Gold Rose Cut Crease look 

Hi lovelies

Today’s post is all about wedding guest makeup inspiration. Last weekend I attended a wedding which was fabulous. Check out my previous post on wedding guest makeup.

I always like to be creative and simple on my makeup. For this look I wanted to look like a princess with my cream dress.

 

This is my inspirational look products used:

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Eyes


Cheeks

Lips



Check out my mini-tutorial and tell me what you think?

Guide about GOOGLE ANALYTICS

Google Analytics can seem daunting to those of you starting out in blogging. Writing a blog is a creative process, so looking at analytics may seem both incomprehensible and dry! However, it is really important if you want your blog to be successful to have a handle on your blog’s analytics data. This post will give you some basic tips on how you can use Google Analytics to optimise your blog content, increase traffic, and generally be more insightful about how you’d like your blog to perform:

Tip #1: Installing Google Analytics

This is NOT a scary or difficult process! There are a lot of tutorials and articles that show you how to install Google Analytics. The process is quite straight forward. You sign up using a Gmail account, and select the website/blog you would like to track. You then receive your own unique tracking ID for your blog, and tracking should start working within a day. If you have made your blog smartphone-friendly, or have an app, you have the option of mobile analytics also. Here are two good resources to read/watch, that give you step-by-step details: http://www.wikihow.com/Add-Google-Analytics-to-Blogger and http://www.youtube.com/embed/P_l4oc6tbYk.

Tip #2:Think about your SEO strategy

You have the option in Analytics to track organic (or ‘unpaid’) traffic to your blog. This is useful since you can see how many new and returning visitors you have, and what posts have been popular. You can also select data over specific time periods. Take a look and see how traffic is doing over one week, one month, and three months. Maybe some posts were more topical, or more popular amongst your readers? Google is now no longer allowing keyword traffic to pass in to your traffic tools (you will see a large proportion of search terms as ‘not provided’). However, looking at page level traffic, found by clicking [Content-Site Content-Landing Pages], will show visitors on your site landing on specific pages. This may be more work than seeing what specific keywords people are using, but you can pinpoint which articles are popular and being searched for. If you see a trend, tailor and optimise your posts accordingly!

Tip #3: Location, location, location

Location, in real estate, is everything. In Google Analytics, you can search by visitor location (search by [Audience -Geo –Location]. You may think it is only your mates and your mum who read your blog. Au contraire! Your blog may resonate with those further afield. If you spot recurring visits from a specific country, maybe write a post tailored for your new audience!

Tip #4: Who is staying on your site?

If you are spending all that time posting, you want to see lots of visitors coming to your site. However, you don’t want all of them to leave. You want them to engage: to stay, read your post, and click through your blog. Take a look at the ‘Bounce Rate’ to see how many people stay on your blog after reading your post, when looking at your Page visits here: [Acquisition-Behaviour-Site Content-All Pages].

Tip #5: using your blog search box

This is a really useful way to see what your visitors are looking to read, and can give you some great inspiration for future posting. Yes, Google is slowly getting rid of organic keyword search data, but that doesn’t stop you looking for what is being searched for on your own blog. Find the data by clicking through [Behaviour-Site Search-Search Terms]. You might be surprised!

Tip #6: Out with old and in with the new?

The great thing about blogging is that after a while you can develop a sense of community amongst your readership. Getting new visits each month is great, but it is important to engage and retain your returning visitors too. Keep checking regularly how many new and returning visitors you have. The basic overview on Analytics is found here: [Audience-Overview]. If you are losing returning visitors, it might be a good idea to read any post comments, look at search terms, and your most popular articles, and try to engage with your loyal readership.

How to get invited to blogger events

Blogger events are a great perk of the job! Getting to meet new bloggers and meeting brands means that blogger events are often extremely popular. But what do you do if you’re missing out on invites? Here are a few pointers……

Last weekend a turn around for my business #bloggerball from @scarlettlondon and met amazing ladies who share the same passion as me. Very good experience and looking forward for more events….. 🍸🌹💁❣👡👗

Engage with Relevant Brands on Twitter

There are so many bloggers out there, that in order to make yourself known within your niche you need to engage with the brands you love. It’s no longer enough to have a blog relevant to your industry; you need to be actively engaging with the brands you hope to collaborate with. Whether you send them a relevant post you’ve written, or simply join in a conversation by chatting on twitter you’ll instantly be giving your profile a little boost!

Introduce Yourself to the Brands You Love

There is absolutely no harm in sending a quick email to the PR team at your favourite brand. Of course if the brand is one of the huge high street brands it may be tricky to get a response, but if you take time researching some of the smaller brands in your niche you should be able to build some good relationships with PR’s!

Be Active Online, and Immerse Yourself in the Blogger Community

It’s not just about targeting brands directly; you also need to make sure that you have a strong and recognisable profile within the blogger community. Join blogger chats, share your favourite blogger’s work and get involved in conversations. Being active online will not only mean you’ll be more visible to brands, it also shows you’re committed and are part of the community that brands so desperately want to engage with!

Make Sure Your Site is Looking its Best

This is key; when all is said and done it’s your blog that’s really going to do the talking. Your site needs to be looking its absolute best in order for a brand to get you an invite to their latest event. However active you are online, if a brand visits your blog and finds that things are messy or the content isn’t quite up to scratch then the chances are you’ll miss out on the event! If you think your blog might need some work, take a look over our Ultimate Blog Checklist and make sure you have everything in order.

Would you add anything to this list?! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

25 things every single blog needs!

Every blog is unique, but when it comes to building a successful website there are certain things that every blog needs! Use this checklist to make sure you have the best foundation possible to reach your blogging goals.

SOCIAL MEDIA

1. Social Media Buttons

An obvious one to start with! Don’t hinder your progress; make it as easy as you can for people to follow you on social media.

2. A Twitter Widget to Display Your Latest Tweets

If the social media buttons don’t work- this will! A widget displaying your latest tweets is a great way to prompt new readers to follow you. You’ll see one in our sidebar if you need an example.

3. Pinterest Follow Board

Pinterest is so incredibly visual, so it seems a shame to have a follow button without some nice imagery! The ‘latest pins’ widget is great, giving your readers a snapshot of your latest activity on the site.

4. Pin It Button

Make it easy for people to share; having a pin it button which appears as soon as someone hovers over your photos will really help boost shares on Pinterest.

5. Facebook Follow Button

Simple and effective; if you have space make sure you add one to your sidebar.

DESIGN AND SHARABILITY

6. A Clean, Clear and Useful Sidebar

It’s not just us; pretty much every blog resource out there will tell you to keep your sidebars clean and clear. Audit your sidebar once every couple of months to make sure there is nothing  there that doesn’t need to be.

7. Clear Categories

Make it as simple as possible for your readers to get to the part of your site most relevant to them.

8. A Simple Uncrowded Navigation Bar

Are there any categories that are now outdated or a little irrelevant? Think about revamping your navigation if so!

9. An Image Specifically for Sharing with Each Post

This works really well when it comes to increasing shares on Pinterest. When adding an image to a blog post, think first about the quality and then about how sharable it is.

10. A Good SEO Plugin

Yoast is great!

11. Share Buttons to Accompany Each Post

Having share buttons at the top of each post offers readers a quick and easy way to share their favourite pieces.

12. Someone to Regularly Reply to Comments

Hopefully that person will be you……..

13. Mailing List Sign Up Point

A mailing list is one of the most useful marketing tools you can have; if you don’t have one already make it your priority in 2017!

14. Archives

As with many of these suggestions it’s all about making it easy for your readers. Including archives of your old posts will make it easy for your readers to browse old content.

15. High Quality Photos

Please, no grainy images.

16. A Search Box

A search box will allow your readers to look through your blog for their favourite pieces, as well as looking for posts on specific topics. You can also find out what people are searching for, which will no doubt give you some great new content ideas if people are looking for something you don’t yet have.

17. Recommended Reads at the Bottom of Each Post

This helps keep readers on your blog for as long as possible, as well as moving readers around  your site.

18. Google Analytics

It’s such an important tool for bloggers, and not nearly as daunting as it sounds.  If you need some guidance take a look at our bloggers guide to Google Analytics.

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19. A Unique About Me Section

Lacking inspiration? Take a look at our 5 Ideas for a Unique About Me Section!

20. A Logo/Identifiable Header

Keep it simple, you don’t want to be creating new logos every 6 months because you get sick of them! Keep it simple, classic and personal to you.

21. A Blog Specific Email Address

Using your hotmail address does not look professional! Do yourself a favour and create a proper email address for your blog.

22. A Set Font for Blog Posts

Choose a font that you love, and stick with it.

23. Set Brand Colours

Chose a colour palette to use throughout your blog, social media channels and all of your communications, including email.

24. Business Cards

Really handy at blogger events.

25. A Good Headshot, or Logo for All Social Media Channels and Profiles

If your blog is not a personal one then a good logo will do. Otherwise it’s definitely worth investing in a good headshot! If you don’t want to, then get someone else to take a photo for you. It’ll look much more professional than a selfie!

What would you add to this list?! Let us know in the comments below!

5 Ideas “about me” section

Your ‘about me’ section is where your readers, both loyal and new will be going to find out a little more about you. It’s also a chance to be a little creative- and perhaps even show off your talents a bit! If you’re a little stuck on how to present yourself creatively, try one of these ideas out!

10 Facts About Me

Picking 10 weird and wonderful facts about yourself can be a quick and easy way to create a unique ‘about me’ section that won’t get lost with all the others! These posts work best when you mix a few fairly ordinary facts (e.g. when you started blogging) with a couple of more unusual facts about yourself. You can also try making a post like this really stand out by picking 10 of your favourite fonts- one for each fact!

A Video!

This might seem way out of your comfort zone to some of you, but if you feel confident enough in front of a camera, a short 1 minute video can be a great way to introduce yourself to readers.

A Photo Montage

Remember your about section is a good time to be creative and visual, so why not spend some time putting together a group of images that shows your readers what you and your blog are all about!

A Timeline

A timeline is great way to put together a visual and informative profile of yourself. Pick out the key parts of your blogging life that you think your readers will want to know about, and turn these into a visual timeline so your readers can instantly se your journey!

Ask Your Readers!

Ask your readers exactly what they want to know about you! Run a short campaign on your blog and social media channels asking your followers what they’d most like to see from you in your about me section. You can then use your answers to these questions to make a really informative ‘about’ section that you know your readers will appreciate!

If you have any questions about blogging, or just want to get in touch email : merlinebeauty01@gmail.com

Mix Classic outfit with Dorothy Perkins 

Hi guys

I present to you my my classic look which I mixed stripe shirt with a pencil skirt. If you have big bust like me make sure you do not wear something tight on your top. Always check your body shape and look what fit you. These days I am really taking time on what fit me. Of course some clothes may look lovely as you see but when you wear it is not the case. Have you ever been in this situation? Why not mix or recycle your outfit to make a new one. This does not require new wardrobe just to find somehing creative in your shape. 

Check outfits below to shop:

 

Dorothy Perkins

Boohoo 

What is your classic outfit look like?

15 Ways To Improve Your Body Confidence (That You Can Do From Anywhere)

Hi ladies, I know we are approaching summer and want to look sexy or feel good abut ourself. One thing about us women, we always put pressure on our body. It is ok but sometimes STOP, BREATH and EMBRACE YOUR TRUE BEAUTY. Women’s body confidence has become a “critical issue” around the world and pressure from the media is largely to blame for our low self-esteem, a new report warns.

Globally, more than two-thirds of women (69%) and girls (65%) say increasing pressures from advertising and media to reach an unrealistic standard of beauty is the key force in driving their appearance anxiety. Meanwhile, 56% of all women recognise the impact of an “always on” social media culture in driving the pressure for perfection and negative body image.

I mean why all this pressure if you cannot accept the way you are. Women go through a lot with our body from puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, celluite, menopause etc…..

I am 27, single and no kids yet. Everytime, I meet amazing women who are lacking of confience because of this society. I personally love myself too much LOL but yeah it took me a while to accept my flow and curve. Especially being an African woman is more challenging. I work everyday on myself and admit my body the way it is. I accepted that certain shop cannot be for my body type especially when you have big bust. It can be a blessing but the struggle is also there. I stay away from toxic comments and also accept criticisms because it enables me to grow. I may not be perfect but sometimes it is good to have true friends who tell you the truth. Most of the time, I looked few magazines on my body shape. It is good to feel sexy, it will be soon another post.

Here are 15 easy ways you can improve your body confidence and learn to love yourself right here, right now.

1. Stop comparing yourself to others.

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Everyone has something they wish they could change about their body. Wishing you had someone else’s thighs or curly hair or smile takes away from what is uniquely you. Accentuating the qualities you like will boost your spirits and minimize the things you don’t like.

2. Focus on what you have the power to change.

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Rather than spending your energy on wishing you were taller, redirect your focus on something you can change, like toning up with a yoga or pilates class or honing one of your talents. Then celebrate with a nice pair of heels.

3. Dress as if you’re where you want to be.

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Are you waiting to lose weight before you buy that new wardrobe? If you’re wearing the same uninspiring clothes that make you feel drab, pick up a few smart wardrobe pieces, like a chic blazer, fashionable footwear, or some nice scarves or jewelry that will brighten your image and make you feel better. The better you feel, the more likely you’ll be motivated to keep making positive changes.

4. Surround yourself with beauty.

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Creating a beautiful environment at home or in your workspace will provide a greater sensual experience, which is what we all crave. Keep fresh flowers on your desk or table, add some silk pillows to your sofa, play your favorite music while cooking dinner, and drink mineral water out of a nice wine glass.

5. Practice self-care.

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The more you love and take care of what you have now, the more likely you’ll move in the direction of self-improvement. Schedule “me time” to take a warm, soothing bath, massage your skin with olive oil, read an inspiring book, or write in your journal.

6. Build a support system.

Spend time with people who have a positive influence on you and that energize you rather than reinforce bad habits. Exercise together, swap healthy recipes, and champion one another when you’re making progress.

7. Lose yourself in a cause.

Have you heard the saying, “What you focus on grows”? Apply this to agonizing over how you feel about your body. Instead, replace those thoughts by spending some time and energy on a cause you’re passionate about. The rewards will put things into perspective, raise your spirits, and make you feel better about yourself.

8. Treat yourself as you do others.

Would you ever dream of talking to someone that way you talk to yourself? If you’re in the habit of bashing yourself for the way you look or how you take care of yourself, switch to being gentle and patient. Change takes time and the more compassion and self-acceptance you practice, the better you’ll take care of yourself.

9. Treat eating as something special.

How we do anything is how we do everything. Practice mindful eating by having your meals in a quiet, non-stressful environment. Eat slowly and savor what you’re eating, and eat only until you’re satisfied. When you listen carefully to your body’s cues, you will help develop respect for yourself and naturally reach your ideal body weight.

10. Practice gratitude.

The more you appreciate what you have, the more you will have to be thankful for, and this includes good health. Keep a gratitude list and add to it when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. Acknowledge how grateful you are for another day and for all the positive things that happen, like the workout you fit in or the healthy food choices you made.

This simple practice will allow you to start your day on a positive note, progress through it with a better mindset, and end it peacefully.

11. Work on your inner-self.

We are spiritual beings living a human experience and we are here to learn and grow. When you listen to your inner guidance and live your life based on its wisdom, people will see the beauty and creativity of the real you that’s inside the flesh and bones. Tap into yourself and learn to love who you truly are by practicing meditation daily.

12. Read up.

Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton and Molecules of Emotion by Candice Pert are two excellent books that can also help us understand the science underlying how we create our own realities. Our beliefs, attitudes, and expectations — including our emotions, and judgments — continually shape who we are, including our bodies.

13. Take charge.

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When you’re glaring at yourself in the mirror, ask yourself, “Who’s doing the talking here?” Is it your mind or your heart? Don’t like what you see? Instead of beating it up, try listening to your body.

14. Get real.

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Be honest with yourself. Look at a picture of yourself from when you were a small child. You were and still are a precious darling of the universe. You are a unique gem with immense value and worth. Start digging for it.

15. Remember: what you resist persists.

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What you resist, you become. Fighting against yourself and loathing your body only stimulates more neurochemicals that keep you spinning your wheels. The exciting thing is: you can change. Change your mind, change your life. How? Make the decision to shift your thinking and your emotions will follow.

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