Friday, 28 March 2014

The Blogger Interview Tag with Rachel!

Hi! How are you? Welcome to Touch Of Belle! Let's talk a little bit about your blog! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey there, my name is Rachel Farrell and vintage loving, tea drinking, book reading teen blogger from Ireland. I'm an aspiring journalist and stylist, so blogging is a great way to express my love for all things fashion and beauty! I'm also a self confessed shopaholic and nail art fanatic.

How old are you?
I'm 15 years old!

How and Why did you start your blog?
I started blogging a year ago, after reading numerous fashion and beauty blogs for years. I really wanted to practice my writing for future purposes and also share my love of fashion! As I progressed, so did my blog, and I'm pleased to say I was a finalist for Best Youth blog in the Blog Awards Ireland this year, which was a huge surprise! 
What's your favourite thing about blogging?
I love receiving the lovely comments people post on my blog. It really encourages me and has boosted my confidence alot. It makes me want to read more and make my readers happy! Writing is a passion of mine, so the fact that i can blog whenever I want on my little corner of the internet is great. 

What is your favourite post to write?
Thats a tough one.. either my outfit of the days or my nails!

How long have you been blogging for?
I created my blog in May 2012 however I didn't properly start blogging until around Christmas. So about 10 months.

If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?

Where or who do you look to for style inspiration?
I look to fellow bloggers for inspiration, without doubt! The internet has a big influence. I also love tumblr and pinterest for outfit ideas. Alexa Chung, Marina Diamandis and Audrey Hepburn are where I get my ideas from, however I create my style myself.

What are your must have products?
 Nail polish and lipstick. I would die without them.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?
 [basically the same as my favorite thing about blogging above]

Finally, do you have any advice or helpful tips you could give to new bloggers just starting out?
 I would recommend using twitter, and participating in twitter chats, its great for networking! Try not to post generic posts. Be individual, take clear photos, spellcheck and BE YOU!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Anne De Jeunesse Hydrating facial cream

Anne de Jeunesse is a relatively new brand whose products are specifically aimed at people in their 20's.  I love the packaging of their products they come in a bright pink box with white writing and a white tube with pink writing!

The scent is quite heavy and smells of rose, which personally I like but if your not a fan of rose scented products you can't smell it after the cream has been absorbed. I love the way this cream makes my skin feel, it feels refreshed and soft.

My skin is quite dry especially in the winter but I found that the cream isn't the best for hydrating my skin, although I think this will be better for a summer cream as I don't usually require high moisturising in the summer.

I think this cream is perfect for all skin types and is great for making my skin feel smooth and soft!

Have you tried this brand before? Let me know below! 

*this was sent to me by PR for consideration of review

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Denman Roaring Ruby!

I love the design of this brush it’s a ruby red colour with a 1920's pin up girl design on the back of the brush, its certainly eye catching and I LOVE it!

I have really thick hair and a lot of it! but this brush is great at getting all my knots and tangles out, its also great at styling wet or dry hair which unlike some of my other brushes keeps my hair frizz free! This little beauty of a brush is also limited edition which you can buy here.

The cost of the brush is £7.50 which I think is a great price as it really is such a good brush and great for using on the go!

Have you tried any Denman products before? Let me know below! 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

The 2014 Blogger challenge - food!

I love decorating cupcakes, weather its for a special occasion or just for fun these sheep decorations are adorable!

Six white marshmallows
Small white marshmallow
Black Icing or chocolate chip
6 Cupcakes (with no decoration)
100g of Sofened Butter
225g of icing sugar
1 tbsp of water

To make the buttercream, sift the icing sugar.  Beat the butter until creamy in an electric mixer, then gradually beat in the icing sugar. Finally beat in the tablespoon of water.
Spread a layer of buttercream over the cupcakes using a palette knife and making a small mound of buttercream in the centre.
Cut the mini marshmallows in half. Arrange them in two circles around the edge of the cakes.
Cut the large marshmallows in half. Place one half on top of the mound of buttercream for the face.
Cut the other half of the marshmallow in half again and place on either side of the sheep’s face for the ears – the marshmallow ears will stick naturally as the cut sides of the marshmallows are very sticky. Arrange some halved mini marshmallows on the top and behind the sheep’s head.
Draw eyes and noses on the sheep’s face using the black Writing Icing.
And they you have it your own decorated sheep cupcakes!

If you would like to see more food posts let me know down below!

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Blogger Interview Tag with Claire!

How old are you?

I am currently 18 (and a half- my birthday is in march)

How and Why did you start your blog?

I started it on a bit of a whim one night after following bloggers like Rebecca from d is for dangerous and Olivia from what Olivia did for a few months. I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in but wasn't sure I had enough material but when I decided to go for it I found I had loads to say. I didn't even know what blogger was… I thought the site was probably called blogspot (you can see why).

What's your favourite thing about blogging?

I like having an online diary that I can look back on and the fact that I have followers now is just a bonus. I have also talked to some really great people and hopefully will meet some local bloggers soon.

What is your favourite post to write?

I like doing outfit of the day posts. Thats why I started in the first place. I have also found it's a great place to share my passion for baking. That is a lot of fun showing people what I've made and the feedback I get is so lovely.

How long have you been blogging for?

I started in January 2013 so thats only been 9 months. I still feel like a new blogger because there is loads of people out there with way more experience. 

If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?

Girly... I like dresses and floral patterns. I wear heels when ever I can- I am trying to be more varied in what I wear though. 

Where or who do you look to for style inspiration?

I'm a big magazine reader- I love company but I also pick up shops magazines and leaflets where I can. I would say they are as much of an inspiration as other bloggers are. Love seeing things and thinking 'ooh I would never of thought of wearing those together' I love finding new ways to wear the same thing.

What are your must have products?

I'm a big fan of tea tree for my skin- I use tea tree facial wipes (bought from home bargains and lidl) and the body shops tea tree skin clearing location on a daily basis. I also love anything by soap and glory and use their moisturisers all the time.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

As cliched as it sounds I love the community. Post a question on twitter and you'll get an answer or someone to talk to. I've not encountered negativity yet and I've been lucky to always get positive feedback. Blogging has helped me to develop my style and ways to use my wardrobe more effectively.

Finally, do you have any advice or helpful tips you could give to new bloggers just starting out? 
Get involved in blogger chats on twitter as soon as you can and learn from other bloggers. Don't be scared to talk to someone because most bloggers are lovely. Learn from other peoples advice and remember that views and followers don't happen over night. For months my posts were only getting about 5 views (I thought that was huge) but now I really appreciate how far I've come. Lastly DON'T be the person that asks to be followed (you won't get very far)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Farmaline Review

Recently I was contacted by Farmaline to see if I would like to try out some of their products they stock... so of course I happily accepted and within a matter of days I recieved a lovely parcel full of goodies.

Farmaline are an online pharmacy who stock all the European skincare brands that are harder to purchase or find in stock here in the UK.  Brands such as Bioderma, La Roche Posay and Lierac.  There are plenty others too!

Farmaline Lip balm, £2.54

A lovely little handy balm that's very moisturising and makes my lazy days so much better. It’s the perfect size for popping in your handbag to keep your lips moisturised on the go!

Lierac Sensorielle Gel Douche, £9.15

I only needed a small size amount of the product and it lathered up really well. It has a anti-dehydration effect and my skin actually did feel more hydrated for longer and it smells lovely!

EAU Thermale Avene, £15.18

This is such a lovely cream!!  It is designed for those who have dry prone skin and is designed for the whole family, with that in mind I gave a bit to my sister to try as she has eczema and I must say  it worked a treat!

EAU Thermale Avene
This is so nice and relaxing on your eyes! I find that if you put it in the fridge for a while then place on your eyes it reduces swelling and puffiness around your eyes! I think this would be perfect in the summer!

Make up Bag

This is a perfect size makeup bag and is big enough to fit several full sized products in!

Biocyte mask

This gave my skin a great glow after using it, its really refreshing and leaves your skin looking and feeling great! 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Revision Help!

I don't think anyone actually enjoys revising. Learning, yes ok, but re-learning and trying to get a ridiculous amount of information to stick in your head somehow, no thanks.
I thought I'd share with you just a few tips I've picked up over the years of revision that hopefully might help :)

1. Organise yourself. 
Do this before you even think about started to revise. Put your work into order, or into subject/module folders. Then you can see what you're missing and also how much you have to revise. This alone normally stops me from panicking too much.

2. Get what you need.
Folders, missing work, post-it notes, some comfortable coloured pens and some notebooks with lined paper.

3. Find your best way of revising.
People really do work in different ways. I personally like to get an overview of every single topic done first and as I do them, pin or stick them on my wall. This gives me a visual aid and I can see how much I have done. Some people prefer to keep everything in one notebook (or one for each module) or to fit everything they know about one topic onto one A4 side of paper. Mindmaps (however 'primary school' this may seem are normally quite good for most people).

4. Past papers.
Ask your teachers or lecturers for these if you can't find them online. They give you practice for the real exam as well as giving you a good idea of what might come up in the exam.

5. Test Yourself/Talk about it.
I find this is one of the best ways to get facts to stick in my mind after doing the outlines and past papers. Don't let yourself look at the work until you've given a question a good go, when testing yourself. Talk over theories you have to learn with your friends (even those who aren't doing the subject) as it helps organise things in your own mind and improves your explanation skills.

6. Don't overwork.
Don't expect to sit at your desk all day! You need breaks. Don't work for more than an hour at a time as your revision won't be as effective.

7. The day before the exam...
Drink plenty of water and go to bed as early as possible. Eat a good meal, a scrummy pasta dish is good if you can. Make sure you have everything you need for your exam (including a water bottle) ready in a bag by the door (one less thing to worry about) and read over simple summaries of work so you don't panic yourself.

I hope this has been of some use to you, Good Luck!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

The #BloggersDoItBetter Challenge!

I have come up with the #BloggersDoItBetter challenge, the challenge is to write a blogpost every fortnight about different topics.

The #BloggersDoItBetter  posts will go live every fortnight on a Monday! Everyone who signs up will be sent an email with the post topics. The Topics are going to be based on what I have read in magazines and that I think bloggers can do it better! The topics are there to give you ideas and to inspire you to post something you wouldn't normally post about!

Anyone can get involved, whatever your blog topic! Whether you write about cooking, beauty, lifestyle or fitness.

If you take part in the #BloggersDoItBetter, you'll discover new blogs and make friends with new bloggers!

If you are planning on taking part in #BloggersDoItBetter please leave your name  and email in the comments! I would love you to spread the word as the more the merrier!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Fake Tattoos Nail art review

Fake tattoos come with cute nail stickers that are so handy and easy to use! The designs they have are bows, hearts, crowns, Anchors, ice cream, Palm trees and fish!

I love having nail art on my nails but I hate having to go through the whole process but these are simple you just take the design you want, peel it off and place on your nails!

I find the stickers last longer if you stick them on then apply a clear coat of nail varnish on top as it helps to seal and keep the stickers on for longer!

I would definitely recommend these are they are a great quick way of doing a bit of nail art!

Have you tried these before? let me know below!

*this was sent to me by PR for consideration of review

Monday, 10 March 2014

TMI Tag!

What are you wearing?
Jeans and a Hoodie!

Ever been in love?

Ever had a terrible breakup?
How tall are you?
 Probably 5'5", but that's only an estimate.

How much do you weigh?
I don't worry about my weight I only worry about being healthy!
Any tattoos?

Any piercings?
I don’t really ship anyone :L

Favourite shows?
New Tricks
Big Bang theory
Favourite bands?
Maroon 5
Artic Monkeys

Something you miss?
My friends!
Favourite song?
I have so many I can't choose!

How old are you?
Zodiac sign?
Qualities you look for in a partner?
Sense of humour, kindness, loyalty and trust

Favourite Quote(s)?
"Why fit in when you are born to stand out" – Dr Suess and
"Love many, Trust a few, but always paddle your own canoe!"
Favourite actors/actresses? 
Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo dicaprio and Ryan Gosling!
Favourite colour? 
either blue, red or pink!
Loud music or soft? 
Where do you go when you’re sad? 
normally I just go to my room and get out of the situation.
How long does it take you to shower? 
AGES! I have my own rock concert jeez!

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
From half an hour to an hour! It depends on the circumstances.
Ever been in a physical fight?
Turn on?
Good personality, can make me laugh and someone you can trust

Turn off?
The opposite of that!

The reason you started blogging?
I just wanted somewhere to share my thoughts and to meet new people! 
Spiders, snakes, probably have loads more!
Last thing that made you cry?
One of my teachers at college.
Last time you said you loved someone?
to my parents

Meaning behind your blog name?
A touch of Belle means a touch of beauty in English and my blog is about beauty!
Last book you read? 
Cecilia Ahern a place called here.

The book you’re currently reading? 
I'm not at the moment!

Last show you watched?
I'm not even sure :L
Last person you talked to? 
My Dad.
The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 
My best friend

Favourite food?
Ice Cream! Any type but my favourite is mint choc chip!
Places you want to visit?
Athens, Canada, Antarctic, Brazil, there are sooo many more!

Last place you were?
my house?
Do you have a crush?
Kind of.

Last time you kissed someone? 
On Holiday :L
Last time you were insulted? 
2 weeks ago at college.
Favourite flavour of sweet? 
Mint, Like mint choc chip ice cream!

What instruments do you play? 
I used to play Piano

Favourite piece of jewellery? 
An owl necklace and also some dancing shoes earrings that were my Grandma's
Last sport you played? 
Football! Or I went for a run if that counts?

Last song you sang? 
Bohemian Rhapsody… Don't even ask!
Favourite chat up line? 
My doctor says I'm lacking Vitamin U.

Have you ever used it?
God no.
Last time you hung out with anyone?
Who should answer these questions next?

Anyone reading this! 

Friday, 7 March 2014

The Blogger Interview Tag with Ambi!

1-Hi! How are you? Welcome to Touch Of Belle! Let's talk a little bit about your blog! Could you tell us a bit about yourself
hello , I am doing well and thanks for having me at Touch of Belle ! . I am super excited to be here.. at your blog .My name is Ambi . I have a serious passion about beauty, fashion and blogging. I just started my blog under the name .My blog is all about  beauty, fashion and lifestyle.

2- How old are you?
I am 26 years old.

3- How and Why did you start your blog?
I absolutely love reading blogs and especially fashion and beauty blogs i enjoyed reading blogs and giving comments on them so i decided to write my own blog .

4-What's your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is , you get to know so many wonderful people . I love when other people gives an idea , comment or tip.

5-How long have you been blogging for?
This is my first month in blogging .

6-If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?

7-Where or who do you look to for style inspiration?
I love fashion magazines .Mostly i get style inspiration from there.  And then there are so many wonderful bloggers out there who inspire me so much . But my all time favourite is Miranda Kerr. I think her style is so chic.

8-What are your must have products?
Chanel perfection Lumiere foundation, Clinique stay matte pressed powder, MAC lipstick in chatterbox , MAC lipgloss in pinkpoodle , chanel eye liner in black and smash box mascara .

9-What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoyed that everyday i have to find a topic to post next day which is related to my favourite topic fashion and beauty. And when i start writing the post it feel likes that this is what i want to do . And waiting for other peoples to comment on my post . Most of all i  enjoyed blogging because its my hobby.

10-Finally, do you have any advice or helpful tips you could give to new bloggers just starting out?
I would say... just be your self .Write what you like to write . When you do something that  you enjoy doing it... people  will love it . Because it comes form your heart . and always always believe in yourself.