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...