The Lovin’ List: My Top Ten Picks of the Month…

Monthly Favourite

As we wave goodbye to yet another month, that can only mean one thing amongst the calendar of most beauty bloggers… the monthly favourites. Oddly enough I seem to have skipped the last couple as I usually like to keep a page in my organiser to remind myself exactly what I’ve been loving.. yes my memory is THAT bad(!!) However as March exits and April enters I find myself with a wealth of little bits & bobs that have managed to make me smile in many different ways throughout the last 4 weeks. So if you fancy finding out what’s been high on my ‘Lovin List’ then make yourself comfy and check out this lovely lot…

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Nail Polish Rack

Ikea Picture Shelf Nail Polish Storage

Storing nail polish has always been a bit of a stickler for me. I’ve had boxes, bags & cute little drawer units, but nothing has compared to how handy this picture rack from Ikea has been! Now I can reach for whatever colour I like at a mere glance, without having to spend an age rummaging through hidden stashes to find that perfect shade. Best of all it well well under £10 & saves loads of space into the bargain!

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Tesco LIVE Wax Melts

Tesco Live Wax Melts

 I’m becoming rather impressed with some of the own-brand finds in my local Tesco’s of late, and being a lover of scented candles I simply had to invest in a few of these yummy looking little melts. I picked up the Vanilla, Damson & Pomegranate and Passionfruit & Melon. All of which smell absolutely divine and aren’t giving me a throbbing headache… unlike like many of the scented home goodies, including some of the elite brands! These cheerful little wax melts last such a long time too & are great value at under £2. Go get ‘em if you love a home filled with glorious scents too.

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MAC Amplified Lipstick in Craving

Mac Amplified Lipstick in Craving

It may seem a tad deeper in the picture but don’t let it fool you as this stunning shade is totally build-able. It starts off as a sumptuous rosie pink and develops into a stronger tone the more you layer the formula. It’s incredibly comfy to wear and being rather pale in complexion I can vouch that it works wonders with lighter skin tones. Check out my post The Makeup Menu featuring MAC Craving to see a final look featuring this must-have shade!

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Alex Drawer Set, Ikea

Ikea Alex Drawers Makeup Storage

What an investment for any beauty enthusiast! I bought the mini set which cost approx £40, but it’s by far the best investment for make-up storage I’ve purchased to date. Having browsed around the internet I couldn’t believe that some of the designer cosmetic bags cost just as much, if not more! If you need a stylish looking home to store all your beauty goodies in then look no further than Ikea Alex range… they have a chic and simple solution for almost everything.

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William Morris Notebook Trio

William Morris Writer Notebooks

There comes a point in every stationery addicts journey when hoarding gloriously designed paper goods becomes a bit of an issue in stock piling – particularly when storage for a small army of note books, post-it-notes & office accoutrements is limited *sigh* One of my lovely friends treated me to this beautiful little trio of notepads quite a while back & it’s only now that I’m getting round to finally using them. I’m not gonna lie, it was a hard decision to make to use them, but the reality of buying no more stationery until I’ve used what I’ve got is a rule I’m determined to stand by. However, I’ve a lingering feeling that my blog buddy Emma from Puddleside Musings will at some point lead me astray with her cutesy paper purchases & awesome craft hauls!

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Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Palette & NYC Cream Blush

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It’s all about radiant cheeks & a subtle dewy complexion for me this spring, and nothing has brought a delicious smidgen of glorious colour to my cheeks more than these two. I’m beyond impressed with the pigmentation and shade selection of the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar palette, not to mention the creaminess of the NYC Beautifying Blushable Creme Stick in Soho Pink… perfect for those days when you just want a natural dewiness radiating from your skin. Love them both, though utterly gutted the NYC blush has now been discontinued *sob*

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Kindle

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Stocked with more Marian Keyes books that you could shake a librarians stick at, I’m very much in literary heaven. For quite a few months I went to bed without lifting my Kindle last year, which was unusual for me as I’m a nighttime reader. But from getting back into books since last October I’ve noticed that I’m sleeping better at night and looking forward to getting tucked into bed to find out what happens next. Now that the sunshine is making a more regular appearance I’ve even been able to sit out in the garden with it too – albeit with a few layers on, it aint summer yet gals! It may be one of the first edition kindles, but it’s working like a dream… how cute is the little owl cover that my brother bought me? hehe

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Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Pink Opal

Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Pink Opal

Since buying this shadow I don’t think there’s a day has gone by when I haven’t wore it. Super long lasting & the prettiest colour for spring, this is a gorgeous shadow for all you gals who adore an icy wash of pink (which works perfectly with a defined crease in a rich damson shadow, or any warm earthy tone) I adore the soft mousse formula that’s so easy to apply & sets beautifully without any creasing or moving. Max Factor have truly struck gold with this one.  *Click Here* to check out my very own eyelids modelling it proudly for y’all on Mondays Make-up Menu.

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Barry M Brow Kit

Barry M Brow Kit Shape & Define a

EVERY time I wear this brow kit (and I do mean every!!) I always get asked and complimented on where I get my HD Brows done. Who would’ve guessed a mere £5 investment would have been so influential! The easy-peasy 3 step system consists of 1) Wax to smooth and shape, 2) Eyebrow powder to fill and define 3) Highlight powder to accentuate. It literally couldn’t be any simpler!  As many of you lovely lot already know I adore my brow products, but rummaging through my brow stash (including products ranging up to & slightly beyond £60) this is by FAR my favourite, and the one brow kit I reach for most often. If you haven’t tried it already then bump it to top of your shopping list, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it every bit as much as I do ❤

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Spiral Hair Bobbles

Spiral Hair Bobbles

I honestly thought getting my hair cut a little shorter would save me hassle, instead it’s gave me more grief as whatever I do I have to constantly style it… gone are the days when I could leave it dry in bouncy spiral curls. One of the biggest challenges is keeping my follicles tied back neatly, and with them being much shorter than before my hair often slips out of the usual hair bands UNTIL I discovered these fabulous little life savers. If you have super-slippy hair that simply won’t hold its grip, then check these fabulous spiral bobbles out. They are phenomenal! Particular handy for gym-ers & swimmers who need a great solution for water or workouts. Available from Claire’s Accessories, Primark, Asda and a whole heap of other local stores!

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My Beauty Room

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I still give a little ‘EEEEP’ with excitement every time the words ‘Beauty Room’ rolls of my tongue. Having a spare room that was pretty much dormant of use 99% of the time, Steve suggested I use it as a little blogging/makeup haven, as a corner of our bedroom was vastly becoming stock piled with an army of lotions and potions. So with a teeny budget and a lot of hard work we embarked on transforming our little spare room into the fabulous Confetti & Curves sanctuary it is today. Wanna check out the finished results for yourself? Then *Click Here* to take a mini tour!

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What’s been your favourite picks of the month? Have you got something you’ve been loving over the last 4 weeks that you’d like to share? Whether it be make-up, accessories, beauty, lifestyle, a great book or something totally random? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do pop by and say a quick hello 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Drifting Lexi…

Drifting Lexi

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Once again a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday’s post Things You Need To Do Before Publishing A Blog Post! The comments, & feedback were awesome ladies, you really are a fabulous bunch! I’m just beyond chuffed that it’s not just my blogging tips that come in handy, but some of yours too, as your feedback reaches out to other bloggers, particularly those new to the blogging community. It’s great discovering what routines others blog by, so thanks y’all for getting involved in the chat! Don’t forget to check it out if you haven’t done so already chums 🙂

However onto today’s post as we make room on the virtual sofa this morning for a rather fabulous all-round blogger: Lexi from Drifting Lexi. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with this talented gal I’m pretty sure you’ll come to agree with me that her online haven is a virtual treasure trove for fun features on everything from books to beauty. What more could a gal need? So if you’re already sitting comfy then take five as we go Behind The Blog with Lexi…

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Books, beauty and nail art!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I had never been successful at keeping a diary, so I wanted to try something new. I decided to start up driftinglexi and use it to discuss a range of different topics. Due to not having a clear purpose for my blog and college getting in the way, I stopped writing after a couple of months. Last year I started reviewing books on Goodreads and I was watching lots of YouTube, mostly beauty orientated channels, and it made me want to share my opinions and creativity with more people and so I relaunched driftinglexi in April, combining my love of books and beauty and it’s been going well ever since.

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

In school I often felt like I didn’t belong and near the end of school I had two different groups of friends who I would drift between throughout the day/week at school. So that is where the drifting aspect originates from. Lexi however, is not my real name. At the beginning I wanted to be anonymous, so I gave myself a new name. Now that I am more open with my blog and don’t mind my readers knowing who I am, this can be a little confusing for people. However, I am glad I did it as driftinglexi has a certain ring to it, so I haven’t a clue what I would have otherwise named my blog.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Back in 2013 I experienced it a lot because there was such a huge range of things out there to talk about that it left me overwhelmed as I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. However, now I don’t suffer so much. I mean, as part book blogger, the easiest way to overcome Blogger’s Block is by reading a book and reviewing it. The nail and beauty aspect I do struggle with sometimes, but I feel that the best way to combat this is by preparing in advance and taking advantage of events that occur throughout the year e.g. Halloween and Christmas and applying it to what your blog is about.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

My favourite post has got to be one that doesn’t actually fit into the books, beauty and nails aspect of my blog. This is because it is all about my trip to Rome last July. I always find that posts on my experiences are my favourites because it gives you the opportunity to easily recall the events every time you read it and this trip had made me so happy.

Link here: https://driftinglexi.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/rome/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Very casual, though I do tend to dress up my look more with my makeup as I love bold lipsticks. I mostly tend to wear jeans, a check shirt and converse or boots.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Right now I really love Soap and Glory’s Supercat Eyeliner and I really cannot leave the house without a bit of eyeliner.

For Christmas I received the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, so obviously that has become a new love of mine. Since Christmas this is definitely the palette I have been using most. I don’t find it the easiest palette for creating multiple different daytime looks, but I am constantly trying to find ways to make it work so that I am not wearing the same few eyeshadows every single day.

I was going to put a lipstick for my third item, but I really cannot decide on which lipstick to pick. However, another one of my top beauty items is definitely a concealer and my all-time favourite is definitely Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer (which probably isn’t a surprise because it is a favourite for many).

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

I like to come home, pour a Disaronno and coke and plop myself in front of the TV/laptop to watch a movie or TV series. Recently I have been working in retail a lot which really kills your feet, so the second I can sit down the better! Later on I then treat myself to a LUSH bath bomb in the bath and depending on my tiredness I will do some reading before bed, although lately I have been falling asleep whilst listening to audiobooks.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

A simple sleepover with my best friend watching movies and often playing movie drinking games is definitely top of the list. However, if I’m not feeling at all sociable, I love to just spend the evening sucked into a good book!

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What do you do to relax?

I love to paint my nails, read and watch TV to relax, all of which I can do from the comfort of my own bed, haha.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

One bad habit of mine is my tidiness. Sure this is good to an extent, but I’m that person at a party who likes to clear the empty cups and plates off of tables to make room for full ones and constantly worries about if we’re being too loud. This means that if I’m not tidying at a party I spend the duration of it worrying about tidying up afterwards whether this is my own house or a friends, so I never actually enjoy parties as much as everybody else. I basically play the host, or even a motherly sort of role, when I’m not even the host (or a mother). While this isn’t the worst habit, I feel bad that I focus more on tidying up than having fun and spending time with my friends sometimes.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Some of my most cherished childhood memories are small things like going for walks with my family and our dog, or being sat in the dining room, having a games night; I used to love it when my dad would teach me new card games. As much as I appreciate being taken places and bought things, I feel that more often than not it’s the simple little things you end up treasuring the most.

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What was your favourite school subject?

This is not exactly a popular subject, but my favourite was always maths. I reckon that this was largely due to the fact that it was my best subject and I sat next to one of my best friends in that class.

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What’s your dream job?

I would love to be a counsellor, or a nail technician. I have always loved being there to support and help my friends when they’ve been going through tough times, so I would love to do that for other people. I’ve also visited counsellors myself, but I found them to be very patronising and repetitive, so I would hope that I would be able to make people feel better than the people I saw made me feel. Alternatively, it is no secret that I love painting my nails and coming up with new, creative designs!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years I will be twenty four. I hope that I will be living elsewhere, preferably with one of my best friends, or a boyfriend and preferably someone who can get rid of any spiders for me as I really cannot deal with them myself! Depending on my life career wise I can see myself having a dog and continuing to blog and I really hope I’m happy.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Go to Disneyland, Florida.

See Mamma Mia! in the West End.

Go to India.

Travel around Italy.

Go to Austria.

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I have always been bad at answering this kind of question, but one thing I am proud of is what I have achieved on my blog. I have found a nice routine which allows me to balance three of my favourite things: books, nail art and makeup and I have met so many wonderful and supportive people through this that it is difficult to not feel a sense of achievement when thinking of my blog.

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Who inspires you?

My best friends and my mum; they have all gone through a lot and while all of their experiences differ, they have all become stronger because of it and this in turn inspires me to be strong, be positive and work hard.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – from Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

I am a lover of quotes which anyone will know if they’re a reader of my blog, so I find it difficult to pick just one. However, I really love this one by Gaiman, even if I haven’t yet read the book…

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Write about what you love. In 2013 I wasn’t writing about things I really cared about, I thought that they were just good conversational topics, and as a result I easily gave up after two months as it felt like a chore. This also brings me to another tip: don’t force yourself to write a post if you don’t want to. I may blog a lot during the week, but I love doing it which is why I’ve been able to keep with it for so long and while I do have my routine, I try not to feel too bad if I do end up missing a day because everyone is really understanding and sometimes life just gets in the way, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Yikes, neither! I don’t like hot drinks, haha.

Coke or Pepsi = Coke!

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised, for sure!

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Puppy!

Night In or Night Out = Night in!

Heels or Flats = Flats, I always go for comfort.

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick!

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock chick.

Paperback or E-book = Paperback.

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Contact Lexi:

Blog: https://driftinglexi.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/driftinglexi

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/driftinglexi/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38691626-lauren

Bloglovin’: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/driftinglexi-14489859

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1jZIKf9HKxECegg-DjfBRg

10 Must-Read Books For Makeup Addicts & Beauty Bloggers…

10 must read beauty-books

There’s nothing I like better than to close the laptop, curl myself up in a ball on the sofa, sip on a hot chocolate and read a great book… especially if it’s teaching me top tips on how to look and feel as yummy as I can be! *yippee*  There’s something so cosy about these chilly winter evenings that make it the perfect opportunity to lock the doors, close the curtains and settle down in front of a roaring fire to catch up on some must-read beauty gossip. So for the little bookworms amongst us I’ve whittled down 10 awesome beauty books that will have you page-turning at every opportunity…

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Dita Von Teese: Your Beauty Mark

Your Beauty Mark

From burlesque show to fashion runway, magazine cover to Internet video, style icon and “burlesque superheroine” (Vanity Fair) Dita Von Teese has undergone more strokes of red lipstick, bursts of hair spray, boxes of blue-black hair dye, and pats of powder in a month than a drag queen could dream of in a lifetime. Whether she’s dazzling audiences while swirling in a towering martini glass in Swarovski-crystal-covered pasties and stilettos or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this self-styled star, beauty is an art.

Now, for the first time in her Technicolor career, Dita divulges the beauty wisdom that keeps her on international best-dressed lists and high-profile fashion show rosters. In Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita and collaborator Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes her confidantes—masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise, as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties—for authoritative advice. Packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skin care and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks and more, this inspiring resource shares the skills, history, and lessons you need to enhance your individual gifts and realize your own beauty mark.

Currently on offer for £12 on Amazon – *click here* to treat yourself!

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Lisa Potter Dixon: Easy On The Eyes

Easy On The Eyes

Starting with the basics, Lisa teaches you how to prep, prime and perfect your base before transforming your look with shadows, liner and all thats in between. She helps you to create the perfect brows to frame the eyes following step-by-step photographs. Whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful or elegant and sophisticated look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your eyes, with hints and tips to suit all eye shapes, colours and styles.

As well as discovering how to do the perfect smokey eye, a classic flick and graphic liner looks, Lisa shows you how to achieve that 1920s chic, dazzle with glitter and make the most of colour, proving that it really is the eyes that have it. While features on make-up bag essentials, what to use when you’re caught short, how to take your make-up look from desk to dance floor and a behind-the-scenes look at the London Fashion Week Matthew Williamson show.

Each look can be completed in 5, 15 or 30 minutes, so no matter what your style, how much time you have to get ready, or what equipment you have to hand, you can go from now to WOW! in no time.

*Click here to find out more*

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Lisa Eldridge: Facepaint The Story of Makeup

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Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form, from Egyptian and Classical times up through the Victorian age and golden era of Hollywood, and also surveys the cutting-edge makeup science of today and tomorrow. Face Paint explores the practical and idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use, the actual materials employed over generations, and the glamorous icons that people emulate and how they achieved their effects. An engaging history of style, it is also a social history of women and the ways in which we can understand their lives through the prism and impact of makeup.

*Click here to find out more*

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Academy of Freelance Makeup: Makeup Is Art

Makeup Is Art

Years of professional makeup styling is distilled into a gorgeous yet practical book on the art of makeup from one of the world’s best beauty-training institutes, the Academy of Freelance Makeup. In this updated second edition of the book, the team of top industry professionals offer additional expert advice, tips, insider secrets and instructions for specialist techniques for the novice or professional makeup artist. From creating period looks to using glitter and crystals to body-art and airbrushing techniques, the book is inspirational and informative.

*Click here to find out more*

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Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

 Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Bobbi Brown’s twenty-five-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup – from how to find the right colour and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (brows, eyeliner, eye shadow and eyelashes) no matter the eye colour and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick and more. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on head-to-toe beauty and the science of skin.

*Click here to find out more* 

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Michelle Phan Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off

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Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her.  Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.

Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials,  stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.

*Click here to find out more* 

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Karen Gilbert: Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty

Packed with pampering recipes to create your own beauty essentials for face, body, and hair. Most of us use a huge variety of beauty products on our skin and hair every day – from shower gel and shampoo to moisturizer and hand cream – but the majority of these products contain a variety of chemicals. In Natural Beauty, natural skincare and fragrance expert Karen Gilbert shows you how to make your own lotions and potions at home, using readily available, natural ingredients and easy-to-follow methods. For the face, there are moisturizers, masks and cleansers; for the body choose from scrubs and shower gels, soaps and body lotions. And when you need some extra-special pampering, try the recipes for lip balms, massage bars, bath oils and eye gels. So try your hand at making a neroli hydrating spritz or a macadamia and jojoba moisturizer, a mango and lime body butter or lemon and tea tree foot balm, bergamot and grapefruit wake-up wash or cocoa butter lip balm – the hardest part is choosing which of the pampering projects to try first! Each recipe has clear step-by-step photographs to guide you, and there are numerous variations to try.

*Click here to find out more*

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Fleur De Force: The Glam Guide 

The Glam Guide

Fleur De Force started making YouTube videos in 2009 out of a passion for everything beauty and fashion related. What began as a fun hobby quickly turned into something much bigger, and she’s spent the past five years seeking out the best products, top tips and easiest ways for us all to look and feel more fabulous. In The Glam Guide she shares all of her secrets and discoveries so whether you’re looking for makeup tips, wardrobe cheats, first-date pointers or healthy lifestyle motivation, this is the book for you.

*Click here to find out more*

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Esme Floyd: 1001 Little Beauty Miracles, Secrets and Solutions from Head to Toe

 1001 Little Beauty Miracles

These top-to-toe tips will help you make small changes to your beauty regime that reap big benefits, both in the way you look and how you feel. With direct remedies for beauty problems as well as advice on everything from getting perfectly groomed nails to battling cellulite, “1001 Little Beauty Miracles” offers short, simple ways to improve and maintain your natural good looks. Impress your friends with your knowledge of sensationally simple ways to get gorgeous fast. Even if you are an ungroomed, nail-biting, hair-yanking, exercise phobic, these corner-cutting ideas will set you on the path to looking your finest with the minimum of fuss.

*Click here to find out more*

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Jemma Kidd: Make-up Master Class

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Millions of women throughout the world wear make-up, but few of them have been taught how to apply it.’ This is what inspired leading international make-up artist Jemma Kidd’s vision for her make-up school, product line and this book –which aims to teach a new generation of women how to use the latest and best formulations and technique. Jemma Kidd Make-up is a glamorous, contemporary and yet timeless make-up book that demystifies the art of make-up and shows every woman how to enhance her best features and feel confident in her appearance, whatever her age or lifestyle. Lavishly photographed and designed, it offers expert advice in an accessible and digestible way: informative text is broken down into bite-size chunks, with quotes, top tips, insider secrets and practical step-by-step instructions. With more than ten years’ experience of working in the beauty industry, Jemma shares her professional know-how and explains her fail-safe techniques for maximizing natural beauty. While sharing insights into her life as a make-up artist, with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation that goes on before a catwalk show or a magazine shoot, Jemma explains how she works with the latest fashion trends to creates new looks and colour schemes, and shows how these sometimes extreme looks can be adapted and toned down for everyday wear. With this ebook edition of Jemma Kidd Make-Up, you can approach the day feeling good and looking great, whatever it might hold.

*Click here to find out more*

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Well hopefully that little lot should keep you busy for the next few weeks!

What great books have you been burying your head in recently? Have you read any of the above? Do let me know in the comments below, we love a good book chatter here on Confetti & Curves!

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Thistles and Whistles…

Thistles And Whistles

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The official count down to the big day has begun *excited air punch* have you’s all sent your letters off to Santa Claus yet? Or like me, is your list still continuously growing? Thankfully I’ve his email address so he’s used with getting a few new shopping links every couple of days… all thanks to my WordPress news feed of course 😉

Talking of which… some of you may not already know but although Confetti & Curves celebrated it’s 1st birthday back in October I’ve actually been blogging long before that, in fact I’ve had two previous blogs. Unfortunately I fell out of love with both of them. Oddly enough much as I adore the topic of ‘books & writing’ blogging about it is an entirely different ball game… just because you love something doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be any good at blogging about it – as I quickly came to realise! However although I don’t continue to blog about books or the process of writing them, that doesn’t mean to say it stops me from enjoying keeping up with those who do. So today I’d like to introduce y’all to the talented gal behind the beautiful Thistles & Whistles.

Although she’d prefer to remain anonymous, don’t be mislead into thinking her fantastic book & inspirational lifestyle blog doesn’t contain any personality. In fact it’s sprinkled with character & dusted with charm. So why not step out and add a little something different to your news feed, if anything Thistle’s & Whistles will certainly inspire you to curl up on your comfiest chair with a great read – and what could be better on these chilly winter evenings?

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Bookish conversations and finding inspiration.

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I was a huge food blog reader many years ago; I would constantly look at recipes and read the personal stories attached to each recipe created. It was so inspiring to see how brave those bloggers were to put bits and pieces of their personal lives out there. Finally, about 3 years ago, I decided to take the plunge when I started my first blog on Blogspot which I then abandoned after 3 posts. A year later after that failure, Thistles and Whistles was born.

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Funny story. Two years ago, when I was doing my Masters in Media and Communication, we were required to start our own blogs to practice writing. Since my first blog was already on Blogspot, I thought I would revive that and use it but our teacher insisted we all use WordPress. Everyone signed up with their own names and I was the only one who refused to do so because I wanted to maintain my privacy. However, no names were coming to me and since this was a class assignment and time was running out, I was panicking and a bit desperate. And then Eureka! I don’t know how but the name Thistles and Whistles just randomly popped into my head. I had never heard of it before, I didn’t know what it meant, it just came to me and it felt right somehow. And I decided to go with it.

Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

All the time. I mean literally all the time. I have these huge slumps where I don’t want to even look at my blog anymore but after weeks (or sometimes months!), I’ll remind myself that I am the happiest when I write and that if I don’t go through with this, I’ll always regret giving up too soon. Reminding myself why I started it in the first place always helps me get back on the horse. And reading other blogger posts and responses always gives me the motivation and the instant gratification helps me keep going! 🙂

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What’s your favourite post to date?
I have a couple of them but I want to share the post I wrote called It’s All in the Mind which reflects how I have tried to change the inner dialogues that I keep having with myself.

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Very casual; I prefer leggings, fitted tops, flats and minimal jewellery. I also love wearing dresses so you’ll always find me in either of the two.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

I’m a huge minimalist when it comes to make up,  but I always admire make up on others. From the little that I do use on a regular basis, the top 3 beauty items definitely have to be:

Patanjali Coconut Oil – Love it, recommend it. Coconut oil serves so many purposes and I sometimes use it as a body and hair moisturizer, even as a lip balm, for oil pulling, as part of a natural toothpaste and of course even for cooking. 😉 This particular brand doesn’t have a very overpowering coconut-ty smell which is perfect.

Himalaya Kajal stick – It’s herbal and I always wear it when I go out.

Kenzo Red Lipstick – I just love the color red!
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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Although I now avoid it, I used to love having a have a cup of hot sweet black tea when I came home tired. It’s so soothing. Apart from that, reading, watching comedy videos on YouTube and sleeping (haha!) are really great stress busters for me.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

I’m normally a quiet homebody on the weekends but if I had to idealize a perfect Saturday night, it would involve going to the beach with a few of my good friends, just sitting there till the sun rose and then going off to breakfast somewhere. 🙂

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What do you do to relax?

I put on some old Bollywood music, put on a lavender scented candle, and either close my eyes and sing along or read a book.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I really need to work more on my planning skills. I start too many things at once, don’t get myself organized and eventually end up giving up on my goals too soon. Also, I procrastinate a lot until the idea becomes redundant.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

My dad always encouraged me to read, read, read and write, write, write. It didn’t matter what I wrote as long as I was consistently doing it. I would write short stories, letters et cetera on an old-fashioned typewriter (we also had a computer but it was a different feeling writing on the typewriter!) and my dad would send them to the local children’s magazines. It was the best feeling when my stuff would get published and the proud look on my parents’ faces was priceless. 🙂

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What was your favourite school subject?

English! I was average at everything else but really good in English.

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What’s your dream job?
I would love to write features and articles for magazines and have my own regular column.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I envision myself having the best level of health and fitness that I’ve ever had in my whole life. I also see myself being my own boss, i.e. being the owner of a small business that brings me joy. I can see myself travelling to a lot of places and speaking a couple of new languages. I can also visualize myself getting published in one form or the other (articles, stories et cetera.)

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Achieving optimum health and fitness

Learning French

Running a 5K

Starting my own small business

Travelling.

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Getting on the permanent path of improving my health and fitness in a naturopathic way since 2010. I still have some way to go, but the journey has been very successful and rewarding so far! 🙂

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Who inspires you?

I wish there was one person who I could attribute my inspiration to but I don’t have just one. Lately I have been getting inspired by so many people – family, friends, bloggers, YouTubers, writers, motivational speakers, leadership coaches, fitness experts, health and nutrition gurus, each one of them have been teaching me valuable lessons that I didn’t know before and I find that there is always so much more to absorb from everyone when you open your eyes to different possibilities.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

This too shall pass.

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

  1. Plan, Plan, Plan – Something I am guilty of not doing very often but trying to be more diligent about. Planning is key before starting any blog. Write down your mission, vision and goals for the blog. Where do your blog to be in the next year? How do you plan on achieving these goals? Write down all your ideas in a notebook.
  2. Find your niche – Don’t get into something that you find everyone else doing. Start blogging about something you personally love and can see yourself continue writing about even 10 years down the line even if it’s something as uncommon as writing about plumbing or something. (Just an example!) Don’t worry, there are plenty of people who will share your interests.
  3. Get chatty – Network with other bloggers and be supportive. Blogging is all about sharing your ideas and opinions with your fellow peers, learn from them and to cheer each other on! It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

 

Coke or Pepsi = Neither

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organized

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten

Night In or Night Out = Night In

 

Heels or Flats = Flats

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess

 

Paperback or E-book = Both; Paperback because it’s old-fashioned and comforting and E-book because it’s convenient!

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Contact Thistles & Whistles:

Blog: www.thistlesandwhistles.wordpress.com
Email:
thistlesandwhistles@hotmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thistlesandwhistles

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/thistlesandwhistles

Bloglovin’: www.bloglovin.com/thistlesandwhistles
Twitter:
@this_whis

Instagram: @this_whis

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves  🙂

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Behind The Blog… featuring Bronagh’s Beauty & Books

Bronaghs Beauty and Books

Hey Beauty Buddies,

I’m super excited today for two reasons… firstly the weekend is almost upon us *excited air punch* and secondly because I’ve a lovely little Irish blogger to introduce y’all too… it’s such an exciting find stumbling across someone so close to home as we can be pretty hard to find!

As I’m sure you’ve already guessed Bronagh’s Beauty & Books is a sassy little corner of the interweb dedicated to those amongst us who enjoy dabbling in cosmetics & a good book. So if it sounds your kinda place to hang out then do pop over and say a huge hello to Bronagh, she’s super welcoming & loves a friendly chatter.

So without further ado it’s time to get comfy as we get to meet the girl Behind The Blog…

Bronagh

In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Lots of beauty & Fashion

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What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly, my love of bloggers like Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter. Also my love of all things beauty related and my ever growing collection! Its a great outlet for creativity and it gives you something to do in your spare time and make a few new friends!

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Well I wanted to include my name, and I got lucky that beauty also began with B. I spent a while thinking about it and ended up with Bronagh’s Beauty and Books,  but the blog title is Bronagh Blogs to make it slightly easier to remember

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

I always have bloggers block! So when I feel inspired, I draft up as many posts as I can, and set up about a weeks worth, so I always have something to go live.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

My MUA Haul! Mostly because I have a slight obsession with MUA Cosmetics!

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/bronaghs-blog-14121621

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Its so casual! I swap between dresses and heels, to jeans and t shirts to leggings and baggy clothes. If I have nothing to do I will sit in PJ bottoms or leggings and baggy jumpers.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

MUA’s Foundation, its such a great match for my skin tone, LUSH’s rehab shampoo as it is brilliant at fixing my damaged hair and my C2 Straighteners as my hairs a half wavy half curly mess!

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

I either read or watch netflix. I’m currently obsessed with Orange is The New Black and I’m reading the Beautiful Creatures books.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Honestly, its sitting in with a Chinese and a good movie with either my dog or my boyfriend. I’ve never been a fan of nights out.

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What do you do to relax?

I read, a lot. I love the feeling of getting into a new book and falling into its world.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Biting my nails! They never grow too long before I bite them back down. I’m trying to combat this by wearing nail polish, which helps.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Getting my first pet, a dog which we called Sheba. She was a Shepard mix but she was really ill so we only had her for 3 months. Not long after that we got Cozy who was a springer mix. We had him for about 11 years; he was my best childhood friend.

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What was your favourite school subject?

I was the nerd who loved Maths and Science. I still do love science, but I’ve lost all of my maths ability from not doing it as much anymore.

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What’s your dream job?

This changes everyday! Currently I’m looking into work in the Mental Health sector or in administration. I like the idea of being a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I can never answer this! I’d hope to at least be in University by then, or leaving depending on the degree. Right now I’d like to be just finishing off a degree in Mental Health Nursing

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

My number one thing is to learn another language. I’m working on learning Irish as I live in Northern Ireland, so the closer I go to the border, the more Irish signs there are. My other top  4 are getting married, having children, getting a university degree and learning to sew. I’m not the most interesting of people, but oh well.

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Who inspires you?

My grandmother really inspired me. I loved her to pieces and she was such an amazing person, so if I end up even half the person she was, I’ll be happy.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“All Our Dreams Come True if we Have the Courage to Pursue Them” – Walt Disney

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Spend time thinking about your blog name, it will stick with you! Also really think about what you want to blog about, make sure you are really interested in it and you can give out advice if needed. Also success really doesn’t happen over night! It takes time for people to notice you, so networking is key!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea 100%

Coke or Pepsi = Pepsi

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful Puppy!

Night In or Night Out = Night in

Heels or Flats = Flats

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = lip stick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = rock chick!

Paperback or E-book = paperback, purely for the smell

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Contact Bronagh:

Blog – http://bronaghsbeautyandbooks.com/

Twitter – @BronaghGoesRawr

Instagram – @BronaghBlogs

Blog Lovin’ –  https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/bronaghs-blog-14121621

Pinterest – @BronaghsBeauty

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves  🙂

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5 Beauty Books You Should Be Reading…

Beauty Books

There’s nothing I like better than to close the laptop, curl myself up in a ball on the sofa, sip on a hot chocolate and read a great book… especially if it’s feeding me top tips on how to look and feel as yummy as I can be! *yippee*  There’s something so cosy about these chilly winter evenings that make it the perfect opportunity to lock the doors, close the curtains and settle down in front of a roaring fire to catch up on some must-read beauty gossip. So for the little bookworms amongst us I’ve whittled down my top 5 Beauty reads that will have you page turning at every opportunity…

Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion

 Pretty Honest Sali Hughes

In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.

*Click here to find out more*

The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible

The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible

Concern about artificial chemicals in beauty products is growing and many of us now opt for natural cosmetics. However, with so much choice on the market it can be overwhelming choosing the ones that are right for you. In this latest in their bestselling Beauty Bible series, health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey provide invaluable expert guidance to the best natural cosmetics and treatments. With all-new scores and trials of the latest products Jo and Sarah bring together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being fabulous using all-natural cosmetics.

Chapters include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet and nails, sleep, exercise and much more. And of course Jo and Sarah’s trademark ‘tried and tested’ reports on scores of health and beauty products – reliably tested by over 2,000 women. There are also recipes to make your own organic, home-made cosmetics and explanations of the natural benefits these provide. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, this is the bible for all women, showing you how to look, feel and be fabulous naturally.

*Click here to find out more*

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

 Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Bobbi Brown’s twenty-five-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup – from how to find the right colour and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (brows, eyeliner, eye shadow and eyelashes) no matter the eye colour and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick and more. And Bobbi looks beyond the face with informative chapters on head-to-toe beauty and the science of skin.

*Click here to find out more* 

Michelle Phan Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off

 Michelle-Phan-Makeup

Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her.  Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.

Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials,  stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.

*Click here to find out more* 

1001 Little Beauty Miracles: Secrets and Solutions from Head to Toe

 1001 Little Beauty Miracles

These top-to-toe tips will help you make small changes to your beauty regime that reap big benefits, both in the way you look and how you feel. With direct remedies for beauty problems as well as advice on everything from getting perfectly groomed nails to battling cellulite, “1001 Little Beauty Miracles” offers short, simple ways to improve and maintain your natural good looks. Impress your friends with your knowledge of sensationally simple ways to get gorgeous fast. Even if you are an ungroomed, nail-biting, hair-yanking, exercise phobic, these corner-cutting ideas will set you on the path to looking your finest with the minimum of fuss.

*Click here to find out more*

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Well hopefully that little lot should keep you busy for the next few weeks! What great books have you been burying your head in recently? Have you read any of the above? Do let me know in the comments below, I love a good book chatter!

Cheerio Chums 🙂

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