kindly sent me some samples. In return, I offered to do a review of the products and now after a few weeks of testing everything I am finally able to write this post!

I have loved The Body Shop for years, mainly for their body care and the lovely Christmas ranges they always create each year! I had never really tested the skin care or the makeup so this was a real eye-opener, for me! This is what I received:

On the left are the following products:

  • Lip and Cheek Stain in Vineyard Peach
  • A Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask sachet
  • An Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil sachet
  • A Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask sachet
  • Drops of Youth (Facial) Concentrate

On the right are samples of the following:

  • Amazonian Acai Mask
  • Instablur
  • Ethiopian Honey Mask
  • Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask
  • All in One BB Cream
  • Drops of Light Day Cream
  • Vitamin C Liquid Peel
  • Drops of Youth Youth Cream
  • Oils of Life Revitalising Cream
  • Drops of Youth Liquid Peel
  • British Rose Mask

You can imagine how much fun I have had trying all these lovely samples! I managed to use everything a few times each to get a real feel for the products and how they affected my skin, and my review of each is below:

  • Lip and Cheek Stain

This product comes in 9 shades – I tested Vineyard Peach, which was fortunate for me as I love peach makeup! The actual stain is a creamy texture and very easy to blend into the skin. The colour is quite pigmented in the bottle but once on the skin, it provides a wash of colour rather than a super intense look. It can be built up to achieve a deeper more noticeable blush but I actually liked that it gave a more subtle natural glow. It has the same effect on the lips and doesn’t dry them out, but I preferred it as a blusher simply because I like my lip colour to be more obvious.

More Info: Lip and Cheek Stain

  • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

I was very excited to try this mask as I have heard so many good things about it and about Charcoal in general. It’s unlike any other mask I have ever tried! It contains bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil and green tea leaves and the texture was a slightly loose, grainy but non-abrasive paste. The fragrance was pleasant and it doesn’t completely dry once applied but won’t easily move or drip either. I applied it for up to 5-10 minutes and then washed off and my skin looked and felt gorgeous! It was smooth, plump and soft and brighter than before. I got 3 uses from the sachet and the result each time was very good – I am sure if I was to use it as part of my regular skincare routine it would have long-lasting positive effects!

More Info: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

  • Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil

This range is designed to provide radiance to the skin. Everything contains 3 seed oils – Black Cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip seed oil, as well as essential oils and olive oil. It has a strong, slightly spiced scent and feels lovely on the skin. It absorbs easily and the skin feels soft and nourished afterwards. I am a big fan of facial oils and this one is a definite must try. As you don’t need more than a couple of drops at a time, I was able to use this oil a few times morning and night and I definitely noticed how great my skin felt and looked.

More Info: Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil

  • Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

When I saw this amongst the samples I was so happy, as I love trying products that work overnight! This mask is designed to fight the first signs of ageing and provide plump fresh skin. The mask is a milky colour in a gel-cream formula and it smooths over the skin beautifully. You don’t feel like you’re wearing a mask at all! It isn’t sticky or wet once applied so my face didn’t stick to my pillows or bed linen and when I woke up my skin felt gorgeous! Even after I washed my face my skin remained soft and full. This was one of my favourite products out of the samples and I highly recommend trying it!

More Info: Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

  • Drops of Youth Concentrate

Another great product from the Drops of Youth range! This Concentrate is like a facial serum, in a milky loose gel formula and you only a need a pea-sized amount to cover your whole face. It absorbs quickly and gives the skin a slightly blurred effect! This is great if you want to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines! As the sample I was sent was a good size, I am still using this and I love it!

More Info: Drops of Youth Concentrate

  • Amazonian Acai Mask

   

I love face masks! Trying all the sample masks was skincare heaven for me! This mask almost feels like a scrub as it is slightly grainy! It smells really fruity and smooths onto the skin as a gel. I left it on for 5 minutes in each use and afterwards my skin felt fresh and soft and almost dewy! Its designed to invigorate the skin and it certainly did that!

More Info: Amazonian Acai Face Mask

  • Instablur

This product does exactly what the name implies! It is a soft clear putty which once applied blurs lines, pores and skin blemishes, leaving the skin very smooth and soft, ready for foundation. You can also wear it without makeup and it has the same effects. I normally use Benefit Porefessional to hide my pores etc. but I would consider switching to this now I have tested it!

More Info: All in One Instablur

  • Ethiopian Honey Mask

This mask smells and feels heavenly! It looks like it could be actual honey and has a definite honey scent, warm and comforting. It glides onto the skin as a thick gel, remains moist and after leaving on the skin for 5 minutes it washes off to leave radiant moisturised skin. If you suffer from dry skin it would be a great mask to replenish the moisture in the skin.

More Info: Ethiopian Honey Mask

  • Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask

This was by far my favourite mask! It looks more like a scrub than a normal face mask but it is designed to exfoliate the skin as a mask. It has a creamy consistency with very fine rice grains and when I tried it I massaged it into the skin before letting it set, just to get some extra exfoliation from it! As with the other masks, I let it sit for 5 minutes and then washed it off and my skin felt simply amazing! So smooth and soft, more so than any of the other masks I tried and the texture of my skin looked and felt like it did when I was a child! This mask is definitely going on my wishlist!

More Info: Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask

  • All in One BB Cream

This was probably my least favourite product. I don’t wear BB creams generally as I prefer foundations, so this product was already fighting an uphill battle! To be fair to the product, it does do what it is supposed to in that it adapted to my skin tone well and I did not need a huge amount to evenly cover my face. My skin did look more even after application as well. However I like my base to provide medium to full coverage which this did not do, not surprisingly as a BB cream, and I also did not like the smell of the cream, which was almost medicinal.

More Info: All in One BB Cream

  • Drops of Light Day Cream

The Drops of Light range is designed to brighten the skin and diminish dark spots. The effects become more apparent after a few weeks of use so I would need to keep using this product to determine if it does brighten the skin. However, after using it a few times I did find that it moisturised my skin well and left my skin dewy and smelling great! You can tell from the appearance of the cream itself that it has brightening qualities so I would expect that in time it would have the effect it states but I would have to keep testing it to be sure!

More Info: Drops of Light Day Cream

  • Vitamin C Liquid Peel

Peels are another skin care product I really love to use! After testing Cure Natural Aqua Gel, I realised how amazing a face peel can be so I was excited to try the Peels in the samples. This Vitamin C Peel was my favourite of the two I tested and my second favourite product from all the samples. It has a fresh citrus smell and turns from a gel into a liquid when applied to the skin. According to the description, you can let this product sit on the skin and then peel it off however I found it worked far better if you gently rubbed the liquid over the skin – you could see the dead skin flaking away! After rinsing the skin, it felt soft, fresh and smooth and looked brighter and less textured. This is another item I will be adding to my wishlist!

More Info: Vitamin C Liquid Peel

  • Drops of Youth Youth Cream

This cream is luxurious, thick and rich. It’s super moisturising, has a lovely comforting scent and leaves the skin feeling deeply hydrated and plump. As it is so rich, you don’t need much so I still have some of the sample left and will use it when my skin needs an extra dose of moisture.

More Info: Drops of Youth Youth Cream

  • Oils of Life Revitalising Cream

This is another thick nourishing day cream. As with the other Oils of Life sample, it has a lovely slightly spicy fragrance and whilst it feels oily on your fingers once applied to the face it absorbs well and there is no oily residue. The skin feels soft and supple after use and after continued use, you should see a reduction in the visible signs of ageing. I cannot vouch for that yet but just from my limited use, I would definitely consider buying it in the future.

More Info: Oils of Life Revitalising Cream

  • Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

This was the second peel I sampled, from the Drops of Youth range, however, I did not find this one nearly as effective as the Vitamin C Liquid Peel. To start I did not like the smell of the product which was very strong and almost astringent. I also found that whilst it did remove dead skin the result was not as noticeable as with the Vitamin C peel and I found that some of the peel was difficult to remove, especially where I had tiny facial hairs. If I had to choose which to buy the Vitamin C Peel would win hands down.

More Info: Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

  • British Rose Mask

This was the final mask I tested. As the name states, it’s all about the rose and should give you dewy plumped skin after use. It smells gorgeous and has visible rose extracts in the gel. After leaving it on my skin for 5 minutes and rinsing, my skin did feel fresh and soft but I have to say it was no more noticeable than any of the other masks. What I liked about this mask was the scent, which lingered on the skin even after removing it. If you love the rose scent then you’ll love this!

More Info: British Rose Mask

And that is the end of my Body Shop samples review! I have loved trying so many lovely products and luckily my skin has reacted well to everything given how many different things I have tried! It has also been great learning more about The Body Shop ranges and I have to say I would happily buy skincare from there now!

I know this is a particularly long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered every single product in enough detail to help all of you decide whether to spend your hard-earned money on them! Hopefully, I have done that and you’ve enjoyed reading this – if you have, I’d love for you to like and share the post and if you have any questions about the products feel free to leave them in the comments!

See you back here soon!

Dips xxx

Sunshine Blogger Award – So grateful!

Hi, there beauty lovers,

I hope you’re all well and enjoying Spring! My apologies that this post has been delayed slightly – I’ve been unwell for the last few days and just didn’t have the energy to sit and write. I am slowly starting to feel better now and really wanted to upload this post to show my appreciation for being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

The Award Rules

I was nominated for this award by Travel Foodie Mom, whose blog is lovely! Thank you so much for the nomination!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

These are the questions I have been asked to answer:

  1. When did you start blogging?
  2. How were you inspired to start a blog?
  3. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
  4. Which social media platforms can we find you on?
  5. What do you do to unwind and relax?
  6. If you were to press play on your playlist, what song would come on?
  7. Where is your favourite travel location?
  8. What is your favourite food?
  9. What quote do you live by?
  10. If you only had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?
  11. What is one interesting fact about you that most people may not know about?

Here are my answers!

  1. I started my blog in January 2017, after a good 12 months of procrastinating about it!
  2. I never really thought about blogging until one of my friends started one some time ago. This planted the seed and then as I started to follow other blogs I realised it was something I could also do! I have had a growing enthusiasm for makeup and beauty and I love reading other people’s views as well as sharing my own knowledge so I thought blogging would allow me to embrace all three!
  3. There are so many things I have learnt from starting a blog but if I had to focus on one, it would be the importance of balance between having a great blog and a great life. I love working on my blog and there are so many things I want to progress, especially as I have now recently set up my own self-hosted site. But I have also realised that the blogging world can be very consuming and it is easy to forget about the other parts of life that are enjoyable. Because of this, I have started to make time to relax and take a break from work, blogging and social media so I can just be.
  4. I am on most social media platforms, although I am sure there are some I have missed! I am on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, Bloglovin and a few others. All my links can be found here.
  5. I love to have a glass of red wine and watch a movie or a repeat of Friends or sometimes I like to curl up and read a good book or glossy mag. I also love watching YouTube tutorials!
  6. Right now the song that would play is Truffle Butter by Nicki Minaj! I love dancing and this song always gets me moving!
  7. There are 2 places I really love to visit – St Maxime in France and Milan in Italy. Milan especially is a home away from home, I feel safe and relaxed when there and I can’t get enough of the food, sights and shopping!!
  8. I am such a foodie so this is a really hard question to answer! I love so many dishes but nothing really beats my mother’s lasagna! It’s her signature dish and she makes it with lamb instead of beef – it’s delicious!
  9. I have a few favourite quotes such as carpe diem, hope for the best, plan for the worst, Joey (Dips) doesn’t share food! but the one I try to live by the most is appreciate everything and expect nothing. Expectations can be very destructive and are often too high to be met!
  10. 24 hours is not long but I would want to make sure I saw all my immediate family and my best friend, I would want to speak to my closest friends if I could not see them, I would make sure I told certain people in my life how much I love them and I would watch my favourite movie with my favourite wine and food and my three beautiful cats before watching the sunset.
  11. I used to be an Indian classical dancer and performed around the UK, on TV and at the Hippodrome!

My Award Nominations

And now for my nominees! These bloggers share some great insight into their own worlds and always write from the heart about subjects they have a genuine love for! Their website designs and graphics are also brilliant!

  1. Material Girl
  2. Thingamabobs and Whatchamicallits
  3. Kanza’s Beauty Blog
  4. Trevnjess
  5. Organicisbeautiful
  6. Infatuatedbybeauty
  7. Soobeautis
  8. BeautyDouble
  9. Beautytalkswithneha
  10. Simpleula
  11. Theallureblog

These are the questions for my award nominees:

  1. What inspires you in your life?
  2. Besides blogging, what do you love to spend time doing?
  3. If you could meet one person from history who would it be and why?
  4. What is your idea of heaven?
  5. Do you have any life regrets and if so what’s your biggest?
  6. Name three things on your bucket list
  7. What is your next goal for your blog?
  8. If you could go back in time and give your younger self life advice what would it be?
  9. What’s your next travel destination?
  10. What is your favourite film?
  11. What is your favourite book?

Looking forward to seeing all your answers! I hope you find this as fun as I have, check out each other’s blogs and keep supporting one another in this exciting world of blogging!

Dips xxx