Beginners Guide To Blogging

Hey guys! Since I started my blog (1 year and 2 months ago, dear god) a lot of people that I know have spoken to me about wanting to star their own blogs, and I really endorse setting up your own place on the internet, so today I thought I’d use my experience to give any budding bloggers a little run-down on how to set yourself up in the blogging world!

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Before you jump right into starting your blog (there is nothing wrong with just jumping into it, but I’m just giving you some ideas based on my own personal experience) first look at some of your favourite blogs; what is it that draws you to them and keeps you returning to read? What kind of blog names do you relate to more? Do you prefer paid themes over free ones? Do you think you’ll want to start out with your own domain? These are all really good questions to know the answers to, because you’ll feel much more confident and secure in starting out.

Pick a platform

I didn’t really do a lot of research into the various platforms available for starting a blog, but I settled into WordPress very quickly because it makes everything so easy for you. I did briefly attempt to set up my own website through Wix, but that proved far too complicated for a beginner like myself. I then tried Blogger, and it was slightly easier to use and navigate, but still not straightforward enough for me, and I found the themes to be quite boring and blocky, so I did a quick google search for alternate blogging platforms, and WordPress had the best reviews, and I haven’t looked back. Even buying my own domain was incredibly simple, you just need to set up a payment option, and you’re done! WordPress even automatically redirects to your new domain!

Think about your niche

This isn’t majorly important, because I think the best type of blogs are ones that perfectly reflect the person behind them, and we don’t all fit into stereotypical niches. So ultimately, for this point I would recommend just having an idea of the direction, tone and general layout and outlook of your online space. Do you want to keep your identity private? Would you like to cover personal and deep topics? Do you you want to post exclusively makeup reviews? Do you want to be a travel blogger? Just have a general idea of what you want to write about, otherwise you will find it difficult to get your site up and going.

Write like the wind

Finally, the best advice I’ve ever been given in relation to blogging, and the best advice I can think of giving to someone who wants to start a blog: Just start writing. I wish that I had thought about the previous points before starting out, because I did experience some starts and abrupt stops, and for an awfully long time I just put the whole blogging thing off because I had no clue about what to call my blog! But if you just start writing, you can always go back and edit posts, even delete them entirely if you want to. The important thing is to just get going, we all know that I was in such a rush to get started by the time I had finally chosen a name, that by 2 months into blogging, I had no motivation, ideas or direction, so I had only written one post.


I hope that this post has helped some of you budding bloggers out! Be sure to drop me any questions you might have in the comments below!

Did you just throw yourself into blogging or did you plan everything out before getting into it? I’d love to know fellow bloggers stories!

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How To Proof Read Your Own Work

As I know that most of you guys reading are fellow bloggers, today I thought I’d write another post with writing/blogging in mind!

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Jack Bun-Bun is here to give you all of his editing advice

We’ve all found ourselves looking back on a post, (usually just after having pressed ‘publish’…) just to be confronted with annoying typos and missing/extra words that we swear weren’t there after our final scan through the post. Or even worse, having someone point out a really obvious mistake that you hadn’t noticed at all. It’s much easier to proof read someone else’s work than it is to check through your own, so today I’m sharing some tips that I’ve found and collected for how to proof read your own work!

Dissociate | The most important thing to do in order to be objective when re-reading and critiquing your own writing is to separate yourself from the fact that you know how the piece is supposed to read; which means we tend to not pick up on the little details. A quick way to go about this is by reading the piece backwards. It really can be as easy as starting with the last sentence and reading backwards, as that way our brains pick up on anything that doesn’t make complete sense.

Bring Your Words To Life | Again, doing something different with your work, that can be as simple and obvious as reading your work out loud, or printing it out, instead of just writing and rewriting, means that our mistakes are much more obvious.

Plan | I really should take my own advice on this one, but sometimes proof reading your own work can be a lot easier if you’re not proof reading on the same day. So planning and drafting posts ahead of time gives you a lot more opportunities to redraft and find errors.

Avoid Scanning | When we are faced with a mass of text, we very often tend to scan the piece as a whole, instead of actually taking the time to read the sentences as we would if someone else wrote them.


Those are the best tips I’ve found, let me know in the comments if you can think of any tips that work for you that I might have missed. I hope that these tips can help some of you out! I am by no means a professional; in fact, I have some very lovely editor/proof reader pals who usually find my errors and let me know about them, but hopefully these tips can help us all out!

What’s In My Travel Bag? (Featuring LYDC Bags)

what's in my travel bag (1)Hey guys, as some of you may have already seen, about a month ago, I won a bag from LYDC! The competition was comprised of 10 random bags daily, so you don’t know which one exactly you’re winning. So when it arrived, I was so surprised at how big (and pretty) it was!

So since it was this bag that prompted me to write this post, I’ll give you guys a little run down of the bag itself. It is the ‘Hoppen Quilted Shoulder Bag’ in the colour wine by LYDC. It’s also available in navy and black. For me, it’s the perfect travel bag, because it’s got tonnes of space, and can be carried or worn as a shoulder bag!

So here we go with what’s in my travel bag!IMG_0848what's in my travel bag (2)My Makeup | Obviously I’m not going to go particularly far without everything I use to paint my face fabulously on the daily. I also recently got this Ted Baker zip bag that I’m using as my new makeup bag, isn’t it just too beautiful?!what's in my travel bag (5)Tech | My phone and headphones are again, obvious go-tos. But I like to pack both my in-ear headphones and my overhead ones because I like to switch between them during long journeys, and then whenever I’m on my phone or laptop because using one particular pair for an extended amount of time can really hurt my ears.

For longer journeys/stays I also like to bring my tablet, because I like to read and play games on a bigger screen. And my camera (fun fact, I actually pack my Canon Sx610 when I’m going away, but I couldn’t picture it because I haven’t charged my Nikon, so they had to switch places, top job Corinne.)what's in my travel bag (4)Essentials | I always pack makeup remover because just because I’m not at home, doesn’t mean I can leave my makeup on overnight like a crazy person. A roll-on deodorant is my preferred choice of deodorant, I actually really like this one because it’s cucumber and green tea scented, so it smells really clean and fresh. I like to also take a hand cream with me because my hands can get dry during the colder months, and keeping them hydrated is always a good idea. Finally, I also like to keep a pack of gum on me and any kind of hair care treatment, most recently it’s V05’s ‘Smoothly Does It’ because it can be applied to wet hair as a heat protectant, or dry hair to smooth out frizz.


That’s it for what’s in my travel bag, have I missed out anything that would be the first thing you would pack? Let me know in the comments!

New Years FOMO?

Hey guys! Welcome to the world after blogmas, where we are all about NYE now!

Obviously this time of year quietly creeps in behind Christmas, without giving many of us a chance to properly plan what to do. From staying in with your family, to going to a massive party, our decision in regards to new years eve is usually a very last minute one.

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What the heck is FOMO? Well, FOMO is the ‘Fear of missing out’, it’s a word we’ve created for the emotion we feel, when we feel like we aren’t doing what everyone else is doing. Now obviously, this isn’t always a bad thing, in fact sometimes doing something differently to everyone else can be a really good thing.

So this post isn’t about how to ‘keep up’ with anybody else, or how to ‘properly’ celebrate any occasion to avoid feeling like you’re missing out. Oh no, the purpose of today’s post is to help you in living exactly the way you want to, and how to avoid disappointment in that.

Of course, the biggest piece of advice I can give you guys is to plan. I like to keep a planner on me at all times, on my desk or in my bag. That way I can pop any events or important work I need to do in immediately, and not put it upon myself to try and remember until I have another moment to write it down. I’ll also try to put a small amount of time aside each evening to tick off what I’ve done, and prioritise what I have to do throughout the coming week.IMG_0472But if you’re not old like me, and you prefer to keep your life in the cloud, you can follow these steps, but just use the calendar in your phone!

However, if you’re quite confident with how you stay on top of what you have to do, then I’m very excited to introduce you to Eventbrite!

Eventbrite is an app that you can browse through to see upcoming events near you, or anywhere you might be travelling to in the near future, such as concerts, networking events, training sessions, and talks. You can even create and host your own events on the app or site, for free if the event itself is free!

So with Eventbrite, you can relax in knowing that you’re being kept in the know with exciting events near you, never again will you see a friend post about an awesome concert they’re going to, and find out it’s sold out.

Eventbrite, helping us sleep soundly, knowing FOMO can never strike.


Thank you guys so much for reading, as I always ramble on, it really does mean a lot to me. And thank you to Eventbrite for giving me the inspiration behind this post, check out Eventbrite now for their FOMO Prevention Campaign!

Finally, I just thought I’d let you guys know that I’m currently in a little bit of a limbo with my blog at the moment, so the next 2 posts may go up on the scheduled days, but please don’t worry if they’re not, I might just be taking a little break. I still love this blog very much, but I need some time to evaluate and understand what I want to do.

Autumn Beauty Essentials

Hey guys! Today I thought I’d take you through my autumn beauty essentials, from every plum berry and shimmer-based eyeshadow, without further adieu, here are some of the products that I recommend for any Fall/autumn look!Autumn Makeup Essentials (1)Lips

Obviously any deep red, plum or berry lipstick is what everyone flocks to, and recommends to everyone. I am no different, because I adore these shades too! But I also love nude colours for this time of year, as it can work beautifully with a statement or smokey eye look. Some of my lipstick favourites are Kate Moss for Rimmel in #107, Collection’s “Aubergine Kiss”, and Rimmel’s “Naughty Nude”. I would also recommend the corresponding lipliners with these lipsticks, as the almost double the lasting power, and ensure your lipstick stays put all day long, and doesn’t spread. I also love deep lipglosses such as Rimmel’s Vinyl gloss and Salvation lip lacquers.

Skin

While the sun may go into hiding for the autumn and winter months, your tan and contouring certainly doesn’t need to! A BB cream, or your regular foundation, a concealer and of course, bronzing is the ultimate essential for these autumnal/winter months, even if you don’t commit to any other A/W trends!Autumn Makeup Essentials (2)Eyes

Now is the perfect time to embrace gorgeously smokey eyes, shimmer and golds. I love the All About The Eyes palette, and the Heaven & Earth palette, because they include all of the necessary shades for just a shimmery gold eye, and a smokey eye! They are also both excellent stand-ins for many shades in the Naked 3 palette.

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And finally, and this is a lot coming from me: dark colours are in. Reds, purples, greens, oranges, any hue that is deep and dark is perfect for this time of year. I’ve also recently discovered the Maybelline Colour Show in #232 “Rose Chic”, and I’ve never fallen in love with a nail varnish quite so quickly. It’s like painting rose gold directly onto your nails, is there anything better? I think not.


That’s it for my autumn/fall beauty essentials post, I hope you guys enjoyed it, if you did, be sure to let me know in the comments and give it a lil ‘like’, also let me know in the comments what your Fall essentials are when it comes to makeup.

Highlight Your Natural Beauty

When I started out this blog, I enjoyed wearing makeup, but as I have continued on with it for many months now, I’ve fallen in love with it. Now this means that I very quickly had to learn how to take better care of my skin, so that when I was wearing makeup, I was wearing it to have fun and accentuate my features and skin, not hide them.

So today I’m sharing with you guys my go to essentials for how I take care of my skin.Highlight Your Natural Beauty

Cleansing | I’ve said it many times before, but with wearing makeup, comes the responsibility of properly removing it and cleansing your skin of impurities. I don’t have a particular strenuous and crippling cleansing routine, because one of my essentials is the Nivea 3 in 1 Micellar Water, which makes the whole process easy and quick.

I also like to use the Nivea Soft Moisturiser, which as I have also mentioned before, is very light and gentle on the skin, and not greasy and heavy like many moisturisers. 

I also make sure I’m taking care of my skin from the inside out. Ensuring I drink as much water as possible. It really does have an unbelievable effect on your skin, that you wouldn’t believe until you’ve committed yourself to drinking more.Highlight Your Natural BeautySkin Treat | In and out I also like to give my skin a little treat with a face mask. I feel like this really helps my skin on a much deeper level than simple cleansing. I definitely feel like an occasional skin treat like this ensures my skin is clear and feels amazing. This leads me to feel more confident in it, and not like I need to cover it up.

I think another product that is absolutely perfectly suited for a skin treat such as this is Glossier’s Moisturising Moon mask it does every little thing that I like to do for my skin. It “dives beneath the surface to instantly plump skin up with hydration, helping to smooth fine lines and restore elasticity.” And “works quietly behind the scenes to gently brighten and even out your complexion, while honey and aloe act as soothing agents.”Highlight Your Natural BeautyFlawless Finish | Now obviously some days you can feel a little unhappy with your skin. You might be having a random breakout, or suffer with a little redness, it happens to us all. So these products are my handbag essentials for those times. I like to wear a BB Cream as opposed to a foundation because they feel much lighter on the skin, and they have so many more skin benefits, rather than just clogging up your pores. I also like a light concealer because it’s perfect for if you’ve just got a touch of darkness under your eyes, or a little pesky red spot. With a light concealer, you can cover those tiny things, but still allow the rest of your naturally skin shine.

Finally, when I do chose to wear these products, I like to apply them with a beauty blender, because the product is tapped onto the skin, not smeared into your pores, leaving you with a naturally flawless finish.


Those are my essentials for highlighting, not hiding your natural beauty. Thank you to Glossier.com for working with me on this post. Let me know in the comments below what your go to skincare products/essentials are!

And, as they say at Glossier, I leave you with a great motto:Highlight Your Natural Beauty

Can’t Sleep Colouring

We’ve all been there. It’s the middle of the night, but your mind shows absolutely no signs of slowing down and settling to sleep. Trying to tackle it by watching tv, or reading can often be useless because those things only wake your mind up more by getting your imagination running.The Can't Sleep Colouring Book So when I found this book, I had to try it out for its original purpose. (I say original purpose because adult colouring books like these are designed with a plethora of uses in mind. Many of which prove very helpful for many different things.) The Can't Sleep Colouring BookThe Can't Sleep Colouring BookDoing an activity like those that are featured in this book really do help you to shut off your mind and relax, as you are focussing on a single thing, and your mind doesn’t usually wander. This means that your body alerts your brain as to how tired you are, making sleep a much more achievable outcome. Furthermore, the actual illustrations of this book are all designed with serenity and peacefulness in mind. These illustrations are created to affect you subconsciously and induce feelings of relaxation; all lovely things for drifting off to sleep!The Can't Sleep Colouring BookThe Can't Sleep Colouring BookHowever, this very outcome is also incredibly helpful for when it comes to anxiety. If you suffer with anxiety, doing something mindless like this can prove very effective in calming your mind if you feel an attack coming on, or if you feel as though you are in a situation where you might feel anxious.The Can't Sleep Colouring BookI myself have found that this book is perfectly fit for its purpose, and it assists in many other ways, but it’s also just a nice way to pass any free time you might have.


Let me know if you’ve got a similar book, or if you’re contemplating purchasing one now in the comments!

5 Free Printables & Facebook Page Announcement

Every now and then we can all do with a personal mantra, or just some words to settle and reassure us. So today I created 5 printables with some quotes that I love, all for different situations.


quote3 I adore this quote because it’s to the point, punchy and sassy. Any time I’m feeling a little bit down, or if someone in particular is getting you down, either because of the present or the past, I love being reminded that how we feel is up to us. Your self-perception and confidence is all determined and can only be changed by you. And as I like wearing makeup, (even if my drink of choice is Fanta…) this one feels great for me.


quote2 This quote entirely speaks for itself. Never do anything that you don’t absolutely love. You can always stop. Speak up and stay true to yourself and your preferences.Don’t waste a second of your life half-invested in something.


quote1 Again, this quote has no grey area. Personally I have never been very good at dealing with change. But as soon as I internalised this saying and stopped questioning the why of everything, life becomes so much easier. As humans, we are all constantly searching for the why in every event, but if we simply accept that everything happens for a reason, but some of these reasons may not be immediately evident, it doesn’t matter. Just embrace it and move on.


quote5 I love this quote because it reminds me that none of us are in this alone. Yes, there will always be people who appear worse off than you, and there will always be people who seem better off. But the reality is, you never truly know what another person is going through, because we cannot experience life from their eyes and with their thoughts. So therefore the best thing to do is to just be kind.


quote4And finally I love this quote because it doesn’t delve too deeply into life or emotions, it’s just a great little mantra to have whenever you’re shopping or getting dressed. All too often to place importance on what other people think and what other people are doing, and in the meantime we lose who we are and what we like. So this is just a more fun, confidence based quote to keep in mind if you’re having a down day, or questioning what to wear based on what others are wearing, or what they might say.


And that’s it! Those are just a select few of some of my favourite quotes that I like to keep in mind on a regular basis. Do you have a personal mantra? I’d love to hear it, so let me know in the comments!

I’ve also created a Facebook page that you can like, if you would like to do so! This way you can stay up to date with Organic By Nerve, and get in touch with me if you’d like to request a post, or collab!

The Best Pamper Night Of All Damn Time

We can all always benefit from a good pamper night. So today I’m taking you guys through the best pamper night of all-damn-time.

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First things first, your attire. You’ve got to make sure you dress for the occasion. If you’re a girl, take. off. that. bra. There is absolutely no reason for you to still have it on for a pamper night, so remove that immediately. Next is a comfortable oversized shirt/pyjamas, anything that makes you feel cosy and relaxed. Then put your hair up, in any style you like, just so long as it’s out of your face, otherwise you’re going to have a mess with face masks/moisturising.

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Now we move onto products and entertainment.


A big fluffy cushion | For putting your feet up, or resting your weary head, a big cushion is a must-have.

Soft blanket Again, a must-have. For feeling cosy and warm while watching tv, or wearing as a cape as you stroll to the freezer for an ice-cream.

Tablet/Phone | Whether you’re sharing your pamper night on social media, watching a movie, listening to music, or you’re just chatting to your friends.

Micellar water Just as important as bra-removal, makeup-removal. Pamper night is all about treating yourself and your skin, with a cleanse. I really recommend this particular micellar water because it’s 3 in 1, so you don’t need a strenuous cleansing routine, this even moisturises!

Face wash | The perfect thing for the aforementioned skin-cleanse. I use Garnier’s Gentle clarifying foam, because it clears impurities, clarifies skin, and removes any lingering makeup after you’ve removed it. But it’s still gentle on skin, meaning you won’t be left feeling scrubbed raw.

Bath bomb/bubble bar | Having a bath is always an essential when it comes to nights in and pamper nights. But on a pamper night you’ve really got to go all out, bubbles, bath bomb, candles and heck maybe even flower petals, because you freakin’ deserve it.

Night moisturiser Of course any moisturiser will do, but many overnight moisturisers have extra skin renewing benefits that regular ones don’t. As your skin repairs and renews itself overnight, you’ll be surprised with the difference if you moisturise before bed.

Hand cream | People all too often forget their hands when moisturising, so I’d say opt for a hand rescue cream for a pamper night.

Nail varnish | After moisturising your hands I think it’s always nice to treat yourself to a little mani-pedi. Plus having done your nails usually puts you out of action for a little while, so you’re almost forced to sit still and relax.

A suitable beverage | Whether you’re in a real need of a pamper night, and therefore your drink of choice is red wine, or you just want an accompanying comfort drink such as hot chocolate or tea, make sure you’re staying hydrated!

Candles | And finally, the best thing for setting the mood. I’m never more relaxed than when I can smell a Fresh Linen Yankee Candle. Pick your pamper nights signature scent, and away you go!


And that’s it for my pamper night recommendations, let me know if there is anything specific that you do when you’re having a pamper night!

Again, apologies for this post being released late last night, that WAS a fault, and I am still posting only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

Nail Care Routine and Tips

I’ve always been a massive fan of nail art, and painting my nails is more relaxing to me than it is a chore, so naturally I have to make sure I’m using the right things for my nails, and treating them right, in order to keep them strong.

Painting your nails regularly is bad for them. So I’m going to share some of the tricks I like to use in order to ensure my nails aren’t being weakened and damaged, so you can rock your natural nails and not have to buy into fakes ones or acrylics.
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One of the most important things is moisture. Just as you moisturise your face to keep it smooth and youthful, you’ve got to do the same for your nails (and hands!) Using a moisturiser specifically aimed at hands and nails is best because it has the exact ingredients that your nails need. (You wouldn’t use a foot cream for your face, would you?!)

You also want to keep your nails fresh and strong, you can achieve this by regularly using a nail buffer. A nail buffer shines and strengthens the surface of your nails, meaning they don’t become brittle and break easily. I would recommend buffing your nails after removing your nail varnish and pushing your cuticles back and before repainting or applying a base coat. (Also of the utmost importance: push back, never cut your cuticles!)

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As I mentioned before, pushing your cuticles back before painting your nails makes them easier to paint, and improves the look of your hands and nails. Cutting them often results in them growing back thicker and discoloured, so I would avoid that at all costs, it’s quicker and easier to push them back using an orange stick or any other manicure tool.

The next important thing for growing stronger nails is to keep them at a length that suits you and keep them like that. Growing them without trimming or filing them risks them from getting weaker at the tips. Another tip is to always file before you take off your varnish, your nails are at their weakest after coming into contact with nail varnish remover, so filing them then is very risky.

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Then you come onto how you’re treating your nails before applying nail varnish. If you’re not applying anything at all, you can leave your nails discoloured once you take the varnish off; this is because nail varnish remover opens the pores of your nails, meaning they absorb whatever you put on them after. So if you go straight onto applying a fresh coat of polish, when it comes to taking it off, your nails will be yellow. Whereas buffing first reseals the pores, assisting any base that you then put on, be it a nail strengthener, base coat or cuticle oil.


A further important thing to remember when wanting to grow stronger nails is in fact, be weary of nail strengtheners. If you’re not buying a manicure nail care set, the odds are the product you’re buying will actually make them weaker, in order to get you to buy more because you think you need it.


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Finally, after buffing, treating your nails and applying your chosen coat of nail varnish, it comes to drying. I was given this adorable little monkey who dries them for me, but once your nails are dry, applying a top coat can work wonders. It prevents chipping and ensures your varnish will last longer than usual. It also makes your nails look at lot shinier and healthy. (Obviously I wouldn’t recommend using a top coat when wearing a matte varnish because it’d ruin the whole effect.)


That’s it for my tips and tricks, I hope this helped you out if you’re trying to grow stronger nails! Do you have any nail saviour tricks that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!