Tips For Blogging Every Day For Entire Month

Hello Lovelies, 
So I've done it, I managed to blog every day in November! Not only that, but I managed to achieve what I set out to do at the beginning of the year, which is to blog more in 2016 than I did in 2017. Now I know I don't blog a lot, and for some posting 36 times in one year would not be a massive achievement. However for me it is, and I've really enjoyed putting up posts every day this month!
I know a lot of you are probably doing Blogmas, which involves blogging every day in December until Christmas, so I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for successfully blogging daily for an entire month!
What helped me during Blogvember was the fact that I already decided in October that I would be blogging for an entire month, and I had 10 blog posts pre written. That meant when the days in November came along when I couldn't be bothered or I was too busy to blog, it wasn't actually a problem because I could just log onto blogger and hit publish on one of my pre written posts.
Like many people who have a blog, I work full time. This means it's quite difficult for me to take photos, edit them and write posts daily. The way I managed by blogging schedule is by writing up several posts on my days off. I also constantly planned ahead, and had a rough schedule of what posts I wanted to go up when.
Another thing I would say if you are planning to blog every day for an entire month is to make sure you have enough material to write about. What I found the most challenging when I was doing Blogvember is thinking of what to write, especially towards the end of the month when I really started to run out of ideas. Other blogs as well as the Internet are a great if you are looking for inspiration, but obviously it goes without saying that it's not cool to copy other blogs.
Lastly I would say enjoy! If you are trying to blog every day for a month but you are getting bored, running out of ideas or are simply too busy, it's ok to give up. Nobody will judge you for it and remember, it's only a blog!
Well lovelies, I really hope you've enjoyed this month on Dolled Up London! I have decided to not blog in December, however next year I am planning to be back with Blogruary, which means I shall hopefully be blogging every day in February. Have an amazing December lovelies and I shall see you again in 2017!

Black Friday Haul

Black Friday Haul
Hello Lovelies,
As you all know, last Friday was Black Friday. Like most of the Nation I took advantage of the sales and did a little bit of shopping, and today I thought I'd share with you the bits I picked up. Don't get too excited though because this isn't a massive haul or anything. However, I did make a rather exciting purchase so read on to see what I got!
Black Friday Haul Chanel Beauty Blender
I love the Twist and Spray range from Chanel because well, who doesn't want to carry around a travel size Chanel fragrance in their handbag? I know I do! I took advantage of a 10% off all beauty offer in my local department store and picked up the Chanel Eau Tendre Twist and Spray. Chanel Eau Tendre is a fruity floral fragrance and the notes in it include grapefruit-quince, jasmine and white musks. I'm a massive fan of Chanel fragrance and I am so glad I have now added the Eau Tendre to my collection!
This year I have become obsessed with beauty blenders. I don't even think it is possible for me to apply my foundation without using this little miracle sponge! I go through about 4 beauty blenders a year because somehow I struggle to look after them properly and after a few months they just end up looking like a foundation drenched mess.  I figured why not pick up another one up in the Black Friday sales so that's what I did!
All Saints Leather Jacket
Ok so this is the exciting item I splurged on in the Black Friday sales! I have wanted a leather jacket from All Saints for quite some time now, and when I saw that the brand were offering 30% off pretty much their entire range I knew it was the right time to treat myself! All Saints leather jackets are super stylish and amazing quality, and I can't wait to start wearing this little beauty! When it comes to more expensive fashion purchases I prefer buying classic pieces that I know I will wear for a while. An All Saint leather jacket is something I will definitely get a lot of wear out of. I also know this won't go out of fashion after one season, so to me it's totally worth the money!
Well lovelies, that's it for my Black Friday haul! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got. I know I always love looking at what other people are buying haha! Did you pick up anything in the sales? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the last day of Blogvember!

My Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Pallete

 My Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Pallete
Hey Lovelies,
If you've been reading my blog for a while you may know that I'm a huge fan of MAC eyeshadows. Lately however, I started a small collection of Bobbi Brown eyeshadows. Until recently I wasn't even aware that you can custom make your own Bobbi Brown palette, but as soon as I found out I made myself an eyeshadow palette which I'm going to share with you on my blog today! 
What I love about my Bobbi Brown custom made eyeshadow palette is that it come with a rather large mirror. Not only that, but you can flip the pallet over and see exactly what the names and finishes of all the shadows are. Bobbi Brown blushes also fit into the palette, but I decided to only fill my palette with eyeshadows. I'm pretty sure though that I will be building a Bobbi Brown blush palette in the near future!
Another thing I love about the Bobbi Brown customisable palette is that you can easily remove the shadows from the palette and place them back in the original pan they came in. This is super handy if for example you are travelling and don't want to take the entire palette with you when have limited space in your luggage.
Anyway, now we've discussed the design of this palette let's have a look at the eyeshadows I purchased to fill my palette!
Bobbi Brown Bone Eyeshadow, 2.55g, RRP £17.50
Bobbi Brown describe Bone as an off white shade on their website. I use this colour as an all over lid colour before layering more colours to create a soft smokey eye and it makes for the perfect base colour!
Bobbi Brown Champagne Quartz Eyeshadow, 2.8g, RRP £17.50
Champagne Quartz is the first Bobbi Brown eyeshadow I bought when I was building my palette. It has a metallic finish and on the Bobbi Brown website it is described as a champagne pink shade. I am a sucker for an inner corner highlight this is how I wear Champagne Quartz. It is a simply beautiful shade!
Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum Eyeshadow, 2.8g, RRP £17.50
Velvet Plum has a metallic finish and is described as a black plum shimmer on the Bobbi Brown website. I always wear brown and gold eyeshadows but I picked up velvet plum because it's a such gorgeous colour and I must really make an effort to wear this shade more often!
Bobbi Brown Toast Eyeshadow, 2.5g, RRP £17.50
Toast is describes as a toasted peach colour on the Bobbi Brown website. It has a soft matte finish. It's very blendable and makes the perfect transition shade. I don't have any shades similar to Toast in my collection and I always receive lots of compliments when I'm wearing it, so if you're after a warm matte eyeshadow I highly recommend checking out Toast by Bobbi Brown! 
Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Eyeshadow, 3g, RRP £24.00 
Baby Peach is part of Bobbi Brown's shimmer wash eyeshadow collection and it is called a soft peach shade on their website. This eyeshdow is so pretty and adds a subtle sparkle to the eyes. Definitely check it out if you are after something sparkly but don't want to go all out glitter!
Bobbi Brown Rich Brown Eyeshadow, 2.5g RRP £17.50
Ok so I've already featured Rich Brown in my November favourites. I simply cannot get enough of this eyeshadow! I know a matte brown is perhaps not the most exciting of eyeshadow colours, but Rich Brown by Bobbi Brown is highly pigmented and blendable which makes it my perfect brown for s smokey eye in my opinion! On the website this colour is described as a deep warm brown.
Do you have any Bobbi Brown eyeshadows in your collection? Which ones are your favourites?
Let me know in the comments below and until tomorrow,

7 Things I Would Like To See The Back Of in 2017

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Hello Lovelies,
Well 2017, what a year it's been. We've had celebrity deaths a plenty and the general public have made some pretty questionable decisions to say the least. Today's post is about 7 things I would like to see the back of in 2017, so have read and let me know if you agree with any of my points!
  1. In 2017 I would like to see no more rock legends dying please. David Bowie and Prince joined Lemmy, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and co in heaven this year. That's a pretty awesome concert line up and I think heaven doesn't need any more rock royalty joining them up there.
  2. In 2017 I would like to see the back of expressions and words such as bae, all the feels, on fleek etc. Maybe I'm just too old and not down with the kids, but expressions like that annoy me. Please can we all start speaking properly in 2017?
  3. Animal cruelty is something else we need to see the back of in 2017. An end to cruelty against animals and tougher sentences for people who abuse animals is something I would quite like to see being introduced in 2017.
  4. When I say Honey you say... Good bye. I would love to see the end of X Factor in 2017. That show has certainly run its course now.
  5. Right so 2016 was politically pretty controversial with the UK voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump winning the American presidential election. In 2016, I hope we see an end of political decisions that divide the opinions of nations, and I also hope that we find a way to make work what the people have voted for. 
  6. I live in London and like all Londoners I would love to see the end of train and tube delays in 2017! I can't remember the last time my journey wasn't disrupted due to signal failure/rain/sunshine/leaves on tracks/Santa and Rudolph holding up the District Line. It would just be so amazing if all trains, buses and the tube always ran on time in 2017!
  7. Finally in 2017 I would like to see an end to the lip filler trend that seems ever so popular at the moment. Some many young girls are getting lip fillers, and yes, when it's done right it can look quite good but I'm simply not a fan. Girls, you are pretty as you are, please don't get injections that make you look like pouting ducks!
2017 has been eventful to say the least! What would you like to see the back of in 2017? Do you agree with any of my opinions? Let me know in the comments below and until tomorrow,

Book Review - The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher In The Rye Book Review
Hello Lovelies,
Today's post is going to be a book review on The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. This classic is my favourite book of all time which is why I have decided to share my thoughts on it with you all on my blog today!
The Catcher In The Rye is very easy to read. The first time I read this book I was about 13 years old. Over the years I have re read this book several times and I can still relate to it as much today as I could when I was a teenager haha!
The Catcher in the Rye is set in the USA in the 1950s and is written from the point of view of Holden Caufield, a 16 year old boy who has been kicked out of his posh boarding school. Instead of immediately returning home and explaining to his parents what has happened, Holden spends a few days doing, well not a lot really, in New York.
Now if you haven't read The Catcher In The Rye you may be wondering what's the point in reading a book about a guy who spends a few days doing very little in New York. Let me tell you, this book is actually hilarious and definitely not pointless! It's centred all around the very complex character that is Holden Caufield. Holden is a bit of a pessimist who sees the worst in most things and hates almost everything. My friends would probably tell you Holden sounds bit like me really haha! I can certainly emphasise with this very negative 16 year old teenager anyway. Holden is a very simple, funny character who narrates everything that he considers is wrong with the world. The thing that Holden seems to despise the most is definitely "phonieness", and there are many examples of this throughout the book.
The Catcher in the Rye is written in American slang and contains some swearing, which makes Holden's character all the more believable. You certainly wouldn't expect a miserable 16 year old who hates everything to speak the Queen's English now, would you! Although Holden struggles quite a bit in the real world and seems to hate people, but he is also a kind person which you can tell through his relationship with his siblings, especially his younger sister Phoebe.
I have so many favourite quotes from this book, so here are just a couple:

“I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”

“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.” 

The Catcher In The Rye is quite a short book to read and it ends quite abruptly. Towards the end of the book it becomes clear that Holden is spending some time at a mental health facility. You could say the whole book is a journey through a mental breakdown that Holden appears to be having.
If you enjoy reading books that are set around a narrator's character, then I definitely would recommend getting yourself a copy of Catcher In The Rye!
Have you read this classic? What are your thoughts on it?

November Favourites

Hello Lovelies,
As you can by the title of this post, I am going to be sharing my November Favourites with you today! I haven't actually posted my monthly favourites in a very long time on my blog so I hope you enjoy reading this post!
November Favourites
I have been obsessed with the Maximum Cover Foundation from Estee Lauder all year, not just during the month of November. Although this product is technically a foundation, I use it as concealer on my cheeks where I have a lot of discolouration. This product is so opaque that you only need the tiniest amount to get really full coverage. I love the fact that this foundation has amazing coverage and still feels comfortable on my skin. Since discovering this product I do not use anything else to conceal the discolouration on my face any more!
I use the Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation on my cheeks where I have a lot of discolouration, but under my eyes I prefer using the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer. This stuff is amazing. It's got great coverage and doesn't crease under my eye area. I have probably tried most concealers on the market and this one is my all time favourite which is why I've obviously had to include it in my November favourites!
Chanel is one of my favourite brands for fragrance and my latest obsession is Allure. I've worn this fragrance most times when I've been out in November! Allure is a fruity oriental fragrance and the notes in it include mandarin, rose and vanilla. The original Chanel Chance used to be my favourite fragrance from the brand, but I think Allure has now taken the number one spot!
MAC Amber Lights is an oldie but a goldie for me. I always reach for this colour in November and December. MAC describe Amber Lights as a peachy brown with shimmer on their website. This eyeshadow is highly pigmented and blendable. I would say it is almost like a golden copper colour. It definitely has some peach tones running through it. I love using Amber Lights to create a golden smokey eye. If you don't already own this beauty have a look at it next time you're at a MAC counter. I think it's a very versatile shade that would suit a varitey of different skin tones and eye colours!
Bobbi Brown Rich Brow Eyeshadow, RRP £17.50
Bobbi Brown's Rich Brown eyeshadow has a matte finish and it's a gorgous deep colour that I think is perfect for creating a smokey eye. Some matte dark eyeshadows can be a bit difficult to blend, but Rich Brown by Bobbi Brown is so blendable! Not only that, but this shade is also super pigmented and I love using it through my crease and in the outer corner when I'm going for a brown smokey eye look, which is quite often haha!
Estee Lauder Impassioned Lipstick, RRP £25.50
Impassioned by Estee Lauder is my favourite red toned lipstick which I have shared on my blog previously so I won't go on about it too much. Click here if you'd like to see my original post on this product. Impassioned is a very creamy and opaque lipstick. It lasts about 6 hours on my lips and it's the lipstick I have been reaching for the most during the month of November. It's an orange toned red. On my skin it looks more red than orange and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be wearing this lippie through most of December as well!
Here is a swatch of tboth eyeshadows and the lipstick I have mentioned in today's post!
That's it for my November favourites my lovelies! Which products have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments and see you again tomorrow for yet another dose of Blogvember!
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