Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Daily Blogging 101

Throughout August I have been daily blogging; delving into different topics to talk about and exploring different ways to photograph. Today, I thought I would give you my thoughts, pros and cons of blogging regularly, hopefully answering the questions a few of you have asked in the process. I am now planning to continue daily blogging throughout September, October and December in order to push my blog into full-time status, so you could say the blogging daily has been a success.

It's Hard Work | There's no denying that daily blogging is hard work; the writing, the photographing and the promotion are only some of the tasks you have to juggle. The upside? It's very rewarding. Although it can be just as easy to overwork yourself, it's very important not to push too hard to get a blog post out - If you miss a post, that's okay! 

Saying that, organisation is key to getting a post out on time. If you're feeling inspired, photograph and write in bulk as this will make the process much easier. Grab yourself a new notepad and a diary, keeping everything in sections and having a clear schedule is a great way to stay motivated. 

Finding Ideas | When I first decided to daily blog my biggest worry was that I wouldn't have enough ideas or that I would end up being quite repetitive with my posts. After a week, I discovered it was the complete opposite - I now have more ideas that I ever have done. I've started to explore more blog post themes as I feel less pressure to make my posts all about beauty, but with daily blogging I still feel like I'm keeping all of my passions alive. 

Do you have to actually daily blog? | Although it's called daily blogging, I don't actually write blog posts every day. I try to avoid blogging on the weekend as I use my working week to fit it all in, however if you work full time then filling Saturday and Sunday full of blogging will help you manage your time effectively especially during shorter daylight hours. 

How Do I Promote My Blog Posts? | Whether you promote on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or all three, promoting your own work is something that some people don't like doing. For me, I promote my blog posts on Twitter at least 6 times a day and I make sure that I pinned the image on my Pinterest too. 

It's Not All About Numbers, But | There's no denying that my numbers have increased since the start of August, in fact I had doubled my page views in a matter of weeks. I'm sure this was down to getting retweeted by a few brands over the course of the month and it won't be a surprise if my page views won't continue to go up, but as some of you asked - Yes, my numbers have risen quite a fair bit. 

Would you consider daily blogging?

Monday, 29 August 2016

Beginners Makeup | The High Street Edition.

When it comes to starting a makeup collection it can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you're looking on the high street. Today I am sharing with you my favourite budget picks if you're looking to go on a spree anytime soon. 

Foundation | I don't usually go for high street foundations because I find the longevity and quality of the high end alternatives much better. Saying this, the two foundations I go back to time and time again are the Bourjois Healthy Mix and L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. Both offerings have luminous finishes that are easy to blend and apply, making for a great starter foundation. 

Blusher | There are so many high quality blushers on the high street, but it's the Milani Powder Blusher in Tea Rose and the Sleek Rose Gold Blush  that are head and shoulders above the rest. If you're looking for a perky pink or a shimmery coral offering that will add a pop of colour to your cheeks whilst minimsing the risk of going overboard then these will be your best bet. 

Highlighter | I've tried my fair share of highlighters, but when it comes to budget offerings, no one does it better than Topshop. Their Glow Highlighter in Polish is a cream highlighter that is amazing at giving a subtle radiance to the skin, whilst their Powder Highlighter in Horizon is great at warming up the skin and complimenting my contour nicely. 

Eyeshadow Palette | Although I own a lot of eyeshadow palettes, I rarely ever fall head over heels for a budget pick. However, the Tanya Burr Birthday Suit Palette is a high street gem which I haven't been able to put down since I purchased it. This quad is made up of four versatile shades which can easily create a brown smokey eye and at under £6 it doesn't break the bank either. 

Mascara | Aside from my recent obsession with the Clarins Mascara Supre Volume*, I have always stuck with mascaras from the high street. The quality and the range can't be beaten, but it can be hard to pick which one to go for due to overwhelming amount of choice. The L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara was a favourite of mine for some time, but it's the Maybelline Lash Sensational  which currently has my heart. Both mascaras are long wearing and have the ability to add both volume and length to the lashes. 

Lipstick | There's some amazing lipsticks in the aisles of Boots, so it is hard to narrow it down to just a couple, but if you're starting out with makeup then I would recommend NYX; a budget brand who are infamous for their Soft Matte Lip Creams. With a comfortable formula and a range of colours, these are perfect for first time liquid lipstick users. The NYX Lip Lingerie's are another favourite of mine, coming in mostly nude hues that compliment a wide range of skin tones. 

What are your favourite high street products? 

*Pr Sample/Gifted
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