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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Top Tips For Creating A Blog Logo

Blogging is a competitive world, with more blogs popping up every day. If you want yours to be one of the ones to stand out from the crowd, you need a strong, professional looking design. Your logo is one of the first things a reader sees when they land on your site, so make it a good one. Get your logo design right and use it on your blog and your social media channels.

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A strong logo can be the centerpiece for your branding, guiding everything else you create, from color schemes to layouts. A professional looking logo also makes your blog look more authoritative, encouraging the reader to trust you. It also helps your readers to recognize you if they encounter you elsewhere on the internet.

Whether you design your logo yourself or use someone like high quality, cheap logo design company Logoglo, there are some important elements to consider.

  • Choose the right colors. Think about the rest of brand and choose colors that fit. For example, if your blog is quite feminine in content, then choose soft shades or pastels. If you’re blogging about nightlife, you can choose something bolder. Pick a color scheme which can be used in the rest of your blog design too.
  • Typography. It can be tempting to use a fancy looking font, but be careful to choose something that is clear and readable. You don’t want people to be confused about the name of your blog because they can’t read your logo. A simpler typeface is usually better, as it’s clearer.
  • Come up with an original. While it can be a good idea to look at the logos of successful bloggers to look at common elements, be careful not to accidentally copy someone elses’ logo too closely. Make a logo that is unique to you, not one that imitates somebody else.
  • Make sure your logo is clear at larger resolutions. You can always make the logo smaller to use in different spaces, but if you start with a small size, when you need a large logo it’s going to look pixelated. Start big, so the quality remains good at whatever size you might need it at.
  • Think about your blog personality. Your logo should reflect that. Are you a Mum blogger sharing cosy family recipes? Are you a cool twenty-something sharing the hottest spots for cocktails? Choose a logo that reflects that in font, color and any images you use. For example, if you mostly write about trendy shoes, don’t create a logo using flowers in soft colors.
  • If you’re hiring a designer, spend some time going through their portfolio and looking at designs they’ve created for past clients. You want to look for someone who has a design aesthetic that lines up with the sort of look you have in mind. Look for quality design, and check their testimonials. Look for happy clients who talk about a reasonable turnaround period and fair pricing, as well as beautiful design.

What should you be buying at what time of year?

It doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you’ve got — we all love a bargain. We’re suckers for a discount, whether it’s red label reductions at the supermarket dictating our weekly shop or waiting for the Black Friday sales to splash some serious cash.

It’s no bad thing, of course, that we’re all so keen on getting the best price on our purchases. It is, in fact, one of our better collective spending habits that we at least want a good deal before we buy. With that in mind, here are a few pointers on which time of year you should be looking to buy certain goods.

The new year — time to update the house

Ah, January. That wonderful time of year where we’re all downtrodden and penniless post-Christmas. The weather is bleak, you’re back to work and looking to see the next 31 days out quickly. The good news is, if you have a bit of cash left over after the winter festivities, you can cure your blues with some retail therapy on some high-ticket items for your home.

Because no one has any cash, January is a great time of year to buy furniture, with savings of anywhere from a third to half off the likes of drawers, sofas and beds. If you fancy spoiling the kids, you’ll also find plenty of discounts on toys during the post-Christmas slump. Moving into February is a known ‘white goods’ time, where you can get a quarter to a third off fridges, dishwashers and washing machines.

Family holiday? Avoid summer

The summer holidays have become the bane of many parents’ lives. Airlines and resorts ramp up their prices for out-of-term holiday season, with This Is Money reporting 9 out of 10 flights to be significantly more expensive during the six-week school holiday period.  With laws on pulling your kids out of school becoming stricter, what’s the best way to enjoy a great family getaway while maintaining a solid budget?

The answer, if you can stomach it, is to not go away during summer at all. You’ll find the best out-of-term prices during less popular holidays like Easter and any of the half-term weeks. It might mean not seeing the hottest weather possible, but us Brits are unaccustomed to anything over 25 degrees anyway!

While we’re here, you might want to avoid the pricey Christmas period as well.

Is there anything cheap at Christmas?

A good question. The answer is yes. While everyone is manically snapping up an array of electronics, clothing, toys and other gift-worthy bits, there are a few items that don’t see too much action during the festive period.

If you need a new car for example, December could be the time to buy. Not many people are buying cars as Christmas presents, and you’ll be able to find a fifth to a quarter off with some deals, meaning a significant saving.

If you are buying the more traditional bits ahead of the 25th, try and hold off until the Black Friday sales. Black Friday is the 29th November this year, and you should be able to find plenty of discounts on all kinds of gadgets from the likes of Amazon and co. Because of Black Friday, Boxing Day sales aren’t quite what they used to be, but you should still be able to find some healthy reductions on some very usable items.

So, if you have a big purchase planned, make sure to take a moment to consider whether you could be buying it at a better time before taking the plunge.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

10 Beauty Products On My Fall Wish List

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Not Sponsored: Fall beauty is popping up. I want to share with you some products that have caught my eye. 1. Lush Cosmetics has come out with their Halloween Collection. Two lip scrubs perked my interest. One is called pumpkin spice and the other is cookie dough. I love changing the flavors of my lip scrubs as the seasons change. These sound delicious. 2. Urban Decay has come out with a Naked Honey Collection. Beautiful browns, beiges and golds fill this eye shadow palette (Sephora, ULTA). I think I'm going to go ahead and purchase the vault, because it contains the honey makeup setting spray, lip plumper, eye shadow primer and body powder. Its much more economical than purchasing everything separately. 3. I've tried several Sunday Riley skincare products this year. I super duper love Good Genes. I purchased the full-size bottle. They've come out with ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream. It's suppose to be great for dry skin (which I have) and the reviews are really good. It contains Vitamin F! Have you heard of that one? 4. Glow Recipe's Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask looks interesting. A little scared of the retinol part, but I still want to give it a try. 5. Avocado seems to be the word this Fall. Kiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask (ULTA, Nordstrom, Macys, Sephora, Kiehls, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods) sounds delicious for the face and dry skin. I want to give it a whirl. I love a nourishing mask. 6. I love Fresh Beauty's Kombucha Essence, so Youth To The People's Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner (Nordstrom, Sephora), has peaked my curiosity. 7. An indie brand called Humboldt Soap offers an assortment of body mousse moisturizers in delicious looking flavors. They've been on my list to try. I love chocolate. So I'm putting their Hot Chocolate Mocha Body Mousse Moisturizer on my to-try list. 8. Nearly every brand has come out with a new foundation. The reviews have been mixed about Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation (Bloomingdales, Sephora, Dillards, Selfridges, Macys). I just want to see for myself. 9. I was on Twitter and my blog buddy from Little Luxury List tweeted that Zoe Kravitz and Yves Saint Laurent collaborated on a collection of lipsticks (Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Yves Saint Laurent). My mouth dropped. The packaging is so pretty. I immediately ordered all of the red ones. I'll let you guys know. 10. And finally, the beginning of this year I tried Farmhouse Fresh's Moon Dip Body Mousse. I so love it, along with their Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion (both are amazing). While checking out their website, they now have a SERENE Moon Dip. I must compare and contrast. That's my list!

5 Fun Decoration Ideas For Any Party

Whatever the occasion, whether it be a birthday, graduation, a gender reveal or simply a get together with friends or family a little party decoration can make the celebration even more special, not to mention instagrammable! So here are 5 fun decoration ideas to consider at your next party.

1. A Doughnut Wall
Combine dessert and decoration with an on-trend doughnut wall and let the pretty colours and sprinkles of these sweet treats dazzle your guests. Doughnut walls can be created in any number of styles and sizes and can be filled with delicious doughnut treats to match your occasion or colour scheme - some brides are even ditching their wedding cakes in favour of one. If doughnuts don’t take your fancy another colourful dessert based decoration idea is to create a centerpiece out of cupcakes.

2. A Balloon Arch
Provide the perfect backdrop to any selfie with a spectacular balloon arch. Whether a kids birthday party, a hen-do or a classy black tie ball, balloon arrangements have been a popular go to for parties for many years and for good reason, balloons are fun, versatile and instantly scream ‘celebration’ making them the perfect way to decorate your venue. With an endless number of colours, shapes and designs there’s a balloon for any occasion - just be sure to dispose of them correctly so that they don’t float off and end up in the ocean.

3. A Flower Wall
A flower wall can add drama, sophistication and style to any party, not to mention they look great in photographs. With the option of both silk and natural flowers the design capabilities of a flower wall are endless and if you choose the silk variety they can be used again and again. For a wedding, why not have the initials of the bride and groom stand out in contrasting colours or for a gender reveal you could have a flower wall in both pink and blue and have guests take selfies with the one they guess.

4. Paper PomPoms
Add a touch of class to any party with paper pompoms. Coming in a number of colours and sizes paper pompoms and texture and variety, especially when used amongst more traditional decorations such as balloons. With very little assembly required paper pompoms are also a great last minute decoration idea and once you’re done they can often be folded down and used again - they also make great decorations for kids bedrooms.

5. Banners, Bunting and Garlands
Nothing says ‘Party’ like a banner. Whether it be bunting for a summer bbq or a ‘happy birthday’ banner - garlands, banners and bunting give any occasion a little lift and can help tie those awkward corners of a room together. If you’re having your party outside then utilise banners, bunting or a garland to decorate nearby trees, hedges or fencing. Or why not go one further and have a personalised slogan written on yours, or if you want to have a go at making one yourself then a traditional paper chain kit can keep you and the kids entertained for hours.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Too Faced Tutti Frutti Better Than Sex Mascara

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Not Sponsored: I first reviewed Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara back in 2015. Hated the name, but liked the mascara. It wasn't my favorite mascara. Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara was my favorite. My new favorite is IT Cosmetic's Drybar Lash Blow Out Mascara. Too Faced's mascara was always decent (no pun intended LOL). I never purchased the full-size because I had about 20 million (exaggerating) samples of the mascara. Too Faced practically gave away that mascara. This year, they've been coming out with special edition packaging for this mascara. I've turned my nose up to all of them except this one. It's called Too Faced Tutti Frutti Special Edition Better Than Sex Mascara (Ulta). I could not resist the cute little fruit on the mascara tube. Cherries donning heart-shaped sunglasses. Squinchy eyed lemons. Pretty plums. Darling raspberries. Ohhh the details! I love details. Plus I'm a FOODIE! I used the free tote I received a year ago for the backdrop of these pictures. I never use it. So I donated it to my local Salvation Army. I'm sure someone will put it to good use. The same design is on the tube of mascara. That I can deal with ;) How do I feel about the mascara? The same way I felt about it in 2015. It's a good, everyday mascara. Nothing less. Nothing more.

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  Too Faced Tutti Frutti Better Than Sex Mascara is Sweet but the packaging is Supersweet

Here's a 360 look at the tube design! Cute little fruit all around. 

Same Formula. Same Hourglass (Wand) Shape 



Monday, September 16, 2019

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color | Trinket, Truth or Dare & Strange Love Review and Swatches

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Not Sponsored: One of my goals for 2019 was to try more indie (small) makeup & skincare brands. This year, I've reviewed such brands as Half Caked, Shea Shea Bakery, Micki Song Cosmetics, The Cottage Greenhouse, Farmhouse Fresh and Mad Hippie. Well add Sugarpill Cosmetics to this list! The brand in cruelty free. They make eyeshadows, pigments and lipsticks. I'm a lipstick girl, so I had to start there. I purchased TRINKET. The first time I saw it on Instagram I fell in love with the color. As have so have many others. When reading Sugarpill's ABOUT section, Trinket (which has a matte to sparkle formula) was their first liquid lipstick. Trinket is described as "a creamy matte mauve infused with luminous golden sparkles". It's so beautiful. My iphoneX couldn't capture those details from my selfie picture, so I also included the stock photo from Sugarpill. I'm not one for a lot of sparkles, but this has subtle sparkles in it. It gives that color an extra oomph! I also purchased TRUTH or DARE (I always think of Madonna HaHaHa). Truth or Dare is described as a "blackened burgundy with purple and gold sparkles." This color will be great for Fall & Winter. The last one I purchased was STRANGE LOVE. Strange Love is a "deep metallic oxblood red with sparkle." It will also look great during the colder months. I want to mention these are all creamsicle scented and have a mousse-y texture. The color looks rich, but the formula is not heavy. They're truly lightweight. They also have staying power. Break out your cleansing balm to get these off your lips. No budging. No smudging. They remind me of Dose of Colors.

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  Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color is Sweet

Sugarpill | Trinket

Sugarpill | Truth or Dare

Sugarpill | Strange Love

Cocofloss Pure Strawberries Dental Floss Review

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Not Sponsored - HOLD ON TO YOUR TEETH :) Cocofloss has been on my wishlist for a couple of years. Doesn't that sound funny? DENTAL FLOSS on my list for a couple of years.  I didn't jump to buy it, because I was determined to use up all of my old dental floss before INDULGING in this LUXURY (bougie bougie) dental floss. HaHaHa What did I know about the brand Cocofloss? Not much. It looked pretty. It looked delicious (they offer an assortment of yummy flavors). It looked designer and luxurious. Yes, I'm talking about DENTAL FLOSS :P But what about the brand Cocofloss? Cocofloss is owned by two sisters. One is a dentist (Chrystle). The other, an artist (Catherine). I can see how this baby came together! How is Cocofloss different from your regular dental floss? Cocofloss states your regular dental floss is slippery and simply moves plaque around. Cocofloss has filaments and scrubs away plaque (like a LOOFAH). The first thing I noticed was how different it looked in comparison to my old floss. It wasn't glossy or slick. More like a string. It had a faint scent of strawberries. The floss has no taste. I was hoping it screamed strawberries, but it doesn't :( No matter what fragrance [the brand says fragrance] you choose, EACH is "infused with microcrystalline wax, coconut oil, fruit oils, and fragrances". So expect a faint scent, no matter what flavor/fragrance you choose. BUT, I still give it a SUPER DUPER WUPER RATING! Why? THIS DENTAL FLOSS WORKS! I underestimated the prettiness of it. When you floss in-between your teeth HOLD ON BABY! IT IS POWERFUL! It will get everything out. My mouth felt SUPER CLEAN. I am thoroughly impressed. Don't let its prettiness fool you. I was using a well known name brand oral dental care floss and this beats it. HANDS DOWN! Did I say I was impressed? I AM. If you flip it over on the back, it keeps track of how much floss you have left. Its a cute little chart. You start with a 60 day supply, then 30 days, 2 weeks and then a Floss Party (buy some more). HaHaHa These ladies really make dental care FUN. I learned about this dental floss from my blog buddy Rowena at Rolala Loves Blog (here). When she raved about it, I knew it was really good. Also, this dental floss is "Free of parabens, SLS, PFAS [and is] Cruelty-free!" It gets rid of plaque, bad breath, helps yellow-stained teeth, and bleeding gums (makes them tougher). Put it on your list! Since we're talking about oral hygiene and care, I'm also VERY impressed with MARVIS TOOTHPASTE I just purchased some more AND they have a mouthwash. Look for a review soon. Cocofloss is my new favorite dental floss. Images: Dior Wonderland nail lacquer. Makeup Case.

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  Cocofloss is Supersweet


Why You Should Share Creativity With Your Grandparents

If you’re working on making some positive changes to your life this year, you might be aiming to spend more quality time with the family. If you still have your grandparents, spending time with them over a craft project can be rewarding for both of you. Creative projects could be a great way to learn things together, learn more about your family history and build new bonds between you.

Creative projects can be very beneficial for the elderly, especially for those living in assisted living facilities. As well as being a great way to keep the mind more active, taking on a craft project together will help to prevent them from feeling isolated and lonely. You’ll be able to enjoy the satisfaction of making something together, create new memories and help them to feel happier.

Does your grandparent already have a creative skill? Perhaps they can knit, make clothes, build furniture or are good at woodworking. Take advantage of knowing an expert, and ask them to share their skills with you and teach you how to do it. This will be a lovely way to keep a skill in the family and help your grandparents to pass on something that has brought them joy during their life. Depending on what they can do, spending some time teaching you could help them to strengthen their memory skills or improve physical dexterity by keeping mind and hands active.

Take on a creative project together around your family history. Go through old family photographs or other keepsakes together and find a way to display them in photo albums, scrapbooks or some sort of display. You can learn the stories behind different pictures and save them for later generations, keeping family stories and memories going for longer. Why not take on a challenge like creating a quilt with squares depicting different family members.

Perhaps your family comes from a cultural background with traditional crafts, like folk art, basket weaving or making dreamcatchers. Sharing these crafts as a family is a lovely way to learn about your heritage, your family’s history and some traditional art methods. Get younger children involved to encourage them to learn about where they’re from and some of their cultural traditions. As you work, ask your grandparents to teach about other traditions, to learn more and to make them feel as though their memories and stories are valued.

You could try some crafts that fit in with other interests you and your grandparents share. For example, if you’re both green-fingered you could make crafts for the garden. Make pretty labels for plants or decorate pots for citronella candles. Preserve flowers from their garden by pressing them and using them in other crafts like fitting them in shadow boxes or in decoupage.

Take on a new challenge together, like learning to crochet, or how to make clothes. Spend a few weeks making Christmas gifts for the family together, like coffee mug cosies, comfortable scarves or small pieces of personalised jewellery.

Tips For Dressing For The Fall

With another season fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe and change it ready for the change in weather. Fall is a month where the leaves are starting to fall, there is a chill in the, air and it’s time to wrap up in a hundred and one layers. Never fear, here are some tips for dressing for the fall.

Do A Declutter First
First off, it’s good to declutter your wardrobe so that you can start with a fresh canvas. This is a great way of looking at what you currently have that might already been in your wardrobe, or what you've got available that was brand new last year for fall. A declutter is a fantastic way of resetting your wardrobe and to figure out exactly what it is you need and what you already have to utilize. As far as fast fashion is concerned, the more we can do to reduce the amount of waste we produce, the better. Try to get rid of as much stuff as possible, and vacuum pack your summer attire if you’re limited on space. You can then remove this completely from your wardrobe and pop it in your attic or in another storage space.

Plan To Layer Clothing
As it gets colder, you don’t want to be wearing thin materials, and if you do, you want to master the art of layering. Layering is one thing for all those who hate the cold weather, is a saving grace when it comes to this time of year. It’s important to be careful when layering because you don’t want it to make you look several sizes bigger than you actually are. Layering can be wearing a shirt with a sweater over the top. You might look to wear a long-sleeved top with a sleeveless dress over the top. Start experimenting with your layers and buy a mixture of shirts and basic tops that can go with dresses and thicker clothing like sweaters.

Get Some Durable Footwear
Footwear is an essential purchase for your fall wear because unfortunately, there’s likely to be more wet weather than there will be dry. It’s good to buy quality footwear that’s going to be durable. So look for those with a thicker sole and always consider what type of material the outer layer of the shoe is going to be. Leather is the best option if you’re after a material that’s going to last longer. You can also be synthetic and faux leather, but this might not last as long. Quality doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money on it, but you are likely in most cases, to get shoes that will last much longer if you invest just a little more into them.

Boots are a typical fall footwear option and the thicker the sole, the better. You may also benefit from getting some type of protectant to put on the outside of your shoes to protect it from getting soaked with water or scuffed.

Invest In A Good Coat
Coats and outerwear, in general, are one thing that perhaps you only buy one or two of. A good thermal coat that’s waterproof is ideal for those days when it really is too wet and windy to wear anything else. Investing in your main coat though is certainly going to be worthwhile. When looking for a coat, you want one that’s going to keep you warm but perhaps isn’t too heavy. There’s a lot of luxury streetwear available out there that can really transform a casual style into something a little more exciting. The Upperroom Boutique is a good source of luxury streetwear, and so that might be a good place to start.

A good investment into a coat may set you back a couple of hundred dollars, but if you pick the right style, it’s something that may end up lasting you for years if it’s one that’s always on-trend.

Dress With Accessories
Next up are your accessories. As this is the season to layer, what another few bits between friends? Scarves, hats, and gloves are going to keep you warm, even when you may be lacking a few layers. Try to match up these three accessories or at least go for a basic color like black or grey that’s going to match up with more adventurous colors and patterns. There are plenty of variations of accessories to pick from, and this is where you can go a little overboard. However, it’s worth having a few scarves, a handful of hats and gloves, so that you have some choice to partner up with your outfits.

Find Your Color Palette
And most importantly, it’s good to find your color palette for the season. Trends and styles will change each fall season, and so it’s good to know what’s current but also what colors may suit your complexion and also are your favorite. Everyone has a favorite color to wear, and some even have a theme of colors that they wear regularly. It might be nudes, it could be bold colors or all black. It’s whatever works for you and what you enjoy wearing. You may suit a certain shade of color, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear it all the time. Experiment with color and find the shapes and patterns you like wearing too. There are really no rules when it comes to picking a palette for your wardrobe, just as long as everything has a purpose and that it goes together in a variation of outfits.

Dressing for the fall certainly has it challenges, but like any season it’s only around for a certain time so try to make the most of it. Invest in a good coat or two, buy footwear that’s going to be durable against the harsh weather and most importantly, find pieces that work for you and that you enjoy wearing. You are wearing the outfit, and when you’re confident, it shows through your clothing.
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