Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A Few Moments With: Touch of Belle // Interview #2

It's always great to come across and read a blog that is full of passion for all things beauty, lifestyle and fashion related. Having a passion for whatever it is you blog about is a definite must I think and this is definitely the case with Beauty blog Touch of Belle! With open and honest beauty reviews and useful 'How to' posts Gemma from Touch of Belle shares with us some of the beauty products she has been loving recently along with ones she whole-hardheartedly recommends.  To find out more, I decided to ask her a few questions! 

Hello! Could you tell us a bit about yourself? 
Hello I'm Gemma from Touch of Belle and I'm 16 Years young! I chat about beauty and everything in between on my blog and I love anything beauty, fashion and lifestyle related!

Tell us about why you first started blogging?  
I first started blogging so I could talk about things I love and getting to hear what other people thought of things. I'm so glad I started blogging as I don’t know what I would do without it!

What are your beauty product must have's? 
I love mascara so I would say mascara and lip balm! 

What are your favourite beauty brands and why? 
I love Maybelline, Bourjois and Rimmel because they are so affordable and they work just as well as expensive brands! 

Quick! You have less than 3minutes to do your make-up! What are your go-to products? 
My go to products are collection 2000 concealer, Bourjois 2 in 1 mascara, Rimmel wake me up foundation and Beauty UK blush and brush! 

What are your goals for your blog? 
I don’t have any real goals but I would say to enjoy myself and have fun and if I can brighten peoples days and show them new things then I'm happy! I love it when people leave lovely comments as I know its worth while! 

What do you enjoy most about blogging? 
I love meeting lovely new people and bloggers. I feel like part of a big family that looks out for one another I love getting to talk to other people I wouldn't normally get chance to talk to!

Where else to fine Touch of Belle:

I hope you guys liked my first interview in this series! If you'd like to be featured in an interview on my blog then let me know!
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Monday, 23 September 2013

Greatness // Morning Musings

'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant... gorgeous... talented?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone....' - Marianne Williamson (I may or may not have just watched Coach Carter for the 2847th time...)

I remember in second year of uni having one of those late night, deeper-than-the-ocean type conversations with some friends about the idea of greatness. Greatness. What even is that? And how do you achieve it? Is it being superior and having a natural ability to be better than others? If so how do you define that? Do you have to lead a country or sell out world tours in a matter of seconds? Well then what if you're not Barack Obama or Beyonce and you're just... you. Can you still be Great or achieve Greatness? Surely it doesn't have to be this grand, unattainable thing that is only in the reach of a select few. Greatness can be in everything that we do or anything that we achieve. There is greatness in life and in the simplicity of living. There is greatness in being who you are and going after what you want, whatever this may be.  Of course, there is greatness in the big victories of life, but there is also greatness in the small victories too.  Like standing up for yourself, taking a chance, saying no, saying yes, being the best daughter/son/mother/wife/father/friend that you can be, raising a kick-ass family, making a decision to try or setting yourself a goal and achieving it. Like whoever thought you could run that marathon, or stand up to your ex or learn a new language or set up your own business or get a flippin degree. Don't underestimate how epic these things are.

Greatness is not a gift just handed out to a couple of people throughout history and you don't have to look very far for it. It is consistent time, energy and effort on a certain thing or aspect of your life. It is acknowledging the good things about yourself and not feeling the need to dismiss them, casting them away like they're not important. Who told you that it wasn't important? That you're not important? 

Also, I'm starting an interview series on blog so if you would like to be featured then let me know!

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Friday, 20 September 2013

How I style // Red Dresses

You guys probably know by now that I love red dresses. I think they're so lovely and quite easy to wear as long as you keep the rest of the outfit minimal.  As red is pretty bold I usually go for black or, if your feeling bold, I think blue and red are two colours that match quite well. Anyway, I was asked to put together a sort of How I would Style / Wishlist post featuring some lovely dresses from New Look and thought it could give you guys some ideas too.

Office Wear, a.k.a I need to look smart but I still wanna stand out y'know what I'm saying?
In a New York Minute
Dress - New Look; here
Bag & Heels - Zara
Notebook - Topshop
Lipstick - Chanel Rouge (or just any red lipstick if you're a pauper like myself!)
I think this is my favourite look. I just love the simplicity of it as even though you've got the bold colour, everything else is left quite minimal which I like.

Day out, a.k.a I'm off to town for lunch with the girls
Red Dress - New Look; here
Boots & Hat - H&M
Sunglasses -Ray-Ban
Moustache notebook - Urban Outfitters

 I quite like this off the shoulder dress! I don't own any myself but I think it's quite playful and easy to layer up with a jacket of some sort. I also thought this hat would go nicely with this dress and complete the over-all look I was trying to go for which was 'oh hey, I'm just going to Paris for lunch with the girls...' or something to that effect ha!

Night out, a.k.a Time to hit the town oooooh yeahPaint the town red
Dress - New Look; here
Leather Jacket - River Island
Necklace: H&M
Boots - Zara (how gorgeous are they?!)
Lipstick - RiRi Woo
Bronzer/Blusher - Nars

 Lastly, I think a red dress is a must for a night out. Sure, you've got the LBD but what about the LRD? Eh? Eh? I guess it depends on where you're going but I think having a red dress in your wardrobe for a night out is just as important as having a black one. Teamed up with a leather jacket, black boots and a gold chain I think anyone could rock this!

What do you guys think?
Which looks are your favourite?
Check out some more red dresses over here

Also! I have been thinking of ways to expand my blog a bit and have decided to set up a blogger series and interview bloggers who would be interested to take part. I've got a couple lined up at the moment and some on my list of people to e-mail but if you are interested in an interview (just a couple of questions!) then feel free to send me an e-mail! It's open for any type of blog, small, medium or big, just as long as you've been blogging for a while (so there's enough content for me to do a write up/get to know the style of your blog etc). I just thought it would be something cool to add and showcase other blogs out there and get to know the blogger a bit more! Initially I'll aim to interview one blog a month buuuuut that will depend on how interested people are in it etc, what do you think? Check out one of my previous interviews here.

Check out my latest YouTube video on Comparing yourself to others HERE 

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