Friday, November 21, 2014

Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow | Review

I spotted this Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow not too long ago in my local DM store and, since it was on sale and it looked like an interesting shade, I thought I would pick it up and see if it's any good. I feel like almost none of the online stores I searched through actually showed this shade in its true color, as it is more of a taupe shade (most online stores show it as some sort of glittery pink). 

The pigmentation of the eyeshadow is really nice, especially for the price you're paying, and it comes in quite a big packaging, so it will definitely be an eyeshadow that lasts you a long time. The consistency is not too powdery and applies well with any regular eye brush. The way I like to use this is sweep it all over the eyelid and concentrate it a bit more in the crease area, to create a bit more of a dark effect there. I will then use an eyeliner and mascara and I'm good to go. It's a really good eyeshadow for quick, everyday use. 

However, if you are one that is not really keen on shimmery eyeshadows, than it would be best not to get this. I don't find it to be overly shimmery and I still think you can get away with using it during daytime, but that's a matter of personal preference. Overall, I find this to be a really nice eyeshadow and the taupe shade is quite a unique one that I have not seen in many other drugstore brands.

Have you tried this eyeshadow? What are your thoughts on it?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fall Park | What I Wore

Sweater: similar  |  Jeans: New Yorker  |  Boots: Deichmann (similar)  |  Scarf: similar  |  Jacket: similar

You might recognize this scarf from my previous outfit post, but - what can I say - I've been wearing it a lot ever since I got it. It goes very nicely with many outfits and I feel like it suits outfits that incorporate creams very well. This outfit is mainly a cream and brown type of look, aside from the dark blue jeans. I took the shots for this outfit (actually, my boyfriend did) this past weekend, on a lovely walk in the park. We've had a lot of these lovely crisp autumn days and this outfit is perfect for one of those days, if you ask me. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how lovely the background looks with all the falling leaves. It was such a nice scenery and I actually even filmed an outfit video, which will probably be up this Sunday, in case you want to see it "live". I am also very excited because, coming Black Friday, I want to get a new lens for my camera to improve my blog picture and youtube videos. I cannot wait to get it and to improve my photography along with that.

What do you think of this outfit? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Tips to Improve Your Blog

This post is not to say that I am any expert when it comes to blogging, but I feel like I have learned a few things after these years of blogging and I thought I would share some of these tips with you, in case you are looking for some ways to improve your own blog. These are things that I usually notice about other blogs and that I believe make a blog look better and also make it more user-friendly (or easier to browse through).

1. Stick to the normal fonts. I'll be honest with you, this is one thing that will make me less likely to read a blog - it's when the person uses an italic font or any type of font that is hard to read. I like to use the default ones that Blogger comes with.

2. Stick with a theme. Pick a theme for your blog and try to stick to those colours for links, banners, side-bar titles etc. It will make the blog look more put together. Also, I would keep a white/light background, rather than a black/dark coloured one - people are more used to the white one and it is way easier to read.

3. Make it easy for people to comment. When a blog has a very complicated way of commenting (like having to log into other accounts to use it), it will sometimes deter me from leaving a comment. I also don't use Captcha code on my blog, which I honestly find a bit unnecessary, since Blogger will usually find spam comments on its own, or you can easily delete them if you get any. It makes it easier for people to leave a quick comment.

4. Add an "You might also like.." type of widget at the end of your posts. This is something that drives quite a lot of traffic through my blog and there are various widgets that you can use to do this (like Engageya - which I currently use, LinkWithin etc.). 

5. Improve your blog's appearance on mobile devices. Check out your own blog on a tablet or phone and see what it looks like. Can you read what it says easily? Can you click on the buttons in the sidebar? Just take an overall look at it and see if it's user friendly, since a majority of people will browse your blog through a device other than laptop/PC.

6. Improve the search speed on your blog. If you don't already have Google Analytics for your blog, I would highly recommend making an account there. It is very helpful to see various stats about your blog (much more accurately than the Blogger ones). You can also see there your site's speed and what you can do to improve it. If your blog loads very slowly, people are very likely to just click away instantly.

7. Make it easy for people to search through your blog. Use widgets or different pages on your blog to help people search through your older posts. For example, I have created two pages to make it easier for people to browse through the posts: by category or by date

8. Make your photos Pinterest friendly. I'm going to be honest, I don't do this for all of my pictures, but I try to most of the time. An example is the picture I made for this post. Keep in mind when editing your photos the way in which they will look on a Pinterest board and if they will stand out. 

9. Link your social media accounts. This might seem like a no-brainer to most of you, but I sometimes stumble across blogs where I have to dig very deep to find their Twitter name, for example. Or they just don't link it at all.. Definitely keep your social media in sight, so that people don't have to go through too much trouble to follow you there if they want to.

10. Keep it simple. Take a look at your blog and see what stands out - the main thing should be the content you post, so I would say try to keep everything else fairly simple. This is totally up to you! However, keep in mind that a tidy blog will be easier to read than a cluttered one.

These are the main tips I have learned along the way and that I think have helped me the most. I hope you found these useful! Leave any tips you might have in the comments below, I'm always open to learning more!