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Good morning everyone! Today’s willing volunteer is the lovely Sophie from MeLoveMakeUp. Sophie is a British blogger who is a total YouTube queen, and also manages to have an up to the minute blog on all things cosmetic. I always have the utmost admiration for anyone who manages to balance both YouTube and a blog, as I know how time consuming they are. So – check her out here!

        1)      Why did you start your blog?
It was ages ago now. My camera had broken and I couldn’t make any new videos for my you tube channel, So I decided to start a blog to feed my beauty addiction until I got a new camera. 

        2)      How long have you been blogging for?
Over two years now, I started around the 15th May! I wasn’t a very dedicated blogger at first though, I used to forget!

        3)      What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Lots of things! I love logging on to find that I have new comments, I love receiving feedback from people. I really enjoy talking about the things I love too, and even though it takes me ages I love taking pictures and editing them for my blog.

        4)      What frustrates you most about blogging?
I’m not sure.. I don’t really find anything annoying. I hate when I come across a blog where the writer is a lazy writer and instead of writing ‘you’ they put ‘u’  or ’4′ all over the place.  You know, like shortened text speak, I hate that.

        5)      How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?
Loads! I catch up on new posts almost daily. 

        6)      What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?
Go for it, It’s easy, It’s fun and it’s rewarding. I love getting new followers and knowing that they like to read what I write.

        7)      What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I enjoy going to concerts and the theatre. I love spending time in the spare bedroom experimenting with make up and new products and I love making you tube videos for my channel, I have over 2,000 subscribers on there now which is amazing! It’s ‘melovemakeup’ if anyone wants to check it out! 

        8 )      How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Ooof! I actually don’t know. Off the top of my head I would say about fifty or so!

         9)      Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?
Well at the moment I am unemployed so can’t afford to buy anything really. If I was in work and earning I would probably have a budget, otherwise I would go overboard and spend it all.

        10)     What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
This is a difficult question! I love drug-store brands like Bourjois and Max Factor. But for high end I love MAC, they have everything in so many colours and the quality is great. 

        11)     Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
Yes, occasionally! Up until recently I wouldn’t have done it, but I have started embracing it more now and it feel good to let my skin have make up free days.

        12)     What is your favourite beauty product and why?
Blimey! I don’t know to be honest, I rely on lots of them. I ‘ll go for Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, I love it and it gives me big lashes! 

        13)     What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)
This is difficult, but off the top of my head I really love Barry M’s bright pink #279. I love how it’s bright, yet kind of creamy too, rather than shockingly bright. Does that even make sense!?
        14)     Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on.
Well, I have never been abroad. But my most memorable was a holiday I had in Blackpool last year with my boyfriend, we went for a week and the weather was amazing, it was the hottest week of the year, we had an amazing time, walked lots, went to the pleasure beach and even went in the sea!

        15)     What would be your ideal day off?
Ooh, I would spend it with my mum and sister, shopping! I love shopping with them, we would probably go for some pampering, have a nice lunch and then shop til we dropped, go and see a show, and then chill out at home with a good movie and chocolate.

        16)     What is your favourite TV show?
I have many, but the first one that springs to mind is LOST, probably because it’s coming to an end and I am sad about that. I have loved watching it though, it always has me on the edge of my seat, It’s enthralling, I can’t wait to see how it’s going to end!

         17)     What music do you enjoy listening to?
I enjoy so many different styles of music, from classical to heavy rock. My main favourite has to be pop though, good old cheesy pop. Girls Aloud, Take That, Christina Aguilera, Gaga.. You get the picture. :)

        18)     What is your favourite food?
Italian, I love Pasta. Yum.

        19)     Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)
Easy! Las Vegas, it is my dream holiday destination, it looks so glamorous and I just know I would love it. The bright lights, the shows.. One day, hopefully!

        20)     Tell us a secret… 
I dream of being a West End star!

Thankyou Sophie! If you’re a beauty blogger and would like to answer these 20 Questions, please send us an email to the usual address!

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Illamasqua’s call to arms ‘Ditch the make-up drudgery and embrace the extraordinary.’

 Some make-up can be ordinary – dull, boring, uninspiring. But not Illamasqua’s distinctive, rule-breaking professional make-up range. For a limited time only, you can exchange your second-rate make-up for a 25% discount on Illamasqua’s highly pigmented and exceptional products that give truly extraordinary results. 

How will it work? 

There is no limit to how many pieces you can bring and it can be in any condition – falling apart, smashed, nearly empty, dried up… we want to help you start again! 

This is your chance to get rid of the old, bland, mediocre make-up sitting at the bottom of your bag without feeling guilty throwing away barely-used make-up.

 The offer is across all categories and if you bring back a boring lipstick, you can swap it for a fantastic, creamy matt Lipstick. Or how about a Cream Blusher? Or a cult Nail Varnish? Or a Powdered Metal? Or … 

What will it cost me?

Nothing! You are simply giving us your old make-up in order to claim your 25% discount on any Illamasqua product. Just pop along to your nearest counter to find out more [sorry, this Amnesty does not apply to our online shop.] 

 The Illamasqua Make- up Amnesty will begin from 17th – 31st July and is available at: 

Selfridges Oxford Street, Trafford Centre, Birmingham Bullring, Fenwick Newcastle, BT2 Grafton Street Dublin, Debenhams Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff

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OPI Brisbane Bronze


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The more I see of the OPI Australia collection, the more I like it. The first one I tried from this collection (Suzi Loves Sydney)will forever have sentimental value for me as it actually came all the way from Australia, sent to me by blogger and writer extraordinaire, Nixxy. Who, incidentally, is planning a trip to the land of Pom in the not too distant future.  Yippee!

Anyway. I have mentioned previously that my local department store is a bit of an odd place. I’d love to know who does the procurement for their beauty section. They still have OPI India on display as a new collection, and once every few months they get an inward haul of a load of totally random polishes. I’ve often popped in there to see what is new, and been rather surprised at the range of hard to find OPI varnishes that just pop up.

Brisbane Bronze is one that caught my eye on my recent scoping mission. I was transfixed by the bottley goodness – this looked like a dark brown full of gold flecks. Very pretty indeed.

I am ever so slightly disappointed by how it appears on the nail. Not badly

Yes, I dinged it. My fault. Whoops.

or anything, just that it came out a little lighter than I was hoping. I suppose the clue is on the name. I might have preferred it if it were Brisbane Brown rather than Bronze but what should I have expected?

This consistency is OPI at its best though. The first coat was somewhat patchy but the second evened it up a treat. I added a third for good luck, and as a result was left with a shimmery foily metallic that was dry in moments, without the use of topcoat. I’ve learned my lesson now that metallic polishes don’t like fast drying topcoats, and to be fair, this dried so fast that you don’t need one anyway. Oh. And an apology about the lack of cleanup – I’m not entirely sure what happened there. So remiss of me.

This is different to your everyday foil metallic. It is absolutely jam packed with shimmer – the gold swirls I could see when I bought this. Beautiful. It really is eyecatching and I like the added depth of the sparkles. I also know that this is low maintenance in that it isn’t going to be difficult to remove, like a glitter polish would be.

So. All good. My knowledge of Australia only stretches as far as Neighbours, Home & Away and various friends who have gone out there on gap years but if the place is as good as the collection OPI created in Australia’s honour then I might have to think about visiting it for myself…


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