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The Blogger Diaries | Francisca May

Welcome to my first in the series of 'The Blogger Diaries' - a brand new, fun and chatty series I'll be posting fortnightly right here on my blog featuring some of mine as well as your favourite Bloggers. I'll be delving right in to get to know the person behind the blog, asking a variety of questions ranging from their beauty routine to blog tips and tricks. This is something quite different for me so I'm really hoping for a good response!

So my first interviewee is the lovely Fran from Francisca May. She is one of my favourite beauty bloggers and just recently featured in my Bloggers who deserve a bigger following post. I adore her content and photography skills so I was thrilled when she kindly agreed to be my first feature! I'm just going to go ahead and jump right in as I don't want to ramble on too much, so get comfy, and enjoy reading my mini interview with Fran

What first attracted you to join the blogging world?

Believe it or not, I first started blogging when I was 13! Granted it wasn't about beauty (I didn't start wearing makeup till I was about 19, good heavens), but I was a teen full of angst and decided everyone needed to know that the world was ending because I broke up with my boyfriend. Hint: It really wasn't! I guess my blog helped me to express myself and act as a little diary of sorts.

How do you get inspiration and ideas for your posts?

Oh dear, that's the hardest part! I have to admit, I cheat a little and get tons of inspiration from other bloggers, namely Lily from Pint Sized Beauty. But I also try to type posts I know I'd enjoy reading, which for me is the key to blogging. Worry about your audience, yes, but write about thing's you're passionate about - everyone will be able to tell and you also ensure you don't lose the passion for blogging along the way.

What are your favourite types of posts to write and photograph?

Oh, tricky. Well, I suppose my favourites would be brand focused posts (especially my Tilbs, you know I love my Tilbs) but also little edits, like seasonal edits, affordable/high end picks and so on.

What are your favourite types of posts to read?

Definitely either beauty hauls (I'm a nosey peach) or specific posts like current makeup favourites, morning/evening routines, etc.

In an average month, how much would you normally spend on beauty products?

Cally, don't do this to me haha! I think everyone knows I have a soft spot for high end beauty so I'd say about 50 to 60 pounds in an average month.

What would you say is your most used beauty product?

My Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks! It's so sad but all my other lipsticks (even bloody expensive high end ones) are sat collecting dust in my acrylic storage, haha. I only have 5 but I rotate among those everyday. I'm not kidding when I say they're the only lipsticks I wear!

If you could only use 3 beauty brands for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Charlotte Tilbury (can I please just have a little help here CT, I'm going bankrupt because of you!), L'Oreal (because of the foundations) and NARS. Argh, so hard to choose!

On an average weekday, how long would it take you to get ready?

I know people probably don't believe me, but I get ready in 5-10 minutes! I'm always in a rush to get to work as the commute is quite long, so I only have time to shower, blow dry my hair and slap on a little bit of foundation, bronzer, blusher and lipstick before I have to rush out the door!

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far when it comes to blogging?

Definitely being featured in the 13th issue of the Blogosphere magazine! I swear I never in a million years thought it'd be possible. I was gobsmacked when I got the email, my chin must of broken when it fell to my feet I was that shocked! It was surreal to flick through the magazine  and see my name. My Mum nearly cried haha!

Do you have any tips on making your blog stand out from the crowd?

It's so hard to do that these days, isn't it? To be fair though, I don't have any dreams of grandeur when it comes to blogging. I don't put pressure on myself anymore. I write about things I'm passionate about, things I'd like to read myself and whatever comes from it, I'll gladly accept and appreciate it. I just think that it's important to stay true to yourself  and invest in content you enjoy creating, whether or not it brings in the views. Being proud of your blog is priceless, so staying true to yourself will have the readers trickle in sooner or later!

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June Beauty Favourites

A very small favourites post this month as I've not seen many new products recently *sobs* but I've still managed to find some really great things none the less! All products are new discoveries and have been my most reached for in the month of June. As per usual, everything is very much affordable to suit my little budget.

I've been using this quite a bit throughout June to get a review on it (you can read that here). It's a really good affordable option for those looking for a natural-matte finish base but don't quite require the full coverage. I like how weightless it feels on the skin but also manages to last all day with minimal touch ups - a perfect everyday foundation if you ask me!

Sephora Colorful Powder Blush in 'Shame on you!'
I picked this up while I was in Venice as I was eager to try something from Sephora's own brand. In the end I left with a singular shadow as well as this perfect dusky-pink blush. It's completely matte which I love - I don't like how shimmery blushes bring out the texture on your skin. This is extremely pigmented and I have to use a really light hand with it, but it's super soft and has a beautiful finish.

I was very kindly gifted this oil back in May for review along with some other goodies. This was a stand out product for me and I've since been using it almost every evening in my skincare routine. The smell is so natural and soothing, with a subtle lavender scent. I never thought I'd get on with oils but this has been so nourishing and even helped to clear up my skin as well. It can also be used on hair which is useful for when my hair is feeling or looking a little dry. I highly recommend this product if your skin and hair is in need of a little tlc - you can also use my code CALLY20 for 20% off!

E.l.f Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in 'Moonlight Pearls'
I've probably used this for at least 25 out of the 30 days in June. It's the perfect shade for fair skin like mine, but still looks good when I have a tan too. It comes with a strange layer on top which doesn't give off any product, but once you get through it, it's silky smooth and has a natural radiance to it. It's not the brightest highlighter in the world but I like that - especially for everyday wear.

What have you been loving this month?

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation | Review

A few weeks back I took full advantage of the 3 for 2 offers and branched out on a new affordable foundation to try. I'd heard some good things about this particular one, and with it being a matte formula it sounded right up my street anyway. I hear so much about the Fit Me concealer as well as the U.S version of this foundation so I had fairly good expectations from it! I've been testing it now for the past 2 weeks - my skin is quite reactive to products so I can get a good idea of something fairly quickly. So here are my thoughts so far on this Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation!

Like the majority of drugstore foundations, this comes in a plastic squeezy tube with a screw-top lid. I'm used to using this type of packaging with foundations anyway so it's no issue for me, but I know some people prefer a glass bottle with pump. I personally much prefer plastic tubes as I snip them in half when they're getting low and transfer the remaining product into a small tub. This takes your product so much further - something which you can't do with a glass bottle! There is actually a glass bottle version of this available but I'm not actually sure if it's the same formula. The tube version is very light weight and contains 30ml of product, as does the glass bottle.

The formula is really light and quite thin which is different compared to other matte foundations. The consistency reminds me a lot of the L'Oreal True Match foundation - it even applies similarly. It blends into the skin easily and effortlessly, and just as it claims, doesn't skin into pores either. It leaves the skin looking hydrated and sets to a natural-matte finish. I don't find it to be as matte as other matte foundations but it's definitely a more breathable (and affordable!) option. It doesn't require much touching up throughout the day for me - it does get a little oily on my cheeks and t-zone but so does every other foundation.

Once built up, this light foundation becomes a good medium coverage. It definitely evens the skin tone and hides minor blemishes, but it does require the help of concealer for anything more. As I said, it doesn't sink into pores and makes everything appear naturally seamless. It's got a kind of 'your skin but better' feel to it as it's not totally full coverage and does let your skin show through slightly - but it's definitely got the coverage you need as well as the lasting power.

At just £6.99 this is the cheapest foundation I've now tried. It's not the absolute best but it's definitely not the worst. I've tried much more expensive foundations and hated them. The only problem I seemed to have was the first couple of times I tried it, I broke out quite a bit but I'm still not sure whether it was the foundation or not. Other than that, it's a really great and affordable option for those with normal or oily skin, possibly even dry skin as it's fairly hydrating too! Basically a great all rounder, with a good selection of shades to choose from too. I've been really impressed with it for the price, I think I'll have to try the concealer now!

Have you tried this foundation? Tell me your thoughts!

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