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Sunday, 5 November 2017

How to create the perfect Media/Press Kit for your blog

Every blogger wants to take things to the next level. To do this, you have to be committed and ready to put the effort in present yourself and your blog in the best way.

Are you ready to stand out?

I’m going to be completely transparent with you - it’s not easy. It does take time and effort but in the end when those blog sponsorships deals are coming in, you will think it’s worth it.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make your media pack look awesome. Sometimes less is more, so work with what you've got. The most important aspect of your media pack is the contents. So I wanted to share my top tips on how you can create the perfect media pack for your blog. 

First things first, what is a media kit?
Well, a media kit or a press kit is a document that you create which showcases all of your social stats and details which you want to use to entice brands to work with you. It’s not just your blog analytics; it’s much, much more! You share the best bits about your blog as well as all the great things about you. Personality is key!

What goes into a media/press kit?
  • Image of you (this would be in the introduction section)
  • Your blog logo
  • Introduction – this should introduce you
  • Describe your blog – What’s the theme of your blog?
  • Features list – what categories do you write about? Beauty, fashion, health & well being etc.
  • Statistics – social following and blog stats (followers, clicks per month)
  • Outline of what you’re offering
    • Rates and payment policies – what are you charging and how do you want them to pay you.
    • What you offer in return for their sponsorship – is it product reviews or social promotion etc.
    • If it’s just advertising where will these ads go?
So what now?
Now it's time to promote brand you.

I hope you find this useful! 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask

There has been SO much hype around this product that I just had to get my hands on it. The thought of a face mask that could rejuvenate my skin leaving me with that to die for glow was necessary! So I began quickly scrolling through their Insta feed – as you do - to see what this cult brand was all about and what results other people were seeing. 

According to the Sand & Sky website, this pink clay mask would not only purify my skin but also help tighten my pores. After reading this, I decided to go ahead and buy it. I was a little surprised at the price tag - £39 for 60ml was a lot of money.  There was a silver lining however. Due to the cost, I got next day delivery so didn’t have to wait long to start using it.

I decided the best day would be a Sunday – everyone loves to Netflix and chill on a Sunday (am I right?) plus I usually have a pamper day on a Sunday to get myself ready for the busy workweek ahead.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Ordinary Light Coverage Foundation

I have heard so many great things about The Ordinary brand and when I saw that Beauty Bay was selling their foundations, I just had to test them out. 


I've used this foundation every day for the last week. As always, I combined it with a variety of different products from concealers to skin finishing powders. I found that the formula was build-able and works very well with my combination skin. 

The shades perfect and I feel it compliments my skin. This lasted around 8 hours on my skin before I noticed any changes to my makeup. It's perfect for those days you just want light coverage to give your skin a little more glow. 

Overall, I'm so happy with this product. You're getting a high quality product at a low price. I have to say I think it's my new favourite foundation. It gives me that natural no makeup makeup look that I rock everyday to work. It evens out my skin tone without leaving me looking oily or shiny.  I would 100% recommend this product! 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Room 718 - Athens

I've been back from Athens now for over two weeks. I wanted to try and get this up on here as soon as possible because my trip was awesome and I really wanted to share it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked Athens. It's always been somewhere I wanted to travel to but I booked it on a whim to do some travelling with my younger brother Ryan. There are so many incredible things to see in Athens and I thought I would share my experiences with you. 
Tuesday 19th September 2017 - 06:00am: Travelling to Athens

We set off from my house around 6am. I live approximately 30 mins away from London Heathrow. Ryan (my younger brother) lives in Birmingham so he travelled to mine the night before. We set off later than we normally would as I didn't want to hang around the airport for too long and neither did Ry. 
Traffic on the motorway was perfectly fine. We got there in plenty of time and went through check in a lot quicker than I thought we would. We practically breezed through. 

We boarded on time and reached Athens 10 minutes early. 


Monday, 2 October 2017

Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation

I am by no means a drugstore queen. As you already know, my spending habits when it comes to beauty really varies. I'm not 100% in love with any single brand and as a beauty YouTuber and Blogger I tend to try new things quite often. 

Today's beauty delight is the Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation. Have you tried it?

I recently purchased this foundation which I have been testing out for a few weeks now. I find that with a foundation, you can't just use it once and have a good opinion of it. You need a few weeks to trial it because if you're anything like me, my skin changes week to week. 

I like a more natural look. So any foundation that helps me to achieve this is perfect in my opinion. I was slightly apprehensive about this foundation as it's a Matte foundation which can cause some slight issues with my combination skin as some areas of my face get dry quite quickly. However, when I first used this I immediately loved the look. It feels great on and you don't need a lot of product for it to give you that flawless finish. 

It didn't effect my skin in any way - no spots and no dryness. I found that 220 is the perfect shade for me. I purchased this online so I wasn't 100% sure I had selected the right shade. It's a guessing game when trying to select the right tone. 

Price was great. I got this in the sale so it only cost me £5.59.

I used this foundation every day for the last four weeks. I combined it with a variety of different products - including the fit me concealer which is one of my favourites. I found that due to the matte formula, it helped to balance my skin. I get quite oily in my T-Zone so found that this formula really works well on me. It's easy to apply - I prefer to use a brush rather than a beauty blender as it's quite a thick foundation and the beauty blender doesn't work so well when trying to get an even look. 

You don't need much to get a great finish. I think this may be different depending on your skin tone and whether you suffer from Acne. This lasted over 10 hours on my skin and still looked flawless until I removed it. I wouldn't recommend setting this with a spray. I would suggest using a powder.  

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this product. It's one of the best high-street foundations I've ever used. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone with dry skin. I don't think it would work well and could potentially break you out. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Subculture

As soon as I saw this palette on Instagram I immediately wanted to get my hands on it. I mean just look at it, it's gorgeous. I made my order on the day it was released and even after all the drama, I feel I made the right decision. I have created a video review of this palette which you can find the link to below, but I also wanted to provide an update and add more detail about my transaction with ABH and my overall thoughts a week on from my review. 

  • I made my purchase on 25 July 2017 via the ABH UK website
  • It was delivered on 1st August 2017 via UPS 
  • Shipping is free over £25 

  • £42 on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website (You can buy it for £41 on Beauty Bay or CultBeauty)
  • 14 Shades (ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes) these are all extremely pigmented 
    • Roxy - Ultra matte muted coral
    • Electric - Duo chrome lime-gold
    • Fudge - Ultra-matte warm bronze
    • New Wave - Ultra-matte citron orange
    • Untamed - Ultra-matte tarnished green
    • Edge - Ultra-matte gold mustard
    • Rowdy - Ultra-matte blackened purple
    • Axis - Ultra-matte blue-green
    • Mercury - Ultra-matte slate grey
    • All Star - Ultra-matte vintage wine 
    • Adorn - Metallic bronze
    • Destiny - Ultra-matte sage green
    • Dawn - Ultra-matte sand
    • Cube - Duo chrome pink pearl

I love the look of this palette. From the packaging to the shades themselves, it's stunning. The grungy shades really give a different vibe to any other palette that I own. Regardless of the fall out that this palette has - Modern Renaissance is the same - every shade is extremely pigmented. I played around with this palette and have created a variety of looks. My personal favourite is the one I posted on my Instagram. I created this look using Dawn, Roxy, All Star and Adorn. 

I am very much a warm tone girl, but I have been really inspired to break out of my comfort zone to explore new ideas. I am not a makeup artist and I can only imagine the wonderful things that a makeup artist could create with this palette. 

This palette isn't perfect. As I mentioned before, there is some fall out during application. Some shades do not mix well together and I would recommend going in with a light hand.
I'm not sure if it's just me, but I don't tend to mix a lot of colours when creating an eye look that I like. My style and look is very simple and I think that you can really create a gorgeous look with just three shades.

You can watch my video here. I would also recommend watching Stephanie Nicole's review which is the best breakdown and advice that I could find. 

I hope you find this post useful! I would rate the ABH Subculture palette a 7/10. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

New Look Bronzers - Hit or Miss?

I have never purchased beauty products from New Look before and it's only recent that I have started buying into New Look fashion. I discovered these bronzed baked face powders when I was flicking through ASOS  and they looked really good online! 

I have been trying them out for the last two weeks. So I wanted to share my initial thoughts on these products.

I purchased two shades - Bronzed and Golden Glow. When I received them my first thoughts were that they looked decent quality and they also reminded me of the Mac Cosmetics skin mineralizing powder from the shape and overall look of the product and the cardboard packaging. 

They are pigmented and have a great shine to them. Perfect for the summer time. They are long wearing and easily blend-able. Each bronzer was £4.50 on ASOS, I'm not sure if this is due to a sale or whether they are just more affordable online. They cost £7.99 in the New Look stores.

You can use these products in various different ways. Contouring, eyeshadow, highlighter and of course as a bronzer. 

I did find that when I used them there was a lot of fall out. They are slightly powdery rather than silky. I prefer my bronzers to have more of a buttery feel. The plastic packaging isn't very appealing. Although the overall product looks similar to Mac's, the packaging doesn't. It's not so sleek. The Golden Glow bronzer isn't a bronzer at all, it's more of a highlighter which is nice but a very confusing product. 

Would I say it's the best bronzer I have ever purchased?

No, but it is definitely a great product for the money. Bronzed is a nice bronzer and definitely one I would use again. Golden Glow's not so great but I would reach for it to use as a highlighter.

I honestly wouldn't buy this product again. I just think there are better bronzers out there. However, if you're looking for a more affordable product then definitely check these out. 
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