My Regrets in 6 Years of Blogging

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I'm not really one for regrets so this post kind of doesn't make much sense! However I think we all get thoughts that pop into our head that in hindsight we would have done differently - these are those. 

My 'blogger regrets' haven't really affected my blogging as a whole but along the way some of my choices hindered things and I know they could definitely help a few newbie bloggers! So here are my 'regrets' when it comes to blogging. 


Not getting more professional earlier on 
When I first started Makeup Savvy back in February, 2010 it was purely a hobby after blogging about interiors and soon getting bored from the lack of community and interaction. But within six months to a year of beauty blogging I knew it was different and something that I could grow. I didn't know exactly what I could grow it into but looking back now I wish I had my head screwed on a bit more to snap up that £6.00 domain sooner, get my head around tax and paying for a good blog design instead of days of html headaches. Though these things haven't hindered me as such I feel my blogging journey could have come with a few less headaches if I'd have been a bit more proactive when I started to see the potential of my blog!

Thinking it was quantity over quality
For years and years I was more concerned with how many times I was blogging per week than the quality of my posts. I think this is something most bloggers get sucked into as we see a high percentage of fellow bloggers updating their blog on a daily basis, if not twice daily! This trap of rushing content has seen me blog 6 times a week and yes, I even went for blogging twice a day at one point in aid to increase pageviews and interaction on my blog. So did it work? Nope! Of course it may work for some but I found as I blogged more about offers, the nail polish I was wearing that day and similar throw-away posts I was receiving less and less comments and eventually page views. I've now taken my foot off the gas and write 3-4 times a week and take much more time over my posts, from the photography to structuring my post more. My page views may have settled off now with more loyal readers (which I'm fine with!) but they are higher than the days of blogging 6 times a week and I've now found my groove.

Apologising for not blogging
Arghh, this is annoying one! Why do us bloggers do it? NO ONE CARE! Okay, maybe if I disappeared from blogging for 2 months a few of you would start to notice but if I miss a few posts here and there or even take a break from blogging for a week, you get it! Everyone has life stuff to deal with or even enjoy, whether that's family stuff of the good and bad kind, a rubbish cold that leaves you wanting to hibernate in bed or you simply don't want to waste a sunny weekend by being indoors typing away. As you can see I now totally get it and if some weeks I post only 2 blog posts because of, well whatever, I now don't apologise for my absence, I just don't mention it! If you're a fellow blogger that keeps on falling into this apologetic trap and feeling quality for taking time out then simply remember that your readers read more than one blog (probably 50, tbh) and it's really not a big deal to them... they probably don't even notice!

Being won over by PR samples 
Over the years I've been lucky enough to receive quite a high number of PR samples and some with pretty much unrelated gifts - i.e blogging bribery! At first as I was relatively new to beauty blogging and receiving essentially free products I was excited. I was amazed I was 'worthy' of being sent PR samples that I would always make sure to review them and 9 times out of 10 with a glowing review. Of course this is now a regret as I blog to inform readers of products worth buying and not to please PR companies. These days though I'm still grateful for receiving PR samples and being kept in the loop of new launches and brands I'm realistic and only include products that really deserve mentioning after weeks of trying them out. Gone are the days I include PR samples after numerous emails from the PR company asking when a review will be up. Gone are the days I instantly share new products on my social media due to receiving extra unrelated free gifts and certainly gone are the days I risk you spending your well earned money on a products that aren't all that. 

Hope you've enjoyed this honest post! 

If you're a fellow blogger then certainly feel free to do a similar post on your own blog - I'd love to read it! 

Fee xo.


eBay Bargains #48 - Summer Ready

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As summer is here and I'm longing for a beach holiday I thought I'd scour eBay for some fabulous yet bargainous summer finds. I've found so many bargain that I love and hope you love too!

Tribal Style Statement Necklace - £3.96 HERE 
eBay is a great place to find some amazing but cheap statement jewellery and this tribal bib necklace is one of my recent favourite finds. This would be something you'd expect to pick up in Topshop for around £15 with all the detail and weight to it. Totally love it!

Tropical Silicone Phone Case (T19) - £1.19 HERE 
I love a good phone case and you seriously can't go wrong with ones on eBay - I have 6 now! I love the design to this as it's perfect for summer and that it's silicone making it easy to take on and off when you want to switch covers, it also doesn't add any bulk to the phone. So many other amazing designs in the listing ideal for summer.

Handmade Natural Dreamcatcher - £2.53 HERE 
I've not had a dreamcatcher since I was 13 but with bohemian style coming back I keep seeing them more and more and now like the idea of having one by a window. I've never loved anything overly colourful or decorated so this one is perfect! 

Rose Gold Mirror Designer Style Sunglasses - £3.99 HERE 
I recently bought a pair of designer style sunglasses from eBay for around £2-3 and I was impressed with the quality of them (I will share them in my upcoming monthly eBay haul!) so I've decided I need a few more pairs! These of course are styled on much more expensive sunglasses but at a snip of the price - love them!

Tropical Palm & Feather Nail Decals - 99p HERE 
Come hot summer days white nails are my favourite but to add an even summery vibe I've found these easy to use water nail decals that last as long as your nail polish lasts! The sheet contains a range of designs from single palm trees to delicate feathers all in a tropical gradient orange/pink shade. You can also find the decals in black to use against any colour of nails in the listing.

Fruit Seat Pad Cushions - £2.49 HERE 
How cute are these! Perfect for outside in summer for extra seats or thrown onto outdoor furniture. These are super cute and fun. I'll be definitely picking up the watermelon, passion fruit and kiwi designs!

Mandala Tapestry Round Towel/Mat - £10.99 HERE 
Lastly a bit more of a pricey item but one I've been seeing all over social media recently. These round mats are perfect to use on the beach, as rugs or even for yoga. I also can't help but think it would also love good as a sofa throw or beach wrap, just so many uses! Love, love, love! 

Hope you've found a few bargain items here! 

Fee xo. 
     

Primark Haul - Summer 2016

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I recently went into Primark and picked up a few Summer items. As always their homeware and accessories are spot on and such good value for money, I didn't however see anything clothing wise that I liked (shock horror!) except some jersey shorts that I plan to wear to bed! 

So as I love watching Primark haul videos I thought I'd do my own version of one in blog post format. 

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Nude Saddle Bag - £9.00 
 I'd been on the look out for a smaller Summer bag for a while and I ideally wanted a saddle bag so when I saw this and all the detail to it, it had to be mine. This looks more New Look than Primark in my opinion with the gold hardware details and the lovely metal tassel to the side which I love. This surprisingly fits all my essentials and more and includes a zipped pocket inside. A really lovely bag that I'm already getting use from!

Rose Gold Crackle Cushion - £5.00
I'm currently giving my bedroom a little Moroccan-esque makeover and with new white bedding I wanted two cushions just to add a bit of interest. The branch I visited didn't have a huge selection but I did take a good 10 minutes to decide as all the cushions are spot on for summer and made from quality fabrics. I went with these (I bought two) as I want to pair them with a fairly bright pom pom llama cushion from Asda, so these are perfectly subtle and I love the suede feel to the back of them. 

Suede/Metal Trim Sandals - WAS £6 NOW £4
I was also on a mission to pick up some new sandals as I always get a few pairs to see me through Summer and holidays from Primark. There were so many styles to pick from but I instantly honed in on these as they were only £4! As you can see I picked up the cobalt blue shade and plain black shade both of which I really do love however I'm not sure how comfy they will be as the metal bars do press against the top of the foot as you walk - though I'm sure they will be fine! A total bargain.  

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20 Re-Usable Ice Cubes - £1.50 
Also in the homeware section I picked up these handy re-usable ice cubes that are shaped like fruit. In Summer I try to always keep a bag of ice in the freezer but there are always times when I run out so these re-usable ice cubes will be useful. Also nice for using when having a BBQ or having guests around.

Pineapple & Ginger Jar Candle - £1.00
Whilst in the queue to pay I of course caved and ended up buying something I didn't need from one of the displayed that are designed for that very purpose. I really didn't need a new candle but the scent of this was really nice and for £1.00 I couldn't resist. This sadly doesn't smell of anything when burning but the jar still looks pretty. 

All the items I picked up are perfect for Summer so I hope this little haul has inspired you to pop into Primark!  

Fee xo.

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