MUA Cream Blush in Dolly

15 Jun

I’ve started branch out and start trying some different blushes, and when I saw this I though I’d give it a go as I remembered seeing lots of bloggers talking about them when they were first released.  I decided to try out the shade Dolly as it looks quite different from my other blushes.

MUA Blush Dolly

MUA Blush Dolly

The packaging is nothing fancy, just a plastic case with a clear flip top lid; but then at only £2 you can’t really be fussy about packaging can you?  I do like the fact the the lid is clear meaning that you can easily find it if it’s in with other products.  There are six other colours in the range, so although slightly limited there is a chance that there will be one that you like.

MUA Blush Dolly

Dolly is a gorgeous peachy colour.  I find that it looks darker in the packaging than it does when it’s applied.  I’m still relatively new to cream blushes (this is only the second that I’ve tried so far) and compared to the Revlon Cream Blush I find that it feels thinner and is a little easier to blend if your just using your fingers.  I find that it applies really well and can be built up of you want a more stand out look.

MUA Blush Dolly

Swatched and blended

I find that this blush last surprisingly well, especially considering the price, I find that it tends to last around 5 hours before you start to notice it fading.  I think it would last longer and have a more matte finish if you used on of MUA’s powder blushes on top – as they have corresponding powder blushes if you wish to do this.

Overall I really like this and will definitely be buying more from the MUA Cream Blush.  I’d really recommend them and being only £2 from Superdrug of the MUA website you can definitely afford to buy multiple 🙂

I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on these if you’ve tried them and any blusher recommendations you have!  I really don’t have that many, I mean 7 is not a lot right?

If you fancy winning an MUA cream blush in Dolly along with some other prizes; then check out my giveaway  – Obviously it’s not this one; it’s a nice new unopened one 🙂

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Two Year Blogiversary + Giveaway

11 Jun

I can’t believe Monday marked my 2 year blogiverary.  I found it so hard to believe that it was 2 years ago that I decided to start my little blog.  Blogging has been such a great experience for me so far and I love sharing my thoughts on beauty and fashion with you all.  It’s also allowed me to attend events and meet new people which I feel has increase my confidence 🙂 I really appreciate the time that everyone takes to read my posts and comment and I just want to say thank you so much.

I just want to say a massive thank you to all my lovely followers and have decided to do a little giveaway.  I wasn’t sure what to buy but I decided to stick with what I know I like and hopefully the winner will also love.  So here’s what you could win…

Giveaway

Giveaway

Giveaway

  • MUA Cream Blush in Dolly
  • Collecton Lasting Colour Gel Liner in Black
  • L’oreal Color Infaillible Eyeshadow in Endless Chocolat
  • Eylure Katy Perry Individual Lashes in Ka-Zaam
  • Collection Limited Edition Mardi Gras Lip Balm in Strawberry
  • Barry M Ultra Moisturizing Lip Paint in Vicious Violet (No 156)

This giveaway is open internationally but there are some rules so please read this before you enter;

  1. You must follow via Bloglovin.
  2. The giveaway will run for three weeks.
  3. If your country places extra tax on items I’m afraid that it’s the winners responsibility to pay this.
  4. The winner will be chosen using rafflecopter.
  5. The winner will be notified by email and the winner will have three working days to reply and accept their prize.  If no reply is received a new winner will be chosen.

Enter using the link below;

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1671592/

 

Thank you much for taking the time to read my blog; it really does mean a lot 🙂

Little Blogging Tips – Views and Followers

11 Jun

She's Looking at  the Stars Little Blogging Tips

Views and followers tend to grow gradually over time, although some blog may gain popularity quite quickly this tend to be only a select few so don’t worry if you feel your blog isn’t getting as many as others. Here are some of the things that you can do to get your blog noticed a little more…

 

  • Social Media – Make use of as many as you can! Most can be linked together so you can easily publish a status on multiple platforms in one go. Twitter and Instagram are definitely my favourite at the moment and are great ways to find new blogs and interesting posts. There are also ways of scheduling Tweets so that you can tell your followers about your new blog post without having to do it a few times a day. It’s called social for a reason so get chatting to other bloggers which leads nicely onto the next point.
  • Twitter chats – Make as much use of these as you can! I’m pretty sure that there is one for everything that you can think of but the most popular I know are; #bbloggers (beauty bloggers), #fbloggers (fashion bloggers) #lbloggers (lifestyle bloggers). You can obviously use the hashtag whenever but at certain times there will be a chat with an actual topic allowing you to share your opinions and chat with other likeminded bloggers. At the end of the chats everyone usually exchanges links allowing everyone to find new blogs.
  • Bloglovin – This is the most used platform for following blogs at the moment so make sure your blog has an account here so that people can follow your blog and like your posts (and obviously so you can follow your favourite bloggers too).
  • Advertising –Some bloggers that have a good following and number of page views per month offer advertising, usually via a button/banner displayed on their page that links to your blog. This is something that I’ve done a couple of times, and it did result in people coming to my blog via the link but I’m not sure if any followers I gained during these times were because they followed via the advertisement or if they found my blog another way. It’s definitely something to try and see for yourself if it benefits your blog. Most bloggers that offer advertising have reasonable prices and different packages (e.g different size of button displayed, #ff on Twitter, a mention on an advertiser post ect) and usually run for one month.
  • Don’t be one of those people – These are something’s that you shouldn’t do, follow other bloggers and expect them to follow back (and then unfollow when they don’t) or even worse leave a comment saying follow me and I’ll follow you back – most blogger hate this and will most likely just result in your comment being deleted. On Twitter chats at the end don’t just spam your link to everyone and not look at anyone else’s blog. Another thing that I’m not a fan of/I don’t think other people are either is blogs that are constantly doing giveaways (sometimes for no reason) in order to ‘buy’ followers – I’m not saying don’t ever have a giveaway, just limit them a little.

Just have fun with your blog if people can tell that you passionate about it and they enjoy your style of writing then they will come back and read your posts. Next week in my Little Blogging Tips series I’ll be talking about comments 🙂

Little Blogging Tips – Starting Up

3 Jun

She's Looking at  the Stars Little Blogging Tips

As you can probably tell from the title I decided to start a little series of blogging tip.  I am by no means saying that I’m an expert or anything, I’ve only been blogging for also two years now (time seems to fly by!) I just though that I’d put together some of what I’ve experienced into a few little posts to help others 🙂

 

  • Be yourself – I think that this is by far the most important; your blog should be for you.  Although it’s hard try not to compare yourself to other bloggers, especially ones who are well established.  Chances are your blog isn’t going to become the best blog within a day and your views and followers will grow slowly.  And I honestly think that the best way to get people to read your blog is to just be yourself and try to put your personality in to it.

 

  • Write what you want –  I’ve see a few blog tip posts saying write about one thing but to be honest  really think that you should write what you want; it’s your space on the internet and it’s up to you what you want to say!  Of course it’s nice if blogs have a common theme like beauty but that doesn’t have to be the one and only thing you talk about if you feel that you have something else to say 🙂

 

  • Don’t do it for free things! –  Something that I really dislike is when you see bloggers constantly asking for free things or asking other bloggers how they got a product for free.  If a company wants to work with you, most of the time they will contact you.  Sometimes companies will ask for bloggers to contact them on Twitter if they’re looking for products to be reviewed/publicized.  To me you should blog because you love it and you want to share your thoughts.  I started because I was reading blogs and thought I’d like to share my thoughts on beauty and fashion especially when my opinions were different from what I was reading; and so I started She’s Looking at the Stars.  I have been lucky enough to have receive a few products to review and I’m really gratefully for the opportunity – I always get really excited when this happens.  So if you only want free things then I wouldn’t recommend starting a blog because you probably won’t get anything straight way and if your only after free things then chances are you won’t want to put any effort in.

Anyway that’s the first in my series of Little Blogging Tips and the next post will focus on views and followers.  I really hope that you enjoyed the post and I’d love to know what you thought 🙂

Summer Beauty Blogger Swap Parcel

1 Jun

I actually meant to post this a few days ago; I thought that I’d scheduled but it turns out I didn’t.   Silly me!  Anyway I received my swap parcel from the lovely Becky over at Peacock Beauty; I really recommend that you check out her blog for amazing make-up looks and reviews.

Swap Parcel

I absolutely love everything that Becky was kind enough to send me and will definitely be talking about everything separately and it more detail.  Unfortunately one of the shadows in the Wet n Wild palette broke but I’ve managed to fix it 🙂

Covergirl Lash Blast

Covergirl Outlast Illumina in Moonlight Mauve

Covergirl Line Exact Eyeliner

Milani lipsticks in shades; Dulce Caramelo, Flamingo Pose, Flirty Fuchsia and Pink Love

Wet n Wild palettes in Comfort Zone and Petal Pusher

I just want to say a big thank you Becky to everyone who took part in the swap, I had a great time organizing it and can’t wait to hear how everyone got on!

Sleek Storm Palette

26 May

Uni exams are finally all over, meaning that I’ll be able to blog more often as I won’t have loads of deadlines.  Anway I’d seen this palette a few time on other blogs and instagram and when I saw it after an exam, I decided that it could be like a reward (Any excuse to justify buying more make-up!).

This has quickly become one of my favourite palettes at the moment.  Out of the 12 shades only 3 are matte, so if your not a fan of shimmery eyeshadow then this probably isn’t for you.   The packaging is like all the Sleek i-divine shadow palettes, black casing with 12 eyeshadows and a large mirror.  On the outer box it also has some tips which I think is quite a nice touch.

Sleek Storm PaletteSleek Storm Palette

Sleek Storm Palette

I think that the colours in this palette a gorgeous and you can definitely create so many different looks.  I love how they all have names, and they’re all after different types of storms.

Sleek Storm Palette

Sleek Storm Palette

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They are all highly pigmented which is great and a little goes along way.  I find that with primer they last about 6 hours before I start to notice a little creasing, but you can fix this by just blending it a little and it looks fine again.  As with all the Sleek palettes that I’ve tried so far I find that they all blend together beautifully and that there are so many looks that you can create using this palette.   I will definitely be posting some of the looks that I create with this palette soon, so keep a look out 🙂

Here are the 12 shades swatched (without primer);

Sleek Storm Palette

Top row of palette

Sleek Storm Palette

Bottom row of palette

Overall I love this palette and would definitely recommend it if your looking for a palette to create both day and night looks.  Sleek i-divine palettes can be found on the Sleek website and at Superdrug for £7.99.

Have you tried the Sleek Storm palette?  Did you like it or do you prefer one of the other palettes?

Marks And Spencer Limited Collection Butterfly Perfume

15 May

This post is a little different to my usual as it’s the first perfume review that I’ve done.  In the past I refrained from doing them simply because I find that things can smell a little different to different people.  But I decided that I needed to share this one with everyone 🙂

I don’t usually look in Marks and Spencer for perfume products just because I have a tendency to stick to the ones that I know I like, but I had heard that this was really nice so decided to give it a go.

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*Above image from Marks and Spencer website

Butterfly is part of the Limited Collection at Marks and Spencer; and this EDT came in three sizes, 10ml (£3.50), 25ml (£6.00) and 90ml (£12.00).  The 90ml bottle has a beautiful butterfly top which may remind you slightly of another high-end perfume?  I chose the 25ml bottle as I wanted to make sure I liked it and its a great size for putting in your bag.

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The fragrance has a scent of apples, cucumber, grapefruit, magnolia, rose and violets as well as having a base aromas of musk and amber.  I’m sure I’m not alone in not being able to smell every ingredient in perfumes; so to me it smells fruity and florally.  I definitely think that you can smell the apple in this and maybe the violets.  I find that the scent last around 5 hours before it may need to be sprayed again so you can smell it.  I think this is quite a good length of time and the size of the bottle is great for taking with you.  It is also BUAV approved meaning that it’s not tested on animals.

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This perfume has a nice light fragrance which I think would be great for the up coming summer days.  I have seen a number of people compare it to different perfumes and  to me it smell a bit like Daisy by Marc Jacobs.  I don’t think that it smells exactly like it but I do thing they are similar.  I think it might smell closer to Daisy Eau So Fresh – I can’t say for certain as I don’t own it myself but I have smelled it a few times.

I will definitely be back in Marks and Spencer soon to buy the bigger bottle and just keeping the smaller one in my bag.  I think this is perfect if you want a lovely smelling EDT without having a huge price tag.

Have you tried any Marks and Spencer perfumes/EDT?  What did you think?

*The picture from the 90ml bottle was from the Marks and Spencer website and can be found here.