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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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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.

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3 Mistakes That Are Preventing Your Blog From Growing

Hello, lovelies!

I figured this would be a timely post as I return from an extended blogging hiatus! Blogging is not always easy. If you’ve never blogged before, it’s quick to assume that it’s a no-brainer job. I remember when I first began my blog, I was daunted and had no idea where to start. Once you write your first few posts the act of blogging will become easier. It’s easy to make mistakes that will stunt your blog’s growth, and here are three common ones!

You don’t post consistently 

Consistency is key when it comes to blogging. Writing content that is consistent and fresh will encourage your readers to return. I publish new content three times per week, and this routine works well for my blog. There’s no rule about how often you have to post, but bear in mind that posting content regularly is key.

Poor blog design or difficult navigation 

First impressions count. A blog theme that is easy to navigate and eye-catching will encourage readers to come back. When you first design your blog, it is important to keep in mind that it can be changed and built-up over time. I started with a bare, basic theme which I gradually modified and enhanced.

Neglecting your own voice 

This was a big thing I learned throughout my blogging journey! Striving to create perfect content and writing can prevent your own voice from shining through. Once I learned to stop striving for perfection, it became easier for my own tone and writing style to emerge.

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Huda Beauty released a beautiful new eyeshadow palette last year. The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect palette to create versatile nude eyeshadow looks with pops of glitter and sparkle. I adore the neutral, yet colourful, combination of shades within this palette and how the shadows can quickly transform my look from day to night!

The Packaging

The packaging of this palette is beautiful and sophisticated. The outside of the palette features a graphic of Huda Kattan’s eyes along with a monochromatic eyeshadow look. I love that the light colours used on the palette – a combination of baby pink, light beige, and peach are reminiscent of the shadows within. The palette bears the ‘Huda Beauty’ logo, features a large mirror and contains 18 shades.

The Eyeshadows

Each eyeshadow is pigmented and blends easily. The palette contains a unique mixture of versatile duo-chrome, matte, glitter, and pressed pigment finishes. I wear these shadows for 10-12 hours without experiencing any fallout. I blend the matte shadows with a brush and apply the duo-chrome and pressed pearl shadows with my finger for maximum colour payoff. The pure glitter shadows apply best with a glitter glue.

The Shades

Huda Beauty’s New Nude Eyeshadow Palette contains 18 shadows:

  • Bare – Matte cream
  • Crave – Multi-reflective pink champagne
  • Play – Matte peach
  • Fantasy – Multi-reflective rose
  • Love Bite – Matte purple with a pink undertone
  • Spanked – Matte cranberry
  • Lace – Matte pale pink
  • Daydream – Multi-reflective pale pink with silver undertone
  • Tickle – Matte salmon
  • Excite – Deep red glitter
  • Infatuated – Golden copper glitter
  • Kinky – Metallic cranberry
  • Concealed – Creamy concealer base
  • Secret – Matte burnt orange with pink base
  • Tease – Matte taupe
  • Raw – Matte warm rose
  • Charmed – Multi-reflective rose gold
  • Teddy – Matte warm caramel

Huda Beauty’s New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is versatile, eye-catching and sophisticated. It offers a combination of shadow finishes to create an array of eye looks. The palette retails for $85 at Sephora.

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2 Tips You Need to Know When Kickstarting a Healthy Lifestyle

Hello, lovelies!

Becoming healthier may seem like a lofty goal, especially with the holiday season approaching (hello cocktails, baking and turkey!) Setting healthier habits and introducing small changes into your daily routine can make a big difference. Here are some of my favourite tips to kickstart a healthy lifestyle without embarking on a huge journey!

For every hour you spend sitting, get up and take a brisk 3-4 minute walk

Everyone knows that sitting too much is harmful to your health. Sometimes it may feel like devoting a large chunk of time to a daily exercise routine is impossible, but spacing small bursts of movement throughout the day is just as effective. For every hour you spend sitting, sprinkle bouts of 3-4 minutes of exercise into your day to increase your daily exercise.

Call foods ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ instead of ‘good’ and ‘bad’

Calling food ‘good’ or ‘bad’ automatically labels it. Truly, foods are not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but rather they are ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’. Relabelling your food this way introduces a mindset that may help you indulge in moderation by allowing yourself to recognize when a food is ‘unhealthy’ or ‘healthy’ rather than just on a restricted list.

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3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

Hello, lovelies!

Blogging takes time and effort. I’ve learned a few lessons since I began my blog, and have compiled a breakdown of some of things I wish I’d known when I started my blog that I will share with you.

Maintaining social media can be tiring

It takes time and work to maintain various social media accounts. As I write this post, I mentally note that I’ve barely opened my Instagram app in days. I sometimes feel pressure to consistently post on my blog and social media, but it is a good idea to take a break from posting. Consistently posting and preparing content can feel draining and it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay if you don’t have posts prepared for every day of the week!

Be passionate

Writing about topics that you are passionate about will majorly benefit your blog. If you aren’t passionate about your niche and ideas, you’ll find it difficult to make it as a blogger.

Joining social media groups in your niche will be helpful 

I’ve joined multiple Facebook and Twitter groups related to beauty and lifestyle topics since I began my blog. These groups are beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it’s wonderful to have a place where other bloggers share the same ‘language’ as you do. I also adore these groups when I’m stuck for inspiration. Finding new bloggers or content to read is an excellent source of inspiration when you encounter writer’s block.

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3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out

Hello, lovelies!

We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:

You don’t change your pillowcase regularly

Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.

You skip moisturizing 

It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.

You never clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!

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REVIEW: Bite Beauty Crystal Creme Lip Crayon

Hello, lovelies!

I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Crystal  Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is the newest addition to the brand’s range of lip crayons. Instead of a matte formula, this crayon features a fun shimmer formula that delivers sheer colour for the spring season!

The Packaging

The lip crayon comes in a sleek, matte black tube with the Bite Beauty logo embossed on it. It is lightweight and portable. The crayon itself has a precision tip for easy application. The crayon twists upward when the bottom of the tube is twisted, but it is not self-sharpening.

The Lip Crayon

I love the creamy texture of the lip crayon! It glides onto the lips and is highly pigmented. The lip crayon feels weightless when applied to the lips, and dries down to a translucent finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. The product dries down to a soft-focus finish that appears blurred and chic.

The Formula 

The formula is nourishing and soft. The texture feels lightweight and comfortable. As with other Bite Beauty products, this lip crayon is formulated without parabens or sulfates. The lip crayon is water-resistant and feels smooth and hydrating on the lips. Each crayon has a pearly undertone.

The Shades

Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is available in a range of 10 shades. Each shade has a shimmer finish. I adore the fun, whimsical names of each of these lip crayons!

  • Rose Glace – Shimmering peachy pink with rose pearl
  • Candied Guava – Shimmering apricot with gold pearl
  • Mauve Marzipan – Shimmering mauve with magenta pearl
  • Fuchsia Frosting – Shimmering hot pink with electric fuchsia pearl
  • Cherry On Top – Shimmering warm red with red pearl
  • Violet Icing – Shimmering lavender with silver and violet pearl
  • Grape Glaze – Shimmering violet with iridescent pearl
  • Cocoa Crush – Shimmering bronze with bronze pearl
  • Molten Chocolate – Shimmering cocoa plum with maroon pearl

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a great product if you like a creamier lipstick formula. It is lightweight and feels delightful on the lips. Though it is not long-wearing, the formula is one that I favour when I’m looking for a lightweight, creamier product! Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon retails for $28 at Sephora