22 November 2014

8 Tips for New Bloggers #2

Following on from my tips for new bloggers here, I thought I'd follow it up with a little bit more advice for those who are relatively new to blogging. 

1. Take blog advice with a pinch of salt
Without completely contradicting myself, when I write tips and advice style posts I always aim to write them as suggestions and not how to's. Its completely OK to read blog tips and tricks posts and not agree with them. If you have your own way of doing things then you should completely carry on doing just that. Tips are tips, they're not set in stone and you should definitely do what works for you.With that in mind, take the below with a pinch of salt.

2. Bloglovin
Bloglovin is a fantastic platform for allowing readers to subscribe to your blog. Now google friend connect is pretty much redundant these days, bloglovin is probably the most popular way to follow your favourite blogs. I've found so many new blogs on there and useful posts too.

3. Being organised will help you to keep up with your blog
I find it much easier to stay on top of my blog when I've organised my photos and blog posts. Just something like keeping a notebook for ideas, a weekly planner and a checklist will help you to organise your time much better.

4. Change is OK
You don't have to stick with the same ideas/blog themes/content if it's not making you happy. You may start as a beauty blog and later decide you want to focus on fashion. Don't feel boxed in when it comes to blogging - you can write whatever you want. Remember its your blog!

5. Photo editing
I highly doubt many bloggers upload their photos straight from their camera to their blog. A little bit of editing can make your photographs look so much nicer. I wrote about an easy editing process here.

6. It's OK to turn down opportunities
Its perfectly fine to turn down opportunities that come your way if its not for you. It's very tempting to say yes to everything and theres been a few times I've regretted saying yes to things when I should have given it some thought beforehand. If your hearts not in then don't be afraid to say no.

7. Its OK if certain posts don't work
When you're finding your feet with blogging you'll no doubt try a few different types of posts. I still like to try different things and sometimes it goes down like a lead balloon. Sometimes things don't work - it happens and you move on. Don't be afraid to try different things even if you have a fail now and again. As the saying goes, you don't always know until you've tried.

8. It takes time to grow
Most blogs take time to grow. It can be frustrating if your stats aren't growing as quickly as you'd hope but I'd say try to focus on producing good content that will grab a readers attention rather than on the numbers. It can take months or even years before a blog starts to build up in terms of readership so don't worry if your blog isn't quite there yet. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day and hard work pays off!

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Recent Lifestyle Favourites

It's been a while since I wrote about my lifestyle favourites but I have a few lovely things to talk about. I also seem to have completely forgotten how to write a blog post after taking a few days off this week so I apologise if I ramble on. I have some really exciting things coming up on here soon - I know I'm biased but its something good to look out for!

Back to today's post and firstly, I received the beautiful classy bristol watch from Daniel Wellington. I've never owned a really nice watch so I'm truly grateful to have this little gem in my life. The Bristol watch has a leather strap - it comes in black, brown and tan so you pick one to suit your style. The face has swarovski crystals all around the outside and the plating is available in rose gold or silver. I choose rose gold as I think it adds an elegant touch.

I have really small wrists and this watch fits perfectly. The case is 26mm so its ideal for those who prefer smaller styles. I find the majority of watches look far too big on my wrist and normally have straps too long but this one is a brilliant fit. The watches on the Daniel Wellington website all have free delivery and you can get 15% off any order with the code sweetelectric - expires November 30th.

Although I didn't purchase this all that recently, I need to mention my love for Primark homeware. I love the bedding section in particular, however I spotted this french shabby chic style cushion for £6 and purchased it for my bedroom. I always find something in Primani whether it clothes or home items!
I don't mention it much on here as its primarily a beauty blog but I love to read. I think I need to sign up to my local library as buying books adds up. I'm the type of person that hates new technology. OK, I don't hate it as such but I would rather buy actual books rather than a kindle. My recent read is 'It's Not Me, It's You' by Mhari McFarlane. I'm not the biggest chick lit fan but I've read her previous two books and quite enjoyed them. This one is definitely in the chick lit genre - its a little too cliched at times but I enjoyed it and if you're looking for a nice light read then this would be perfect. Plus its only £3.85 for the hardback on Amazon!

Like a few others, I'm a big Kate Spade fan. Theres now a new UK website with free delivery and I've definitely got a massive wish list for Christmas. I love this laptop case. There's also some really pretty jewellery too. However, I'm hoping for the agenda, which isn't on the site so fingers crossed. 

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21 November 2014

Brow 101!

As someone with naturally sparse brows, I like to add a good product to make them look more styled and defined. I'm currently trying to grow them out to get a better shape but there are a few products I use to make them look better. 

To fill my brows in I use a brow powder - currently I use either the Beauty UK Brow Kit* or the Makeup Revolution Brow Kit*. Both of these are super cheap and really good products. In both of these kits, there are 3 matte powder shadows and a brow wax. To be honest, I don't really bother with a wax but I prefer to apply the powder with an angled brush. These kits have mini brushes which are fine for travelling but for everyday use, I prefer the Sigma Angled Brow Brush.

After applying colour, I use the RMK Brow Gel* - a clear gel which holds brows in place throughout the day. I really like the curved wand as it allows you to follow the natural curve of the brow. 
Another brow product I really rate is the Sleek Brow Stylist Pen, which is a wind up brow crayon with a waxy formula. I've heard this is meant to be a dupe of the Hourglass Brow Pen and its a hell of a lot cheaper too. I really like this pen as it has a crayon style texture - its soft, pigmented and as its waxy it helps to keep hairs in place too. It isn't the best for really sparse brows but for brows that need a little filling in and styling then this is almost a two in one product. 

What are your favourite brow products?

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17 November 2014

Giveaway! Win A Jewel Candle!

Jewel candle is an interesting concept - if you like jewellery and you like candles, putting the two together is a genius idea. Inside every candle is a ring or earrings worth up to £250. The jewellery is actually placed in special heat resistant foil so you don't have to worry about cleaning your new piece of jewellery. Its also placed in the middle of the candle so you don't have to wait until the whole candle is burned for your treat. Jewel candle comes in a range of scents - I have cookies and cream, which is super yummy! You can get 10% all order with code sweetelectric10

The generous people at Jewel candle have offered one candle to one lucky reader, which would make a lovely pre-Christmas treat. To enter, simply fill in the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!!

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