Saturday, 25 April 2015

5 Simple Blogging Tips for Beginners

If I got a £1 for the number of times I recieved messages asking me for blogging tips for starting up a new blog, I think I would probably be rich now... just kidding. No but seriously, this question has been thrown at me many times through my social media platforms. Now I ain't no pro blogger or an expert in HTML, but I just decided to created a blog post to share with you all a few simple tips for those who have just started blogging or those who are thinking of starting a blog in the future some time. There are many tips available but this is what I've been doing to get to where I am now in the blogging world and which you could do too. I hope you find this helpful.

Take good Pictures
By this, I don't mean go out and invest on a DSLR camera. I don't even use a DSLR for my blg pictures, as you could probably already tell by the quality of mine, eeek! But to take good pictures, I would suggest using natural lighting. Even the quality of the camera on an iPad is good enough. I use the camera on my iPad for some posts. And don't forget to edit your pictures using good editing Apps or Software. Editing may sound boring and a lot of time and effort, but trust me, it makes a lot of difference in the quality of the pictures.

Be Social
I can't stress enough how important it is to have social media platforms. There are a vast amount of social media platforms to choose from, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest etc. but choose wisely and choose the ones that you know would suit your blog well. Even if you are not a Twitter or an Instagram person, you won't regret it once you get into the hang of using it. This is where you will be able to promote your blog to your readers and also get noticed by brands as well which is great if you would love to work with brands in the future.

Have a good blog Layout
A blog with a bright pink background and Orange coloured text will put off the readers. Make sure you have a clean tidy blog layout without so much going on. Keep it simple. Make is easy to navigate around and have buttons to enable your readers to follow you. Because you would want to keep your readers coming back to your blog.

Stay Organised 
When having a blog, working part time and also studying, it can be easy to get off track and start finding excuses to blog later or procrastinate with blogging. This is a habit that a lot of beginners do, including me. It's okay to take some time off from blogging when you need it, but I would recommend posting 2-3 times a week would be good enough. And to do this I recommend planning your days ahead and keeping a diary. I would plan my days atleast 2 weeks in advance which will prevent you from finding excuses and motivate you to blog more.

Be Yourself, Don't Compare
It is easy to compare yourself to other bloggers. I believe this is everyone's weakness. We're all humans and it's normal to compare yourself to others. But comparing will only make it harder for yourself. You just need to know that Everyone is different in their own way. Something that I've learnt through blogging is to look at the positive things about your life, and start each day with a positive thought. It makes a lot of difference and it has also changed the way I feel about myself. And blog about things you would want to blog about. Don't blog about something just because some other blogger wrote a blog post about it and it was popular, so you decide to write a similar post. This will only make blogging feel like a chore instead of a hobby.

Hope these simple tips helped you all and good luck with your new blogging life!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Under £10 Beauty Must-haves

I do love my high-end makeup products because of the amazing quality, although I do love a good bargain and get excited whenever I see a '3 for 2' offer or any kind of offer at Superdrugs and Boots. As I do love makeup, I don't like to spend too much on it all the time, especially when it's not very necessary as sometimes you can get cheaper products with quality just as good as high end makeup. So for todays post, I've decided to share with you all a few of my inexpensive beauty/hair/skincare must-haves. Most of the products mentioned are something that I use on an everyday basis.

Bourjois Cream Blush: The quality of these cream blushes are amazing, They glide on easily and blend well and they last a lot longer than any other blushes I've tried. I use my fingers to apply them as it is quite difficult to apply with a brush. And the colour is buildable. This is in the colour 'Tropical Coral'. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr: Now you've probably heard about these cream eyeshadows countless amount of times. And I'm not surprised. Even though I'm not a huge eyeshadow wearer, these have definitely won me over. They last long and don't drop bits of glitter all over the cheeks which make it very easy to apply without going through all the mess. It's also great to use as a base eyeshadow to give it that extra glow for the eyelids. This is in the colour 'On and on bronze'.

Sleek Eyebrow Kit: When it comes to makeup I believe good eyebrows is most important as it adds definition to the face. I would rather prefer barely any makeup with great eyebrows than perfect glammed up makeup look with bad eyebrows. I used to use this kit before I moved on to a new product. But if you are looking for an inexpensive, good quality eyebrow kit, then I would recommend this. Really easy application with the brushes and it also comes with a tweezer which I misplaced somewhere. It comes with a creamy base and also a powder base. I've got the darkest shade.

The Body Shop Travel Size Body Butter: I am a huge fan of the Body Shop. I can never walk past the store without having a quick look around inside as the aroma always drags me in. And these travel sized body butters are amazing and super moisturising. The smell is divine and also lingers for a while. I use the travel sized ones for my hands and carry it around with me whenever I'm out. This flavour is the moringa. a nice floral scent. 

Hair Brush: Now this hair brush ain't no ordinary hair brush. I don't know if there is an actual name for this hair brush. If you know the name, do let me know! This is my life saver and is a definite must-have. Since I do like to do sleek buns and ponytails I get a lot of crazy fly aways and baby hairs. So this is when this hair brush comes in to the rescue. I just spray a little hair spray and use this brush to smooth everything out. It's made styling updo's so much easier and saves me time. And I got this from the local pharmacy for under £2. And it's tiny so it doesn't take up a lot of space. But you can get larger version of this at Boots and maybe Superdrugs as well.

Lee Stafford Argon Oil Heat Defence Spray: Although I don't straighten my hair all the time. On an everyday basis I just like to put my hair up in a bun. But when I do use electric heat styling products I like to use this prior to using the electric products. It doesn't weight your hair down and I believe it does protect my hair from split-ends as I don't have many yet (touch wood!). But the only downside it the smell. But the smell goes away after a couple minutes of applying.

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge: I've just been using this for a couple weeks and absolutely love using this to blend in my concealer. It's so much easier to use than a makeup brush and gives a more even finish than when I used to use my fingers to blend the concealer. You can also use it for your foundation aswell. It really blends the makeup well and the pointed tip makes it easy to blend the concealer.

 Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in the colour ' Cherry my Cherie': If you are looking for the perfect red lipstick, I would say this would be the one. It's not too bright but has that strawberry red colour to it. It's well pigmented and also lasts long.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Must-Have Shoes For Spring 2015

Now that winter is over, it's finally time to put away the knee-high boots and take out those Spring pumps. Or even better, time to purchase some new shoes for Spring 2015. I'm currently loving the slip-on trend. At first I must admit it was not my cup of tea. But after seeing them come out in so many pretty colours and after trying some out, I am actually now in love with them. Let me know which ones are your favourites? Before finishing off this post, I want to thank you all for the comments you drop by on my blog. Your comments don't go unnoticed and I read and appreciate all your lovely comments and feedback.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Spring 2015: Khaki and Nude

As you can tell from my last few outfit posts, I've been into Khaki's and Nudes. Those simple, not so 'in your face' colours. Perfect for those who shy away from bright or even pastel colours. And also great if you want to go for a more toned down look. It's a colour you can pull off not only during Spring but also during Winter/Autumn. So I've picked a few of my favourites from the higstreet. Let me know which one is your favourite?


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Outfit: Khaki Trousers

I've had my eye on these type of Khaki trousers lately with the slouchy look and the tie around the waist. So when I spotted these ones whilst shopping at New Look, I could not leave the store without getting my hands on these. And I know that they've been out of stock for a long while now at a few other stores. Wearing these with a pair of pointed heels or lace ups gives it that feminine edge.

What I'm Wearing
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