Wednesday, 13 July 2016

18 blog posts to make you a better blogger


I’m not exactly new at this blogging thing. As I’ve mentioned before I deleted my blog three years ago and started again fresh this year. Quite a lot has changed since I first started blogging and it’s been really helpful to me to take advice from other bloggers. Not all advice is good advice but I’ve saved quite a few posts on my Bloglovin collection that I go back to for help. The Blogosphere is crammed full of bloggers putting their two cents in on what they think is the right way to blog. I don’t think that there is a correct way, but I’ve shared posts below that might help to improve your blog or help you reach your goals. Also, shout out to this book by Dana Fox, The Ultimate Blogger To-Do List. It shares a tip on each page for improving your blog and is actually so pretty. 

Blog post ideas

Mandy shares lots of post ideas and advice on her blog and her post on 50 Lifestyle Blog post ideas is one I go back to when I’m stuck for inspiration. She also wrote a brilliant post called 10 reasons no one is reading your blog

Paula shared 113 blog post ideas and I must recommend her blog as a treasure trove of blogger advice. There is no limit to her wisdom nor her post ideas!


Here's another 100 ideas from Nicole to help you beat writers block.

So that is 323 blog post ideas from four amazing bloggers just to start you off.

Growing your blog

Jasmine shared her personal story on how she grew her blog in just a few months. She offers advice whilst telling her own blogger story which makes for an interesting read. 

Tay shared 21 ways to grow your blog audience which is a great read if you are just starting to look into growth and how you can develop. 

Cocochic is one of my favourite blogs and the brilliant brain behind it, Steph, explains how to turn blogging into a career. Steph is another absolute mogul at blogging and she knows exactly how to turn it into a success. 


Social Media 

Do you use Pinterest? You should! Michelle explains how to use it to increase your page views. As a blogger, Pinterest is very much on our side. as the subject of a lot of twitter chats recently, this post breaks down how to make it work for growth rather than for fun. 

Sinead shared a great post on how to use social media to build your blogs following it even includes a great list of useful Twitter chats which I would recommend printing off for your notice board. 

Instagram is big for bloggers, here is a list of useful Hashtags and how to grow your following organically. Everyone knows Instagram is a money maker so if you are looking to cash in on being social, take note on how to get the following you need. 

I suck at Snapchat but its becoming big in our industry. Here are 9 pro tips you might not know.

Its been up for debate a lot lately but Helene shares why you still need a Facebook page for your blog. I personally don't have one, but its a great way to get your posts shared. 

Process

Hannah shared her blogging process from idea to promotion. Its really interesting to see how someone else does it! Then because she's a total babe, she offers a free downloadable blogger organisation spreadsheet.

Similarly, Katherine shares everything that goes into creating a blog post for her. I'm so nosy, I find this absolutely fascinating and it helped me refine my own process a bit too! 

Melissa from Media Marmalade shares all of the tech & equipment a blogger needs and goes into specifically what she uses. This is another blog worth following if you are getting serious about blogging as a business. She is consistent and honest with her advice which is hard to come by.

My girl crush Hannah Gale recently wrote a post on making money from blogging its a very real down to earth kind of post that lays it all out for you.   

And if that's not enough advice, Paula shares 100 resources for bloggers!

Any blogs you would recommend for tips or advice? 

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Friday, 1 July 2016

My Topshop Lipstick picks


Usually when fashion brands bring out their own make up range, it tends to be a bit crap. I never usually buy into it, but I must admit, Topshop is the beacon of light for high street make up. They have a selection of cult products that bloggers have been raving about for years. With their monochrome packaging and reasonable pricing they are a firm favourite for those of us without a designer make up budget. As I have said before, lip products are my absolute favourite. Nothing changes your look more than your lips and I like to have a rainbow of colours at my disposal.


Topshop lipsticks are gorgeous. Their matte finish is everything I could ever ask for and they only cost £8! I’ve started a little collection over the last year and I’ve developed a bit of a habit of buying a new one every time I go in. I have quite a few but these are my top shades. The only drawback I would say is that they are not true to colour in the packaging. Get swatching before you buy unless you are happy to roll the dice. In most cases I have preferred the swipe shade to how it looks on the product but almost all of them are different to their packaging shade.


Saint

This is probably too pale for most skin types but I’m a dead ringer for Ghost Face from Scream so it’s a pretty colour for me. I would recommend this to any other pasty Casper types like me as it’s a subtle but pretty effect when applied. You can see on the swatch it barely shows up but it's pastel shade shows up much better on the lips. I also know Becca Rose is a big advocate for this shade and who wouldn’t want to have something in common with that lovely face? 

Macaroon

This is great for spring for a pink pout to match with all of those floral outfits. It’s a bright pink but not too loud and still happily a daytime shade. This was one of my first purchases. Macaroon never sees to last very long compared to the others but maybe I just do more kissing in the spring…

Daisy

A pinky-orange hybrid blend for daytime orange lips. Again this is a great spring shade and has a brightening effect on any make up look. This has been the best in terms of consistency, it applies very smoothly and isn't patchy at all. It is one of those lipsticks that is a bit different but I can still wear it to work. 

Infrared

Yes to all of the orange. Dark hair + pale skin + orange lipstick = my best face. Orange toned shades look the best on me and I love a statement lip. This colour is not for the faint hearted and you should maybe expect a lot of ‘You’ve been tango’ed’ jokes if this is your pick. If you are into this kind of shade I would highly recommend. It's also a dead ringer for a YSL shade I have and is obviously much cheaper!


Drive

This is a shade like nothing I’ve ever had before. It’s a pink toned purple colour that is sparkly when applied. It's very strange, almost like a matte consistency with glitter bits mixed in. Whatever it is, I am a fan. I’ve had this one for a couple of years and sometimes it feels quite grainy with all of the glitter but I can't fault it in any other way. It really makes a statement and pulls the attention to the lips. 

Wicked

Hello my Autumn lover. Dark berry lips are a gift from the make up gods and this will always be my first pick as soon as the leaves start falling. It's not the easiest colour to apply and you do have to be very precise, so I would recommend finding a similar shaded lip liner to start with. This is the perfect shade to wear whilst sipping on pumpkin spice latte's in Starbucks. 

Hazard

Red lips are my favourite and until my recent Mac purchase, Hazard was my go to date night colour. This is a very bright red, much more of a Summer red in my opinion. Matte red shades are the best and there is a great range is Topshop. Trigger is a darker red that I would also recommend if that's your thing, but this bright shade is still very highly ranked in my lip library.


So those are my top Topshop picks. For only £8 they are honestly one of my favourite lip brands and I'm always popping them in my handbag. Do you have any? What are your favourite shades? 
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