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How to be a great beauty blogger

Beauty blogging found me along the way, and I have since fallen in love with it. If you have been reading Fashion and Style Police for some time, you will know this blog is about fashion, beauty and a bit of lifestyle. I love reading and writing about beauty. I enjoy reviewing products and telling you all about that. I am always trying out new products, so adding a beauty category on the blog came naturally.

 

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I won’t call myself a beauty blogger professional, but I have been beauty blogging for some years now, and I have picked up some tips along the way. I also know a great beauty blogger when I see one. Here are the ways you could be a great beauty blogger:

 

Be Authentic

A good blogger is always authentic regardless of the niche. Being authentic is very important in the beauty blogging industry especially with similar products being sent for reviews to so many bloggers at the same time. Being your own true self, and having a distinct tone, would help your blog posts stand out from the rest.

Tip: Put your spin on your blog posts especially reviews. Make them sound like You.

 

Take Stunning Photos

I wrote a blog post about stunning photos some days ago, so feel free to catch up on that post for photography tips and tricks.

Photography plays a vital role for beauty bloggers as products will need to be photographed, and photographed beautifully. If review products are not photographed beautifully, no one is going to be interested in purchasing them, regardless of how good they are.

Tip: Read the post linked above. Invest in a good camera and photo props.

 

Review Correctly

Many beauty bloggers are not reviewing products the way I would want them to as a reader. As a reader, I would want to see beauty bloggers review lipsticks and actually post photos of them wearing the lipstick not just swatches. Same with every other type of makeup. I want to see it on not just swatched. That way I would have a good idea of how the makeup would look. Swatches don’t really show much, and the makeup tends to look different when swatched and when applied.

Tip: Put the makeup on.

 

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Post Varied Content

Post varied beauty content. If you blog only about beauty, there is a lot more to talk about in the beauty industry as a whole. I get bored when each blog post is a review post.

Tip: Post relevant beauty related posts that interest you.

 

Review Other Products

I get so bored when all I see on a blog are review posts courtesy of PR samples. I like to see beauty bloggers review products from that bathroom because they like the products so much and think it is a good find. I tend to trust those kind of bloggers a little more.

There is nothing wrong with reviewing PR samples, I do that on the blog all the time but I also review products I buy with my own money.

Tip: When next you come across a product you bought, that you like or hate so much, tell your readers about it.

 

Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

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How to Care for a Dehydrated Skin

Ever noticed your skin looking dull and hollow? Are you seeing more fine lines or wrinkles on your face than before? Does your skin bounce lazily back after pinching your cheeks? You most likely have dehydrated skin.

Most people get the term dehydrated skin confused with dry skin. Dehydrated skin is when your skin lacks moisture and it’s a skin condition while dry skin is a skin type.

 

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A lot of things can lead to dehydrated skin, such as low humidity where there’s a lack of moisture in the air, cold weather and even sunrays.

The reason why dehydrated skin goes unnoticed is because many people mistake the oil on your face to mean that your face has enough moisture. Flaky skin, dull-looking colour and fine lines are key indicators of dehydrated skin. Since dehydrated skin is skin that’s in great need of water or moisture then the most effective way to deal with this condition is to restore the moisture back to the skin. Most people believe that drinking plenty of water will help bring back the moisture to the skin. This is true, but there should be a form of skincare routine in place to help bring the moisture to the skin.

If you’re suffering from dehydrated skin, then here’s how you can bring back the moisture your skin craves:

Make moisture your friend

Moisturizers contain the right ingredients that will help your skin retain the moisture it really needs. Moisturizers penetrate deep in your skin and once absorbed it locks in the moisture. This helps to keep your skin hydrated for several hours.

When choosing the right moisturizer go for the ones that contain either glycerine, hyaluronic acid or squalene. These powerful ingredients help lock in the moisture. No wonder many moisturizers contain at least one of them!

To get maximum benefit from your moisturizer apply it on your skin one layer at a time. This will give your skin the opportunity to properly absorb the moisturizer. It also prevents your face from looking shiny or oily.

Another great tip is to apply moisturizer at least 3 minutes after stepping out of the shower. The moisturizer will retain the water on your body that did not completely dry out.

 

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Have a skincare routine that focuses on rehydrating your skin

With an effective skincare routine you can correct almost any skin condition. All you have to do is be consistent. Start off your mornings with a nice cleansing. Use a cleanser that contains glycerin as that will help moisturize your skin as you cleanse it. Next apply moisturizer taking it one layer at a time.

If your skin is flaky you may have to exfoliate it at least 3 times a week but make sure you moisturize each time you do.

Be conscious of how your skin feels

Usually when your skin dehydrated, you’ll feel your skin tighten. Whenever you feel it go tight, apply a nice amount of moisturizer. If you’re not sensitive to how your skin feels then take care to take note of your environment. If you find yourself in an air-conditioned room for a long time make sure you apply moisturizer as the air conditioner soaks up moisture from your skin. Where the temperature is low or the humidity is low, moisturize to avoid dehydrated skin.

 

These tips will surely help any dehydrated skin.

Do you suffer from dehydrated skin? How do you deal with it?

Beauty Muse: Sade Adu

I grew up listening to her songs – Sweetest Taboo, Smooth Operator, King of Sorrow, By Your Side, and her other hits. She has a very sultry, lovely voice and a very beautiful face. Say hello to my Beauty MuseSade Adu also known as Helen Folasade Adu.

 

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They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Well I say everyone beholds this beauty. This Nigerian born, Essex raised stunner is the definition of timeless beauty. She is one woman who does not seem to age one bit. She is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. And she has an equally beautiful voice. I could fall asleep just listening to her.

I love her amazing golden skin, her beautiful eyes, black silky hair, her eyebrows, and everything else. No one can wear a red lip as pretty as Sade. Even at almost 60, she can still give 21 year olds, a run for their money. This woman is beauty goals.

 

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If I could be a fly on her wall, I would love to take a look into her bathroom cupboard, just to see what beauty products she swears by. I would also love to take a peep into her makeup bag as well. But since I can’t, I had to go digging for interviews online where she shared her beauty tips and secrets. And guess what? I found nothing.

Sade Adu is known for her privacy and zero interest in granting interviews so that could explain why I couldn’t find any beauty quote from her at all.

This is extremely rare for a successful singer, her career path is different but it worked and still works for her. And that is all that matters.

I will keep digging, maybe I will get lucky one day. But until then, we can only wonder.

 

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Are you a fan of Sade Adu? What do you think of her as a Beauty Muse?