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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

10 Things Fellow Beauty Bloggers Have Taught Me

10 Things Fellow Beauty Bloggers Have Taught Me

When I first started beauty blogging four years ago (time flies huh?), I never for one moment thought I'd be still blogging all these months later; nor did I think I would pick up a wealth of tips, tricks and advice. Beauty blogging has taught me more than any beauty book could, the magic of it all is that it free and often wrote in far easier to digest language - come 11pm I'm in no mood for flowery linguistic skills. I'll admit, that along the way I have forgotten who taught me what (sorry!) but to whoever it was, thank you. In the spirit of paying it forward let me share a few nuggets of beauty blogging inspired wisdom...

10 Things Fellow Beauty Bloggers Have Taught Me

- The MAC Back to MAC programme, before I was a beauty blogger I had no idea such concept existed. As little as a few years ago I was binning all my empty MAC products, unaware that if I saved up five depleted products, I would receive a brand new MAC lipstick of my choice. It was equal levels of elation (hello new lipstick) and annoyance (think of all those missed out free lipstick opportunities) on such day.

- A good few everyday beauty products can be used in place of an eyeshadow primer. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy and swear by Urban Decay Primer Potion as much as the next person but sometimes I forget to pack my trusty purple tube of primer. If caught short liquid or cream concealer can and will keep eyeshadow in place, as will a thin layer of foundation.

- Beauty products are often more multi-purpose than brands may let on - for instance powder face bronzer can double up as a great eyeshadow: be it to define the crease area, as a transitional shade or of course as an all over wash of colour. In the same light, some of the best grey toned powder contour powders I have stumbled across have been found within an eyeshadow palette.

- To further add to the above point, cream eyeshadows are so much more than a quick and easy eyeshadow option. Certain shades can not only be used as an eyeshadow base but also liquid eyeliner and in certain instances as cream blushes/bronzers and even a matte lipstick (do check it is lip safe before use).

10 Things Fellow Beauty Bloggers Have Taught Me

- Loose pigments may be messy but everyone should own a few, they can of course be used as a powder eyeshadow, blusher or general cheek product such as a blush, bronzer or highlighter. They can also be added to clear mascara to create your own brow gel or bold mascara, mix with Vaseline/lip balm for a custom lip shade. The can also be dabbed over any lipstick to create a bold matte lip, I like MAC Neon Orange pigment over red lipstick for the brightest, boldest red/orange shade imaginable.

- Creating your own gradual tanner is also fairly easy, simply blend a little tanning lotion or cream (avoid mousse formulas) into a body lotion and apply as normal. I find a 60:40 ratio (60% tanner:40% moisturiser) works best, this way you get both a hit of bronze and plenty of additional moisture for your body - a great way to use up all your Summer self tanners come the colder seasons and of course perk up a pale complexion.

- Powder foundations are great for disguising redness or visible veins on the eyelids, especially if you are seeking to create a minimal beauty look. Unlike traditional powder eyeshadows they offer more coverage without a heavy sensation.

- The double cleanse; where would we be without the double cleanse? My pores would be a lot more clogged and my skin would probably be in dire straights, that's for sure. I will admit that I don't properly double cleanse i.e using an oil based cleanser and then a water cleanser. Rather I wash my face twice with the same balm cleanser to ensure every scrap of make up and general grime is removed. I do tend to reserve such method for days/evenings in which I wear heavy foundation/make up.

- Sleep in your dry shampoo rather than applying it in the AM, tossing and turning in your sleep will not only ensure that every trace of dry shampoo is absorbed (goodbye residue) but will also create natural volume. It truly revolutionised dry shampoo for me.

10 Things Fellow Beauty Bloggers Have Taught Me

I can also thank the internet for turning me on to the wonders that are Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera gel and dry brushing, along with enabling of Etsy purchases and so much more.

What is the best tip/piece of advice you have learnt courtesy of a beauty blogger?



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36 comments:

  1. I've definitely learnt a ton from beauty bloggers and I dread to think what my makeup/skin would look like without the wealth of knowledge shared by these lovely lovely people. One of the best things I've learnt is to use a flannel to remove cleanser, not cotton wool pads!

    Beth || babbleswithbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Oh wow I had no idea about the dry shampoo trick hehe thanks for these lovely tips

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. Me neither, I will be trying that in future!

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    2. Neither did I! Sounds so useful!
      Inma x | sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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  3. This is such a great post! I love the idea of creating your own self tanner. I've never really thought about it before but it's so easily done and you can mix your favourite products. xx

    unicornlashes.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I would have never of thought to apply dry shampoo at night! Such great tips thank you for sharing :) x
    www.thehungrylittlelady.co.uk

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  5. Double cleansing is definitely one I heard through blogs and YouTube!

    The Removers: A Memoir

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  6. I've learnt all these tips from bloggers too! I think one of the most interesting things I've learnt is that so many products are multi use and don't just need to be used as an eyeshadow or bronzer or whatever!

    Emily xwww.emandthem.co.uk


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  7. Ooooh I never thought of the dry shampoo at night! Must try!
    Shivon www.shivonmakeupbiz.com xx

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  8. Great tips from the bloggers community! I personally love cream eyeshadows, I find they last so much longer!

    http://www.abigailalicex.com/

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  9. I always mean to dry shampoo before bed but never remember... I guess it's one of those things that I just need to get into my routine somewhere!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I learnt most of what I know today from fellow bloggers! Great post, there's nobody better to learn from!

    lushivity.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  11. I surely learned a few things thanks to your tips, thank you for sharing! xx

    Rose
    http://www.lepetitrianon.co.uk/

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  12. Great tips - I'm definitely going to try applying dry shampoo the night before!
    Philippa - ByPhilippa

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  13. I've only been blogging since December 2014 but I have learnt so much, a lot of the things you listed I've learnt along the way. I never realised how much more there was to the beauty world! :)

    Charlotte ~ http://allthingsmakeupbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. These are all wonderful tips and tricks, especially the last one about dry shampoo- I had never heard of it! Thank you for posting this. I've been blogging for maybe about three years but it has also brought me so much! XOXO Emma
    canvas-of-a-face.blogspot.com

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  15. Using dry shampoo before I go to bed is my favourite beauty trick, it's made my hair look so much better on those days when it probably should be washed. This was a really great informative post :)

    Megan x / http://megaanalicec.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Ahh I love this post (and will definitely be trying that dry shampoo trick). I learned about applying powder BEFORE foundation from a beauty blog, and every now and then I do this to combat oiliness :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

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  17. Wow I had no idea about the dry shampoo thing, thanks for mentioning it. I will have to try it out next time :)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

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  18. Thank you so much for making me aware of the 'Back to MAC' scheme! I've never heard of this before! I have only really got into MAC recently, and have accumulated a little collection of products which I use religiously, so this sounds fab xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  19. Awesome tips as usual! I have always used vaseline or Trilogy's Everything Balm as a highlighter on my cheekbones, especially in Winter. When your skin is parched for moisture, it helps to bump up the hydration by dabbing a little balmy solution around the orbital bone, as well as to create that sheen of course :)

    https://beautynrepeat.wordpress.com/

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  20. Awesome tips as usual! I have always used vaseline or Trilogy's Everything Balm as a highlighter on my cheekbones, especially in Winter. When your skin is parched for moisture, it helps to bump up the hydration by dabbing a little balmy solution around the orbital bone, as well as to create that sheen of course :)

    https://beautynrepeat.wordpress.com/

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  21. I've never heard of the dry shampoo trick, I'll definitely have to try that!

    bigfluffycats.blogspot.com

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  22. I have learnt pretty much everything from beauty bloggers. This time last year I never wore makeup. Yup.. ever. I did own a 10 year old makeup bag that I lost, but nothing. So everything I know now is down to bloglovin and youtube. Pretty good i'd say!

    http://www.makeerinover.blogspot.com

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  23. I didn't know about making your own gradual tanner, I will have to try it with all the tanning lotions I have laying around. Great round up!

    https://beautifulbeakers.wordpress.com/

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  24. Oooh I've never thought about sleeping in dry shampoo before.. deffo going to have to give that go!

    // Oh Dollymix

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  25. Lovely post! I've recently been experimenting with how to multi-use the products I already have!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  26. Great tips, I'm definitely going to try the dry shampoo trick!
    Fairybumpkin.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Oh, thank you so much! I have to try the dry shampoo tip, I always end up with crazy amounts of white residue and have to wash my hair after anyway :( x

    http://www.dulcedemango.com/

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  28. Great post! Cool tips! I love dry shampoo tip. I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    www.styleroundtheclock.com

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  29. These are really good tips! I'll probably be trying a whole bunch of them! Thank you for this post!
    Dina // Love Letters and Lace

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  30. Thanks for this, I had no idea about the MAC Back to MAC program, nor did I ever think to use foundation as an eyeshadow primer.

    iamkelskels.blogspot.com

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  31. The dry shampoo trick is just what I needed. I tried it a few days back and oh my, so helpful! Loved this informative post!

    Much love xo
    stainedvanity.wordpress.com

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  32. i completely agree about the sleeping in dry shampoo trick, i always do it!
    Lillies and Lipbalm
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  33. I love the dry shampoo at night trick, definitely trying it out tonight! Thanks for the fab tips xx

    Ciara Rose | AllureImpassionedGoddess

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  34. I totally love Your idea with multitasking face products for eye make-up :) great idea especially for traveling :) my best-loved tips are: using bad hair conditioner as a shaving cream (it's cheap, easy to apply and wash off and always in your bathroom) and starting my make-up routine with putting lip balm - at the end of my make-up my lips are soft, moisturized and ready for lipstick (it works wonders when you're using matte drying lipstick) :)

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