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First Time Buyers: A Guide to Conveyancing

Conveyancing Explained

So far in my First Time Buyers series, we have spoken about how much it costs to move house and property surveys. Today, I want to talk about conveyancing. This is another one of those things that people kept saying to me and I had no idea what they were talking about.

Turns out it's a pretty important part of the whole home buying process and you are probably not going to be able to do it yourself. You'll need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor. Your estate agent or property developer can point you in the right direction, but I would recommend shopping around a bit first because it can all get a bit pricey. (Yes, more money to part with, will it ever end?!)

When to throw away your make up

Make up products, cosmetics, mascara

Make up doesn't last forever. It's important to make sure you're not using old and expired make up on your face, otherwise you will be prone to transfer of bacteria and all kinds of infections and unfortunately, your products won't come with an expiration date on them. So here's my handy guide on when to throw away your make up.

Think about it logically. Would you drink a pint of milk that was a year old just because it was expensive and in a pretty bottle or had a designer name on the front? No! Obviously it would taste gross and you would be so sick. But just because you can't taste or smell that a product has gone off, still doesn't mean it's going to be good for you. 

And if you hoard make up as much as I do, there's going to be stacks of things you have but don't use on a daily basis and you really need to think about how long you have had them before you start using them again. 

First Time Buyers: Property Surveys Explained

Property Surveys Explained

It’s all busy, busy in the Dollface camp at the moment as we are finally settling into our new home!

Like I said in my last property post, I’ve been paying close attention to the whole home purchase process, ready to share with you my wealth of knowledge. (Side note: I’m not an expert, this whole thing has been so confusing!)

When we were getting ready to buy our new home we were told by our solicitors that we needed to get loads of surveys done, they threw the costs at us and I was so confused that I just let them get on with it. Although this made things easier for me at the time, when I looked into it afterwards, I realised I could have saved an awful lot of money if I had just taken the time to research about property surveys myself.

So you don’t make the same mistake as I did, here’s everything you need to know about property surveys!

GIVEAWAY: Win a beauty box containing 21 products!

DollfaceBlogs Beauty Box Giveaway

You might have noticed that I'm moving away from solely being a beauty blog and have introduced some lifestyle, blogging tips and social media advice posts. I'm still totally passionate about beauty, but as I'm getting a bit older (far too close to 30 for my liking!) I'm finding it much more inspiring to write about other topics alongside beauty.

So just to show you guys I'm not giving up beauty blogging for good, I've decided to throw in a super special giveaway!

I've put together a unique little beauty box containing 21 products! Some of them are sample sizes, some are full size products. Some brands you will have heard of and some a quirky little brands that I adore but don't see many people talking about.

So, what can you win? Inside the box is:

First Time Buyers: How much does it really cost to move house?

How much does it really cost to move house?

I've got some exciting news. Mr Dollface and I have just bought our very first home, hooray! It's a brand new home, so we have been waiting for it to be built and we are so excited. Prepare to see lots of home related pics popping up on my twitter and Instagram soon, and you'll have already seen me planning the interiors on Pinterest!

Buying a home has not been an easy process and we've found that the people we've ended up dealing with tend to assume all buyers know what the process is. News flash: as first time buyers, we had no idea. Plus, our parents bought houses a long time ago and the process has changed since then.

I've decided to start an ad hoc post series all about buying your first home, what to expect and try and tell you some of the information that you might not know, and cut out all the jargon that completely threw us!

In this post, I'll be talking about some of the costs you're likely to come across (not including the ones you already know about such as the deposit). We had no idea about some of these fees and I wish we had been a little more prepared. Because we weren't made aware until the last minute, we didn't get a chance to do much price comparison or look into anything.

If we had been aware of them, we would have used's easy cost of moving calculator and been a little more prepared!

So here's a few of the extra costs you can expect to encounter!

Impress your mates with these UEFA Euro 2016 facts

UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2016 kicks off tonight and whether you like football or not, you're not going to be able to avoid it. So while all your friends are watching the matches, cheering on the teams they picked out in their sweepstake (I got Northern Irleand, Ukraine and Spain FYI), you can impress them with these fun facts about the competition, teams and players of Euro 2016!

First of all, if you don't know how the competition works, let me give you a little run down so you don't get completely lost. 53 teams have been competing since September 2014 for a place in the tournament. 24 teams qualified for the tournament and will now play each other in the 'Group Stage'. The 24 teams are split into 6 groups of 4 teams who will all play each other in the matches that are starting now. The winners and runners up from each group, plus the three best third place teams will advance to the 'Round of 16' which is a knockout stage, so the loser of each game in this round will be out.

The winning 8 teams will go on to the quarter finals where there will be 4 matches. The 4 winning teams will move onto the semi finals, and the two winners of the stage will be the Euro 2016 finalists and compete for the trophy.

PHEW! So now you understand how the competition is going to work, let's get on to some fun Euro 2016 facts to impress you friends/boyfriend/cat with while you are watching! (Note: there are also some pictures of footballers that are quite nice to look at...)

Father's Day Gift Guide 2016

Father's Day Gift Guide 2016

I'm not entirely sure where this year seems to have disappeared to, but apparently it's June already. June is supposed to bring lots of things including the start of summer, although that's a little dubious at the moment. But one thing it definitely brings is Father's Day which, in case you don't know, is on June 19th this year.

I'm having a right palava with Father's day, because I'm moving house! So in order to make up for not being very available, I'm going to make sure I get my dad a really nice present, so I've been shopping around and thought I'd share a few of my favourite finds with you in this little gift guide!