21 August 2014

Win A Years Supply Of Self Tan!

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A big giveaway for you lovely lot today. If you're a fake tan fan like me I'm giving one reader the chance to win a years supply of Bronze Ambition tan. There will be a mixture of shimmers, mattes, instant and gradual tans so something for every occasion. To enter simply fill out the form below. Good luck!

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- There will be one winner
- The giveaway will run from 21 August - 29 August
- Open internationally

p.s I've been short-listed in the Yahoo LFW competition, if you enjoy reading my blog you can vote for me to report live from London Fashion Week here :) thank you! 

20 August 2014

Help Me Get To LFW!

Wowsers. I'm a little speechless right now because I've just found out I've been shortlisted to report from London Fashion Week with Yahoo and Stila Cosmetics. It's so crazy as I entered on a whim thinking my little blog wouldn't be good enough to get through. I've never attending LFW before let alone report from it, I'm just a normal girl from a little town in Dorset. Before even seeing what fashion trends are going to be big for the upcoming season I always like to see what makeup/hair looks are going to be popular. To be given the opportunity to report from London Fashion Week with Yahoo next month would be a unbelievable dream come true.

If you want to help me get there you can vote for me here. I would like to thank you all for your support these past few years. If you have been following Make Me Up for a few weeks or a few years, thank you - It really means the world to me. 

19 August 2014

Barry M Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colour Review

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I quite like these liquid lipsticks which seem to be really popular at the minute. The newest ones come from Barry M in the form of the Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colour. They look very similar to the OCC Lip Tars without the hefty price tag. These are available in 7 different shades and each one offers an intense burst of colour.

I have the shades Diva - a deep burgundy shade, Chatterbox - a bright pink and Show Off - a warm coral-y pink.

You only need a tiny amount of product as a little goes along way. Because of the super pigmentation you really need a mirror to apply these and I found using a lip brush made application easier. The Barry M Loud Mouth Lip Colours are more pigmented than your standard lip gloss - I like to call these lip glosses for grown ups. The staying power is good, they do start to fade after a couple of hours. I'd wear one of these on a night out as they are very loud looking and not for the faint hearted, or for kissing.

Barry M Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colours are £3.99 for 10ml and available from Boots and Superdrug. 

p.s I've been short-listed in the Yahoo LFW competition, if you enjoy reading my blog you can vote for me to report live from London Fashion Week here :) thank you! 

18 August 2014

10 Ways To Get More Blog Comments

1. Comment on other similar blogs. Don't just leave 'nice post' comments, leave a good comment. Refer to a particular quote, ask a question or share your experience.
2. Respond to comments, this will help encourage conversation.
3. Remove word verification. It's just annoying and puts people off. If you want to stop spam comments you can moderate them. This option isn't ideal either but I have to do it as I get so many spam comments.
4. Ask a question at the end of your post.
5. Reward regular commenters by creating a blog roll of your favourite blogs and top commenters.
6. Respond to a comment by writing a post. Did someone ask you your thoughts on a product they saw in a beauty haul? Write a review for them instead of replying to the comment.
7. Leave comments on the blogs of your commenters.
8. If someone goes out of their way to write you a long, meaningful comment thank them by email.
9. Create content which evokes a response. Maybe you're talking about a sensitive or controversial topic which will make people share their thoughts.
10. For the last tip I want you to let me know what you do to help get more comments.

Other blogging tip posts you might find helpful:
22 Blog Post Ideas
Blogging Tips For New Bloggers

17 August 2014

The £5 Skincare Routine

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Skincare isn't something I really cared about up until a couple of years ago. I would usually scrimp on face wash and opt for face wipes so I could spend my money on more important things like Cosmopolitan and Topshop jeans. These days I'm obsessed with skincare and actually get excited about washing my face.

My current skincare routine:
AM- Eucerin Dermo Cleanser, La Roche Posay Eau Spring Water, L'oreal Skin Perfection Eye Cream, Avene Moisturiser.
PM- Eucerin Micellar Water, Eucerin Dermo Cleanser, No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, L'oreal Skin Perfection Eye Cream, Trilogy Rosehip Oil.
There are also some skincare products that I reach for less often such as my LUSH Mask of Magnanimity, Vichy Spot Gel, Jurlique Rose Water Mist and Botanics All Bright Facial Scrub.

Inspired by Annie's $3000 Skincare Routine post, I wanted to try something a little different. I gave myself a budget of £5 to get a whole new skincare routine. With that I headed off into town with a fiver in one hand and some self -doubt in the other.

Man, it was harder than I thought it would be. What was I thinking, a whole skincare routine for £5?

My first stop was trusty old Boots and to my joy a lot of their skincare products were on offer. Even so, I soon discovered I wouldn't be able to pick up any skincare 'treats'. I had to stick to the basics - cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Browsing the Time Delay stand (because it was half price) I came across the Time Delay Daily Brightening Toning Water (£2.24). This is toner/mild exfoliator in one. A possible drugstore dupe for the Clarins Exfoliating Toner? After using this for the past 3 weeks I have noticed my skin appears brighter and this has helped to even out my skintone. A definite repurchase for me.

With just £1 left to spend my thrifty feet went over to Savers. There wasn't a lot of choice when it came to moisturisers with SPF. I'll only wear moisturiser if it contains sun protection but there was nothing. However, I did come across this Nivea Soft Cream (£1.00) which is suitable for face, hands and body. Multi-tasking products are key when it comes to skincare on a budget. This moisturising cream has been my go-to day and night moisturiser. It's really hydrating, sinks in quickly and I love that Nivea scent - so comforting!

Last stop, cleanser. As the two previous product weren't specifically suited towards my skin type I wanted to pick up a cleanser designed for combination skin. Cuticura have just launched a skincare range targeted towards the three main skin concerns. I went for the Cuticura Shine Control Facial Cleanser (£1.79). My skin isn't very shiny but it is prone to breakouts. The wash is enriched with Zinc PCA and Cucumber Extract to combat oiliness. I wasn't a fan of the cucumber scent but this isn't a bad little cleanser. Doesn't foam up too much, removes makeup and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.

I really enjoyed doing this challenge over the past 3 weeks. I'm afraid the total of this routine is actually 3p over budget, whoops! Out of the 3 products I tried the Time Delay Toner was my favourite and i'll continue to use all of these. I have missed using a facial oil and my weekly face mask. I'm very confident that if you just doubled the budget to £10 you could get a selection of really great skincare products from the highstreet. 

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