Friday, 22 August 2014

I've somehow managed to keep this to myself for many months. After trying this new Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt scent months ago, I literally wanted to rave about it straight away, but as it was a September launch I didn't want to tease you too early. Now that the launch is just around the corner, be prepared for a rave about my new favourite scent...

Let's start with the inspiration behind the new collection, the British Seaside. I think for anyone living in the UK, the seaside brings up so many lovely memories, whether it was that one time visit or a childhood filled with memories. The smell, the sounds, the view... beautiful. The imagery for this campaign is spot on, the styling and the makeup is so pretty it just makes me want to run along a beach in a cashmere cardigan (one can dream!). 

Somehow Jo Malone have managed to bottle the British Seaside and create something so fresh and tangible. It has a slight saltiness to it with woody undertones that makes it unique. It's the perfect everyday scent, not too in your face, slightly masculine but also light. 

I'm almost a quarter way through my bottle so I'm not lying when I say I love it and it's become my new favourite scent. It'll be on counters and online in September so I'd recommend going to try it out for yourself. Remember to always test it on your skin as it will smell different on everyone! 

Have I tempted you? 
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Last week started slow with little motivation to get up, work out and work but by the end of the week I got my mojo back. Spending time with friends, eating good food and dancing away at Festivals is the best remedy for the post-holiday blues!! 

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There are new blogs and YouTube channels starting every day and it's a really exciting time for our growing little industry. I often get emails and tweets asking for my tips and so I thought it would be handy to put them all in once place, as I have posted some previously. 

Let's start with the basics, How to start a beauty blog, this post should help you decide where to host your blog, how to design it, what tools you might need, where to focus your time and how to get the word out there.

I also created a 6-part video series with AnnaA guide to Blogging & Vlogging, which will guide you through pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to setting up a blog or YouTube channel. Three videos dedicated to blogging and three to YouTube. Grab a cup of tea, a notepad and pen...

This post, Blog Photography Tips, might be handy when it comes to the basics of taking photos of products. Where to put the light, where to place the product and how to make your photos look as good as you can make them! Practice makes perfect.

If you struggle with beautiful interiors and places to photograph there are ways around this and one is by creating different backgrounds yourself. This post, Blog Photography: Working with Backgroundstells you how I like to do this. 

So hopefully that'll help you get started. Let me know if you have any other questions that I can address in future posts! 
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

As my Mani Month series comes to an end, let's talk a bit more about Max Factor's 100 Years of Glamour celebrations. As mentioned before it has been 100 years since Mr Max Factor himself launched Grease Paint Foundation, so this year Max Factor are celebrating by releasing new iconic imagery of Gwyneth Paltrow looks through the decades. There are four iconic looks, Audrey Hepburn from the 50s, Brigitte Bardot of the 60s, Farrah Fawcett of the 70s and Madonna from the 80s. 

I picked my favourite, Farrah Fawcett to recreate at home because I love the tanned, brown smokey and sultry look. Caroline Barnes, Max Factor makeup artist gave me some top tips for recreating the look at home. The key elements to creating this look was flawless skin using the unique texture of the Whipped Creme Foundation in 'golden', the intense bronzed cheeks and temples using the Bronzing Powder in '02' and the glossy lips using the Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in 'hot chocolate'. I also found the Liquid Effect Pencil in 'brown blaze' really good for intensifying the eye look on the outer corners. Farrah's 70s look also includes brushed up, groomed brows and heavy lashes which I achieved by using the False Lash Effect Mascara. 

"Max Factor has taken it's creative inspiration, Gwyneth Paltrow, and used make-up to transform her into glamorous heroines from varying decades. For me, Farrah Fawcett from the seventies appeals to me the most." - Caroline Barnes, Make-Up Artist

Anna channeled her inner Audrey Hepburn on Saturday, so the question is, which Gwyneth are you? Comment down below or tweet me @lilypebbles to let me know! 

Products used:
Whipped Creme Foundation in 'golden' // Bronzing powder in '02' // Blush in 'classic rose' // Wild Shadow Pots in 'feral brown', 'savage rose' and 'auburn envy' // Liquid Effect Pencil in 'brown blaze' // False Lash Effect Mascara // CC Highlighter // Colour Elixir in 'hot chocolate' 

*This post was sponsored by Max Factor
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Please excuse the slightly later upload today - but let me know how you feel about evening video uploads? 

For today's Tuesday video I'm talking about the ones that didn't quite make the cut. There's bound to be products that don't impress, so here they are all laid out in video form. Hopefully this will help you but remember that just because I don't like a product, doesn't mean you won't.

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