Two Year Blog Anniversary

19th of May 2018 my blog was officially launched. It was something I had debated for a very long time but in the end, although I had no experience, I jumped straight into it and here we are two years on!

I have mentioned this here and there but the reason I started blogging was because of how much I enjoyed writing and I really wanted to rant about a rubbish makeup product I’d wasted my money on. To be honest when got everything set up I hadn’t really done any research into blogging because I thought it would be a doddle… WRONG. It can be hard wrapping your head about ways to get more views, earn money or have your posts show up on Google.

Two years on and I am still learning so much about what I do as my side hobby. I almost gave up many times, there were times where I felt like my content was useless or that no one wanted to be friends with me in the community. But it’s so easy just to give up, and if I had I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

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Achievements

I have had a lot of achievements, I don’t compare them to anyone else’s like I used to because I know if I do that I’ll be majorly disheartened. My first one was managing to increase my DA (domain authority) to 13. It’s not much but it’s better than 3 when I started.

I have managed to start getting paid opportunities which is absolutely fantastic, 90% of my posts aren’t paid but it’s nice when you get paid to do something you enjoy. It took me a while to get to that point because it all came down to DA.

Sometimes I can still feel like an outcast on a bad day but I have made some fantastic friends in the community whom I couldn’t be more grateful for. I have a bunch of girls who I currently collab with too – you can find that post here for the collab we all did.

Of course, I have had some lows too. If someone paints a pretty picture and make out it’s been a smooth ride then they’re either lying or not human.

Downfalls

I would say downfall wise in my two years of blogging is the consistency of posting. It can be tiresome when you have to get lots of posts ready and scheduled to go up on your blog. My consistency has been all over the place, sometimes laziness and sometimes something comes up in life. I wouldn’t say there are many more downfalls, I just keep making sure I am always kind and supportive to others in our community to avoid a negative vibe.

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Goals for the future

I want to make sure I am increasing the traffic to my pages with the correct marketing tools. More paid opportunities would be great too, I think more will come if I blog more consistently.

I just want to keep blogging and keep enjoying what I do without any drama or negativity. One main goal is to also take more photos for my page, I see bloggers with incredible photos and then I realise mine might not look so great so they’re definitely things to improve on.

Always keep going and making the content you love, you’ll have that breakthrough at some point. If you’re thinking of starting a blog and need help, read my post here.

 

My blogging has been somewhat slow because I’ll be totally honest, I have been so unmotivated. My mental health is poor at the moment too. Just want normality back! Take care – Beth x

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What I Got for Christmas 2019

Before we start the post I just wanted to say that with this post I am not showing off or trying to come off as spoilt. I just thought it would make a nice post showing the gifts I received, p.s there’s lots of makeup! Let me know what you got for Christmas in the comments below.

Makeup

Of course, my family know I am obsessed with makeup, they know it’s my passion and what I love to do as my fulltime hobby. They’ve helped me add to my kit by giving me some palettes I desperately wanted, lippies and eyeliners that were all on my wish list this year. I got 4 palettes, Jeffree star jawbreaker, Blue Blood and Controversy Palette. And the Lunar Beauty Strawberry Palette which I want to post a review of. All these palettes are stunning! I also got a top-up of my go-to brow products. I would recommend Jeffree’s eyeshadows, that’s why I asked for them! I have reviewed some of his stuff in the past so feel free to view it here.

 

Bath & body

My friends and family know I don’t use Lush anymore so they bought me some bath products from Bomb Cosmetics and they’re the cutest! I have organised all my bath products into a cute basket so I can just grab and go when ready.

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Other

I got a couple of candles from my mum, Yankee candle of course. She also got me some pj’s, stationery and makeup bits as well. One of the things I love is a Harry Potter Dobby diary she got me! She’s trying to help me get organised which I fully appreciate. I got some gifts which I can’t use due to skin sensitivity but I will be donating those to homeless/women’s shelters. I advise you guys to do the same, instead of throwing the gifts away or letting them sit on a shelf give them to those neediest.

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Where can you get these products? For the UK you can visit https://www.beautybay.com/ or for the Jeffree palettes if you are US-based then you can go directly to https://jeffreestarcosmetics.com/. For the Benefit brow set, you can pick that up from John Lewis.

 

I am beyond blessed to have received what I did, I am grateful, so grateful. What did you guys get for Christmas? Let me know below. Take care – Beth x

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How to Care for Your Mental Health This Christmas

Christmas time is full of emotion, excitement and joy especially. But for some of us, it can be a time where the season is full of depression and anxiety. I wanted to talk to you guys about ways you can care for your mental health when it’s hard at Christmas time. So grab yourself a cuppa (decaf for me) and let’s talk.

Talk to someone

Talk to friends or family. Anyone who will listen, talk to them. They don’t always have to be a mental health professional, sometimes it can just help to get your feelings out there. If you’re UK based (which most of my readers are) feel free to call The Samaritans on 116 123, they are a charity that talks to anyone who is in need of some support. You don’t have to be suicidal for this either. If you would rather be face to face with someone, The Samaritans do have drop-in branches which I will link in case you want to pop in instead.

Pamper yourself

Treat yourself to a cake you’ve been craving or that new DVD you wanted! Run a nice, hot bath and relax. Do a skincare routine, put on a face mask, do your brows. Feel good about yourself and take pleasure in caring for yourself.

Help others

Volunteer at an animal shelter or feed the homeless. Being social and interacting with others can sometimes ease your thought and make you feel good/positive about life. It’s nice to be nice.

Don’t go into debt worrying about Christmas

Money is a huge factor that increases anxiety and depression, don’t go into debt trying to please people. If you do have to buy gifts, maybe try to handcraft them as that could also serve as a distraction and hobby. This year I became anxious about what I had bought for family, so I ended up making loads of gifts through painting and other crafts I am good at.

Organize

One thing that has helped me this season is by having some organization. Putting everything in my phone calendar helped me see every meeting or social gathering I had to attend so I knew where I was.

Remember to breathe

I don’t mean just inhale and exhale, I also mean to stop and chill. Busy day shopping and wrapping presents? Go home, put a film on and relax. We can easily feel overwhelmed and making sure you take time to stop is essential to not going over the edge. One thing I also like to do when I feel a little ‘burnt out’ is either play The Sims or sit in my pyjamas all day and binge Youtube.

Numbers to call (UK)

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Bi-Polar UK – Tel: 0333 323 3880 – bipolaruk.org.uk

Saneline – 0300 304 7000 – sane.org.uk

Mind – MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393 – mind.org.uk

ChildLine – Helpline: 0800 11 11 – childline.org.uk

Samaritans – Tel: 116 123 (Free) – samaritans.org

Take care this Christmas, I haven’t posted much for December as I have been taking time out for my own mental health but if you need anyone to speak to this festive season please call the numbers I included in the post. Merry Christmas – Beth x

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Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2019 – Beauty/Skincare Edition

Christmas Gift Guide 2019

We are here already! November, it’s cold and dark outside, Christmas music plays and we get ready for the big day once again. If you were on my blog last year you’ll know I did blogmas for 24 days of December. This year I’ll be doing 12 days. To get you readily prepared I wanted to bring out a gift guide in November. So get your shopping bags and debit cards at the ready and let’s get into it!

 

Beauty

Anastasia Beverley Hills Soft Glam Palette. 

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This palette is packed full of neutrals and isn’t intimidating for someone just starting out in makeup. £46 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Nude Lipstick Set

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Once again, this is perfect for someone who wants variety with makeup and doesn’t want to be intimidated by bright, outlandish colours. £45 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

ME, MYSELF AND MMMMITCHELL PRESSED PIGMENT PALETTE

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This has every shade an aspiring mua needs, from soft glam looks to out of this world bright shades this palette is truly perfect. £30 Beauty Bay

 

BH Cosmetics Poolside Chic Brush Set

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No matter what level of artistry you’re at whether you’re a newbie or pro mua, everyone needs brushes. I recommend BH brushes, my collection is full of them and they last really long through washes. £21 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

Jeffree Star Northern Lights Highlight Palette

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This is so perfect for any skin tone, it has undertones that everyone likes such as golden, pink, iridescent and peachy. It would suit beginners or pro muas. £48 Beauty Bay

 

 

Skincare

When getting someone skincare gifts you’ll want to get them a set that caters to a variety of skin types, unless you know for certain that they have dry or oily then take the smart decision by getting a variety set.

 

Mario Badescu Spritz Set

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Perfect set for a skincare lover, it caters to all types of skin and I genuinely love this product as it works really well. £17 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-erade Kit £17 Beauty Bay

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Skin79 Animal Mask set

skse0055f_1A Korean skincare brand, this set is cheap and cheerful and would make a great stocking filler. Or you could even hand one mask to each of your friends. The masks all have different purposes and variety, ones calming, one is moisturizing and the other is brightening. £10 Beauty Bay

 

 

 

 

 

Tip: When trying to save money, as annoying as they are, sign up to email alerts from shops. They will let you know when there are flash sales on or black Friday, and sometimes there’s even

I am so excited for Christmas, like seriously excited. All my shopping is complete. I won’t be doing blogmas this year but I will be doing 12 days of Christmas style posts – Beth x

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DISCLAIMER: I own NONE of the photographs, in the past, these sites and companies have been kind enough to let me use their photos as long as I credit. All images belong to beautybay.com

Kaima Cosmetics Review

As I was scrolling through Instagram late the other night, I came across a photo of some beautiful loose pigments from an indie brand I had never heard of called Kaima Cosmetics. Instantly, I fell in love, I knew I had to treat myself and try them out. Because it was my first time trying anything from the brand I only bought two items which were two diamond duo chrome loose pigments;

Genie – shifts between blue and green

UtopiaShifts between lilac and gold

After trying the first batch I went in for round two where I bought two more pigments;

Divinelight blue

Dream catcher – shifts between green and pink

 

When applying the pigment the payoff is amazing and it doesn’t have much fallout. I find that it also sits really nicely on the eye without any primer.

I did this look using Utopia! Such a beautiful shade that leaves a major impact. I would recommend purchasing these and trying them out, my collection of the loose pigments are starting to grow!

Everything I have said in this review is my genuine opinion, nobody has paid me to say good things about the brand and everything was bought with my own money. Check out my Instagram to see more looks I have done using these products. Take care – Beth x

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How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

First of all, it’s so important to clean your makeup brushes/sponges because they harbour bacteria that can cause blackheads, breakout and irritation. I wash mine (depending on how much pigment is on the eyeshadow brushes) once a week. It only takes me about ten minutes but is increasing as my brush collection is ever growing!  In this post, I’m going to show you how I clean them and hopefully this can help you too.

When you wash your brushes you’ll need:

  • A bar of soap or cleanser (either is fine)
  • A clean towel
  • Cleaning Mat
  • Acrylic brush holder (optional)

Step 1

I set up what I like to call my ‘cleaning station’ which is simply where I lay my brushes out, place the silicone cleaning mat in the sink and have my makeup remover balm at the ready.

 

Step 2

I run the tap and make sure the water is not too hot but hot enough to get some form of lather from the cleanser. I then wet all of my makeup brushes.

Step 3

One by one I swirl my brushes around on the mat that is covered with the cleansing balm and make sure that the brush is going back to it’s original colour so I know that all pigmentation has left the bristles along with the bacteria.

Step 4

I clean my mat of all previous balm and water, turning on the cold tap I allow it to flow onto the brushes to wash out all product. To aid getting rid of the product I swirl the brushes in my clean palm.

Step 5

Once all brushes have been cleaned, I pat the bristles with a towel and lay them flat to dry.

 

I hope this post was helpful! I’m trying to grow my social media’s, so if you follow me I’ll follow back! I apologise for being slightly absent with posting, I’m becoming a lot more positive and I’m taking time to work more on myself hence why I might lack here and there. Hope everyone is well anyway, take care – Beth x

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2019 Goals – Blogmas Day 23

2018 is almost at an end, I’ve already reflected and recapped this year in my last post so it’s time to set some goals for the year ahead. I won’t list anything that’s insanely unattainable! Enjoy.

 

Monetisation

I would love to be able to start earning some form of income from blogging, in the future, I would love blogging to become my proper job as I’m sick of pulling pints for a crap wage.

Events

Being invited to events would be incredible! Like to lush to make a bath bomb or to a makeup event! Would be absolutely amazing and I would love to experience it.

Get in shape/self-development

My main goal is to lose weight, build muscle and become healthier. I want to like what I see in the mirror more than I currently do. Also, sounds cliche but I will strive to self develop more and work harder on my mental health.

Attempt to travel

I don’t fly so I would like to aim to do more UK city breaks or Europe ones via the Eurostar.

Work with brands

It would be a dream and an honour to get the chance to work with brands that I love! A dream would be to work with a makeup brand or a brand that I follow heavily such as Deathwishco and Bomb cosmetics.

Be content

I just wish to be very content with life. Content with finances, myself and relationships

Collab

I’d love to collab with more bloggers! Let me know if you’d love to do this!

Day 23 done! I am not in the spirit just yet and I don’t really know why, hopefully, tomorrow it’ll sink in. But after this post please tell me your goals for 2019 below! Take care – Beth x

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2018 Recap & Achievements​ – Blogmas Day 22

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As this year is coming to an end, it makes us reflect on what the past year has put us through. I want to sit here and say it’s been absolute rubbish but I am naturally pessimistic!

There has been alot that has happened in the past 365 days, some things I can openly divulge but some things that are best kept private. But amongst the negatives, there have been some positives! In June of this year, The Makeup by Beth was born after I wanted to write about how bad a foundation was. 6 months down the line, this blog has become my life. Of course, people will state how their views are achievements which I guess they are to an extent but no matter if it’s 1 or 100 people that like my work, it all means something and I will never ever become ungrateful.

I have also been lucky enough to have made some friendships via the blogging and youtube community and I couldn’t be happier! It’s really nice to have like-minded people to talk to and get you through whatever it is I am going through. Below I will list some things off that are classed as an achievement to me.

I faced some BIG fears

It is a big thing for me but in June I had to have emergency dental work done. This meant having needles and I did it! I can’t believe I sat through it and stayed strong. Again, it might seem daft but to me,    it was a big achievement.

I worked harder on improving my mental health

I decided to really take control of my mental health this year, I invested a lot of time into self-care and working on coping strategies. Of course, I have still had those dark times and times where I have wanted to give up, but, it’s been a lot easier to bounce back.

I worked harder on improving my physical health

In February I worked very hard on my physical appearance, I had a membership with slimming world and lost about 2 stone. I have since fallen off the bandwagon but it showed me that I could lose weight, that the willpower and strength was there.

I was noticed by brands

I was noticed by DeathWishCo and since then they have become close friends of mine. I am not affilated and I don’t make money from them but they’re a kick-ass brand that support my work constantly! I have been noticed by some makeup brands that have been nice to comment on my pictures or give them likes, which may sound small but I really appreciate it.

I was voted for a real award!

So I received an email saying I was nominated for a UK Blog Award 2019! I was gobsmacked, me of all people! If you could be so kind and vote for me HERE.

I found myself

This will sound cheesy but after years of feeling like I didn’t belong, I feel like I finally have found where I am meant to be, learnt my worth and won’t settle for less. Blogging and Instagram have definitely given me a drive which I didn’t have before.

 

Please let me know what your biggest achievements of the year are! Doesn’t have to be blog related, can be anything! Take care – Beth x

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The Winter Tag – Blogmas Day 17

I have been tagged by Amy over at Fleurdubelle to do the Winter Tag. The Winter Tag consists of answering questions, stating random facts about yourself then nominating 12 other bloggers. Hope you enjoy!

The Rules

  • Share 12 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 12 questions.
  • List 12 bloggers you want to do the tag. They can be anyone you want.
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.

My 12 Random Facts

  • I am a sucker for anything Grinch, I have slippers, wrapping paper and pj’s. All with The Grinch on.
  • I am obsessed with Lil Peep.
  • I love buying decor for my room.
  • I am a candle collector/hoarder.
  • My dogs are my everything.
  • I quit uni after two weeks.
  • Christmas is my favourite holiday.
  • I am 21 in 3 weeks time.
  • Burgers and pizza are easily my favourite food ever!
  • On the topic of pizza, I do love pineapple on mine. Sorry.
  • My dream holiday is going to Amsterdam
  • I wanna make a bucket list for 2019

Questions

1. What are your favourite things about Winter?
As much as I hate it I also love how cold it gets, I love waking up to a frost in the morning and always hope for the snow in winter.
2. What is your favourite Winter outfit?
My khaki long coat, tartan scarf, jeans and brown boots! it’s like fall and winter combined.
3. What is your favourite Winter food?
Can’t go wrong with some festive meal deals from Sainsbury’s! A turkey, cranberry and pigs in blankets sandwich! 10/10. Of course, the chocolates make it too.
4. Favourite Winter drink?
Easily has to be a hot chocolate! Although I am very fond of a hazelnut or vanilla latte this time of year. When I don’t need to go out anywhere, I will sit in and have a Bailey’s Hot Chocolate! Amazing!
5. What is your dream way to spend a Winter’s day?
Sat indoors in my pyjamas, wrapped up in a duvet with a hot drink in hand.
6. How do you like to do your make-up in the Winter?
A lot of glitter and blue tone shades! I like to resemble the frost outside.
7. What are you hoping Santa brings you?
Hopefully, a camera to take blog photos and close up of makeup looks as my phone quality is pants.
8. What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?
Snow, Christmas trees and frost.
9. What is your favourite Winter song?
A Winters Tale by Queen is the one that sticks out the most as my favourite.
10. What is your favourite Winter memory?
I can’t choose there are so many! Probably would be Alfie’s first time in the snow!
11. What is your favourite Winter scent?
Easily something Christmas tree scented, we were never able to get a real one as they dried out so we used to buy a synthetic one and I would spray a fir-scented air fresher everywhere!
12. Finish this sentence… If I could have one wish this Christmas it would be…
To be happy and embrace the festivities. Also to be blessed with having time to spend with family as we are all always so busy.
Nominations
I’m sorry if you have already been nominated! Please ignore me if you have! x
Malcom’s Mommy – growingwithmalcolm.ca
Becca – becc4.co.uk
Thoughts Tonight – thoughtstonight.com
Alixkate – alixkate.co.uk
This was a fun post to do, Blogmas is almost up can you believe how fast it’s going? Anyway, hope you enjoyed. Take care – Beth x

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Self Care at Christmas – Blogmas Day 16

Christmas, it’s known for rushing and stress. Although I love this time of year, it makes my anxiety go into overdrive so sometimes I need to pull over and take some time away. I am going to show you how I practise self-care at Christmas, keep in mind everyone has different ways of doing it and if you have some methods, let me know below. Enjoy!

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Watch Christmas Movies. I’ll usually sit and wrap presents with a Christmas film playing in the background, it’s usually The Grinch but I do love Nativity! It’s a great method to install more excitement into the festive period, rather than add stress.

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Eat & Drink. We all know that food and drink are the best things about Christmas, well when I am stressed with the online shopping or out in town I love to sit and have a hot chocolate! If I am out I’ll opt for something vanilla or hazelnut. It’s almost like a tea break!

Here is the perfect example of me putting self-care into practice:

So this Friday I went out shopping with my sister, I made a BIG lost of everything that needed doing on that day, so;

  • Presents
  • Wrapping paper
  • Cards
  • Stocking Fillers
  • Health and beauty essentials for me

Let’s just say I became very overwhelmed before I had even stepped foot into the shopping centre. The night before I was anxious about getting everything done, I tried to do something else to distract but felt very unprepared so I couldn’t relax. Once we were in town I suffered multiple panic attacks, so to make everything not seem so overwhelming we took 3 stops, 1 in McDonald’s for a refresh, 1 in Debenhams Cafe for a coffee and lastly Five Guys for something to eat.

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Having these little coffee breaks gave me time to rekindle myself and my thoughts, it was the perfect opportunity for me to reevaluate what I needed to do and which shops I needed to visit. I was able to start ticking things off the list and slowly eliminating my anxiety. I also made sure my body was fueled with energy, hence why I made a trip to Five Guys!

If you’re out Christmas shopping, take regular coffee breaks, make it a bit more leisurely and visit the Christmas market for a bit! After wrapping up hundreds of gifts, get in the bath, drop in your favourite bath bomb and RELAX.

I really hope some of you can take inspo from this, remember to take time out for some self-care. It isn’t selfish one bit, you just need to time to rejuvenate.

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