Friday, 25 September 2015

What I Do To Survive Writer's Block

I don't know about you, but for me, when I am blogging I find that I have times where ideas are pouring out of me and then I have times where my brain is lacking in the ideas department. After reading post after post on how to come up with new ideas, I have assembled my own selection of top tips and thought I would share them with you.

Take a break
Whether it is for half an hour, an hour or a few days, taking a break is essential as it gives your brain chance to relax and think of other things, rather than blogging. I find that taking a break from it helps me de-stress, which helps me come up with ideas. You never know, whilst taking a break you could come up with really good ideas.

Brainstorm Ideas
Even if the ideas you come up with are completely pointless, keep going as it helps get the creative juices flowing. I either brainstorm in my blogging notebook or on a word document as looking at a blank page/screen, helps clear my mind and focus.

Explore the "explore" section of Bloglovin'
The explore section of bloglovin' is my best friend when it comes to coming up with ideas. You have every single category of blog posts right in front of you and there is an endless supply of them. I usually scroll through the "beauty" and "lifestyle" sections as I find they are the categories that suit my blog best, but I do tend to occasionally scroll through the "fashion", "travel" and "food&drink" sections to switch it up a bit. I also find the "find blogs" section quite handy because you can, again, search for blogs in a specific category. I usually spend quite a lot of my time in this section; I find following new blogs quite handy for fresh new ideas.

Google is your best friend
More often than not, when I am out of ideas I turn to Google to find lists of post ideas. I simply search "blog post ideas" and then a specific category and ta dah! I have pages and pages of ideas.

How do you come up with ideas?

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Blogger Interview

I was tagged by the lovely Laura from LikeCubed to do the blogger interview, see her's here. I am so thankful that complete strangers are including me in tags, awards and interviews. 

How did you get into blogging?
One of my friends had a blog and I had always read blogs like Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter and thought that I would like to do it. I also want to be some kind of writer, so I thought this would be a great way to get started, learn new skills and to create a portfolio of my work.

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
Don't follow the crowd. A lot of new bloggers, especially myself when starting out, find that they should base their writing and posts on what the 'more popular' blogs are writing about. It's okay to pinch an idea and make it your own. Also, just have fun with it!

What would be your dream campaign?
Encouraging more people to create a blog or become more creative. A lot of people don't show their creative sides and I think it is because they think that the internet doesn't need another fashion or beauty blog, but I think it is great having the freedom to write what I want when I want.

Do you have a plan for your blog?
Not particularly. I see my blog as being a hobby and somewhere to express how I am feeling and to publish my writing. Who knows, it could turn into a job.

What do you think about rankings?
If blogging is something you do as a job, then yes. But for someone who is just doing blogging as a hobby, not really. It all comes down to what your blog means to you. 
I kind of don't fit into this as I do my blog as a hobby, but I pay attention to the stats and followers.

I now tag.....
Lauren from Ivy Drop
Maddie from thatplacecalledhere

Mention the person who tagged
Answer the questions in full
Don't forget to tag up to ten other bloggers at the end

Feel free to do the blogger interview yourself and make sure you let me know when you do :)

Friday, 11 September 2015

Asia - Your Lips But Better

If you are a frequent reader of TGB, then you will know that quite recently I bought the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Asia, read haul post here. I so excited to try it out and it hasn't disappointed. Every time I have been out and about, I have whacked this beauty on and not given it a second thought. Since wearing it I have been getting a few compliments about what is on my lips, so surely it is a good colour. So, I thought I would review it and share it with you.

Firstly, the lipstick is £4.99 which is great for the quality you get. It is easy to apply; lasts for around 5 hours, unless you are drinking, and isn't drying on the lips. 
It is a beautiful nude/pink with a little hint of mauve in it with a satin finish. Also, it is quite pigmented so you only need a few swipes and you are done. The packaging is okay, just a simple plastic bullet with a click down lid, which is what I would expect from a drugstore product.

Overall, I think it is a beautiful lipstick shade that everyone should add to their collection. It is especially good if you are still at school or on a tight budget.

Have you tried the Lasting Finish Lipsticks? What shades?

Friday, 4 September 2015

Summer 2015

This June I finally left secondary school, which meant that I had an 11 week summer to enjoy. So I came up with the idea of taking photos throughout my summer and then create a post to share my summer with you.

At the start of my summer I had my Year 11 prom, read about here. It was definitely one of the highlights from my summer, spending a night dressed like a princess with my school friends,I wish every night could be like that. 
Since I am a little hermit who loves being in my bed, I watched several TV shows and caught up to the most recent episodes. I have watched Sex and the City, Orange is the New Black, Devious Maids and the most recent one is Pretty Little Liars. I have also watched countless films from most of the Disney Princesses to Pride and Prejudice and Confeesions of a Shopaholic. I have had my fair share of eventful days out from going bowling and playing mini golf to hopping on a train and spending the day in Leeds.

I went in to school to collect my exam results and year book, which felt weird as there were no students walking around, no one in uniform and I hadn't been there in over two months. I have also tried to become healthier by eating healthier foods and going out to take the dogs for a walk. Additionally, I have been spending more quality time with my family by going to see my nan every weekend. And finally..... I got glasses! I never thought I would love wearing glasses so much and although I feel like a nerd, I can't help but take selfies with them on.

How have you spent your summer?