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The Blogger Tag

I'll be honest, I don't do tags too often and I'm not sure I've done one for months so when I was tagged by the lovely Cassie from ZombieGoddess (check her blog out,) I had to do it as I loved the questions. So I hope you enjoy the change on the blog, back to the usual makeuppy business next post!

The Blogger Tag

1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog all the way back in 2012 because I loved YouTube. You might be wondering why I didn't start YT, that's because I didn't have a good enough camera nor did I have the thick enough skin to deal with my classmates jibes. 

2. Why did you start blogging?
Really it's because I loved YT tutorials but couldn't start YT so I did the next best thing in my opinion and started my blog.

3. Where did your blog name come from?
I really loved MsBudgetBeauty at the time and knew I wanted to focus on makeup and synonyms took me to cosmetics. And here we are!

4. What do you blog about?
Makeup! My first love, mainly makeup anyway. You'll see a few other features from time to time a bit of lifestyle, rarely fashion though as I can't pose for anything.

5. What is the first blog you started following?
Probably MissBudgetBeauty, as I found her on YT to start with and ended up discovering the world of blogging.

6. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the community, the new friends you make and finding a common interest that no one else I know really shares.

7. What do you find is the toughest thing about blogging?
Comparing yourself to others definitely. When I first started hardly anyone was blogging as a full time job so stats didn't matter. Then as my blog progressed I started to notice a change where people were getting PR samples etc and began comparing myself. This year however, I've turned a new leaf and I have removed my stats from visible view so they don't affect me as much.

8. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
Fake bloggers (you know the type: 400 accounts and fake trips) and also people who think blogging is easy. I'd love them to try writing one post and seeing how much work it actually is.

9. What camera and photo editing software do you use?
I used my Canon 700d and edit photos on PicMonkey, the free version.

10. What is you dream campaign?
That's a difficult one, probably Benefit or a brand like Tarte who I have been unable to try anything from as of yet.

11.  How do you come up with posts ideas?
I work on the basis that if I'd want to read it then I'll write it. Swatch posts, reviews etc, they're my favourites.

12. How do you stay motivated to keep writing?
I just think about the fact that I could be helping people decide whether to get a product and that I love blogging so I motivate myself.

13. What are your blogging goals for the next year?
I would like to branch out into YT, and feature my face on the blog more. Not to mention up my photography, it's so much harder than you'd expect.

14. What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Don't give up... Ever! Stats mean nothing, you should blog because you love it, anything else is just a bonus.

15. Lastly, Recommend 5 Bloggers for anyone reading this to check out. 
I'm going to have to say Amy from Salt and Chic, Cole from ColeoftheBall, Charlene (who also runs BeeChat), Chloe from Chloehxx and finally Rhianna from Robowecop.

I hope you enjoyed the tag, if you decide to recreate it leave me a link!

Beth x

Shopping My Sample Stash!

I have quite a substantial number of sample size products, many that I don't use and say I'm keeping for a rainy day or holiday away. As a holiday away seems pretty unlikely at the moment, in today's post I decided that I would try to do a whole face only using sample sized products.

Sample Size Face of Makeup

Above you can see all of the samples I used for a full face. First up I decided I would use the Benefit Triple Emulsion moisturiser to prepare my face for makeup, it creates a lovely base especially when my skin is t its driest. I thought I'd use the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer because sometimes it is good to glow. Now that small Lancome tub actually contains a sample of the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 0.5, the lady at my counter didn't have an Urban Decay pot. But anyway I used a beauty blender to apply this and I've found you have to be careful which primer you use as it did not sit well with Benefit's POREfessional, if I remember rightly she said the foundation is water based so can slip off. My brows only needed a small amount of taming which Benefit's Gimmie Brow did perfectly, I finally got round to plucking my brows so brow mascaras are now my best friends! A quick flick of the Kat von D Ink Liner in Trooper, (I say quick, we all know it takes about five attempts and clean ups,) and a slick of Eyeko's Black Magic Mascara. I dusted the rather cute Too Faced blush over my cheeks using my RealTechniques blush brush and added Highbeam on my nose, cheekbones and brow bone, (I was certainly glowing!) To finish I used NARS' Orgasm lip gloss to add a little sheen. 

Overall, the finished look was quite glowy I'll admit. However, I did like it and it was definitely more travel friendly than my usual routine. I would definitely consider taking a selection like this if I was travelling, I just like my home comforts, (aka massively long makeup routine!)

Beth x

Create a Makeup Palette (Without the MAC Price Tag!)

I love my MAC palette, however I do not love its price: £10 a shadow is not particularly friendly to your bank balance. My quad is currently sat with only three shades but I can't currently justify buying another! Luckily though, there is a solution to this in the form of Makeup Obsession, a budget friendly, customisable palette system.

Makeup Obsession Palette

The way this works is you first buy a palette to fill. They come in numerous finishes and capacities, I chose a 6 as otherwise I could just keep spending more and more on the shade range. Currently you can choose to fill your palette with eyeshadows, cream and powder highlighters, contour and blush shades. I have seen on their Instagram that there may be some brow powders and lipsticks on the way which is quite exciting. The eyeshadow pans are a lovely £2 which you can definitely justify when you see how they swatch. The contour, blush and highlight shades are slightly more at £3 a piece but it's not going to hurt your bank balance particularly much. 

Makeup Obsession Palette

My palette so far cost me £8 for shades and £6 for the palette. I chose the highlighter in Bare as I love bright inner corner shades to really open my eyes. It also will definitely work as a cheekbone highlight as it glows especially on pale skin. The stunning purple shade you see was definitely an impulse buy... I mean just look at it! It's called New York and I don't have another purple like it. Apparently purple shadows are notoriously difficult to formulate but Makeup Obsession were right on the money with this one. Finally after my fun colours I wanted something sensible, a classic transitioning matte brown so I chose Bourbon Brown, it isn't as fun as New York but it's definitely functional.

Just look at the pigmentation in those shades, especially that highlighter. It's just dreamy really and it is going to be used to death, I might have to pick up a backup so I can always have it with me! There's no doubt that I'll be back to finish this palette and then create another face and brows one, I might even do a giveaway with one as they're just amazing really. Let me know if you have any favourite shades as I just don't know which to get yet!

Beth x