Saturday, 28 February 2015

How To Get The Most Out of Your Blog Posts

It's been a little while since I sat down and wrote a blog tips style post, and more so recently i've really been focusing on how I can get the most out of my blog posts and all the elements that make me want to read a blog post. So I thought i'd share a few tips on how to gain full potential out of each post and possibly what you could do to improve your posts.
Now these are just tips, not rules so take them as you will and if you feel you could apply some of these to your blog, then go for it!

1. Clean, high quality images - Seems like an obvious one nowadays, but for me imagery is key and often images are what makes or breaks a blog post. You don't need a fancy camera, although is does help, you can take some pretty good images as long as you're using good natural light, making sure everything is in focus and then editing the image after. You can get some great, free, photo editing programs/apps, so again no breaking the bank. I also did a blog post on Instagram Tips, where I share how I edit my iPhone images.

2. Introducing the post - I find a lot of the time, some bloggers kind of jump into a post without really introducing what exactly you're going to be covering. Now i'm not saying go and write a 500 word intro, but a short sentence or paragraph just to ease the readers in and sort of sell the post at the same time.

3. Cutting out the blabbering - I remember in school when you had a word limit to an essay, you'd add in a load of random blabber just to bulk it out, well you don't really need to do that with blog posts. Getting straight to the point with what you're writing, but still making the content relevant is always key for me and I often find myself rewriting some blog posts just because i'm blabbering on about nothing anyone would be interested in reading.

4. Spell & grammar check - This is a big one for me and one that I suck at, reading back through posts checking my spelling and grammar. I know what it's like, you've written a rather lengthy, time consuming blog post and the thought of reading back through it doesn't excite you greatly but i've actually had readers point out spelling mistakes, which can be quite embarrassing. So i've learnt to always reread everything and it does pay off, as I always find something to correct.

5. Provide useful links - Another obvious one, but providing links I always find is crucial. If you're talking about a specific product, then make sure you link as someone reading will probably want to further research the product. Also, if you've written a previous blog post that relates in some way, then again link that because it could provide a little more info on the topic at hand.

6. Ask questions - I have always, since my very first post, ended every post with a question. It allows your readers to get involved and interact with you, and it makes the comments box much more exciting to reply to. It also gives your readers chance to give you recommendations, as you're aim it help them through the blog post but they can also help you.

So those are a few tips on how to get the most out of your blog posts, and hopefully some ways in which you could improve them also. 

Do you have any tips?

Friday, 27 February 2015

February Favourites

Can you believe that is is already the end of February?! Sitting down to write another favourites post, when it only feels like yesterday I was writing up my January favourites is quite scary, I cannot believe how fast this year is going. 
This month i've definitely been loving a lot of new products, as i've been able to treat myself a little more this month and i've definitely found some staple products to add into my collection.

Starting with fragrance, and I never thought i'd ever love another perfume as much as I love my Marc Jacobs perfumes but the Hugo Woman Eau de Parfum* 30ml (£29.99) has become a firm fragrance favourite. The scent is a very 'me' scent, as I am a huge lover of fruity fresh fragrances and this is just beautiful. The scent lingers all day and i've had so many people telling me that I smell nice, which is always nice.

I've recently become a huge fan of cream blushers, having never really used any before I wasn't really sure what to expect but after picking up the Topshop 'Morning Dew' Cream Blush (£7) in the sale, the obsession has become real. I love how easy they are to blend on to cheeks and this shade in particular gives such a lovely pop of colour to the cheeks that really compliments my complexion. I've since purchased a couple more cream blushers, so look out for some first impressions on those soon!

It comes as no surprise that the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara has become a favourite this month, so much so that I prefer this to They're Real!(£19.50) It works wonders as coating my lashes, whilst separating and lifting at the same time. I also love the design of the plastic brush, as it really grabs the lashes and coats them in just one sweep, so great for when you're in a rush. It's also really easy to remove, which I wasn't expecting but just adds to how great this mascara is. This launches in just a matter of weeks, so if you haven't tried it yet then make sure you pick up a full size!

For a while now i've wanted to try out a brow pencil, but i've always been a little skeptical as my brows are just difficult to work with, so a powder has always been my go to. Having said that i've recently been trying out the Born Pretty 2-in-1 Eyebrow Pencil* (£1.13) and i'm converted. I believe I have shade 2, which I thought was going to be too dark of a shade but it's actually a really good match for my brows. I love that this has a spooley on the end, so I can comb my brows through to get a good shade to them. 

Lastly of course is the new Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection, which I treated myself to around payday (and almost cried at how expensive they were) and i'm so glad that I did. Now i've been loving the Flat Contour Brush (£22), as it is great for contouring and getting into the hollows of your cheeks. The shape of the brush is just great and works so well, that i'd definitely recommend this brush over any other brush within the collection. I've also been loving the Arched Powder Brush (£25), which i've been using for blush. Even though the brush is a little big, the round shape to it makes it great for applying powder blush to the apples of your cheeks. 

So those are all of the products i've been loving recently!

What have you been loving this month?

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Currently Trialling: Skincare

Since switching up my skincare a little bit recently, i've started to introduce products that I felt could possibly work for my skin to help improve the dryness but also to brighten up, and even out my complexion. So I thought i'd share the few skincare products that I am currently trialling and some initial thoughts on them.
When it comes to skincare i'm always looking for products to rev up the moisture levels, as my skin is extremely dry and I find that my skin is always in need of some TLC, as I often neglect it thus making my dry skin even worse.

Since I started blogging and got more into skincare, I soon found out that rose products are usually aimed at those with dry skin and although i'm not a huge fan of rose scents, I bare it as the products really do seem to work. I've recently been testing out the Organic Surge Extra Care Nourishing Rose Day Cream* (£21.50), which is a lovely light weight moisturiser that is designed to be used during the day. Now because it is quite light, it sinks into the skin very quickly and gives almost instant hydration, which is why it is recommended as a day cream. Now my skin seems to loves this from all of natural ingredients such as, argan oil to nourish the skin and damask rose oil helps to calm redness. I also love how radiant this makes my skin, all thanks to palmarosa and geranium oils which infuse the skin with vital moisture for a luminous glow. 

Another product i've been using to rev up the moisture is the Weleda Skin Food* (£9.95), which is a product i'd never heard of before but it seems to be a popular one because it has so many purposes to it. Originally I thought that this was a mask, but it is described as a whole body cream for everyday care of dry and rough skin. Now I mainly use this as a night time moisturiser, applying it to the dry areas of my face as it is quite thick and somewhat greasy. I've since discovered that it can be used as a mask, hand cream and highlighter all thanks to this post over on Nouvelle Daily. So far this is working wonders on my skin overnight and I no longer wake up with tight, flakey skin.

Moving onto a mask that i'm currently testing out and one that I was a little skeptical about. This is the Quick Fix Facials Brightening Peel Mask* (£4.99) and usually anything brightening I try to steer clear of, as i've found in the past that products aimed at this often leave my skin tight and oily. More so recently my skin has been very dull and i've been wanting to introduce something that will just perk up my skin a little, and this has been doing just that. I love that it is a gel peel mask, as they are quite fun to peel off but I find that it just gives my skin the pick me up it needs. I only use this once a week, as I don't want to overdue it but so far i'm enjoying what it does for my skin.

So those are a few skincare product that i'm currently trialling.

Have you used any of these products?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

When I first head that Miley Cyrus was teaming up with MAC for their next Viva Glam campaign I was instantly excited to see what they would come out with, and originally I was a little hesitant about purchasing but after reading a few rave reviews, I caved.
Previous to this lipstick, I hadn't really heard all that much about the MAC Viva Glam line but i've since learnt that the profits from all Viva Glam sales goes towards the MAC Aids Fun, which benefits women, men and children who have been affected by Aids and HIV - so I knew through purchasing this, I was helping a great cause.

The MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick (£15.50) is described as a super sexy hot pink shade with an amplified finish and knowing it was not matte was an instant selling point for me. As I am huge lover of bright pink shades, I had a feeling i'd like this lipstick but not being able to swatch it had me a little skeptical but I had nothing to worry about. The vibrant hot pink shade is just beautiful and the blue undertone gives the colour that extra pop, whilst also making your teeth appear a little whiter. 

I find that this lipstick really suits my complexion, similar to my other MAC lipsticks and doesn't wash me out, as you would expect a bright pink shade would. As I am a huge lover of the amplified finish from MAC I knew that i'd love the formula, as it is super moisturising and not at all drying. It also lasts so well on the lips throughout the day, that i'm really impressed. 

What I love the most is the packaging, as they have reintroduced their famous Viva Glam packaging with the black and red bullet, which also features Miley Cyrus's signature around the lipstick bullet. It's just a lovely touch and adds something special to the lipstick.

Overall I am loving this lipstick and I am so glad that I caved because it is a lovely addition to my MAC collection.

Have you purchased the MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick?

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