- Seascape – Soothe Body Butter RRP of approx. £20.00 for 175ml
- V05 – Smoothly Does It RRP Approx. £4.00 for 100ml
- Revlon – Lip Butter 035 Candy Apple RRP £7.99 for 2.55g
- Soap & Glory – Heel Genius RRP £5.50 for 125ml
- Essie – Grow Stronger RRP £8.99 for 13.5ml.
- L’Oréal – Pure Clay Glow Mask RRP £7.99 for 50ml.
- Balm Balm – Lip Balm RRP £5.50 7ml.
- Maybelline – Colour Tattoo in Crème de Rose RRP £4.99
Balm Balm – Lip Balm RRP £5.50 7ml.
L’Oréal – Pure Clay Glow Mask RRP £7.99 for 50ml.
I'm pleased to have completely used two products. I think the difference has been, I'm using products I like. Products I want to use rather than products I want to get rid of.
Seascape – Soothe Body Butter RRP of approx. £20.00 for 175ml
A product that follows me round. This was in last years Use 16 in 2016 Pan Challenge and I didn't manage to use as much as I would have liked.
Body Butter is a product I rarely use, I have lots of it and this is a beautiful product and I have no reason not to use it.
I have managed to remember to use this almost every time I've had a bath or shower and it doesn't take as much effort as I think it does.
This product has a lovely fresh scent and does smell exactly like the lavender plant outside my house. The product is very thick and the texture reminds me of sudacream. It does take a bit of effort to work the product into the skin but it is worth the effort and it is nice to use before bed as the lavender scent is very relaxing.
I'm just under halfway through this product and I'm confident I will have used it by the end of the project.
V05 – Smoothly Does It RRP Approx. £4.00 for 100ml
I've made some really good progress on this product. I have used it every time I've washed my hair and while I don't always (Rarely to never is more accurate) use a hair dryer to dry my hair. I have noticed a difference and I think I will miss this product once it's gone.
It's a medium thick cream that you put into, towel dried hair and I have had this for a long time. It is time to use it up and I will be looking for something similar in the coming weeks.
Revlon – Lip Butter 035 Candy Apple RRP £7.99 for 2.55g
I have been suffering from a cold sore which has stopped me from using this. I can see some progress.
I've worn this at work and at weekend. The formula of this is beautifully soft and it is easy to layer the colour and build it up into a more intense colour.
Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Foundation – Collection Lasting Perfection
Concealer - Maybelline The Eye Eraser
Powder – L’Oréal BB Nude Magique
Bronzer – Milani Hermosa Rose illuminating face powder
Eye Shadow - Maybelline Colour Tatto in 91 Cremé Du Rose
This makes a great base before adding eye shadow, I find it helps keep my shadow on longer.
I have been using it as an eyeshadow and I like how it looks by itself. It also means I feel like I've made more of an effort than I have.
Mascara - Bare Minerals, Lash Domination
This was one of my Love Me Beauty picks, a couple of months ago and I'm really glad I picked this up. The tube is very small, but the brush is full sized. I was very surprised the first time I opened the tube as on first look, it didn't look like the brush came from the same tube.
The twisted shape of the brush worked well to apply the product and it lasted really well but wasn't difficult to remove. (I use an oil based / duo-phase eye makeup remover)
My only negative for this sample is the size of the handle made it hard to hold and I did drop it a couple of times. This wouldn't be an issue with the full size and I am very tempted to get a full-size product.
Eyebrow Pencil - NXY Micro Brow Pencil
Collection Extreme Pen Eyeliner
Kiko Gel Eyeliner Pencil
Seventeen Kohl Pencil
Lipstick - Revlon Lip Butter, Candy Apple
My Pinterest History
February saw me focus on my Pinterest account. It has been neglected in the past.
Looking back over the last two years (they only years I've recorded stats since starting blogging in 2008)
I gained 138 followers in 2015 and in 2016 I only gained 34 new followers.
Choosing a Target
When it came to working out my 2017 targets I took the average of these two, added it to end of December 2016 total then added to it making it a "stretch target"
138+34 = 172
172 / 2 = 86
86+570 = 656
Rounded to next 100 would be 700, then to make it stretch I added 50.
The target I set for 2017 was to get to 750 followers and I thought I'd done myself a mischief at the end of January as I "tidied up" and deleted some boards.
I'd forgotten people can follow boards individually rather that your main profile.
My figures dropped by quite a significant number but I ended January having gained 97 new followers.
Stretching a Stretch TargetAs part of my February Focus I decided to try and meet my end of year target, As I'd had such good growth in January, I only needed 62 new followers and thought it would a push but worth trying.
So far in February, I've gained around 70 new followers. (up to 10th February)
What have I done differently?I've joined in with some Facebook groups, I've been tweeting my Pinterest link to the point where I must be annoying people (sorry) as well as searching for new people to follow myself by following some of the people whose pins I'm pinning.
Another thing that I've been doing is to make sure I add my YouTube Videos and blog posts to my account. In addition to this, I have been trying to take better pictures and using Canva to make what I think are Pinterest friendly images to share.
I have also joined a group board and have only shared 4 pins so far. Are you a member of group boards?
On the 10th February, I updated all my board names to what the board is about. Previously my board had "fun" and "quirky" names such as "With all my..." and I pinned pictures of heart-related things. This board is now called "Heart | With all my..."
Below is a further example of how I've re-named my boards.
Re-focussing My Plans.For the second half of the month, I'm going to focus on going through each board and making sure they have relevant pins on them.
I get into lazy habits and dump everything on one of the boards in the recently used. I always mean to go back and move then but looking through my boards it doesn't look like I have ever done that! I will also update the board descriptions as I don't think any of my boards have them.
I'm also planning to check through my links to make sure they are still active as I've deleted some of my older blog posts and I've got into the habit of pinning from my phone so a lot of my links are mobile ones and I think that I need to change those to be standard links. In theory by blog should auto display a mobile view if opened on a device.
Blog Goals and PlansMy other aims for the month were to post twice a week on my blog and I have been doing that. I'm itching to post more often but my sticking to the two posts I can make sure I'm editing pictures.
One of my major achievements for the month has been clearing out broken links, it's been on my blog admin things to do list for about 6 months and I spent around 3 days clearing them out. I also deleted a few old posts as they were just terrible and I'm not too worried about that. I did think of trying to re-edit them but in the end, I decided to face the situation and press that delete button.
I'm re-running the broken link check every few days but I'm making it a monthly task to check and clear any newly broken links (They break for various reasons. A blog address expires, a website removed linked address from their websites - This happens a lot with links to retail websites).
Two other things that I have done are update my blog template. In January I added a free template and wasn't happy with it, it was better than the original blogger template but I didn't like it. I'm not 100% happy with what I've got and I'll be making a few more tweaks in the next week or so. I can't work out how to use the header that is shown with the template to show which is frustrating but I do quite like the simple header that I have at the moment, so I'm not too worried about changing this right this second.
YouTube Goals and PlansYouTube has been neglected. I started well posting three times a week. However, I've been poorly and didn't film anything so I don’t have any content to put up.
Another area I'm struggling with is having light to film and I need to make the most of my weekends and get a plan of things to film and sit down and edit so I can get back into the swing of things. My channel is very small and I don't earn from it so it's not the end of the world that I'm not putting up content.
Photo Style Advice NeededOne of the area's that I'm struggling with, is deciding on photo styles. I'm using Canva to create and edit my Instagram photos and create blog graphics. What I can't decide on is should I pick one template and always use that for all my posts or is it ok to pick a different one in almost every post?
How Do I Think It's Going
If you've made it this far well done and I would really appreciate it if you'd follow me on my Pinterest Account.
My Main Weakness
Accidentally Finding the Sales Section
How much would you pay for a bookmark?
My favourite style of bag
Carry my life with me
It’s the inside that counts
Getting caught in the rain
Love Me Beauty Subscription
I’ve been getting the Love Me Beauty subscription for a few months now and it is one of my favourite subscriptions I’ve had, and there have been many over the years.
Monthly Makeup Bag
I used my monthly credits to pick out the following 4 items:
Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm 25ml
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Sample
Caudalíe Glycolic Peel Mask Radiance In 10 Minutes
Omorovicza Budapest Deep Cleansing Mask
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Back in May 2015 I shared my MUA addition collection and I thought it was time to revisit it by way of a re-haul.
I rooted out all the MUA products I've still got and honestly there must me more of it somewhere as I feel like I had so much more.
I know I had to get rid of one of the pallets (undress me too - I think) as I managed to smash the black shade and it went everywhere.
What Do I own now?
What was in the previous post?
Google+: 9 ahead of target
Bloglovi: 25 ahead of target
Pinterest: 84 ahead of target
Facebook: 36 ahead of target
IG SW: 119 ahead of target
Instagram: 100 ahead of target
Twitter: 74 ahead of target
Also do you always produce specific sized pictures for blog posts? I've been either using whatever size my camera gives them or just uploading the IG /Pinterest / FB edits and I think this is something I should spend some time deciding on.
The other area of focus inline with The UK Bloggers group will be looking at Pinterest. Learning how to use it and focus on growing and interacting on it as a platform. I would love to meet my end of year target by the end of February and only have 62 to go. It's a fairly low target so it could be achievable, looking at January growth.
I'd also love to know how you're getting on, have you succeeded so far & any plans afoot for February?