June 10 was National Rose Day. Anyone who knows me will know that I am an avid wine drinker. This will be a short and sweet blog post, as I’ve been suffering from seasonal allergies since Friday! To commemorate National Rose Day, I’m sharing my favourite types of rose. *clink!*
Barefoot Bubbly wine is technically a white wine, but the wine has a bright pink hue. Sparkling wines are crisp. The brand’s White Zinfandel wine is my go-to. I enjoy light, refreshening wine flavours. This bottle contains notes of strawberry and peach. The addition of a bubbly texture gives the wine a crisp, delightful taste. I choose this wine most often due to its light taste (and the bubbles, of course!)
Yellowtail Wine hails from Australia. This wine is prominent during my family’s holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Easter. Pink Bubbles (I love that name!) is another sparkling wine, but it contains more carbonation. The flavour of this wine is bright. This Yellowtail carries strawberry tasting notes with hints of lemon.
Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose
This type of wine is a delicious mix between Rose and Moscato. Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose is a true summer beverage – tasting notes include fresh summer berries. This wine is created “frizzante” style, meaning it is gently sparkling.
What is your favourite type of wine?
I always seeking new ways to upgrade my morning coffee, and recently upgraded my Keurig to a machine that creates lattes. Whether you have a Keurig or a regular coffee maker at home, today I’m sharing three tips I use to upgrade my morning coffee!
Make your own latte
If you’re craving a latte, but don’t have a coffee maker that makes them for you, it’s easy to make them yourself! Pour a small amount of milk into a jar and seal the lid. Vigorously shake the jar to foam the milk. Microwave the jar for a few seconds before pouring it into your mug to stabilize the foam, and viola, you have an instant latte!
Reduce the bitterness in coffee
This is my favourite trick to reduce any bitterness in my coffee. Add a sprinkle of salt to your mug before pouring your coffee to balance the flavour. Your coffee will taste smoother and it’ll cut down on any bitter taste present in the coffee beans.
Brew beyond basic
Introducing ice into your coffee cup is a perfect trick to create a DIY iced latte. Brew a cup of coffee and add ice cubes. After the coffee brews, stir it to melt the ice fully. Carefully pour your beverage into ice cube trays and freeze to create coffee-flavoured ice cubes. Melt these ice cubes with your favourite coffee or add it into your mug for a delightful iced coffee!
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.
The inspiration for this post came while I was sorting through my makeup collection. With summer approaching, I began to consider which items in my collection are travel-friendly and compact. Here’s a list of my favourite beauty products to travel with this season!
1. Tarte Cosmetics Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette
I typically travel with separate blush, contour and highlight compacts. This set is ideal for travel as it contains all three makeup products in a single compact. It is lightweight and small enough to place in my handbag.
2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
Full-sized eyeshadow palettes can be difficult to travel with. Huda Beauty’s new Obsession Eyeshadow Palettes contain 9 pans of shadow, and a mirror for travel. I love that these eyeshadow compacts are versatile and lightweight.
3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Mini
I love packing mini mascara tubes in my makeup bag when I travel. I’ve used mini tubes of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a few months now and they are quick and easy to apply.
4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini
Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder usually comes in a heavy jar. I was delighted to find a travel-sized jar during my latest Sephora trip. This mini version of the powder is small in size, and lighter than the full-sized jar. This is a perfect travel-friendly setting powder if you don’t like travelling with full-sized jars of loose product.
Moisturizing is one skincare step that is easy to follow. However, there are many ways that you can go wrong when using this product. An incorrectly chosen formula and careless application can lead to breakouts, sagging skin, and dullness. Here are three steps you didn’t know you were making – and how to fix them!
Mistake #1: Pulling on the skin
Vigorously rubbing moisturizer into the skin can wreak havoc on your complexion. Pulling on the skin in a downward motion can contribute to premature wrinkles. To prevent this, apply your moisturizer in upward, circular motions. Gently tap moisturizer into your eye area to prevent redness or wrinkles.
Mistake #2: You don’t apply moisturizer regularly
It seems logical to stop applying moisturizer once your skin is hydrated, right? Wrong! If your skin is already dry, it’s likely that there’s a layer of dead skin on the surface that will make it harder for the product to reach your skin’s moisture barrier. Aim to moisturize 1-2 times per day (depending on your skin type) to maintain supple skin.
Mistake #3: You don’t switch your moisturizer
I’m guilty of using the same moisturizer year-round. The fact is, the same moisturizer you use in the summertime may not be hydrating enough in the winter months. The effectiveness of your moisturizer can plateau if your skin becomes used to the ingredients, if the weather changes drastically, or if your skin type changes. It’s important to switch moisturizers with different active ingredients to maintain effectiveness. I apply a cream-based, thicker moisturizer in the winter months, but switch to a light, water-based formula in the summertime.
For a new blogger, one of the toughest aspects is getting people to read your content. You may be putting in great efforts to grow your audience, but it may not seem like your blog is growing. Here are three reasons why nobody is reading your blog and how to fix them!
Reason #1: Your inconsistent
Consistency is key for blogging. If you write one or two great posts then go silent for weeks, it will be difficult to maintain a dedicated audience. In order to grow your audience, you must post consistently. For me, posting new content three times per week has helped me grow my audience.
Reason #2: Your blog does not have a focus
When I began my blog, I knew that I wanted to write beauty and lifestyle content. Creating posts with focused, specific content will help you establish a target audience. If your readers cannot relate to your content, it will be more difficult to retain readership.
Reason #3: You’re not using social media
Social media is a key tool for bloggers. Blogging is a social activity, and establishing a social media presence will help your blog grow. Having a social media presence will help you meet and engage with your audience. Creating meaningful connections will drive readers back to your blog and help you form relationships with readers.
Makeup remover wipes are ideal for removing makeup in a pinch, but did you know that you might be using them incorrectly? I like to use makeup remover wipes to remove the initial layer of makeup on my skin, but I’ve learned a few little tricks that might be reducing the effectiveness of the beloved makeup wipe!
Relying solely on a makeup wipe to remove all your makeup
We all know that removing makeup at the end of each day is important. How do you remove your makeup? If you’re using just a makeup wipe to remove everything, you may be leaving residual makeup on your skin. A makeup remover wipe works well in a pinch but it doesn’t effectively breakdown makeup enough to cleanse the skin. I notice this whenever I use makeup wipes, and typically have to wash my face immediately after to remove all my makeup.
Letting the wipes dry out
Makeup remover wipes are pre-moistened. If you leave the wipes exposed to air, there’s a chance that the wipes will dry out and won’t be as effective. Ensure that you firmly seal the package after removing a wipe to prevent the entire package from losing moisture.
Wiping the skin too hard
A big misconception about makeup wipes is that the harder you scrub your skin, the more makeup you’ll remove. It doesn’t take aggressive scrubbing to remove makeup fully and you may end up irritating the skin instead. I like to gently swipe the wipe across my skin in a light buffing motion.
What is your favourite way to remove makeup? Do you like or dislike makeup remover wipes?