Beauty Influencers’ Sunday Column, Vol. 3 – The Mage Can Turn Back Time…What Do You Do?!

Greetings from a stalwart party of beauty adventurers, fellow rogues! 😀

 

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If you could start your blog all over again, what would you do differently?

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DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
1.I would have made sure to choose a theme that allowed for featured images that were at least 640 px wide. I love blogs with large featured images for posts. 2.I would have networked WAY MORE and WAY SOONER..had I known how! I didn’t know how to connect with other bloggers till I was 6 months into my blog. I believed that the Internet would magically connect us :)) Still not a fan of Twitter but I love instagram, Bloglovin and just good old comments! Can’t stress how powerful a tool, as simple a thing as commenting can be.

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
Having been a blogger for less than a year, I still learn a lot every day and with time, I find out what works and what doesn’t. If there is one thing that I regret, it is that I did not start writing it earlier. My blog is my creative outlet, a place on the web where I can share my passion with others and interact with other people. I have never expected that Her and Makeup would bring me this much joy and that I would meet so many wonderful people through it- readers and fellow bloggers.

SYL | New Zealand | The Painted Rogue
To be honest, I’m reasonably happy with how my blog has trundled along! If I had things to do-over, however, I would be taking a serious look at my zany idea of starting a blog while wrestling with the end stages of The Battle of The Thesisbeast… ;-) There are so many things I want to do, but I’m forced to think: WHEN YOU’VE FINISHED YOUR PHD SYL, AND NOT BEFORE.

SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
“I wish I had/hadn’t…” is simply not a part of my philosophy. With that said, if I could start my blog all over again, I would have joined Instagram sooner. I resisted the idea for the longest time, knowing I am not a very visual person. However, finally joining Instagram has given me the opportunity to rethink a lot of things. What makes a popular Instagram picture? Maybe I can expand on the idea and incorporate it on the blog. As a result, Mostly Sunny has evolved in ways that I could not have foreseen. It’s an amazing ride!

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
I wouldn’t do much differently. I often see other people’s layouts, color stories, and fonts with a certain air of jealousy but mine looks different and is more candid. The only thing I would chang is I would have waited to apply for Google Adsense until I was back on American soil, they won’t give me an account.

LENA | USA | Lenallure
Looking back, I can’t say I have too many regrets. There are things that I wish I knew back then, though. If I could start my blog all over again, I would spend time to learn basics like photography, blog platforms, SEO, etc. I would be more careful to form my relationships with PR and brands as well. I would always remember quality is more important than quantity, yet I would be more consistent with my posts. I would make the same efforts to stay true to myself, if not more.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
I’d start experimenting with portrait studio lighting sooner. My older posts would have been more complete. I’d also make sure to choose a layout that accommodates larger picture size because I believe larger photos create higher impact. Another thing would be to tell myself to not be shy and connect with other bloggers sooner! It is more fun to have someone with the same interest to talk to and you just learn so much from them! Last thing would be to implement a Pin It button on all my photos right away because Pinterest is among the top three social networks that drive traffic to my blog the most.

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There you have it, adventurers! What would you do if you could start your blog over? What would you do if you could start a blog for the first time? 😀

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

 

Syl

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Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Pastel Bags of Holding, EPIC Lipstick Loot and Monster Bling!

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

Chaos as usual here at Rogue HQ – who would have thought that theses would just literally go on forever, and that it wouldn’t even be within your control? >_<  I apologise for melting back into the shadows a bit this past week or so, but I’ve had some family things on as well. Can you imagine a whole family of rogues? 😀 Here’s to coming back out of the shadows a bit soon, but in the meantime…

What does a group of adventurers do after a long fortnight of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!

 

So... when I said 'Yeah, Ondar's Guile makes me nearly arrow-proof'...I didn't mean 'Go right ahead and test that out'...

So… when I said ‘Yeah, Ondar’s Guile makes me nearly arrow-proof’…I didn’t mean ‘Go right ahead and test that out’…

 

 

Little excites Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog more than big events at Barneys New York, but their Love Yourself Beauty Bag Event from March 10-14 has her doing the happy dance! You will want to bookmark this post filled with everything that you need to know about the Gift Bag and Step-Up Gifts!

Perilously Pale has developed a bit of a Rebecca Minkoff handbag obsession. Check out her new pastel purchases for spring and her wishlist fantasy list of items she would love to get during the Shopbop Discount Code sale ending this weekend.

Phyrra shares the Best Beauty Trends for 2015 and her tips for how to wear them!

Prime Beauty needs to drink more water and so does her skin! Quench your thirsty skin with the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer! This gel moisturizer feels like a dream!

Ready for a Spa-Experience at Home? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her love of Rituals Body Scrub!

Did you hear any quacking? Beauty Info Zone has a giveaway with a brand you don’t know about. Read and enter, you may be surprised. With a quack here and a quack quack there….

Sunny from Mostly Sunny is a lucky girl who got to play with a lot of new Chanel Rouge Cocos! Check out 4 shades in the pink family to see if there is one or two for you!

polish insomniac has some bling she wants to share with you. Are you a blinger?

The Painted Rogue has been forced to lurk in the shadows a bit recently, so to offer some amusements while she gets things back together, pop over to find out what type of beauty-dungeon-dwelling monster you are! 😀 RARGH!

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

The Beauty Spotlight Team Delves Into Lola’s Secret Beauty Adventuring Kitbag!

Greetings from the equipment store in the village, fellow rogues!

The Beauty Spotlight Team has a brand new series for 2015, taking you on an incredible journey deep into the kitbags and handbags of our illustrious adventuring team! If, like me, you have an insatiable curiosity for finding out just what others allocate space to in their Bags of Holding, then this is the series for you!

Next up is our favourite artistic and academical adventuring virtuosa, Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog 🙂

 

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Lola’s Secret Beauty Bag of Holding? 😀

 

 

Have you ever wondered what Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog carries around in her purse? Well, The Beauty Spotlight Team wanted to know, so now everyone can see what she totes around each day. However, she found it extremely difficult to narrow down the selection to a single purse since she uses more than one each week. Knowing her as you do, can you guess what she ended up selecting? Let’s find out!

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

Beauty Influencers’ Sunday Column, Vol. 2 – Makeup Tips For New Adventurers!

Greetings from a stalwart party of beauty adventurers, fellow rogues! 😀

 

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What beauty advice would you pass on to someone who wants to start wearing makeup for the first time?

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SYL | New Zealand | The Painted Rogue
My first advice to anyone asking me about makeup is this: Relax and have fun! Makeup is about making yourself feel good and being creative, so just enjoy it, and stay true to your preferences and interests. :-)

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
Have fun! Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and go crazy with different looks (you can always remove it!). Sooner or later, you’ll know what looks best on you and settle into your signature style :-)

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
1. Figure out what your area of concern or interest is; like covering up acne or really bold eyes or lips.
2. Use the internet to your advantage before you go shopping.
3. Decide how much you want to invest; both time and money.
4. Know yourself and you are attracted to!
5. Don’t be afraid to spend more on staples!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
Don’t do it, it’s a trap! Just kidding! Remember that you are beautiful just the way you are and makeup is supposed to enhance your natural beauty, not cover it! Invest in a few good base products- a well matched foundation, a good concealer and a neutral eyeshadow palette or a couple single eyeshadows. Buy a few good brushes, they make a huge difference in makeup application. Go to a drugstore for a mascara, blush and a lip color and see what shades work best for you. Lastly, read a lot of beauty blogs and watch YouTube tutorials on how to apply makeup. But since you’re already here, reading this, you are already doing the right thing!

SARA | Germany | Color Me Loud
I believe one should start with finding out what really makes a huge difference and work on getting it right. If you have short undefined lashed that might be mascara, or for sparse eye brows it can be eye brow pencil. Are your lips not very pigmented, maybe a bright lipstick will give your face a lift. It is important to know it doesn’t happen in one day but all needs lots of practice. Another important thing is to build up slowly. It is difficult to blend once you apply too much and it may look very overdone in a second. Take the most of the product at the back of your hand and go slowly. This applies for foundation, concealer, eye shadow and blush. Another important thing is to get the right tools and investing slowly in brushes, these make a huge difference in application as well.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
Research! Look for someone who has the same features as you and learn from them. It will save you a lot of time, money, and headaches trying to figure out what does and does not work for you. Once you get the basics down, then you can start experimenting on your own. Don’t give up if you can’t get it right the first time. Believe that practice makes perfect. I am still learning every day! :)

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There you have it, adventurers! What would be your top tip to someone just getting into makeup for the first time? 😀

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

 

Syl

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Ghoulish Eyeshadow, Fantastic Jewels and a Geeky Makeup Poll!

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

Things are ticking away as usual here at Rogue HQ (which is to say, I’m still attempting to jettison this thesis from my life WHY DO SUPERVISORS TAKE SO LONG TO GIVE FEEDBACK OMGalsowhydoIprocrastinatesomuch….). Some of you may have seen from Instagram that I’ve busted into the world of Tom Ford, with a little help from the marvellous Sunny! You can expect a post on that this week, so stay tuned! *phew* How are things going in your world?

In the meantime…

What does a group of adventurers do after a long fortnight of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!

 

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Wait… what’s supposed to happen if you stand in the middle of a fairy ring again?

 

Thanks to all you adventurous readers for entering our Beauty Spotlight Team giveaway. 🙂 We have chosen a winner and are waiting for a response from her. We hope that you’ll continue following us now that you’ve found some new ways to do so. The Beauty Spotlight Team is proud to be working together with a diverse group of bloggers. We’re sure there will always be adventures you’ll enjoy!

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil is not only highly effective at removing every bit of makeup, but Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog also discovered that it removes even the most resilient lipsticks and swatches! It’s just amazing!

The Painted Rogue has emerged from the shadows of her adventuring conference, and wants to catch up with all her fellow beauty adventurers! To do this, she’s released the latest edition of Answer Me these Questions Three…a Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll! Stop by and have your say!

Who doesn’t love a new product from LUSH? Beauty Info Zone shares their latest and greatest.

Valentines Day may be over, but Pammy Blogs Beauty thinks you are still going to swoon over these Feb Beauty picks from Pixi Beauty!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny discovers the vibrant colors straight off the Burberry runway, as well as sharing her preliminary thoughts on the new Wet & Dry Silk Shadows! Check it out because you are in for a big surprise!

15 Minute Beauty has a quick and easy negative space nail art manicure that is so easy, even she can do it! You’ll want to try it out as an accent nail right away!

Love Monster High? Then you NEED to see the new Darling Girl Ghoul School eyeshadow collection that Phyrra helped create!

Want your lips to make a statement? Perilously Pale shows us the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme lipsticks. Stunning, vibrant pigment and an incredibly long wearing formula every lipstick lover must try.

Update your style with this fantastic jewelry giveaway from Joseph Nogucci and Prime Beauty!

Shiny glittery nails are hot for spring and polish insomniac has some of the prettiest from FingerPaints 2015 collection.

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

Answer Me These Questions Three! – A Suitably Geeky Makeup Poll #8

Greetings from behind a mythril clipboard, fellow rogues!

Well hello there! 😀 As you may know, I’ve been mingling with the shadows at a conference for the past week, so I haven’t been able to interact with you all as much as I would like (the sheer magnificence of our conference literally broke the internet in the town it was being held in). In the interests of diving back into my beloved beauty adventuring community, let’s hear what you’ve got to say!

 

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That moment when you get back from a conference and realise the undergraduate summer students have been ‘borrowing’ your desk again…

On with the questionnaire!! 😀

Questing is a serious business, and as every good adventurer knows, it’s hard to get by without a bit of help and knowledge from your fellow treasure seekers. Which is the best brand of smokebomb? How do you juggle six lockpicks while goblins are nibbling at your shins? Just how much blush *can* a half-elf wear at once?

In the spirit of such inquiry, I have devised the Rogue Approved Questionnaire for the Extraction of Secrets. Also known as ‘Answer Me These Questions Three’. The questions are simple, and you are free to answer as fully, as tersely, as logically or as fantastically as you like. Please only use blue or black ink, and consult the orc-xaminer if you require an additional answer booklet.

You can copy and paste the questions into the comment box, or just list your answers if you prefer 🙂

The Questions

  • You’re presenting a keynote at the next adventuring conference. What’s your topic, and what’s your presentation outfit?

  • If you could only wear ONE. SINGLE. NON-BLACK EYELINER. for the rest of your natural adventuring days, what would it be?

  • Your party was all geared up for battle, but when you reached the boss demon, he challenged you to a Monkey Island-style battle of insults instead! Do you laugh in his face and dive in full-daggers, or do you take him up on it? What’s your favourite zany insult to best the Demon King?

Makeup Poll

I asked these guys what their favourite browbone highlight was, and the debate on ‘eyeshadow’ vs. ‘a good pumice polishing’ went on for HOURS. Sheesh!

 I’m looking forward to reading your answers! 🙂

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send Beholders after you. They’re angry, because they have conjunctivitis.

The Beauty Spotlight Team Delves Into 15 Minute Beauty’s Adventuring Kitbag!

Greetings from the equipment store in the village, fellow rogues!

The Beauty Spotlight Team is starting a brand new series for 2015, taking you on an incredible journey deep into the kitbags and handbags of our illustrious adventuring team! If, like me, you have an insatiable curiosity for finding out just what others allocate space to in their Bags of Holding, then this is the series for you!

Next up is our multitasking mistress of medical marvels, Christine from 15 Minute Beauty 🙂

 

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15 Minute Beauty is not a low maintenance girl! She tends to spend way too much time on her makeup and carries around up to 20 lippies at any given time. [Syl: a woman after my own heart, clearly!] But, chances are that you weren’t expecting her to have this in her purse…

 

Giveaway Reminder: There’s still time to sign up for your chance at epic loots! Contest closes 2/17 @11:59 p.m. est. Click here for details! 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl