#socialbloggers,  beauty

Bloggers Favourites +#socialbloggers 2 – Monetizing


The lovely Gemma from Cream Tea and Rose Jam organised a wonderful collaboration between 9 bloggers. The topic was simple – to write a paragraph about your favourite high street beauty product. 

When I saw Gemma’s post on Blogger Forums asking for some volunteers, I jumped at the chance to try something new like this.

So, here you have it, a collection of beauty products recommended by bloggers:

Lisa from  Lisa’s Beauty Street:

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation has been my latest new-found, favourite make up product. It has a great consistency making it perfectly blendable and buildable to cover those acne scars/blemishes and imperfections for flawless looking skin. It has a pump attached to it so it doesn’t get messy on application! This foundation has been a saviour for me when my skin has flared up as it gives really good coverage. What also makes this foundation so appealing for me, is that it is only £9.99 (purchased from Boots) making it easily affordable on anybodies budget and worth every single penny! 

August from Loving Life:

Choosing my favourite drugstore product has got to be one of the hardest decisions to make as a beauty blogger but gun to my head, I’ll have to say MUA’s Undress Me Too Palette. This costs £4 and is a great dupe to Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette which as a student is great to know as I love to save money where I can. I don’t wear eyeshadow every day but I love this palette as it can be used to create everyday looks for when I feel like making a bit more effort. It can also be used to create elaborate effects for bigger events. It’s also great for the good old smoky eye.

Jenn from Photo -Jenn- ic:

I love painting my nails, I find it therapeutic to do them myself and I’ve never even set foot in a nail salon. I change my nail colour a couple of times a week and like to experiment a bit. I have a 1 year old so I don’t have time to do too much which is why my favourite product is the Barry M nail art pen. It’s so simple to create designs without too much trouble at all. Just the right amount of polish comes out and it feels like a felt tip pen so I find it a breeze to make my nails a bit more interesting with polka dots or stripes. For £4.99 you can’t go wrong in my opinion!

Aimee from Amiee Loves:
Soap &Glory One Heck of a Blot-£12
As a girl with combination skin, I have to carry a powder around with me for any touch ups. This translucent offering from Soap & Glory has fast become my go to powder. It doesn’t add any extra colour or coverage so it is perfect for a natural everyday look. I have tried so many powders, drugstore and high end, but this has been my favourite by far. The price tag is a bit high for a drugstore product, but considering the quality, I am more than happy to pay it. I also use it to set my make up every morning, I couldn’t ask for any more! 

Mia from Mia Sometimes:

I love Barry M nail polish, they stay on with no chips for really long and they have the best colours. However, I knew Barry M did other cosmetics too so I decided I wanted to try something different. I ended buying the Barry M Cosmetics shade 53 Lip Paint. It is the best lipstick I have ever used because its really moisturising and fairly small so you can take it around to places. It is a coral colour so it can be worn on any occasion or at any time of the day.

Alley from AlleyHope:
I’m a bit of an eyeliner addict and for long lasting pencil eyeliners, Urban Decay cannot be beaten. The 24/7 Glide-On Pencils are the stuff dreams are made of. Y’know, if your dreams consist of perfect, tear-proof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof eye looks. Creamy, pigmented and available in a huge range of colours, these pencils be used to create precise, clean lines or smoked out sexiness and yes, they stay put on the waterline. My favourites are ‘Perversion’ – the blackest of blacks ‘Whiskey’ and ‘Bourbon’ – no, I don’t have a drinking problem, they are both beautiful rich browns that really make blue eyes pop.

When faced with the challenge of choosing my all time favourite drugstore product, I immediately thought of my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. As soon as I’m nearing my last drop, I rush out and grab another for a bargaineous £4.19. It’s cheap, but not so cheap that the quality is compromised and the creamy formula and light reflecting qualities make it a fab undereye colour corrector. I think every girl needs one of these inconspicuous little tubes stashed in her bag and car. And at under a fiver, you can afford to!

Corinne from skinnedcartree:
I’m sure it’s not a surprise to find a Naked palette amongst this post – but I cannot rate this product highly though. I’ve used this 5-6 times a week for over a year and there is still tonnes of use out of it. You can create so many different looks and I cannot wait to get my hands on the Naked 3. £35 sounds like a lot of money for eye shadow, but for something you’re going to be able to use every day for over a year, it’s not a lot at all. The quality of the makeup is still as fresh as the day I bought it and I’ve never felt excited over a product before, but I’ve recommended this to most of my friends. 

Beth from Beth Tinkerbell:
My favourite drugstore product has to be my Maybelline Fit Me foundation. I purchased it on a whim from Fragrance Direct and have never looked back. I am currently on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my pale skin, now this isn’t perfect but it’s the best one i’ve found so far. In shade 110 it’s a little pale but I can soon warm it up with a spot of bronzer and powder. It offers a nice light coverage which makes it ideal for everyday wear, the only issue I have is that it’s a liquid foundation without a pump, and as you know they can get a little messy. I paid the bargain price of £3.50 for it but even in Boots and Superdrug it retails for a great price of £7.99. 

Have you tried any of these? 
What’s your favourite high street beauty product?

Last night was the second twitter chat #socialbloggers hosted by myself and Noor. Here’s recap of some of my favourite tweets if you couldn’t make it!

Q1 : What do you think of blog monetizing? Is it good or bad? @noorslense #socialbloggers
— Corinne (@bloggerforums) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense monetizing in itself is fine but when a blog is clogged up with ads that slow everything down, ergh
— Vanity Undone (@vanityundone) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense Nothing wrong with it if written well and done according to regulation ie disclosure w/ spon con #socialbloggers
— six out of ten mag (@sixoutoftenmag) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @AnoushkaLoves @NoorsLense Totally. Sometimes it seems like I’m digging through the ads to find the real person underneath.
— ? Melissa ? (@Freshfaced_F) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense I agree with @AnoushkaLoves. It’s sad when bloggers begin to get carried away with it. #socialbloggers
— Somdyuti Datta Ray (@ashleysteve17) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @AnoushkaLoves @NoorsLense Totally. Sometimes it seems like I’m digging through the ads to find the real person underneath.
— ? Melissa ? (@Freshfaced_F) February 8, 2014

As long as you are putting up quality content that you are happy with, then making a little money from your blog isn’t bad #socialbloggers
— Sincerely, nicole (@sincerelyNcl) February 8, 2014

#socialbloggers Any money I make from my blog goes back into my blog, usually into giveaway prizes, or into my design.
— Beth (@BethTinkerbell) February 8, 2014

@AYankinBlighty @NoorsLense I’ve turned sponsored posts down before as I didn’t feel they fit my style and blog.
— Gingey Bites (@Gingeybites) February 8, 2014

I ALWAYS disclose if I’ve been sent a product for review by a company – whether it’s paid OR just a freebie #SocialBloggers
— Joiee Birch (@mrjoieebirch) February 8, 2014

@Jo_Bryan @bloggerforums the relevancy with blog is the main point. Unless , it doesn’t work out #socialbloggers
— Noor Unnahar (@NoorsLense) February 8, 2014

Q2 : In what ways have you (or would you) monetized your blog? @noorslense #socialbloggers
— Corinne (@bloggerforums) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense all I’ve done is Adsense. Haven’t made anything payable yet #socialbloggers
— A Yank in Blighty (@AYankinBlighty) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense I use Skimlinks, affiliate programs and Adsense mainly #socialbloggers
— Hello Pretty Bird! (@RebeccaBBird) February 8, 2014

Q3 : How ‘big’ do you think a blog should be before attempting to monetize? @noorslense #socialboggers
— Corinne (@bloggerforums) February 8, 2014

@bloggerforums I think you should have a good amount of pageviews and REAL readers #socialbloggers
— Noor Unnahar (@NoorsLense) February 8, 2014

#socialbloggers probably one of the most interactive blogging I have been to! loving it
— Anu (@visceralmaze) February 8, 2014

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