Everyone has to start somewhere. I remember booting up my laptop every morning after I created my blog to see if I had that elusive first follower and one morning after almost two months of blogging it happened! Rome was not built in a day and after over a year of blogging I’m now lucky enough to attract a fair few readers and that makes me feel rather proud. Blogging is easily one of my favourite things to do. I’ve been meaning to write a post like this for ages, so here are my top tips and suggestions for starting a beauty blog (or any blog for that matter), take ‘em or leave ‘em, just a few little titbits I have to share based on my personal experience!

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My relatives have sprinkled themselves all over the country, meaning that at weekends I often find myself clambering back onto trains and spending a not-so-glamourous night in a spare room! I’ve become quite a pro at packing for these occasions so I thought I would share what I took with me this weekend at my uncle’s home.

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I’m a lipstick addict. I would say that I enjoy nothing more beauty-wise than putting on my lipstick in the morning. I like to mix up my products depending on how I’m feeling and recently I’ve found the perfect mix of two products that gives my morning an extra boost.

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I’m afraid it’s yet another minimal product FOTD! What am I like? I blame this on my mascara – I absolutely love it, it makes me look ‘done’ without a spot of makeup on so I really don’t feel the need to slap too much on. In fact I’ve only been applying bb cream where I need some extra coverage on the centre of my face, which is unheard of for me.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in MAT 3 swatch

This lipstick was very much a grower for me. I had swatched it at the Maybelline counter many a time, fell in love but never walked away with it in hand. However when I did get round to purchasing it, it took a while for me to really enjoy using it. I had heard so much about these lipsticks, I sort of felt the need to join in; everyone raves about MAT 1 and MAT 2 but you don’t really hear too much about this colour, MAT 3. In fact it’s one that most counters don’t even have out on display, so you have to ask to get a peek, I guess that makes it feel even more special!

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I have been promising this post for a long while, so here it is – a picture of Lakme Crimson Fire on the nails. It’s the only polish that has adorned my nails over the past few weeks, I simply adore it.

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Ah me, I just love those trains don’t I? If I’m not commuting to and from work on them in the week, then I’m trekking up North to see relatives at the weekend! You can’t tear me away! I’ve actually become quite the expert packer when it comes to my travel suitcase. And when it comes to makeup I now really know what is a must-have and what can be left at home (aka ‘no I do not need four lipsticks for a weekend break’). Let me show you the two things which are always the first things I pack.

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