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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

37th Weekly Makeup Tag - Carnival

I'm back off my jollies and had an amazing time, I'm struggling to get used to the changes again :( I will do a post very soon once I have sorted my holiday pics out. Unfortunately there is only 3 of us taking part this week :( I hope more of you can join in next week but hey I totally understand a lot of you are caught up and busy with life.

This weeks lovely ladies are:
Deja  Twitter @BooogeyWoman - Blog link
Alice - Twitter @BrightownGirl - Blog link
Deja's look:

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

MAC MSF Soft & Gentle Dupe

Another dupe post yeyyy, I feel really proud when I have two products what are very much alike as it gives me the chance to share them with my lovely readers. today's dupe is for the MAC MSF Soft & Gentle a VERY popular product and one of my favorites too if I must admit it myself. My MSF has lasted me a good two years and still nowhere near hitting pan.

On to the dupe VS MAC MSF:

Left - Right: NYX Illuminating Bronzer - MAC MSF
Left: NYX Illuminating Bronzer - Right: MAC MSF Soft & Gentle
Left: NYX Illuminating bronzer - Right: MAC MSF Soft & Gentle
 Pretty good dupe huh? I originally purchased the NYX Illuminating Bronzer for bronzer purposes totally didn't pay attention to the word 'Illuminating' lol! Any way NYX Illuminating Bronzer retails at £8.00 whereas MAC MSF retails at £21.50 that's a difference of £13.50. The only slight difference is NYX Illuminating Bronzer has more balance of powder whereas MAC MSF has more glittery content.

Hope you enjoyed this post, I'll hopefully try bring you more dupe posts :)

NYX is also available to purchase in the UK:

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

36th Weekly Makeup Tag - Two Colours

Hey girls I'm going to absent I can't take part in this weeks tag I've been super busy with packing etc and by the time this goes live I will be away in Turkey, I hope you are all well and thank you for taking part with so much short notice. I'm going to cut this weeks short, until next weeks theme :)

This weeks lovely ladies are:
Sal Twitter - @PetiteSal - Blog link  
Deja  Twitter @BooogeyWoman - Blog link
Alice - Twitter @BrightownGirl - Blog link
Heather - Twitter @xHeathermouse - Blog link
Leanne Twitter - @FlailingPenguin - Blog link
Maria  - Twitter - @mariaveronicaa - Blog link 
 Nalini - Twitter - @themadeupmaiden - Blog link
 Inez - Twitter @pureenlightened - Blog link
 Brittney - Twitter @Brittneyannexo - Blog link 
Sal's look:

Monday, 20 May 2013

Koren Zander Pro Ultra Brush Soap Review



As you'll be aware I'm on holiday for the week so I've scheduled some posts be sure to keep an eye out for them, they will hopefully go something like this:

Monday - Review
Wednesday - Weekly Makeup Tag
Friday - Haul
Sunday - Haul

In regards to winners for my 700 follower giveaway please bare with me I will them when I come back as there is four to pick and I really haven't had the time. Hope you all understand and until next week toodles :)

Friday, 17 May 2013

Holiday Collection So Far ..

Mid May I'll be flying away to Turkey for the first time as a married woman AND as a mummy, scary I know with a baby (11 month old at the time) so I've been doing bits and bats of shopping as I have been going along and then will be doing a massive shop before going. I thought I'd do a quick post of what I have bought so far as I may not get chance to do one later with me having a hectic schedule ahead. This is a pic heavy kind of post but here goes hope you enjoy it ..




That's it so far but this really is only a FRACTION of what I'll be taking there's loads more I need want to get. If you have any fashion inspirations or ideas please let me know as I'd love to know ..

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

35th Weekly Makeup Tag - Sweets

A quick message to you all I think I've let everyone know but  just incase I've missed anyone next weeks pics need to be in by Saturday so I can schedule the post for next Wednesday while I'm away on holiday. On to this weeks tag which is a fun one and after a few hectic weeks I'm at home for a week before another few hectic weeks I had lots of time to sit down and play about my lips inspiration came from Karla MUA. Finally sorry to spam with lots of my pics I loved the way my look turned out and the pics came out quite good too which was a bonus.

This weeks lovely ladies are:
Sal Twitter - @PetiteSal - Blog link  
Deja  Twitter @BooogeyWoman - Blog link
Alice - Twitter @BrightownGirl - Blog link
Heather - Twitter @xHeathermouse - Blog link
 Sal's look:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Happy 1st Bloggirversary To Diary Of A Makeup Geek

Happy birthday to you ..
Happy birthday to you ..
Happy birthday to my little blog ..

Hey Diary Of A Makeup Geek turned one on 10th May so I'm a couple of days late due to a hell of a busy schedule! 

What does this mean to me .. Blogging has opened a whole lot of new doors, it's helped me bring myself back to being sane and saved me from the verge of cracking up. How you ask .. Writing paragraphs of my views, experiences and interests in itself was very calming but to have readers leave comments, appreciate my blog and enjoy it made it all complete as it felt I do exist and have some socialisation. 

How it all started .. Well prior to getting married (which didn't happen on healthy terms at the time) I had 3 days in which I had to give up my job which was the most important part of my life I had been working 7 yrs so my independence meant everything to me, anyway in 3 days I had to pack all my stuff, give up my job, prepare for my wedding and most of all embrace myself towards a new life of which I knew nothing of what to expect. Since getting married I fell pregnant roughly two weeks after which was a shock. So little old pregnant me in the middle of nowhere 2 hrs away from family 100% dependent on hubby started to isolate herself away and the illness from my pregnancy accelerating me further into this dark hole. For weeks I lived in the bathroom throwin my guts up or hidden away in bed with curtains closed crying away. Pregnancy, isolation, lonelyness, illnesses, insomnia and the list goes on I no longer knew who I was anymore losing weight at 8 months pregnant and totally suffering depression .. 

At this point is where blogging came in to my life I had read a few blogs and urged myself into it. If I'm honest I totally didn't have a clue what even the basic rules of blogging are I just typed away, for the early months I didn't even know what followers are or which gadget to add so people can follow my blog. Now when I'm introducing myself to people and getting to know others I happily mention my blog and give them a card and why not blogging has literally been a therapy in a sense for my depression now I won't say it totally cured it but it was like regular medication just to keep me on the verge to urge me that little closer to being me and to open my old dreams of becoming a makeup artist which I had given the hope upon many years ago and now here I stand a year on ..

What I've achieved since blogging .. 
I have worked with some amazing companies and have built great relationships with them
I have made some truly treasurable friends
One of my goals for this year was to meet other bloggers which I've done a couple of times
I am reliving my dream of becoming a makeup artist and am now fully qualified
Most of all I am slowly learning to embrace and accept the new me

I guess that says it all in one, on another note to the anonymous person who left a comment which left me slightly confused who stated they like reading my blog but I always seem to have a giveaway on well worry not I'll be doing another one lol! Ok jokes over this person stated they like reading my blog but I always seem to have a giveaway up, do I do it to gain followers? Well I think the above reflects in a million different ways the answer is no, yes my blog has been gaining a lot of followers so on the every other 100 I do a giveaway i.e. 100, 300 etc my giveaways last a month which maybe the reason why you got the impression 'I always have a giveaway up on my blog'

Ok less of the rambling right now I'm preparing for my holiday which is literally next week, so once I'm back and a little more settled in I'll be doing a giveaway .. Thank you to all my readers, supporters and blogging friends for helping me to get to where I am today ..

Hip hip HURRAY! :)

Friday, 10 May 2013

How To Create A Blog Button On Blogger

Many of you have asked me how to make a blog button and I've even made a few. I remember starting up and searching and trying for hours full of frustration before I managed to do it myself to save you all the hassle I'll try make this tutorial as easy as possible. I'd like to say I am no pro at all but just wanting to help others who like me struggle with these little things.

First steps - Editing, re-sizing and uploading:

You need to choose a picture you would like to use, you can edit the picture, add text or create a collage through a website like picmonkey (checkout their new effects recently they added stars) once you've edited it resize your image to 250 x 250 this is the normal size button/image you can do this on picmonkey you can make it bigger but I wouldn't recommend any bigger than 350 x 350, once you've done this save your image. 

Next upload your image through any website that allows you to do so I use photobucket you need to do this to get your image's direct link.

Second steps - Create HTML code with and without grab box:

Next you want to create a HTML code which is how your blog recognises what you want it to do.

If you want to create a blog button without a grab box/or even image which links to a certain post (like the one I have in my right sidebar for my giveaway) then copy the code below and replace the writing in red sorry I couldn't place these in blogger the coding messed up and have had to place as images:

If you want to create a blog button with a grab box then copy and paste the HTML below:

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

34th Weekly Makeup Tag - No Tools

This weeks tag is totally different to ones we have done in the past I thought why not mix it up a little bit and have some fun and decided to go with 'No Tools' and I've gotta say we all did a good job. I can officially certify us all and say we would survive if we had no tools lol (I've done that in the past came to stay at my mums and forgot my brushes at home wasn't good lol) Sorry about the pics had to crop half my face as it's now the fourth week going and my coldsore's wont leave me alone :( It is totally depressing me I can't eat or drink and having to do the makeup course with it knocks my confidence down even further :( Finally I'm sorry I'm posting the tag later on in the day, as I got in to bed at 2am after running around all day I remembered I forgot to do the tag and because I am at my mums I didnt bring my laptop and my dad's PC is in his office so sorry again girls hope you understand.

This weeks lovely ladies are:
Deja  Twitter @BooogeyWoman - Blog link
Alice - Twitter @BrightownGirl - Blog link
BreezeyBee - Twitter @breezeybeee - Blog link 
Numra - Blog link 
Mimi - Twitter - @LilMimmy - Blog link

Deja's look:

Monday, 6 May 2013

Artistic Sketch With A Personal Touch

This post is not going to be a makeup review or new buy infact its non beauty/makeup/fashion related its more of a personal one. I very rarely tend to post pics of my little man on my blog as you all know the risks involved. But I really wanted to show you this sketch I had done by a lovely friend who is an artist.

I really love keepsakes and artist drawings as I think it adds to the value and depth than just being a photo. So I got in touch with her to do a sketch for me and chose this picture which I think is a lovely family photo, it was taken professionally when my little boy was just two weeks old. The sketch I had done was a A2 sized pencil pastel piece. I hope to get this framed and up in my new home, she aslo does amazing painted pastel work and acrylic both in colour so check out her work and get in touch as her prices are very affordable.

Be sure to like her on Facebook and check out her website:
Facebook: Angelik Arts

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards

Hey peeps I don't think my little blog is worth it but I thought I'd give this a go its a bit of a long shot but hey why not. If u truly enjoy reading my blog I would love for you lovely people to vote for me towards the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards as the Best Established Beauty Blog.

It would mean the world and back to me and really just takes a few moments. Blogging has helped me re-live my dream to become a Pro Makeup Artist which is what I'm working towards at the moment. I am son to be qualified under a Pro Makeup Artist too. So yeh please spare a moment and vote for me by simply clicking this *link*

Thank you xx

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

33rd Weekly Makeup Tag - Audrey Hepburn

Its that time of the week again peeps and to say I have been busy would be an understatement. I actually won't be able to take part in the tag this week which really saddens me as I've only ever missed the tag once before :(. In a week I am now qualified in Waxing and have decorated all my house, got the bed put up just sofa's which come later today (Wednesday) and blinds to put up. I will keep you updated of things are getting on. I will try my absolute best to take part next week, plus it's one I'd love to take part in. Be sure to have lots of wipes to hand because next weeks theme is a little different to what we've ever done :D.

This weeks ladies are:
Deja  Twitter @BooogeyWoman - Blog link
Alice - Twitter @BrightownGirl - Blog link
Leanne Twitter - @FlailingPenguin - Blog link
Maria  - Twitter - @mariaveronicaa - Blog link 
 Nalini - Twitter - @themadeupmaiden - Blog link

Deja's look: