Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Augustine Of England

Augustine Of England is a brand new British jewellery brand, launched in 2014 and already producing a fantastic basics collection of beautiful bracelets. Importantly, all pieces are manufactured and handmade in England.

The ‘Basics’ collection consists of a line of six bracelets. All made from semi-precious beads in a one-size fits all stretchy 21-bead bracelets, although, it’s worth noting that their store offers the option to add extra beads if you want a slightly larger bracelet. These are perfect for stacking together for a casual, festival vibe or wearing alone for a delicate, simple piece of jewellery. 

Augustine of England currently stocks bracelets from the basics collection in Amazonite, Fluorite, Carnelian, Howlite, Onyx and Rose Quartz – a beautiful collection ranging from simple black and white monochrome shades to soft pretty pastels.

Photography by Becca Terroni 

Bracelets are £12.99 each and can be found on Augustine Of England’s online store (they also have free international delivery, bonus). These would make an ideal gift for a family member or friend as well as being a classic, wearable piece of jewellery that you can purchase knowing you are supporting Britain’s Jewellery designers. My favourite is the Fluorite bracelet – which stone do you like best?

*post written in conjunction with Augustine of England, all views are my own as always :) 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

nhp top ten perfect styling cream


When it comes to haircare I am all about the masks, conditioners and lotions; anything that will help improve my hairs condition and boost its shine. Recently I've been enjoying this NHP Top Ten Perfect Styling Cream* which is an intensive spray mask rich in organic Argan oil and Macadamia oil. You can use this cream in two ways, either by spraying into towel dried hair before styling or spraying onto dry hair to revive between washes, paying particular attention to the ends. I like to apply to dry hair as I feel like I get the best result this way. Hopefully you can see the results below:  

The product boasts ten impressive benefits & a little check list of how I got on: 

  • Immediately imparts vitality and improves the visual appearance of the hair - check
  • Repairs and nourishes dry and damaged hair - check 
  • Tames and eliminates frizziness - check 
  • Disentangles leaving the hair feeling silky and smooth - check 
  • Helps to reduce and prevent split ends - possibly 
  • Protects against heat styling damage - check 
  • Helps with brushing and straightening - check 
  • Improves body and volume - not too sure on the volume 
  • Adds extra shine and protects colour - definitely adds shine 
  • Ensures a long-lasting perfect style - check 
I'm massively impressed with this product, it made a real visible difference to my hair and also left it feeling much softer, tangle free and easier to manage. I love the scent, it smells almost like sweeties and I really like how it's in a spray bottle despite being a cream product. This way it ensures you don't apply too much to one area, making it last longer and prevent over-use. 

NHP top ten styling cream retails for £16.80 for a 150ml bottle which is considerably more affordable than other Argan/Moroccan oil products and is available from selected salons or online at

*PR sample

Monday, 28 April 2014


So today I'm 23, which I know it isn't really old but it feel like an official adult number. So here's a flashback of me when I was about 4 (I think) with my sister in matching outfits which believe it or not weren't pyjamas. Brilliant. I was treated to a delicious lunch at TGI Fridays in Cardiff on Saturday, had a look around the shops and today I plan on eating copious amounts of birthday cake and spending time relaxing! No official blog post today, just time to reminisce on my trendy teddy bear outfit, I think I could totally rock this again at the age of 23.. don't you? 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

FAQ : My blog

I thought I'd write a quick post addressing a few frequently asked questions about my blog. 

How did you do your blog design?
I've been getting a few questions on twitter and facebook about my blog design and how I did it and the answer to that is; I Didn't! My blog was designed by the wonderful Lauren who runs Beautify Your Blog and offers personalised blog designs for super affordable prices - I'd definitely recommend her if you're looking for a new cute design for your blog. 

What camera do you use? 
I use a really basic camera for taking blog photographs, not a DSLR. My actual camera model is the Nikon Coolpix s3100 (link) which is around £40-60 depending on where you purchase it! It's super simple to use, produces clear photographs and does the job nicely! I most definitely cannot afford a posh big girl camera and I also wouldn't have a clue how to use one. I'll sometimes use my phone for instagram pics if they make it to my blog too!

What do you use to edit pictures? 
For brightness, cropping and basic editing I use picmonkey, also handy for adding text over images. For layering and creating wishlists etc I use fotoflexer and collages I either use picmonkey or photogrid on my phone.

If you have any more questions let me know - I'm happy to answer! 

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Shopping the Stash #4

uk blog shopping the stash makeup spending ban

Wow, I can't believe it's been 4 weeks of these Saturday shopping the stash posts - I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Myself and Lauren have shopped our stash for the duration of our spending ban, which is due to finish at the end of April! It's actually been pretty cool to rediscover products and try out new (old) products from my makeup drawers, it's definitely reintroduced me to some favourites. So here's what I've been trying out this week: 

I've been loving this lip combo from avon's luxe range for a nice change from my usual colours. The luxe lipstick in plum is a soft subtle matte plum shade that is also glossy and hydrating to apply. I've also been really loving the luxe lipgloss in the shade romantic rose which is a shimmering nude/soft peach shade that is great on top of the lipstick but also lovely to wear on its own too. I like that it's not sticky at all, I just wish it smelled yummy. I can't find the luxe range online now, so I guess they've stopped it but you can find it on ebay! I've also been reaching for my Soap and Glory Lid Stuff palette in 'Off the Wallflowers' too, particularly the soft matte lilac shade and the shimmering rose gold which work suprisingly well together and are something a bit different than my everyday colours. 

For face products I've been using my Soap and Glory Kick-Ass Concealer (reviewed here) which has been awesome for under-eye dark circles, thanks to not getting much sleep at all! It is a trio of products; a peach concealer to conceal darkness, a yellow one for blemishes and a setting powder. Definitely worth picking up if you haven't already. Another product I've completely rediscovered this week is my Maybelline dream bouncy blush in Iced Coffee which I completely forgot I even owned. These never made it to the UK, but I think I got this from a blogsale last year and it's just a gorgeous muted pink/bronze shade that isn't too full on. I really like the texture of these, very strange but lovely to apply. 

If you'd like to see more of these posts after my spending ban, then let me know and perhaps I can do them regularly! But for now, make sure you head over to Lauren's Blog to see her final shopping the stash post. 

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Products I regret buying

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while you might remember a post I did back last summer about some of the products I didn't like! Today I thought it was about time to share another bunch of products that just didn't work for me, as a few people had requested more of these posts in the future. Please note, most of these are down to personal preference rather than a product being 'bad', it's always worth baring in mind that products that don't work for me may work for you and vice versa. So let's get into the nitty gritty of it: 

beauty blog uk products i regret buying not worth the hype

First up is a Flawless Eyeshadow quad from Elf in the shade 'Beautiful Browns' which retails for £2.50. I really really love the shades in this mini palette but the pigmentation and colour pay off are quite poor. They swatch well on your finger but once applied with a brush they kind of disappear into nothing but a faint shimmer. They're also quite crumbly and chalky in texture which I don't like, even though it's only £2.50 I haven't used them at all so I wouldn't recommend this particular palette. 

Maybelline brow drama sculpting mascara is a recent purchase but definitely one I won't be making again. You can read my full review of this product in a recent post but to sum it up it has no colour pay off and looks greasy and crusty all in one go. A definite no-no. Bourjois happy light matte primer is a bit of strange one; it's not that it did anything bad to my skin it just didn't do anything good. It claims to mattify skin, give a velvet finish and minimise pores but I found it did none of the above. I found that it had no effect whatsoever on a) the way my foundation applied and b) how long my foundation lasted. Considering it's £10.99 I expected a little bit more from it. 

The Revlon Lip Butter in red velvet is probably more of a shade preference than anything. I wanted to try a darker shade back in the winter and I love the berry tones of this particular shade but it just didn't look right. I found it applied quite patchy on the lips and bled out as well, so I'm not sure if this is something that happens with the darker shades or maybe it's this particular shade but I just didn't like it. I'll stick to my pinks and peaches when it comes to the lip butters. Generally I love the lip butters from Revlon but this just doesn't work for me. Next is Avon's ideal flawless concealer; which is a concealer stick that I just couldn't get on with. The shade was quite orange toned which I don't particularly like and I just found this too drying, to the extent where it drags the skin and clings to any dry areas resulting in a flaking mess. Not a good look. 

Finally is Barry M's lash vegas mascara; the waterproof version. This could just be because I generally don't use waterproof mascaras but this just made my lashes crusty and flaky by the end of the day. I like the brush and I like the super black formula but it clumps so easily on my lashes and it's so easy to get 'spider lashes' when I use this so unfortunately I didn't like it! I'm intrigued to see what the non-waterproof version of this mascara is like though. 

Let me know if you enjoy these kinds of posts. Feel free to share any products you regret buying or your experiences with any of the above products in the comments below. 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Spending Ban: Update

uk beauty spending ban update challenge blog 30 day

So it's been 24 whole days since starting my spending ban with Makeup By Lauren Marie and it's time for another update. TWENTY FOUR DAYS. My gosh, I miss buying makeup - without sounding like some sort of makeup maniac it's been torture.

Don't worry, I've actually stuck to the ban (which I can't believe). But, the amount of discount codes, letters and emails I've received full of amazing bargains, new releases and tempting sales is driving me crazy. I mean, I even resisted elf's 50% off code last weekend! I haven't even placed an avon order or popped into boots when no one was looking. 

In the last update I mentioned Ikea and I survived! I only purchased the essentials; my desk and drawers aswell as a storage jar for my DIY post earlier on in the week. So I've done pretty darn good if you ask me! I've got a full on wish list developing in my head right now of so many products I need want right now, but I'll wait until May 1st. 

Don't forget to head over to Lauren's blog to see how she's getting on with the spending ban too. 24 days down, 6 to go. I sense some online shopping happening at one minute past midnight on 01/05/2014. 


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

monu skincare soothing touch recovery balm review

monu soothing touch recovery balm review skincare sensitive skin

You may recognise this skincare product from my recent beauty favourites post  so today I thought I'd give it a full review. The Monu soothing touch recovery balm is part of Monu Professional Skincare's range targeted specifically towards sensitive or stressed skin. I've been trialing this for the past 2months and I absolutely love it. 

The scent is beautiful with Soft Rose and Bergamot essential oils to calm the senses, which at first I found to be a little strong compared to other skincare products I use, but beautiful all the same. I have quite sensitive skin and find that a lot of products can aggrevate it and make it red and tight so this was a great product for me as it felt soothing and calming on the skin. It has a light formula that blends easily into the skin without leaving a sticky residue or thick layer on your skin, yet it still felt hydrating. I liked using this at night before bed after removing all my makeup to give my skin some moisture and soothing, allowing the product to really sink in.

 Monu Soothing Touch Recovery Balm retails at £22.50 for 50ml; which is quite a bit more expensive than I'd normally pay for a skincare product. With that being said, you do only need a little of this for each application and I really enjoyed the effects it had - so I'd definitely consider purchasing it again as it's become a 'staple' in my skincare routine. 

*PR Sample

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

DIY (& Budget Friendly) Beauty Storage

As part of our 30 day spending ban (see original post) it's time for another DIY installment from Lauren and I! Last time we shared a DIY at home beauty treatment so if you missed that you can see my hair mask post here and head over to Lauren's blog for her DIY face mask. Today's DIY is all about beauty storage and simple, inexpensive ways to create cute storage for brushes and beauty bits and bobs. 

diy brush holders kilner jar beauty storage

I decided on sprucing up my brush holders and creating a jar to hold my cotton pads because everytime I try to get one out of the stupid plastic packets they come in I end up taking out about 6 and have to wrestle them back in. Just me? This is so simple to do and it adds a nice little pop of colour to your storage and you can customise it to match your room! 

For the brush holders I used nutella jars, so knock yourselves out and have chocolate spread on toast all week so you can get a nice jar at the end of it. The larger jar is a kilner style storage jar from Ikea (£1) but you can get them pretty much anywhere. The decorative tapes were a £1 for a pack of three and again, these are available many places. If you don't know anywhere local you can get them there are lots of cute ones on ebay

Make sure the jars are completely clean and dry before applying the tape. Decide where you want to place the tape and start to roll it around the jar, smoothing out any creases along the way. Then simply cut the tape once you've made it all the way around. 

It takes about 5 seconds, and looks simple yet effective. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than buying decorative storage from the shops, so why not make your own? Be sure to head over to Lauren's blog for a DIY makeup desk essential.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Flowbox: A lifestyle subscription box

Monthly subscription boxes are something I've tried out before when Glossybox first came onto the scene. It was one of the first if not the first beauty box subscription and I lasted about 5 months. Since then I haven't subscribed to any boxes unless you count a small stint with Grazebox. I hadn't heard of flowbox before so I was intrigued to see that they were a 'healthy, natural & eco friendly' subscription service. Essentially, a lifestyle subscription box full of new things to try each month. I actually received a custom box especially made for the giveaway but from what I can see of the typical monthly boxes content varies each month and includes so many different brands and types of products to suit everyone. 

flowbox subscription box lifestyle

In my box I received a whole boatload of goodies including edible treats like elephant food (that's actually human food) and doesn't taste too bad considering I am the worlds fussiest eater. A mini bar of organic dark chocolate that I'll save for a baking recipe and a pack of raspberry liquorice which was donated to my dad because it's one of his favourites. I also got an elder flower iced tea which I haven't tried yet but I'm a new convert to tea so I'm looking forward to trying that! 

The box also contains some 'household' items. The first was Michael's original washing up pad, which I imagine is a handy thing to have in the kitchen! I also received a pack of handmade coasters which are definitely my favourite item from the whole box! They are handmade by women in remote villages in Nepal and are made using recycled food packets. They're bright and colourful and I love them - you can see how they look in my room tour post!

Finally I received natural incense sticks which smell lovely and a pack of faith in nature face wipes, which are always welcome. The wipes smell pretty strong considering they are made from natural ingredients but they are gentle on the skin, soothing and refreshing. 

The packing is simple, clean and recyclable which is important considering the nature of the box! Overall I enjoyed the box, it was nice to try out a few new things and my favourite items were the coasters, face wipes and incense! The monthly boxes cost £21.95 including shipping which was a bit higher than I expected but after researching some of the brands and products included in the boxes it's actually good value! I'm not sure if this is something I'd subscribe to myself, as I don't feel I'd get enough use out of every box but it's something I'd recommend if you like to buy natural, fair trade, eco friendly products and try new things! 

You can check out the boxes at 

this box was a competition prize, therefore free however I was not asked to write about it I just wanted to share! :) 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Chit-Chat

It's Sunday again so that means another installment of me babbling on about my week. It's Easter Sunday today in case you didn't know, and I have no doubt that by the time this blog post is up I would have consumed far too much chocolate. 

This week has been pretty uneventful. I made some easter cakes (above), watched The Little Mermaid for the first time since I was about 8 and discovered that Ursula still terrifies me. The weather has been really sunny which has been a nice change but I've generally just taken a lot of 'me time' and chilled out. I'm not a massive fan of warm weather but it has been nice to be able to pop out for a walk and not get drenched in the rain and everything seems so colourful. I've been watching really random Netflix/TV documentaries this week, I'm so boring it's unreal but I just love a good documentary (FYI David Attenborough made an appearance again). 

I've carried on blogging every single day and I'm on a roll with churning out the content for you guys! Thanks to all of you lovely people who stop by and comment so often too. I've discovered lots of new lovely blogs to read lately including Aurora Dust and Rosy Chicc which I can't stop reading! I've also been obsessed with instagram and made myself a blog account so if you fancy following me you can find me at lovely_jubblyxo. I also did a guest post for the lovely Leanne from A Slice of My Life Wales which you can read here. 

Happy Sunday, Happy Easter & Have a great week. 
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Shopping the Stash #3

For this weeks shopping the stash I chose a few of my old favourites. First of all the Chanel tan de chanel (prev. bronze universal) which is a solid cream/gel bronzer. I saw that Lauren included this in her post last week so I decided to pick up mine again and use it this week. I mostly like using this as a contour with my real techniques contour brush or I sometimes put it under makeup for a bronzed base. The trouble is the packaging, as beautiful as it is it's very impractical and bulky which means I often pack it away and forget to bring it out. 

Next up is Mac's paint-pot in rubenesque which is a gorgeous shimmering rose gold cream shadow. I love using this on it's own for an easy look and you can apply it straight from the pot with your finger which makes it great for lazy days. It also works nicely as a base for powder eye-shadows and looks lovely with any of the shades from Naked2! Another Mac product I've rediscovered is the lip pencil in subculture which is a gorgeous muted pink colour that can be worn alone to provide a matte colour all over or used as a liner with nude/pink lipsticks. 

 I've been using my revlon colourstay balm in rendezvous which I haven't loved that much, I find the smell a bit too over powering and usually end up taking it off! And finally I've been using the Vichy Eau Thermale which is essentially water in a can that you can use as some kind of facial spritz to freshen up, which has been a lovely addition in this warmer weather! 

Another 5 products tried out again and I enjoyed almost all of them! 11 days left on the Spending ban! Don't forget to head over to Lauren's Blog to see which products she shopped from her stash this week! 

Friday, 18 April 2014

50% off ELF cosmetics orders

A triple whammy from ELF COSMETICS this weekend! You can get a massive 50% off all orders over £30 and 2 free products with your order as well as free delivery if it totals £30! 


ENTER CODE: 500414 at checkout 

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder

miracle matte seventeen

miracle matte seventeen powder ivory

If like me you have oily/combo skin then you know all too well that finding a powder that can control the oil (sounds like some kind of slogan! ha) is important. Normally I am an advocate of my staple Stay Matte powder from Rimmel but I noticed that it has started to cling to any dry areas, which doesn't look great. So I've been trying out a few different face powders and currently I am using Miracle Matte by Seventeen (previously 17 cosmetics).

The shade I am using is ivory porcelain, which is the palest shade of course. Miracle Matte powder is available in 3 shades and is just £3.99 in Boots. Having not tried much from this brand before, I was intrigued to say the least by their claim for a 16hr shine free finish. Let's get that out of the way first, it's not 16 hours but who leaves their makeup on for that long anyway? I'll give it 8 hours max and by the end of that I will need to touch up if I was planning on stepping outside my front door again. 

8 hours is nothing to grumble at mind you, as for those 8 hours it does provide shine control, a matte finish and hold makeup for longer. The shade applies to be almost transparent so it's quite easy to avoid the cakey look when it comes to your base. I find applying this with a duo fibre brush helps give a light even coverage that doesn't look too matte and then I use the puff to press the powder into my tzone as this is my main problem area! 

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this powder. It doesn't fit the 16hr claim but it does control oil and it does keep the shine at bay. The packing is nice, nothing too fussy and with an excellent sized compact mirror in making it ideal for handbag touch ups. For the price, it's worth checking out if you are after a non-cakey, matte finish that won't look orange on the skin! The powder is available to buy here for £3.99 and currently on 3 for 2! 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The beauty blogger tag

I was tagged by the lovely Laura-Jade from Pale Girl Reviews to take part in the beauty blogger tag, so here are my answers! 

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I first started blogging back in 2011 I think with the odd post here and there. In 2013 I restarted my blog after deleting a whole year or so's worth of blog posts and photographs (epic technology fail) and I've continued with Lovely Jubbly Blog ever since. 

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
I can't really remember which blog I read first, I think it was probably makeupsavvy or blushblendbeauty as I found her videos on youtube! 

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?
It was a huge order of products from Elf! Believe it or not I had never heard of the company before blogging, I think I made an order almost immediately after writing my first beauty related post! 

What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?
  • Being able to claim a small corner of the internet that's all mine. I created it, I update it and I am proud of my little blog here!
  • Being able to build friendships with other bloggers! I've got to know some absolutely lovely ladies through blogging, met a few local bloggers and also found an amazing friend in a blogger (Lauren) who I talk to every single day and get to see when she visits from Ireland!
  • Trying new things, sampling new products and developing an obsession with makeup. Okay, so it's not always kind to my bank balance but I've found something I love and love to talk about. It's my only vice! 
  • Discovering this as a hobby. I think of myself as quite a boring person, I don't really love going out all the time and I've never really found anything I enjoyed and stuck to it. Blogging has stuck, I do something blog-related everyday whether its writing posts, talking to you guys, photographing products or planning my next exciting post. 
  • Reading other blogs! I'm a massive social media addict whether its twitter, instagram  or pinterest - I love them all. I read a huge range of blogs from lifestyle, food, beauty and fashion and I love discovering new favourites to read. I could literally scroll through bloglovin all day every day. 
What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger?
Make-up wise? That eyebrows will never even, they will never be twins they will always be sisters. Contouring can go wrong, but when it goes right it's good. I am unable to show any self control when I enter boots, superdrug or any other shop that sells anything remotely beauty related. 

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger?
I've changed the brands I use regularly just from trying out new things and I've also changed the size of my makeup bag, in fact now I have a makeup station rather than a normal person sized cosmetic bag. 

What advice would you give to a Beauty Blogger just starting out?
  • Try to think of a blog name that is a little unique but also says a bit about you. If you think you might want to include other topics besides beauty don't pick a specific name. Mine is quite general, I just use this phrase all the time so I named it 'lovely jubbly' haha! It's a good idea to check social media etc first as it's best to have all your accounts under the same name
  • Don't feel the need to buy an expensive camera. All my photos are taken using a standard point and shoot camera that was around £60! As long as you have a clear background, you can get near a window or outside then you'll be fine!
  • Get to know other bloggers, not only is it a great way to get inspiration but you'll also make friends and network! 
  • Blog about whatever you want to write about, it's your blog and you decide on the content. 
  • Don't focus too  much on the numbers, they'll come eventually. 

What are your top 5 makeup brands?
  • Bourjois 
  • Revlon
  • MUA 
  • Maybelline 
  • Urban Decay 

Recommend your top 5 beauty products
  • Nanshy make-up brushes (specifically the face brush kit, amazing!) 
  • Avon ideal flawless foundation 
  • Sleek face kit (contour/highlight/blush)
  • Mac MSF in soft and gentle
  • Urban decay naked basics palette 

I tag the following lovely ladies:

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The £2 budget nail polishes: sinful colours

I love nail polish as much as the next girl but I make no secret of the fact that I begrudge paying more than a few pounds for one. As much as I love Essie nail polishes, they are £7.99 each so I always wait out the offers or grab them in a multipack, other than that the usual amount is around £3 - £4 a polish which is absolutely fine. When Sinful colours first came to the UK in boots I couldn't believe they were only £1.99 and not only are they cheap they're also pretty damn good too! 

sinful colours nail polish uk dancing nails island coral nirvana frenzy

sinful colours nail polish uk dancing nails island coral nirvana frenzy  swatches

dancing nails || Frenzy || Island Coral || Nirvana 

A range of finishes are available from pearl, glitter, satin and matte and there is an incredible shade range! Dancing nails is one of my favourite pearl colours its a subtle muted red that applies in just one coat if you're in a rush and looks amazing in two coats. It's one of those colours that just looks nice. Frenzy is a stunning mix of purple, blue and silver glitter that looks brilliant over any pastel blue and green polishes aswell as dark purples, blacks and navys! You could also build it up to wear on it's own, but be warned its a bit of a pain to remove - you really do need to use the tin foil trick for this one. 

Island coral is perfect for this time of year, its bright and colourful and compliments a tan wonderfully, if you ever manage to get one in the UK that is. Nirvana is a neutral shade very similar to the likes of Barry M Mushroom which is one of my all time favourites! It's wearable but also a subtle statement colour. 

Paired with a base and top coat these polishes can last for around 5 days which isn't too shabby at all! The brush applicators are thin which make them great for precise applying but they don't leave a streaky finish to the nail. Most colours I've tried are okay with 1 or 2 coats, glitter shades or paler colours may need 3 but other than that you are good to go! Definitely worth checking out considering the price tag! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

How to write a beauty blog on a budget

how to write a beauty blog on a budget

When it comes to blogging, especially about beauty it can be too tempting to buy every single new product release and spend £££'s on trying out new things and creating new content. In today's post, as part of my spending ban collab with Makeup by Lauren Marie we will be sharing some of our top tips when it comes to blogging on a budget.

  • Shop your stash - not only does this provide a blog post in itself, it's also a good way for you to find new (old) products to review and rediscover some favourites. You could post a weekly feature too! 
  • Keep an eye out for blog sales. Lots of beauty bloggers hold them and you can grab some brilliant brands all for a fraction of the cost, making this a great way to try out new products! 
  • Don't be afraid to review samples. Those mini products that come with magazines? Write about them! If you get a sample from a beauty counter, why not review it? 
  • Switch things up a little, you don't always have to write product reviews. You could write about trends (e.g spring) using products you already own or you could compile some favourites! 
  • Why not branch into a lifestyle post? People love getting to know the blogger behind the screen so instead of reviewing the latest lipstick why not share a bit about your life and what you've been up to (for free!) 
  • Create a wishlist. So you may not have enough money to buy everything on it, but it's a good idea to share what you want to buy and your favourite items from a particular brand or trend. 
  • Don't give into the hype. When it comes to new releases, bloggers are the first ones to jump on a bandwagon but you don't have to review it right away just because everyone else is. Wait it out, see what others say then decide if you want to buy it! 
  • Enter competitions. Use Facebook and Twitter to keep an eye out for beauty/fashion/lifestyle giveaways. Not only is it a nice treat for yourself, but you can review the prizes on your blog! 
  • Tutorials. If you're good at something, share it. Whether its blogging tips, photography, makeup tutorial, html help or how to guides! 
Blogging doesn't have to cost the earth. Most importantly blog about whatever you want to but these tips can help make sure you still have content to post even when your purse says otherwise. If you have any tips for blogging on a budget, please share them below! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

room tour: Room decor on a budget

In today's post I thought I'd share a few photos of my room and some tips on decorating your room on a small budget. I have been adding bits to my room over the past year or so in terms of furniture, and I finally have my new desk so I thought now was the perfect time to put this post up! I live at home and my room is my space, so it is important for me to get it how I want it and create a relaxing space that's also pretty whilst making the most of a relatively small space. 

The newest addition is my desk which is the Micke desk from ikea which has two pull out drawers and plenty of space to use as a functioning desk as well as a vanity type area. The desk was £65 which is a whole lot cheaper than anywhere else and it's perfect! The pastel blue lamp was only £3.99 from B&M Bargains, even cheaper than Ikea and a pretty pastel colour too! The brush holders are recycled nutella jars, I use a mug to store all my pens and the blue makeup drawers were £10 on sale in WHSmiths. 

Another new addition are these Helmer drawers from Ikea which are white metal and only £25 (bargain). I managed to build them all by myself and they fit perfectly in the smaller space next to bed. These are a good option if you have a small space and you could easily pop them under the desk. On top are a few books I'm reading at the moment, a mini candle from the white company and a coaster. The drawers are spacious and a good option for makeup storage too if you can get hold of some drawer organisers. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday chit chat

It's Sunday again so that means another installment of me rambling on about my week and general rubbish like that, accompanied by yet another selfie. I seriously cannot believe that we are almost half way through April already, 2014 is going by so fast and it will be my birthday in 2 weeks which is insane! 

This week I finally got around to making the trip to Ikea and getting my bedroom furniture! I had decided on the Micke Desk  in white so long ago, and it is finally mine! I also picked up the Helmer drawer unit in white, which means that all my bedroom finally matches. I have quite a small room so having white definitely makes it look a bit bigger and brighter. I know you may be thinking 'but Jess, weren't you on a spending ban?' and yes I am! I'd already planned to purchase my desk and drawers so that was an exception from the ban and in no way cheating, ha ha! I can't believe how controlled I was in Ikea, I normally whizz around like a mad woman and end up buying random things like straws, weird shaped pillows and storage containers. I did succumb to the most delicious cheesecake and latte in the cafe and it was immense. 

This week I've blogged every single day including and earlier on in the week I tried making my own hair mask which turned out great, you can see the before and after pictures in my DIY post. I also won a giveaway from flowbox this week, which is a lifestyle subscription box so that was exciting! I've been obsessed with watching David Attenborough documentaries in bed (sounds strange when I say it like that) but his voice just sends me to sleep (eventually). I also watched Frozen on DVD three times and sang Let it Go at the top of my voice at least 12 times. 

Happy Sunday & Have a great week. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Shopping the stash Saturday #2

Well, it's been another whole week of no buying new products on mine and Lauren's spending ban, so it's time for me to share the products I've 'shopped' from my stash in an attempt to rediscover some beauties! If you missed last weeks post be sure to go back and see what I rediscovered from my collection last week. 

This week I've been switching things up from using my naked basics palette and opted for this Barry M Natural Glow palette which retails for only £6.49 and contains some stunning shimmer shades as well as a matte cream shade which I have enjoyed. I actually reviewed this in a previous post if you want to see full swatches then you can read it here. I haven't been using the blush this week, but I've definitely made good use of the bronze shades in-particular. Another eye product I've used this week is No7 precision eyeliner in brown/black, which was part of a set I had for Christmas. It's actually really nice and surprisingly easy to use, considering I've never been one for pen style liners before. I think I've just become more used to applying eyeliner in powder/pencil form so now I feel I can work with pens - gold star for me! 

On my cheeks I've been absolutely loving this gem of a blush from Nicola Roberts Dainty Doll range in the shade 'you are my sunshine'. Such a cute name and a stunning shimmering coral pink that looks so lovely on! I really forgot how much I loved this as I haven't used it for a few months and I remember why I love it so much. It's very well pigmented, has excellent colour pay off and the shade is perfect for a glowy-blush look. 

Besides makeup this week I've rediscovered the Seychelles home spray from The White Company and I haven't stopped using it! The scent is amber, vanilla and bergamot and smells like a beach on holiday. I literally spray this in my room and it last for so long, I can't resist spraying a bit on myself too. Is that weird? It just smells so damn good. Speaking of gorgeously scented products, Lierac magnificence day and night melt in gel is just a whole other level when it comes to delicious scents. I can't even describe it, but it is heavenly and lingers for a while. The formula is deeply nourishing and hydrating and my skin feels like silk after applying this at night. Okay so its something ridiculous like £50 retail price, but is is fabulous. I'm going to try and hunt this down on sale somewhere when my spending ban is finished as I'm almost out of it! 

So another week and another 5 products used and loved! Don't forget to head over to Lauren's blog to see which products she rediscovered this week!