Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips
Blogging Tips



Blue Vanilla Hannah Fringed Cape - Autumn OOTD*

Blue Vanilla Hannah Fringed Cape Autumn OOTD

Autumn is the time for warm layers, especially now we're moving into December, so actually it's technically winter! (How did that happen?!)

Coats and jackets are some of my favourite accessories in Autumn, and this year I have totally fallen in love with capes, and especially this Hannah Fringed Cape from Blue Vanilla!

The black and beige cape has a beautiful fringe detail along the bottom and 3/4 length sleeves.

Instagram Advent Competition

Alternative advent calendar

Tomorrow is the 1st of December, which means, Christmas is coming and also, more importantly, we can start opening our advent calendars!

I've decided to run an exciting advent calendar competition on my Instagram page right the way up until Christmas day! You can win a £20 voucher to one of your favourite beauty or fashion retailers, and this competition is open WORLDWIDE!

Every day, I will post an advent calendar door on my Instagram page, and behind that door will be one of my favourite brands, and three of my favourite items!

To reveal the brand and the items, you will need to be signed up to 'Like to know it' (it's free and they don't send you spam!). Once you are signed up, you can like the Instagram photo, and the items will be emailed to you!

All you need to do is comment on the photo, telling me which is your favourite item and why you love it! 

I will be randomly selecting a day from the advents, and then picking one winner to win a £20 voucher for the brand they commented on! Winners will be announced on Boxing Day 2014 via Instagram direct messages!

To increase your chances of winning, you can comment on as many photos as you like with your answer, you could even leave a comment per item, and then you have three shots at winning the voucher for that brand!

A quick round up:

1. Follow me on Instagram (@DollfaceEmmy)
3. Like my Instagram advent photos to receive an email with my top 3 items
4. Comment on the photo telling me which your favourite item is, and why you love it 

See, easy. The first photo will be going up tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it and if you would like to keep an eye on all the entires, I will be using the hashtag #DollfaceAdvent.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments, or you can email me on

Keep an eye out for the first picture tomorrow! Good luck!

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Beauty Protector 'Protect and Detangle' leave in conditioner review

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle leave in conditioner review

This sample of the Beauty Protector 'protect and detangle' leave in conditioner was included in my November Birchbox and I was really excited to try it out.

You'll have heard me complaining a lot about my hair. It's an absolute nightmare. My hair is really, really fine and flat, but there is quite a lot of it. Because of this, it's gets tangled and knotty very quickly. Even using lots of normal conditioner when I was it doesn't really help, I still can't get a brush through it properly when it's wet. I also struggle when it's dry, the slightest movement tangles it right back up again, making styling it, or even wearing it down, a massive task.

So, when I found out that the protect and detangle leave in conditioner promised to detangle hair as well as protect from heat, help seal cuticles and look after coloured hair, I was sold immediately and tried it out straight away.

Black Friday 2014 UK deals and discounts

Latest Black Friday 2014 UK deals and discounts

*Unfortunately, these deals have now finished. If you are searching for the most current deals, I regularly post daily sales and discounts on my twitter account. Otherwise, please check back in November 2015 for the next Black Friday weekend*


Right you lucky lot, I'm not going to babble too much right now. Instead, I'm going to jump straight in with a list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday special deals that have already begun!

This post will be update at midnight on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 1st with all the new sales and discount codes for that day!

If you would like me to email you the updated post so you don't have to check back, just sign up to my mailing list using the email box in the right hand sidebar.


Please note: deals are likely to change or sell out before I get round to updating this post. Please double check retailer via the links below for further information.



Dr Jart+ v7 Balancing Toner Review

Dr Jart+ V7 Balancing Toner Review

I tend to change my skincare up around this time of year, only really to make sure my skin is fully protected as it gets colder, but I also use this time to experiment with new products, which usually ends up in a total overhaul of my permanent skincare routine.

Recently, I was sent the Dr Jart+ v7 balancing toner in my November Birchbox, so thought I would give it a go!

Dr Jart+'s V7 range have a revolutionary 7 Vitamin complex that sets out to tackle a huge range of skin issues. So what are the vitamins and what do they do?

X Factor Style - Live Shows // Week 7

X Factor Style and Fashion Live Shows Week 7

Oh my goodness. We are down to the final 5 of X Factor 2014. After a shock exit for Only The Young, and perhaps a not so shock exit for Stevi Richie, we are left with Andrea, Lauren, Fleur, Ben and Stereo Kicks!

Who have you got your money on to win?!

Being down to the final 5 is great, but it does mean the choices for my fashion post are narrowed down as the number of ladies is decreasing! At least we will have Cheryl and Mel right until the end!

Again, I think everyone looked fab and it's certainly got to the point in the show where everyone has found their style and comes out looking confident and amazing.

If you haven't already, catch up with my X Factor fashion post series here.

Top 10 tips for bloggers on twitter

Twitter advice for bloggers

It's been a while since I wrote another post for my blogging tips series, so I thought I would jump straight back in there with a big one! This time, I'll be focusing on best practice for bloggers on twitter.

So, how can you get people from twitter onto your blog?

There are so many different tips floating around the blogging universe on how to use twitter for blogging, and most people tend to think they need a million followers before twitter will become a useful tool for promoting their blog, but in fact, that's not necessarily the case. It might be better said that twitter is one of the best places to start driving traffic to your blog.

Write good content, promote it well and the followers will come to you. (Okay, that makes it sound easy peasy, but it does take a fair bit of work).

As I like to do at the beginning of these posts, I'll just post a little disclaimers. I'm no expert, and I am fully aware I'm not the biggest blogger, nor do I have the biggest twitter following. But I do have a few years' experience of blogging as well as working in marketing so I have picked up a few hints and tips along the way. Some of which I do, and some I don't, but not for any other reason than I don't have time. You don't have to take my advice as bible, or you might have different advice that you would give, and if that's the case, I would love to hear it in the comments section of this post. Bloggers helping bloggers and all that.

Before we start, if you'd like to catch up with any of my other blogging tips posts then click here!

Onto the matter at hand, let's get tweeting...


Pampered Princess Christmas Gift Guide

The Pampered Princess Christmas Gift Guide | Christmas present ideas for Mum | Sister | Best Friend | Auntie | Girlfriend | Spa Treats

There are some people who truly deserve something to treat themselves with this Christmas. Whether it's your Mum, who has helped you out all year long, your best mate who never fails to cheer you up, or just anyone who you feel deserves to be spoilt this year!

I've pulled together my list of top pamper treats to give as gifts this Christmas, so you can help someone chill out, relax and just feel a little bit special!


X Factor Style - Live Shows // Week 6

X Factor Style and Fashion Live Shows Week 6

Well, this X Factor was full of twists and turns, wasn't it?!

Probably the biggest story of the weekend's show was that Stevi Richie actually beat Jay James in the sing off. Nope, that's actually what happened.

After Mel banging on for weeks that she didn't get why he was in the competition and so many good singers were going out and he was still here, she actually voted to keep him! Followed by Cheryl saying she would miss him more and that sent it to deadlock and we had to see Jay get booted off!

We were also treated to the first showing of the new Band Aid song and a couple of wowzer performances from Nicole Scherzinger and Olly Murs.

All in all, it was a ruddy good weekend for X Factor.

I do have one problem though... this post isn't going to feature a worst dressed fashion offender, because I bloody couldn't find one! The boys all looked dapper in their suits and all the ladies looked so glam, so I've just picked my top 4, including a surprise entry!

Remember, if you want to catch up with my X Factor fashion post series, you can just click here!


Bourjois Paris Happy Light Concealer Review and Swatches

Bourjois Paris Happy Light Ultra-Covering Concealer Review and Swatches

Getting good, long lasting coverage is something that really defines what foundation/base products I buy. I am very prone to getting little spots, and also have a few uneven areas complete with little spot scars.

I've been piling through all sorts of concealers recently, trying to find something that is going to cover all my little problems, last all day and still look natural, and I think I've finally found my saving grace.

The Bourjois Happy Light Concealer boasts on the front of it's super cute little pot, that it's ultra-unifiant and ultra-covering. Good start, let's see how it fairs!

Our Pre Wedding / Engagement Photoshoot with Dan Morris

Engagement Shoot | Westonbirt School | Gloucestershire

The countdown is well and truly on, as it's now 8 months until my wedding day! Eeeeeek!

We've got a few bits sorted now. The wedding venue is booked and we've gone for the absolutely stunning Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire, and we've also booked our photographer; the fabulous Dan Morris! (Did I mention he just won two wedding industry awards for best photographer? Well I did now! Congratulations Dan!)

I posted the other day about the Boohoo dress I wore for my pre wedding shoot, and now you can see it in all it's glory in the final photographs!

Also, if you like our outfits, I've linked to everything at the bottom of this post so you can check them out for yourself!

Let me know what you think of our gorgeous photos!

The Gadget Guy Christmas gift guide

The Gadget Guy Christmas Gift Guide | Present ideas for Dad | Brother | Boyfriend | Friends who like gadgets

Whether it's your boyfriend, brother, boy best mate or Dad, we all know that one person who loves their gadgets, but can you ever find anything nifty enough to get them for Christmas? Don't worry, I'm here to help, with my Christmas gift guide for Gadget Guys!

Most of the men I buy presents for at Christmas time like a funky little gadget or something a bit techy, so I'm forever filtering through websites trying to find something a bit different or at least something a bit useful, so here are a few of my favourites that I've discovered so far this year.


X Factor Style - Live shows // Week 5

X Factor Style and Fashion Live Shows Week 5

Well, didn't we have an eventful X Factor this weekend?!

From a stage invader to a shock exit, there was certainly enough going on that part of me almost forgot to pay attention to what everyone was wearing! Never fear though, I managed to find a few minutes in between everything going on to clock what was working and what really wasn't!

I was glad to see that everyone accessorised their outfits with a poppy. Good show, guys!

If you're new to this feature, why don't you read the rest of my X Factor fashion posts?


The Ultimate Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

The Ultimate Beauty Christmas Gift Guide | Makeup|Beauty|Cosmetics|Perfume gifts for Christmas

So, the Coca-Cola and John Lewis Christmas adverts have been aired, in among a million other festive TV commercials, so that can mean only one thing; Christmas is well and truly on it's way, dolls!

I've got a few gift lists coming up over the next couple of weeks to help you with all of your Christmas shopping! I thought I would start with my ultimate beauty Christmas gift guide, featuring some of my favourite products from makeup to fragrances and more.

All of these items are on my Christmas wish list and would be perfect for any makeup or beauty lover!

If you would rather just get the whole shopping list sent straight to your inbox, click here to learn how to shop my Instagram! 


X Factor Style - Live Shows // Week 4

X Factor Style and Fashion - Live Shows Week 4

Hey dolls, sorry my X Factor fashion post is a little later than usual, but rest assured, I hadn't forgotten about it!

This week was halloween, so all the contestants were dressed in their scariest attire and they did put on a fantastic show.

Can we just pause for a moment, before we carry on, to talk about Stevi Richie..?! Now, I'm not sure what you all made of his Phantom of the Opera performance, but once he got the shaky first verse out of the way, he was actually pretty good! Maybe a life on the stage will happen for him after all! Part of me did miss the cheesy, fun-filled Stevi, but you could see how pleased and overwhelmed he was with the reaction from the crowd. I actually felt a little bit proud!

Okay, now back to it. I'm not going to be rating their halloween costumes here, I'm going for the actual fashion here, well as best as I can!

If you fancy reading the rest of my X Factor fashion posts then click right here!