Sunday, 28 February 2016

Bloggers Hangout London Fashion Week Party



On Monday I attended The Bloggers Hangout London Fashion Week Party in Hoxton where I discovered many great brands and met some lovely bloggers. These type of events are always my favourite as they allow you to connect with brands that you may have not previously known about as well as socialise/network with various people.

There was soo many brands at the event that I wasn't able to get around to chatting to all of them but I did manage to speak to quite a few and gain some insight into their products. All of the brands that I spoke to were very helpful and nice towards me. It was also very nice to see some familiar faces and have a little catch-up!


First I spoke to Popkakery who have some of the most tastiest treats I have ever tasted, their Mallow Pops are soo good! Next up was Crobar, a brand I am already familiar with. Their energy bars are made with rich cricket flour which may sound slightly scary but they are actually pretty delicious. I also got to taste some of Crane's lovely cider - Strawberry & Kiwi is the best! Cocktail Mania had some very vibrant looking cocktails so of course I was instantly attracted to them! Their cocktails are extremely refreshing - 'Jungle Fever' was my favourite. Lastly I managed to speak to Heaven Skincare who intrigued me with their products, I will definitely be looking at trying a few products from their range.


It was a very lovely event and I am grateful that I got to attend it. I would like to say a big thank you to The Bloggers Hangout for organising such a great event as well as all the lovely brands I had the pleasure of talking to! Let me know in the comments below whether you have ever attended a bloggers event before or if you attended this event let me know what you thought of it! I would also love to read any other posts about the event so do not neglect to share your link!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Blogging Techniques

Every day there are 100's of new blogs starting out but just how do you get your blog out there, provide good content and promote it? Maybe you are someone who's been blogging for a considerable amount of time but are needing some help. Me and LoveRosiee decided to collaborate on this post so we could bring you various tips/tricks as well as give you some advice to specific issues you may be having.

Blog Posts:

When you first start there are endless opportunities on what to write about, a good idea is to begin writing about what you feel most interested in because it will show through your writing and you will be able to connect with others who share you interest. This also allows you to get used to writing blog posts and develop your own style! Now after some time you may be hitting a blank every once in a while but don't worry! It happens a lot to many bloggers, the way that I deal with it is I have a little book that I write down as many ideas that I can think of. Write down anything and everything so you can get an idea of what your next post will be. If your struggling for ideas, I like to take inspiration for new posts through reading magazines, watching youtube videos etc..

Visuals:

Do not be startled by this word, visuals can be photographs, charts etc.. It is important to include them because they are eye-catching for a reader and quite often are the deciding factor as to whether someone will take interest and click on your post! Therefore it is important especially with photographs to take good quality ones and make sure they are not grainy or difficult to see. If your like me and you hating taking photos every day for stuff such as product reviews, favourites etc. then I suggest you take as many photos as you can in that day so you do not feel constantly bombarded with the task of taking photos and you have additional photos in case anything happens to the ones you were going to use originally.

Promotion:

Take advantage of your social media platforms! Utilise Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram and any other social media sites you are a part of to get your blog out there. Sharing your link will enable you to reach people, allow them to see your content and become a part of your audience. You can use Instagram to share a snippet of an upcoming post, Twitter to pin a blog post tweet to your profile so people will see it when they click on your Twitter account and Pinterest to organise/link all your blog posts into various boards with different categories so people can click on what interests them.

Connecting with the blogging community:

A lot of people ask me how I've formed relationships with other bloggers and to put it simply I get involved in many different events/opportunities such as Twitter chats, Blogger Hangout events and meet ups. I have met many lovely people through blogging and I am always learning something new through others. You can meet other bloggers through Twitter Chats which I think is a great way to both express your opinion and gain more insight on a variety of topics. If you need help finding one that you would like to get involved with then Dungarees & Donuts has made a very informative list with all the times and days when chats are on. The Bloggers Hangout has events throughout the year for bloggers to connect with both brands and other bloggers but you can also find many more meet-ups/events through chats on Twitter.


There you have it, those are a few of the ways you can help both you and your blog grow. Make sure you have checked out LoveRosiee's post as she has also got some pretty amazing tips and tricks in her post. I would love to know in what ways your blog has grown and whether you have some tips/tricks of your own to share. Be sure to let me know in the comments as I love to hear from you!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Use Your Influence And Earn Some Money - Webfluential 2016


Webfluential
 is an online marketing platform that enables those with social influence to earn money by using their influence. It allows for both brands to connect with those relevant to their campaign and influencers to take part in campaigns relevant to their audience. Although the opportunity of being invited to take part in campaigns may be occasional there is another option of earning money - the Invite and Earn tool. By referring other influencers to sign up to Webfluential with your unique referral link, you can start earning for each successful referral. In using the Invite and Earn tool, you are able  to share your own unique URL by use of a badge/banner on your blog and allow other influencers to sign up using your link which in turn results in commission for you once they sign up. They will have the ability to share their own unique URL through banners, buttons etc.. found in their own influencer tool kit. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

February 2016 Birchbox Review


This month's Birchbox continues on the positive vibes with another inspirational and cheery theme - 'Shine Bright Like A Diamond' as well as an equally impressive box. February's box features a good range of skincare and makeup products that fit our needs given the current season and adds a little joy to our mood. This month's box also features Birchbox's new in-house make-up brand (LOC) in the form of a shadow stick designed to bring out the glitz and glamour within you and banish the gloominess.



  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster - Sample size 
This serum is great for making my skin feel nourished and healthy-looking without a greasy feel to it. The vitamin C complex within it helps to bring out youthful and glowing skin as well as replenish your vitamin levels. You don't need a lot of this either to make a big difference.
  • LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in 'Perfect Cents' - Full size
After using this eyeshadow stick I can only look forward to what else Birchbox holds in store for it's make-up brand. There are so many ways to use this product, you can apply it straight to the lid to bring attention to the eyes, you can use it as a creaseless base to layer eyeshadows on top of or you can add it on top of your existing eyeshadow to create a vibrant look. 
  • theBalm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow - Sample size
I've never been a big blush fan but I see myself using this as a shadow to sweep across the eyes possibly for a Valentines Day look? theBalm has always been an impressive brand so I look forward to seeing how this product goes.
  • Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush - Full size
This brush is soo unbelievably soft that I can't bear to put it down. I like to use this to apply a powder contour to the hollows of my cheeks as the shaped tip ensures the product applies exactly where I want it to. The super vibrant bristles also are a great change from the generic bristle colour.
  • Ayres Body Butter in Patagonia - Sample size
I prefer using this as a sort of hand-cream simply because it nourishes my skin and doesn't leave an overpowering scent. It also absorbs into my skin pretty quickly so I don't have to worry about my hands being greasy.

  • L.Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder - Sample size
It's always handy to have a hair elastic to hand as you never know when you need them. What is great about these are that they are metal-free so they stop my hair from snagging and getting stuck on the metal part of any normal elastic. They are also extremely secure and hold my hair up. 


I think this month's Birchbox has included some great and season-appropriate additions such as the Ole Henriksen Serum and the LOC Shadow Stick. I think there is a great variation of products and there is something for everyone whether your the make-up lover or skincare lover. If you fancy signing up to Birchbox just click HERE and you'll earn 50 Birchbox points to spend in their shop from using my referral link.  That's £5 worth of points and if you review the box/the samples within it you'll earn another 56 points so you will have £10 to spend in the shop in no time! Don't forget to use the code 'HAPPYDAYS' to get your first box half price!

What you think of the box this month and whether you are subscribed/thinking of subscribing to Birchbox. Is there any products that stand out to you this month? What do you think of the variation of the products this month? Do you like the theme? Let me know in the comments below as I always love to know what you think!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette Review


I'm quite new to Zoeva's range of cosmetics as I have only had experience with their brushes so far but if this palette is anything to go by then I can only imagine how good Zoeva's other products are. The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette features 10 unique and captivating eyeshadows that work to create the most beautiful of looks. It is available on Beauty Bay's website for £15.50 which I believe to be more then reasonable considering this palette beats a lot of other high-end eyeshadow palettes which I've tried.


The pigmentation of this palette went way above my expectations, I don't even think you need to use primer with this if I am 100% honest although if you did I would guarantee your eyeshadow would be beyond vibrant and would definitely make for an amazing look. As you can see from the swatches, the eyeshadows pretty much speak for themselves. I would say that the most pigmented is 'Pure Ganache' whereas the least pigmented is 'Beans Are White' but it is a colour you can build up.

From left to right: Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans Are White, Pure Ganache, Substitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion and Delicate Acidity


I noticed also that 'Substitute For Love' is a slightly darker dupe for 'Peanut Butter' from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette. I would advice using a base such as the MAC Paint Pot for some of the more neutral shades such as 'Bitter Start' & 'Sweeter End' colour payoff to be better. The palette claims to be easy to blend and I would agree with that, so far I have had no issue blending the eyeshadows.


I also quite like the slim style of the palette which makes it easy to carry around and not take up too much space in my bag. It is also extremely light so it is surely something you can take away with you on your travels. Compared to other palettes at a similar price, I would say it provides that little bit extra in terms of the pigmentation, blend-ability and variation.

What is your opinion is on this palette? Do you own it? What's your favourite and least-favourite shades? Do you think its worth the price? As ever I would love to know in the comments below what you think and any tips/tricks you may have!


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Coconut Lane Mini Haul



After being contacted by this amazing company - Coconut Lane, I had to do a blog post on a couple of pieces I brought from them. If you didn't know already, Coconut Lane is a home and fashion accessories company that combine both sassiness and quirkiness into their products among a lot of other things. Their products range from inspirational and bold prints to chic jewellery and greeting cards with quirkiest sayings. You are bound to find something that fits your taste and embodies your personality.




Of course after looking at their products, I was spoilt for choice on what they had but fortunately I was able to decide on getting their Goal Digger Wall Art which I proudly display on my blogging desk as a little motivation to achieving what I want. As well this I brought their Flamingle Card to give to my friend as a little laugh for Valentines Day. You should definitely take a look for yourself on their classy website. Their products are super affordable and should you see anything that takes your fancy be sure to use my discount code - coloursofarose20 to get 20% off your order!



This is definitely the first of many hauls to come from this lovely company. What did you think of the things I got. Did you see anything that catches your eye? Will you be sending a greeting card from Coconut Lane for Valentines Day? Be sure to let me know in the comments!



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