Friday, 26 February 2016

Things That Put Me Off Blogging

As you know I'm not the most frequent blogger, and although a lot of this is due to having the time... There are actually quite a lot of silly things that put me off blogging and I wonder if this is the same for a lot of people who do this? I go through phases of feeling really uninspired and just not wanting to do it at all and it's not always through lack of things to post about. I'm an avid reader of a lot of blogs and although I adore so many of the posts I read, I can't help but feel some how inadequate to everyone else out there and it begs the question.. What am I even doing this for? It's certainly not to make money although that would be a pretty sweet bonus. I guess initially it was for the love of make up, fashion and telling other people about some irrelevant shit that happens in my life occasionally. Don't get me wrong, I do still enjoy it and I think as long as it remains that way, I'll continue to do this. At the end of the day, this is a hobby and for personal enjoyment.. I don't feel the crazy pressure that a lot of bloggers must feel to keep up with the amazing content out there.

But I did want to share with you some of the things that put me off blogging and why, so without further a do...

Photo Quality - There have been so many posts I have scrapped because I haven't been happy with the quality of my photography. I'll admit I'm no photographer and I use a bridge camera so I can't expect miracles but if I can't get it right then I won't do the post. It's not only the quality of my photos, but the creativity. How the hell do people get those photos of them drinking green tea, surrounded by magazines and their mac book, in their Victoria's secret Pyjama's, hash-tagging Sundays?! Seriously, how do you do that? Who's life fucking looks like that?!

Photo Credit: Daisie Smith

Confidence in my Content - Photo's aren't the only issue, my content holds me back too. I'm not always pleased with my ability to articulate a good blog post and my variety isn't great either. Most of my posts are makeup and skin care based and this is where I feel safe. Don't get me wrong I love fashion, but I'm not overly confident that my fashion sense would be blog worthy. That isn't the only problem, doing outfit posts often requires some extra help with taking photos and that isn't always possible. This is a real bugbear for me as I would like to give it a go, but you can't expect people to give up their time to take photo's of you parading around the streets of London in a fedora and Chelsea boots.

Photo Credit: The Fashion Cuisine

Money - When times are hard or you need to prioritise whats important, money for makeup, products and clothes isn't top of the list! Blogging can be a bit of an investment at times, not only in purchasing stuff to blog about but also things like camera's, lighting etc. I get by with natural lighting and a bridge camera but sometime's I wish I had the money to do this a bit better. Money can also factor into purchasing a domain, having someone design your blog and being able to afford to attend events. It all add's up and when you're trying to keep up to a certain standard it can feel a bit overwhelming.

Other Blogs - Ha, now I am in no way about to go on a jealous rant tearing into other bloggers, far from it. I admire people that are able to make a majorly successful blog, but sometimes seeing how great others are doing disheartens me slightly. I see other peoples content and photo's and it does inspire me but also leaves me wishing I could be that good. I also have a small following, so I rarely get invites to events or lots of products delivered to my door, and seeing other people experience these amazing opportunities leaves me feeling down on my blog. I'm not naive though, if you want those things in this strange blogging world, you need to work hard.

Photo Credit: Zoe Newlove

Wanting to Write a Meaningful Captivating Post but Remembering You're Not Creative - Just this really, says it all.

Lack of Community Engagement - I think people quickly forget how important it is to engage with other blogs and other bloggers at times, I'm certainly guilty of it. It can be really disheartening seeing your posts hit 1000 views but yet not a single comment! I completely get it, I've read so many posts I've loved and not commented on, and you know what I should, because it just shows appreciation and probably gives that person a little boost. Engaging with other bloggers can not only expand your blog, you can actually make friends.

Time - Most people probably won't believe this, but blogging does actually take up a lot of time. Trialing the product, constructing photo's, planning the content then actually writing it all takes time, and having the time to put the effort in is a big issue for me. I work a 9-5, 5 days a week so I do get weekends off.. But these weekends are precious, especially as I have very limited time to spend with my boyfriend as it is.. So often I just have Sundays to put this together and I try to plan and write in between.

Just Being Your Average 20 Something - I'm not glamorous, I don't own a Chanel bag or a Mulberry purse, I don't jet off around the world, party in Vegas, go to flashy events, live in a pristine white apartment with brick walls and minimalist style. I live with my Dad, I go to work in a clinic every day and most evenings, I chill in bed watching Brooklyn 99 and eat pate on toast. I'm alright with that, but that's not exactly inspiring for anyone to read about... And when I do show off a little, I feel a bit of a fraud because I'm thinking, imagine if they could see the state of my bedroom! A world away from the white flat lays and fresh Peonies you see on Instagram.

So these are just a few of the things that put me off blogging, do any of you guys feel the same? Are there things that make you feel inadequate when It comes to blogging? Leave me a comment below, after all you are reading this post....

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Touche Eclat Le Teint

Photo Credit: Abi Harper

As previously mentioned on this blog I am a huge lover of YSL products, particularly their foundations but admittedly I've some what neglected this brand recently.

What caught my attention this time however, was the new formula of their famous Touche Eclat foundation; Touche Eclat Le Teint.

The launch of this new formula meant myself and my friend were able to be booked in for a full YSL makeover at our local counter which was very exciting. Getting my makeup done by other people used to make me so nervous as I'm very particular about how I like my make up to look, but now I love it. I love other people being able to experiment with different looks that I wouldn't necessarily try on myself, and also having someone who actually knows what they are doing is brilliant!

So I thought I'd share with you some of the makeup that was used in my look and what my favourite products were,..

These metallic liquid shadows were amazing! I particularly loved orange plunge (far left), the colour on the lid is not what you expect when you see the bottle and it blends beautifully with these metallic browns to create a smokey eye but the orange remains bold. I will definitely be treating myself to these on payday!

Before any makeup was applied the makeup artist put on some of the Touche Eclat Blur Primer, I had previously been skeptical of this because if any of you have seen it, it's a really glittery liquid. I'm all for a bit of radiance and highlighter but having glitter on my face wasn't something I was keen on. However I was completely shocked to find you could barely see the glitter at all and it really does blur all your pores leaving you with a great base to work with. I also opted to have the Touche Eclat Green Neutraliser as I do have a bit of redness around my nose and chin, this worked perfectly to hide those imperfections and the holy grail product Touche Eclat Concealer helped to hide those dark circles and highlight certain areas.

These two items are just incredible. So the Babydoll Kiss and Blush works as a cheek stain and a lip gloss with a beautiful matte finish. It comes in a few colours but this one pictured hear I believe is number 7 Coral Affranchi. I actually ended up buying the The Rouge Pur Couture in shade number 6 Rose Begamasque, it's a gorgeous peachy nude which is perfect for every day wear.

And last but by no means least the Touche Eclat Le Teint. I was colour matched with B50 Honey as I like to go slightly darker than my natural shade. The Touche Eclat is YSL's best selling foundation offering flawless, radiant coverage whilst still remaining light weight. I must admit the foundation did feel really light on my skin in comparison to my current foundation and there was no transfer like some of the foundations I've used in the past. The only negative about this foundation is for me personally it didn't have a lot of staying power, even with the help of the primer. It probably doesn't help that I'm comparing this to my trusty double wear, but for me nothing beats it! Sorry YSL....

My completed look.. Have you tried any of these products? If so what do you think? Leave me a comment below and as always thanks for reading!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My Haircare and Styling

Over Christmas I received some lovely hair care and styling products which I've adored using, so I thought I'd share some of these with you...

Joico Body Lux Shampoo and Conditioner: I hate my hair being flat and lifeless which is why I love these products. I've been using the volumising shampoo to help pump up my thick hair and it works a treat. The current style of my hair allows me to use this, let it dry naturally and enjoy the natural waves and curls of my hair without it becoming flat. The key to this products is oats to give the volume and shine, I can't see myself using anything else in the future I have been converted!

Joico Hair Shake Liquid to Powder: Another fantastic Joico product! This is the texturising hair shake, and like the shampoo is great for creating volume and texture. It's formula literally goes from liquid to powder on the hair, I tend to section my hair and spray lightly from a distance and manipulate it to create more waves and body. It can even be used on slightly dirty hair to counter act the grease if you don't have time to wash it.

OGX KuKui Oil: I love using this product on my dry ends, I have to take care and use sparingly as over use can leave a greasy unwashed feel to your hair but for smoothing out the appearance of split ends this is great.

Structure Glamtex Backcomb Effect Spray: Yes another volumising product but this is genuinely amazing! I just section the hair and spray at the root to give the instant appearance of backcomb with out the hassle of actually backcombing! I particularly like using this when my hair is straight as when I straighten it, it does have a tendency to go a bit flat and limp. I would highly recommend this as a lazy product for those that hate backcombing, the damage it causes and the aftermath of having to tease it out. The only negative about this product is if I've used quite a bit I do really have to wash my hair the next day, I know not a big deal but I hate washing my hair every day!

Have you tried any of these products? What do you use as part of your hair care routine? Leave me a comment below!