Blogger Spotlight | Kristy at The Violet Blonde

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This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to an adorable beauty blogger named Kristy! She started her blog after loving reading others’ blogs online and having an obsession with beauty (same, girl). The interview covers a little bit of everything including how her job relates to the blogging world and what her favorite go-to beauty products are. Read the interview below, check out the links to her social media, and her blog.

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Q1: Being a beauty blogger, what are your favorite go-to products for your everyday makeup routine?

A difficult question as I try to switch it up and use a range of products, but one I always go back to is the Benefit Brow Zings. This is the perfect everyday brow product for me, a great shade range and lasts all day. Foundation wise a favourite go-to at the moment is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation. Alongside this, I love using the NARS Soft Matte concealer, L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt mascara, The Body Shop Contour palette, Colourpop eyeshadows and Colourpop lipsticks. I have a Colourpop obsession since finally giving in and making my first haul earlier this year.

Q2: What made you want to focus in on beauty rather than something else?

Beauty is an area I have become obsessed with over the last several years, so it only made sense to include this on my blog. I absolutely love trying new products and seeing how and if they work for me. Discussing this and sharing my own thoughts over on my blog is something I absolutely love to do. Finding new products and reading about new products is something I also really enjoy. I don’t think I could ever not blog about beauty.

Q3: How does being a Marketing Assistant help you as a blogger or vice versa?

Being a blogger helps me everyday in my job as a Marketing Assistant as I market my blog everyday. I talk, and share links and photos through social media which essentially markets my blog to an audience. As a Marketing Assistant I am always looking for new ways to market the company I work for, and put our services out there. Many of the skills I use are invaluable to my position. Vice versa I learn new things everyday at work too, many of which I am always thinking about how it or something similar could work in relation to my blog too.

Q4: What post of yours are you most proud of and why?

There’s a couple of posts that I would probably say and for very different reasons. Both of them are quite recent posts as I only purchased my Olympus camera in March and feel as if my photography is 100x better since I purchased this camera, so since then I have been much prouder of my photography. The first is my post on The Ordinary as this is a brand I absolutely love and it was a post I was incredibly excited about writing; I spent along time writing it. I am also very proud of the photos I took for the post and it has had a lot of views. My other favourite is actually a lifestyle post on 4 years on from university as it is a completely different post for me and one that I really enjoyed writing but also one that I was very nervous about, but it was very well received.

Q5: Who is your favorite beauty blogger?

Another difficult question as there are so many I love, but one of my ultimate favourites would have to be UmmBaby from www.ummbabybeauty.com. Sal is a beauty blogger too and the way she writes is incredibly enticing. I love reading her posts and completely trust her thoughts on any products. Sal is also an incredibly lovely relatable person who regularly interacts with myself and blog too. If you love beauty you definitely need to check out Sal’s blog.

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My Dream Vanity ft. Arhaus

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Calling all beauty and makeup lovers… I know you have thought about what your dream vanity would look like! If you haven’t, I sure have for the both of us. Ever since I started truly getting into the world of makeup, I have had a “makeshift” vanity made from my small circle mirror and a desk that was clearly meant for a desktop computer. It’s not the most practical but it works. That being said, I have always lusted for the perfect vanity to sit down at, take photos, and just play with my collection.

my dream vanity

Today, I am bringing you the design for my dream vanity. This is what I hope will some day grace the presence of my tiny one-bedroom apartment (if my dog doesn’t turn into a monster truck and start a demo-derby in my bedroom… like he does almost every day).

After scouring Arhaus’s website and Pinterest, I think I am set on my perfect vanity and definitely want to start saving up to build this masterpiece.

For my lighting, I definitely would love to have the vanity light bulbs (like the pin below) around the mirror but I don’t know if that means I have to have a specific mirror or not. If I don’t have to, then I’m eyeballing Genevieve Oval Mirror.

(c) Impressions Vanity Co.
(c) Arhaus

As far as lighting for decor/accents, I am obsessed with this Flower Pendant light. Ideally, I would love to have two or three hanging up above my vanity area where they would be useful and attractive to the eye. This is just one of many gorgeous lighting options that Arhaus has to offer.

(c) Arhaus

Of course, I’m also obsessed with the shelving units that are in that vanity above. I looked them up and they are actually called Lack shelves and they would be ideal to go on either side of my vanity set-up for easy access to things I use a lot as well as adding some decor to the shelves at the very top and bottom, as those wouldn’t be as practical to use while sitting at the vanity.

Speaking of sitting, I honestly fell in love with this chair when looking at the selection they had on Arhaus. It is perfect off-white/gray combination that I feel like would look good with the rest of the pieces I have picked out.

(c) Arhaus

As far as the actual desk and further storage on the desk, I definitely want something built upon a set of two Alex drawers. Eventually, I think I’d want to get the Alex nine drawers but that would be for additional storage while these would be the foundation of the desk. All I’d have to add is the base on top to make the desk top (like the photo below).

(c) voceprecisadecor.com.br

On top of the desk, I really want to get some of the acrylic containers/drawers for the things that I use every day. Plus, this would make it where I could actually display some of my makeup instead of just storing it. I love the set-up on the desk in the picture below but I probably would want a bit more space to work on rather than covered with the storage.

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And that’s it, guys! Can you picture it in your head? I seriously want drooling over the image I have of this set-up. I have no idea where I would fit it in my apartment but, hopefully, by the time I finally get the money for this, I’ll be in a bigger place!

What does your dream vanity look like? Tell me in the comments below!

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103 Blog Post Ideas

103 blog post ideas

Being a blogger, writer’s block can be one of the most difficult things to overcome. You want to put out awesome content but you can’t think of what to write. I am coming to you with 103 ideas to help kickstart those mind muscles. As a beauty, lifestyle, and college blogger, I think it is only fitting that I suggest these types of posts to you.

103 blog post ideas

Beauty

  1. monthly favorites
  2. makeup of the day
  3. current skincare routine
  4. favorite makeup brand
  5. favorite face masks
  6. high end vs. luxury brand
  7. makeup dupes
  8. top 5 under $5
  9. top 10 under $10
  10. favorite drugstore products
  11. Sephora/Ulta haul
  12. favorite beauty bloggers
  13. favorite beauty vloggers/YouTubers
  14. testing full face of full coverage makeup
  15. testing a new product
  16. step-by-step makeup tutorial
  17. share your makeup collection
  18. show how you store your makeup
  19. products for your skin type
  20. products to help fight skin problems (acne, redness, etc.)
  21. “The Power of Makeup” before/after look
  22. what makeup means to you
  23. recent purchases haul
  24. all-time favorites
  25. how you did your makeup in ___ (middle school, high school, etc.)
  26. yearly favorites
  27. do your friend’s makeup
  28. let your significant other do your makeup
  29. review of new products
  30. series of themed eye looks (Disney, Harry Potter, etc.)
  31. brand first impressions
  32. do your significant other’s makeup

Lifestyle

  1. why you started a blog
  2. how to get followers via email
  3. daily routine
  4. house/apartment tour
  5. weekend recap/vlog
  6. have someone guest post on your blog
  7. your planning essentials
  8. “Plan With Me” post
  9. create a freebie
  10. things to do on a mental health day
  11. ways to kick depression
  12. fun at-home exercises (with and/or without equipment)
  13. places to visit in your city
  14. DIY furniture creation
  15. your current wishlist
  16. your morning routine
  17. ideas for date nights
  18. review a book you just read
  19. top 10 favorite movies
  20. current music playlist
  21. current favorite vloggers/YouTubers
  22. how to get followers on Instagram
  23. how you edit your Instagram photos
  24. your favorite Twitter chats
  25. your favorite bloggers
  26. talk about something you love to do and why
  27. seasonal bucket list (fall, winter, spring, summer)
  28. monthly/yearly goals
  29. 10 five-minute healthy meals
  30. your workout playlist
  31. ask your reader’s something and give your answer
  32. your must-haves for a good day
  33. 5 ways to brighten someone’s day
  34. things that make you happy
  35. things that grind your gears
  36. how you stay creative
  37. respond to someone else’s blog post
  38. top 10 favorite TV shows
  39. your night routine
  40. monthly favorites

College

  1. must-have school supplies
  2. favorite planners/agendas
  3. deals for back-to-school
  4. favorite backpacks
  5. best laptop for college students
  6. how to get straight A’s
  7. how to read your syllabus
  8. why you should be a “Teacher’s Pet”
  9. being in a fraternal organization
  10. why you should get involved on campus
  11. why you should live on campus
  12. dorm move-in recap
  13. dorm shopping haul
  14. how to solve rando-roommate conflict
  15. how to combat homesickness
  16. places for students to hang out in your city
  17. favorite dorm-safe meals
  18. what’s in your backpack
  19. favorite apps for college students
  20. how you take notes
  21. how to study for exams
  22. what questions to ask at the beginning of the semester
  23. your favorite writing utensils
  24. back-to-school clothes haul
  25. how to meet new friends
  26. how to choose your major
  27. share how you chose your major
  28. share what you want to do with your degree
  29. semester goals
  30. dos and don’ts of college parties
  31. how to stay safe on campus

xo Kimberly Signature

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