I can hardly believe another year has come around so quickly.
Happy Blog Birthday to me! I couldn't have imagine when I started Love, Life and Makeup back in 2011 all of the great experiences I would have, the amazing people I would meet and the creative outlet I would love.
I feel like I say this every year, but so much has happened in a year and I could not have done it without your help and support. Thank you, for helping me to achieve some amazing goals this year including:
•Finalist in Cork Fashion Week Blogger Awards in association with RSVP Magazine 2014 (placed in top 5)
•Shortlisted for Best Mobile Compatible Blog in the Blog Awards Ireland 2014
•Long Listed for Best Blog Post in the Blog Awards Ireland 2014
•Long Listed for Best Beauty Blog in the Blog Awards Ireland 2014
•Finalist for Best Beauty Blog & Readers Choice in Her.ie/Aussie Awards 2014
•Finalist for Best Designed Blog in Company Magazine Style Awards 2014
•Finalist for Best Beauty Read in The Bops Awards Ireland 2014
I also can't forget that September saw the launch of my online magazine, an issue is release every other month and I am so proud of it. Thank you to my contributors who have been incredible.
I love how creative you can be when it comes to wrapping presents, sometimes you just need a little inspiration. I have collected some of my favourite ideas (from Pinterest) for DIY Christmas wrapping to share with you.
Sorry I haven't blogged in a while I've been busy along with my amazing contributors getting everything together for the launch of my second issue of Love, Life and Makeup magazine. This month is dedicated (of course) to everything you will need in the lead up to Christmas, including skincare tips, gift ideas and party wear!
I hope you enjoy it, and don't forget to let us know in the comments what you think and what you would like to see in the future!
You may have noticed I've been very quiet on here recently, well that's because I've been very busy making my first issue of 'Love, Life and Makeup Magazine'...It has just gone live on a new dedicated page right here on lovelifeandmakeup.com.
Thanks so much for all your support and patience while I've been busy, I hope you love the magazine as much as I do.
"Hello! I'm Lizzy, I'm just a typical 18 year old, who loves everything from Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle. My Blog, Life with Lizzy is where I get to ramble on about anything that interests me. My Blog is the best thing that I have ever done and I love putting everything into it, it such a fun and creative hobby for me and I really love everything about it."
"I’ve always wanted to start my own Blog and when I finally did, I did it because I wanted a distraction from my fast approaching exams and from my Mam being diagnosed with cancer. At first it was a distraction for me but then it become so much more, it became a hobby for me and something that I actually liked putting time and effort into and something I began to love to do."
What Is Your Holy Grail Product: "A Holy Grail product for me is concealer, I love Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, the creamy texture is perfect for my dry skin and the high coverage is perfect for concealing dark circles or spots!"
"Holly is a freelance writer, Blogger, and photographer from London. She spends her time travelling around the UK and taking photos wherever she goes. She is obsessed with twisted fairytales, popcorn and Twitter."
"Holly started her blog because she wanted a place where she could share her artwork, photographs and thoughts without censorship or creative limits."
Thanks to everyone who RT'ed/contacted me and thanks to these fabulous Bloggers for being my September advertisers! If you are interested in gaining free advertising, head over to my Twitter page and keep an eye out for details on how to get free advertising for next month (https://twitter.com/llandmakeup).
With summer sadly drawing to a close I thought I would do a new Blog series on my 'Summer Stars', my favourite beauty products from this summer. My third product in this series is a hair product, and it is the Aussie Miracle Recharge Moisture Leave In Conditioner.
I'm going to admit it, I'm not great at looking after my hair. My hair care routine consists of, pretty much just shampoo and conditioner. I no its terrible but its something I can never find the time for. However my recent discovery of the Aussie Miracle Recharge Leave In Conditioner has me changing my mind about my basic routine. My hair is damaged from years of styling and lacks the moisture it desires, this product helps to keep it happy and healthy. I've found it can be used in two ways either sprayed through the ends of damp hair before drying, to hold in the moisture before the blast of the hair dryer does the heat induced damage. Or secondly sprayed through dry hair it can give a little boost to lack lustre dry locks.
It really does seal in the goodness and my hair has felt so much softer since I began using it. One thing I have avoided is spraying this near my roots, as I wouldn't want to encourage greasy hair however it would definitely depend on the user as someone with really dry hair/scalp could probably benefit from this.
As we know Aussie products are very affordable costing around €5-6, making it even more satisfying when finding such an amazing product like this one.
What has been your favourite summer hair product this year?
encase you didn't already see it on any of my social media platforms... Today I announced that I shall soon be launching my new online magazine.
I'm so excited to share this with you all, it would not have been possible without you and for that I can't thank you enough. I've some amazing contributors on board and will be introducing you to them very soon!
The release date is also going to be announced in the next couple of weeks but we are hoping to launch early September. I hope you are all as excited to read the magazine as I am to share it with you!
With summer sadly drawing to a close I thought I would do a new Blog series on my 'Summer Stars', my favourite beauty products from this summer. Second up is "Lip Product" and it is the Balmi, cube.
The Balmi cube has been my most reached for lip product this summer. In particular the coconut scent, which reminds me of summer holidays as a child. It is moisturising and nourishing, containing ingredients such as Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. I find some lip balms can cause my lips to feel even drier with prolonged use or the opposite by leaving a horrible oily residue, this does neither instead leaving the lips soft and hydrated. The conical shapes means easy on-the-go application, I hugely prefer it to the original spherical shape. It is attached to a little key-chain which means it is great for travel and you could even attach it to a bag/makeup bag, so you never leave home without it.
Not only does it feel amazing on but it also offers great UVA/UVB protection along with an SPF15. At €6.79 this is a great lip balm, whilst offering extra defences against the summer sun for a very affordable price. It also comes in four scents Strawberry, Raspberry, Mint and Coconut.
What has been your favourite summer lip product this year?
time for another competition and this one is truly amazing. Up for grabs are two tickets to 'The Ultimate Girls Day Out' which is returning to the RDS this August, brought to you by Irish Tatler, U Magazine & Woman’s Way with sponsors Gillette Venus and No.7. You and one friend could be in with a chance to attendthree fun filled days of the hottest fashion on the Gillette Venus Catwalk, beauty, pampering, retail therapy, free goodies & celeb spotting!
Some of the activities taking place at the event:
-Gillette Venus Catwalk
-Irish Tatler Model Search
-Smart Girls Zone
-Shopping with Massive Discounts
-and...The first 1,000 people each day will receive a gorgeous goodie bag.
-Leave me a comment on my Facebook competition to tell me you have entered, and tag your friend you want to bring along (if on Facebook).
-I will be checking all the entries if you haven't done all the things above your entry won't count.
-You must be over 18!
-The winner will be selected at random.
-Only open to Ireland and please do not enter if you can't be in Dublin on the days of the event. -The Competition closes 21st August 2014. - I will PM you through your Facebook page if you win so don't forget to check your messages. I will also post the winner's name on Facebook. -This competition is not associated with Facebook.
I just want to apologise for the lack of posting this weekend... Unfortunately on Friday evening I was in a car accident, I'm home now but taking it easy. I just wanted to let you know and I will try to Blog as soon as I can!
Also, I was nominated in Best Blog Post under 'Love Life and Makeup' in the Blog Awards Ireland 2014 this week. If you have two minutes to spare I would really appreciate your vote: