Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer USA Version in 'Fair'

USA Fair Age Rewind Concealer Maybelline UK stockist, Amazon

A while ago, I tried out the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealers from Boots. I bought the lightest shade, but on my natural NW13 skin, it looked utterly horrific. It was very orange in tone and I took it back to the store. Story of my life. I always feel the struggle as a fair person trying to find products that actually look good with my pale skin. Even though I mostly fake tan, it's still great to have a product that you can use when you're pale! I also use this as a highlight too when I tan, so I like a win-win product for me. I decided to research just why the UK were lacking at least 3 other shades in this conealer and wanted to try a US version, so got on Amazon and ordered myself one! I paid around the same price as you'd pay in the UK, minus the swanky Boots offers. It came from the USA and took around a week, maybe a little more! I got it here on Amazon if you want it!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair Swatches USA UK VERSION

As you can see, it's very fair, lacks the orange tones and compliments my skin tone. I'm around NW20/25 in this photo. In my opinion, this is a really great buy if you find the darker UK shades far too dark/orange for your skin tone. I know I'll definitely be using this a lot more now as I do love the formula of this concealer and it doesn't cake under my eyes. I hope this helps some of you out there who have pale girl problems and need the lighter version of this concealer! I don't understand why it's not out in the UK in a wider variety of colours, but at least you can grab this shade on Amazon now!

Do you guys ever struggle with finding the right shade in the drugstore? How do you combat it?

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Saturday, 23 April 2016


Kylie Cosmetics Lip Glosses in So Cute and Literally UK Beauty Blogger blog Review

I did it. I bought the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Glosses in 'Literally' and 'So Cute'. Kylie Jenner has been on fire with her new business venture recently and her liquid lipsicks are really speaking for themselves in terms of quality. I haven't managed to get my hands on one of those just yet but I was right in there when the glosses launched. I was surprised that Kylie chose to launch glosses next as her Twitter poll a while back clearly stated that people wanted eyebrow products the most. I also have heard that matte lips are taking a break over SS16 and glosses are going to be in... but whether or not that's true, I don't know.... I do love matte lips!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Transparency In The Blogging World | My Thoughts

When I first started blogging last Summer, I never realised anyone actually cared about stuff like DA (domain authority) or whether or not a company contacts them. I thought only 'huge youtubers' got those opportunities and I didn't really have an interest in it either if I'm totally honest. I just created a blog because I wanted one! It's fun for me, writing about make-up and beauty. It's what I call my hobby, I guess. The thing is, I'm not enjoying the blogging community recently, which makes me kind of sad. 

It's mainly the Facebook groups I'm in, because wow. They're littered with 'how do I get paid?' type posts and moans about PRs all day long. It's always weird to see someone fake random stuff. I've seen people do comment swaps on Facebook threads and then tell a PR that they have high engagement and girls write posts like 'how to get thousands of views in one week!!!' but what they fail to mention, is that they tag their blog posts in the retweet hashtags on Twitter every 7 minutes. I've seen people post in a bloggers Facebook group "I'm a new mummy blogger, any tips?" and then an hour later, "How do I get a company to send me a pram for review?" (Yes, I actually DID see that). I won't go on and on with examples, but you can see this kind of stuff every single day on the #PRrequest hashtag and on Facebook groups for bloggers (there is one serial offender) and it seems as though there are hundreds of people setting up blogs purely for free stuff. It has to be said, and it becomes seriously obvious as well after the 10th post you've commented on with your e-mail and DA after someone offers a sponsored post opportunity on a Facebook group. 

When I read a blog and someone has written a post about 'Tips for young drivers' and entered a shady advert for an insurance company they have never used and are never going to use, it makes me question their motives for blogging. Is writing a post about something that has no relevance to your 3,000 monthly readers actually a good thing to do? Is it worth the £20 you're being paid? Do you seriously think that benefits your readers in any way? Not really. It's kind of insulting, actually. But I'm glad you have earnt some pocket money.

A. Boring your readers to death and 
B. Vouching for a company you've never had insurance with! Woo. (Disclaimer: this was a fictional post I've used as an example)

It's way different when someone a beauty blogger reviews a foundation they've been sent or a lifestyle blogger is paid to promote a candle. If it's something someone has actually tried, tested and liked, then that's totally cool with me. It jut comes accross really lame when someone is paid to feature something on their blog when it is clearly not suited to their target audience, or that they have never even tried. Like, do you think your 18-25 year old readers are going to go out and buy a £200 'amazing blogger' lamp or expensive car insurance? I highly doubt it. I'm all for people making money from their blog, we all work hard on our little space on the internet, but try to keep the things you feature vaguely well written or relevant to your blog.

I'm going on a bit now, but my point here is try to keep your blog transparent, especially if you're trying to grow your blog. Don't expect it to pull in new readers if you're shilling out lame sponsored content/PR sample reviews all the time. The likelihood is that you're never going to be a Zoella or Essiebutton, who have had wild success from the days when blogging was half as popular as it was now. You're never going to have money coming in from product lines or books, so if you do ever want to make money from your blog, please respect the people that read it. There are thousands of blogs people could be reading, so let us know you care enough us to not act like we're just numbers. And remember, we all clicked on your blog and started reading it for a reason, and I'm pretty sure that reason wasn't a shady affiliate-link review of an amazing new £85 body scrub that's only 'amazing' because it was given to you for free. #SorryNotSorry

Do you guys ever feel like rolling your eyes when you see sponsored/paid for posts? Have they become too much of 'the norm'? How many should someone really put out?Let me know your thoughts!

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