18 Essential Things Every Successful Blog Should Include

Thursday, 22 June 2017

18 Essential Things Every Successful Blog Should Include

I am so excited to finally start this blogging series. I was a little hesitant at first, because I am as much of an amateur as any newbies reading this post, BUT, I am sure we can work together and create something beautiful. Design has been something I have always loved, so when I finally decided I wanted to start a blog, the creative side got me really, really, excited. Over the past 3 years, I have had 3 different blog themes, but my current design is the one I love the most.

The content of a blog is really important, but having a theme with a well designed user-interface is important too. You wouldn't turn up to a job interview with an impressive cv dressed in a questionable slogan t-shirt, ripped jeans, and dirty trainers. It's all about presenting your amazing work in the best possible way. Somebody has clicked on a link to read your post, great, but what if they stays a little longer to read other posts, or maybe even share your post, or follow you on social media. For this to happen, they need to be given everything they need without having to click and search too much. You've got to admit, we are pretty lazy readers, and if it means far too much clicking and searching, and not getting what we came for, we are going to leave.

For the first part of my series, I want to get you thinking about your theme. Is it something you love, or something you're using because it's what you have. Sometimes we only need little tweaks, so today I'm sharing 18 things each and every blog should include, ranging from design, SEO, and user-friendliness.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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Champneys Detox Seaweed & Sea Salt Scrub Review

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Champneys Detox Seaweed & Sea Salt Scrub Review

champneys detox seaweed sea salt scrub

I'm one of those people who loves to make regular Boots visits, and just spend hours looking at all the products and coming up with feasible reasons to why I have decided to buy 5 nail varnishes in different shades of pink. One thing I did really need during my recent visit was a body scrub. I love myself a good scrub. I think I mention this in every post possible about skincare. I get dark/red pores on my legs so a regular exfoliating routine is needed to help keep the skin clean, and remove any dead skin.

I have already tried and tested a lot of scrubs, but one brand that caught my eye was Champneys. I absolutely love the the packaging and graphics on all of Champneys' products; they're very simple with positive quotes in beautiful typography. They had a few different scrubs available, but I chose the detox seaweed and sea salt scrub because both do amazing things for your skin. The sea salt helps remove the dead skin, whereas the seaweed helps to sooth and soften the skin, and they're both rich in minerals to help cleanse and revitalise the skin.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017
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Life Lessons I've Learnt About Careers, Friendships, Self-Doubt, And Loving Myself

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Life Lessons I've Learnt About Careers, Friendships, Self-Doubt, And Loving Myself

I have been living on this earth for 9759 days.

During those 9759 days I have been breathing, sleeping, eating, crying tears of joy and sadness. I've broken hearts and had mine broken too. I've made friends and lost loads more. I learnt how to walk, talk, read, drive a car, use a sewing machine, and turn a hobby into a career. I got accepted to university, moved away from home, and then I came back.

Maybe it's because I'm getting older, (I said older, not old) but I've become more observant with my surroundings. I've taken a step back and started to really pay attention to the people and the world around me. I've noticed more and more people having a lot of self doubt recently, and feeling like they should be at a certain place in life, but are nowhere near it. I'm not saying I'm the wisest person, but I have had my fair shares of ups and downs and I would like to let you into a little secret; you don't always have to have your shit together. It's ok to feel overemotional about things in life which don't seem that big to others. It's ok to have a huge burst of motivation, to then loose it within the hour. We are allowed to feel things, and be completely over dramatic about it without anyone judging us.

I was sitting alone one day and all these thoughts kept coming to my head. Thoughts about moving forward, keeping friends, dealing with rejection... just a whole lot of life in the past, present and future. I found this post slightly hard to write because I didn't want it to be a motivational post, which is meant to make you suddenly feel uplifted. I want it to be a post were I let you into my life and share how I've been feeling, and hopefully my story can be something you can relate to, and know whatever you're feeling at the moment is "normal".

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Sunday, 11 June 2017
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Band Of Colour | Free Wallpapers

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Band Of Colour | Free Wallpapers

When I'm setting up for a photoshoot, I end up rummaging around my room, (well the entire house), and find anything that fits into the theme and enhances the photograph. While I was pulling out props, I came across an unused sketchbook. Since I left school I have been studying different forms of art, so a collection of unfinished sketchbooks isn't something out of the ordinary, but a blank one is. I used to spend hours in art shops trying to find new mediums to work with, and a sketchbook would always have to follow me to the tills.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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Why You Should Include Fun Tasks To Your Blogging Schedule

Monday, 22 May 2017

Why You Should Include Fun Tasks To Your Blogging Schedule

I'm not going to lie, being a blogger and working from home does have its perks, but like with anything, it does have its downsides. It takes a well organised and committed person to be able to distinguish their work life and well, their life life when both take place at home. I'm still trying to learn how to balance between the two, as blogging never really stops for me. I'll say I have finished blogging for the day, and I'll get a really good point I want to make for a future post, and I know I'll forget it if I don't note it down. The problem is, 30 minutes later, and I'll still be writing. It's great of course, but I have taken away from my "me" time, and I know I won't be giving myself that time back from blogging the next day. My brain just can't switch off.

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Monday, 22 May 2017
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50 Uplifting and Motivational Songs For Every Mood

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

50 Uplifting and Motivational Songs For Every Mood

When I listen to music, it does one of two things:

1. Reflects the mood I'm in

2. Changes my mood to reflect the music

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Despite how distracting it may seem, (I end up creating my own arm-only dance routine, and I become the worlds best air drummer), I love listening to music that can really lift my spirit. It might be the motivational lyrics, or the uplifting tunes, but they can both turn a pretty sluggish and unproductive mood into the complete opposite. It's amazing the things music can do to a person.

I have put together a playlist that will help uplift and motivate you, no matter your mood. You might need a boost for an early morning, a pick me up after a long day, or a little confidence boost to remind you that you can do anything. Just like with any playlist I create, I have a mix of different genres, as why restrict yourself to just one?

Currently listening to @helloaycan's uplifting and motivational playlist

  1. "Alive" - Sia
  2. "Kicking & Screaming" - All Time Low
  3. "Some Nights" - fun.
  4. "Tomorrow" - Set It Off ft. Jason Lancaster
  5. "Love Myself" - Hailee Steinfeld
  6. "Boom!" - Simple Plan
  7. "Don't Kill My Vibe" - Sigrid
  8. "Lush Life" - Zara Larsson
  9. "The Middle" - Jimmy Eat World
  10. "Sit Still, Look Pretty" - Daya
  11. "There's Nothing Holding' Me Back" - Shawn Mendes
  12. "The Anthem" - Good Charlotte
  13. "Confident" - Demi Lovato
  14. "My Own Worst Enemy" - Lit
  15. "#thatPOWER" - will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber
  16. "Jukebox (Life Goes On)" - The Summer Set
  17. "Relentless" - Mike Dignam
  18. "Awakening" - Yellowcard
  19. "Bulletproof" - La Roux
  20. "We Got This" - A Day To Remember
  21. "Geronimo" - Sheppard
  22. "Move Along" - The All-American Rejects
  23. "Fun" - Troye Sivan
  24. "At My Best" - Machine Gun Kelly ft. Haliee Steinfeld
  25. "Basket Case" - Green Day
  26. "Shut Up And Dance" - Walk The Moon
  27. "Power" - Kayne West
  28. "Na Na Na" - My Chemical Romance
  29. "Titanium" - David Guetta ft. Sia
  30. "Pull Myself Together (Don't Hate Me)" - The Rocket Summer
  31. "I'll Show You" - Justin Bieber
  32. "Roar" - Katy Perry
  33. "Tonight Tonight" - Hot Chelle Rae
  34. "I Don't Care" - Fall Out Boy
  35. "That's My Girl" - Fifth Harmony
  36. "This Boy" - James Morrison
  37. "All You Are Is History" - State Champ
  38. "Power" - Little Mix
  39. "On Top Of The World" - Imagine Dragons
  40. "Outsiders" - Against The Current
  41. "Shine" - Years & Years
  42. "Face Down" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  43. "New Americana" - Halsey
  44. "Victorious" - Panic! At The Disco
  45. "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" - Nine Days
  46. "The Strays" - Sleeping With Sirens
  47. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" - The Offspring
  48. "Anything" - Hedley
  49. "Gravity" - DJ Fresh ft. Ella Eyre
  50. "I Lived" - OneRepublic

You can keep up-todate and follow the playlist on Spotify, and if you're looking for more motivational music, check out Rosario's playlist.

Let me know in the comments below if you love any of the songs in the playlist, and also which songs would you have included in your own collection.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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Creating The Perfect Shower Experience - Lush Edition

Friday, 12 May 2017

Creating The Perfect Shower Experience - Lush Edition

If I asked you to describe Lush to me, you'll probably pull out words about the scent, their cruelty free ethics, and...

bath bombs.

Bath bombs have become the signature product at Lush, with so many different scents, ingredients, and colours turning our baths into something pretty special. I have probably tried around 80% of the bath bombs, but there are so many other products you can use to take care of your body. I worked at Lush last summer, and a majority of the new customers would always say they've heard about the bath bombs. I am guilty for that too. Entering a Lush store pre Lush employment, would involve me heading straight towards the bath products.

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I love a bath as much as the next Lush addict. Bath bombs, glitter, bubbles, bath melts, I'll throw it all in and indulge myself. The thing with baths is you need time. When I have a bath, I have a baattthhh, as in I like to be in there until I am a red prune. This takes at least an hour, and to me, that's the time equivalent of about 10 hours, so I sadly can only have a bath on selected, preplanned days, which doesn't come around very often. I had to find other ways to make myself feel and smell amazing, whilst using Lush products, preferably in a quick shower scenario. I have already spoken about my daily morning and evening routine using only Lush skincare, but now it's the turn of the shower products.

SHOWER GELS & SHOWER CREAMS

I don't really need to describe to you how shower gels work as I'm sure you're a frequent user, but at Lush, you can choose between a shower gel or a shower cream. A shower cream is more of a creamier consistency, a little more luxiousous. The scents (like most things at Lush), are really pungent, so it will fill your bathroom, and leave the scent lingering on your skin. This is my usual go-to daily shower product. Each gel or cream has specific ingredients targeted to help your skin in different ways, such as Dirty Springwash to help invigorate and cool your skin (perfect for gym users), and The Olive Branch, to help condition your skin. My all time, never ever going to change my mind favourite is Snow Fairy. This is only available at Christmas, but I love it that much, I make sure I have enough to last me throughout the year.

SHOWDER

A product you might not have tried or seen is the showders. They have the same main ingredient as bath bombs, sodium bicarbonate, which reacts when you add water. All you need to do is pour some into your hand, add a little water, and the two will combine to create a beautiful soft lather. They come in three different scents, Candy Floss, Lemon Sherbet (which smell exactly how they sound) and Life's A Beach, which includes sand and sea salt, so it will give you a little exfoliation too. I don't use these very often, but if I've got a little extra time, I'll be picking up my showder box. Talking of showder boxes, I absolutely love the packaging. They remind me of old fashioned, 60s laundry detergent boxes.

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WASH CARD

If you're looking for something compact and travel friendly, you need to pick up a wash card. I think these are the most innovative product at Lush. They might just seem like a piece of paper, but when mixed with water, they do actually lather and turn into a wash. My mind is blown. They're made from a base of fresh honeydew melon pulp (yes, I don't get it either), and come as a wash sheet, wash card, or wash business card depending on the size you get, and you only need to tear a small piece.

FUN

I wish fun was around when I was a child, but let’s face it, I still have as much fun with it now as an adult. Fun is your 4 in 1 product which can be used as a bubble bar, shampoo, soap, and as something to play with. 10p from each bar goes to a children's project in Japan which makes the purchase that little more special. They come in solid colours, or you can get rainbow mix, and some even have a theme. My favourite is Mermaid, which is an exclusive at Oxford Street. How could I resist anything that glittery? If you've see it, you know what I mean! The scents all vary depending on the colour, but there is something you'll love. Another favourite is Reindeer And Robin, which smells exactly like cola, and even features chocolate reindeer nose and eyes. The easiest way to use these is to run your shower loofah (or whatever you use) under running water, and rub the Fun into it.

.@helloaycan is sharing all her favourite @lushltd shower products.

SOAP

I think soap is probably the most underrated product at Lush. I love everything about the soaps especially the way they are presented and look; really big, oversized, colourful shapes. I also like the fact you get them cut and wrapped for you, which makes it a little more personal, plus, if the soap is made up of different colours or textures, you will rarely get the same piece twice. There is literally a scent for everyone, and even feature a few of the signature scents like Karma. I use them the same way as I do with Fun, and you can really build up a big lather with these. I have written in-depth reviews on Rockstar, Sexy Peel, and Porridge, so don't forget to have a read of those too.

lush body shower exclusive fun soap

SCRUB

I am not going to ramble on again about how important it is to exfoliate your skin (face and body), so I'm not going to... but, who doesn't want their skin to feel super soft? The scrubs at Lush comes in a bar and a tub, and of course I have tried both. The bars come in the form of either a sugar or salt scrub, and personally I prefer using salt because shockingly enough, I haven't tried the sugar scrubs so I can't really comment. Rub Rub Rub (tub version) has quite a runny consistency, but don't let that fool you. The combination of fine sea salt and lemon juice helps remove all the dead, dry skin while softening and hydrating too. This was one of my favourite products to demo at Lush because people were surprised that a product with that consistency could have that much of an impact on their skin. Rub Rub Rub is that good, it also comes in a bar. The initial ingredients are the same, but obviously a few differences to keep the bar solid. Pictured is the Salt And Peppermint Bark body scrub, which is from the Christmas range. I love anything with peppermint, so this is always on my list every Christmas. I do slightly favour the bars more as I like to really scrub my body so I usually exfoliate on dry skin, and with RRR tub, it's harder to get an intense feel.

Another product I love is Buffy. This bar is made from natural butters, cocoa butter and shea butter, which leaves your skin nourished and conditioned, plus it's filled with ground rice and almonds, and aduki beans for a gentle exfoliation. This is perfect if you need something which you can use daily to help hydrate your skin as well as provide a light scrub.

lush shower exclusive body conditioner scrub lotions

BODY CONDITIONER

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is the first, and only place I know to buy body conditioners. In case you're completely new to this concept, I like to describe them as an in-shower body lotion, for those days, usually really cold ones, where you don't want to spend ages using body lotion. To use a body conditoner, once you have finished your shower, on damp skin, scoop some out and work it all over your body and then rinse off. Even though it's only on your body for a small amount of time and it is washed off, all the benefits are left on your skin. My favourite is Christingle from the Christmas range. I love the scent, which is a very strong peppermint, and when I had this demoed on me (along with a scrub), I spent the entire day stroking my arm because it felt so soft. When I tried it at home though, I had a very different experience. Don't get me wrong, the scent and how it left my skin was exactly the same, but you know when you chew on a mint, it leaves your mouth feeling all cool? Well the exact same thing happened to my body, plus it was the middle of winter. I was shivering! I have now found a perfect use for it in the summer to help cool me down.

BODY LOTION

I am so lazy when it comes to body lotions, hence why body conditioners are my go-to. During the winter, my skin always get a little dry so I always make sure I include it in my after shower routine. What I love most about Lush's body lotions is they are so moisturising and nourishing, but they don't sit on your skin and make you feel sticky. Karma Kream is my all time favourite. The karma scent is so beautiful, and it last on your skin for a while. Charity Pot is great for the winter as it's filled with olive oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter which are the most moisturising combination ever.

I definitely haven't covered all that is available at Lush, so next time you go in-store, skip past the bath products and go towards the shower. Let me know in the comments below your what is your all time favourite Lush product, and a product you are dying to try.

Friday, 12 May 2017
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