The Silicone Applicator: Fab or Fad?

We are constantly bombarded with new trends in the beauty world, whether it be contouring with a stiletto or dabbing red lipstick under your eyes to colour correct your bags. 

However, when it comes to introducing a new way to apply your foundation, it isn’t fun and games: it’s a serious business. The latest trend of silicone applicators promises every makeup lover a flawless application, less foundation useage and a practical method of cleaning it. A product description from heaven. Although, doesn’t the old saying go that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is? Molicia purchased one so you can find out. 

Source: @shopvioletvoss via Instagram 📸

A Flawless Application?

Unlike using a sponge, to use a silicone applicator you tap rather than bounce. The key to perfecting the application with this tool is to use small amounts of foundation and build your preferred covereage. Sure, it takes slightly longer than using other tools, but the application is just as smooth, if not better

Less foundation usage?

As mentioned above, the perfect way to use a silicone applicator is to use less foundation. When applying to the face, the foundation will spread to cover much more surface than with your hands or brushes as it doesn’t absorb any product. Splurging on foundation just became even more justified. 

Easy To Clean?

In your current foundation applicator’s life, how many times can you honestly say that you have washed it? Brushes and sponges alike can be extremely hard labour to wash, whatever product you use to wash it with. Bacteria spreads like wildfire from all the build-up which equates to an increased risk of blemishes. With a silicone applicator, just 30 seconds under warm water and a pump of soap will have it as clean as new and ready to use again. This simple and quick method will create a daily cleaning routine which will reduce the spread of acne. What more can you ask for?

Silicone applicators are fab. Although the method of use is tricky to get used to at first and it may increase the time you spend blending slightly, it is worth the investment considering: they are far cheaper than your average application tool, give optional coverage, save money by using less product, take 30 seconds to clean and won’t break easily. If you follow one beauty trend this year, let it be this one. 

Here’s where you can buy them!

How To Become A Fashion Blogger

So, you love fashion, in any/all of its forms: runway, luxury, high street, trends, art, design, etc. You’ve decided you want an outlet to explore and share the passion you have for the industry. But where do you start? 

Well, it’s definitely a lot more work than it may seem but if your passion is pure, this won’t scare you but rather, excite you! Here’s a basic guide on how to start a fashion blog from the absolute beginning.


Choosing your niche:

You’ve established you want to blog about fashion, but what about fashion do you want to write about? Is there a particular nieche you’re interested in? Figure out what gets your heart racing. For Molicia, I chose to talk about high fashion to my readers as I’ve built up my knowledge over the years and it’s something I’m extremely passionate about. 

Brainstorm some post ideas:

So, you’ve chosen your niche(s) and now you’re ready to go! Well… not quite yet. When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. I would just post about random ideas. My first few posts were actually about beauty! So it’s a good idea to just jot down a few notes about the type of posts you can do. For example, if you want to run a street style blog,consider researching who your style inspirations are, look at other street style blogs and think about why they’re successful, (but don’t copy people! Be inspired and work with the ideas that come from yourself). Not all of your posts will be successful, but that’s fine. That’s half the fun of the learning process. 

Choose your host:

If you want to give blogging a trial-run, I would suggest creating your blog on one of these free platforms:

Molicia uses WordPress.com and has always enjoyed using it. You can: create your own themes, add social media links and analytics tools. I wouldn’t recommend self-hosting for new bloggers, as it is expensive and you need to know how much traffic your blog will achieve before becoming fully responsible for the website.

Choosing your website name:

This is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a blogger. This is how people will recognise you as a brand, and therefore you want to choose something that is memorable/relatable to your subject. For example, Molicia is a name you don’t hear often, (it is a combination of my first name, Molly and my middle name, Alicia.) I also have my surname in the web domain: www.moliciadickinson.wordpress.com. Think about things that sound nice, things that inspire you or things that are personal to you. After all, who would’ve thought MoonPig would be a good name for a card making company? Go with your gut!

You’re almost there!

You’ve now got a brand name for your blog, you’ve done your research and you’ve just finished creating your website… what now? Post! You’ve got your ideas, now it’s time to use them. 

Remember…

  • Blogging should be fun and enjoy the journey, even if you make mistakes!
  • Write about something your passionate about and your readers will recognise it
  • Use high quality photos/videos and remember to provide a link back to the website you’ve used images from if you have done so
  • Use hashtags to generate more traffic to your posts
  • Communicate with other bloggers, making friends along the way is always fun and now you have the opportunity to make them all over the world 
  • Enjoy sharing your passions and welcome to the world of blogging!

Valentine’s Day Wishlist: With Or Without A Valentine

Are you single or taken? Who cares! 14th February is just another excuse to shop, (in Molicia’s world, anyway) and with all the exclusive Valentine’s Day collections dropping, there’s no excuse. With items for every price range, this wishlist is broken into 2 sections: one for you lucky ladies with a partner and one for you lucky ladies without one! 

I’m Taken!


House of CB Milyana Peach Bandage Lingerie: Suspender Belt £29, Bra £39, Thong Briefs £25


Wolford Wisdom Tights: £35


So Monroe Nude Mesh Bodysuit: £29.99

Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Shoulder Bag: £795

Source: uk.calvinklein.com 📸

 Calvin Klein Light Watch: £235


Maniere De Voir Suede Lace-Up Bodycon Dress in Beige: £32.99

Mistress Rocks Damned White Sheer Mesh Slash Neck Bodysuit: £34

Source: http://www.karl.com 📸


Karl Lagerfeld Valentine Keychain: £25 


The Real Flower Company Romantic Rose Hatbox Arrangement: £95

Source: eu.christianlouboutin.com 📸


Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin: £36


Lime Crime Champagne Velve-Tin: £18.94 (sale price)


Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blusher: £24

I’m Single!

Source: shop.chaos.club 📸


Chaos Broken Heart Case in Red: £170

Source: shop.nylon.com 📸


Breakups To Makeup Commit Makup Clutch: £27.65


Alexander McQueen Printed Silk Scarf: £163

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Badly Drawn Models’ Badly Drawn Portrait: £50


House of CB Paris Oxblood Red Patent Leather Pointy Toe Heels: £119.99


Maniere De Voir ‘Fake Love’ T-Shirt in Nude: £17.99 


Mistress Rocks Halfway Dark Red Side Laced Velvet Dress: £59


Moschino Short Dress: £154


Bando Love Potion Tumbler: £14.95


The Bubble World’s Smallest Bottle Of Sparkling Wine 125ml: £12.99


Victoria’s Secret Supersoft PJ Set: £47.27 


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: £19

 

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The Best Style Advice You’ll Ever Hear

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What is your style? Is it I-throw-the-first-thing-I-can-find-on-and-leave-the-house chic? Or do you plan your outfit to the tiniest detail, to the point of matching your nails with your shoes? Do you even know what your style is?

In the age of social media, it is easier than ever to find what your favourite celebrities wore in the last 24 hours for style-inspo. On a daily basis, our feeds are saturated with images of A-listers wearing the latest and greatest fashion, and often we are given the impressions that we should buy-into achieving that look. How many times have you considered throwing out everything you own so you can re-invent yourself around the ideas of perfection you have found on the internet? However, the majority of your role-models pay more money than most of us earn in a year for a team of stylists. Those outfits you envy are not even a reflection of the person who wore it individual taste half the time.

Many of us believe that the key to great style is to own the latest ‘must-have’ items and combine them to have that Instagram-worthy outfit. This simply isn’t true. Style is something that belongs to you, like the way you dance or the way you act on a day-to-day basis. It is an eternal characteristic of your being. You are the Creative Director of how you present yourself to the world through what you wear, your style.

The iconic designer Ralph Lauren, spoke the words:

‘Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.’

You could spend your entire life wearing whatever is considered to be fashionable in the moment, but you wouldn’t be being true to yourself. You would be a slave to fashion, and your style would not reflect the amazing things that make you an individual.

The best style advice you will ever hear is to be true to yourself. Wear whatever you like. That’s it. It’s okay if you would prefer to wear a pair of Converse than wear a pair of Louboutins and it’s okay if you would prefer wearing skirts that skim your thighs than wearing jeans. Choose not to care what other people might think, for if we all thought the same it would be an incredibly boring world. Choose style, choose confidence, choose you.

This article was written by me, but originally posted on My Trending Stories

How To Dress To Impress At Your Job Interview

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Sleek hair and nude toned makeup.

Have a job interview soon and want to look professional but at the same time keep true to your style? I have the answers! I was in this situation myself this week. In the past I have kept it simple with a pencil skirt and a blouse but I felt uncomfortable and I certainly didn’t feel like myself. This time around though I was convinced that I could succeed the interview and look stylish at the same time. Here’s how I did it:

The Face & Hair

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I have read soooooooo many articles that claim to look as natural as possible in regards to your makeup. But not all of us feel confident without our glam and that could massively affect your performance in the interview. I want to be confident and powerful! And I don’t know about you but any company that would prefer me to not feel this way is one that I would not wish to be employed by.

I did try and keep my makeup simple. I toned down my usual smokey eye by using lighter colours. I used bronzer on the lid, Naked 2 in shade ‘tease’ on the socket and outer crease and ‘bootycall’ on the inner corner. Topped with liquid liner and a few coats of mascara. I also stuck to my usual highlight and contour and finished with a nude lipstick.

Just having straight hair doesn’t make me feel as though I look professional and therefore I decided to do one of my favourite hair styles which is fool proof on even the worst of your bad hair days.

First, I straightened my hair with GHD irons. I then put my hair in a middle parting and separated the two sides and placed that hair behind my ears. After, back-comb the crown in two sections. Spritz some hairspray and brush out the back-comb starting at the bottom of the hair to ensure that your effort is not wasted and you have the volume required.

The Outfit

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Dress: New Look, Bracelet: Marc Jacobs

Don’t want to opt for the pencil skirt and blouse combo? Stand out and your interview with a jumper dress. Dresses are a great way to feel good at an interview but make sure it is at least knee-length. The dress that I’m wearing has the shirt collar within the dress. However, you could achieve the same look with a jumper dress and a white blouse underneath, or even a shirt underneath a v-neck jumper with a pair of black trousers would look just as fab. To finish the look I teamed this with a pair of black heels. Make sure you can walk properly in the heels you choose though, you don’t want to LITERALLY stumble at the first hurdle!

And if you don’t believe that this is a great idea for an interview, then you don’t have to listen to me. But here’s a fact… I got asked to do a trial day at the company so I must’ve done something right 😉

Of course, the look is just the first part but first impressions are so important and if you feel super confident in your clothes, it really makes a great difference to how comfortable you feel in the interview.

Have a great weekend guys!

Molicia xo

 

 

 

Halloween OOTN: Glampire 😈❣

 

Vamping it

 
To celebrate Halloween, one of my friends held a Halloween themed gathering for all the girls. 

Stressing as usual over what to wear weeks before hand, only to pick a last minute dressy-casual outfit and with a trickle of fake blood I was transformed into a vampire. 

  
 

Leather leggings- Uniquilo, boots- Dune

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will have realised by now that I am obsessed with leather in a way that is possibly unhealthy. The combination of leather, sequins and suede made me embrace the feminine and sultry character of the female vampire. 
  
 The combination of a classic smokey eye, lashes and a deep red lip completed the look. I also used fake blood (Morrisons £2) to create a dripping effect from my mouth. There was supposed to be a vampire bite on my neck however I totally failed and rather than looking like someone had sunk their teeth into me, the circles/blobs looked like they were attempted by a 5 year old. Actually… A 5 year old would’ve done a better job!

Happy Halloween!

Molicia xo

Mond(estressing)ay Exam Prep

A cup of builders tea + EDM +revison

Soooo, after a sleepless night, a caffeine overload to keep me awake, and revison it’s safe to say that my mind has been possessed by the exam evils. Tomorrow I have the first of six exams and although I’ve spent all my time hermitted at home revising, the anxiety will not shift!

Current mood…

BUT… I have a few tips for the millions of other students taking any exams or just for people who suffer from anxiety in general:

  • Revise as much as you physically and mentally can because as long as you know you’ve done the prep, you won’t worry about the harder effort you could’ve made. 
  • If your worries are keeping you up at night, drink a herbal tea, write down what you’re worried about. To each worry think of a positive way to prevent it/ a positive outcome. E.G. “What if I fail?” + “ive done the best I could’ve done, so if I do fail it’s not because I didn’t try.”
  • Exercise to get those endorphins going! (Walk, run, dance, whatever suits you!)
  • Talk to your friends, 99.9% chance you’re not alone in feeling this way!
  • Reduce your caffeine intake- it stimulates anxiety. 
  • Deep and slow breathes if you feel like you’re going to have a panic attack. 
  • Have a more positive attitude, YOU CAN DO THIS!

I hope this helps at least one person who’s suffering from the exam blues the next month or two as these methods make a huge difference to me!

 Good luck everybody 💖

Molicia xo

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