Stop using products up
This one might be quite hard but it seems silly to use something up even though it isn’t working for you. Pass it on to a friend with a different skin type/colouring or put it to one side incase your skin/colouring changes with the seasons but you could be going more hard than good by using it up (or you could be looking really silly.)


Hold your brush further down the handle
I use to hold my makeup brushes very close to the brush hair which almost covers what you are doing but I find particularly when blending foundation and eyeshadow it’s quite nice to hold the brush about 1/3 of the way up so you can really see what you are doing but the brush is still able to rest on your hand. You still have control but you can see what you are doing and you aren’t putting too much pressure onto your skin.

Stop using magnifying mirror
I’ve never actually owned a magnifying mirror because I simply look shocking in a one and the truth is that no one sees you like that. If you are using one I think it’s far too easy to become obsessed with your skin texture, over pluck your eyebrows and just generally not feel that great. Step away from the magnifying mirror and move onto a normal one where your imperfections aren’t magnified by 1000x. 

Practice in the evening
My personal favourite and one my mother will never understand. I believe that the best time to practice your makeup is at night time just before removing your makeup. If might seem like a waste of makeup but the truth is that it’s better to use a little bit of makeup unnecessarily than to try a cat eye just before leaving the house for an important party which you are forced to attend with 1.5 eyeliner flicks because you simply couldn’t get the other one right. I also practice eyeshadow, contouring and new lip colours just before bed.

I’d love to hear your tips in the comments. 

I have been super excited to share that I am hosting the Boots Twitter Party/Chat next week with one of my favourite bloggers, Fee from Makeup Savvy! We are going to be talking about giving something new a go with the hashtag #GiveItAGo, so if you are looking to change your look for the new season or simply want to master the makeup look of your dreams then Fee and I would love to hear from you! We will be on Twitter from 1-2PM sharing our beauty hacks and we hope you share yours too!

Join us on Tuesday 24th March from 1-2PM and join in with the chat, don’t forget to follow Fee (@Makeup_Savvy) and I (@Sabrinalovesyou)

POST PARTY

Thank you all so much to those that took part in the party, Fee and I had a great time! 

Even if you missed the event you can still #GiveItAGo and try the beauty look and cheats by heading over to Boot.com

Can’t wait until the next Twitter Party- so much fun! 

*This is a sponsored post

Although I love chocolate I’ve never been a huge hot chocolate which you can make at home until now. I have tried so many different brands, melting real chocolate and even Nutella but it was never amazing. A few weeks ago I discovered the Whittards White and Dark Flaked Drinking chocolate and it’s game changing. It’s super indulgent, luxurious and superior to anything else I have tried at home. It’s made up of grated white and dark flakes of the highest quality chocolate and it’s delicious.

It’s also super easy to make, you simply add a few spoonfuls of chocolate flakes to milk (whole milk if you’re going all out), stir for a while over a high heat and serve up in your favourite mug.

Since it’s Valentine’s weekend I thought I would share some perfectly themed mugs. If you’re sharing your hot chocolate with a partner then I love these King & Queen mugs available from Simoney.co.uk. If you’re lucky enough to be indulging in a mug of hot chocolate all by yourself then I adore the Queen of Heart mug from Whittards with an original Alice in Wonderland illustration.

I then like to add some of the Whittard Mini Marshmallows which are so delicious that they almost didn’t make it into the mug (as I couldn’t stop eating them). Although they aren’t necessary they are a nice indulgent extra and perfectly sized.

I always end up having to share mine with my boyfriend and he agrees it’s far superior to most hot chocolate. 

I also couldn’t help sharing the Alice in Wonderland Chocolate I got, I love the little quotes down the side and the beautiful illustrations. The whole collection would just make a beautiful gift! 

I think I’ll be spoiling myself a little bit more over the next few weeks with this hot chocolate and dreaming of warmer weather.

It’s so cold outside, I think I need another one already…. 

A few days ago I was thinking back to when I first started blogging and first started watching YouTube videos and I can’t believe how much everything has changed! Back then every YouTuber (and there were far less of them!) had a completely over the top collection unlike now when most people seem to be taking it a little more back to basics and downsizing. However still what I find the funniest is the product which were at the top of my wishlist six years ago and how my opinion of most of them has completely changed. 
If you’ve been watching YouTube as long as I have than I invite you to look back and reminisce with me, if your new to the game I’m sure you’ll find some of these products a little ridiculous. 
Top of my wishlist was undoubtedly Mac brushes, I still think they’re great and would still consider buying a few (eg Mac 217) but back then they were the absolute best in my opinion. People use to do these huge hauls of Mac items and everyone on YouTube had an impressive collection. Since I was 16 and most their brushes cost £25+ all I did was dream about them. I still have a very clear memory of my ‘action plan’, how I was going to acquire an impressive set all to my own. After considering the Christmas Set but deciding I wanted the real deal I decided I would by one a month but with some of them retailing for £40+ I ended up only buying two. Looking back I’m actually glad I never bought them as I am extremely proud of my current collection and very few of the brushes are highend but this was pre Sigma and Real Techniques
Speacking of Mac I feel like Mac in itself was such a YouTube trend, every other haul would be a Mac haul where YouTubers would spend what seemed like an excessive amount of money on tons of Mac products. YouTubers would share their Mac collection made up of Mac Well Dress Blush, Mac Limited Edition Collection pieces (anyone remember Hello Kitty?) and so much more. I was always so jealous (and remain jealous) of the American YouTubers access to Cosmetic Outlets where they could purchase Mac and extremely discounted prices. Although I think Mac is a stable and very key brand in the makeup industry I am still surprised by just how valued it was over every other brand back then on YouTube. 
It was around this time that I decided Mac Studio Fix Fluid was a good idea. It wasn’t. It was far too heavy, which I use to love as it covered my acne, little did I know it actually made everything much worse and to this day it still breaks me out. 
One of my biggest beauty influencers back then was Lollipop26 who now runs the blog Buy Now, Blog Later and even now I would still say she was my favourite YouTuber ever, although she no longer makes videos. I bought numerous nail polishes off eBay inspired by her; OPI You Don’t know Jacques, OPI Sephora Metro Chic, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark and so many more!
Laura Aka Lollipop26 also inspired my purchase (and everyone else’s) of Gosh Darling a very nude lipstick which really didn’t suit me. Back then ‘Nude lipsticks’ were really nude, concealer lips nude. My biggest beauty faux pas was probably when I though Mac Myth lipstick was a good idea when in fact it was the worst idea ever! 
Its funny to think about just how much everything has changed but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future beauty blogger product trends will be. 

Finding a background can often be quite a difficult decision, especially if you want to change it up every now and then. More and more bloggers are opting for not only beautiful backgrounds but also the usage of props, although that isn’t something I’m covering much in this post. The key is really to work with what you have around you but I thought I would share some basic ideas which I use regularly. 

Simple White
I think a lot of bloggers have painted their room white in order to use a simple plain white background and I think it will always be my favourite. The white surfaces help bounce around light and it also means you have nothing in the background distracting you from the product. Alternatively you could also use a different colour background but I would keep it nice and light. I personally use my white walls and my white desk from IKEA but you could also just get a cheap small table top to use as the base of your photos from IKEA or even some paper/card. 

DIY Marble
If you’re lucky enough to have a marble table top than make the most of it, I personally don’t so simply stuck some sticky-back plastic in a marble effect to a piece of thick plastic and I love it because the photos look quite smart up against it but also because it’s portable. 

Photograph
I save beautiful photos which I find in old calendars, books and postcards to then take photos on top off, I usually try and make them slightly related even if it’s only because of the colour choices but I find it’s an easy way to dress up a boring background. 

Framed Print
One of my favourite backgrounds, as once again it is portable and I love how the glass reflects the light. I usually use quite a monochromatic print which has lots of white to keep the image still very bright. 

Magazine
I love using the beauty pages of my favourite magazine as a backdrop and often rip them out and keep my favourite images. They’re also great inspiration for a look both for you and your readers. 

Desk/Notebook
One of the easiest is when I use my desk or a notebook as they are always to hand. Sometimes I don’t feel like removing everything off my desk in order to make the space all white but find that keeping my frames and belongings can add a bit of personality to the image although as always I try not to keep it too cluttered and insure my product doesn’t get lost amongst everything else. I also like a notebook as the lines don’t clutter up the image too much but it’s something a little different. 

Acrylic Storage
The nice thing about using acrylic storage is that it’s clear so you can put product’s in the drawers, under the drawers or on top of them.

Fabrics/Throws
You can use anything from your duvet cover to a jumper but I think fabrics work best in Autumn/Winter to add quite a warm feeling to your photos.

Wooden Floor Boards
Sadly we don’t have the nicest floor but if I did (or even beautiful tiles) I would use them non-stop! 

Trays
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one but trays are become continuously more popular as blogger backdrops, you can place product on and off the tray which can make the photo composition particularly perfect, 

What do you use as your photo background? What will you be trying in the future?