My first makeup bag 

Buying makeup can be so overwhelming. And if your a total beginner things can get ugly! So I hope to give you some ideas to create a whole makeup bag that can take you from day to night with easily applicable products! 

  

General rule: When buying makeup for the first time stick to cheaper products until you find what you like and works best for you. 

Face:

  

If you have a pretty clear face a BB cream is a must! If not go for a foundation with more coverage. I did not include a concealer and a primer because to me they don’t make a huge difference and you shouldn’t get overwhelmed by a huge amount of products.

What I suggest

  • Garnier BB cream according to your skin type
  • Maybelline dream satin liquid foundation
  • Maybelline Super stay better skin powder

  

For cheeks the Estée Lauder signature powder blush no 19 is great because you can use it as a blush as well as a light bronzer. 

Eyes: 

  

For eye shadow stick to not as pigmented neutrals. The outcome will not be as strong but it will be extremely difficult to mess it up!

What I suggest: 

  •  Maybellne The Nudes pallete

  

Sticking to the same vibe go for a felt tip eyeliner as it is more easily applied! For a bolder look you can go over it with a liquid eyeliner.

What I suggest:

  • Sephora felt tip eyeliner, classic line 
  • Seventeen mascara X-TRAOIRDINAIRE, black 01
  • Maybelline mascara Lash sensational

Lips:  Rules always have exceptions! I would definitely splurge on a red lipstick because it’s a classic! Lastly a makeup bag is not complete without an everyday nude lipstick.

  
What I suggest:

  • Yves Saint Laurent rouge pur couture 35
  • Rimmel by Kate Moss 01
  • Koress guava 13 natural pink   

What was your first makeup product? Let me know in the comments below!

    A scent to remember 

    I love the idea of people smelling a particular smell and immediately connecting it to me. With a billion of amazing fragrances in the market you could wear a different one every day for your whole life. It is tempting to say the least. But it’s really amazing to think my friends, my family, my boyfriend are somewhere smelling a girl wearing the same cologne and instantly think about me. I love walking out of a room knowing that whoever walks in next will know I was there. I love when my boyfriend says I miss your smell I know exactly what he talks about. It took me years to find a smell that I loved and suited me, my character and I what I wanted to show the world. And I found it. That smell for me is Dior Addict.

    Dior Addict Eau de Parfum unleashes fresh and captivating top notes that blend Mandarin Leaf with Tunisian Orange Blossom. 

    Intense and vibrant, it reveals a powerful heart of Jasmine Sambac Absolute that blossoms with soft femininity and sensuality. The base unfurls in the deep and exquisite warmth of Bourbon Vanilla. 

    A soft and seductive trail tinged with light. 

    Although it is the perfect smell for me I unfortunately realized that although amazing for the colder months it was to heavy for Greece’s hot summers. So I had to make a compromise. I decided to wear my favorite perfume for as long as it’s cold outside and switch it when the weather starts to get warmer. So I went in search again for the perfect summer scent. I chose Armani Code,  a fresh, sexy, feminine blend of zesty blood orange, ginger, and pear sorbet softened with hints of sambac jasmine, orange blossom, and lavender honey, warmed with precious woods and vanilla.

    There is definitely a theme! Everyone is different some people have a signature scent and some don’t. Either way check these two out. You might fall in love like I did or maybe you’ll have to keep searching a bit longer. Your perfect scent is out there. 

    What is your favorite scent? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe you’ll be the reason I’ll decide to switch things up!!!

    Pampering day

    We all have those days when we feel like everything sucks! When you feel awful and everything that can go wrong does! Our immediate reaction is to stay in bed all day. So here are some better ideas to brighten those days. Ideas to unwind and destress from a tiring day (or month). Don’t forget to pamper yourself!

    • Adult coloring books are in the spotlight! I suggest you invest in one. I don’t know what it is about them but they can definitely clear your head!

      

    • Put on a face mask. It’s beneficial, funny and good selfie material. Shhh…
    • Make a bubble bath and light up some awesome smelling candles. You’ll definitely feel more relaxed. A hot shower can also do the trick!
    • Do your nails. I don’t know what it is about painting my nails but it honestly makes me feel like my life is in order. Sadly it isn’t. A girl can dream! Right?
      • Read a book that you love
      • Binge watch your favorite show. Procrastination at its finest!
      •   Listen to music!

      • Order your favorite take-out. Yeah I ate it all myself. Don’t judge! 
      What do you do when you feel down? Let me know in the comments below!

      Time Saving Beauty Tips for College Students

      Hello, lovelies! 

      I wish to thank Naya for allowing me the opportunity to collaborate on her blog. Before I proceed with today’s post, I want to take a few moments to introduce myself. My name is Erin Angela from the blog Glitter & Mojitos.  I am a 21-year old blogger and university student from Canada. I am excited to share beauty, lifestyle, and fitness-related posts with you!

      College is a busy time. Daily beauty routines need to be quick but effective. After four years of college, I’ve accumulated  beauty tips to help save time during busy mornings. Today, I share my top tips with you:

      1. Organize your makeup the night before

      Create a kit of the makeup products you plan to use the next morning. This will decrease time spent the next morning searching for products. It also keeps your products neat, organized, and in one place.

      2. Use multipurpose products

      Try products that multi-task. A lip and cheek stain, for example, can double as lip and cheek colour. The single shade is versatile for two makeup needs. I use a cherry-red lip and cheek stain on busy mornings to give my face a pop of colour.

      3. Invest in dry shampoo or baby powder 

      Both products do wonders for hair. If you don’t have time to wash hair in the morning, sprinkle dry shampoo or baby powder into your roots. The products contain cornstarch to soak up excess oil.

      If you’d like to connect with me on social media, you can find me on Instagram!

      Once again, I want to thank Naya for the opportunity! xo

       

       

      Review-Vivid matte liquid lipstick 

      First I have to say I am a hardcore Maybelline fan. Really good quality products with greater price tags! But this product was a total FAIL. The color I’m reviewing is the 05 nude flush!


      But let’s start with the good stuff!

      • Beautiful, sturdy packaging 
      • Great color selection ( ten honestly lovely shades from nudes to reds and even some extravagant purples)
      • Does not dry your lips at all. On the contrary it’s pretty hydrating!
      • Easy to use applicator that glides on the lips.


      Sounds like a dream right? Well… 

      • It does NOT dry matte. No matter how thin of a layer you put , no matter how long you wait it will never be completely matte. (Hence the not drying part). In the end I guess we can’t have the best of both worlds.

      • The color is significantly lighter on the lips and it’s not at all buildable.
      • It transfers like crazy and you’ll have to reapplicate every ten freaking minutes.

      Even if I could look away from the fact that it’s not matte the formula is still really bad. I will not be repurchasing!

      What is your favorite matte lipstick? Do you have better suggestions?

          Confidence

          Being nineteen and basically a girl the thing that I have struggled through many years is being confident. Confidence is a really complicated subject. There are many variables you have to take into consideration…

          I have met many types of girls chubby, thin, tall, short, long haired, short haired generally different than me. To my eyes they were ALL gorgeous inside and out. So the first thing that pops up on my mind when I come across such a beautiful person is what the hell went so wrong with me. So I took a step back and cleared my head. And that is when I realized that it isn’t about how tall or how curvy you are. It is about how you carry yourself and what you think about you. Because if you choose to see things differently and start to love the things that make you YOU then other people will start to love them. Trust me on this. If you come off as a person that hasn’t the ability to do anything, if you are conviced that you are useless then people will have that opinion about you. Being able to say that I love my body or my hair or who I am is the HARDEST thing that we all have to achieve. It does seem IMPOSSIBLE at times. It took me years to be able to say that I will fight for things because I deserve them. I used to think that I wasn’t good enough to be happy so I stopped trying to. And you know what happened?? Everything in my life went wrong. I felt so unworthy, I cried all day and didn’t do anything fun. But now I have realized that all those horrible things that happened to me and all the other GOOD things that I’ve missed out because I was scared were MY choice. And then I started to do things. I started to take care of myself more, I started talking to people. I started TRYING to do better. And oddly enough I did. I am better now. And although I am not the girl I dream to be I am closer to being her. So take this advice from me: if you don’t like something about your life do something to change it 
           
          Here’s a picture of really pretty lights because why not?

          How I Grew My Small Blog in 3 Months

          Hello, everyone. My name is Mercy from the blog Mercyish. My blog revolves around budget beauty, positivity and all things pretty and you can read my blog roundup to see some of my best work! Of course, I’d like to thank Naya for inviting me to guest write on this blog and I hope her readers enjoy my post.

          Today I would like to share how I grew my small blog in the first 3 months. I started my blog in mid September 2016 and by December 2016 I had 500 readers with average 3,000 views per month. Even though it doesn’t sound much, for a nobody blogger like me, it’s a huge start. This is how I did it:

          1. Focus on writing useful content that attract my target readers, which are young women interested in budget beauty products as well as young new bloggers like myself. This way, my blog is streamlined into specific topics and new readers will know what to expect out of my future posts.

          2. Engage with current readers and make friends with new ones. In order to actually gain readership, engagement is a very crucial step. I realise that the more I interact with my readers, the more they come back for new posts. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with making new friends. Now my blogger friends and I are all friends on my Instagram too, which is always a great plus!

          3. Create a page that makes readers actually want to stay longer and read more. I invested a lot of my time on designing my blog to suit my theme and to attract readers. Most of my readers have mentioned that they like my blog because of how visually exciting it is. I have written a post on how I designed my blog in 5 easy steps and it really doesn’t cost any money. I use a free WordPress template and it works just fine, so don’t worry about spending too much money on your blog!

          4. Be discipline with organising my blog posts and ideas. It is very easy to cram all my ideas into consecutive blog posts when I think that it will attract readers. In reality, once that train of inspiration passes by, my readers don’t come back. Instead, I try to stick to a schedule and plan out what and when to post for the next few weeks. As a new blogger, I didn’t understand what kind of planner works for me and after a few months, I finally figured it out and designed my own blog organiser based on my experience as a new blogger. I am currently giving out this free printable blog organiser that hopefully can be useful for all of you and improve your blogging life.

          Mercyish Weekly Editorial Blog Calendar.jpg

          Mercyish Monthly Editorial Blog Calendar.jpg

          To receive this super cute and of course free blog organiser, you can go to my blog Mercyish and click on the free blog organiser banner on the side bar. It is very easy to use, there are instructions inside and most importantly, cute stationary always motivates me so I designed it super duper cute for everyone to use.

          Once again, I’m really glad that I can write here and share my experience as a new blogger. Looking forward to writing more and sharing more experience with Naya’s Fairytale readers here. Xoxo, Mercy.

          What I got for Christmas 2016

          I love watching what people got for Christmas. I’m nosy like that. Sometimes they are not so realistic but still a nice watch. Here’s what I really got for Christmas 2016!

          • My lovely boyfriend took me to Swarovski where I got this lovely, REALLY sparkly cuff in gold. 

          It is a really nice addition to my everyday cuff. I’ll definitely wear it in my nights out.

          Buy me!

          • Santa came through once again. He got me the best mascara I have ever tried but I only had the sample size and a YSL lipstick which I swear by. 


          Buy the mascara!

          Buy the lipstick! (No 66)

          • My mom got me a really cute faux fur to wear above my jacket when I go out. 

          • Lastly I got myself a shirt and burgundy trousers. 

          Shop the jeans!

          What I love about winter 

           
          It’s that time of year AGAIN!!! I love those cold months. There are these particular moments when the weather is really dull, it’s raining outside and you’re snuggled in your oversized sweater drinking hot chocolate and watching old classic movies that make you feel sooo nostalgic. Or when you sit for literally days doing nothing but getting lost in the pages of your favorite book. And then comes the holidays. No matter where you live or what you celebrate we all get the chance to be with friends and family and just feel blessed and loved. I love all those things. So we should cherish and feel grateful about those moments and enjoy them as much as we can because these will be the happy memories of our future!!!!

          Ridiculously easy ways to spice up your braids!  

          Put a ring on it

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          Courtesy of the lovely Shay Mitchell an amazing idea to give your braids something extra. Just put a ring on it! (Or a lot of them!) No one can stop you. You can go crazy with it but I do love the subtle and sophisticated look Shay has opted for. My braids will never be ringless!!

          Cuff it


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          Hair cuffs are really easy to find and use. They can turn even the most simple ponytail into a put together, unique look. You can even find them embedded on hair elastics. Same amount of effort for a gorgeous look? Yes please!

          Braid it!


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          No I haven’t gotten crazy… Yet! While braiding your hair you can add a ribbon making them a lot more unique!

          Do you have a different way of spicing up your braids? Let me know in the comments below! Which one is your favorite???