About My Divorce

Unable to cope with the immenseness of it all I have tried to ignore it, bury my head in the sand and distract myself by staring for hours on end at the pattern on my duvet. I feel neglected.

Dave is going; that is for certain and I haven’t seen Boris for days. Even the girls I thought I could rely on have been noticeable by the distance I feel between us. Theresa and Andrea seem to have been so embroiled in their own contretemps they have had little time for me. Perhaps now Angela is splitting from Jeremy with what seems like deep acrimony, she and I might find something in common.

Family problem

For the time being the only person I seem to be able to rely on is that nice man at the bank, Mark, I think he’s called. Maybe it’s time to see him again, although I know he’ll only tell me that times are going to be tough and I have to cut back.

How did I ever get into this mess in the first place? It’s not my fault. Now I’m not so angry, I just feel sad for what might have been, what we had and what we’ve lost. I think I’ll go and take another look at the pattern on that duvet.

LoveMeBeauty – Giveaway!

Dear Readers – get that reference and win a prize! – it’s my BIRTHDAY shortly but this post is completely unrelated to that.  Rest assured I have been very much in the birthday spirit of late and spending like someone will take all of my money away if I leave it in my account for too long so you can expect a post on my recent online splurges very soon. Anyway.. Here’s what I got in my January box!

Weleda Sea Buckhorn Hand Cream

I’m not a huge fan of hand cream usually, I rarely have a period of time during the day where I’m not using my hands so having them covered in lotion is my idea of a nightmare. If I find one I really like I reserve it for bedtime but even that’s tough as I’m often glued to my phone/laptop/ipad moments before I’m asleep. This is not greasy and absorbs pretty fast so it’s a nice one to keep in my bag and apply at work.. I can still type but my hands feel hydrated – score!

Full Size: £8.96 for 50ml

Cosmetics à la Carte Divine Lash Mascara in ‘Black’

I don’t usually use higher end mascaras because I don’t think they’re any better than the cheaper ones you can buy.. and this was no exception. The small brush makes it perfect for my lower lashes but it just doesn’t do anything special for me. That being said I don’t love many mascaras.. maybe that’s why I rarely feel like splurging on them.

Full Size: £23 for 9g

NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in ‘Cryptonite’

Overall I was really happy with this box, next month (or this month I suppose) we have been promised a surprise item which is pretty exciting as the whole premise behind Love Me Beauty is that you have a pre-determined set of menus and you know what to expect but the idea of one surprise item definitely intrigues me!

Do I make money from blogging?

 

The answer is YES. I get asked this more than any other question by my lovely commenters, to let me share some secrets on how I started and how much I am making now.

Starting from the beginning, what is a BLOG? Well, a blog is a little site that spotlights on a theme of intrigue (or specialty), and is composed in the primary individual by the proprietor. There are some magnificent websites in Australia – and some of them profit each year utilizing up to fifty individuals. A dominant part of web journals however are only one individual, expounding on what they are energetic about, and sharing it for the entire world to see.

Blogging is an extraordinary outlet for many individuals. All things considered, on the off chance that you are energetic about an especially theme, and love to expound on it – a blog is an ideal method to impart that energy to other individuals. There are actually writes on each theme you could consider! So on the off chance that you are considering beginning a blog, as a matter of first importance, record what you want to peruse about. What do you look for on the Internet all the time? In the event that you want to peruse it and discuss it, ensured, there will be others like you that will need to peruse your sentiment, and have your perused theirs!

Now, to begin your own particular Blogging livelihood, is somewhat confused on the off chance that you aren’t exceptionally educated in English…! You need to require some investment taking in the route, however in the long run you will find that part simple once it goes live. I propose beginning first with posting surveys routinely and pick up a crowd of people since it opens entryways of chances for you to draw in customers.

Too hard…!? It does require time, and lots of it. But it might be a better idea to try something less intense, if you don’t have time. I know that I am so busy — there just aren’t enough hours in the day, like, if I’m not spending 3-4 hours a day on Facebook then I’m probably binge-watching poorly-acted boxsets in the evening for 1-2 hours at least. There just isn’t enough time for anything else! I am just so busy it’s crazy, modern life eh! So here are my quick top 3 other tips.

  1. Do Product Reviews
    Most buyers would read about other people´s experience of using a gadget, clothing & apparel or any products before they decide a purchase. One of the best examples is Tomoson (Who?!) that offers product review services. After registering you as a member contributor, you will be directed to the products category page where you can choose a product that you would like to review. Once approved by the website, they will mail the product for you to use. Then you will write your experience, even a constructive criticism about the product.
  2. Sell your old iPhone!
    We all must have the latest iPhone so we can flash it around and make the girlies jealous.  There’s a brand new iPhone X out now as of 2018, which has a slightly larger screen than the previous model  and a slightly improved CPU. A must buy for only £1200! If you’re a spendthrift like me then you need to trade in your old mobile to make some cash to put towards the new one.  Try the Carphone Warehouse trade-in or even better compare the prices from various websites that buy old iPhones.
  3.  Write an eBook and flog it!
    It’s not exactly rocket science!  Old media like newspapers and magazines are  slowly fading; it has all turned digital since the day Tablets were invented. Most authors are not sure about selling E-books because they are not sure how to self-publish. There are only 5 important factors when you sell E-book. I am afraid I will have to write about them in another post as I have to go shopping now as it’s a Saturday and there’s nothing better than some retail therapy on the credit card!!!  xSo on to how much am I making. Well that would be telling, but to give you an idea it’s about £30 a month.  Enough to pay for my vets bill from my darling pooch.

 

My Travel Makeup Bag

It’s safe to say that as I write this I am pretty darn excited about my upcoming trip but by the time you read it I’ll have been back for more than a week.. the craziness that is scheduled posts, eh? To ensure that I would have some breathing space over my holiday and just after getting back I went a bit mad and over-prepared so this was the first slot available to show you what I took with me.. I’ll also be sharing what I took in my toiletries bag in a couple of days too so those interested in hair/skin care keep an eye out for that!

Makeup

  • Foundation – Mix Of Revlon Colourstay & Avon Ideal Flawless
  • Concealer – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
  • Powder – Revlon Nearly Naked
  • Brows – Smashbox Brow Tech To Go
  • Cheeks – Sleek Makeup Faceform in Light & NARS Mata Hari
  • Primer – Urban Decay sample sachet
  • Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked Basics and single of Smog
  • Eyeliner – Maxfactor Excess Intensity & 17 Semi Permanent Liquid Liner
  • Mascara – Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless

BTW, here’s my friend’s latest “review” video, I know some of you liked the old one 🙂

My Purple Toothbrush!

 An electric toothbrush is one of those not so exciting beauty gadgets that totally changes your hygiene routine. It’s not something you’d usually be telling all your friends about but it’s an instant WOW and really other than whitening dental products don’t get enough blog press, do they? If I find a toothpaste I’m particularly excited about (I have uber sensitive teeth) I will mention it either here or in a video on my YouTube channel so I figured ‘life’ changing toothbrush deserved a review.

 

We had an electric toothbrush a couple of years ago, I believe it was a Christmas gift from my Mum. We loved it until it broke (stopped charging) and replaced it with regular manual toothbrushes and moved on with our lives. I just forgot how great it was until I got this one, my teeth just don’t feel as clean with a regular brush and now I’m a little older and care a little more (Spike Milligan warned us!) about my teeth I’ll never be without an electric one again.. especially since they’re nowhere near as expensive as they once were. You used to be talking £100 minimum for an electric toothbrush but this is a quarter of that and for what it does I think it’s absolutely worth it. Bonus – this one’s purple, my favourite colour… not so bonus for my husband who I’ve bought a brush head for but hey, he’ll just have to deal with it.

Ray-Ban Coloured Aviators Edit

 I was so excited when I bought these that I had to bombard you with hundreds of pictures of me wearing them, haha. I’ve wanted these shades since last summer and when I posted about them a month or so ago saying how I loved them but they were so expensive I was over the moon when a reader sent me a link to them HALF OFF. Unfortunately they’re no longer available from Zalando (where I bought them) but as I mentioned in my Wayfarer post, keep an eye on that site cause they have some amazing flash sales and products come in and out of stock all the time.

I always wanted a pair of Ray-Bans but had decided I was too clumsy to spend big money on something so flimsy.. especially the aviators so I’d resigned myself to Primark specials. There’s nothing wrong with my £1 pairs but they never sit QUITE right and for the life of me I couldn’t find a knock off of these mirrored blue ones.. and I looked EVERYWHERE! Had I found a pair I may not have jumped quite so quickly at the deal when I saw it but as I hadn’t they were still the elusive pair that got away and I couldn’t resist. I’m happy to report that I was NOT disappointed once I got my hands on them, they’re light but they definitely FEEL more substantial than my cheapo pairs. I’m yet to drop them and thus far I’ve been very good about putting them back in their ‘house’ but I am very nervous that 1. I could bend/break the frames and 2. I could scratch the mirrored lenses. Fingers crossed the extra money I did a lot of research before buying and people do say they hold up far better than your average so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

If you’re Ray-Ban fans or looking to get into a new pair of Aviators, well this is a must check-out item that was just released. The new FULL COLOR Aviators are AWESOME. No other way to describe them, really. With the look of the classic Aviators, the new full color Aviators provide a new fresh look to these classic babies.

So now I have the pair of my dreams and the less ostentatious tortoise Wayfarers.. I still need a regular pair of aviators, right? hehe.. you think I’m kidding..

#Selfeye With Max Factor Excess Volume

I was excited to try this newly launched double ended mascara from Max Factor because I do on occasion layer mascaras to get a fuller effect so the idea of it being within one tube definitely appeals. The idea with this 2 step product is that you start with a volumising formula and brush to get your lashes as big as possible before going in with a lengthening option. In my opinion it works better the other way around, I like to lengthen first but I guess that’s a matter of preference.

The mascara isn’t the greatest for me, I’m very picky though and I think it’s so difficult to recommend/the opposite when it comes to this kind of product. A blush is a blush, a lipstick is a lipstick but what is my holy grail mascara you may just absolutely hate.. it’s not a one size fits all deal.

Max Factor and Covergirl (the US equivalent) are effectively the same brand and the Lash Blast mascara from CG that is raved about online did absolutely nothing for me but make my lashes black, no volume and it’s all about the brush. Maybelline Rocket (also very popular) has an almost identical brush – I don’t like that either. The extending brush in this system is the same and so I knew as soon as I opened it I wasn’t going to love it. I can get some volume but it’s more than a little clumpy and unless we’re talking all out false effect then it’s just not worth the spidery look in my opinion.

Stop Smoking in Style

You may remember after Christmas I posted about my brothers experience with electronic cigarettes, I personally have never smoked (pause for applause) so I’m not about to lecture those of you who do to stop (we all have our vices, mine is Diet Coke – which is also apparently going to kill me) however for those of you who have been trying since the New Year or are contemplating doing so I thought you might be interested in these. I had no idea you could get anything other than fake cigarette looking e-cigs until a girl I work with pulled out one of these in pink.. I’m going to be honest with you, I thought it was some kind of illegal device but it turns out it’s just another variation and although I’m not suggesting you non-smokers take up ‘vapourising’ I think they’re pretty cute.

When I posted last lots of you shared your own experiences with quitting aids, as I said I can’t tell you whether these devices work as I have no use for them myself so I do encourage you to do the same here, any support from others in the same position is always going to be helpful. My colleague tells me that although she hasn’t given up entirely (I think for many the social aspect of smoking is what draws them back) she uses her vapouriser while she’s home and it’s helped her cut back considerably.

Now if only Freshcig could come up with a cute gimmick to replace my silver can of aspartame.. Have any of you tried this brand?

The new pastel range will be available online here soon

Miss BB