Sunday, 27 May 2018

Pink Parcel Monthly Box

Pink Parcel is the UK's number one period subscription box. The box includes a mixture of tampons and pads, as well as beauty products, tea and chocolate to help you feel your best during that time of the month. Additionally, when you subscribe to Pink Parcel you can choose to have just tampons, just pads or a mix of both.

The box is split into sections so it's easy to know what to use when. The patterned bag is 'for now' and contains plenty of tampons and pads. The 'for later' box contains even more tampons and some other pads which are slightly thicker. The box 'for night' contains pads for nighttime. Overall, Pink Parcel provided me with plenty of tampons and pads - there were 12 tampons, 5 thin pads, 8 thicker pads and 5 nighttime pads. Also, all of the tampons and pads are from established femcare brands, such as Tampax, Bodyform, Lil-lets and Always, so you know you are getting good quality products.

The exciting part is the 'for you' box, which contains lots of goodies for you to treat yourself. I was really impressed with the products I received because they are well known brands and good-sized products. My box contained: The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes, Beauty Pro Eye Therapy, Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris, Greenfrog Botanic Natural Bodywash, Jelly Pong Pong Lip Scrub, Cocoba Orange Milk Chocolate, and t+ Multea Lemon and Peach Green Tea. Therefore, there are plenty of products to try until the next month.

There is over £40 worth of femcare and beauty products in each box and you pay roughly £11 per month (depending on which membership option you choose). In addition, if you buy the 12 month membership option, you also get a birthday treat and VIP extras. Pink Parcel have kindly given me a code for you all to get 20% off your first box - use the code 'PP20'.

Hopefully you love the sound of the Pink Parcel box as much as I do! Will you be subscribing to Pink Parcel?

I was kindly sent this box for free from Pink Parcel, however this post contains my honest opinion.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Magazine Every Blogger Needs

Bloggers are constantly trying to improve their blogs; whether your aim is to gain more followers, work with more brands on collaborations, or increase the number of page views, one magazine that can help you do that is Blogosphere Magazine.

For anyone who doesn't know what Blogosphere Magazine is, it's a quarterly publication all about the influencer industry. Each magazine is packed full with useful blogging tips (for example, the latest edition has an article on paid-for vs. free apps), there's interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry (who else is a fan of the latest cover star Lydia Millen?), and a handful of blogs from various categories get selected for each issue so it's a great way to discover new blogs.

Personally, I get a lot of inspiration from the magazine and it motivates me to improve my blog. Blogosphere features other bloggers blog posts, which helps me to come up with new blog topics and also gives me ideas for my photography. Additionally, if I'm stuck on something, they've usually covered it in one of their articles, so it's a great resource to refer back to.

Blogosphere Magazine recently introduced The Blogosphere Network. This gives anyone the opportunity to sign up to the network and, as long as your application is accepted, brands can view your profile and contact you about collaborations. Signing up to The Blogosphere Network also means that you have the chance to feature in the In The Spotlight section of every issue, where three bloggers are picked from a shortlist of ten and interviewed about their blog.

Blogosphere Magazine brings everyone in the influencer industry together, featuring bloggers with followings in the hundreds right up to the millions. They also hold weekly Twitter chats every Sunday at 8pm (@BlogosphereM), which is a great way to connect with new bloggers and you could potentially get featured in an article in the magazine.

If you like the sound of Blogosphere Magazine (and I don't see why you wouldn't!?), then by subscribing you can save 7% and receive the issue before it hits the shelves. Just head on over to their website!

P.S. This isn't a sponsored post - I just really love Blogosphere and wanted to share it with you!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Urban Decay Masterclass and Blogger Event

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to a masterclass and blogger event at Urban Decay in Debenhams (Exeter). The event was an opportunity for Urban Decay to demonstrate how we can use the new Kristen Leanne Collection to create both day and night looks.

For a daytime look they used the Daydream Eyeshadow Palette, which contains five nude matte shades. They applied the lightest shade in the inner corner of the eyes and then built up to the darker shades in the outer corners. To bronze and highlight, the Beauty Beam Highlight Palette was used. The shades in these palettes are so pigmented and shimmery - perfect for a night out! The last palette we were shown was the Kaleidoscope Dream Eyeshadow Palette, which contains eleven vibrant and sparkly shades. This isn't a palette that I would usually pick up as I don't experiment with bright colours, however, after swatching these shades I immediately changed my mind. The shade 'Corona' is a beautiful rose gold colour (every bloggers dream!) and the shades 'Leo + Brixton' give a holographic look. All of the Kristen Leanne Collection is limited edition so act fast to avoid disappointment!

The event was really interesting and inspired me to be more daring with my makeup. Thank you to Georgina from One Voice Media and PR for inviting me to the event, and thank you to Emily and her team for putting on such an amazing masterclass. Now to order myself some items from the collection...

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

For the last 3 years I have been using the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush every morning and evening, so when my beloved cleansing brush stopped working a few weeks ago I couldn't decide whether to fork out £80 on a new one or try something different. I decided on the latter after hearing about Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. I suffer from oily skin and large pores but this cleanser promises to reduce the appearance of pores.

The cleanser contains Amazonian White Clay, which removes dirt and oil from the skin's surface, and Oat Kernel Meal, which is a natural exfoliant. This combination of ingredients leaves my skin feeling deeply cleansed and mattified (without drying my skin out!). Additionally, I noticed a reduction in the appearance of my pores from the first couple of washes - unfortunately I don't think that this cleanser will ever be able to make my large pores disappear completely but it definitely helps to minimise them. Also, you only need a small amount of the cleanser to cover your whole face so the bottle will last a long time. I leave the cleanser on my face for a couple of minutes before washing it off - in the hope that I'll achieve maximum results!

The Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser isn't too harsh on my skin so I'm able to use it daily and this is the first cleanser I've tried that has improved my pores - after many years of searching for one! This cleanser is a must if you're having difficulties with your pores. There is also a masque, toner and moisturiser in the range, which might enhance the effects of the cleanser so I'm tempted to give these a go too. Have you tried anything from the Rare Earth Pore range?

Sunday, 28 January 2018

VLOG: Copenhagen at Christmas

Following on from my last blog post, here's some clips of what I got up to in Copenhagen over Christmas. Let me know what you think of it and leave your channel name below too so I can check out your videos!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Copenhagen at Christmas

Long time no blog post! I had a pretty hectic Christmas and, as a result, my blog suffered. However, I'm back now and I'm hoping to get into a routine of posting weekly again. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year - seems a bit late to be saying that still! Anyway, over Christmas I visited Copenhagen with my boyfriend for three nights and it's one of my favourite places that I've ever been, so I thought that I would share with you what I got up to whilst I was there. Prepare for a lot of photos...

Where to stay:
We stayed at Wakeup Copenhagen in Borgergade, which was centrally located and meant that we could walk everywhere. The hotel was relatively inexpensive and boasted a cool design, as well as spotlessly clean facilities. The room included: air conditioning, free wifi, TV, desk, and there was the option to have breakfast in the restaurant but we decided not to do this. Wakeup Copenhagen is perfect if you don't want to splurge on accommodation but also still want to be in a good location (it took about ten minutes to walk to Nyhavn).

Where to visit:
Copenhagen has plenty of things to do - even just walking through the streets is enjoyable. We came across Christiansborg Palace whilst we were on our way to Christiania. The Palace has a tower, which is free to go up, and gives amazing views across Copenhagen. You can also buy tickets to access other areas of Christiansborg Palace but we didn't do this. Freetown Christiania is very different to the rest of Copenhagen - it's an old military base which was taken over by hippies in the 1970s. The neighbourhood is green and car-free and features colourful homemade houses. It's definitely worth a visit if you want to experience a different side to Copenhagen. The Design Museum was only a ten minute walk from our hotel and featured fascinating exhibitions - some were permanent whilst others were only temporary. My favourite exhibition was 'I am black velvet', which displayed some of the haute couture designs by Erik Mortensen for Balmain (this exhibition is there until 18th March 2018). Rosenborg Castle was also quite near to our hotel and it wasn't too expensive to visit. There's plenty of things to see in the Castle and it's situated in a park, which would be a nice place to relax in Spring/Summer. Whenever I think of Copenhagen I think of the colourful houses that line the canal in Nyhavn. It's worth a stroll down the canal just to see the picturesque houses and there's also a bridge which contains love locks, so maybe you can add your own lock to it. Finally, Tivoli Gardens was my favourite place that we visited. It was the most festive place in Copenhagen! There were loads of Christmas trees, fake snow and sparkly lights. Also, Tivoli had a really nice food area, which wasn't too pricey and had loads of different options. Tivoli has an amusement park (it's the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world), so it's still worth a visit even when it's not decked out with Christmas decorations.

Where to eat:
Meyers Bageri was just around the corner from our hotel and their kanelsnegle (aka cinnamon roll) came highly recommended - it did not disappoint! They sell a selection of delicious pastries and at a reasonable price - you should definitely go here if you're near by. For lunch, the Faetter Faetter Toast Bar in the Norrebro area serve amazing toasties. These are quite expensive for the size of them and you need two or three for a sufficiently sized lunch. However, if you don't mind spending a bit extra on lunch one day, then this is definitely worth a visit. We didn't eat dinner at any restaurants whilst we were in Copenhagen because they're all quite expensive. Instead, we went to Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island, which was so much cheaper than the restaurants and the food was delicious! Unfortunately, Copenhagen Street Food closed down a few days after we left but there's a new food market opening in May 2018, which will hopefully be just as good.

This is probably the longest blog post I've ever wrote - I just had so much to share with you! Hopefully, you'll love Copenhagen as much as I do if you visit. Are you going away anywhere this year?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Free Apps Every Blogger Needs

Many bloggers rely on their phones when it comes to promoting their blog and connecting with new bloggers. Therefore, I have composed a list of all the essential apps you need to make running your blog a little bit easier.

Bloglovin': This is my favourite app to keep up-to-date with blogs that I love. It hosts pretty much every blogging site so you can find all of your favourite blogs in one place. There's also the option to follow people and their blogs so you never miss a post!

Pinterest: I love using Pinterest for makeup ideas and inspiration for blog photos. It's also great if you're going travelling and want to look up the best places to get some snaps for Instagram.

Followers+: This is great for tracking who's followed and unfollowed you, as well as who's not following you back. Ever since Instagram changed their algorithm, I've found it really difficult to grow my followers but this app has a handy graph which shows your follower growth.

GeotagMyPic: Sometimes when I take a photo on my camera and then upload it to Instagram I can't put a location on the photo. However, this app lets you tag a location to your photo before uploading it to Instagram, enabling the location feature to work on Instagram.

Lively: I don't use this app very often since it's for transforming live photos on iPhones into videos or capturing a frame from the live photo. However, this is useful if you want to upload a video instead of a photo.

Layout: Again, I don't use this very often but it's great if you want to create a collage of a few images. This app was brought out by Instagram so I find that it works better when uploading collages to Instagram than other collaging apps do.

Buffer: This app is great for scheduling tweets, for example, if you want to promote a blog post but are busy at the time you want to publish it to Twitter. You can also 'rebuffer' tweets so you can post the same tweet multiple times instead of writing it out again.

Hopefully you find this guide useful! Do you have any apps to help with blogging?