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August Goals

Hi guys!

I’ve completed my first month of blogging! While I didn’t post as much as I would have liked, I learned new things about blogging and can’t wait to put them into practice.

Moving on, August is finally here and that means 2 things:

  1. Summer is well and truly here but also, autumn is close and it’s almost time for dark nights and cosy jumpers.
  2. My birthday is this month, I turn 23 on the 28th and I’m gonna PARTAAAY (read: eat food and watch Netflix with my dogs)

I thought I would start the month off right by setting a few goals for myself. A good way to know that you’re still moving forward even on a bad day, is to set goals for you to see your progress. For you to see that you’re not wasting your time and your efforts are worth it. Here are a few of mine:

Post 3-4 times a week

I originally wanted to do a blog-post-a-day challenge but I gathered I’m not experienced enough for this (the future, maybe?!) So now the plan is to post every other day, that way I have enough time to produce good content and really get into the swing of blogging.

Hit over 150 views on my blog and 20 followers

My blog is still relatively small, and by small I mean, tiny. Hopefully, this is a realistic goal that I can reach. Goals, no matter how small, are still goals and each one should be celebrated. So, that’s my blog goal for this month!

Improve my photography skills

Photography is something I’m still coming to grips with, I have recently bought a few things like phone lenses, a light reflector etc. that will help me create the best photos that I can, with practice of course.

Learn how to create a halo smokey eye

My makeup challenge this month is to finally crack the halo smokey eye! Since it’s my birthday at the end of the month, I’m going to be celebrating in some way and I’d like to wear this look and be #servinglewks.

 

So that’s it! Those are my goals this month, what are your goals for August? Are you planning on learning something new, or something simple such as taking a walk everyday? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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How To Apply Makeup To Oily Skin

Hi guys!

In an ideal world, I’d have beautiful blemish-free skin, zero pores and no excess oil. In the real world, my face is so oily and makeup thinks my face is a Slip ‘N Slide. I’m going to share with you step-by-step, what products I use to help keep my oily face at bay throughout the day.

The best way to start is to make sure you have a clean face and clean fingers. Clogged pores ain’t cute and there’s less chance of dirt and oils being trapped if you’re working with a clean base and clean tools.

  • Once you have completed your prepping, it’s time to finish that up with an oil-free or gel based moisturiser. I like to use Simple’s Oil Balancing Moisturiser from Boots for £4.29. It’s really moisturising and lightweight enough that it doesn’t leave a greasy texture. This is a great base on its own however I still like to go in with a primer on top.
  • After your moisturiser has soaked into your skin and your feeling hydrated, it’s time to apply your primer. Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’ primer gel is ideal for people with combo/oily skin, however it does come with a bit of price tag of £23.50. The matte primer instantly blurs pores, and absorbs excess surface oil. It’s best to apply a small amount of primer only on your oily areas, and not your whole face.
  • Once you are primed and lovely, it’s time for foundation. For my everyday look, I like to use Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. This foundation offers a lot of coverage (what pores?) but still feels so light on your face. It’s also really affordable at £6.99 from Boots, which is a bonus if you ask me! But if you are looking for a more high-end foundation, Urban Decay’s All Nighter  retails for £29.50 and is an amazing foundation for this skin type as it is oil-free and absorbs excess oils to reduce shine.
    • Avoid applying your foundation with your fingers as you will have a better finish using a BeautyBlender or foundation brush. My favourite brush is Morphe’s Y6, this leaves an almost airbrushed finish and you will look FLAWLESS!
  • The next step is to apply your concealer, you can use whichever one works best for you. After you’ve blended your concealer, you need to lock it in with loose powder. Too Faced Peach Perfect Loose Powder is a really good powder to use under your eyes and over your T-Zone. I also like to dab a bit on my chin as that can be quite oily too. Leave this for a minute or so to allow it to soak into your skin then dust off the rest with a powder brush.
  • You can then carry on applying the rest of your face as normal. Before you leave the house to start your day, be sure to apply setting spray to really make sure your makeup stays put. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray is a classic which everybody loves, you can buy this for £24.00. Another great setting spray is Skindinavia’s Bridal Finishing Spray, this costs £16.80 from BeautyBay and I find it to be stronger than the UD spray.

When you are out shopping for makeup it is always best to go for products for your skin type, the product needs to be oil-free and please avoid coconut oil at all costs. Coconut oil will sit heavy on your face, making you more oily than before.

Here are a few tips to help you combat that oily sheen:

  1. Avoid washing your face too often, it may seem like the obvious choice to wash off the oil but this means you are stripping the natural oils which will encourage excess oil production. No thanks!
  2. Try not to touch your face as this will transfer the germs from your hands to your pores, causing them to clog.
  3. Carry blotting paper in your bag to dab at your face during the day.
  4. Another staple in your bag should be pressed powder for you to touch up during the day.
  5. Keep your makeup brushes clean. They are a gold mine for germs and so, ideally you want to wash your base makeup brushes after each use or at least after every 2nd use.

I hope you liked this post, and has helped you! I am always looking for new tips so if you have any, feel free to leave them in the comments below 🙂

Love, Beth x