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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Life | Tips to Declutter your Social Media

 
Like. Follow. Like. Follow. It's become somewhat of an endless cycle of seeing something you like or want to engage with and then connecting with that brand and another, and another... but with so many social profiles and a seemingly endless sea of haters, navigating social media can be rocky. Here are my top tips to de-clutter those feeds and encourage inspiration instead of despair.


Less is More
Finally, some clearing out that I can get on board with (not the wardrobe, never the wardrobe!). When it comes to the Twitterverse, I have realised the golden rule is less is more which is why I am usually following 400-450 people at most. Maybe we've grown apart since I last saw you at that thing three years ago or maybe we worked together on that project that time. But I just don't need to know what you're up to now. It may sound harsh but I like savouring my twitter space for the bloggers and brands I am currently connecting with. It makes my feed much easier to read and I can locate updates from all of my favourites without endlessly scrolling.



No Drama Lama
I am pretty darn ruthless when it comes to drama on Twitter. In fact, I made a whole video on it. For me, anything that's needlessly negative, frequently picky or just down right rude gets unfollowed. I don't need that in my life. I have enough problems to be taking on that of the internet. I don't care what they did, I'd just recommend airing that dirty laundry elsewhere. Say out of the public eye? I also stretch this to any abuse I see online. Telling a youtuber to "go kill yourself" is - and I know some people really struggle with this so I'm going to put it in bold - not okay. So I click the report button, and I'm proud of it. Didn't y'all ever see Mean Girls?


Present Positivity
In the same kind of vain, I like to surround myself with positive people. Both in life (wherever possible) and online. It's why it's been my pinned tweet for so long. Getting rid of the negativity and surrounding yourself with inspiring people does wonders for both mood and motivation. I can say I am both a better blogger, and a better person for doing this.


Putting Yourself Out There

I like to think of myself as quite a happy and bubbly individual and so I like to put myself across as a positive person, which means I don't tweet the bad. Ever. I get that some people will completely disagree with this saying that life is not all shiny and happy and others may see this as lying or as me not being myself online. But in truth it's what I would do as a person. I hide the bad in it's few, rare, occurrences - it's just who I am. I always have.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Beauty | Your Lips But Better / Topshop Beatnik Dupes



I think all beauty bloggers strive to find that perfect your-lips-but-better shade that's perfect for those no-makeup-makeup looks - just how #bblogger can you get in a sentence? And I found mine last year in Topshop's Beatnik Lips which has since been sadly discontinued. so since then I have made it my mission to dupe hunt far and wide for the perfect replacement. An after much swatching, I've finally narrowed it down the the final 4 contenders.

MAC Syrup and Rimmel 45 are both a touch too sheer and peachy, though equally glossy, to work but make the perfect dupes for each other in case you've been lusting. Where as Rimmel's Asia is pretty spot, if not a tiny bit more pigmented and slightly less sheer. But it's nothing you would be able to notice on the lips and has consequently become my new favourite lipstick of all time. That is, until Topshop take pity on us all and bring Beatnik back in all it's pink-nude glory. At which point I plan to buy a thousand.

What's your favourite your-lips-but-better tone?

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Beauty | Three Ways to get Whiter Teeth


Today's post is all about getting whiter teeth easily, and in some cases naturally, at home. They won't give you those Simon Cowell grills but they do make great substitutes within your normal regime.

Blue Based Lipstick
As a rule of thumb, blue-based lipsticks works wonders for the lips (hello glamorous red!) as well as the teeth by working to cancel out the yellow-tones of stains. Though temporary they provide an instant lift! Pictured is one of three Wild About Beauty lipsticks in Rich Berry* from their recent collaboration with Listerine that has been especially chosen for just this reason! Which brings me nicely into my second, more-permanent fix...

White-Enhancing Products
There are a whole range of toothpaste that promise enhanced whitening, I personally love my White and Glo specifically formulated for tea and coffee drinkers. But until I got sent the news of the unique collab between Wild About Beauty* and Listerine Advanced White* that promises whiter teeth in just 2 weeks, I just had to test out the duo.

Sadly, I found the mouthwash to be particularly harsh on my mouth and although it did feel like my teeth had been blasted clean, it also felt like my taste buds had been taken off too! So for a gentler, more natural solution, here's what I've been reaching for lately...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

L.A. Girl | Pro Conceal

Nails: KISS Gel Fantasy Nails.

I jumped on another #bbloggers bandwagon and I'm so glad I did. Though I don't believe these L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Conceal (purchasable in the UK from sites like eBay, Amazon) are - as they are repeatedly said to be - an exact dupe for the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, I do think they give it a run for its money along with another holy-grail concealer by Collection, the Lasting Perfection Concealer.

They have an enormous shade range for a drugstore product which means that - and you pale girls may need to sit down for this - there's even a shade light enough to highlight under my eyes (Light Porcelain) as well as conceal blemishes (Classic Ivory) due to their high coverage. Their 0nly flaw lies within the brush-toting packaging which, even though it was made with the best intentions, can get a little clogged and makes it difficult to squeeze the product out. But for the drugstore price tag I am not complaining!

Another holy grail concealer? Certainly.