Beauty Blogger Tag

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I absolutely love filling these out – almost as much as I love reading the ones you post. This one was fun to complete – feel feel to copy and paste the questions and then link me to yours at the bottom of the page!

Happy blogging, always!

Ella

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Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging on and off since about 2012 when I left university. I was looking for a job in my chosen field and wanted to keep my creative juices flowing. I began blogging seriously last year and cannot believe the opportunities I’ve been given and the brilliant people I have met. My blog has been a great outlet for me over the years and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Sorry, so corny!

Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do?

I never do my lips. Kylie Jenner-esque lips are IN right now, but not for me. I’ve only ever stretched to lip balm. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, or maybe my lips are just too thin – but I feel with bright lips I look like an absolute clown. Sometimes I take it upon myself to go and get my colours done (tah-dah) and buy a lipstick with the intention of starting a lip routine. I never keep up with it though!

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Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?

Yes! I find it so therapeutic. I always wash them and have previously just used Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. Now though, I’ve got the Superdrug B. Makeup Brush Cleanser, which you can see reviewed here.

How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

About five seconds? Seriously, it’s my worst thing. I’ll sit on my own hands so I don’t have to look at them. I spent years biting my nails and after taking so much time to make them lovely again, I can’t bear to see them looking scruffy! I do my nails about three or four times a week to keep on top of it and my nail varnish collection is out of this world…

What is your worst beauty habit?

Not taking my make up off after a night out! I know it’s the biggest sin…but sometimes the night was just so good, you just have to pass out. I try to take extra good care of it the next day to make up for it and always tell myself I’ll try harder!

Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Getting rid of stuff in the junk drawers. You know the ones, full of stuff that is kind of useful, but you never use (until you throw it away – then you need it!). I’m a neat freak, but these drawers n my house are very much ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?

Absolutely not! I always feel better if I’ve planned, and rushing will just make me feel rubbish all night. Anyway, getting ready is the best bit!

Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice makeup or nice hair and no makeup?

Nice make up and messy hair, definitely.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?

I used to be really insecure about that and felt quite shy to be in public with no make up on. However, you learn to give less of a shit as you get older so I don’t mind now. I like to make an effort, but I’m not going to lose my mind if someone sees me without my face on.

Name your top five beauty products

  1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
  2. Max Factor Bronzing Powder
  3. MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter
  4. Urban Decay Naked Palette
  5. Rimmel Scandel Eyes Mascara

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Valentine’s Day for him

It’s coming up quick!

Valentine’s Day to me isn’t too, too much of a big deal. In my relationship, we like to show that we love each other in lots of ways, all year round, rather than blowing the budget on February 14th. However, I do look forward to receiving a card with a lovely message inside. In fact, I’d forgo any presents and an evening out for those thoughtful, heartfelt words.

We usually agree not to give presents for Valentine’s Day, but this year I couldn’t resist. Here are two perfect presents for the boy I wanted to share with you all.

Engraved Heart Love Lock
£21.99

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Laddo and I went to Germany to visit his family very early on in our relationship. On a sunny June day in Cologne, we bought a cheap red lock from a seller and wrote our names on it in a borrowed Sharpie. We then connected it to the Hohenzollern Bridge, among thousands of others and threw the keys into the river. It was lovely, romantic and one of my best memories – but the padlock itself was a little makeshift.

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However, this lock is solid brass and you can personalise your padlock with Any Message up to two lines of 15 characters.

We’re visiting Germany again in March – who knows, we may have time to add this upgraded version to the bridge!

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Lovers’ Name a Star Gift
£29.99

I hadn’t realised The Man was so into space, stars and the like until he took me to the Royal Observatory as a surprise and proceeded to tell me everything there is to know about black holes, gaseous planets and the Meridian Line. I’ve found him something I think he will be so excited about – named two neighbouring stars after us!

You receive a framed certificate with both star names, unique database reference numbers, two star area co-ordinates sheets with your actual star’s location, and educational astronomy starter pack, with sky chart and star plotter to help you find your stars.

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The names are then recorded within the Intergalactic Star Database! Super exciting stuff. Oh, you also get two heart-shaped chocolates with this set – win for me.

I can’t wait to see his reaction!

The company behind these lovely presents is I Just Love It, whose main goal is hunting down new gift ideas and innovative ways to make something original, personal and beautiful.

You can buy these yourself from ijustloveit.co.uk. Check out their other bits and bobs too – some lovely stuff!