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Monday, 27 November 2017

Does Your Blog have to have a Niche?

Something that has been bothering me lately is finding a niche or heading that I can put my blog, YouTube and social media accounts under. This wasn't really something that bothered me before because I easily put myself under the heading of "beauty blogger". I made blog posts and videos of makeup tutorials and monthly favourites and everything was great for a while. I soon grew bored of filming and editing makeup tutorials as it is extremely repetitive even if you are doing a completely different look. You still have the format of applying primer, then foundation, then eye makeup or concealer etc. I started experimenting with more creative videos where I added in humour and I found them way more fun to make. I would do these videos every so often in between makeup tutorials or the typical beauty videos. To get from that time today is a really long story about losing my love of makeup and going through some really hard months while growing and changing a lot, but basically, I have decided to stop making beauty related videos on my channel and concentrate on things that were more fulfilling to me and would make me happier. That's all well and good but I still have a "beauty blog" that I have been neglecting during this time.

I have been thinking a lot about what sort of direction I want to take this blog in. You might think this is no big deal and having a specific niche isn't really a problem which I do agree with to a certain extent. The only this is that lately, I've been hearing so much from so many experts saying you need a niche for your blog, you need a niche for your channel. One of the big reasons for having a niche blog or channel is that it is easier for your content to rank and you can find your target audience quicker. If you try to appeal to everyone, you end up appealing to nobody. So in terms of growth on a platform, the more niche you can get, the better. But what is the point of having a super successful blog that you don't enjoy making content for? I have always enjoyed reading and watching lots of different content and that is what I want to create. I do know that other people are different however and only like content got to do a specific niche like fishing, beauty or entrepreneurship. If you are super obsessed with something and can never stop talking about it then you would probably love doing a niche blog or channel related to it, and it will so much easier to find other people who also love that thing who will enjoy your content, but it just isn't for me. If I could only make content about a certain topic, within two years I would probably hate it.

I have decided to make the content I want to create even if that means I grow slower or not at all. I'd like to find even a broad heading just to connect my content but ultimately I just want to create content that makes me happy and that I enjoy making. What do you think? Do you create content or anything online? Do you have a niche or do you find it difficult to be creative under the restriction of a certain heading? Let me know in the comment section below. For any avid readers of this blog, I am not getting rid of the beauty blog posts or reviews 100% (I actually like creating blog posts about beauty a lot more than I like creating videos about it) so if that's why you enjoy my blog, you probably see some more of those (especially anything involving bath bombs or bath products). Other than that I can't promise anything... because I don't even know what sort of content I will be making, although I do love writing the more personal blog posts, the ones with inspirational quotes, and my blog tutorials so they should all still be happening.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

50+ Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

50+ Halloween costume ideas for women
Halloween is coming up soon, which means it's time to start thinking about costume ideas. I think I'm going to be Spiderman this year. If you are struggling to come up with an idea for a Halloween costume idea for 2017, then here is a list of 50+ Halloween costume ideas for women:

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Common Beauty Conspiracy Theories

Weird conspiracy theories, which have been going around on social media lately, are something that I've been obsessing over. There is just something really interesting about them even when you don't actually believe they are true. So for this post, I thought I would tell you some of the most widely believed conspiracy theories about the beauty industry that exist today, and you can be the judge of whether they are true or not.
1. There are irritating ingredients purposely put into foundations that make your skin worse so that you need to use more of the product at a time which means use the product up faster so you need to buy more. This is supposedly done so the big makeup companies can sell more products and make more money.

2. Chapstick put small amounts of fiberglass into their products which makes you get tiny cuts which are invisible to the naked eye. This makes your lips feel more chapped which means you have to keep applying Chapstick to soothe them which leads to Chapstick selling more products.

3. Shellac or gel nail polishes make your nails really weak once it is removed so the only option you have to get strong nails again (without having to wait a month or two) is to get the Shellac or gel polish done again. This results in more products sold and more appointments/money for the beauticians who promote them.

4. Companies put better quality ingredients into their sample sizes (especially in skincare) to get people hooked whereas their full-sized products actually contain a worse formulation and don't work as well.

5. Similar to no. 4, beauty companies make some of their products (including full-sized) extremely effective initially and invest a lot of money to put the best ingredients into them. Once their brand or that product becomes well known, however, they swap out certain ingredients for cheaper ones.

So there you have it. Those are some of the most common beauty conspiracy theories out there. I don't know if I actually believe any of them, some of them are pretty crazy, but they are definitely interesting to hear about. If you know of any other beauty conspiracy theories that I failed to mention in this post, then make sure to tell me about them below in the comments. I hope you have a great day and I'll talk to you soon.


*Disclaimer: I am not saying that any of these theories are facts. They are all only theories created by individuals in the beauty community. 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

My Favourite Interior Design Trends (Summer 2017)

Interior design isn't something I've much experience in since I live at home. My room is basically like a 12-year old boys room, and I've done a few things to make the office look nicer but I don't currently have the budget to really make it how I want it to look. I see these amazing "interior inspiration" posts on Facebook and Pinterest and think about what I'm going to do when I have the chance to decorate my own house, which I'm betting is gonna be a lot of fun. The room I'm most excited about designing in my future house is the office, but I guess it would also be pretty cool to design a kitchen. I get pretty confused about what I'm going to do with my future bedroom because, currently, my bedroom is pretty much a representation of me. It's not "stylish" or "trendy", and it's not the prettiest room in the world, but it has the perfect mix of the tomboy part of my personality and small girly part. I love my room so much because it is really me, but it's my childhood room so I feel like that is an important component in designing your childhood room. For my "grown-up" room when I move out, however, I have no idea what approach to take. For the other rooms, I have a couple of ideas/trends I want to follow, but for my bedroom, I'm a little scared of it looking too pretty or girly without really feeling like me. I think I will have to do a bit more research to really perfect my "grown-up" room but for now I'll share with you the current trends in interior design that I really love at the moment that I could possibly be doing in the other rooms, if they are still on trend by the time I buy a house, which, let's be real could be a very long time a way. 
my favourite current interior design trends summer 2017
The inspiration for me choosing these trends today is seeing them in the brand new free e-book by Chill insurance called Inspirational Interiors, where they not only talk about the current trends in interior design but also decorating tips and how to keep your home safe (one good tip for keeping your home safe is to never position electronics or expensive things like computers or TVs in front of the windows in case it increases your risk of burglary, which was good to know) The ebook has some cool information in it and useful tips. I'll leave a link to the e-book here if you would like to check it out or, the creators of it. So anyway, onto the trends I'm considering for my future house.

The first interior design trend that I liked which was mentioned in the ebook is geometric. This is actually something I could possibly do for my bedroom because it's not too girly, and is a little bit edgy. Geometric is basically incorporating shapes into your design and the majority of the time, strong colours are used. It's definitely a trend to keep in mind for designing my house because, from the examples I've seen of it online and on Pinterest, you can do geometric in lots of very different ways, so two geometric designed rooms can look completely different from each other. 
geometric interior design trend summer 2017
Source: Page from Inspirational Interiors
The next trend I loved from the ebook was the marble effect. This is definitely a big one among bloggers and beauty gurus. It is really pretty, especially when paired with white walls/furniture etc. The only thing about the trend that I don't like is that I think it would feel like I was trying to be something I'm not... one of those perfect Instagram models or beauty vloggers. I do however love the idea of it for a blog background so watch out, maybe one of these days you'll see me review a product with a white and marble background.
marble effect interior design trends summer 2017
Source: Page from Inspirational Interiors
The last trend that I'm talking about today is my favourite one: rose gold. I love rose gold. This is definitely something I would be incorporating into my office, and actually, have a little bit in my current office which I am doing a room tour of, along with my bedroom, on my YouTube channel in the next month so keep an eye out for that. Rose gold is just so pretty, especially in interior design and I remember a year or two ago, Zoella got rose gold decorations for her Christmas tree and I loved the idea so much.
rose gold interior design trends summer 2017
Source: Page from Inspirational Interiors
So those are my favourite interior design trends at the moment. If you were interested in any of them or any others you should check out the ebook, Inspiration Interiors as it's free and has some cool stuff in it. Also, make sure to look out for the page with the stormtrooper in it (I definitely need one of those in my house).

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did then make sure to love it on Bloglovin or share it on Facebook. Also, make sure to leave a comment down below telling which current interior design trend is your favourite. I hope you have a great day and I'll talk to you soon. 


*I was asked to promote this ebook for Chill Insurance. This does not change the fact that I was 100% honest in this post and truly think that this free ebook is worth checking out, especially if you are decorating or designing your home. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

How to claim your blog on Bloglovin (Blogger)

Today I'm back which another blogging tutorial: How to claim your blog on Bloglovin. Bloglovin is my favourite platform to use for following blogs but it's also the platform where my blog has the most followers. It can hugely benefit your blog to add it to Bloglovin because there are so many people who use it as their main way to keep track of all the blogs they read. So here is a quick, easy, step by step tutorial to show you how to add and claim your blog in Bloglovin. 
how to claim your blog on bloglovin
So before you can even add your blog to Bloglovin, you need to have an account. There are some of you who might already have an account just for following blogs that you can use, but if you don't, you need to create one (don't worry it's free). This is really simple. You just go to Bloglovin's site, and really easily sign up by entering your name, email address and new password for your profile. 

Step 1: Add your blog to Bloglovin

Once you are logged into your account, click on the search bar. A few things will come up automatically like suggested tags, but there should also be an option to 'Add blog'. If for some reason that isn't coming up, you can also click the icon with your profile picture on it and go to settings where there is a button to claim your blog.