Travel and lifestyle blog. Used to do beauty and throw some in for good measure now and again.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

5 things I've learnt about blogging



Not everyone will get it - Blogging is something that bloggers love and non-bloggers just don't understand. I know the odd person who reads them and doesn't have their own, but on the most part people just don't understand why writing about products is a thing and think it's just superficial BS. I remember when some of my school friends found out about my blog and thought it was kind of weird. I didn't really care as I know that within the blogging community it's a very positive thing to do and I enjoy it so who really cares what people think? After realising I couldn't give a two hoots about peoples opinions, I decided to put it on my twitter bio. I suggest to all you bloggers who keep it from your school friends or whatever, don't. Let people know about your blog, it's nothing to be ashamed of! Put your link on your social media accounts as it gets you more followers and will make you it enjoy it even more, which brings me on to my next point....


Social media is the best way to network and chat to other bloggers - Getting involved in the #bbloggers , #fbloggers and #lbloggers twitter chats really help you meet new bloggers and raises awareness of your own. You never know, you might make new friends which you could attend blogging events with! Being on sites like Instagram & Pinterest are also a really good idea!

It's okay to take a break - This is very personal towards me at the moment as I haven't written a post for over 2 weeks. I kind of lost my blogging mojo and to be honest, just didn't have time! I've been back at uni for 5 weeks now but with freshers, starting all my modules, joining the gym and joining new societies and sports; I just haven't had time for it. I also felt like if I didn't have anything to blog about, then what's the point? Again, bringing me on to my next point...

Blog what you're passionate about - It's obvious when someone does a review for the sake of it. If you're only blogging about a product you've been sent because you feel like you have to, then I think it really shows. I'm not saying don't blog about products you get sent because if you get sent something and you absolutely love it, then that's brilliant - go tell the world! If you don't have any products you want to review and don't really know what to blog about, then don't. Posts may appear un-exciting and boring and you don't want them to take away the reputation of your blog being exciting when you've worked so hard on your other posts. If you only have one post in mind for the next week, just focus on that one post! I tried to blog every other day during the summer and it became very fun but after a month or so, I just couldn't keep thinking of ideas and didn't want to carry on with it! And I say, that's fine.

It's okay for your blog to be small - My blog isn't the biggest blog and as much as I am an ambitious individual, I'm aware I'm never going to be the next Zoella or Vivianna Does Makeup. I'm not saying don't aim high, but if your blog isn't really growing very fast and you're putting all your effort into it, that's okay! If you started your blog as a hobby, then it shouldn't be a problem if you're not getting thousands of pounds through ads.


They are the main 5 things I've learnt since I've started blogging - I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you agree what you've learnt through blogging, I'd love to know!

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

CURRENT FAVOURITES | BEAUTY


Hey, hope you're all having a great weekend - I'm so glad the weekend is here as uni as started and the week of lectures etc is rather stressful. I don't seem to have got my blogging mojo back yet as I'm still settling in but I have, of course, being using lots of products that I want to share in a favourites most. It's a bit late for September favourites so these are just what I've being loving recently...



Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning
This is a product many bloggers love as it's a natural looking facial tanner for all skin types and doesn't irritate skin whatsoever. I am having serious summer blues and wish I was back on holiday with my tan, but unfortunately the tan is fading fast. This gives a nice colour to my face and with it's milky texture applied to a cotton pad, is super easy to use!

Mitchum Powder Fresh Anti Perspirant & Deodrant
I have always stuck to the traditional spray deodorants but they never seem to be effective. Yes I'm 19 and am still in the hormonal stage where I probably sweat more than the average Joe. I go to the gym now too so this is brilliant for putting on afterwards. It's a kind of powder in a stick - very different to a roll on deodorant. It keeps your pits nice and dry and keeps it's smell which is quite strong but I like it. It uses oxygen odor control technology so it really does work and is so effective. I know it's a bit random to feature this in a beauty favourites but it's the best one I've ever tried and I highly recommend it to you all!

Kiko Nail Polish Remover
After stumbling across the new Kiko store in Leeds, I saw this dupe for the famous Bourjois magic nail polish remover. I found this was very wet and sometimes spilt out and made my hands very dry. This one isn't as strong I find yet does the job just as well. 








Fearne Cotton Lipgloss
I don't really know what the shade is or anything as I got it in a Fearne Lipgloss set for christmas last year but it is honestly the best lipgloss I have ever tried. I have used it the most out of anything as it's a perfect colour to wear with any eye look. It's not sticky at all and has the perfect amount of shimmer. I love wear this with a smokey eye on a night out as well as just something on my lips for a natural look in the daytime.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
This is perfect for under the eyes as it's glowy and not too thick. I haven't tried to use it on spots as I don't really want to 'wake up' my spots but it makes you look so much more awake. It has an anti-fatigue effect and a radiant glow so is spot on for those days after a sleepless night or when you're hungover. I've definitely needed it a lot recently.

Smashbox Lip Stain & Colour Seal Balm in 'Guava'
This is my go-to product when I want to sport a red lip. It's not too 'in your face' and is a nice young looking kind of red with a bit of a coral tone to it too. It lasts for ages but I do after reapply after eating and drinking. The colour seal balm is useful and gives you a bit of a gloss but my balm has snapped off a bit which is upsetting to say it's a pretty pricey product. Despite this, it's still a favourite as it's so wearable and I wear it over all my other red shades.

Rimmel Volume Flash X10 Black Extreme Mascara
I've not really heard this mascara hyped in the blogging community so I was hesistant to get it but after recommendation from a friend, I decided to buy it anyway. I'm glad I did as it gives such voluminous lashes and makes them look longer too. I used to wear false lashes when going clubbing but I feel like 2 layers of this stuff gives the same effect. 

So there are my current favourites, I hope you liked it and try out some of these for yourself. 

What are your favourites?

Lot's Of Love,

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Set



Hiya everyone, hope you're all well! I haven't being able to blog as much as I'd like to as I've being so busy with moving into my new house, freshers week and starting my course. I have finally settled down a bit now and decided I needed some eye brushes. I didn't realise they were double ended but for £7.99 and technically 4 amazing brushes, you can't go wrong!

The define brush is a really nice angled brush which I like to use with eye shadow for my brows. My old one was very overused so I needed a new one. This is a much better one and is very sharp and great for defining the brows. You could also use it under the eyes to apply eye shadow for a nice smokey eye. 

The blend brush is a great blending brush which is great for putting contour in the crease of the eyelid.

The smudge brush - I tried to use that to put eye shadow on my lid but it's a bit short for that and picks up too much shadow. As it suggests, it's better for smudging eye shadow under the eye and it really does a nice job of it.

The shade brush is good for blending everything on the lid once everything is applied. 

All the brushes are really nice and soft and are such good value for money. I recommend everyone trying them out!! 

Have you ever tried any Eco Tools brushes?

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