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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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

My fear of the Dentist

I thought that my fear of the dentist was unusual, but after speaking with quite a few people I realised it's not so uncommon. I recently had a check up - which I have to admit was the first time in a while. It's something I am extremely ashamed of, but I am glad that I am now getting out of that bad habit. 

My trip to the dentist was relatively simple. I went in worrying but I couldn't tell you where this anxiety was coming from as it was just a general check up. However, I think I put it off for so long, I was more worried about being judged. 

My dentist was very understanding and he tried to relax me as much as possible. I had my checkup and also had X-rays done which was great because I could finally get a verdict on how healthy my teeth and gums are. Fortunately I only need two fillings. 

I say only two but I've never had a filling on my adult teeth before which is amazing really. 

Both my fillings are at the back of my mouth. They had slight decay which is why I need to get them done. Natural wear from someone with a HUGE sweet tooth.  The Dentist did advise that they weren't urgent and I could leave them for a while, but I wanted to get them done ASAP. 

Now I have this pressure of getting my fillings which means needles and a drill. The thought of both those things slightly stress me out. I have been reading and watching other peoples stories but I guess I will never no until I have them done. 

My fillings are being done in two separate sittings. The worst tooth is being done tomorrow which is on my left side. 

Watch my dentist experience below. 


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

True Crime Podcasts you have to listen to

I have always loved reading crime novels and watching detective series. I find them extremely interesting to follow and I always try to figure out who the killer is before the book or series ends. 

Recently, I have turned to True Crime Podcasts which I listen to whilst I am in the office plugging away on various projects that I have been tasked with or I listen to them whilst I am on my route into work. I find them so sad but also really fascinating. 

The difference that I have found with these podcasts and the crime novels and TV shows that I have loved watching over the years is that they are based on real life crimes. I have found that emotionally they are more engaging. There are no gimmicks, or unrealistic plot lines because these are real life people and real life crimes.  

It's odd that I would ever want to listen to something so disturbing - trust me, sometimes I wonder myself. However, I like hearing the stories of those people that have been lost. I also like to listen to Podcasts of those people who were actually innocent. Their stories get to me the most because those people have lost their lives in the system and it's all down to issues within the police force or botched evidence. 

If you're like me and love crime stories then check out my favourite True Crime Podcasts!

  1. Serial 
  2. In The Dark 
  3. Unsolved 
  4. Wrongful Convictions with Jason Flom 
  5. Undisclosed 
  6. Missing and Murdered: Who killed Alberta Williams?
What's your favourite podcast to listen to? Share your recommendations in the comments below. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Why 13 Reasons Why will save lives

If you haven’t been watching the latest epic series on Netflix then you’re missing out. After randomly switching this on, I have been binge watching for the last three days.  Each episode takes you on a journey and you feel all kinds of emotions. Mostly sad but those feelings are totally worth it. I don't want to share too much detail because I don't want to spoil it for you but let me tell you what this series is all about:

Hannah Baker has committed suicide. The story begins here. With everyone wondering why she did it, a series of tapes calling out the names of 13 people whom she blames for her death come out of the woodwork. These tapes make their way into the hands of Clay Jensen - a really nice guy who has always had a huge crush on Hannah. 

The show starts to unravel with his discovery of the tapes. You see flashbacks of when Hannah was alive and all that she experienced. If you think about what your life was like in high school (or secondary school for us in the UK) or maybe you're experiencing this right now, you can only imagine the horrible shit that goes down. 

You're taken on this journey of one persons thoughts, feelings and experiences which is really moving and emotional. There are some extremely graphic scenes which may disturb you so please keep this in mind when you watch it. Also, if you have ever experienced anything that they share within this show then please speak to someone. You're not alone! 

I have read that this show is a trigger for anyone in a dark place. Which I can understand because it may cause you to have feelings which you're trying to overcome, or even remind you of what may have happened in your life. If you feel that this could happen to you, then please do not watch it. 

It's a great series which highlights a huge issue that we have in today's society. So many people are bullied, abused, suicidal and depressed. I think with this show coming out, it will hopefully make people more aware of their actions and stop bullying. I also hope it provides help to those people who have been in this situation or have been thinking about these things to seek help. There is a support system out there. 

I loved this series. I have been fortunate enough to not have experienced anything like this, but I do know others that have. Things need to change and maybe this series will reinforce that change. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

6 Affordable Concealers You Need To Try

Saving money is great. Saving money and buying affordable makeup that works is awesome. 
I have been trying out more high street brands and have found some really great concealers that I needed to share. 

Here's the video:

Products reviewed
Seventeen 18 hour stay time concealer - Medium
Natural Collection Cosmetics - Medium
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer - Classic Beige
Maybelline New York fit me Concealer - Sand
L'Oreal Paris Perfect Match Concealer - Natural Beige
Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-fatigue Concealer - Medium 

Friday, 5 May 2017

My No Makeup Makeup Look

I have found an awesome new trick to give you that perfect no makeup makeup look! Watch my video to find out more. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Why I'm Keeping It Simple

Lately I have been having so many issues with my skin! Ugh, it's just been terrible.  I'm not sure if it's due to the weather, a hormonal thing or perhaps a product that just isn't working well on my skin. But whatever the reason, I'm a 27 year old woman getting blemishes like a 17 year old girl. It's not good! 

Due to this, I have decided to take drastic action and stop using all of the usual products I would put on my skin. Instead, I have stripped back completely and started using Simple. After researching the best way to balance out my skin and get back my clear healthy looking complexion, I found that I needed to first find the route cause of the problem. However, in this little trial of mine, I have  discovered that I really do not look after my skin well. I use harsh products and I really do not remove my makeup in the right way! Oh and I have seriously fell in love with Simple products. 

Nothing like a little self discovery right! 

Yes, yes I know Simple is a brand that is targeted at younger women/teens  which I'm not sure if I sit in that bracket at 27? Do I need to start using anti-ageing products now??? I think not! Anyway, I don't care if I'm not in their average age category. After using their day and night cream as well as the cleansing wipes to remove my makeup. I have seen dramatic changes in just a week and I really like how dewy and soft it makes my skin. 

My skin has a glow and I really love that not only is it great for you, packed with vitamins to help nourish your skin but it's also super affordable and doesn't have any weird smells to it. I don't know about you, but I am so tired of spending stupid amounts of money on products that just break me out. In actual fact, I'm pretty pissed about it. 

I won't be doing that anymore without getting a sample to try first. I have learnt the hard way. 

I have decided this is my go-to brand of the month already and it's only the second week of March! If you are in need of a product(s) that can help re-balance your skin, make you feel good on the outside and clear up those blemishes, then try them out!

I hope this was helpful!! 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Get creative with breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to scientist, nutritionist and anyone with a fitness Instagram page. But one thing I find is that I either don't have enough time in the morning to fix up a good breakfast or I go for something boring that's easy to make. Not that this is a problem, but there is only so much porridge one girl can eat. 

So I decided to do some research to find some quick and easy fixes to kill my breakfast hunger and also satisfy my need for good tasty food. Here is one of my breakfast go-to options for the everyday hard working person. 

  1. Granola! This can be your choice, I personally prefer extra nutty Granola with no dried fruit. The added nuts give it a better crunch and I find I am more full after eating this type. 
  2. Hazelnuts - I always like to add extra hazelnuts to my breakfast. Nuts are healthy fats so it's worth including. However, it's not necessary if you don't want to, I just like it! 
  3. Natural yogurt - I always go with the full fat natural yogurt. It's only two extra calories than the low fat version. It's the same amount of sugar also. Add two or three tablespoons of this on top of your Granola.
  4. Mixed berries - you can add whatever fruit you like, but I like to have berries. They give little hints of sweetness and are easy to eat. They also taste great with yogurt! 
So that's it. Mix them all together and get stuck in! 

I hope you found this useful! 
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