Sunday, 30 November 2014

Skincare


Lately, my skin has been looking good, and while I am sure this is just a result of my drinking more water goal, I think it also has something to do with my new skincare routine. I haven't been doing anything to complex or complicated, nor spent a fortune on a skin product as I know that I would either forget or not use it. My skin isn't really problematic anyway, but can be a mixture of dry and oily, so I try to keep up with this skincare routine to keep it looking naturally healthy. 

Evening: I will remove my days makeup either using my Simple wipes, or my Lush toner water to prevent spot breakouts due to makeup clogged up pores. Then, I will wash my face using really hot water and whatever facial soap I have on hand. At the moment, I am using Lush's Godmother as it has a gorgeous sweet fragrance.

Morning: I will do exactly the same as my evening routine, except I will moisturize my face using some Nivea moisturizer and a cotton pad. Then, I just spot apply my Clinique Anti-Blemish gel if any new spots or blackheads have developed. After that, I just apply my makeup which is really simple; concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, bronzer, and finish off with my Rimmel Clear Skin powder.

Extras: I always keep a pot or tube of lip-salve with me to prevent my lips from going chapped or dry. At the moment I am using my cherry Carmex lip-balm jar as once again, it has a gorgeous sweet fragrance of cherry sweets. Also, when I want to treat myself, I like to apply a facemask. At the moment it is Mask of Magnaminty, which is a lovely minty mask that works on removing spots and blackheads.

I know everyone's skin is different and while this may seem like a lot to you, or may seem very minimal, this works for my skin and is just the right amount, as me and my skin seem to be happy with it. Please notice I have used quite cheap products as I appreciate not everyone can afford the expensive high end products that will do just as good of a job as the cheaper products! What does your skincare routine look like, and is there any miracle products you have?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Blogging Under A Budget


I have been blogging for about 8 months now, and only once have I splashed out on a expensive, high end product. Once being my new Canon EOS 100D, which I absolutely love. Many bloggers discontinue their blogs due to money issues, but I disagree. Blogging is a cheap hobby as all you need is a computer and a camera. I have never struggled with money issues as I just take products around my house to blog about and take pictures of. I thought I would share with you today some tips on how to blog under a budget successfully.

Use products you already have. If you are a budgeting beauty blogger, I think it is safe to assume that you already have quite a large beauty collection. Use the products you already have, or enjoy using. Post about your makeup collection, or high end makeup dupes as those are perfect if you don't have the cash to splash.

Design your own blog design. The number of bloggers purchasing $70 blog designs is ridiculous. Yes, the designs may be lovely, but a design you are proud of is much better than a pre-made template. There are so many brilliant tutorials on the internet, make use of them!

Don't buy something you don't need. Don't go and buy something because every blogger has one, or because there is a massive hype about it. I went through a stage of wanting a Apple Mac, because every blogger has one, but I decided to just use the perfectly good laptop I had in my bedroom.

If you love a product, talk about it! If you have a product at home that you really love - blog about it! Don't feel afraid because no other blogger is writing about it - that is what makes your blog you! I once didn't want to post something because nobody else had blogged about it, but when I eventually did post it, it turned out to be one of the most popular posts on my blog!

If you don't have anything to blog about, do a wishlist! You don't have to actually wear the clothes to be able to blog about it! I have on several occasions designed a wishlist of the clothes I would wear if I had purchased them. It is a great way of designing a outfit post without breaking the bank.

I think that blogging on a budget is such a fun way of blogging - you have to hunt for ideas instead of just splashing the cash easily. It also makes your blog much more creative - it doesn't just feature the high end products that nobody is really going to buy. Is there any more tips you would recommend to people blogging on a budget?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Gelly Nails


I love having colourful nails, but unfortunately my school is one that has a nail polish ban. However, at the weekends I love to paint my nails and try out some new purchases. When my local Boots store had a 3 for 2 offer on, I couldn't resist picking this little beauty up. Chai is a gorgeous grey colour which applies smoothly and is fully pigmented. As well as going with nearly everything, it also stays on for at least five days without chipping. I really like wearing this colour to brighten up my outfits and I don't think I will be changing my nail polish any time soon!

What are your favourite nail polishes?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

How To Make Your Blog Look Professional


I love Blogger. It is so easy to use, and I haven't had a bad experience with it yet. However, there are some features on the Blogger platform that I kind of twitch about when I see. Literally. So many people keep them on their blog because; a) they don't know how to remove them and b) they don't think they are allowed to. Yes, you are allowed to remove Blogger features, and in this post I thought I would share with you some of my tips on how to make your Blogger blog look less bloggery and more you.

Remove the photo border. When you create your blog, your pictures will have a annoying border and a slight shadow around them. Some people may like that, but personally it is one of the first things I remove.

Nav Bar. Again, when you create your blog, at the top will be a Google nav bar. Although this may seem helpful, if you look at the stats, it is pointless. This is easily removed by selecting 'off' on the gadget.

Favicon. If you want to make your blog more you, the orange 'B' favicon can be really annoying. Luckily, this can be easily removed.

Attribution. The 'powered by blogger' at the bottom of your blog can be irritating, especially if you want to add your own, but once again it can be removed with some simple code on the internet.

If there is any other item you want to add/remove, in the past I just Googled it. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet, and when you achieve it, it is greatly satisfying!

Do you like the Blogger platform, is there anything else you would remove?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tea and Cake

This picture is a updated one of a chocolate cake I baked - the other image of a lemon drizzle has somehow disappeared!

A couple of days ago, I decided to invite a few friends over to help make some cakes for a tabletop sale event, and they all looked so great I decided to share with you my favourite - the Lemon Drizzle.

I used a lemon drizzle sponge recipe: 8oz butter, 8oz sugar, 10oz self-raising flour, 4 eggs, 4tbs of milk, and baked that in the oven for about 40 minutes. I then stabbed a fork into the top and mixed sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest together and poured that over the cake and left it to set.

I was pleased at how the cake turned out and when we sold the cake, everyone said it tasted nice, (and from personal experience later, I can clarify that it did), and I will definitely be baking this cake again.

What do you think, will you try this out?   

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Pins I Love

I only began Pinterest a few weeks ago, and already I am addicted. It's full of all sorts; inspiration, cute DIYs, and really pretty photos. You can follow my little collection here, but I thought it would be nice if I shared my favourite pins that I have been loving this week.

#1 Cute crafts is one of my favourite things to search on Pinterest, so its no wonder I am in love with these cute teacup candles! I think they would make such cute gifts for friends and family, and they cost near to nothing to make!

#2 Forget the toffee apples, these cupcakes are brilliant. After all the excitement yesterday about bonfire night, you can bring back the festive feel with these super-cute Toffee Apple Cupcakes!

#3 I particularly like the new Autumn Looks, with the neutral eyes, dark lips, but it may be a while until try it myself! I use Pinterest to inspire most of my makeup looks, and I love them!

#4 It's brilliant when you have a good breakfast, even better if it's healthy! Most of my baking inspiration comes from Pinterest as I love baking cookies and cakes. Recently, I haven't been able to sit down and eat breakfast, so these oaty raspberry cookies are perfect for out and about too!

#5 This is another one of my to-do DIYs, Sharpie Mugs are so cute, as before, they would make the coolest Christmas present, especially since you can customize them!

Are you a Pinterest fan? Leave your links below...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Recipe: Tortilla Wrap Pizza


If you have never attempted making bread dough before, or just can't make bread (like me) the thought of diving in and making a whole pizza can be a little scary. My pizza recipe uses a tortilla wrap as the pizza base, so you don't need to worry about yeast and timings. 

What you will need:
- Tortilla wrap (alternatively, you could use a bread dough mix, or make your own pizza dough)
- Tomatoes (alternatively, you could use shop brought tomato puree)
- Cheese and other toppings

Method: 
- Preheat your oven to 210°C and line your baking tray with greaseproof paper or drizzle with oil. 
- Place your tomatoes on a baking tray and bake for about 7 minutes, or until soft.
- Peel the skins off and blend together with water until a puree is formed.
- Spread your puree over the tortilla wrap evenly.
- Cover the tortilla pizza with your cheese and other toppings.

See, easy peasy, lemon squeazey.