InVogue Brush Works Powder Brush, Emery Boards & Cuticle Cutters Review *

When it comes to a beauty routine, the tools you use can be one of the most important aspects to think about and I am always on the lookout for new tools to use. So when I was offered the opportunity to try a few items from the new Brush Works line from Invogue I jumped at the chance. The Brush Works collection is made up of everyday essentials that are all priced between £1.49 - £6.99, which means that they are affordable for everyone.

1. Powder Brush * (£6.99) One of the main things I love about synthetic brushes is how soft they are, and this powder brush genuinely has to be one of the softest I have ever felt. Made of Taklon bristles, it is the perfect brush for applying face products. Personally I find it is best used for applying my setting powder or for applying a light dusting of highlighter or bronzer over my face. I have used this for applying blush but I've never been a huge fan of using synthetic brushes for blush, and this brush is no different. At £6.85 this is a great brush for younger makeup lovers are simply anybody who is on a budget.

2. Professional Emery Boards * (£2.49) I have long nails that are constantly chipping due to working in a supermarket so I am always using emery boards. These emery boards (they come in a twin pack) work really well and are a great size for carrying in my bag.

3. Cuticle Nippers * (£6.99) I'll admit that out of the three items I was sent, this is one that I probably won't use all that often. When it comes to my nails, beyond filing and painting and I don't do too much to them myself, and tend to leave the cuticle cutting to the professionals. It has been a while since I've last had my nails done so I did decide to try cutting my own cuticles using these, and while they are easy to use I think I will be continuing to mostly leave it to the professionals. However I will still be getting use out of these as I unfortunately get hangnails quite often so these will be handy for sorting those out.

I definitely love all of these items and I can't wait to try more from the Brush Works collection, especially the brushes! There are so many other products in the collection including tweezers, foot files and brush guards. My favourite aspect of this collection is definitely how reasonably priced everything is, while still giving a great result.

* Contains PR samples

Using Twitter to Promote Your Blog

In terms of blogging, social media is one of the most important aspects. You can have the best content and photos, but unless you actually tell people about it, chances are nobody is going to see it. This is where social media comes in. There's many forms of social media you can use; Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, but today I am going to be talking about my favourite: Twitter. So read on to discover my top tips for using Twitter to promote your blog.

1. Take part in twitter chats I love twitter chats. I try to take part in as many as my schedule will allow me. There are so many chats that everyone is almost guaranteed to find at least one that they love. For me, my favourites are #bbloggers, #bdib and #thegirlgang. The chats can be on a wide variety of topics, from favourite beauty products, to photography, so you have the opportunity to learn some new things while also having a lot of fun.

2. Talk to other bloggers There's a reason that twitter is my favourite social media platform, and that is the social aspect of it. With other platforms I've found that they are only used for promotion, but with twitter you can actually talk to others and make new friends. Even outside of the twitter chats, I get talking to a lot of different people and if I'm ever feeling down theres always so much support from the other bloggers. Anytime I get talking to somebody on twitter I follow their twitter account and then check out their blogs, youtube channels and other forms of social media.

3. Use an app such as Buffer to schedule tweets Very few of us can be on twitter all day everyday. I work most days 9-6 and this used to mean I struggled to promote my blog as I just didn't have the opportunity to get on to tweet my links. Then I discovered scheduling tweets! There are a few different ways you can do this, and the most popular seem to be Hootesuite and, my personal favourite, Buffer. Both allow you to schedule your tweets for specific times, and Buffer even provides you with analytics which I have found to be very useful.

4. Promote older posts Tweeting links to older posts can be a great way to drive traffic to posts that might otherwise be forgot about. While some people might take the time to search through your older posts a lot of people just read your more recent, which is a shame because you might have some posts you are really proud of that you want people to read, even a year after you first put it up. So don't be afraid to tweet links to your older posts!

5. Link to companies Most companies have twitter, so if you have posted a review or post about a brand, include them in the tweet! That way, if somebody searches the brand on twitter they might come across your tweet. Also there is always a chance that the company might retweet or reply to your tweet which can lead to a lot of traffic to that post!

Do you use twitter to promote your blog? What advice do you have? Also leave your twitter username in the comments so I can follow you all!

Things To Do When You're Feeling Down

We all have those days were we are feeling down. Whether it is over school, relationships are if you're just having one of those days, we all need cheering up from time to time, so for todays post I thought I would share what I do when I need to cheer myself up.

1. Read a book Sometimes when I'm feeling down the only thing that will help me is cuddling up with a good book and escaping into another world. If I'm feeling particularly sorry for myself I love to choose a kids book. Call it childish or immature, but there's just something about reading the stories I loved as a child that really helps to cheer me up.