Tips and tricks

3 Key Tips for Aspiring Beauty and Lifestyle Bloggers

Hello, lovelies!

I always enjoy sharing tips and advice with new beauty and lifestyle bloggers. When I began blogging over three years ago, I didn’t quite realize how much I would learn and grow as I continued to craft my blog. There are many pieces of advice I could give a new blogger, but here are my favourite tips. Whether you are a new or seasoned blogger, I hope you find these tips helpful!

1. Find your niche 

There are many beauty and lifestyle blogs on the web. Finding a specific niche for your blog will help you find your writing voice and set your blog apart from the rest. If there is a specific topic within the broad spectrum of beauty and lifestyle that you are passionate about, make that your blog’s focal point. For example, I like to focus on writing a weekly beauty product review, and publishing weekly tips.

2. Plan ahead to sustain your blog

Pre-planning post ideas is the main way that I sustain my blog. It’s a good idea to have a plan of how you will maintain your blog, types of content you’ll post, and a posting schedule. Planning ahead and writing focused content will also help you curate a consistent readership among your blog’s audience.

3. Focus on writing great content instead of the numbers

This can be tough to remember as a new blogger. Every blogger dreams of having content read and shared by hundreds of people, but developing great content will keep readers coming back to your blog each week.

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I Swapped My Moisturizer for Maracuja Oil for A Week

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil with purchase at Sephora. Maracuja oil is derived from the maracuja fruit, and contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to moisturize and heal acne-prone skin. I decided to replace my usual moisturizer with maracuja oil for a week to find out how it would react with my dry, acne-prone skin.

How I used the maracuja oil 

I applied the maracuja oil each morning after cleansing my skin. Instead of applying my usual moisturizer, I let a few drops of maracuja oil dry into my skin. I applied the oil for seven days without using other moisturizing products in my skincare routine to determine the performance of the product.

The Results

After testing Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, I have mixed feelings. The oil felt soft and smooth on my skin. On days when the weather was warmer, the oil left a slight sheen on my skin – it absorbed, but not fully. About halfway through my moisturizer switch I noticed that my skin began to breakout. My skin is typically acne-prone, and while maracuja oil is helpful to heal acne, I believe that it added too much oil to my skin. Overall, if you have dry skin, I would recommend trying maracuja oil. For those of you with dry, acne-prone skin I would recommend testing the oil for 1-2 days to observe whether the oil may contribute to further breakouts. While I was excited to try an oil in my skincare routine, this challenge did not agree with my skin.

Have you ever tried a maracuja oil? What were your results? 

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3 Natural Ways to Remove Makeup At the End of the Day

Hello, lovelies!

If you want to wake up with clear skin, removing makeup the night before is essential. I use a variety of methods and products to remove my makeup. When I do not have a makeup remover on hand I substitute natural methods for my beloved remover. Here are 3 methods I rotate between:

Use coconut oil 

Coconut oil has a range of benefits for your hair, skin, and nails. Combining coconut oil with a soft facial cloth is a quick way to remove stubborn makeup. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your fingertips and gently rub your face to melt makeup.

Combine honey and baking soda 

This simple combination acts as both a makeup remover and a cleanser. Start by adding a small amount of baking soda to raw honey. Add a few drops of essential oil and whip the mixture until it forms a paste. Apply with a facecloth, and you have a gentle, effective makeup remover!

Use chapstick

This method may surprise you. Chapstick is an effective eye makeup remover. Swipe a small amount of chapstick onto your eyelid or underneath and gently rub it in with a cotton ball to remove makeup residue.

What is your favourite way to remove makeup?

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3 Reasons Why You Should Start Listening to Podcasts and My Top Recommendations

Hello, lovelies!

I recently began listening to podcasts and it’s truly been a life-changing experience. With a range of topics and hosts, podcasts offer a window into education, information, and passion. I’ll highlight a few of the podcasts I’ve listened to lately below, but here are my top three reasons why you should start listening to podcasts!

Reason 1 – Get Inspired: What inspires you? What motivates you? Chances are, there is a podcast out there that relates to your interests or hobbies. Finding a podcast that you enjoy listening to can inspire you to find new ideas, find information on new topics, and inspire you to become creative.

Reason 2 – Find a Creative Outlet: I enjoy listening to podcasts while I blog for the entertainment value and to spark my creativity. Listening to podcasts is a way to enhance your creativity and explore new ideas.

Reason 3 – Optimize Your Time: Listening to a podcast during your daily commute or while you’re waiting for something is a great way to pass time. Listening to podcasts while engaging in other activities will help your day, commute, or daily tasks fly by!

My Recommendations 

Approachable by Samantha Ravandahl and Alyssa Anderson 

If you’re a makeup lover like me, you’ve likely heard of Samantha Ravandahl. Sam is a is a beauty and lifestyle YouTuber who posts makeup product reviews, creates unique tutorials, and is one of the most unbiased, open vloggers in the industry. She recently launched a podcast with Alyssa Anderson, titled Approachable that discusses relevant topics including anxiety, alcohol abuse and millennials.

Dare I Say by Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar launched the podcast Dare I Say, hosted by Olivia Wilde (need I say more?) This podcast features a female celebrity guest each week with topics that include body positivity, activism, and diversity in the fashion/beauty industry.

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REVIEW: Chloe Nomade Perfume

Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of Chloe’s Nomade Perfume while placing my latest Sephora order. I don’t buy new perfumes often, but this perfume is one of the best that I’ve sampled recently! The warm floral notes of the fragrance are soft and pleasant.

The Packaging 

Chloe’s Nomade Perfume comes in an elegant rounded bottle that is reminiscent of a hexagon shape. It features a golden cap that glistens when it catches the light. The transparent bottle is made of glass and the light rose-gold colour of the perfume is visible.

The Scent

This perfume bursts with soft scents of freesia and plum. It has a slightly musky undertone when it dries down, but smells sweet when initially applied. The scent is reminiscent of a bouquet of fresh flowers but I can detect a hint of cinnamon in the fragrance. This combination blends together well.

The Wear 

When this perfume dries onto the skin, it stays vibrant and scented for 3-4 hours. The scent does not last for an entire day, but that is typical of most fragrances. One aspect of the perfume that I adore is the wearability – it is soft enough to wear everyday.

Chloe’s Nomade Perfume is a beautiful fragrance to wear everyday or for special occasions. It is soft, bright, and floral. If you’re looking for a perfume that combines sweet and spiced, I’d recommend this one! Chloe’s Nomade Perfume retails for $154 at Sephora. Smaller bottles of perfume are available, priced at $86 or $122.

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3 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Liquid Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

I adore liquid lipstick! The fluid formulas are opaque like traditional lipsticks, but last longer and dry to a matte, transfer-proof finish. Liquid lipstick can be tricky to apply at first, so I’m sharing my favourite tips to help make the application a breeze!

Prep your lips

This step is crucial, since most liquid lipsticks are drying. I always like to exfoliate and moisturize my lips before applying a lip liner to ensure that my lipstick has maximum wear.

Use less product than you think you need

It is better to start with a small amount of product then add more as needed. This will make it easier to apply additional lipstick without your lips feeling caked or dry.

Avoid lip balm

Lip balm tends to breakdown liquid lipstick. Rather than applying lip balm throughout the day, you should apply it during your lip prep.

What are your favourite tips to apply liquid lipstick?

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3 Products I Use Weekly to Remove Makeup

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Removing my makeup is an essential step in my daily skincare routine. I rotate between specific products that dissolve makeup while gently cleansing my skin. Here are three products I use weekly!

Clinique Cleansing Oil

Clinique’s Cleansing Oil is a staple in my skincare routine. The oil immediately dissolves my makeup while leaving my skin soft and clean. I like to use this product as my daily makeup remover because it is gentle on my skin. My eye makeup and lipstick do not rinse easily, but this oil breaks down the product effectively!

Sephora Collection Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve used this eye makeup remover for the past five years and it never fails to disappoint. I like to supplement my cleansing oil with this eye makeup remover to dissolve my mascara, eye liner, and eyeshadow. This eye makeup remover has a unique formula – it removes eye makeup without water but it also contains a lash-strengthening complex that is gentle on the eye area.

Makeup Eraser Makeup Removing Cloth

I recently discovered this makeup removing cloth from the brand Makeup Eraser and it is a unique, innovative product. This makeup remover is actually a soft, reusable cloth  that removes makeup with a splash of water! I love that the product is reusable and it is ideal to travel with.

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