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Why is not your average beauty website


The internet is strewn with beauty blogs and cosmetic websites but most of them are not owned and operated by real pharmacists or cosmeticians. The however is one blog where you can get beauty advice from a doctor of pharmacy. I learned about this website not long ago, but I’m already a fan of it for a several reasons.

1. Written by a real cosmetician. The fact that this blog is kept by a doctor makes it stand apart from a majority of the beauty blogs out there. To use myself as example, I love beauty products but I’m not a pharmacist. There’s information that I can’t share with my readers because I’m not privy to it. The Cosmetist on the other hand  offers great advice that only someone who has worked in the industry would know, making it a trusted source for cosmetic and skin care information.

2. Highly Informative. The blog is dedicated to bringing you information about beauty and skin care, and it’s one of the most informative blogs I’ve come across for this industry.  The Cosmetist hails from France, and if there’s one thing most of us can agree on it’s that French beauty care is renowned. French pharmacists know their stuff and can ensure you make the right decisions for your beauty regime. If you can’t go to a French pharmacy, then head over to the website to get some of the best information about cosmetics and anti-aging.

3. Wonderfully written. You may be thinking that a website written by a doctor will be an overly complicated bore to read, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cosmetist brings you information and awareness in an amusing, lighthearted, easy to understand style of writing. Even if you aren’t a die hard makeup fan you can enjoy this website simply for the posts. Each article is humorous, inspiring as well as informative.

4. Answers your questions. One of the favorite aspects of this website is that you can send in your own beauty and cosmetic related questions to be answered. Not many beauty bloggers do this. Most beauty bloggers simply write about their hauls and give product reviews, but don’t go out of their way to solve the beauty related issues of their readers. This is how I feel a real beauty website should be. It should connect with its readers and be willing to answer their questions the way The Cosmetist does.

If you want sound beauty advice, from a real doctor then you need to visit The Cosmetist and sign up for it’s newsletter. You’ll get great advice and inspiration to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

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If you plan to make money as a fashion blogger you should consider this

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When I first started blogging, it was for fun. I liked sharing my thoughts and featuring items. I still do, but not too many months into it, I noticed people were actually getting paid to do what I was doing for free. Now, it wasn’t as if I wanted to turn blogging into a career but I thought it might be nice to earn a little through my hobby. However, this is easier said than done and there was something holding me back…my free blogging platform.

I noticed that many of the bloggers who had turned their blogs into a business had their own domains with paid hosting. At first I shrugged it off not taking it too seriously, until something terrible happened. I came onto my wordpress blog and it was gone! WordPress had accidentally deleted it and all my hard work was just gone. I did some research and learned that free blogs were vulnerable to this. I also noticed that I couldn’t do much with my wordpress blog in terms of design nor could I host ads and affiliate links. This was too restricting, especially if I wanted to start making money from my blog.

I decided to contact my friend Ben of Negative0 hosting to help me out. He’s been working with technology and web servers for 10 years and his expertise shows. I haven’t met anyone who knows half as much about computers and servers as he does. He helped me set up two great looking sites within a day and offers the best customer service! I’m not tech savvy so I need the patience and laid back attitude of someone like Ben who can help me along with my sites. He’s also affordable. I had actually tried a different company before his and it was an expensive nightmare. There was no one to talk to and my site didn’t look half as nice as my new one does.

Ben set up two sites for me. The first site was built from scratch, while the other was transferred from another blog. It was important that Ben be able to do this for me, because I loved the theme and content of that site and I didn’t want to start over. This is important to a lot of bloggers who have built great looking sites and simply want to move it over to a self hosted site without hassle. It was a complete breeze with Ben and he even added some nice features for me.

I still use my free wordpress blog to post things I find on the web, but if you’re serious about being a professional blogger that gets the recognition, opportunities and income of the big names, you need a self hosted site. I’m not knocking free wordpress sites, but there are a lot of restrictions that can hold you back. Fashion bloggers are passionate and hard working; it’s only fair that you have a site that shows people that. If you’re considering turning your blogging hobby into a business, consider a self hosted site.

Ben is currently running a promotion for web hosting and I highly recommend checking it out. You can also visit his blog to learn more about him and his business.

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Lush Budget Xmas Haul

Are we really in Novemeber already?! That not only means the snow mounds will be taking over lawn, making me grumpy as I shovel them, but Christmas is also on it’s way. Every year during the holiday season I get geared up for a lush shopping haul. I always anticipate their Christmas items, especially their gift sets. I thought it would fun, and economically sound, to do a budget haul in order to review a gift set for my lovely followers. I was really hoping for a big budget but alas fate said otherwise. Check out my video to see what my budget was and what I was able to get with it.

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Deal of the month: Hello Kitty Wallet


NWOT Hello Kitty Coin Purse Wallet.

Five card slot

Bill Slot

Coin purse


Waterproof material

Price: $6


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First comment below gets the item

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You have 48 hours to pay for the item otherwise the item will go to the next commenter

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Oh sunny days I got a sunshine award!

It’s sunnier here than it has been all week. Perhaps it’s because one of my favorite fashion blogs bugwear nominated me for the sunshine blog award! Thank you!!! This is my first blog award for this blog, and I love how it came with some entertaining rules to spice up this post with.


1. Include the award Logo(s) in a post or in your blog.

Answer 10 questions about yourself

2. Q1 – Favorite color?


Q2 – Favourite animal?

The baby version of any animal (baby elephants gahh)

Q3 – Favourite number?

No one will ever know this. It’s such a secret that even I don’t know it.

Q4 – Favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Bubble tea!

Q5 – Facebook or Twitter?

Tweet tweet (though in all honesty I’m having a grand love affair with tumblr)

Q6 – My Passion?


Q7 – Prefer getting or giving presents?

Giving…to myself

Q8 – Favorite Pattern?

Too many to decide

Q9 – Favorite Day of the Week?

Friday or saturday night.

Q10 – Favorite Flower?

Venus flytrap, bleeding hearts, dragon snaps…this list could on.

Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.

Panier of Plenty: Wonderfully written posts about life in France

Yasmin Cruz: Awesome blog. You’ll be hooked once you follow. Trust me.

Strawberry and shoes: She loves etsy, I love etsy, following her was a no brainer

Body and Mind Center: Helpful quotes and articles to live better

Ram’s Look: Street style and fashion blog with some great looks from around the world.

Amy’s Vintage Closet: Lovely vintage style

Wings for liberty: Fashion, style and beauty of a lovely girl living in Japan. Beautiful photography.

Chocolate and Raspberries: Inspiring style blogger

  DIY Kawaii: Cute blog full of cute things.

Effortless Cool: If I can be as cool as this blogger I’ll be a very happy lady. Awesome style photography

4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.

5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.