Starter kit: beauty blogs

Published November 21, 2012 by cakemusicandmakeup

Since perusing blogs seems to have become a large pastime of mine, I thought I would share some of my regular reads. Why do I read blogs? Well, I find most women’s magazines too expensive and full of adverts nowadays (a sign of the state of the industry) and blogs are a good substitute. I also find bloggers to have a bit more objectivity when it comes to reviewing products, although obviously some posts are sponsored by companies and PR firms.

So here are my current favourites – keep your purse locked away!

Vivianna Does Makeup – UK

Anna’s blog was one of the first British beauty blogs I found, along with her YouTube channel. I’m finding more of her purchases are getting a bit aspirational (read high-end!) for me just lately, but I enjoy her enthusiasm for the beauty industry and her posts are always interesting and full of personality.

Rebecca Likes Nails – Canada

I wish I had skills like Rebecca! Her nail art is incredible and her Konad (stamping, a type of nail art) is always so neat. She throws in swatches and haul post every now and again but to be honest, she could write anything to go with her pictures and I would still read it!

The Polishaholic – US

For me, Jen is the number one source on nail polish and trends coming from the US. Her swatches are clear and accurate and descriptions just spot on. There are other US polish fanatics out there, but it’s always Jen’s blog I go to when I want to see what OPI, China Glaze, Orly, Essie and Color Club are doing next. And I’m jealous that she lives in Orange County!

Do Not Refreeze – UK

Leanne used to post mainly about nail varnish but now she posts about make-up in general. Her love for Illamasqua is well documented and it’s usually her fault my wish list for them, The Make Up Store and Kiko is so large whenever I go to London! I really like her straight-talking, especially on Twitter!

Caroline Hirons – UK

Caroline’s blog is a recent discovery but if you want to take better care of your face then this is the place you need to look. Packed full of tips and “cheat sheets”, Caroline also reviews products and sporadically holds “The Clinic”, where you can leave a comment and she can recommend products or solutions for your particular skincare concern. I feel I’ve learned a lot so far – number one being that Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is not as natural as you might think!

What are your favourite beauty blogs?


Hello world!

Published October 15, 2012 by cakemusicandmakeup

Bit of a cop-out to re-use the pre-set wordpress title for the first post, but never mind!

I’m Lorna and I currently reside in the middle of nowhere with my boyfriend, the lovely Andrew. He blogs here at Trentender. I have blogged under various guises since around 2005 but none of them have lasted very long. I think I tried to just blog about one topic and it wasn’t really enough to sustain a blog over time.

I currently work as a teacher in a large-ish primary school, and that’s about all I can say about it really. I don’t have much spare time but when I do, I like to read beauty and lifestyle blogs, go to Starbucks for strong chai tea lattes and occasionally bake.

I’m hoping this blog will just be an outlet for all sorts of bits and bobs. Not showing off, just having a ramble 🙂

See you soon!