Sunday, 28 June 2020

50+ Blog Post Ideas for EVERY NICHE

Sometimes it can be really difficult to keep the momentum up with blog post ideas and it's easy to get stuck in a rut or lack some inspiration. Here's a list of ideas to help if you find yourself needing some new ideas for all sorts of topics!


laptop on table near fairy lights and mug
Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

Lifestyle:

1. Set yourself some goals for the next month and talk about them (Bonus Post: do a review of them in a few months time)
3. Q&A
4. Self-confidence and self-love tips
5. Share with us a hobby you do
6. Bedroom decoration inspiration
7. Write a letter to your younger self
8. Write a letter to your older self
9. Share some of your favourite albums/bands/artists of all time
10. Write an ode to something obscure that you love
12. Show your evening routine
 13.Write a review of something you've read/watched/used recently
14. Write a post on things you've discovered after working in a certain industry eg, food, retail, blogging
15. Talk about budgeting and managing money
16. Show us things you've bought recently
17. Recommend some workouts or fitness activities you enjoy
18. Share your morning routine
19. Talk about self-care and what you do
20. Share a list of your top baby names and why
21. Share your guilty music pleasure
22. Recommend some date ideas or write a list of them
23. Talk of ways to remain organised in life
 24. Talk about a topic you feel passionate about (whether that be politics and feminism or why pineapple does (or does not) belong on pizza - it doesn't!)
25. Share your best and worst habits

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Beauty:

27. Share your everyday makeup routine
28. Share product empties and if you'd repurchase
29. Recommend some nail varnishes
30. Write a how-to on a hairstyle you love

Fashion:

31. Top fashion must-haves
32. Outfits of the week
33. Talk about sustainable fashion
34. DIY some clothes and share the results

Food:

35. Show off what you've been baking recently
36. Recommend some meals to try out/what you eat in a week
37. Share some food recommendations in your local area
38. Recommend some healthy or unhealthy snacks that you love

Travel:

39. Share your bucketlist
40. Write a list of places to travel and why
41. Write travel guides about places you've been
42. Create a packing list for holidays

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Student: 

44. Talk about decorating your university room
45. Tips on revising and exams
46. Write a guide on how to make the most of online university
47. Share your graduation
48. Write a post on essay writing or dissertation tips
49. Share how you stay organised 
50. Recommend some of your favourite student recipes


Blogging:

51. Highlight some tips and tricks of blogging
52. Write tips for blog photography
53. How to balance blogging/work/school/uni
54. Share what you wish you'd known before starting a blog
55. Write a list of blog post ideas

Hopefully, those will give you a few ideas to work with if you find yourself lacking in creativity and motivation. It was actually really fun to brainstorm some blog post ideas and was handy in thinking up some things for myself that I'd enjoy writing about. What other ideas do you use when lacking blogging inspiration?


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Sunday, 21 June 2020

6 Simple Ways to Become a Morning Person


Post Updated Nov 2020

I am 10000% a morning person. Not a get up ridiculously early in the morning person but still relatively early. I find it's the time I'm most productive, have the most energy and I like being up and ready to go. There are some things I think that really helps to get me pumped up in the mornings and ready for the day so I thought I'd share my top things to do to help you become a morning person!


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Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Drink Water

I am awful at drinking water, everyone I know will say this. I just forget to do it and I feel as though I've turned myself into a cactus that can survive on next to no water, which is not good. However, the morning is the time I usually drink a lot! At the moment, I've been having 2 full water bottles before 10am pretty much every day. I find this gives me a lot more energy and keeps me feeling productive and ready to go as I'm feeling hydrated. I try to drink a whole bottle before having breakfast and I've found it has made a big improvement on how I feel throughout the morning and rest of the day - my eyes aren't as tired, I don't get as many headaches and I have more energy.

Make your Bed

I am also an incredibly tidy person and my room is normally pretty immaculate but the one thing I absolutely have to do in the morning is to make my bed. I find it just makes the room look so much nicer and I feel tidier in my head if that makes sense! Studies have even suggested that making your bed does actually make you more productive so if you want to set up the day as productive, making your bed is the way to go!


Listen to Music

Music is something I go through phases with, sometimes I listen to loads and other times I barely listen to anything. One of my favourite things to do after I get out of the shower is to put my speaker on and play some music whilst I get ready. I find this really helps me to feel a bit more alive and awake in the mornings and its always fun to play some of your favourite songs at any point during the day.

Exercise

This is one I have pretty recently started to put into my morning routine but I've been finding that doing just a small bit of exercise makes me feel more awake and positive about the day. It also makes me feel incredibly productive and healthy even if I've barely done anything and I feel good about myself for having done something healthy before 10am! It also inspires me to drink more water which helps me for the rest of the day too!

Let some Light in 

I cannot stand being in a room with the curtains closed, I think it's because my mum absolutely hates it and says it reminds her of mourning so that idea has stuck with me too. Being in the dark makes me want to sleep so I try to get up and open the curtains soon after I wake up so that I start to think that it's daytime. It definitely enables me to want to start the day a lot quicker than if I were stuck in darkness. It's such a small thing but makes a huge difference to a morning!

Make a Good Breakfast

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day - I could have it on all occasions and there are so many options. I find that I am absolutely starving in the mornings and I cannot wait to get downstairs and get breakfast. It's so important to have something to fuel you right from the start of the day and I find if I have breakfast immediately I get less 'brain fog' and feel less sluggish throughout the day. It also means you can develop a routine and keeping regular times for things really helps to keep your whole body in sync and feeling normal and I find breakfast really helps this!

Those are some small but really easy tips and tricks to transform your morning routine and to start the day off right. I know that some people really hate mornings and getting up but I find it's such a waste of the day if you don't get out of bed till the afternoon. Mornings are the time I feel most productive and awake so I try and make the most of that time before I hit the afternoon slump. These little tips and tricks really enable me to make the most out of the day! 

What sorts of things do you do in the morning? Are you a morning or a night person? Let me know!

If you liked this post check out 21 Things I've learnt in 21 Years and How to Motivate Yourself!


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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Skincare Products for Acne-Prone and Oily Skin

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Post Updated November 2020 

My skin is one of my biggest annoyances. Don't get me wrong, it's not awful - but equally, it isn't brilliant. It definitely has its flare-ups and it's quite rare if I don't have any spots or blemishes which is my main gripe with it. I also have incredibly oily skin, to the extreme and its texture could definitely improve. However, having said all that, there are definitely some products that help it to improve, or at least help reduce its time as a spotty, oily mess which is my state of being 90% of the time.

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Photo by Anastasiia Ostapovych on Unsplash


Skincare Product 1: The Ordinary Niacinamide

This is a recent addition to my skincare collection and after hearing so many positive things about The Ordinary I promptly added this to my basket. So far, I've used it for about a month now and would say that it helps to improve skin texture and oiliness. I haven't seen a drastic improvement like most of the reviews say, but there has definitely been a slight difference in oil levels and skin texture. The problem hasn't completely gone but it's definitely getting there so I'm hoping with continual use some of those issues will become less prominent. 

Skincare Product 2: Simple 

You can't go wrong with Simple products in my eyes and this daily moisturiser I find is perfect for my skin and I've used it for years. It also has SPF 30 which always helps and it's a fairly light-weight and scent-free formula so doesn't leave my face feeling greasy or heavy. It's also pretty cheap and the pump is a nice design feature.

Skincare Product 3: Carmex

I apply this lip balm every night religiously and it helps to stop my lips from turning into cracked and dry messes. I prefer the Strawberry version over the Cherry one but the formula is exactly the same. It's a fairly heavy-duty lip balm so I don't tend to use it during the day but as soon as I'm about to go to sleep I put some on and it definitely keeps dryness at bay.


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Skincare Product 4: Bio-oil

Although I have incredibly oily skin it also tends to be prone to dry patches, annoyingly. I use Bio-oil to re-hydrate these areas in a bid to stop makeup from clinging to it and also to help heal acne scars. Supposedly, the high concentration of Vitamin E in Bio-oil is what allows scars to heal more quickly and there's definitely been an improvement since I started using this regularly.

Skincare Product 5: Acnecide

This is a pretty heavy-duty and intense spot cream that definitely needs to be applied lightly and sparingly. It works incredibly well to dry up any spots and to kill any bacteria and I find if I put this on a blemish before it reaches its full potential then, often, it makes it go away before it reaches peak spotness. It definitely helps with reducing the length of time a spot is on the skin, but like I say, it's quite heavy-duty and can leave your skin looking dry or red if too much is applied so it's one to be careful with. The benefits of it do outweigh the negatives and I find if I put some Bio-oil on after using it for a few days then my skin goes back to normal.

Those are some of my top picks for oily and acne-prone skin. I think it's important to remember that these are not miracle products and using some of them for a few days is not going to cure you of acne/oiliness/poor skin texture/redness/dryness but they are definitely a way to help manage and maintain those problem areas of your skin and I've definitely seen slight improvement since using them!

What do you use on your skin? I'm always interested to hear your recommendations!

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Sunday, 7 June 2020

A Guide to Dying your Hair at Home

I've always been the type of person who gets their hair coloured at a hairdresser as I don't quite trust myself (or anyone else) to do it. But during lockdown, my hair has grown a lot in the past few months meaning that I have incredibly dark roots and therefore my hair is resorting back to its greasy ways after washing so I was getting towards the stages of desperation. I asked my hairdresser what sort of colour would match and off I went to buy a hair-dye during the weekly food shop!

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Photo by Guilherme Petri on Unsplash

My Hair

For context, I've had my hair coloured since I was about 13 due to how greasy it was. I used to have hair that dried greasy after washing it so I was in a constant cycle of washing and it still looking awful though I have managed to find some ways to deal with the grease as I've gotten older. The bleach was a method to help dry my hair out and make it last longer and it helped. Since then, I haven't been back to my natural colour in years and I prefer life as a blonde. Naturally, I have quite mousey-brown hair and given how pale I am, I find it often makes me look quite lifeless as the contrast between skin-colour and hair-colour could be quite different especially in winter months.

The Kit

I used the Garnier Nutrisse Creme Permanent Hair Colour 10.01. The actual kit itself is pretty self-explanatory to use and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Essentially you squeeze the colour into (what I assume) is some kind of bleach and then squeeze into the hair and massage it in with the provided gloves. You then need to wait 15-25 mins depending on how resistant your hair is. There's also a conditioner provided to moisturise the hair and stop it from drying out. It's a relatively pain-free and simple process that doesn't take too long so I was quite impressed.

The Process

I started off by colouring a small patch of hair on the underneath segment of my head so that if it went horrendously wrong or the colour didn't match you wouldn't be able to tell and I could wait till after lockdown to get my hairdresser to remedy it. Thankfully, the colour seemed to match really well so later that day I set about covering the rest of my roots! To apply, I just squirted a somewhat generous amount into a dark patch of hair and then massaged it in with the gloves. It was easy and straightforward to do and only took about 10 minutes. I waited about 20-25 mins before washing off which seemed to be the right amount of time. If you keep monitoring how well how your hair is doing every 5-10 mins then you should be able to judge pretty easily when it's ready to come off.

The Results

I was actually very impressed with the results! I'd seen a few things that said that this colour could be quite warm toned and ginger-looking which would not match my normal colour so I was slightly concerned about that. When washing, I used the Bleach London Silver Shampoo and left that on for about 5 mins when shampooing the colour off which I think helped to ward off any warmer toned blonde. The colour actually matches pretty well to my regular one and my dark roots are well and truly gone so I'm happy with how it turned out!


Home hair dying turned out to be a lot less faff than I thought it would be and it turned out relatively well for a first attempt. I'd even consider doing it more often to touch up my roots in between trips to the hairdresser and to save money on colouring it as the match was pretty good and it was simple and easy to do. I just need to get a haircut now once hairdressers reopen as I'm not quite brave enough to do that myself! 

Are you brave enough to dye your own hair? Have you dyed your hair during lockdown - how did it go?

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