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3 Common Blogger Mistakes You’re Probably Making and How to Avoid Them

Hello, lovelies! There’s no single way to blog, but there are common mistakes that new bloggers can make. I started my blog over a year ago and learned a lot of these mistakes myself. With a few tweaks and tips, I overcame these mistakes to improve my blogging. These are 3 common mistakes:

NO PROMOTION

Publishing a new blog post on your personal Facebook page is one way to increase page views, but your content is likely to only be seen by your Facebook friends list. Posting to Facebook is not enough. Share your content on other social media websites, or groups dedicated to blog promotion to increase your reach and page views. A helpful hint is to tell your audience about the blog post, instead of simply leaving the link on the page.

NO OR LOW QUALITY PHOTOS

Blogs are largely about visuals. I like to include one main photo that captures the essence of my blog post. If I am writing a product review, I will often also include swatches of the product to demonstrate the colour/texture. Multiple editing tools exist to enhance and refine your photos to make them more appealing. Practice makes perfect, and keep practicing your photography until you’re happy.

NO PLANNING/CONSISTENCY

I publish new blog posts 3 times a week. I publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while devoting each day to a specific topic. I plan my posts extensively before I begin to write them, and this actually speeds up the writing process. Consistency is key to maintain an active following. Try using a calendar to schedule content and keep your blogging on track.

What are common mistakes you made as a new blogger? Do you have any tips to share to avoid common mistakes?

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REVIEW: Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I collaborated with Coloured Raine Cosmetics a few months ago. They graciously sent me the Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow palette. This palette quickly became a staple in my collection – it is affordable, pigmented, and has a fantastic range of shades. If you’re interested in finding new indie makeup brands, keep on reading!

The Packaging

The packaging is stunning. The outside of the palette features a matte black cover with the brand logo embossed on it. Inside the palette are fourteen pans of eyeshadow plus a large mirror. The inside packaging features a fun, metallic gold material. The palette is lightweight and travel friendly, though the shape is slightly longer than other palettes I own.

The Formula

This palette features an array of eyeshadow formulas. Each shade is pigmented, buttery, and smooth. The matte shades are pigmented, non-chalky, and blend well. Each metallic shade has a foiled appearance. The frosted shades are pigmented and creamy.

The Shades

This palette contains 12 shades, in a mixture of matte, metallic, and frosted finishes. The shades contained within the palette include:

  • Crown – Bright white-gold
  • Royal Highness – Metallic taupe brown
  • Your Majesty – Metallic golden copper
  • Princess – Matte dusty rose
  • Empress – Matte burnt orange
  • Queen Mother – Frosted dark plum
  • Heir – Matte light beige
  • Royal Perogative – Matte medium brown
  • Noblewoman – Frosted cranberry
  • Ladyship – Matte dark berry with cooler undertones
  • Duchess – Matte dark brown with yellow undertones
  • Dethrone – Metallic deep brown

The Wear

These eyeshadows last for hours when applied to the lid! The formula does not crease, fade, or falter throughout the day. I’ve observed no patchiness or flaking with these eyeshadows.

If you’re looking for an affordable, indie makeup brand I highly recommend Coloured Raine. Every product is inexpensive and high-quality. The Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette retails for $44 on Coloured Raine’s official website. As of March 26, 2020 it is on sale for $28.

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3 Daily Tips to Protect Your Health In Stressful Situations

Hello, lovelies!

Let’s face it – everything is stressful right now. Trying to stay indoors and practice social distancing is top-priority for most people. If you’re anything like me, you’ve likely felt stressed, anxious, and uncertain during the past few weeks. Every time you turn on the news or open your laptop, there’s more scary news. We all know that stress directly affects our health. Here are three tips to help protect your health and wellness today!

Seek good nutrition

Like the saying goes, you are what you eat. A diet high in a variety of nutrients (think a combination of protein, carbs, and vitamins) can both protect health and promote provide nutritious energy. One thing that I do weekly to eat nutritiously is meal-planning. Meal-planning each week helps me consciously develop a list of healthy foods to grab from my local grocery store.

Get physical

Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. Brisk movement both prevents stress and attributes to better sleep. The next time you feel stress creeping into your mind, try going for a brisk walk or dancing along to your favourite workout video.

Reframe your thoughts

Reframe negative thoughts. Reframing your thoughts around stressful situations can help you manage emotions and reduce stress responses. For example, rather than thinking, “I’m stuck in the house with nothing to do!” reframe it as “I’m staying indoors for my health, and can get lots of work done from my home.”

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4 At-Home Workouts You Can Do In 30 Minutes or Less

Hello, lovelies!

Working out from home is the new going-out. Whether you were excited that your local gym closed, there are a ton of ways that you can get your sweat on from the comfort of your own home. Here are four of my favourite home-based workouts that you can try today!

1. Sydney Cummings Youtube

Sydney Cummings is a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. Sydney publishes new workouts daily on her YouTube channel. Most workouts require no equipment, but a set of dumbbells is required for some. (If you don’t have dumbbells at home, anything from soup cans to coffee cups would work!) Sydney offers workouts that range from 10-60 minutes. Her workouts include pilates, HIIT, strength-training, cardio, and kickboxing.

2. Popsugar Youtube

Popsugar offers at-home workouts that range from 10 to 45 minutes. Popsugar covers popular workout trends, with videos from P90X, Barre, and kickboxing. Each workout is fun and energetic. Most require no equipment, but some workouts suggest using a small set of dumbbells.

3. FitOn App

I recently discovered FitOn. This app has been a game-changer in my fitness routine. The app offers new barre, HIIT, toning, and strength-based workouts that are new, fresh, and innovative. If you’re looking to change-up your usual exercise routine, FitOn offers personalized workout plans that you can complete at-home.

4. Blogilates 

Designed by fitness instructor Cassey Ho, Blogilates offers full-length workouts. Cassey’s channel contains a variety of workouts that are pilates-inspired. Every workout is less than 30 minutes, requires no equipment and can be completed from the comfort of your home!

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REVIEW: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink

Hello, lovelies!

For the past few years, I have been on a never-ending hunt to find the perfect liquid lipstick. Most formulas that I’ve tried have either been too drying, not long-wearing, or crumbly. I know that the lipsticks I’m blogging about today are not new, but they are the best liquid lipstick formulas I’ve ever worn. And the best part? They’re drugstore! I recently discovered Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick line and let me tell you, they are ink-credible!

The Packaging

The packaging is sophisticated and fun. The tube has a unique square shape that features a white top that bears the Maybelline logo. The tube itself displays the colour contained within. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The most interesting part of the packaging is the applicator – it is tear-drop shaped which allows for precise, mess-free application.

The Formula and Wear

This lipstick claims to be a 16-hour, long-wear lipstick and it absolutely lives up to the claim. Once applied to the lips, these lipsticks are smudge-proof for hours. They do not flake, feather, or falter with eating, drinking, or sleeping. The formula dries down to a matte but glossy finish. The lipstick has the wear of a matte lipstick but it still feels creamy and has tact on the lips.

The Shades Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink is available in a range of 10 versatile shades:

  • Loyalist – Pale nude
  • Dreamer – Pale pastel pink
  • Lover – Dusty rose
  • Pioneer – Blue-based red
  • Heroine – Bright orange-red
  • Romantic – Neon pink
  • Creator – Bright violet
  • Believer – Eggplant purple
  • Escapist – Oxblood brown
  • Explorer – Navy blue
  • Originator – Deep purple
  • Composer – Maroon
  • Founder – Dark pink
  • Ground Breaker – Burnt orange with red undertone
  • Dancer – Vibrant red

Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink is an incredibly long-wearing liquid lipstick that comes in a variety of shades from pale nudes to vibrant berry. If you are looking for a lipstick that will not budge for the day, I’d highly recommend this one! To demonstrate the incredible longevity of this liquid lipstick, I’ve worn it in the shower to test it and it did not budge. Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink varies in price between drugstores, but it is available from Maybelline’s official website for $11.99 or $9.99 at most other retailers including Walmart.