Monday, 20 June 2016

Giving Up Blogging

Giving Up Blogging Lifestyle post
You may or perhaps not have noticed that I haven't published a blog post, or been around social media as much, over the last month. There are a few reasons for this but the main one is that I was actually contemplating giving up blogging and needed some time away from it all. I was feeling very lost and inadequate in the blogging world, I got caught up in seeing how many followers I had on various platforms and how many views my blog had on a daily basis then comparing this with others which left me feeling very deflated. Looking back I can see I was on a bit of a downer anyway with life in general (weight loss, infertility etc etc) so it was inevitable that my blog life would suffer also at some point.

Add to the fact that there seems to be a bit of a trend right now amongst bloggers to publish their monthly stats then really it was a recipe for disaster in my head, not that I am blaming other bloggers in the slightest but it probably did contribute to me starting to compare me and my blog to others which is ridiculous and not something which I tend to do normally. While these types of posts can be helpful and are definately interesting they can have a detrimental effect to the confidence of us lesser known bloggers especially when we are not in the right head space. I'll be honest and admit that I have never much bothered with checking my views on a regular basis,  I admit that I do look every so often to see what posts are doing well that month or if I have worked with a brand on something then I like to know what the views were like on that specific post, but I am certainly not one of those people who check their stats every week let alone every day so I am pretty much clueless as to what my day to day blog views are like. I have always been okay about this as I was never aiming to quit my job and be a full time blogger so my blog has always been my little side hobby but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want it to do well and be seen by a variety of people. On the occasions when I have checked my stats I have been happy with them and now I am seeing the numbers of views other bloggers are getting then I think I am in a pretty okay place. The one platform I have always struggled with, and which has always bothered me, is Bloglovin, my follower count is pretty low especially when I see that my views are okay. There is obviously something I am doing wrong where people are not wanting to follow my blog but are okay with reading my posts, if you are one of those people let me know what stops you from clicking the follow button, I won't be offended I pinky promise. I am genuinely interested as I would like for things to change and try and get my confidence back.

So what next for CazmosWorld? Well to start with, I am going to stop looking at my stats and posts were blogger stats are published and take things completely back to basics and how I done it when I was starting out. Things were so much easier when I first started blogging when I didn't know, or care, how many views I was getting and I didn't care about the number of followers I had. Okay, I would love to see my Bloglovin' followers increase a little or a lot but I am realistic and know that I have to work hard and continue working hard on posts and also exposure but if you have any tips to give Bloglovin' a little kick start then please let me know in the comments below as I would like to improve my blog and get the complete love back for my little hobby.

Post wise, I want to start featuring some more fashion and lifestyle type posts as well as continuing with beauty of course. I seem to have fallen into beauty only posts with the occasional lifestyle post here and there but I want to have a bit more variety again, post about what I would want to read on other blogs and keep things mixed up a bit. I don't want to be boxed into one category alone as that is when things get boring and I stop getting the same enjoyment out of my blog. I love reading blogs where you don't know what type of post you are getting next, I really like reading personal posts and fashion posts especially plus size fashion and of course thirty plus beauty and lifestyle.  I like a variety of posts, things I can relate to and so it makes sense that I should be posting more of this type of post on CazmosWorld. I truly believe that if you are passionate about what you are posting about then it will come across in your posts.

This post is not me asking for a pity party, far from it. If I wanted a pity party then I would have done a post last month when I was feeling at my lowest and asked for all the tea and sympathy but that wasn't, and certainly isn't, what I wanted. I'll be honest here and admit that I was actually just going to delete my whole blog but some lovely bloggers, you know who you are, talked me out of it and told me not to do anything so drastic as I would likely regret it. I am so thankful for them for that and I am certainly feeling a lot better now and my confidence is slowly returning. I followed their advice and took some time away where I thought of what I really wanted to do and this has brought us to today. I want to keep blogging and I want to work at it, I know I need to keep working at it and I need to put a lot more work into my blog if I want to achieve a better following and readership. Life will get in the way and that is okay, this is not my career and never will be so it is okay to take a break and it is okay to not check your views every day. I just need to do my own thing and let everyone else do theirs.

Have you ever felt completely inadequate in the blogging world, did these thoughts lead to you thinking of giving up blogging? I would love to discuss this with you, please comment below or even tweet me for a quicker response.

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Colourpop Haul | First Impressions & Swatches

A picture of Colourpop haul, first impressions and swatches
Unless you have been living under a rock recently then you will have seen the buzz amongst Beauty Bloggers and makeup enthusiasts about Colourpop on Twitter and Instagram. Due to all the excitement, I couldn't resist any longer and had to see what all the fuss was about purely for blog purposes of course! 

Colourpop have an amazing selection of makeup on their website with extensive colour ranges under each category. All products are extremely affordable but the low prices does not mean the products are cheaply made but instead they appear to be of good quality and could be in line with some higher end products. The only downside of Colourpop is that they do not ship to the UK, correct at the time of posting, however if you check out this post by Jasmine you will see exactly how to get your Colourpop order shipped to the UK. 

I received my Colourpop order quite a few weeks ago now and since then I have made sure to try all the products I purchased and thought the time was right to share my first impressions with you all. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Five Things Slimmers Do Before Weigh In

A picture of Slimming World certificate
Weigh day, you either love it or loathe it! I definately loathe it, even if I have been a Slimming World angel all week, I still dread weigh day. No matter what plan you are following (Slimming World, Weight Watchers or some other weight loss/healthy eating plan) there are some things that us slimmers need to do to prepare us for weigh day, if we don’t do them then any weight that is gained is blamed on us not following the ritual down to a tee. 

Here are five of the most common rituals which slimmers follow, some or all of these may apply to you. Hopefully this post will give you a laugh or at be something that you can relate to. Happy Slimming!

1. PEE. A lot! Right before you weigh in at class or at home, you need to make sure and get every single trickle of wee out of your body... sometimes, you hope for a poo as well. Sorry, but it’s true! You don't for one second think that one single pee is going to make a difference of even 1/2lb but you can't take the risk just in case!

2. Wear the lightest clothing possible and make sure that you wear the same outfit each time you weigh in as it is now your uniform. It usually consists of a thong, those Bridget Jones knickers weigh a lot more than you think, lightweight leggings, lightweight top and a non padded bra which is usually the ugliest thing you own and you are not sure if it started off life as white or if it has always been a funky shade of grey! If going to a class to weigh in then you hope that none of your family/friends see you because you are not in your Sunday best right now and would be absolutely mortified if they seen you, to be honest though this is usually when you bump into the most people!

3. Drink a lot of water the day before, probably too much. There are two main reasons for this, it will help with all the peeing you plan on doing (see point 1) and also you hope it will fill you up and save you from having to eat large meals and/or any snacks.

4. It is usually preferable to get weighed early in the morning but unfortunately that is not always possible. If you have to get weighed in the afternoon/evening then your ritual includes eating the lightest food possible, the lower the calories your food for the day contains the better, think salad, but you still won't eat a lot of it and you make sure not to eat or drink within three or four hours of weigh in.

5. You plan your treat/cheat meal down to a tee including the drink, alcoholic or otherwise, and dream about it all week until you can actually get to eat it.  You will either be celebrating or feeling sorry for yourself after weigh in so that treat/cheat meal is going to be eaten with zeros f***s given and you can get straight back on the plan again tomorrow, well you plan to anyway

Do you have a weigh day routine, what does it include? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Benefit Cheekathon | Review

A picture of Benefit Cheekathon Palette A picture of the Benefit Cheekton blush and bronzer palette
I seem to be in complete cheek product mode at the moment, I seriously can't get enough of blushers, bronzers and highlighters but I felt like I didn't have enough 'higher end' products in my collection and so I decided that I needed Benefit Hoola bronzer. Everyone and their granny raves about Hoola and I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I have never purchased a full size version of it and have only ever used it as a mini in part of a previous Benefit set, I also decided that I needed a Benefit blush but didn't know which one to go for. While browsing Benefit's site looking for the perfect blusher for me, I spotted the Cheekathon palette at only £44.50 and just couldn't pass up on it.  

The blushers and bronzers in the palette are all full size and given that individually they would cost £23.50 each, this palette works out as a complete bargain as I would have spent more money buying Hoola and a blusher separately. There is also a mini powder brush included which is the same size as the one you get in the powder boxes but I am not too fussed with that as I use my own makeup brushes for application but it would come in handy if you were away somewhere and didn't want to carry all your makeup brushes with you. The powders are housed in a sturdy cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid, it is not a palette I would necessarily carry around with me day to day but if I was going away for the weekend or on holiday then I would be packing this instead of individual blushers and bronzers. 

I know sometimes when brands bring palettes like this out, they can tend to scrimp on the actual quality of the product but each and every powder in Cheekathon seems to have the same pigmentation and blendability as the individual powder boxes. Personally, I love the powder combinations chosen for this palette and think Benefit have made the right choices, these are all powders I would be interested in purchasing separately and all do well on their own or as stand alone products. I am glad I found this on their site and didn't have to choose a separate blusher, although at the moment I am slightly obsessed with Dandelion but wouldn't have known that if I didn't buy this palette. 
A picture of the Benefit Cheekathon blush and bronzer palette
Dandelion - Sheer ballerina-pink face powder with a hint of shimmer.
Hoola - Soft bronze matte bronzer.
Rockateur - Rose gold blush with a hint of shimmer.
Dallas - Dusty rose blusher or bronzer.
Coralista - Warm coral pink blusher with a hint of pearl.
A picture of Benefit Cheekathon blush and bronzer palette swatches
For day to day wear, I am loving wearing Hoola as a mini contour and Dandelion swept over my cheeks but I have tried, and love, the other powders and am having fun wearing them in different combinations. I used to own Dallas a few years ago and loved it, I forgot how much though until I got this palette which has re-ignited my love for it. I have used a blush and/or bronzer from the Cheekathon palette every single day since I bought it so this has been money well spent for me.

The Benefit Cheekathon palette is the perfect combination of matte and shimmer powders for all your bronzing and blush needs and is suitable for most, probably all, skin tones, it really is one that I would highly recommend checking out if you haven't already. 

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

My Current Everyday Eyebrow Combination

A picture of my current everyday eyebrow combination
If there is one thing that I am thankful for discovering since starting this blog, it is the beauty of filling in my eyebrows. Seriously, why did I never do this before? It is now such an important part of my routine, it's as much a necessity as my mascara these days. I can go out without any base products on and not even feel uncomfortable in the slightest but I like to have something on my brows and lashes, even something light so they feel a bit more presentable.

I have tried a lot of different brow products in the last few years, some I have loved and some not so much. For the past few months I have been using this particular combination of products on a daily basis to fake the perfect natural eyebrow look that I am loving. I hate my brows to appear too dark or drawn on. I actually have some new eyebrow products to try out but keep putting it off as I love this combination so much.
A picture of my current everyday eyebrow combination
Benefit Brow Zings - Light | £24.50 | post
Whenever I pick up new eyebrow products, I always sway more towards medium brown shades but when I attended at the Benefit Browbar last year to get my brows tamed and to pick up Browzings, they suggested I give the light shade a try. My hair was a lot darker at the time but they explained that because I don't like the red undertones (which totally don't suit my colouring!) that usually come with the darker shades, that their Light Brow Zings would probably be better for me. They were so right, thanks Benebabes. I love this and find that I use both the wax and the powder to tame and add some definition to my brows, not too much though as I like them to look as natural as possible, like I haven't even made an effort. I find that some eyebrow products are a bit hard to control and leave me with big, dark brows which is definately not a look I go for but with Brow Zings, I feel like I am in control and can enhance my brows the way I want to.

Maybelline Brow Drama - Medium Brown | £4.99 | post
I use Brow Drama to 'set' Brow Zings as I find that they really compliment each other, I know it can be used alone but I much prefer it as a setting gel. This adds a hint of colour but not too much so it still leaves me with the natural brows I like.  For days when I can't be bothered with filling in my brows, I run a little of this over them, as I said above it doesn't add much colour but it does keeps my unruly brows under control. This lasts a good 12 hours on me, I apply it first thing in the morning and it is still there at night along with Brow Zings when I come to remove my makeup. It's no dupe for Benefit Gimme Brow which some people have claimed, but it does do a pretty good job for only £4.99 so it is one I am happy to repurchase.

What are your go to eyebrow products? 

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