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    SOUFEEL Charm Bracelet

    Soufeel Charm Bracelet

    Bracelet | Black and White Magic Charm | Travel Around The World Charm
     France Eiffel Tower Charm | Crystal Love Charm

    Recently I was given the opportunity to try out a SOUFEEL charm bracelet, and jumped at the chance. SOUFEEL has a beautiful selection of jewellery from bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. They had such a huge selection of charms that it was hard to pick out which ones I wanted to try!

    The bracelet is very minimalistic and doesn’t draw attention away from the beautiful charms. The clasp is really well constructed and has a very strong hold, but at the same time isn’t too hard to open or close. You definitely won’t need to worry about the clasp coming undone. The bracelet is 100% 925 sterling silver, along with all of the charms I received as well and they will fit any bracelet.

    The first charm I picked out has a gorgeous grid pattern to along it with some very cute black gems and crystals throughout. They crystals catch the light really nicely and I thought it looked really elegant. This next charm SOUFEEL had chosen for me and it couldn’t have suited me any better. I have a huge case of wanderlust (always dreaming of Paris and London) and this cute charm has a little silver plane flying on top of the world. Every time I look at the charm it makes me want to travel even more.

    Speaking of Paris, I knew I had to get this charm as soon as I saw it. It is a little Eiffel Tower and is the most precious thing. It’s a reminder of the promise I made to myself that I will one day fly to Paris and hopefully never leave. Last but not least is this beautiful heart charm with pink crystals inside. On the back, it has the word luck inscribed on it. I mean, who doesn’t need a little bit of that from time to time?

    I am so happy that I was able to try out the SOUFEEL charm bracelet and am really impressed by the quality and already have a few more charms on my wishlist. They have lots of summer arrivals launching all the time and you can get 5% off your purchase with the coupon code “Hilary5“. They offer free shipping worldwide with orders over $50 and 365-day return and exchange guarantee.

    Which charms would you choose from the website?

    SOUFEEL Charm Bracelet Review

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    The MAC Concealer Line Up

    MAC Concealer

    Recently when going through my base drawer to pick out a concealer to use, I realized that I had never talked about a few of the MAC concealers I own. I thought it might be helpful to do a comparison and talk about the pros and cons of each one in case you were interested in trying some of these yourself.

    Studio Finish is a very creamy high coverage concealer. It has SPF 35 and the creamy texture is very build-able and blend-able. I use this on any redness, blemishes or spots that I feel need a bit of extra coverage. I find using a brush to apply it to the face and then blending out with a finger gives the nicest result. I wouldn’t suggest using this under the eyes as it is much too thick and creases quite a bit.

    Select Cover-up is a light coverage liquid concealer. It has the least coverage out of the three that I own, and I typically use this on days when I want a brighter under eye area. It has a watery texture and can require a few coats to get decent coverage, hence why I don’t reach for it that much. As with all liquid and cream products, I always set it with a powder and I’ve found that it doesn’t cling and become cakey which is a plus. Since it does have a thinner consistency, you could even take your BeautyBlender and apply this as a foundation if you’re in a pinch.

    Pro Longwear is a cult favourite and for good reason. It has great coverage, blends nicely and has an anti-crease technology which makes it ideal for use under the eyes or as an eyeshadow primer. The formula isn’t too thick or thin and melts into the skin and looks very natural. The only qualm I have with this product is the packaging as the pump usually tends to dispense too much product. This will be a forever repurchase for me as I am completely obsessed with it.

    Do you have any MAC concealers on your wishlist?

     

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    Blogging Tips: 5 Helpful WordPress Plugins

    5 Helpful WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

    I made the decision to move to WordPress last year and though it came with a learning curve I found it to be well worth it. Since my switch from Blogger, I have come across some great WordPress plugins that have made blogging just that little bit easier. I wanted to share some of them with you and hope that you find them as useful as I do!

    Disqus Comment System

    This one I am sure most of you know about (and use) since it has become a very popular plugin. Disqus replaces the standard comment box that comes with WordPress and makes the comment section much more interactive and visibly appealing. Disqus comes with a comment rating system and a moderating panel where you can whitelist, blacklist and approve or deny comments. It’s great at preventing spam, is very customizable and I much prefer this over any other commenting plugin I have tried in the past.

    WordPress SEO by Yoast

    Yoast is a fantastic plugin that helps improve your blog’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO can be a complicated thing, but Yoast makes it easy. You are able to set your focus keyword, SEO title, and meta description and many other advanced and social options right in your editor. Yoast can also give you a page analysis and score so you can see how well your post is optimized. This plugin is truly invaluable I can’t recommend it enough.

    Tweetily

    This is a plugin that I discovered recently and have found it to be a very useful tool. As bloggers, we write endless amounts of content for the world to see and as we keep publishing new posts, our older ones can tend to get lost or forgotten. Tweetily is a plugin that will publish your WordPress posts to your Twitter account automatically and help bring more traffic to your site. It’s also customizable so you can tailor your tweets to what works best for you like what to tweet, when to tweet and you can even include hashtags. Pretty cool, right?

    Super Cache

    When people come to our site we want them to be able to move around it’s pages easily, right? When a website or blog takes too long to load, people can get impatient and click away. Caching your site will help improve the performance by creating static pages instead of loading scripts dynamically every time a person loads a page. Lesser load time for your viewer means the longer they will stay and roam around your site.

    Related Posts

    Speaking about plugins to keep viewers staying on your site longer, Related Posts is a great tool for that as well. You can set up your related posts manually by choosing which articles to share on that specific post, or automatically where the plugin will determine relevant posts itself. This will encourage your reader to stay longer by showing what other amazing content you offer on your site!

    Do you have any great WordPress plugins that you use on your site?

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    One Wash Wonder Eyeshadows

    One Wash Wonder Eyeshadows

    As much as I love to go full on when it comes to my eye makeup, sometimes I don’t have the time to go through all of those extra steps. When I’m in a pinch for time these eyeshadows are perfect to just chuck on and go!

    The MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Lorelei is a limited edition eyeshadow that came out in the Alluring Aquatic collection last year and has taken the spot of my favourite MAC eyeshadow. This stunning golden beige shade has a beautiful shimmer finish and blendable texture. It’s perfect for everyday wear and looks great as a wash of colour all over the lid. No fuss here!

    Cream eyeshadows are a good choice when you are short for time, and when I am looking to add a subtle highlight to my eyes I reach for the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded. I just swirl my MAC 217 into the pot and apply generously to the lid, blending as I go. It also makes a great cheek highlight.

    This next MAC eyeshadow is a favourite of many and for good reason. All That Glitters is a beautiful pink with a pretty golden sheen that instantly gives you that “I spent a lot of time on my makeup” look when you really didn’t. I just can’t get enough of this shade.

    I like to pull out this next eyeshadow when going out in the evenings though it’s not unusual for me to wear it in the daytime as well. This dark bronze shade, Amber Lights, really makes my blue eyes stand out and as you can see from the photo above it is a very much loved eyeshadow. If you enjoy warm tones on your eyes then this is a must for you.

    Last but not least is the Mary Kay Whipped Eye Color in Tiki Hut. I had never tried a whipped eyeshadow until recently and at first I was a bit intimidated. After playing around with it, I found that I really love the light, blendable texture. I just take a bit onto my finger, place it on the lid and blend it out with a brush and I am good to go. Can you tell that I am a fan of bronze eyeshadows yet?

    What eyeshadows do you reach for when short for time?

     

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    A New Lip Combo

    Inexpensive Drugstore Lip Combo

    You know when you are playing around with your makeup, trying out different products together and all of a sudden you find that perfect combination? Everything just comes together so perfectly and you get overly excited? I’m sure you makeup lovers have been there with me. Well, that happened to me a few weeks ago and I have been wearing my new discovery non-stop ever since. The best part is that both of these products can be purchased at the drugstore!

    Trying to find Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob was not an easy feat. It seemed to be ever so elusive, probably because of the blogger hype, but it finally grabbed it (the last one I might add) at my local Walmart not too long ago. It was finally mine, and I may or may not have jumped for joy inside when I found it. Seeing so many bloggers rave about this inexpensive dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in Pillow Talk I knew I was going to love it.

    East End Snob is one of those ever so popular my-lips-but-better shades and it’s not too far off from my natural lip colour. It’s a deep pink liner that is perfect for giving the illusion of a fuller pout. It even looks pretty just worn by itself. If you are into nude lips but don’t want to venture into the “too nude” spectrum, this will be a great pick for you.

    The more I wear the Maybelline Colour Elixir glosses the more I love them. At first I found them to be somewhat too sticky, but over time I have come to love their smoother texture. The Maybelline Colour Elixir in Captivating Carnation was a perfect match for East End Snob as it really brings out the pink tones in the lip liner and compliments it beautifully. It also adds a really nice shine to the lips and makes them look fuller. It is such a flattering combination on my skin tone and is perfect for the summer.

    What is your favourite summer lip combo?

     

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    MAC In Extra Dimension

    MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

    MAC recently released In Extra Dimension, a collection of 18 stunning eyeshadows and I cannot begin to tell you how happy this makes me. The first Extra Dimension eyeshadow to grace my makeup bag was from their Alluring Aquatics collection in the shade Lorelei and it is my favourite MAC eyeshadow to date. I was lucky enough to receive two beautiful eyeshadows from this new collection and am very excited to share them with you!

    The formula of the Extra Dimension shadows is truly a breeze to work with as they have a lovely soft texture and blend beautifully. They are a very versatile product as you can apply them dry for a more sheer effect, or wet to really bring the intensity. I was awestruck when I saw the complete line-up of shades released and each colour is just as beautiful as the next. I have a few on my wishlist that I need to pick up ASAP.

    Silver Sun is a silver with a stunning metallic finish. It is said to have a greenish undertone, but I personally don’t see that come across on the eyes. When applied wet, the metallic finish really comes forth and just screams “look at me!”. This shadow will be my new go-to on a night out!

    Rich Core is described by MAC as a dirty aubergine and is a deep purple with red undertones. It is quite an interesting shade that is hard to describe. I don’t have any shades similar to this in my collection so I am very happy to have it as a new addition. Applying this eyeshadow wet over a black base really brings out the beautiful red shimmer.

    I really wanted to show you just how gorgeous these eyeshadows are, so I created a look using both of the shades. It’s really dark and smudgy and has a halo effect in the center of the lid which brightens up the look. Both eyeshadows were applied wet so you can really see how rich and intense they can be. I know the look won’t be for everyone, but I am all about having fun with different colours and techniques. I mean why not?

    MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

    What shades from the Extra Dimension collection are on your wishlist?

     

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