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Black Friday 2015 deals

Black Friday beauty and fashion deals
GUYS IT'S TIME! I'm not going to waste time with babble at the start of this post because I know you've got some serious shopping to do!

So, here are my favourite Black Friday and Cyber Monday beauty and fashion discounts so you can get upgrading your make up collection and wardrobes for a fraction of the cost.

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Upgrade your make up collection this Black Friday

Black Friday beauty and fashion deals

Okay, we all know what's about to happen at the end of the week and I for one am on the edge of my seat waiting. Not only is it pay day, but it's also Black Friday; a dangerous combination!

Black Friday is infamous for sending us all barmy over a decent discount on something we probably wouldn't have bought unless those final few pounds had been knocked off.

For me, this is the time I set my sites on some of those high end beauty favourites that I can't really afford on a day to day basis. Let's be realistic here. I might be a beauty blogger, but I'm also saving for a mortgage and don't really have the money to be spending on Chanel, Clinique and Mac so I will be using the Black Friday sales to upgrade my make up collection and give my high street beauty buys some designer sisters.

The great thing about this weekend is that there are so many opportunities to make amazing savings! Not only is Black Friday on 27th November, but Cyber Monday is on 30th November, which is another chance to cash in on some discounts. (FYI: in 2014, Cyber Monday actually offered the best beauty product discounts!)

But the discounts, bargains and everything else going on on Black Friday can be overwhelming, so here are my tips for getting the best beauty bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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5 simple SEO tips for every blog post

SEO for bloggers

SEO is just one of those things and no matter how much research you do, sometimes it just doesn't make sense.

We all know that getting great Google page rankings is an amazing way to increase visitors to your blog without having to spend hours on social media constantly plugging your post. The more attention you pay to your blog post SEO, the likelier you are to be able to improve your page ranking and then you can watch the organic visitors roll in to read your amazing content!

There are so many things you can do for SEO, but I'm starting simple here! So, I've put together a few simple SEO tips that you can do with every blog post in an effort to boost your page rankings and become Google's best pal, all at the same time! Think of it like your beginners guide to SEO, once you've got the hang of this, you can start on the more advanced stuff and you'll begin to wonder what all the fuss was about!

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Love, Honour and Be True lipstick review: Kiss the Bride

Love, Honour and Be True wedding lipstick | Kiss the Bride

Just before I got married, my wonderful cousin sent me a pretty little lipstick to wear on my wedding day. The lipstick was by Love, Honour & Be True, a cosmetics company based in the UK, set up by two sisters, Helen and Kitty, after Kitty's wedding.

They have a range of five wedding lipsticks designed to suit all skin tones and looks while also remaining classic to create timeless wedding looks and none of the ingredients are tested on animals. (Hooray!)

The five shades are aptly named  along the wedding theme; Love Story, Blushing Bride, I Do, Just Married and the shade I have is Kiss The Bride.
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Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate & Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate & Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I was super lucky enough to receive some gorgeous treats from Kiehl's as a Klout Perk recently and I was so excited to try them out. Wrapped up in a cute little gift box were two beautiful little products; Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate & Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate!

So, what better to do than share them both with you in a dual product review?!
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Balance Me Congested Skin Serum Review

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

We all know the feeling, you know the one, where you can feel something brewing up just underneath the skin and before you know it you've got a great big spot. Sigh. There are so many products promising to target spots straight away and make them disappear before they arrive. The truth is; I've never found one that really does what it promises. The Balance Me Congested Skin Serum is another one of those products aimed at targeting spots directly and when first read the packaging on my little sample, I'll admit that I rolled my eyes.

But, I decided to give it a go anyway, considering I'd never tried any of the Balance Me range before but I've heard some wonderful things. The  say that they use high tech natural ingredients and technologies and that intrigues me!

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DollfaceBlogs: Life Update

DollfaceBlog life update August 2015

Hello lovelies

I'm so sorry for being absent for a while! I thought the best was to kick things off again would be with a nice little Life Update so, ICYMI, you will know why I've not been blogging so much recently.

Just over a month ago now, on the 18th July 2015, I married my best friend in the whole world. The weeks running up to the wedding were manic, as you can imagine, and there were plenty of things that threatened to spoil our day (and people, but let's not go into that!), but I knew I wasn't going to let them. The wedding was 2 years of planning and preparing and nothing was going to put a dampner on it.

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25 post ideas to beat blogger's block

blog post ideas

Sometimes it's not so easy to come up with blog post ideas, especially if you've reviewed your entire makeup collection or made OOTD's out of your entire wardrobe, and that's when blogger's block strikes!

We've all been there before. Sat at the laptop, ready to write and no idea what to talk about!

The best thing to do is have a list of types of posts that you can dip into when your brain offers you no inspiration whatsoever, so here are 25 of my top blog post ideas for when you are struggling with bloggers block!

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream Review

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

Sometimes, it's best to go back to basics. We all should know by now that the best base for beautiful makeup is a good skincare routine and I've found myself splashing out on all sorts of skincare products to try and give myself that gorgeous glow. But in reality, my skin likes what it knows and for me, that's a skincare routine I started in my teens which includes lots of high street products, because that's all I could afford back then. And in reality, not much has changes in that department, haha!

So, on DollfaceBlogs, I've started to talk about what's working, not what's hot right now, unless that's also working, in which case; bonus! I'll be doing a full skincare routine post in the near future, but for now here's a quick review of one of the best moisturisers, in my opinion.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture cream is packed with, you guessed it, Vitamin E. Some of the benefits of Vitamin E for the skin include extra moisture, excellent anti-ageing and can also be fantastic for skin disorders.
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Nailbox Review*

Nailbox

Beauty subscriptions boxes are a bloody brilliant idea, although sometimes very hit and miss, it's a little bit of joy through your postbox every month!

My instagram followers and regular blog readers will be fully aware that I am obsessed with nail art and nail polish, so imagine how excited I was when I discovered a monthly beauty subscription box completely dedicated to nail products!

Nailbox.co.uk is an innovative, affordable monthly subscription box that promises to keep you on top of all the latest nail trends. Depending on your subscription package, the box will cost between £13.50 and £15.00 per month. Click here to see your subscription options.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the very first Nailbox (there are only 100!) so how could I not share that with you?
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Party nails with Prairie Charms*

Party nail art | Aztec nails | Chevron nails | Glitter nails

I can spend hours and hours playing around with different nail art designs and absolutely love doing it. I always love it when someone compliments me on my nail art so I don't mind putting the effort in!

Recently I got some lovely nail art accessories from Prairie Charms and fancied trying out some party nail looks. I got two sets of stickers, one with aztec designs and one with lovely gold chevrons, and a nice pack of silver loose glitter and I've created 3 different party nail looks, bound to get you loads of compliments too!

First up, I went for the  Lily aztec nail vinyls. These were very different to any kind of nail art I'd done before, which is what drew them to me! I went for a bit of as statement and placed them on top of two layers of Models Own HyperGel White Light so there was a big contrast between the black sticker and the white polish.
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Managing your blog while you are on holiday

Managing your blog while on holiday

We all love a bit of holiday time, but what does it mean for your blog? Whether you're going away for a weekend or a two weeks it's important to consider what will happen with your blog and social media in that time so I've listed my top tips for managing your blog while you are on holiday!

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The Body Shop Haul

The Body Shop products

Hello dolls. Hope you are all doing well.

I haven't treated myself to a real haul in a long time. I've picked up a couple of products here and there, but with my upcoming wedding and all sorts of other grown up things going on, I just haven't had the money to really treat myself to a big blow out.

But wedding planning and grown up things can be stressful, and I really felt like I needed to treat myself to a bit of pampering and it seemed only right that I call on The Body Shop to fulfil my needs! Luckily for me, my mum was having a Body Shop party so I got to have a gander at all of their lovely products before buying!

I grabbed myself some amazing products and I thought I'd give you a little peek into what I will be indulging in while I'm pampering myself!

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How to create the perfect blog post

How to create the perfect blog post

Having studied journalism, interned in PR and worked in marketing, I have a fair bit of experience in copy writing, but that doesn't make me an expert because there are so many different ways to write something well and the success of the piece determines not only on the quality of writing, but whether the author has taking into consideration their publishing platform and audience.

Still with me?

Content creation is unique to the platform it is being published on and who is going to be reading it, so you need to make sure you are aware of this before you start writing. For example, within tech blogging, readers might expect lengthier posts that are packed full of facts and figures and useful info, however within fashion blogging, readers might be looking for something shorter, snappier and that paints the picture of the art of the fashion being written about either with words or actual imagery.

There is no correct answer, it's all unique to different publishers, but there are a few key elements that will help you create the perfect blog post.

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L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour matte foundation & mattifying primer review

L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour matte foundation & mattifying primer review

It's basically my worst nightmare when I'm running out of foundation and I can't find my usual brand in my usual shade anywhere, meaning I either have to take the risk and potentially have no foundation until the shops get their delivery and then queue up at opening time to make sure it doesn't sell out, or I have to opt for a different brand.

Usually, I opt for a different brand. I like a risk, but not a foundation-free one!

This time I chose to go for the L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour Matte foundation, and in the spirit of things, I bought the primer from the same range and have decided to do a double review for you.

Both products come in cute little squeezy tubes with round lids and precise nozzles. I like the branding across both, and that you can see the product through the bottle. They also both have great descriptions on the back, showing you exactly what to expect from the coverage and texture etc.
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Poundland Makeup Gallery Liquid Eyeliner Review

Poundland Makeup Gallery Liquid Eyeliner review

Yep, I'm talking about a product from Poundland's makeup collection today and I urge you not to click that little x in the corner before you've finished reading!

I know we all love our reputable brands for makeup because we trust them. We invest a lot of money in products because we trust the brands and we even stretch our pennies to that luxury brand because we love the idea of having Dior and Chanel products splashed across our faces.

So, when Poundland brought out a makeup range, I turned my nose up at it. And then I heard a couple of people talking about it, and even Vogue were writing about it. Then, I was getting ready with my sister one evening before going out and realised I had run out of liquid eyeliner. Absolute tragedy.

Luckily my sister had some to hand, and she passed me a tiny little black bottle. I didn't even look at it, just unscrewed the lid and immediately admired the skinny, precise little brush.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume Review

Batiste dry shampoo XXL Volume review

Okay, so most of you will have heard of Batiste, but if you haven't I'd say they are currently one of the most popular brands of dray shampoo in the UK.

The Batiste range has a few different dry shampoos ranging in their benefits, so no matter what your hair type, or what look you are aiming for; if your hair just isn't looking as fresh as it should, Batiste is here to save the day.

I've bought the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Big & Bouncy XXL Volume, because I have the finest, flattest hair in the entire world, so anything that's going to give it a boost is welcomed! Especially if my hair is already not looking it's best.

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6 ways to get more traffic to your blog

six ways to increase blog traffic

For the past few months I've been doing some testing on my blog. Trying out different things and seeing what effect that had on my my blog traffic. I noticed that some methods increased my blog traffic and others showed me a significant drop; giving me a real insight on what works and what doesn't.

While that's helped me really pull together a great schedule for my blog for the next few months (look out for some really exciting things coming up!), I thought I should share what I found out so you can try it for yourself. And I thought it would make for a great revival of my blogging tips post series, so here are my top 6 ways to get more traffic to your blog:

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Makeup Revolution Contour Kit Review

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit

I've never been big on contouring, probably because I wasn't quite sure how to do it before! I decided it was about time I jumped on the bandwagon, and decided to get myself a little contour kit to get practicing.

I opted for the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Palette in Ultra Fair and have come to the conclusion that it's probably the best contour kit for beginners!

In the palette are three compact powders; one matte bronzer for contouring, one pinkish matte blusher and one light powder for highlighting.
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Tan Organic Self Tanning Oil Review*

Tan Organic Self Tanning Oil

It's been a while since I fake tanned actually, and I only realised when I received a bottle of Tan Organic Self Tanning Oil in the post.

I've never tanned with an oil, my preferred tan would probably be a mousse simply because of the ease of application. So, where I am used to easy application tans, I was a little dubious as to how well I was going to manage with the Tan Organic oil! Nevertheless, like a good sport, I've given it a go anyway.
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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit and Elle Magazine have blessed us with an amazing gift this month. The March 2015 edition of Elle Magazine was released earlier this week, and with it came a sample of the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. As soon as I heard about it, I was straight in my car to the nearest shop to grab one for myself.

The roller lash mascara has been inspired by hair rollers, and has been designed to help lift and curl the lashes, as well as adding length.

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How to run a blog giveaway

How to run a blog giveaway

Bloggers run giveaways for a number of reasons; from wanting to gain more exposure and subscribers, to celebrating blogging milestones, or even just to share a product you have loved with a lucky reader.

You can receive a lot of interest and engagement from running a giveaway, but they are not as simple as you might think. They require a fair bit of planning, promotion and monitoring to make sure it is fair and successful.
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7 ways to kick start your morning

7 ways to kick start your morning | Making waking up easier

Okay, so we're all back to school and work after all that wonderful time off over the festive period, and if you're anything like me, you are probably struggling to get back into your routine.

I'm not a morning person and tend to always feel really sluggish right through until lunch time on some days, which is not helpful, as I start work at 9am!

One of my New Year's resolutions for 2015 is to make more out of my mornings. By this, I mean making sure I'm up, energised and refreshed ready for the day before I leave the house, instead of halfheartedly slapping some foundation on, grabbing a piece of toast and heading to work for a mini-nap at my desk.

There are so many faddy things that aim to wake you up, and I hate coffee, so I'm avoiding all of those. Instead, I'm trying out these 7 tips to wake me up in the morning!

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume Review

Coco Mademoiselle perfume by Chanel

I've been after the Coco Mademoiselle fragrance by Chanel for so long as I'm desperate to have it as my wedding perfume, and finally, for Christmas, my wonderful Dad bought it for me! What a star!

I know that lots of you will be familiar with the fragrance, as it's not a new or particularly quiet brand, but some of you may not know how truly wonderful it really is.

Even the packaging is glamorous and luxurious. The box has a pearlescent effect in some lights and gold accents on the top and bottom.
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