Saturday, 24 September 2016

Top 10 blog post ideas for writer's block!


Hello, welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to share with you some of my tips to beat writer's block. I have had my fair share of times where I have no inspiration and it's horrible. You don't want to upload content you don't have passion in - it shows massively and reflects on your readership! So, I thought I would share my top 10 favourite blog posts to read/write. I hope these tips help you out and get your creativeness flowing again.


1 -  A listicle, I love reading listicles. Thanks to Buzz feed they have become a really huge thing. It's a lot easier than reading a huge amount of text and gives you and readers inspiration. I for an example made  a listicle on my top 10 life goals! (Read here)



2 - An interview with somebody you look up to or find inspiring. Everybody loves reading about human interest stories, that's why real-life is such a huge thing. For an example, I have recently started a blog series - inspirational stories. This series displays people from all walks of life and gives inspiration to other readers, which gives everyone a good pick me up! (Read the inspirational stories here)







3 - Share your opinion on a subject that's close to you. Give some positivity on the subject or make people aware. Readers can really tell when you've put your heart into a blog post and I think people will look up to you more for it, as it shows dedication and effort. I wrote an article on my opinion on body image in the media, which is a very hot topic.  (Read here)



4 - Got a DIY or how-to? share it! Everyone loves a good DIY hack.



5 - New to blogging or your readers don't know much about you? Write a meet the blogger post. To let your readers in on why you started your blog, and just more about you and your personality.



6 - Got a recipe? Share it, I love reading people's yummy recipes and trying to recreate them myself. It always feels better to make something from scratch, so share your tips.


7 - we all love a good throwback post. Why not travel back and talk about your horrifying styles! I love the Youtube tag going around, where Youtubers recreate their past make-up looks! Why not take a blog post take on that? I for one would love to see that.






8 - Day in the life blog post. Have you done something interesting or visited a lovely place? Recreate a day in the life with pictures.  (Pictured, my blog post on my trip to York read here)




9 - Share your favourite blogger -  give them some recognition. The world of blogging is huge and we all love finding new blogs to read, so share your favourites.



10 - Share something you're loving and why, could be a beauty product, a film anything! Maybe you can get somebody else loving it too!


Thank you for reading. Let me know in the comments your tips for writer's block.

Until next time,
Lauren
x




Thursday, 8 September 2016

Inspirational stories #3


Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I am sharing with you another inspirational story, to follow on with my new blog series.  Here is Steven's story about how he overcame tough times and how he got to where he is today!
“My most challenging experience in life has to be the passing of my Nan, unexpectedly a few years ago. "I still feel the emptiness and void to this day. She was like my best pal and not a day went by where I didn’t visit her.“ I was in a very bad place in my personal life before her passing. I had just left and turned my back on a very promising career in football. The root cause was an injury to my knee, which kept me out for over a year. "Depression set in which is a horrible experience for everyone, especially as a young lad. I felt so lost. I was already on the wrong path. "When my Nan passed it totally turned me the opposite way. “With the help of my mother and partner, I started to make something of myself by turning negativity into positivity. 
"I was totally lost in terms of career choices as I played football on a full-time basis. After leaving school everyone was mostly at college gaining apprenticeships or working. "Six years ago my mum got me college forms to fill out and it really made sense to do something I have always been interested in and something that I think I would excel at as a career - personal training. "My advice to anybody finding it difficult to lose weight is simple; nothing comes easy so don’t expect it to be just that. Seek some advice from a professional in the industry who knows what they are doing. "If you hate the gym then don’t sign up and waste your hard earned cash. Buy something worthwhile or take up a physical sport/hobby and also remember to always have fun. "At school I hated learning. Today I love to learn! I like to read up on people’s success stories, whether that’s a rags-to-riches story or fitness and life for inspiration. “Five years time from now, I see myself becoming the person I intend to be - a positive person to everyone around me and progressing with my chosen career, personal training.”
Q: I asked Steven what three adjectives he would use to describe himself.
A: Motivated, grateful and driven.

Thank you for reading! If you think you have a story to share email me: laurenmw15@gmail.com and it could be featured on here next! :) 
Until next time,
Lauren 
x


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Pink hair don't care


Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I thought I would share a quick review/tutorial on how to get candy floss pink hair.  I have always admired pastel pink hair, but my hair was near enough jet black so I put that idea to the back of my mind - until now. I started going light a couple of months ago and just gradually started to build it up from there with highlights. Finally, a couple of days ago I got my hair to an ashy blonde, then I knew I could finally try out pastel pink hair!

To be honest at first I was a little unsure; all the videos I were viewing were showing people with white blonde hair, which I did not have. I thought after a long hard think to just go for it as I would never know if I didn't try.  

I applied this to towel dried hair and left on for 20 mins - the result, beautiful candy floss hair. I love that I have still kept a few blonde undertones for a more subtle pink look.


This is the hair dye I used to dye my hair. It smells amazing and does a brilliant job, so what more can you want? It's perfect as you don't have to fully commit as it washes out gradually. I paid 5 pound for this and still have plenty left, so all in all its a great price for a fab dye!

What do you think to the pastel pink hair trend? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Lauren 
x

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

There's a fake tan for everyone - read all about them!



Hello, everybody and welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to be sharing with you the best-kept secret, us fellow Casper the ghosts love - fake tan. Fake tan is a big thing on the market these days, so being a newbie can be daunting as there's so many. No fear, I am here to break things down for you.

 Mousse tan (from left to right: No7 tan, SugarBaby, and St Moritz). 

No.7 tan - This tan is perfect for newbies, as it is so natural and it's almost impossible for you to streak it. This is one of my favourite mousse tan, as it's so natural and I always receive compliments on it. You also get a good guide colour from this which helps show where you've missed.

SugarBaby tan - I believe, this is an Australian brand. This tan was a lucky find in Tk Maxx which I am very glad I found. This tan is perfect if you're going out somewhere and need a tan quick as it develops within an hour - yes you heard me an hour! This tan also smells so good, which is rare to find as many have an awful smell. 

St Moritz tan - I love this tan because it's very cheap and cheerful -  for 3 pounds you get an amazing tan that rivals high-end ones. This fake tan is very alike to the St Tropez tan. I have used St Tropez but often went back to this one. This tan also gives you a guide colour, like all the others, so no fear of missing any spots or streaking.

Spray on tans - I am not normally a big fan of spray on tans after having huge problems in the past. I gave this one a whirl and I wasn't disappointed; it completely changed my opinion on spray tans. I bought this from a wholesaler as my auntie has a pass. I apply this to a mitt as I get more control with blending and how much product goes onto my skin. This is rather dark, so a little goes a long way I have found. This does last rather long, so I do often go for this if I need a long lasting tan.



Gradual tanners 

Garnier tan - This tan is perfect and it smells like apricots - which is a winner for me of course. After application, you wake up with a natural, subtle summer glow. Apply as many times as you want over a couple of days until you get the desired colour. These tans do last a lot longer than the others I have found and look the most natural. The only downside is you can not see the product so you don't know if you've streaked or missed a spot. This is very moisturising to the skin which is a win, win situation really.

Dove gradual tan - This gradual tan has to be my favourite, it was the first one I used and everyone recommended it to me. It is the same as the Garnier one with the application. I get the shade deep in both, as I am inpatient and want my tan quick!


So, they are all my favourite fake tans. Which one would you use? let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Lauren 
x



Thursday, 18 August 2016

CSS codes and tips for new bloggers


Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. So, I have actually been blogging now for two whole years and I have gathered some tips that may help new bloggers. Blogging can be quite daunting, I didn't have a clue what anything meant at first. With that problem, all I can say is YouTube will most definitely be your best friend - there's a tutorial for every blogger dilemma out there. I used to really struggle with coding and all the technical jargon, but a bit of Googling and Youtube solved that. I slowly started to make little changes with my blog and making it my own; Instead of using a custom default template.  So I am going to share with you some top tips on design, getting your blog out there, etc.. 


1- Like I just said, If in doubt YouTube it. Watching a video can really help get your head around something. 

2- Design:
 When I started making slight changes to my blog, to make it more my own I started off changing the logo. Make it stand out and add a slogan or image that really sums up your blog. Today, my blog logo is very minimalistic but it really goes with my template. It's totally up to you, but changing your logo can make a whole lot of difference and really make your blog more personal.

3- CSS codes: 
I first started with simple CSS codes to make simple changes to my blog. You can edit this by clicking: blogger, template, customise, advanced then scroll to the bottom of the advanced section and you will see 'add CSS.' This is where you add your CSS codes. I have a few basics codes that may help you out! All you have to do is copy and paste these into the add CSS section, exactly as they are!

Remove default blogger image border 



.post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img,
.BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
  padding: none !important;
  border: none !important;
  background: none !important;
  -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
}

Centre your blog header

#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important;} #header-inner {text-align:center !important;}



Centre your post and date titles 


.post-title {
text-align:center;
}



.date-header {
text-align:center;
}


I hope those CSS codes help you out! They really did me when I was starting out as they are errors a lot of newbies face and really make an impact on your overall designs neatness. 

4- Social media: 
This is very important when it comes to promoting your blog and increasing your followers. You have to consistent with your blog posts and social media accounts. When I have a new blog post I always advertise on Twitter, this allows other people to see and bring in potential new followers. I also tag blogger retweet accounts - these accounts retweet bloggers tweets so that they can be seen by more people. Also use a lot of popular hashtags that relate to your blog post, such as #bbloggers or #lbloggers (beauty bloggers and life bloggers). These are popular hashtags and are viewed by many.



5- photography:
 This is a very important skill; taking pride in your photos pulls in a wider audience as your posts look more appealing. Pictures are what readers look at first if it looks interesting they are more likely to want to read on. I am not the greatest when it comes to photography, but I have definitely progressed over my two years but that's what blogging is about - progressing and becoming better and better! 


6- Make sure you blog about the things you're truly passionate about! Don't just write about anything, as your readers will know from the way it's been written if you're not interested. Make sure you put effort into your posts and plan them. Do some research into popular posts, and take your own twist on things. Uniqueness is key in the blogging world! 

I hope these tips help any new bloggers If you have any tips, let me know in the comments 

Until next time,
Lauren 
x

















Sunday, 14 August 2016

Is this the best BB cream ever?

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today's blog post is all about my new found love - my Garnier BB cream. I never use foundation anymore and I haven't for a long time. I have used many BB creams and none have come close to this one. This BB cream is 9.99 and that is pretty good as you only need the smallest amount and it lasts a while. Compared to the others I have tried this is the cheapest and the best.  I am going to give you a quick run down on this BB cream...

This is fab for people in a hurry, as it moisturises your skin perfectly and keeps you looking fresh and awake.  My skin feels so fresh and natural once I apply this and it actually feels like my skin; whereas foundations can often feel like a mask. Since I have been wearing this BB cream I have received many compliments and I've noticed that my skin has really been behaving. I have had clearer skin since using this which is amazing, who wants spots? not me that's for sure! 



Here, is what the BB cream looks like on my face - natural, fresh, and clean. I set the BB cream in place with a little powder, as that's my personal preference (to avoid getting shiny throughout the day). You can for sure add some concealer to any specific problem areas for extra coverage, but I have found this to be buildable coverage so apply in stages; if you need more add a little bit.  I do put a little under eye concealer on also, again for my personal preference.


Just a quick little blog post on my favourite BB cream. 
Would you use this? let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Lauren 
x

Friday, 12 August 2016

10 of my life goals



Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you 10 of my life goals; we all have goals in life and I think they're really important to set, so you push yourself. I often visualise the world I aspire to live in and do everything I can to make it happen. Whether it's saving for a trip or studying hard. So, here are my 10 ultimate life goals...

1- I have spoken about this one a lot but one of my main aims in life is to become a journalist. I am currently studying it at college and hope to carry on my studies at university. I really study hard when it comes to journalism; I seek work experience and always work on new and exciting article ideas. Me blogging right now is very good experience for me, as I am keeping my brain active and creative - which is important to be a successful journalist.

2- I hope to find an opportunity to travel the world backpacking. I would love to see: Thailand, America, Iceland, Austrailia and Fiji. I think it would be an amazing opportunity to see such gorgeous sights!

3-  Skydive - I would love at some point to really push myself and do a skydive because I think it would be an amazingly surreal experience.

4- Try scuba diving, some place tropical and see the beautiful creatures hidden in the deep sea!

5-  I would love to write a fiction book and get my imagination flowing. Even if it didn't get printed I think it would be a nice thing to look back at in time and show other generations in my family.

6-  Learn to play the guitar- this has always interested me I think it's such a cool skill!

7- Live life to the fullest and make sure I experience new things on a regular basis and not become a creature of habit!

8- I would love for my blog to really take off and become more recognised! I also hope to carry on my blog and document all my life - a place where I can look back and remmeber all the things I have done!

9- Get really into fitness and yoga I want to treat my body like a temple and try new vegetarian recipes and be more creative with my food.

10- Be happy each and everyday and make sure I don't take things for granted.


What are your life goals? let me know in the comments.

Unitl next time,
Lauren
x




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