Guest Posts Wanted!

Guest Posts

As I get back into the swing of things and get September’s posts scheduled I’d like to also get some guests posts happening for September and the next following months, including the run up to Christmas. So I’ve had a little bit of a brainstorm and here are some ideas for content that I’d like to see on the blog but I don’t really have time to implement myself.

 

About Guest Posting

A guest post is as simple as it sounds; you write a post as a guest for someone else’s blog. You don’t necessarily need to have an active blog of your own so it’s great for someone who wants to give blogging a try, doesn’t have time to maintain a full time blog or is currently on hiatus from their own blog and wants to keep their skills sharp. For active bloggers it’s a fantastic chance to network and help grown your audience as it gives a different audience a sneak peek into your world and leaves a trail of bread crumbs back to your own blog.

Each blogger will have their own requirements for guest blogging so be sure to check those for each blog. Here at Just Geeking By I’m quite lenient; the floor is open to anyone who might be interested. I’m open to ideas, however, keep in mind that your post needs to be something my audience will be interested in. So if you’re a travel blogger, for example, this isn’t the best blog for you. The most important part of this process for me is being open with one another and discussing your idea. I will also need to have the final say on whatever you plan to post.

 

Ideas List

Here are a few ideas I had. If you have an idea that spins off from any of these then feel free to run it by me! Also, guys please don’t be put off by the girlie banner or the fact that my posts are usually female oriented. I’d love to see some male geek oriented content! I just simply do not have the time and energy to devote to everything.

  • Casual Cosplay Ideas
  • Cosplay related posts
  • Geeky Make Up Ideas
  • Geeky Make Up Products
  • Female Geeky Fashion related posts
  • Male Geeky Fashion related posts
  • New Video Games due out this Christmas
  • Pagan Fashion
  • Pagan Gift Guides
  • Geeky Subscription Box Gift Guide
  • Featuring Art/Fan Art (Artists permission must be retrieved first)
  • Animal/Pet Related
  • Disabilities in Books / Films / Tv Shows / Video Games
  • Playing Video Games with Physical or Mental Health Conditions

Interested?

Do any of those ideas tickle your fancy? Or maybe one of them has got a different idea planted in your head? If so there are two ways to contact me about guest posting here at Just Geeking By. You can do so by commenting on this post or if you prefer to do so privately there is a form here.

I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

My Fantastic Beauty Surprise!

My fantastic beauty surprise!

I am a self-confessed competition addict. I love entering competitions, and I also have a pretty good track record of winning things. Most of the time I’ll share them on twitter or with friends, and that’s about it. This time though I think this haul deserves a blog post of it’s own! I’m also planning to review a lot of it so it’s been a great win in terms of blogging, and has come just at the right time. It also actually made me cry, which sounds dorky, I know. I entered the competition by Beauty Base just as I was beginning to get my meditation and daily life schedule back on track at the start of May. I was feeling really happy about how I was doing, and the competition required you to answer a question; why do you deserve to win this hamper? I always answer honestly and as my ME/CFS was the first thing on my mind at that moment, that is what I answered with. It wasn’t an aim at a sob story, it was just reality. I doubt that’s why I won. Competitions are done by random generations, it wouldn’t be fair otherwise. So this win represented a personal win too, almost like the universe was giving me a small pat on the back.

Now that I’ve rambled on I guess I should actually show you the goodies? 😉

My Beauty Prize - Opening the Box!

 

As you can imagine it took a while for them to get everything together and then of course I was away in London, so I had to wait until I got back to be able to open it! Despite our train being massively delayed and us getting home really late I had to delve into it and see everything for myself. I’d seen a photo with the competition but it’s never the same as actually holding things in your hand, being able to read the labels and of course, being able to pop the lid and smell them!

 

Beauty Prize - Everything Laid Out

 

As you can see it is quite a haul! It is huge and I’m really  chuffed with it. I use face masks, scrubs and sheets regularly to help keep my skin clear which in turns helps me control my skin picking. I’ve also found that face masks are brilliant for relaxing my facial muscles when I get a particularly bad migraine. Due to the difficulties with my migraines over the last few months my supply of face masks has been depleted so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

Here are some more photos so you can get a closer look at everything!

 

Beauty Prize - Ayumi face masks and washes

Beauty Prize - Ayumi Products

Beauty Prize - Byphasse Products

Beauty Prize - Dr Pawpaw, Technic Products and Perfume

Beauty Prize - Close up of the Technic glitter me up lipgloss

Beauty Prize - Face masks, sheets and pore strips

Beauty Prize - Himalaya Face Scrubs and Toothpaste

Beauty Prize - Himalaya Face Washes

 

I’ve used a Himalaya product before (their Almond & Cucumber Peel off face mask) and I’ve been quite happy with it so it was this brand that drew me to the competition in the first place. So I am super excited to be able to try so many of their products out now! I’ve also tried some Technic products before and been really happy with those. Otherwise the only other brand I recognise is Dr PawPaw which I’ve been eager to get my mitts on as it’s been taking the beauty world by storm and quite frankly I want to see if it’s worth the hype. There’s only a about 2-3 products in the whole bunch that aren’t useful to me and that’s the wrinkle ones! I don’t think I have wrinkles? I may try them to see – maybe I do have wrinkles and I’m just oblivious 😛

Overall I am really happy with it all. Now I just need to decide what to try first! Once I’ve found a home for everything… this has prompted me to have a much needed clean out and get rid of some things I’ve been holding onto for far too long. I’ve contacted a local women’s shelter and will be handing everything viable over to them so it goes to a good cause.

 

Over to you

Have you guys tried any of these brands? Is there anything here that tickles your fancy? Let me know because I’m happy to try something sooner if you would like to read the review – plus let’s be honest, I need the help in narrowing my choices down 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthstone Series Wrap Up

Birthstones Series - Wrap Up

Just under a year ago I debuted the first of what was to be a 12 month series; The Birthstone series. It was a monthly blog series in which I created a pinterest board and used it as a mood board for a style guide for that month’s birthstone. I loved the idea, I loved doing it, and I’m still somewhat annoyed that I didn’t get to post a style guide for each individual month. I did, however, keep up with the pinterest boards and intend to keep doing so on a much lesser scale though. I had originally intended to post this months style guide for Amethyst, and then later in the year catch up on the months I had missed. The problem with that is that I would constantly be playing catch up and adding more work, rather than admitting that there are some lessons I learned from this series. Instead I decide to post this wrap up, concluding the series and providing links to all the published style guides and each individual pinterest board in one place. I also wanted to use it as a way to reflect on what lessons I learned and how to adjust my planning for future blog series (oh yes, there are more to come! 😉 ).

 

Lessons Learned

The biggest lesson was that I over-reached, and wanted to do more than I really should have. The style guides needed to be more compact, and involving less work on my part. If I want to spend hours and hours pinning things to a pinterest board, then so be it. That’s my choice and I enjoy it; it’s also great for when I’m feeling really crappy and want to be productive. Likewise, thanks to my tablet I can do it on the go and anywhere in the house. The problem was trying to then convert that into a blog post; I had to wade through loads of links and save loads of images, resize them and so forth. It took so long. The next series is going to be more definitive, more to the point and less work in that department.

I also wasn’t as sharp with affiliate links as I should have been and probably lost out on a lot of great opportunities. I’ll be working on that in the future.

 

The Complete Birthstone Series

And finally, here it is! The complete set of published pinterest boards and the published accompanying style guides. I will continue to add things I find to these boards so take the time to follow them, whether it’s your birthstone or you simply love the colour palette for that month!

 

January – Garnet

 

February – Amethyst

 

March – Aquamarine

Style Guide – Aquamarine

 

 

April – Diamond

Style Guide – Diamond

 

 

May – Emerald

Style Guide – Emerald

June – Pearl

Style Guide – Pearl

 

July – Ruby

Style Guide – Ruby

 

August – Peridot

Style Guide – Peridot

 

September – Sapphire

October – Opal

November – Topaz

December – Tanzanite

 

 

Your Thoughts?

Did you enjoy this series? Which was your favourite? Did you prefer the style guides or the pinterest boards themselves? Did it help you style your birthstone or another stone? Would you like to see other gemstone based style guides? Let me know your thoughts in the comments <3

How to Style Peridot, August’s Birthstone!

Birthstones Series - Peridot - August's Birthstone

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

Two birthstone posts in a row, but don’t worry Sharing Saturday will be back to normal next week and I’ll be looking at the gorgeous Sapphire for September’s birthstone in three weeks time.

 

 

 

Peridot was a tricky one to style, mainly because it’s quite a bright shade and I have to admit it’s not one I’m naturally attracted to. I love the gemstone and jewellery, however, it was the fashion items, dresses and make up that proved hardest to find. Some companies and retailers seem to be quite fond of the colour for women’s fashion, while others tend to lean towards khaki and olive. Unlike Emerald, Peridot is a much lighter and yellow hue shade of green. It’s spring greens, lime, chartruese and then the more mellow shades of olive and khaki. My tip for styling it, if you’re like me and not too keen on going for full on lime green, is to add it in little ways. A spot of make up here, some beautiful peridot jewellery to spice up an outfit or even just a flash of colour for your shoes or bag. It’s also a colour that goes really well with yellow, darker blues and purple which you can see in the colour palettes below.

 

 

Jewellery

 

  1. Peridot Butterfly Pendant Necklace from QP Jewellers.
  2. Raw Peridot And Pyrite Bracelet from Not on the High Street.
  3. Clogau Sterling Silver & 9ct Rose Gold Peridot Awelon Ring from H.Samuel.
  4. Peridot Copper Bangle by DesignedByAnnemarie.
  5. Peridot Leaf Drop Earrings by AnvilandThorn.
  6. Nina B Sterling Silver Heart Stud Earrings from John Lewis.

 

 

Dupes

Peridot is a stone that ranges in price so it’s not always necessary to look for a dupe, however, it can also sometimes be one that is hard to find. There’s a lot of suitable dupes out there using coloured glass, crystals, and beads that still have that vibrant shade you’re looking for!

  1. Sterling silver green cubic zirconia ‘kiss’ pendant from Debenhams.
  2. Lime Green Earrings by annakingjewellery.
  3. Green Stained Glass Cuff by AimeezArtz.
  4. Lemon Beaded Hoop Earrings from Accessorize.
  5. Khaki Cord Multirow Necklace from Dorothy Perkins.
  6. Green & Gold Tone Clover Drop Earrings from TK Maxx.

 

 

 

Colour Palettes

 

  1. Spring Flora Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  2. Yellow Rose Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  3. Sweet Tangerine Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  4. Sun Through Leaves Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  5. Lime Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.
  6. Green Peas Colour Palette, view it here on Pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Charter School Cardigan in Chartreuse from Modcloth.
  2. Torrid Jeggings – Neon Citron Green Wash from Torrid.
  3. Live Unlimited – Lime Floral Print Kaftan from Debenhams.
  4. Maine New England – Lime linen blend blazer from Debenhams.
  5. Lime Green High Neck Shirred Top from New Look.
  6. Lime Stripe Denim Shorts from Jane Norman.

 

 

Dresses

  1. Green Premium Strappy Lace Dress from New Look.
  2. Tall Plunge Front Maxi Dress from ASOS.
  3. Coast Jamie Printed Dress from House of Fraser.
  4. ISSA Mila Embellished Dress from House of Fraser.
  5. Wallis – Mint floral orchid shift dress  from Debenhams.
  6.  Craghoppers – Soft khaki Nosilife symone shirt dress from Debenhams.

 

 

 

Shoes

  1. Lotus – Lime suede ‘Briony’ wedge sandals from Debenhams.
  2. L.K. Bennett Coralie Flower Ruffle Sandals in Lime from John Lewis.
  3. Lime Green Suedette Trainers from New Look.
  4. Wedge Heel Sandals from H&M.
  5. Block Heel Ankle Strap Court Shoes from Marks & Spencer.
  6. Hunter Original Short Boots from Sole Trader.

 

 

Accessories

 

  1. August Birthstone Pouch from Achica.
  2. Elegant Peridot Watch with Vintage Face by ArdentLife.
  3. Green Colour Block Saddle Bag from New Look.
  4. The Nellie Belt – Turquoise, Lime and Orange Buckle with Brown Leather Belt by AWCdesigns.
  5. Lemon Lime Gemstone French Barrettes by ReynaRed.
  6. Olive Green Paisley Bandana Knotted Jersey Headwrap from Claires.

 

 

Nails

 

  1. Zoya nail polish in Tangy from Holland & Barrett.
  2. Rimmel Rita Ora 60 Seconds Super Shine in Partner In Lime from Superdrug.
  3. BeachClub Summer Collection Neon Yellow/Lime Crelly by MsSparkleBoutique.
  4. Bright eyes – Lime-gold Holographic glitter polish by DarkMetalLacquer.
  5. Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Where’s My Oscar from Europa Cosmetica.
  6. Ciate Nail Polish in Mojito from Europa Cosmetica.

 

 

Make Up

 

  1. LOréal Paris Infallible Eye Paint in Keep On Khaki from Look Fantastic.
  2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Chrome Summer in Venus Flytrap from Look Fantastic.
  3. MANIA Sparkle Eyeshadow by FabledFragrances.
  4. Green Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick Non Transferable Water Proof -Key Lime by michelerenaecosmetic.
  5. W7 Cosmetics Angel Eyes Eye Shadow Palette – Out On The Town from Scentsational.
  6. Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Lust by Urban Decay.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

  1. August Peridot magnetic bookmark by 1107Studio.
  2. August Birthstone Print by HarknettPrints.
  3. August birthstone dragon with peridot gem by HowManyDragons.
  4. Ryman Soft Cover Notebook Medium from Ryman.
  5. Filofax Personal from Ryman.
  6. Personal Banker Organiser from Modcloth.

 

What do you think; has this style guide swayed your thoughts on lime green and peridot? Or were you already a fan?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 

Pin - How to style your birthstone: Peridot for August!

 

 

 

How to Style Ruby, July’s Birthstone

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

So… it’s August and this is the birthstone for July… yep I’m running a bit behind. I hope to have Peridot up next weekend so I should be back on track for one birthstone a month again!

 

Ruby is one of two red birthstones I’ll be looking at in this series, so I had to differentiate between it and Garnet. For styling ruby I went with warmer tones; poppy red, warm oranges and yellows. There’s some darker tones of red as well to represent the darker hues of rubies, however, generally anything burgundy I’ll be saving for garnet in January 😉

 

Jewellery

  1. White Gold Diamond Ruby Swirl Pendant from The Jewel Hut.
  2. Silver Ruby Pendant by SilverTalesStudio.
  3. Genuine Rough Ruby Earrings by Bihls.
  4. Belleek Living – Ruby Necklace from Debenhams.
  5. 9ct Gold Ruby and Diamond Bracelet from Argos.
  6. Madagascan Ruby Oval Bangle from Gemporia.

 

 

Dupes

Like many birthstones Ruby can get a tad pricey, but thankfully when it comes to dupes there are loads of different options. From created rubies, red crystals and red beads, you can style ruby without a huge price tag!

  1. Jolene Jewel Short Drop Earrings from Accessorize.
  2. Red Rose Origami Earrings by TheWorldinpaper.
  3. Dragonfly Necklace by EnchantedCircle1234.
  4. Ruby Red Ornate Filigree Steampunk Ring by DarkEleganceDesigns.
  5. July Birthstone Jewellery Set from Wallis.
  6. Daisy Necklace from Curvissa.

 

 

 

Colour Palettes

 

  1. Red Oranges. View it here on Pinterest.
  2. Raspberries. View it here on Pinterest.
  3. Strawberries. View it here on Pinterest.
  4. Autumn Shades. View it here on Pinterest.
  5. Lanterns. View it here on Pinterest.
  6. Red & Gold Christmas.View it here on Pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Burned Velvet Wine Leggings from Blackmilk Clothing.
  2. Heine Leather Jacket from Curvissa.
  3. Flare Sleeve Handkerchief  Tunic Top from Rose Gal.
  4. Tie Front Blouse with Frill Sleeve from ASOS.
  5. Closet Berry Satin Bow Skirt from Wallis.
  6. Little Mistress Red Jumpsuit from Evans.

Dresses

  1. BA&SH Red Midi Dress from ASOS.
  2. Burgundy Online Exclusive Satin Printed Dress from Roman Originals.
  3. Petite Red Scallop Lace Dress from Wallis.
  4. Cowl Neck Velour Dress from Curvissa.
  5. Embroidered Bodice Evening Dress from Curvissa.
  6. Red Chiffon Maxi Dress With Embellished Shoulders from Yours Clothing.

 

Shoes

  1. Saucony Exclusive Jazz O Suede Trainers In Red from ASOS.
  2. B.A.I.T. Footwear Shimmer Down Now T-Strap Heel in Cherry Gloss from Modcloth.
  3. Ruby Red Heels by DiamonteMe.
  4. City Walk Ankle Boots from Curvissa.
  5. Red Bow Side Shoes from River Island.
  6. Leather cross strap T-bar heels from M & Co.

 

Accessories

 

  1. Glamorous Crochet Cross Body Bag in Red from ASOS.
  2. Floral Headband – Bronze Roses by AMonSeulDesir.
  3. Dragon Queen Crystal Hair Comb by RichAndStrangeAus.
  4. Black Felted Bag by filcant.
  5. Floral embossed belt from M & Co.
  6. Lacey Plastic Oversize Sunglasses from Boohoo.

 

 

Nails

 

  1. NCLA Ruby Red Nail Wraps from Pretty Little Things.
  2. F.U.N Laquer in Splendor from Rainbow Connection.
  3. Pretty Serious nail polish in Velvet Bow from Rainbow Connection.
  4. Collection Nail Polish in Hollywood Red from Superdrug.
  5. RUBY RED Gemstone Nail Water Transfers by NaughtyNailsShop.
  6. Rimmel Glitter Nail Polish in Ruby Crush from Feel Unique.

 

 

Make Up

 

  1. e.l.f. Velvet Matte Lipstick Ruby Red from Superdrug.
  2. MAC Cosmetics eye shadow palette in ‘Burgundy Times Nine’ from Debenhams.
  3. L.A Girl Eyelux Eyeshadow in Hypnotize from Beauty Base.
  4. Pumpkin Cider Liquid Lipstick by BeautyBarBaby.
  5. Pressed eyeshadow palette – July birthstone – Ruby by BreakingBeautyShop.
  6. Black Up – ‘Matte Liquid Lipcolor’ lipstain in N 05 from Debenhams.

 

 

 

What do you think; is ruby  a birthstone you think you could style? I’ve always been partial to red and never been afraid to wear it, but I know for some people it can be a bit overwhelming. Do you think you would go all out in one of the ruby dresses or would you be more subtle and add a touch of red with some accessories?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

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