Saturday, 28 September 2013

Share the Love #1

Hello Lovelies,

Welcome to something I will be calling Share the Love. Each month I shall share with you two bloggers/blogs that I love and thing everyone should be reading.

My first two are a couple of the many lovely ladies I have met through blogging who I call my friends.

*beautifully superfluous*
HELEN: This girl is my lifesaver. I text her daily every day on more than one occasion. I know I can text her about anything and she will be there for me. Her blog, Beautifully Superfluous is one that I have read since I begun blogging, I actually don’t remember how I found her blog, but I read every post she writes. She is also the reason I have got so good at scheduling.

! Zoe - Lianne x ! | Beauty and Lifestyle
ZOE: Like Helen, I text Zoe a lot. We have gone to concerts together and like Helen, if I ever need a chat or someone to moan to, I can send her a message. Zoe is also the person I go to with any ideas surrounding blogs and YouTube. When I first started YouTube, I sent her my first video to check out before it went live. When I had the idea of this blog, I talked it through with Zoe first.
Her blog is one that I will always take the time to sit and read, and I think it deserves more readers than it has.

Please check out their blogs if you haven’t before, if you want to check them out click their headers, In the comments why don’t you tell me a blog that you really enjoy.

Lots of Love,

Thursday, 26 September 2013

FOTD: A recent filiming face

Hello Lovelies,

Another FOTD photo for you this week. This time I thought I would show you one of my recent filming faces. 

I try and film a video or two every so often when there is no-one else in the house so there is always content on my YouTube channel. This picture was taken last Friday when I was able to film a few videos whilst I was home alone.

On my face, I had.....
  • Base: Maxfactor Whipped Creme Foundation
  • Concealers: Soap and Glory Kick Ass and Rimmel Wake Me Up
  • Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
  • Eyeshadow Base: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
  • Eyeshadows:  MAC All that Glitters and Quarry
  • Eyeliner: L'Oreal Superliner
  • Mascara: Benefit They're Real
  • Lipstick: MAC Rebel
Yay! I can wear Rebel again... one of the best things about autumn. What do you think of this FOTD? 

Lots of Love,

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

My Current Wishlist

Hello Lovelies,

Today I bring to you a bit of the long list of things that I am currently really wanting (a lot). Of we go...

First up, I want two of these large drawers to live at the bottom of my current acrylic storage system. One of the drawers will be for my skincare pots as the place I'm currently storing is really tricky to get in and out of and the second drawer would be for samples which are currently stored away and never will get used.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Saturday, 21 September 2013

LIFE: My University Experience and tips

Hello Lovelies,

With it being time for people to take their first steps into university for Freshers Fun, I thought I'd talk about my experiences for the world to read about.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

FOTD Autumnal Eyes

Hello Lovelies,

Today I thought I'd bring you another FOTD picture. This photograph was taken at the weekend when I was brave enough to give myself free reign to play with make up before I filmed a couple of videos for my YouTube Channel.
As I was already in my snug jumper, jeggings and warm socks fully accepting that it is Autumn now, I thought I'd have a go with my MAC eyeshadows at doing something a bit more autumnal with my eyes and here is what arrived at the end.

The make up involved for this look was:
  • Base- Origins Smarty Plants BB Cream
  • Concealer: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer
  • Eyeshadow Base: Maybelline Colour Tattoo in "Metallic Pomegranate"
  • Eyeshadows: MAC Cranberry and MAC Sketch
  • Mascara: Benefit They're Real
  • Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte in Nude Beige.

What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below.

Lots of Love,


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

HAUL: Collective Haul

Hello Lovelies,

Over the last month I have been doing a bit of shopping. As you may know, I had my birthday last month in August so I had a little money to play with, I also had a few vouchers to use up and there were also a few sales around which I just had to take advantage. I know I shouldn't need to say this but I bought this all with my own money, I'm not bragging, I just thought you'd like to see all my new goodies.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

In Case You Missed it #2

Hello Lovelies,

Another week, another round up post for you all to catch up with everything that has been going on with my two blogs and with my YouTube channel this week.

MONDAY... I introduced you all to the pale pink lipsticks that I have in my MAC lipstick collection. If you have any questions on them, let me know and if you want to read the post you can find it HERE.

TUESDAY... I recently sent the lovely Sasha from Ramblings of a Beauty Bird an empty MAC quad and a pan of All that Glitters, look what she sent me as a thank you, read the post HERE

WEDNESDAY... If you haven't already heard, I dyed my hair at the end of July and ever since I have been trying to maintain the colour. Along the way I have learnt some tips and tricks which I shared in a post HERE.

THURSDAY... Are you a lipstick lover? Yes.. well I've just started a new series called the Lipstick Lover Corner. A place where I can show off lipsticks from my collection in more detail. First up, I introduced you to a lovely little YSL beauty, check out the post HERE.

FRIDAY.... Recently I went to an event at Westfield Merry Hill to look at a variety of trends that are going to be hot in A/W 2013, check out the stores predictions HERE

SATURDAY... In the year that I have been blogging I have changed cameras a few times so I thought I'd tell the story of what cameras I have used, which I have written HERE

SUNDAY.... Today, there is this post and also a haul video should be up later today if it's not already up, which you can watch HERE.

Lots of Love,


Saturday, 14 September 2013

LIFE: My Camera Story

Hello Lovelies,

Today I'd show you a little history of my blogging cameras. Apart from the first camera I ever used on my blog which was a Pentax point and click all my cameras are on show.

Before I began my blog I never had a need to photograph anything, maybe a cheeky tourist photo when in London but nothing else. Now I need a camera on me at all times...just in case.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

LLC: YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in 19 'Fuchsia in Rage'

Hey Lovelies, 

Welcome to something that I am going to introduce you to something which will be a regular thing on this blog. Ladies and Gentlemen, beauty bloggers, make up obsessives one and all... Welcome to LLC, which stands for Lipstick Lover Corner (any ideas of a better name?)

As some/most of you will know and the rest will learn soon enough I am a lipstick obsessed person. I own 25 MAC lipsticks (at the moment), and also a small (cough..large..cough) collection of other lipsticks/lip products. My plan is to introduce you all to my lipstick at a time.

First up meet the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in 19 'Fuchsia in Rage'.

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in 19 'Fuchsia in Rage'.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Thank you Sasha for my Goodies

Hello Lovelies,

Recently I received a lovely parcel from the lovely Sasha from Ramblings of a Beauty Bird. I had sent her a little gift as we were chatting a long time ago about MAC palettes and I said that I had a spare quad that I didn’t need that she could have.

Well I sent it over to her along with a pan of All That Glitters as no palette should be sat around empty and she had been talking about the shade during our chats. Well anyway I felt good that I’d done a good dead (enabling another MAC love to begin) when I received a tweet saying that I had a parcel of Sasha on the way.

I had not been expecting anything in return but  sure enough when I returned from my holibobs with my family there was a box with my name on it waiting for me. I immediately opened it carefully ripped it open and this is what lay in wait for me.

Sasha had sent me a little card, along with four little presents from The Body Shop… Mango Shower Gel,Mango Body Scrub, Mango Body Butter and Mango Lip Butter. As soon as I saw the body butter I may have squealed a little… you see the last two times I have walked into The Body Shop, I have stopped by the Mango Body Butter, rubbed it all over my hand and then wandered around smelling myself. I am a little bit addicted to the smell and to see for products from the range got me a little bit excited.

As I said I was definitely not expecting anything back from Sasha, so I have to say thank you to the lovely lady herself for my little mango based treat. Thank you Sasha.. Everyone needs to check out her blog which I'll link to HERE.

Lots of Love,


Sunday, 8 September 2013

In case you missed it #1

Hello lovelies one and all,

I hope all your weeks have gone well and that you have enjoyed The Make Up Obsessed Midlanders first week. Thank you all for all your support over the past it has been a fun experience starting a new blog (of sorts) and it has reminded me about how difficult it is to get your blog established and out there for the masses. So for you all to be supporting me from the off has been a great show of support.. right enough of the mushy stuff onto the post.

Welcome to my weekly catch up of the two blogs I write & run, just in case you have missed anything. It's ok I'll let you off if you've missed anything (after all we all have lives to live).


MONDAY: Well on Monday, I introduced you all on ABOTAT to the products that I have tried and tested, the ones I am happy to call my spot fighters. If you missed that post you can check it out HERE.

TUESDAY: Tuesday saw the first beauty post on this blog. It was a NOTD post of my first attempt at a nail art design that I have often seen done but never had the bottle up until recently. It is a go at the Cath Kidston Rose look. Click HERE if you missed it.

WEDNESDAY:  Well Wednesday had a few things going on.. first up on ABOTAT there was the One and Only Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Laura from Laurzah and I had a lot of fun joining in with that tag. If you want to check that post out you can see it HERE. Also on my YouTube channel there was a Birthday Haul, so if you would like to check this out you can see it HERE.

THURSDAY: Thursday saw a FOTD post on this blog. It was a look at what I wore on my first day back at work. If you missed that, you can find it HERE.

FRIDAY: Back to ABOTAT for a look at five beautiful dresses that I am considering for a purchase. I need you help to decide what to wear. If you like pretty dresses... Click HERE.

SATURDAY: A trip back here on Saturday (yesterday) for a look at what has been my recent reads. If you have any book suggestions leave them in the comments HERE. Also.. on the old YouTube channel I published my holiday vlog so if you like looking at pretty sights... Click HERE.

SUNDAY: Today obviously there is this post... hello. Also if you are wondering how big my obsession with lipsticks is (rather large) well today I published the Lipstick Tag... you can watch that HERE.

So there is my recap of the week. Tell me your favourite post of the week in the comments and I'll see you next time my lovelies.
Lots of Love,


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Recent Reads #1

Hello Lovelies,
Something I never felt fit on my abotat blog was a little chat about the books I have read recently so I thought now I've got this little beaut of a blog I'd share with you what I have been reading as I have recently got into reading again in a big way.

Thursday, 5 September 2013


Hello Lovelies,

I returned to school (working obviously) on Tuesday after my six weeks off. I thought today I'd show you what I put on my face for the day.

If you have watched any of my videos, you will see that I did a back to school look which I shall link HERE if you haven't checked it out. 

Excuse the open wardrobe in the background... I was in a rush and not prepared to go back to school. But anyways, the face... 

Foundation: Maxfactor 3 in 1 in "Light Ivory"
Concealer: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Eyes: MAC Bare Study Paint Pot & Sin from Naked Palette
Mascara: Benefit They're Real
Lips: MAC Fanfare

As you can see I keep it pretty simple for school but I think it looks pretty. What do you think?

Lots of Love,


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

NOTD... Cath Kidston Roses

Hello lovelies,

So I have recently got into the world of nail art. I dabbled a bit before but since I received a Rio Nail Art Kit at the #julylondonmeetup I have been playing around a lot more... especially as I had a whole six weeks off to play around with.

So I thought I'd try something that I have seen on Islay's blog which I always thought was never going to be attainable for me.

Iphone picture but I hope it shows off the desired affect. I tried to follow the post that Islay has on her blog so if you would like to try it for yourself it can be found here.

What do you think?
Lots of Love,


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Welcome to the Make Up Obsessed Midlander

Hello lovelies,

Surprise!!! Welcome to the Make Up Obsessed Midlander. I hope you enjoy your time here and that you feel at home.

Maybe I should start with an introduction of me and of this blog. My name is Clare and some of you may know me from A Bit of This and That, a blog I have been running for the past year and a couple of months. I am a 23 year old from the West Midlands and I am a beauty addict.

Over the past year, I have been introduced to so many new brands and companies and have changed the way I look at my skin/skincare, the way I do my make up and the way I dress/style myself…. Overall my blogging life so far has been full of eye opening discoveries.

Some of you may also know that I film Youtube videos and put up two videos each week on a Wednesday and a Sunday . My videos so far have been a mix of favourites, tags and hauls but I have just got a new camera so maybe things will change.

I bet you are all wondering why when I have abotat (short hand for A Bit of This and That) and why I have now got two blogs. Well I have been thinking for a while now that there is so much that I would like to put on abotat but I can’t/won’t because they won’t fit or that will make abotat busy or a bit crazy. This is where make up obsessed midlander or MUOM for short will come into its element. Effectively this blog will be my more relaxed place to blog, it will be my version of a second (vlog) youtube channel.

This blog will be my chill out beauty and lifestyle place. The place I can show you NOTD/FOTD posts, posts purely on one lipstick/eyeshadow, the place I can post mini hauls when there is not enough for a video. Also show you snippets of my life outside of blogging, trips out/holiday snaps, a post on my dog. Pretty much anything!!

ABOTAT will still remain the same as it is now, full of reviews, OOTDs, wishlists etc. Its just that there will be more of me to go around.

I hope you will all come with me on my new blogging journey, if you would like to be kept up to date with my posts, follow my blog through bloglovin or GFC (the link is in the sidebar) as well as following me on twitter via @abotat90.

Lots of Love,