A few years ago browsing Pinterest was just a little hobby, the year I got married it became an obsession and now, it's a fun and effective way to generate blog traffic. You can visit my account here. If you've never used Pinterest before, it's basically a website that allows you to upload, save and organise images. You have a profile that you can fill with 'boards', for example; Nails, Baking and Beauty are three of my most popular. You can then fill these boards with Pins (i.e. images) that contain links to websites you can then explore (perhaps even to your own blog? *wink wink*). Pinterest is a great way to create mood boards, wish lists and save ideas (i.e. recipes, makeup swatches, travel destinations, reviews, hairstyles - the possibilities are endless). I'm also just a huge weirdo that finds organising pretty pins into different categories and boxes oddly satisfying.
Let me be clear - I'm no expert when it comes to Pinterest, however my following has definitely increased significantly over the past few months so I thought I'd share with you a few reasons why. A couple of months ago I was sitting comfortably with just a few thousand followers, now I have over 21.8K, and it's growing every day. Here's just a few ways I improved my profile and increase my following...
I intended to have this post written and posted before the revival, but clearly, that didn't happen. I don't claim to be a die-hard fan, I didn't watch the series way back in 2000 when the first episode aired, in fact, I watched it for the first time only a couple of months ago on Netflix. I had no idea that Melissa McCarthy or Jared Padalecki even starred in it, I only knew Alexis Bledel as 'that girl from Sin City' and, I didn't have a clue about its cult following. I can't even remember it ever being aired on TV in the UK.
After having my baby it took me a while to recover, the pain from my episiotomy made it difficult to move from the sofa so the first couple of weeks of my maternity leave revolved around watching boxsets and making my way through my Netflix suggestions. Gilmore Girl's was recommended to me a while ago my friend Jenna, however, as I knew so little about it I brushed it off in favour of rewatching OUAT, Buffy and Firefly. I think it was mother-daughter dynamics of Gilmore Girls that resonated so deeply with me. My tiny baby girl was literally lying on my chest while I made my way through each episode. 'Where You Lead' by Carol King became our song and I would sing it to her before placing her gently in her moses basket each and every night. Penny is my Rory and I am her Lorelai.
Is it now safe to mention the L word on social media? Boxing Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It's a time to pop on your new PJ's, stuff your face with festive leftovers and be grateful for all the lovely gifts you have just received. So, you can imagine my disgust when I popped onto Twitter for 5 minutes between devouring selection boxes to find tweet after tweet of pure unadulterated rage over a 50% off bath bomb. Yes, the website was obviously slow but that's no reason to harass the poor Lush social media team when they are already on a downer about having to return to work so soon. The amount of abuse they got was unreal, but Lush handled the whole thing wonderfully and I take my hat off to them. Working in retail over the Chrismas period is pretty soul destroying so let's hope people keep that in mind next year before they throw about the C word because they didn't manage to purchase that fifth bottle of Snow Fairy. Anyway, let's take a closer look at the Lush Love & Light Hand Cream...
I was lucky enough to receive the beautifully packaged Hello Gorgeous gift set prior to Christmas which also contained: The Comforter Bubble Bar, Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser (10g), Sex Bomb Bath Bomb and Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub (130g). Love and Light (£8.95/100ml) has a very runny consistency but smells wonderful due to the combination of neroli, jojoba and orange oils. I honestly can't stop smelling my hands the scent is so dreamy.
When it comes to skincare I have a bad habit of chopping and changing between products, never giving my skin enough time to fully reap the benefits. Product by product I went through my collection of skincare goodies and narrowed down my favourites in an attempt to create a routine, not only tailored to my needs but one that it will benefit from in the long term. It's worth noting that I have a very oily t-zone, dry patches on my cheeks and occasionally on my forehead too, plus fine lines on my forehead and under my eyes.
Let's start with cleansers. In the morning I use the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser (100ml/£11.50). I feel like I rave about this cleanser constantly but I can't emphasise enough how much my skin loves this product. It's both effective but gentle at removing my makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. At night, I opt for The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (90ml/£10). There's nothing better than smearing this around your face and watching all the mascara melt off. I like to see how big I can make my panda eyes before simply washing off with warm water.