Don’t push yourself too much

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I know that the saying goes put your all into everything.

But honestly, be realistic about how much you can do and don’t make yourself feel shit in the process.

I myself have been putting pressure on myself to make podcasts and try and help others and give myself purpose.

Truth be told: At the moment my body paralysis is all over the place – possibly stress related but still not been proven. Anxiety has been present and my bladder is always problematic.

I can’t help these issues but i can not put so much pressure on myself and just help one person at a time when they need it.

My message to you is: Your goal will always be there, don’t rush. It will be worth it in the end.

Wam bam this is how i use Instagram

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I myself haven’t stumbled across any blog posts of late doing this kind of thing – maybe a how I edit my Instagram photos but this is totally different.

I’m gonna talk you through how I use Instagram and for good use too.

Ok so as you can see I don’t have a huge following for my blog Instagram but as you can see I pretty much follow those who follow me if I’m interested in their content. Those spam accounts or followers with 100k and following 300 don’t interest me, as I know they are just about numbers. I block them so they don’t pee me off again.

I always make sure I am giving a positive message out to others in my captions, and always use relevant hashtags. I try not to use too many hashtags but sometimes I get a bit carried away.

While on the topic of hashtags I like to follow topics that I’m really into and will give me inspiration and are motivational too. As you can see I’ve followed #Bulletjournal as I’m in the process of making one myself. There are some brilliant pages I could adapt and make my own.

The little save button on a post is great if you see a quote you like or an Etsy shop you want to revisit at a later date. You can kind of bookmark it and can put it into collections too. I don’t have too many at the mo but will definitely improve on this.

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If you’d like to follow my Instagram feel free the link is here

Saying that please know that Instagram isn’t just all about self-promo. It’s about inspiring others, making someone smile and occasionally make them spend money when they see a lippy/ item of clothing/something else fabulous you’ve got and they just love it.

Thanks for stopping by

Til next time…

How I’m going to improve myself as a blogger

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If I’m being totally honest…

I haven’t been putting my all into my blog and I know I’m a poorly person generally but it is no excuse to give less attention to something I love.

So here are a few things I am going to apply from today onwards

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Make time in the evening to go through WordPress reader and Bloglovin and read blogs. I do read blogs and comment don’t get me wrong but I don’t do it as often as I should…so I’ll be giving all your blogs some love for sure if I’m following you.

Apply myself a bit more with all social media platforms that I’ve put into a table I made above and make sure I do something every day on each. Its all about the fab people in the blogging community.

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I bought my Sony A5000 about 3 years ago and the reason I didn’t spend about 200 more on a more technical one is that I don’t use it to excess…most of my pics are taken on my phone. I do want to start using my camera now the weather is getting a bit better. Then I can share my snaps with you.

Last year I used to take part in a lot of Twitter chats most nights actually and I’ve made some really lovely blogger friends through it. However, I kind of pushed my evenings of chats to one side and like we do get engrossed in YouTube. I need to find some balance for both. Because both are equally as enjoyable…but to be fair twitter chats are interactive so here is my pledge to engage more.

What things do you do to make sure you’re on top of your blogger game?

Thanks for stopping by

Til next time

Pinterest obsessed

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So earlier on today i thought its not the sunniest of days so the original video i was going to do will have to wait.

However i did do a flip through video of my pinterest favourite bits. Not seen this done before and i love to be different.

I’ll leave the link here. Be fab for you to check it out and let me know what you think

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Keep an eye out for more videos.

Heres to a HAPPY Friday, Saturday and Sunday to you all

Til next time

My February Favourites

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Eeeek, I love this time of the month. It’s a time to reflect and share all the things that made my month.

I feel like if you blinked for too long you would have missed February, it’s over before you know it.  Right, I will stop talking nonsense, let’s hop right in…

CHIPPY CHIPS

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Every Friday me and Mum have a treat and for the past month we have both opted for the chippy up the road. I have the same thing…Pea fritter and chips. It’s so delicious even though it’s not very healthy its a sod it,  it’s pig day. Looking forward to this weeks already.

LETTER BOARD

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I bought this letter board because I thought I could use it for my Instagram/blog and also just be as expressive as I like with it. It came with 360 letters in white, pink and blue and emojis too so it’s going to get used for all sorts of occasions. This is this weeks chosen quote.

WHITNEYS GREATEST HITS

Don’t tell me you haven’t ever belted out a Whitney Houston song and didn’t care if you were in key or not. I have this on CD I bought it at least 10 years ago and I needed cheering up a bit one afternoon and I thought I’d see if it’s on Spotify and it was. a couple hours later our windows were all shattered but I had a good time…think if I had I’d be in so much trouble.

NEW DESK CHAIR

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Since I had a desk about 3 years ago I just had a plain black desk chair that really didn’t give any character to my office it just sat there like an unwanted pair of shoes looking sad. So I thought I have always wanted a pink one so I thought out with the old and in with the new, It’s so comfy, and looks absolutely fabulous in there. It will be looked after very well.

FAVOURITE BLOGGERS

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Here are 4 stunning ladies i have made friends with through blogging and i think they are so talented in their own ways.

  • First of all There’s Bex from HelloBexa who is always giving great advice and her photography is just wow.
  • Second is Katie from Lifewithktkinnes who has such a funny way with words and writes about her ramblings and books of the moment.
  • Thirdly its Jade from Bellainizio who does flawless makeup looks, and posts some really great theories about social media etc
  • Last but no means least is Chantelle from ChansBeautyCorner. Her nail art designs are out of this world, and shes the most thoughtful girl ever.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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Its all about being beautiful from the inside out. If you have a beautiful and kind soul and personality then you would be liked very much. What the eyes see is a wonderful thing but what the heart feels is even better.

Thanks for stopping by

til next time…

hol

12 APPS FOR BLOGGERS

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In my year and a half of blogging, i have used umpteen apps to make things a little easier for me whilst blogging on the go.

Here are the ones I have currently on my iPhone that I use pretty much every day and just thought if you didn’t use them already I am giving you the heads up.

Here are my 12 most used apps for Blogging

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If you have to stick to a deadline or can only do a bit of blogging/ planning for a small amount of time then using 30/30 will keep you in check – it’s relatively easy to use and you can add as many things you need to do on it.

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The things you can do with this app are endless. On OneNote you can have sections for each topic of your blog and then pages for each post. You can make notes, add pictures, bullet points, highlight and if you have a stylus pen you can draw too. I even put links in there too that I want to include on my blog.

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The first one is Follow+ which is for Instagram. I don’t know about you but its the most annoying thing when you are being a loyal follower and liking this followers posts only to realise they have unfollowed you ages ago. This app you can see whos being a sneaky bugger. The same goes for Tweet Sponge, at the moment on there you can only unfollow so if you needed to block anyone for any known reason then you’d need to go to their twitter page and do it manually. Both of these are worth having.

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The 3 apps I use for my images and photo editing are Snapseed, Canva and Pic Collage. Snapseed is great for sorting out the filters/tones/effects of your photo to make it look a bit different from the original. Canva is great for making Thumbnails, headers, business letter headers, whatever you like it has a wide range of designs you can design. i love it. Pic collage you can use that as you wish whether its to make a collage, make a wishlist, design logos, whatever you fancy.

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StumbleUpon and Pocket are really quite powerful when you figure out how to use them to their best advantage. I have had stumbleupon for years but it just used to stay in a folder on my phone and was neglected. I now use it to add my most recent blog post and also to look for inspiration. it is great if you want to get traffic for your blog from other places other than just your social platforms. Pocket is a newbie for me but I have used it daily since. You can save any blog post or link that you see and can’t read it there and then and it saves it into a folder and you can then go and read it when you do have the time.

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WordPress is the platform I use for my blog and where all the hours are spent planning what content I am going to put where and when and giving it tweaks here and there. Blogger was the first platform I tried a fair few years ago but my heart has always been with WordPress. Bloglovin’ is the app to look at all your friends blogs no matter which blogging platform they use. I really do need to use it  more regularly. Once or twice a week is not good enough.

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Lastly is Influenster, the app that if you put in the effort and review products on their site. Fill out the questionnaires and join in on discussions then the people at Influenster will see that you interact on the app and will send you things free to review on your social media in the form of VoxBoxes. You will need to input all your stats on there from each social media platform they ask. This will help a little in possibly being considered for a VoxBox. I have had it two months and had my first box a few weeks ago. So don’t give up in the first week or two.

There you go, those are the apps that I enjoy using as a blogger. Go have a look on the app store and see what catches your eye other than these. There are probably ones I haven’t come across that are fab too.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in my next post

Til then…

hol

My January Favourites

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As you know if you have seen any of my other favourites I am very random in what I pick. Its generally what has brought me joy that month.

January has been a funny one in the way that it feels like it has gone on forever but in reality its exactly the same and today is its last day.

So here are a few favourites from the first month of 2018

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I have heard this song so many times on the radio I can’t help but sing along and I think that Hoseah Partch has such a wonderful tone to his voice and I look forward to listening to more of his songs.

Learning a new language

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Every year for the last two or three years I have had on my list of things to do is learn a new language and I have always chosen Italian,  because I think its a passionate language – but I never got too far when trying to speak it. So there is a story behind why I want to learn welsh. My mum is half welsh and we have family in Wales so I thought it made more sense. Plus I hope to go there this year or next, so maybe could show off a bit. ha ha. I’m not too far in on Duolingo (which is a free app with loads of languages to choose from) I love Bora da which is good morning and nos da which is goodnight. I’ll keep you updated on my progress – I will stick to it.

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I have this one dress that I wish they did in every colour as I love the style of it and it fits just right. I did size up to a 12 as I have an hourglass figure. It’s from Primark in a green suede for £10 which for the quality of it I don’t think its that badly priced. My mum did manage to pick it up in a charcoal grey a few weeks ago but I have only worn it once so far. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a black one.

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I know last month I said that I loved Dooleys toffee vodka and it will always be my favourite, but I have started eating more healthier and I guess I needed to find a healthier alcoholic drink too.  Back in my early twenties this was what tickled my taste buds and after trying one the memories came flooding back. Peach is the only flavour I’ve seen in the actual spirit,  but I remember having raspberry alcopop archers back in the day. It was bloody yum.

Daisy

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I just had to include daisy in my favourites…Daisy is my niece, she’s a year and a half and she is such a cute one and clever for her age too. We shared some lovely moments this month and I loved it when she sat up to the table in a big chair and had a takeaway with us. She hasn’t quite grasped my name yet so, for the time being, I am Auntie Hoddy.

Journalling 

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I gushed over this journal in my review of the happy journal and I am still in love with it and how it really gets you thinking about what you want and using your creative mind to get planning. Its only been a month but I am pretty sure all the other pages are just as great. If you love writing like me you’ll love it too.

Pinterest

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Lastly Pinterest, I have always loved using this app for inspiration but then in December it stopped working properly on my phone and laptop and I could only get on it intermittently. I was rather miffed but so I sent an email to the developers. A few weeks went by of them trying to fix it and then I tried it one night and its worked ever since. My Pinterest addiction is back. I would always say to anyone to download the app it has everything you could think of.

Those were my favourite things I hope you enjoyed reading about why they make me smile.

Til next time…

hol

Q AND A WITH SWEET ALLURE

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Today’s feature on the blog is Tarnya from Sweet Allure

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I have been following Tarnya for some time and I was delighted when she wanted to come on my blog to do a Q and A.

so without further ado  let’s jump in with the Questions

1) What are your top 3 favourite books?

I couldn’t possibly pick just ONE book from the Harry Potter series, so I’ll have to say the entire series as my first choice!

Then I absolutely love Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk, it’s dark but I love all of his books.

Then lastly I’d have to say Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, I read it recently and it really rekindled my love for poetry.

2) What is your favourite cruelty-free brand/product?

I love Nars, Charlotte Tilbury and The Ordinary for CF make up! Also Superdrug own brand is good and affordable too!

3) What did you want to be when you were asked at the start of school and has it changed?

I wanted to be a Vet when I was younger, but then I heard you had to put your arm up a cows bottom and changed my mind! I’ve never really known what I want to do, but I’m happy with my current job as a games tester in the Video Game Industry.

4) What are your favourite arty things to create?

I actually am obsessed with photography, it’s my favourite thing. I want to try and incorporate more photography with art like an art journal or scrapbook this year for fun.

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Let me know if you would like to see more Q an A’s on my blog or if you would like to be featured.

Thanks for reading

I’ll see you in my next post…

hol

The Beauty Tag

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I haven’t done a beauty related post lately so i thought what would be a good one and i stumbled across The Beauty Tag.

There is 30 questions but some didn’t really apply so i left them out.

so here we go with the questions…..

  1. Do you remember your first makeup item? I do I believe it was the Rimmel stick concealer – when the spots first started to appear
  2. Describe your perfect mascara? One that gives length, volume and doesn’t clump. My favourite at the moment is Maybelline lash sensational. It works a treat.
  3. What kind of coverage do you prefer in a foundation? I’d have to say full because I have problematic skin I like one that covers my imperfections without clogging my pores. I mix Revlon Color Stay & Loreal True Match to get the right shade – both in ivory.
  4. Favourite high end brand? I would have to say Benefit/MAC if they count as high end I tend to stick to the high street. Its kinder to my purse.
  5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? I would have to say Too Faced as I love the creativity of their palettes and the lipsticks are always in amazing shades.
  6. Favorite drugstore brand? I would have to say Loreal as I seem to have a lot of their products in my beauty drawer
  7. Do you wear fake eyelashes? No, I don’t need to my eyelashes have always been long enough not to need them and a stroke of the right mascara is enough for the volume.
  8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? Eyeliner or concealer and sometimes lippy depending if it is a long lasting one or not.
  9. What is your most cherished beauty product? My MAC Fluid line Gel Liner.
  10. How often do you shop for makeup? As and when I need it…maybe once a month and then I can treat myself a little.
  11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely? I am a bit thrifty. I like to find a product that does the job of a high-end product for half the price.
  12. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? Maybe one day if I really felt the need to but why not just look on youtube for tutorials instead.
  13. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? I would have to say Superdrug as they always have a huge selection or if I did want to treat myself to a high-end product then its Debenhams.
  14. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? I tend to stick to a routine so I don’t upset my skin too much – sounds like it has feelings.
  15. What brand do you think has the best packaging? Too Faced without a doubt
  16. Which celebrity always has great makeup? Pretty much all of them as they have their own make-up artists.
  17. Favourite Beauty Guru? Jaclyn Hill of course…she’s talented and she’s got attitude as well.
  18. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? I wouldn’t say clumsy I just don’t have the patience to do all the fancy eyeshadow looks that you see floating about the web so I stick to simple looks. 
  19. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation? Concealer first under my eyes, down my nose and on any spots I can see, then foundation and back in with concealer if needed.
  20. What do you love about makeup? I love how you can do lots of different looks with it and it makes you feel better when you put it on – if you haven’t smudged anywhere in the process.

Anybody that fancies doing it can copy and paste from mine, it’ll be fun to see your answers.

Til next time..

have a fab start to the weekend

hol

FEATURE FRIDAY Q & A

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For this weeks Q and A I am joined by the wonderful Hannah from AMETHYST ROSE BEAUTY who’s blog posts have inspired me reading them and I hope they will inspire you too.

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Here’s a few questions I came up with….

What quote do you love/live by?

I love the quote ‘Once you become fearless life becomes limitless’ because is so true. In life I realised I needed to be fearless in conquering things I wanted to achieve. Being fearless to me means not caring what others think or say, only doing things for me and things that make me happy. Then life really does become limitless, because there are no restrictions on what you can achieve!

What makes you feel confident?

Every time I wear a bold lip I feel so confident! No matter if it’s a simple makeup look or full glam a bold lip, it just makes me feel like I can conquer anything.

What is your signature make up look?

My go to signature makeup look would be winged liner and simple eyeshadow, a bold lip and a good highlight! It’s so quick to do but looks like so much more effort has gone into it!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as it was something I had been thinking about doing for a while, and eventually thought there’s no time like the present! So I stopped putting it off and here we are today! Blogging about makeup, makeup looks and things I go through in life for me is very therapeutic. To write about my experiences and interact with others all over the world is amazing! I couldn’t imagine not blogging now!

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If you only follow one person today make sure it’s Hannah.

Thanks for reading

See you in my next post….