Finding new bloggers to follow can be very overwhelming, with so many blogs out there, how do you know who to follow? Following too little leaves you with no blogposts to read and following too many clogs up your newsfeed so you don’t get a chance to see everyone’s posts. I have a solution! Today I am going to be sharing with you my five favourite bloggers. Five may seem like a small number but I have picked them carefully as to only share with you my very favourites. My whole aim is to give you potential new blogs to follow without overwhelming you so I felt five was a good amount.

All these gorgeous girls are my friends but I honestly love their blogs as much as I love them! I do also love many bigger bloggers as well but I chose to share these five as I feel that they are relatively small in the grand scheme of blogging but deserve SO much more recognition and SO many more followers .

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Dainty Alice – Alice and myself did a collaboration which I will link here if you would like to check it out. Alice’s bubbly personality reflects through her blogposts and will brighten your day without a doubt. Aside from regularly posting, Alice also posts frequently on her twitter and instagram which is basically an extension of her blog. Her “SUCKS” series is amazing, so funny, take it with a pinch of salt and you’ll find it hilarious. I also really enjoy reading her “boyfriend writes a beauty blog” as they make me laugh out loud! Overall, I believe everybody needs a little bit of Alice in their life, wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a pocket sized one?

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Lexi Life – Katy’s blog features lots of relatable blogposts like summer workout problems and pre-summer panics. Even though this a blogpost dedicated to bloggers I would just like to mention her youtube channel as I LOVE it! Katy vlogs her everyday life and her personality is so lush that it’s not surprising that her channel is doing really well. Also, look how stunning she is, goals right there. Katy also posts very frequently on snapchat, her story is so much fun to watch, her username is “lexilife95” and I definitely think you should add her!

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Aimee Deleis –  Aimee is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. Her blog is pretty new but SUCH a high standard! She is amazing at makeup and her flatlays are to be envious of. She has a sneak peak blogpost of one of the new Benefit brow products which is a personal favourite of mine and I also loved her NYX matte lip creams blogpost. Her instagram is also fab, so aesthetically pleasing, definitely worth a follow!

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Lucy Writes – Lucy is such a lovely person, her blog is professional but down to earth. Her blogposts are practical and easy to read. My favourites have to be her favourite blogging tech and her lemon drizzle cake recipe. Lucy and I are planning a blog collaboration sometime in the near future so keep your eyes peeled for that. If you enjoy reading my blog then I think you would enjoy hers too as I feel our writing styles are very similar.

rWbGZLQAMusings and More – Emily posts once a week on a Sunday, I eagerly await all week and I am never disappointed. Her blog is a mashup of all things beauty, lifestyle and baking. Her adorable puppy Luna often features and I still “awwwww” out loud every time I see a photograph of her. My favourite blogpost of Emily’s has to be her experience of a Qblogger event but I do love her travel blogpost of a beach hut by the sea. Her instagram is also very attractive, it’s definitely one of my all time favourite instagram accounts!

This blogpost is different to anything I’ve ever done but I hope you have found it useful and found some amazing new bloggers to follow. I haven’t linked all of their social medias as it would take me all day, but if you click on their blog links, they all have links to their social medias on there.

Who are your favourite bloggers? I would love if you could leave your favourite bloggers down in the comments as I’m always looking for new people to follow. 

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

As promised in my Kylie lip kit swatches video, this blogpost is going to be an in-depth review of my lip kits and the whole experience involved. I did a poll on Twitter asking whether people would prefer a short swatch video or an in-depth review, a short swatch video had the most votes. However, only very marginally, so I decided to write an in-depth review over here on my blog for the people who want to read it and the people who just want to see them on the lips are happy too!

Give my video a watch if you want to see what they are like to apply and look like on the lips. While you’re there, don’t forget to like and subscribe!

 

How I Got 3 Kylie Lip Kits For Free!

I was lucky enough to not pay for a single one of these lip kits, I actually won all three of them, in two separate competitions. Call it crazy luck or my guardian angel knows when a girl needs a matte lip. The first competition I won was on a Kylie lip kit updates twitter page, you had to fill out a google form and then just retweet the tweet. I entered loads of these competitions because I was desperate to get my hands on one, but like many, I don’t have cash to just splash out on them. I never expected out of thousands of entries to actually ever win! I got a DM on twitter off the lovely girl saying I had been randomly generated as the winner and I could choose two Kylie lip kits of my choice. The restock was an hour after this, I chose poise K and 22 as they’re the two I had my eyes on the most, she put my shipping information in but her billing information. I honestly couldn’t believe my luck. And then… A few weeks later I was announced on Really Ree’s snapchat as the winner of her Kourt K giveaway!  This lip kit had already been purchased by her so she just sent it up to me and it actually arrived before the other two.

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Order Process

Obviously I have not experienced the order process first hand but I am aware that they are a lot easier to get your hands on now as the initial demand for them has calmed down and they now stock more for the demand needed.

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To make sure you get a Kylie lip kit;

  • Remove the “/password” from the end of the url
  • Be on the website before the restock page goes up
  • Have an account already set up
  • Make sure all your shipping & billing information match
  • Know what you want before the restock
  • Have your credit/credit card information beside you
  • Put them straight in your basket and just go go go
  • I have heard speculation that you are more likely to be successful on a mobile device

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My order took about 3 weeks to come, I cannot understand how it takes this long yet Sephora, another America based brand, can arrive in 5 days. I tracked my parcel all the way and the main delay was at the Kylie Cosmetics end, she knows the demand for her products so should be able to supply it. I know compared to others that my parcel wasn’t delayed much at all, people have said to have waited 1/2 months for their lip kits, a bit ridiculous eh.

Price

The Kylie lip kits retail for $29 which equates to roughly £21. For this price, you get a lipliner and a liquid lipstick. I do not believe that this is an extortionate price as in Mac you would pay £12.50 for a lipliner then £15 for a lipstick! You can only buy Kylie’s products on her website, Kylie Cosmetics, people often mass buy the products then sell them on websites like eBay and Depop for extortionate prices.

My problem with price is in relation to shipping costs. $15.95 for shipping, is she crackers?!! That is an extortionate amount for shipping, I feel as if she is taking advantage of people as she knows they will pay for her name. If you only bought one lip kit, you pay the same price as if you bought ten, I think this is completely illogical. There should either be a smaller shipping fee the less you buy or discounted shipping if you pay over a certain amount.

The biggest uproar about Kylie cosmetics aside from the colourpop scandal is that on top of that hefty shipping charge, people were getting customs charges as well. The most frustrating thing was that people was not receiving a customs charge while somebody might make three orders and get hit on all of them. I had to pay £16 customs fee on my two Kylie lip kits as they came directly to me. I wasn’t too bothered, two Kylie lip kits for £16 was how I looked at it, however if I had bought them myself I would be pretty annoyed at having to pay customs as well as the other costs. Using Sephora as an example again, they are American based and nobody gets charged customs, I feel if Kylie has cared more about her buyers she would have tried to prevent this.

Packaging

I thought it was a nice touch that the parcels were decorated with the signature dripping lips. The original packaging had this on the outside, but due to parcels being stolen, the inside now features the design whilst the outside represents just a plain black box. I know that it is hit or miss whether you receive one of Kylie’s special message cards but I was so happy to get one! I just think they are a really nice touch and make the whole experience a bit more special.

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The lip kit boxes are gorgeous, I love the strip of colour around the edges corresponding with the colour inside. Overall I think she has done really well with the packaging, I always chuck makeup packaging away but it is actually currently on display on my dressing table.

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The packaging of the makeup is minimalistic but stylish, I like it a lot. You can see the colour in the tube as it is clear which I also like. The lipliner is just matte black packaging with a tip of colour at the end, the lipliner and liquid lipstick correspond as a set, which is what I believe makes it feel so special.

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Colour

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Posie K is a gorgeous dusky pink, it reminds me a lot of Mac mehr. This shade really suits me I think, I feel as if Koko K might have been too light for me as I’m not super pale anyway and do fake tan quite frequently. I knew that it would be this colour from looking at a lot of swatches but it does look purple on the box so keep this in mind as it is most certainly pink. The applicator makes applying the product so easy, it glides on and takes about 10 seconds to dry then you’re good to go.

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Again, 22 is a different shade to what it is on the box, I feel that the best way to describe it is as a rusty orange. On lip swatches I had looked at it looked much brighter, it also looks odd in my lip swatch, it looks very red which it isn’t. If you look at the swatch on my hand, I feel as if 22 is more true to itself on there. 22 is defiantly my favourite, I don’t own anything like it but I would describe it as a very “me” shade. The smell reminds me of a really sweet kids drink, a bit like strawberries and cream, I absolutely love the scent. Sometimes I go open one just to smell it, haha, how lame!

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I was so excited about Kourt K, a purple that will last whilst I eat and drink, yes please! The colour is a beautiful vampire purple which I feel would suit lighter and darker skin tones. I was very disappointed with Kourt K, as you can see from my lip swatch, it applies very patchy. I can make this work if I use the lipliner all over the lip and clean it up with concealer but it takes me a very long time to get it to a point where I would leave the house in it.

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Formula

When I first tried the lipliners, I was like YASSSSSS, so creamy and made the liquid lipsticks easier to use as it’s just like colouring in between the lines. They colour match the liquid lipsticks perfectly but you can apply pressure to the lip line to intensify the colour for more of an ombré lip. However, they are a pain in the ass to sharpen, as you would have seen in my video, they snap SO easily as the packaging is plastic and the product is so creamy. If I had bought these myself, I feel as if I would have been ripped off as even though you are paying for Kylie’s name, you expect the products to be of a decent quality.

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The liquid lipsticks have me split down the middle.. I honestly think the formula of posie k and 22 is my favourite formula of lip product ever! They are industrial strength, especially posie k, even my micellar water struggles to remove it. They last whilst eating and drinking without any signs of wear, I’ve never used a product with such longevity before. On the contrary, kourt k is patchy and if you try and build it up, goes claggy. I believe it is a manufacturing fault as kourt k was released separately to the rest.

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 I’m wrapping this blogpost up now, I feel as if I’ve covered a wide range of topics concerning the Kylie lip kits, I’m conscious I don’t want this to be too long and to bore you all. If you have any questions that you don’t feel I’ve covered then feel free to ask me down in the comments or drop me a message on any of my social medias (rubyredr0ses), I always reply to every comment and I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Have you got any Kylie lip kits? Have you jumped on the hype? Whats shade/s do you have or are eyeing up?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

I’ve always been a very low maintenance hair care kind of gal, always just buying what’s on offer in Superdrug or anything that promises volume as my long hair can often weigh me down. However.. over the past six months to a year, I have noticed that my scalp has become very itchy and flakes off. Dandruff was the first thing that sprung to mind but thankfully it turned out that I just have a dry scalp. My scalp gets really itchy, so I scratch it and then the skin flakes away. Gross, sorry if that is TMI!

For some reason, it never actually crossed my mind that it might be a good idea to switch up my shampoo and conditioner to target the problem. After hearing me moan about it on a few occasions, my Mama rang me one day whilst in Superdrug and asked if I wanted some dry scalp shampoo. I said yes please, not expecting much, however my other shampoo was running out so it was convenient timing.

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My Mum had bought me the Garner ultimate blends delicate oat shampoo, conditioner and heat protection milk. Immediately I was excited to start using it as it contains oat milk and rice cream which I imagined would soothe my sore scalp tremendously. The shampoo and conditioner retail at £3.89 at Superdrug but I do believe my Mum picked these up whilst they were on offer. (They are currently buy 1 get one free at Superdrug)!!!

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I honestly believe that after the first wash I noticed a different, instead of my scalp being itchy from the moment it was washed, it only got itchy as my hair got greasier. However, I do not believe in reviewing a product immediately as I want my reviews to be accurate and my opinion could alter as time progresses. I have been using these products continuously for about two/three months and I still love them as much as I did on the first wash!

The shampoo cleanses my hair without drying it out. I have naturally oily hair so I need a shampoo which throughly cleanses. The conditioner is very soothing, but not too rich as I can use it on my roots as well without it getting greasy straight away. The heat protection milk is my perfect product as it prevents heat damage whilst nourishing the hair and gives a gorgeous shine. It doesn’t make my hair greasy at all or weigh it down.

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Overall I am incredibly impressed with this haircare range, I wish they had a more extensive range of products, a hair mask especially. If you suffer with dry hair or a dry scalp, I highly recommend trialling this as it has worked wonders for me.

What is your favourite hair care range/brand? Do you have any specific hair care problems that need to be targeted?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

Before introducing today’s video, I thought I would give you a run down of my blogging schedule for the next 12 or so weeks over summer. This will change once I return back to education but I will inform you of my new schedule when the time comes.

In the meantime, I am going to be uploading blogposts on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I will then be uploading videos to my youtube channel every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – link here if  you haven’t already checked it out and subscribed ;).

Furthermore, there will be blogposts on all the days I upload a video as if you read my Afternoon Tea Come Along With Me blogpost you would know that I mentioned that their will be blogposts that feature extra information and pictures relating to the videos.

To create my purple halo eye, I used the Too Faced chocolate bar palette.

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I used the shades white chocolate, milk chocolate, triple fudge, candied violet, amaretto and champagne truffle. 

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The objective of a halo eye is to create the illusion of a more rounded eye.

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You create this illusion by having darker shades in the inner and outer third of the eye and having a lighter shade in the centre third.

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I massively believe that your Youtube channel reflects you as a person so the content you put out has to be true to you. Things may change in the future, but for now, I have decided I want to make short, creative videos that are almost like a piece of art. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching long, chatty videos, but at this present time, it is not what I want to create. When Youtube turns from a hobby into a job, Youtubers, subconsciously or not, tailer their content to their audience, but as I have a whopping total of 11 subscribers, I am purely making videos for the joy that fills me whilst creating them.

Are you a halo eye makeup or a winged eye makeup kind of gal/guy?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

When I think of summer evenings I image a picturesque sunset with shades of pink, orange and yellow. I took inspiration from this and created a sunset ombré eye which I think is really pretty but is infact actually very simple to achieve.

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The initial idea of this look was spurred when I spotted these Barry M dazzle dusts in a beauty outlet for only £1.99 instead of the usual RRP of £4.99. You tend to find that beauty outlets are made up mostly of bright colours as people shy away from them and stick to nudes. This is great if you love colour like me as you get them cheaper than you would in the likes of Superdrug or Boots, who doesn’t love a good bargain! I paired this eye makeup with a simplistic nude glossy lip so to not take away from the star of the show, the sunset eye.

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The quality of these pigments aren’t the best, I had to build up the eyeshadow three times to achieve a look I was happy with. Thankfully I had decided to do my eye makeup first – there was so much fallout as you can imagine from a loose pigment… The pink shade is definetly my favourite as it is matter than the other two shades and is more pigmented. The lightest shade, the yellow, is my least favourite. It is very glittery, it almost has chunks of glitter in and isn’t anywhere near as pigmented as the other two. It took me a long time to create this makeup look so it definitely isn’t an everyday look, however, on a special occasion where you can spend time on your makeup I would definetly recreate this. I can imagine myself wearing this to a summer barbeque as I love the attention being on the eyes not the lips as the food wears lipstick away so a bold lip is not a good idea!

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I used the Makeup Revolution ultra blush palette in hot spice in the crease – the peachy shade and the medium toned pink.

I then packed each pigment onto the lid starting with the pink on the outer third of the eye. Followed by the orange on the centre third and the yellow on the inner third.

After that I repeated the process on the lower lash line creating an ombre from pink in the outer third to yellow in the inner third.

Next, I used a white eyeliner in the water line before applying the pigments again using the same process but on the waterline.

I can’t remember exactly what brushes I used for each stage but I will link my favourite eyeshadow brushes – Mac 217, Mac 224, Bobbi Brown eye shadow brush, Real Techniques detailer brush.

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I paired this with Mac’s spice lipliner, velvet teddy and the Tanya Burr lipgloss in champagne toast.

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The weather may not be all that great for June, but this eye makeup is sure to compensate for it. I love pairing a simple outfit with eye-catching makeup as I am definitely a beauty blogger not a fashion blogger!.

What makeup screams summer to you? Do you have a signature summer makeup look? Be sure to link any summer makeup posts down below!

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo