#5 Places to Successfully Promote Your Blog (Tips + Tricks)

Like I mentioned in one of my last posts, traffic is one of the most important things when you’re a blogger. There are so many ways to increase your blog traffic, but the simplest one is to promote your blog and yourself: it’s more sensible to let readers associate your name with your blog (unless you’d rather stay anonymous, obviously). Today I’ll tell you about a few ways to promote your blog and how to do this. You’re probably familiar with most of them, but are you really using them to the fullest?

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1. Social Media

This isn’t only the most obvious one,  but also the most important one. In the US only, an estimated 185 million people are active on social media. Also, 9 in 10 companies worldwide are using social media to interact with customers and promote themselves. Research shows that there were 2,46 billion social media users active in 2017, and people are expecting a total of 3 billion users in 2021. In short, why would you not promote your blog on social media? It’s the way to reach whoever you want to reach. (Source)

A lot of us are currently using Instagram to upload selfies, holiday pictures, party pictures or stalk our “friends”, but this exact same platform could be used for business purposes. If you’re ready to let people know you own a blog, consider putting the link in your Instagram bio. Believe me, it will attract dozens of viewers on a daily base which will make you realize how much people stalk your Instagram…

Another way is creating a Facebook page for your blog, this is also great if your blog has multiple writers. A Facebook page is the way to connect with your readers in a more personal way and keep them up-to-date.

If your blog is all about photographing or any other kind of art, you should definitely start promoting on Tumblr. This might also be your place to be for inspiration!

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2. StumbleUpon

I used StumbleUpon a lot when I started getting more serious with my blog, it’s the easiest way to discover new and interesting websites, photos and videos across the web. It’s also your chance to put your website/blog posts on there and get noticed!

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3. Tell people about it (Word-of-Mouth)

One of the most effective ways to create awareness under your target-audience is to talk to them. Tell your friends, family or acquaintances about your blog and ask them to check it out. For example, you can ask an uncle who’s great in English to check out your grammar. This way the people around you will know about your blog and there’s a big chance they’ll tell other people about it too and that is exactly what you want!

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4. Pinterest

I have written an entire article about how to get the most out of Pinterest, which you can find here. Pinterest is full of possibilities to design your life. Discover recipes, healthcare, skincare and self-care ideas, style inspiration, blog post ideas, projects for your home, DIYs and tips and tricks you should definitely try. Find everyday ideas you love, what to make for dinner, what to put on your walls, what to wear and more ideas for every part of your life.

5. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the place to find and make business connections, expand your business community and share your business-related experiences. If you want to promote yourself or get your blog to a higher and more professional level, this is exactly what you need.


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Smashbox

Hi guys! 

As you guys might have noticed, my previous post was all about Smashbox. What exactly is Smashbox and why do I seem so obsessed with it? 

I have been using Sephora’s foundations and Dior’s BB-creams for a long time but since I can’t find any of these similar products in the Netherlands anymore, I figured it’s time to switch to another brand and try. out something new. I had in mind to buy M.A.C Cosmetics because a lot of celebs use these and it looks absolutely gorgeouson them. So last Friday I went to this shop where, I thought, they sell M.A.C products. My bad, they didn’t. I was kinda disappointed because I really needed a new foundation so the saleslady told me they did sell a similar brand called ‘Smashbox’.

Of course I had heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that these products were just as good; which should be quite neccessary because Smashbox foundations are even more expensive than M.A.C’s. The woman tried some products out on me (foundation, concealer and a setting powder) and the result was absolutely wonderful. I couldn’t even believe that there was an actual foundation out there that really matched my skintone. 

The foundation cost 37,- and the concealer cost 23,-. I didn’t really ask about the setting powder because I haven’t finished my own yet (MUA). I was gonna buy the foundation for sure but mom told me to buy the concealer as well because it looked really good. So it would be 60,- in total but I had a gift card for 20,- which my friends gave me for my birthday so I also spent that. 

More about Smashbox

What’s this hype about Smashbox? Well, it’s similar to M.A.C cosmetics, made by the Factor-brothers (Max Factor) and currently a part of  Estée Lauder cosmetics. Smashbox had some starting problems because their former PR was drugged and raped by someone who happened to be a friend of the Factors. The brand struggled a lot to make its comeback and finally got famous for its primers. 

Smashbox cosmetics are especially made for photoshoots because they last longer and are oil-free and give a flawless skin-effect. 

Beauty Store That Only Sells Instagram-Famous Products

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“If you don’t know what’s hot, you’re not paying attention.”

Have you ever heard of Richard Parrott? Me neither. Until I read this interesting article about him, it turns out that he owns a beauty shop in Soho. And he doesn’t sell casual beauty products you can buy at any drugstore, no. Richard Parrott only sells products that became famous through Instagram. Honestly, I think that’s a pretty cool idea. + The products aren’t even as expensive as you thought!

Richard Parrott is a 42 years old dad who happens to be really good at Instagram stalking. His shop is called Ricky’s NYC.

So how does Richard actually finds the most-famous products on Instagram? I don’t think it’s that easy, right?

“I open Instagram in the morning and fall down the rabbit hole. Say I’m following NYX Cosmetics, and they post a picture of a girl wearing incredible lipstick. If the caption says, “Thanks to so-and-so …,” I’ll click on that person. Then I start looking through their posts and find a picture of a lipstick that’s even better than the one they posted of NYX. I click on that one and see who liked it and just keep going. You click through ten different people and 20 different comments until you’re like, What is this brand? I’ve never even heard of them! That’s when we reach out.”

I’m convinced that this guy should write a book called: “The official guide for Instagram stalking” because that’s damn good. I think any girl could use this to stalk their exes, and his exes and his ex’s hot brother and go on…

Can we say that you’ll be carrying many Kardashian-endorsed products? 

Yeah. One example is this self-tanner called Cocoa Brown ($14) out of Ireland. I was already carrying it in Ricky’s before Kylie Jenner posted about it, and I vaguely remember the owner telling me she had some sort of connection to the Kardashians’ PR. Maybe that person gave the tanner to Kylie, who then used it and liked it. She posted a really realistic picture of herself in a bikini with Cocoa Brown off to the side with a caption like, “This is my favorite self-tanner.” They definitely didn’t give her a million dollars to do that, and people respond differently when it’s real. After that picture, I sold out of everything I had.

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Too bad I did not know about Ricky’s NYC when I was in New York, damn. I think it would be a great success if he’d open more shops, for example…Europe? The Netherlands maybe..? Oh, just suggesting.

The best thing of Richard’s shop might be that he does not only sell makeup but also little accessories like phone cases, notebooks and those cute little must-have things, because let’s be honest, those are quite Insta-famous too.

While you’re being all excited about this shop, might as well check out Richard’s Tumblr page!

I think I’m about to buy a plane ticket straight to New York because I. Must. Go. To. Ricky’s NYC. Now.

Thailand 2015

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In 2015, I made a 3-weeks road trip through Thailand with my parents. We visited the biggest cities like Bangkok and Phuket and the most beautiful beaches and islands. Honestly, at that moment I didn’t even want to go back home. I also made a short video of our trip.

Of course, we did a lot of shopping and one of the shopping malls we visited was Siam Paragon. Siam Paragon is one of the most expensive (but beautiful) shopping malls in Bangkok. It’s also one of the most popular malls in Thailand.

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One of the things I bought at Siam Paragon is the the Clinique Sonic System. I bought this brush for way cheaper than I could in the Netherlands. At the time, the Clinique Sonic System cost €125 in The Netherlands. In Siam Paragon I could get it for 4200 Baht, but because of the discount I bought it for 3600 Baht (€95).  I was also given an extra brush (€20). I have written a review about this brush, which you can find here: review about the Clinique Sonic System

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I also bought the Bobbi Brown Luxury Brush set, including a soft beautycase and 9 brushes. Click here to read the full review.

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“The right tools are just as important as the makeup itself.”- Bobbi Brown

 

Thailand is a beautiful country which lots of beautiful islands, beaches and nature which you won’t believe unless you see it.

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Traveler’s outfit

Traveler's outfit

Shirts top
€12 – beautifulhalo.com

Vintage shorts
€140 – shopdashonline.com

Nike shoes
€64 – jcpenney.com

Canvas backpack
€9,46 – dressin.com

Bracelet bangle
€54 – tradesy.com

Night out (Paris-based)

The lay-out of this fashion set reminds me of France for some reason, I think it’s the vintage theme.
Anyways, the most expensive thing in this fashion set is the Luis Vuitton handbag. Of course there are many more, cheaper alternatives but I thought the golden logo matched really good with the accesories.
I do think the MANGO coat is quite expensive though.
It took me quite some time to find something that would really match with the floral skaterskirt because you can’t wear anything you want with the skirt. The black crop top is  more of a basic thing. You could also match the skirt with a plain shirt or whatever and a big, eye catching necklace.
I use these Kate Spade earrings quite often in my fashion sets but that’s because I think they look really cute and match really well. They’re so basic but so classy.Night out (Paris-based)

Top
€9,95 – romwe.com

MANGO beige poncho
€86 – johnlewis.com

Black skater skirt
€19 – maykool.com

Semilla stilettos shoes
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Black handbag
€2.040 – louisvuitton.com

Humble Chic teardrop necklace
€35 – humblechic.com

Kate Spade heart jewelry
€23 – 6pm.com

Review: Dior’s Hydralife BB cream

What product am I going to review?

I am going to review quite a high-end product: the Hydralife BB Cream by Dior. I think this was my first BB cream ever and I loved it from the beginning. I got this BB cream as a present and the shade doesn’t entirely match my skin tone, which is why I mix it with another foundation. Even though the shade isn’t right, I love the coverage this BB cream gives me. My shade is called ‘Sunny Amber’ and it has SPF 30, which might be exactly what you’re looking for!

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Dior’s Hydralife Beauty Balm is focused on protecting and hydrating the skin. If you’re looking for a BB cream or foundation that’s really gonna cover up your spots and acne, I wouldn’t recommend this one. This BB cream is suited for all skin types and available in many shades, so make sure you’ve got the right one. Mine looks a little ‘too orange’ on my face, since I already got a darker skin tone.

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Dior’s Hydralife BB cream comes in a grey triangular tube (50 ml) . The shade is indicated in a frame which says ‘BB cream’. The tube is quite small and tall. The shape and look of this tube shows it’s a high-end product. It does feel a little heavy on my face, like, I can definitely feel that I’m wearing something. But maybe that’s because I know I don’t have the right shade so it makes me feel uncomfortable.

What did it cost me? + Where can you buy it?

I didn’t buy this BB cream myself, I got it as a present. You can buy it online on Sephora, Dior and Amazon. I think the common price is $56 and €54. It’s quite expensive but let’s be real, it’s Dior. + There’s also a Hydralife eyecream with SPF 20 so if you prefer that, check this out! 

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Conclusion:

This is a great BB cream and I’d definitely recommend it to people who aren’t looking for a real coverage, but do want an even skin tone. And the BB cream has SPF 30, which is a huge plus. I do think there are cheaper alternatives with the same results though, so if you think this BB cream is a little too expensive (which I totally understand), there’s so many more!

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