Goodbye 2016

Wednesday, 28 December 2016
We've reached the last post of the year so it's time for me resolutions, blog goals and of course that all important spending ban.

Frosty morning

First off I want to thank all of you who have supported and read MissCosmeticBlogger this year, it means the world to me to know that people actually care what I'm writing about. I know my content in the later half of the year wasn't my best, but next year I promise to come back fighting. Also I've been quite lucky this year to get to work with a few companies which is such an achievement for my little corner of the Internet and I hope to work with more next year too. 


My goals for 2016 are:

  1. Reach 1000 Bloglovin' followers - I know I'm not too far away right now but I find it really difficult to grow on Bloglovin' at the moment.
     
  2. Reach 2000 Twitter followers - It's my aim to take part in at least one Twitter chat a week from next year as it's the best way to make blogging friends.
     
  3. Reach 1000 Instagram followers - ah the most fickle of platforms understandably takes the longest to grow but I'm getting there, slowly but surely.
     
  4. Start YouTube - I'm pretty sure this was on the list last year but this time I actually am ready (I think,) I have a decent camera and a few ideas. I'm set to start over summer I think, after exams just before and into Uni.

Now is the bit I wish I didn't have to do but I spent a lot at the end of this year and so I am on a spending ban, all the way until March which is an excruciatingly long time. However, it does mean I will have to be creative with my blog posts which I think is quite a good thing. Also while my spending ban goes on I will be creating my own 52 week saving challenge, if you'd like a post on how I intend to do it just let me know! Goodbye 2016 and make sure you have an amazing new year!

SensatioNail Gel to Polish Kit*

Wednesday, 14 December 2016
You're looking for a last minute gift, you want something innovative, different and unique? Well I think I might have just the thing: The SensatioNail Gel to Polish Kit* I was sent this a few months ago and I already had the normal kit they do but just had to try turning my favourite polishes into gel. 

Sensationail Gel to Polish

The normal kits come with a SensatioNail gel polish, I got the french manicure one which came with both white and pink polish. Since then I have purchased other brands UV gel polish of Amazon to use which work amazingly. The thing is that now I have the option to do gel nails, why would I use my normal nail polishes which don't last as long (the gel kit lasts up to two weeks!) This new kit in effect completely saves all my polishes which were being neglected which is perfect for the polish lover who hates a chipped mani!

Sensationail Gel to Polish

Above is everything in the kit (minus the NailsInc and rose gold polish.) The UV lamp, gel primer, gel cleanser, polish to gel solution, lint free pads, a nail file and cuticle stick. The lamp isn't huge which means you could easily take it on holiday with you if you like to switch up your polish a lot. 


The way in which the gel to polish element works is varied. SensatioNail give two ways to do it.

  1. Use the Gel to Polish solution as a sealer.
    This way doesn't last as long but if you can't get the hang of the other method this is one to try. First a base of gel to polish, then apply the polish of your choice and wait to dry, then finally seal it with the gel to polish.
  2. Mix it up!
    The way to longest lasting nail polish possible. Take two parts gel to polish and mix one part normal nail polish. After one coat of gel to polish apply your mix in thin layers until it's opaque enough, then seal with gel to polish.

I'll be honest the process takes a while the first couple of times but once you get used to it you can do your nails in probably around 20 minutes. Now this may be longer than it usually takes you to do your nails but they should last a lot longer than usual nail polish.


It's not the cheapest set, it can be anywhere between £50 and £35 depending where you go. I would always check Boots and the SensatioNail website as they always seem to have deals on if you're thinking of getting a kit!


Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...

Christmas Wishlist

Saturday, 10 December 2016
It's that time again: wishlist time, as it is only a mere two weeks ish until Christmas! I also thought I'd give you a little heads up that over the next few weeks, until the new year, MissCosmeticBlogger will only be having one post a week as I'm rather busy at the moment. But don't worry, when the new year dawns it's going to be a New Year: New Blog type thing. Better photos, better content and a happier Beth. But here's anyway here's the wishlist...

Christmas Wishlist

First up is the Giorgio Armarni Si giftset from Boots. I love the smell of this, my mum got it years ago and usually we have a completely different taste but it's not the case with this one. I adore it and had to make a point of not 'borrowing' it from her when she had it. The Yankee Candle in Sugared Apple is my favourite Christmas scent ever. I find that a lot of Christmas candles are full of spice or alcoholic and I don't like those smells, I'm especially not a fan of cinnamon. So this candle is perfect for me, it smells of sweet apples like the name would suggest and as with all Yankee Candles the scents fill the room. Clinique are doing an amazing giftset which includes my favourite ever moisturiser: moisture surge, but it's so expensive on its own, but the gifset is only £2 more than it usually is. There had to be some makeup on there of course and the Benefit Girls Gone Wow giftset was the best in my opinion; full size POREfessional, Gimmie Brow and They're Real plus a mini They're Real lash primer and PosieTint isn't to be sniffed at. Of course there has to be a LUSH giftset on the list and this year it is Under The Mistletoe. This contains everything I want to try, and some bits I've already picked up but would like duplicates of... It has: Fairy Dust, Rub Rub Rub, Shooting Star Soap, Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub, Snow Fairy Body Conditioner and finally the exclusive Twilight Shower Gel. It's jam packed with amazing bits and my fingers are well and truly crossed for that one. The final item on my wishlist is skincare as in the new year I really want to clean up my skin. I fell in love with Origins skincare in the summer and it is working for my skin very well at the moment so I'd love to try their Superstars kit before I decide to buy the full sizes.


So there's my wishlist for this year, well the beauty bits anyway. Not long till the big day now, I hope you're enjoying the run up to Christmas!

I NEED YOU!

Thursday, 8 December 2016
I need you and no this is not a drill. I need your help and I promise it will only take you a minute to help a sister out!
I NEED YOU
I'll keep this short: a couple of months ago I sat down and wrote a 500 word story for a competition and recently I got shortlisted! (I'm very excited.) Now this next bit is where I need your help. There are two rounds: judges picks and most popular. For most popular you need the most hearts on your story, at the moment I have 10 and the one with the most has 78. So I would be so grateful if you would follow the link below, click the little heart and be on your merry way. It's that simple no sign up no nothing. Click the heart and you're done. 


P.S If you're feeling super lovely please tweet out this post or retweet my pinned tweet as I worked so hard on my story and would love the opportunity to win, especially with your help!

Thank you so much if you click the love heart, you're really making my day!