Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Become A Brow Expert with Benefit

Benefit has been in the brow game since 1976 and has cemented themselves as leaders in the market making most other brands seriously step up there brow game. How can you compete though, with a brand that has 1,800 Benefit brow bars? Anyway with everyone investing more time and money into their brows than ever before this is the perfect time for Benefit to bring out four new products and update the entire range with an enchanting  new look.

There can be so many issues with brows from being too skinny, patchy or just a little bit odd but it can be difficult to fix them, I admit my brows are not perfect and I am not a great brow creator. Benefit want everyone to become a BROW EXPERT with these new tools and that is why each product has been designed with precise applicators, high performing formulas and the perfect shade for everyone. Shop the entire Benefit brow range here.

Right, let’s move on to the products:

Gimme Brow 
This magical little brush is my favourite in the collection with those magic pieces of voluminising microfibers that attach to your hair. The little comb ensures you can brush-on the gel which instantly makes your brows look fuller and less sparse, just keep brushing for your desired look. Use the tapered side for blending and the more precise side for shaping.

As an added bonus Gimme Brow is water-resistant and comes in three shades (I am number 5) so every gal can get that perfect look. RRP £18.50
gimme brow

BROWVO! Conditioning Primer
A primer for your brows!! Yes you heard me right, BROWVO! provides a fuller and healthier looking brow with just one application.
1: Conditions your brows so it instantly looks fuller, thicker and healthier.
2. Primes so it enhances the colour and extends the wear.
benefit browvo conditioning primer

Just comb the brush through your hair and skin and the added keratin & soy proteins will do all the work. RPP £21.50
benefit applicator

Tip: Leave overnight so you wake up with fab brows.

Goof Proof Brow Pencil 
So if you struggle to shape your brows like moi, this is the one for you and it is so simple. Keeping to the name it has a 'good-proof' tip with a wide angle to fill and a tip to be precise then use the spoolie to blend. This magic pencil provides waterproof wear and 12 hr coverage and there is no need to sharpen as you just twist. Goof Proof brow pencil comes in six shades like the majority of the range and I am a number 3 in all for a dark but natural shade. RRP. £18.50
goof proof brow pencil

Find the hidden brush which is used as the bottle tail then build up colour until it's just how you want either natural or a more dramatic brow. KA-BROW! again comes in six shades in a cream gel and is waterproof with 24 hr. RRP.£18.50
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Friday, 10 June 2016

11 Gifts for Father's Day

Happy Daddy Day!!! 

I never know what to get my dad it is always a fricking struggle and I have Fathers Day and his Birthday all in the same month. The only year I got it right was when I brought Rugby World Cup tickets and I was the favourite for a solid six months I think... 

Hopefully I have found some absolute great gifts below in my gift guide for your dad to be smiling on Fathers Day.


The Stylish Dad

stylish dad gifts
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

The Foodie Dad
stylish dad gifts
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

How to start a blog

This is a blog dedicated to all my lovely readers who have been asking 'How do you go about starting a blog?' instead of a rambling email I thought I would ramble through a blog post. Now obviously this is just for starters there is lots more your can do but I am starting right from the beginning. If you want me to add any section please comment below.

When I started Time2Gossip I was a bit scared of being in the public eye and I did not want people to know it was me writing so I did not want to use the simple option of my own name. Thining about it now it would have been easier! After brainstorming for a while I went for a tongue n' cheek name of Time2Gossip, it is a little bit cheesy and maybe it is slightly an unprofessional name but Time2Gossip was born. 

TIP: Before you finalise your name check the core social media channels and that a URL is available. Sometimes using your actual name can be the easiest thing.
You have the name and if you are going to write blog and not just a YouTube channel or Instagram feed then there are two main options for a platform:
1. Blogger: I use blogger, it is simple to use and easy to setup. You can have a pretty looking blog in just a few clicks.
2. Wordpress: Now I do not know too much about Wordpress but over the past few months I have been thinking that it might be worth the big move. With more features and better SEO functions, it could be the better option for me. There are some downsides though it is a lot more complicated to function and with so many apps and add on's there is a lot more to choose from so added confusion.

There are so many different social media channels, it is hard to decide which one to go for...Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and many more. It is important to choose the most important channels for your content I personally focus on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat as my core channels.

TIP: It might be worth reserving your name in the majority of the channels, even if you are not going to use them straight away.

To start a blog you do not really need much, just a creative mind but I thought I would share the equipment I use just in case you are looking to take the next step.
Laptop:I upgraded my laptop situation in December when my brother gave me his old Laptop a MacBook Pro and it has really transformed the way I blog. It is a lot faster and iMovie has helped my develop my Youtube channel.
Notebook: I was given a Bullet Notebook and I LOVE it, I find it so useful to jot down all my ideas, keep track of my content etc
Camera: I am currently using an Olympus PEN E-PL7, you have probably seen a lot of bloggers posing with these because they are pretty, compact and amazing quality. I have two lens a 45 mm lens which makes me look so pretty and blurred in outfit shots and a 14-42 mm lens for more generic shots.
Phone: I upgraded in September last year to the iPhone 6s as the camera on the 5 was pretty pants.

The next bit of equipment I am thinking of investing in is some home studio lighting, when UK weather is a little bit pants.

So you have everything ready to go but what are you going to write about? Do you have a defined theme: beauty, travel, fashion, wedding or a little bit of everything.

I have a monthly content strategy that I plan around loosely but try and post about three times a week. When you have finished your post remember to label your post with relevant tags and add a relevant search description and add ALT text description to all of your images  (this all helps with SEO).
So you can either get images from PR agencies or there are free stock images websites but if you are going to take you own images you will need to do a bit of editing. I use a few different things on my phone FaceTune and VSCO are the main ones and I usually just brighten my images and sharpen them slightly. For my website banners I use Canva.

TIP: Make sure your photos are not HUGE best is to be 70-200kb.
So I have no idea how useful this is but hope it helps. Anything you need me to add just let me know.
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

4 Summer Scents

There are some BEAUTIFUL fragrances out right now so I thought I would share some of my faves, some of you would of already seen a few of these on Time2Gossip or my social media channels but these are my go-to scents for Spring Summer 16. For the warmer season you want a floral, lighter scent to make your feel like your running through a field of flowers. The image I have in my head is Jessa from Girls all floaty and whimsical. So which brands made the cut?
black opium YSL
Yves Saint Laurent, Black Opium Nuit Blanche
Now I first fell in love with Black Opium, YSL in the Autumn last year. YSL have done it again with a lighter interpretation in a sparkly bottle ready to party at every festival the world has going. The core notes coming through are coffee entwined in florals leaving a hint of white musk lingering. The bottle is pretty similar to the original but more translucent with a beautiful night sky. You can purchase from Debenhams for £47.

Jimmy Choo, Exotic
You have probably seen this bad boy on quite a few posts now and on my Instagram as it has definitely been MY scent since the launch, day or night it really does not matter. It looks so pretty and smells like summer with tiger orchids, patchouli, blackcurrant and pink grapefruit for a sweet and sexy fragrance. Check out my full review of Jimmy Choo, Exotic here. Buy from £44.
jimmy choo exotic
Narciso Rodriguez, Narciso Poudree
Everyone is currently wearing nudes and pale blush at the moment with the likes of Kim Kardashian bringing it back in trend and Narcisco Pudree is on fashion form for the season with this seductive scent in their signature style bottle. The core notes are jasmine petals, musk and wood. Buy from £39 here.
summer scents
Ferragamo Signorina, Eleganza
Like its name this elegant Ferragamo Signorina, Eleganza fragrance is perfect for the summer months especially as an evening scent for a more formal do - no Ibiza parties here. With fruity notes of grapefruit, pear, almond, golden osmanthus petals and patchouli you achieve ultimate luxe. Eleganza is £60 and you can purchase here.
Ferragamo Signorina, Eleganza

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