08.22.2016

Five Tips On How To Blog With A Full Time Job

I must admit, before I started blogging I had no idea the time and attention to detail it takes to do it well.  Whenever I read a beautifully photographed and written blog post, I am more impressed than ever before, because I know the work that is put in.

Many of these bloggers are fortunate enough to call blogging their career and devote full time hours to their content.  But how do you tackle a blog if you have another full time job?  I’m here today to share a few lessons I have learned about balancing family, work and blog.

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DON’T LET YOUR BLOG CONSUME YOU

Family, work and blog… you notice that ‘blog’ is last?  While there is nothing wrong with devoting time and effort to grow your blog, your family was there first.  Whenever possible, I try to stay away from the computer when my family is around so I can devote my time to them.

Also, I’m pretty sure your employer isn’t paying you to blog, so be sure to spend your work hours giving your day job your best.

PLAN AND SCHEDULE YOUR TIME

Chances are, you will only have an hour or so a day to work on your blog, so make your time count!  This was a tough lesson for me, as I am not naturally a self-motivated person.  But a few sessions of sitting down to work and spending my time sorting through a mess or gathering supplies caused me to change my ways pretty quickly.

I include a list of daily blog tasks in my planner and I review them every morning.  This allows me to sort out my priorities and tackle them first.  I attempt to limit my tasks to 2-3 per day, so I can keep things to a manageable limit, and I keep a notepad with ideas for photoshoots and props so I know in advance what I need.

KEEP AN ARCHIVE OF DRAFTS READY TO WORK WITH

I know how overwhelming it can be to try to come up with complete, original posts every week.  I conquer this by having a stash of posts drafted and ready to go.  Typically, I have 1-2 evenings a month completely to myself, and I use this time to write several posts to have ready for future use.  I will even shoot the pictures to edit later.  This way, I can easily assemble posts each week without much effort!

SCHEDULE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

This is huge for a working blogger!  I definitely can’t be on my phone at work posting updates and scanning Instagram.  Scheduling programs like Hootsuite allow me to prepare my social media updates in advance so it looks like I am right there updating my accounts!  I spend a few minutes in the evening catching up with comments and any extra updates on social media… the rest takes care of itself!

KEEP YOUR POSTING TO A MANAGEABLE AMOUNT

Being a daily blogger is a huge commitment!  And one I feel incapable of tackling with a full time job.  I post twice a week, occasionally three times if I have extra content.

Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t post every day.  It really doesn’t matter… the important thing is to be consistent.  If your readers know they can count on you for posts on certain days, that’s what will keep them coming back.

I blog because I enjoy it.  I don’t ever want to push it to the point it becomes stressful.  Keep things manageable so you can love what you do!

I hope this helps you if you are trying to adjust to juggling work and a blog.  It took me some time to get a routine down, but it was so essential for me.  Please comment and share your best blogging tips!

 

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08.19.2016

Weekly Roundup – Summer Nails & A Summer Series

Happy Friday all!  Thanks for dropping by… feel free to leave a comment and say Hi, I love to chat!

Weekly Roundup - Summer Nails & a Summer Series

Last Saturday I finally got around to giving my neglected hair some much needed TLC… it was time for a haircut!  It feels wonderful to be able to run my fingers through my hair and have a bit of brightness from some subtle balayage. My experience with my new stylist was great!  No tears, just smiles… a perfect visit!

Subtle Balayage www.jilliandanielle.com

I guess this was the week of pampering myself, because I also sprung for a gel manicure!  I almost always do my own nails at home to save time and money, so I feel so fancy with this bright, summery shade!

Gel Manicure www.jilliandanielle.com

I got to spend last night go through some family history with my parents.  I love this darling picture of my Grandma’s aunt… this deserves to be framed on my dressing table!

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I have finally gotten around to starting Lost.  Nate has been a fan of the show for years, and after only one episode I’m excited to see how this unfolds!  So many different characters!

This week I shared my stash of product empties along with mini reviews and whether of not I would repurchase them.  The next installment of my How To series also went live, and this week’s topic was foundations!  You can read all about my empty products and my How To series HERE and HERE!

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I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  This post was linked with 5 on Friday and High Five For Friday… click the buttons below to read more fun Friday posts!

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08.17.2016

How To: Apply Foundation

Welcome to the next segment of my How To series… each segment of the series will tackle a category of makeup and cover how to properly apply each one.  For you beauty gurus out there this may be old news, but I’m hoping this will be helpful for beginners or those who have always dreaded makeup application.  Stay tuned as we work our way over the whole face!

Today’s topic is foundation.  There are so many types of foundation and ways to apply it… I will try to touch on the main ones!

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FORMULAS

There are countless different formulas of foundation, but most of them can be divided into these categories: Liquid, Cream, Mousse, Cushion, Powder and Airbrush. Foundations can also be oil-based or oil-free, which you will want to consider when selecting one appropriate for your skin type.

Liquid foundations can range in viscosity from thin and runny, to very thick.  What consistency of liquid foundation you choose will depend mostly on personal preference, but in general, the thinner the formula the more natural looking and seamless your coverage will be.

Cream foundations are typically sold in compacts or sticks, and have a very thick (often oil-based) texture.  Cream foundations are usually most suitable for those with drier or more mature skin.

Mousse foundations are usually packaged in tubes and have an airy, mousse-like consistency.  I think the finish of mousse foundations can be quite unpredictable… ranging from light and sheer, to thick and cakey.

Cushion foundation is fairly new to the game and is one of the many ingenious makeup products to come from the Korean makeup phenomenon.  A compact houses a sponge which is soaked with a liquid foundation.  Pressing the sponge will release the product to be applied to the face.

Those that love powder foundations are pretty dedicated followers.  While I have found that it does not suit my oily skin, it is loved by many for its light breathable texture.

Airbrush foundations produce a flawless finish that make it popular with brides.  Precision airbrushing is often done in a salon, but at home options are available.

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My Current Foundation Stash: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation, Sephora Teint Infusion, Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (my fav!), and Loreal True Match

 

APPLICATION

There are countless tools and methods you can use to apply foundation, ranging from your fingers all the way to elaborate mechanical devices.  Choose the device you will use based on your desired finished look!

Fingers – This is the most common method to apply foundation and probably the one most of us learned first.  This is actually my least favorite application method for three reasons: it can result in smears and fingerprints in the finished look, it takes longer, and unless you are diligent about washing your hands, it can be a bit un-hygienic and messy.

Should you choose to use your fingers, thin to medium liquids should produce the best results. If you have only ever used your fingers to apply foundation, I would suggest you give one of the methods below a shot!

Brushes – Using a brush is my personal favorite way to apply my foundation!  Don’t think that you are limited to using a brush only with powder foundations… I love my using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with my favorite liquid foundations.  There are many different types of foundation brushes, but the most common have short, densely packed, soft bristles for smooth, comfortable blending.

In my opinion, brushes are the fastest way to apply foundation, and also the most versatile as they can be used for any type of foundation!  Powder foundation must be applied exclusively with a brush.

Sponges – Beauty Blenders have become a makeup staple over the years, and there are now many similar, cheaper options available as well.  Don’t confuse these beauty sponges with those small triangular sponges our moms always used.  Beauty sponges are somewhat egg shaped, and are meant to be used wet.

Beauty sponges can be used with almost any type of foundation (except powder), and create the most seamless finish.  They make the most noticeable difference with thicker foundations and concealers.  They are also great for those with dry skin, as the dampness from the sponge will help diminish the appearance of dry patches.

Airbrushing – Airbrush foundations come in an aerosol can, or in professional cases, a mechanical sprayer.  For at-home application, airbrush foundations are best dispensed on the center of the face or on a mixing palette, and then blended in with a brush or beauty sponge.  This will prevent you from airbrushing your hair and walls as well!

For professionals trained in airbrushing, they will spray the foundation directly onto your face, often applying additional layers of color and contour as well.

I hope you enjoyed these little tips for the perfect foundation application!  If you have any suggestions for foundations, either formulas or application, please comment!  I would love to hear!

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08.15.2016

Product Empties!

I love product empties posts!  I think it is a great way to see what items people actually love, finish, and would repurchase.  I don’t know why I never thought to do one before… I am now kicking myself for throwing away all those empty packages!

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Anyway, I still have few empties floating around, and I am here to share what I thought of them and if I would buy them again.

BENEFIT’S HOOLA BRONZER

This is at least the fourth one of these I have purchased.  I just find it to be the perfect color for my fair skin… not to dark and not to orange.  I feel a little ripped off every time I buy it because you get such a small amount for the price, but it remains a favorite.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, but I would love to find a less expensive dupe.  Any suggestions?

Product Empties Benefit Hoola www.jilliandanielle.com

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH

I bought this blush for my wedding and loved it.  It gives a lovely glow to the skin without ever registering as shimmery.  This is a very light shade, so you have to build it up quite a bit to get a good payoff.  It would only be suitable for the fairest of skintones.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, but in a darker shade.

Product Empties Hourglass Blush www.jilliandanielle.com

AUSSIE THREE MINUTE MIRACLE

I use this daily.  It is an awesome daily conditioner for coarse or damaged hair.  You can’t beat a $3.00 conditioner that works!

Would I repurchase?  Obviously, yes! 🙂

Product Empties Aussie 3 Minute Mirable www.jilliandanielle.com

OLE HENRIKSEN TRUTH SERUM VITAMIN C COLLAGEN BOOSTER

This is by far my favorite serum I have ever tried!  I love the smell… not only does it have and amazing citrus scent, but I does not have the strange odor that many Vitamin C products can have.  It packs a hefty punch of Vitamin C, and absorbs perfectly into the skin.

Would I repurchase?  Yes

Product Empties Ole Henriksen Truth Serum www.jilliandanielle.com

MAC LIPSTICK IN SYRUP

This was the lipstick I wore on my wedding day.  It is a perfect “your lips but better” shade.  I prefer it best in the winter, but I think I can be worn all year long.

Would I repurchase?  Yes

Product Empties MAC Syrup www.jilliandanielle.com

MAKEUP FOREVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION

This was a recent discovery, and one that I was surprised that I liked.  I am typically not a fan of full cover foundations, but this one was surprisingly weightless.  Great for long days or big events!

Would I repurchase?  Possibly… still not my first choice for daily use, but great to have on hand if you love a full coverage base.

Product Empties MUF Ultra HD www.jilliandanielle.com

AMIKA UN.DONE TEXTURE SPRAY

This is a great texture spray for beginners.  It has a very light finish and is really tough to overuse.  It has a pleasant smell, and a cool funky design.

Would I repurchase?  Possibly… I liked this, but am interested in trying some sprays with a bit more texture.

Product Empties Amika Un.Done www.jilliandanielle.com

AQUAGE BEYOND SHINE

This has been a favorite for many years.  It gives a noticeable shine to the hair without leaving a residue or weighing it down.  It is great to spray on your finished style, or can be applied to dry hair before styling and your hot tools will glide through like a dream!

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I have been through many bottles of this! 

Product Empties Aquage Beyond Shine www.jilliandanielle.com

LIVING PROOF NIGHT CAP

This is a hair mask that you wear overnight, and while I liked that it left no residue on my pillow, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the results.  I did notice a difference, but nothing that blew me away for the price.  For my hair, I get better results with an in-shower deep conditioner.

Would I repurchase?  No

Product Empties Living Proof Night Cap www.jilliandanielle.com

ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR EYE CREAM

I received this generous sample and was excited to try it as I had heard such great things about the Advanced Night Repair oil.  This was a lovely cream with a beautiful, light consistency… I loved how smoothly I glided under they eyes without tugging.  However, I’m not sure how much hydration it actually brought to the party.  I think this would be perfect for younger eyes, or those with few hydration issues.

Would I repurchase?  No, this was a lovely cream, but I would choose something with a little richer texture.

Product Empties Estee Lauder Eye Cream www.jilliandanielle.com

I hope you enjoyed exploring this roundup of my trash, and possibly got some ideas of new things to try.  Now I can actually throw these things away!  What are some of your most used beauty items?

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08.12.2016

Weekly Roundup – Haircuts & How To’s

Happy Friday!  This post is linked with 5 on Friday and High Five For Friday.  Be sure to head over to their sites for some more fun Friday posts!

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This week has been summed up by one word… Olympics!  I am a HUGE Olympics fan, and I would basically watch it all evening if Nate wasn’t getting sick of it.  I definitely laid claim to the TV Tuesday and Thursday nights for the gymnastics Team and All-Around events… highlight of the games for me!  GO USA!

Diet began Monday and after basically wanting to chew my arm off the first day, it’s been going pretty well.  Lots of protein, fruits and veggies, and keeping the sugars and processed foods to a minimum.  Have you tried these TURKEY BURGERS from Trader Joe’s?  I season mine up well before cooking with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a smoky rub… very yummy!

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I am finally headed to get a haircut tomorrow.  I had to switch stylists, and trying to select a new stylist with no recommendations is tough!  Combine that with the craziness of everyday life, and it’s been over a year since I’ve been to the salon!  My hair is in the worst shape it’s ever been, so I am surely looking forward to an afternoon of pampering.

Have you all tried any of the “gel effect” polishes?  The only one I have tried is the Miracle Gel from Sally Hansen, and I’m kinda on the fence about it.  Everyone is talking up the new ones from Essie, but I HATE their regular polishes so I am hesitant to try.  Any suggestions?

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I started a new blog series this week covering the basics of makeup application.  Each post will cover the How To’s of one type of makeup… this week we started with primers.  You can check out the first edition of the series HERE!

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Thank you all for checking in, and be sure to come back next week for new posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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