Photo editing explained.

Blog photography can be hard, everyones images always look so professional and well edited. I feel since i started my blog i have really improved my photography. I did a photography course at college but by the time i started my blog i’d forgotten most of it, and had to re-learn everything all over again.
I use the apps ColorStory and Facetune 2 to edit my photos and i have recently got photoshop, so my editing will hopefully get better.

 


Your don’t have to use expensive props or photoshop to get good photos for your blog. it’s mostly to do with composition and lighting here the only items i used are things i already had lying about the house. Who knew a plate could be a great prop for your photographs?! All you need to do is get a little creative.

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In this photo i simply laid out the items on a plate and used some jewellery for texture in the background added some artificial leaves i had lying about, and focused in on the highlighter.

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ColorStory has some great filters – Ice Ice is my favourite filter it sharpens up your image and automatically saturates the colours it’s such a simple yet effect way of editing. If you’d like a bit more control over your editing there are also tools on this app that let you manually edit things like saturation etc.
Facetune 2 is one of the best apps i have found for editing photos, and not just for your blog. I also use this app for editing my Depop images.
There is a whiten tool which is amazing for editing your background, you can take a picture and it might not have the best lighting but with this tool no-one would ever know!
This app also have four categories of free filters, The “no filter” filters are my favourite you can add a subtle change to images without making it look over edited.

Hope you enjoyed my tips. If you have any of your own i’d love to hear them.

Until next time.

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In awe of Autumn

Here are the items im lusting after this Autumn. From fashion to fairy lights its all here.
Halloween ranges are here and i just can’t help myself, ive already purchased a few things which i shared over on my Twitter. Here are the homeware items i just can’t get enough of!

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Skull lights, £9.99 Pumpkin Mug, £7.99 Star LED , £1.50 Velvet throw £16

 

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Skull Draws £995 Floral Cushion £17.99 Geometric Lamp £5

 

Autumn beauty is all about dark natural colours and earthy scents here are the beauty items i’m dying to get my hands on!

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Kat von D Perfume £52 Garnier Moisturiser £7.99 Nyx Foundation  £14  Maybelline palette £11.99

 

The best season for fashion is here. and i’m all for it, i love the dresses mixed with fedoras and big chunky boots. Here are my fashion must haves.

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Killstar Moon Bag £44.99 Killstar Fedora £39.99 Floral Dress £24.99

I hope you enjoyed my wishlist.

Untill next time.

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August Favourites

I’ts that time of the month again when i show you my favourites.
I cant wait for Autumn, Halloween, cozy nights in and lots of hot chocolate.
I’m so proud of the photography in this post, i feel that since i started blogging (Only six months ago) I’ve really improved.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the photographs in this post.
So, enough of my rambling lets get on with it!

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I recently ran out of my spare foundation and decided that i needed to go back to my old faithful. This Max Factor facefinity powder is the best bloody foundation, i’m constantly recommending it to my friends. If you have spots this will cover them, dark circles this will cover it. Going through a break up, use this it will cover it! Ha! But seriously If you haven’t tried this yet you NEED to! I used the shade 01 Porcelain. You can buy it here.

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I’ve tried loads of highlighters, because i’m quite pale its quite hard to find a colour that suits me, i saw this one and thought it looked soo pretty and the colour looked quite subtle. And only costing £3.00 i decided to give it ago.
I love it, it gives your face that healthy glow without making you look like a disco ball! for anyone with pale skin id definitely recommend you trying these highlighters to find a shade you like, i mean for £3.00 you could buy them all! When i bought this highlighter and the foundation above Superdrug had a 3 for 2 on cosmetics so i got a eyeliner for free! Its a win win situation. You can buy it here.

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Everyone has this bottle, i know. My old water bottle had a fight with my dishwasher and lost. It said it was dishwasher proof and let me tell you, it was not. It melted and the bottom of the bottle had fused together. I was less than impressed. The moral of this story is to wash your water bottles by hand unless you’re 100% sure your dishwasher won’t eat it.
So when i was in New Look having a bit of a nose around their sale and saw this bottle i snapped it up straight away, as it was in the sale it only cost me £3.50!!
The design is simple yet beautiful, and its a great size too. I find that if i have a water bottle that i keep next to me during the day i’m a lot more likely to keep myself hydrated rather than having to keep getting up and filling a glass. Yes it might seem lazy, but who doesnt like convenience? Its also helped with my fatigue and constant hunger because if im not in the kitchen as much i’m not reaching for cake as much. And that’s always good! Haha.
I hope you liked this months favourites.
Until next time.

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How Twitter can help your blog.

I love Twitter it’s my favourite platform. I started my first Twitter account around 2009 and honestly i had no idea what i was doing. I think twitter can be quite a hard platform to master. But when you know how, it can open up a world of opportunities for your blog.

Hastags.
By now i’m sure everyone knows what a hastag is, but heres the low down just incase you don’t! A hastag (#) is used to group the same information under one word for example it you were on Twitter searching for Cats all you’d need to do is use a hastag infront of your search – #cats and all of the images and posts about cats would appear in one place.
PR companys offten use Twitter to recruite bloggers for their campaings and collaberations. They use hashtags such as #bloggerswanted #bloggersrequired and #prrequest. This makes it so easy to find content opportunites for your blog.

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Support.
Twitter is great for bloggers new and old there are so many pages for blog support such as blog RT groups ( Pages that will retweet your posts to their audience when you use a specific hastag) This means that instead of just having your tweet reach your own followers, it reaches their followers too!
Since iv’e had my twitter for my blog iv’e been much more active on the platform and i can’t belive how nice all the bloggers are on there. They are so down to earth and helpful when you get a little stuck. The blog community on Twitter is always willing to help you out when they can. I am a member of many blog groups on Facebook but when questions are asked i feel like it can be just a reason to plug their blog to you, which is not helpful at all. Where as on Twitter i feel the responses are much more genuine and helpful.

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Blog Traffic.
Twitter is a fantastic way to drive traffic to your blog, i’d say at least 30% of my blog traffic is from twitter. Twitter is a very personal platform and people who follow your blog want to get to know you, who you are as a person what are your likes and dislikes and Twitter is a great place to show this. It’s not all about being professional and minding your P’s & Q’s, it’s about sharing your personality with the world.
Using Twitter on a daily basis to conect with your audience, offer help to other bloggers, RT their posts and join in blog chats can really improve your online visability.
I hope this was useful and if you have any more questions i’m more than happy to try and help.
Until next time.

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Be a Bank Holiday Boss.

We have a bank holiday upon us, and the worst thing you can do is waste the day or night. Long gone are the times where its just another excuse to stay in bed and get over that hangover!
Here are three ideas of things to keep you busy this bank holiday weekend.

 

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1.Picnic Time
Lets face it summer is not going to be here forever so this bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to grab a blanket and that picnic bag and spend some time with your friends, its great if you’re on a budget because you don’t even need to leave your back garden.
What you need for a perfect picnic –
The food- Most supermarkets do a great pre packed picnic range at this time of year such as sandwich platters and packs of sausage rolls or mini pasties.
If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen you could even make them yourself, checkout my Pintrest Food & Drink board for some great ideas (I always use Pintrest when i’m stuck for meal/snack ideas)
The Essentials- Obviously every picnic needs a blanket or a towel even a old bed sheet will do the job! A basket or bag to carry your food, paper plates, cups and cutlery. Don’t forget the bin bags swell to clean up after yourself.Portable speakers are great for a picnic adding some music to your picnic really sets the mood, and if you’re planning your picnic later in the evening why not take some fairy lights to add some ambience.

 

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2. Pizza & Film night-
Order the pizzas grab the wine and have a good catch up and relax , this is what i will be doing this bank holiday weekend. Nothing beats a good gossip with your friends with services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV you never have to worry about finding a film everyone will agree on. Like i said before its much better than waking up with the hangover from hell (I’m too old for that shit now!) You also have the added bonus of not crapping yourself when you check your bank balance the following day, who the hell wants to live off super noodles for the rest of the month. Why not bake some cakes for your besties or plan a pamper night?
One of my friends gave me the best idea of a swapping night – bring your clothes, home wear or cosmetics that you no longer want/need anymore and swap them with your friends this saves you some cash and you get to help the environment by not sending them to land fill!

 

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3.The to-do list
Okay, so its not the most fun filled activity to do on your bank holiday weekend but you’ll feel SO much better when its done, write down everything that you need to do, and the things you’ve been putting off and get on with it! Clear out that wardrobe – you can even make some extra cash by selling your unwanted clothes on eBay or Depop. Pay those bills, clear out the garden and deep clean your car.
Its a fact that clutter and mess has a physiological effect on your mood, it stresses us out causes anxiety and can even cause depression! Clutter and mess just signifies all the jobs we never got around to finishing. So use this bank holiday weekend to get your life into order
After you’ve done all the jobs on your list you can treat yourself to a big fat chocolate cake or a long soak in the bath. Trust me you’ll feel so much better after you conquer that list!

Whatever you’re planning on doing with your bank holiday weekend have fun and make some time for you!
until next time,

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Introducing Helga! 

Last Sunday we went on a little trip to Derby to pick up this bundle of fluff. 


This is Helga! 

Helga is four months old and is a crazy ball of energy (as most kittens are!) she is our third cat as we already have: 

Fayce – Male 


Squaff – Male 


At first the other two cats were unsure of her as she obviously smelt different and they knew she was a stranger, however we’ve had no major cat arguments which is always a good sign! Overall it has taken just under a week for them all to get on together, now they play and chase each other like she’s always been apart of the family. 

(See, she’s crazy!) 




All of our cats out rescued one way or another, I can’t stress how important it is to me that you don’t go out and spend stupid money on buying a kitten when so many of them need loving homes! 
Her are a few places you can start looking if you are thinking about adopting a kitty of your own. 

  1. http://www.cats.org.uk
  2. https://www.rspca.org.uk
  3. https://www.bluecross.org.uk

Hope you enjoyed meeting Helga! 

To find out what Mischief Helga is getting up to follow me on Twitter @SaraBr0adhurst 

July Favourites. 

It’s that time again where I show my monthly favourites, July seems to have flown by, not that I’m complaining as Autumn will be slowly creeping in and that’s my all time favourite season. 


This shampoo is my ultimate favourite it leaves your hair feeling so lightweight and soft, it has a amazing fragrance and doesn’t over lather. Since using this shampoo almost over a year ago my hair feels stronger and healthier. You can find this shampoo in Home Bargains and B&M for £1! It can also be bought on Amazon. 


I’ve always loved Original Source shower gel all of them smell amazing and this one is no exception. If it’s coconut I’m buying it! The great thing about Original Source is that it’s vegan too! I honestly don’t know by now why all cosmetics are not vegan. It leaves your skin soft and refreshed and it’s a great boost for your morning shower. Right now in Tesco all Original Source shower gels are £1! 

L’Oréal skin perfection is designed to help skin imperfections such as large pores or uneven skin, I have been using this for less than a month and I am already noticing a big improvement to my skin. My pores are smaller and my face has a more every skin tone with less red patches, I’m really impressed and it’s definitely going to be something I keep buying. It’s around £6-£8 depending on tee store.


Mitchum roll on is one of the best deodorants I’ve ever used the scent isn’t overwhelming it’s floral and delicate and it doesn’t leave white marks on clothes. It doesn’t need to be reapplied thought the day as it last for 24 hours. Mitchum had a whole range of deodorants from roll ons to sprays Prices for this Deodorant range from £2-4. 

Thanks for reading I hop you enjoyed my July favourites.