Sundays are my no makeup, no nonsense, no worries days. They are best spent people watching, ice tea drinking, book store wandering and daydreaming about faraway lands. What is your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?
I wouldn't mind living my whole life on a beach somewhere, taking in the scented air and spectacular sunsets, running around barefoot in the sand and taking photos of all my favourite things. In that alternate universe, I'd also have a tub full of Nutella and a lot of hamsters that I would instagram all the time. Aaaah, but it's Sunday evening and I have to snap back to reality. How was your weekend guys?
Social media groups tend gravitate around certain hashtags, just like planets gravitate around a star, so it's no wonder that beauty, lifestyle and fashion bloggers have a solar system of their own. The trick is to find the right group for your content and in order to find the right group, you have to find the right hashtag. But then finding the right hashtag to promote your content when you're a newbie blogger, is similar to finding a lucky pink unicorn on the side of the street (seriously it's super hard work).
So how does one newbie blogger shine on Twitter? I learned a lot of things about social media by seeing what my favourite bloggers were doing, by joining Twitter chats and by making lots of blogger friends who were kind enough to share all their hits and misses with me. So my advice to you is get out there and start chatting! I love this Twitter chat calendar from Xomisse - it really helped me improve my social media game.
Tag your Instagram like a pro. Kay, so I'm still getting the hang of Instagram, but I have to say it's definitely my absolute favourite platform to use. The right hashtags will get you unbelievable engagement for every single post and you also receive a free cupcake every time you hit 40 likes. Okay, maybe I lied a bit about the cupcake, but my main point is Instagram is so awesome! If you're curious about the hashtags I love to abuse check out my account heeeeah (to be read with a British accent while imagining I'm flipping my hair with an attitude).
Tell me all about your fave hashtags and social media tips in the comment section below.
Most of the last days have been too rainy, cold or dark for it to feel like actual summer. I'm spending most of my free time binge watching OITNB, hanging out with friends, attempting (and failing) to paint my nails, ingesting way too much chocolate and spending a ridiculous amount of hours in the sale section at Urban Outfitters. All I'm saying is I wish I could wear sandals and get a bit of a tan (seriously looking undead ATM) - then my life would have meaning again. How's the weather in your corner of the world?
The nice thing about living so close to a lake is that you can always spend your free time in the sun by the water. I used to hate anything to do with nature (it literally gave me anxiety to be outside the city), but now after being in Canada for 4 years, chasing squirrels (and by chasing I mean running for my life whenever I see one), lounging in the grass and picnics on the beach have basically become routine. I couldn't imagine my summers without them and have become thankful for every minute spent outside. Tell me all about how you spend your summers.
There's a local Beerfest happening every year in Kingston and we were lucky enough to score some complimentary tickets (cue totally freaking out because we're completely starved for festivals, crowds and basically any type of cultural scenery). Okay, so it wasn't the booming, densely populated event I was used to back home (to me beerfest usually means loud electronic music, massive crowds and Heiniken) but it was refreshing and surprisingly lively for the small town of Kingston.
We tasted some really nice craft beer, inhaled a hot dog or two, mingled with friends, played a few free hands of blackjack (never seen blackjack tables at a beer festival before, but uhm, why not...) and then dragged our tired slightly inebriated behinds home.
How was your weekend, everyone? Let me know all about it in the comment section.
I barely had time to do anything other that sleep and eat lately, so it's probably no wonder that my beauty care regimen fell somewhere to the bottom of my list of priorities (que breakouts and greasy forehead). Spending a day relaxing at a spa would fall into the same category of wishful thinking, so I was extremely excited when Zakia's Morocco brought the spa to me.
The Zakia's Morocco face mask I got to try out, comes in the form of a water soluble powder (Ghassoul clay). I liked the hands-on approach to this product - the fact that you get to mix the mask yourself (to be read Dora made a huge mess in the kitchen again) allows for the delivery of a natural product without a fast expiration date. You get the benefits of the pure mineral-rich Ghassoul clay without the worry of other harmful ingredients being mixed into the product. It's a "what you see is what you get" kind of scenario we're talking about here.
- It's an all natural product.
- You get to prepare the mask at home yourself, so you know exactly what goes on your skin.
- It's multifunctional - you can also add some of the clay to your shampoo for added benefits to your hair care routine.
- The mask has a pleasant silky feeling when applied and leaves skin soft and bright when removed.
- It's environmentally friendly.
- It retails for $14.99 for 250 grams, which I might be a bit high end for a face mask, but I think is worth it considering because you are able to produce quite a large quantity of product once you mix it with water. A Drop of Indigo readers can also get a %20 discount with the code ZMBLOG-144 .
- There is a little redness after removal that goes away in about half an hour, so I wouldn't recommend applying this if you have to leave the house immediately after.
All things considered, I really loved this product and I can see it becoming highly addictive. My skin feels great after using it yesterday and I'm considering giving it another go today before going to sleep.
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Have a brilliant day!
P.S. I received a sample of Zakia's Morocco face mask in exchange for a review.
It's always the little things in life that are making everything better. Right now, it's the glass of Beaujolais that I'm chugging while putting down these words. During the day, it's my new pair of Reeboks that I wear with everything. What are your latest finds?