Monday, 14 August 2017

How I take it all off!! 😜

Beauty Sleep

It's a fact our skin is at its most active at night and is busy renewing itself.  So you need to give it a helping hand by trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour (easier said than done, and maybe a bit dull) and making sure your skin is nice and clean.

At the end of the day I always, always, always take off my make up and cleanse.  It's never a chore, as I really enjoy this bit of me time and the fact that I so love my bed!!  Yay, to the bliss of sleep and knowing that tomorrow will be another day with things to do and people to see.

My nightly routine

On the whole I am also pretty loyal when it comes to bedtime! and have more or less stuck to three core products on and off for most of my make up wearing life.

I rarely go a day without wearing makeup but on the very rare occasions that I do, I still do a cleanse pre bedtime.

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover 
Various changes of bottle shape over the years but I am glad to say the product inside has remained the same.

I wear waterproof mascara and this one always deals with it well.  It isn't greasy and doesn't irritate the skin round my eyes which can be a bit sensitive.

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs
I am addicted to the smell of this lovely lotion.  A pretty pale green in the bottle and available in 200ml and 400ml.

This cleanser is aimed at normal to dry skin, it really does the job and my skin always feels soft after, and as I said the smell is a real joy.

I apply and remove it with a cotton wool pad.

Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile
This toner is the natural partner to the cleansing milk, and another lush fragrance.

I always like to finish off my cleansing routine with toner, just to make sure that all of the lotion is thoroughly removed.  I don't like the thought of leaving any product on my cleansed skin as this could block the pores and I do tend to suffer a bit with milia

After these 3 steps I am ready to apply my face oil/serum/night cream etc - which can vary... a lot.
Then it is time for sleeps 😴

What's your night time cleansing routine?

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Monday, 7 August 2017

A year of Blogging

Happy First Birthday to me πŸŽ‚

It is a long time since I have been in single figures but here I am a ONE year old blogger.

It took me a bit by surprise that my first post was back in June 2016, time flies when you're having funπŸ˜ƒ

I really enjoy the blogging world.  I love writing and the freedom that writing a blog that is 100% mine gives me.

If you are thinking 'mmm... should I start a blog?' the answer is a big fat YES!!

Setting up a Blog-first baby steps (in a kind of order!)

OK I am no expert, however I have learnt a lot in my first year, which may be of use to you if you are thinking of starting out:
number one
Decide what you want to write about - and then try and narrow it down.

By narrow it down I mean  think of your niche.  For example a Beauty Blog could be about hair, makeup, skincare, nails etc. Of course you can write about them all - it's your blog after all,  no-one can tell you what to do.  However you may decide to specialise a bit, or like me your niche may find you a few months down the line. 
number two
Think of a name for your blog and how often do you intend to post?  I think it's a good idea and discipline for you to set your self a posting day, that day your readers will know when to expect new content.  (I post every Monday)
number three
Decide which platform to use - Blogger, Wordpress etc (mine is blogger)
number four
Think about a budget.  You can set up a blog for free but you may decide to purchase a template just to help with the layout etc
(I use a template for my blog from Pipdig)
number five
Do some research and read blogs.  Be inspired by them but don't copy them.
number six
Photos - you should take your own photos, and you may decide you need an fancy camera - I thought I did but one year on I am still using my iPhone5.
number seven
Think of the structure of your blog.  What are you pages going to be called?
number eight
Write you first post and get someone else to proof read it - checking for spelling, typos, grammar, and does it read well?
(A good first post could be your About Me page)

Try and keep your paragraphs relatively short - 3/4 sentences work for me.  Put in some relevant photos and make sure you add Title and Alt tags to photos.
number nine
Social media, which platforms are you going to use?
You might like to think about using a provider such as Buffer which can help you schedule your posts (it's free πŸ˜ƒ)
number ten
Publish and then WORK!  Work at getting followers, reply to every comment and email.  Comment on others blogs, join some networks.

And finally

Remember it's your blog, you are in control and only you can decide what to write say and do!

Enjoy the freedom and Blog On!

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