If you're a regular reader of Makeup Savvy then you will know I have a penchant for skincare! While I love makeup with a passion I believe creating a base for it, or even for those bare skin days, skin care is of more importance.

This is why I wanted to share how I tackle my own sometimes dehydrated but often oily/blemish-prone skin on a daily/weekly basis in collaboration with Cult Beauty*. February on Cult beauty is #skinCareMonth and they're celebrating this by talking about 'real skin' with the #ThisIsSkin hashtag, sharing advice so you can select the best products to suit your skin. There's also a competition to go alongside this to win a consultation with Cult Beauty advisers and your very own skincare regime. Plus you can receive 15% off your Cult Beauty order with my exclusive code when you spend over £20 for a limited time only!

All the details can be found to the bottom of this post!





This post has been on my to-write list for some time. In equal measures, I've wanted to write this post because I'm all for working smarter and not harder, but on the other hand I hardly ever talk about making money from blogging! But I think it's fair to say most of us want to make a success of blogging and have a slice of the pie when it comes to making money from it!

So here I am finally sitting down to write this post because I feel there's a lot to talk about and endless ways of boosting your income through blogging. All without figuring out how to bring more traffic to your blog, which can be a total minefield, read: headache.



Just a few days ago I wrote a post on my favourite makeup pieces to keep Winter at bay. I shared a touch of spring in the form of a cream blush I can't get enough of and highlighters both powder and liquid took centre stage. But for me, skincare plays an equal role (if not more), especially when it comes to glowing skin.

Below are the key skincare pieces in my routine that make a difference. From a moisturiser that makes me feel like it's summer to a few much needed chemical exfoliators that really get the job done! 

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As I only posted about creating the perfect flay lay just the other day I thought it would be fitting to follow up with an eBay themed Flat Lay Photography post. Especially as I find all my blog photography bargains on eBay!

Below find everything from the inexpensive vinyl backgrounds I use to my favourite props and gap fillers that really do work well with so many different flat lay themes. 



For the past two years, I've scoured the Internet to bring a series of bizarre beauty facts to Makeup Savvy. These have been some of my most favourite posts to put together as not only do you all seem to find them interesting but I love research part of these posts! 

Below, I have one last bizarre beauty facts post for you before I wrap up this series. If you want to go back and discover even more beauty facts that may surprise you, you can find them all here.

1. While the appeal of baby soft skin may be strong using an electronic exfoliating brush can actually cause micro tears to the skin due to the pressure and harshness of the bristles. Chemical exfoliation all the way then!

2. Fans of Egyptian Magic cream will be interested to know that the all-purpose cream comes with quite a magic history. In 1986 the to-be founder was sitting in a New York diner when a mysterious man who went by the name of Dr. Imas approached him saying "Brother, the Spirit has moved me to reveal something to you.” Over the next two years, Dr. Imas visited the creams founder, Mr. Howard, and showed him how to make a skin cream from olive oil, beeswax, bee pollen, royal jelly and bee propolis. Dr. Imas claimed it was the exact formula for a cream found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

3. The founder of Maybelline, Tom Lyle Williams, named the brand after his sister Mabel, who used to make her lashes look thicker and darker by using a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust.



4. In 1978 NASA Engineers wrongly assumed women astronauts would want to bring makeup into space so they went ahead and designed a makeup kit specifically for space missions. The prototype makeup kit included room for mascara, eyeliner, blush, eye shadow, eye makeup remover, and lip gloss but was never actually sent into space.

5. While Kate Middleton's outfits cause clothing items to sell out there isn't much chance of that happening in the nail polish department. As part of her royal duties, Katie must only sport natural looking nails at all public appearances. So we won't be seeing any manicures matching her outfits anytime soon.
 
6. While a lot of beauty fans call NYX "N-Y-X" it is in fact pronounced "niks" after Nyx, an ancient Greek goddess of the night.

7. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body. It's as thin as a few sheets of paper and is in fact two thirds finer than the rest of the face. Which is why it makes sense to use different targeted skincare products to the rest of your face!

8. In 1953 Estee Lauder's first fragrance, Youth Dew, was an instant hit due to Lauder "accidentally" dropping a bottle at Galeries Lafayette in Paris so customers could smell it (and want to buy it).
 

9. Remember my previous fact about Coty's Sally Hanson seeming like a made-up person? Well, it seems that the brand has finally found Sally and her history! According to Coty "Who is Sally Hansen?" was among the most searched inquiries on the internet in 2016. So apparently the current vice president of Sally Hansen and his team set to work, discovering that Sally Hansen, nee Finney, started off her career working at La Finne Cosmetics, her family's store. Which in 1935 she converted the business into House of Hollywood which she eventually took national. From there, Sally Hansen trademarked "Hard As Nails" nail treatment which is still one of the brand's best-selling products to date!


10. The famous Chanel No.5 perfume got its name because Coco Chanel approved and preferred the fifth sample that perfumer Ernest Beaux developed for her.


11. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is censored in Saudi Arabian Sephora stores to Better Than Love Mascara. Nars Orgasm can also sometimes be seen going by simply 'O'.
 




Right about now, come the first few months of the year I start to get sick of Winter. From the lack of sunshine and daylight hours to the bitter coldness that only February and March seem to bring to the UK.

However, I've always been determined to not let the weather or how I feel about it show, especially when it comes to my skin and the makeup I wear. When rainy bleak days are upon us in the depth of Winter I like to seek out light yet effective makeup and maintain my glow focused skincare routine. In the first part of this post discover the main players in my winter makeup bag.





Come February the obligatory 'Red Lip' articles start to appear, because you know we all buy and wear red lipstick to please our partners on Valentine's Day.

Nope... we clearly don't! We wear red lipstick whenever we so please and we wear it for ourselves to feel sassy AF. So while we are nearing Valentine's Day please treat this as any other post and not one falling into the commercial nonsense that is Valentine's Day.

Below you will find five favourite reds of mine, which is coming from someone that has to feel totally comfortable with the tone and formula of such a bold colour before pulling off a red lip!

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