5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Travel, Fashion, & Makeup) – January 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Last month, I started a new blogging series with the goal to share some of the best sites I encounter. There was an overall positive response to the blogging series, and I received tons of support from other bloggers. I will continue showcasing five lifestyle bloggers each month; however, I will be providing more information on the focal point of each one.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


The first blog that stood out in January of 2017 is Arctic Sabrina. This lifestyle blog has everything from travel journals to beauty product reviews. The content creator, Sabrina, is a full-time student who graciously vlogs about her interests and will give you extreme wanderlust with her travels. Speaking of wanderlust, the blog Hello, It’s Jo by a fashion intern has a great series on the kinds of things to do and places to visit in London.

If you are looking for fashion and styling inspiration, Mox and Socks by Devinne is a great site to visit. This simple and chic blog is a creative outlet for Chicago-based blogger Devinne. She has wonderful outfit ideas and easy to follow hair tutorials.

I personally am quite the beauty enthusiast, and there are two bloggers that have this in common with me. Desperately Seeking Lifestyle by Ellie is a fantastic site for makeup and skincare reviews. Based in Scotland, this lifestyle blog also has helpful home improvement/DIYs sprinkled in. Beauty and the Beach is another great blog that sings to a makeup lover and contains creative eye looks.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “December’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Since my lifestyle blog Alive & Living is relatively new and has room for improvements, I appreciate those who reach out and express how my work has resonated with them. I feel honored to share that I have been nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” by Little Beauty Book this past week. This award, which I did not see coming (lol), is an innovative way to connect the blogging community and commend the work of other dedicated bloggers.

Award Guidelines

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. [Then, w]rite a post to show your award [and briefly explain the] story of how your blog started. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers [and] select other bloggers you want to give this award to. [Please remember to] comment on each blog [with] the link to the post you created [so they] know you have nominated them.


Beginnings

There were lots of things that inspired me to start blogging, but my family and friends inspired me most. These lovely people would always tell me that I am a creative and resourceful person, which basically motivated me to share what I have to say with the world. Once I joined Pinterest and discovered YouTube, I knew I wanted to be part of this online world and gave blogging a try. 

In this time and day, I learned people are alive but not always living. They are just going through the motions and sometimes do not pursue their passions or interests. I believe we should live life to the fullest and so named my blog Alive & Living, for it encompasses my life mantra. This little blog of mine is a creative outlet where I can talk about all things beauty, display my fashion evolution, try DIYs/crafts, and more.

Advise For New Bloggers

There are many things I have leaned about blogging through trial and error. If you are a new blogger (or even an experienced one!), I recommend creating AND updating a plan of action for postings. What I mean by this is establish a blogging schedule for brainstorming ideas, prepping, and executing your work. I found that consistency is key for blog growth and traffic. Another tip for bloggers is to find others in the blogging community that share your same interests and network. You can learn from their experiences, find inspiration for your content, build friendships, and make blogging worthwhile this way.

Nominations

I would like to recognize the quality and unique content from the following blogs:

  1.      Antonia Robinson
  2.      Busy Bee
  3.      The Chic Community
  4.      Currently, Lately
  5.      Dolled Up By J
  6.      The Homemaker’s Life
  7.      Jessica Jade Beauty
  8.      Of Pixie Dust
  9.      SIMPLY UNDONE
  10.      THIS IS MY BLISS

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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IPSY Glam Bag – January 2017

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now and continue to receive tons of beauty products I enjoy. This month’s theme is “metropolis,” and it evokes your inner “city babe” style. The colors of the collective bag seems to be designed to reflect the skyscrapers of the city life. This bag also has a series of circular cut outs, or mesh fabric, and contains what are perceived as an urban dwellers belongings.

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The products I received January 2016:

  1. Beaute Basics C405 Contour Blush Brush by Crown Brush  Draping, a technique similar to contouring, is when you sculpt your cheek bones with different hues of blusher. The C405 brush may come in handy for this because the shape of the bristles align well with key areas of the face. I’m impressed by the quality of this brush in my bag this month. (I will be trying it out soon and updating here.)
  2. Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème by Briogeo – I received a handful of different sample-sized products of this brand before and LOVE what they do for my hair. I’m especially excited for this heat protectant since I will be experimenting with different hairstyles in the near future.
  3. Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (in Light Medium) by Smashbox Cosmetics – My eye has been on the Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation by Smashbox, but this BB Cream seems more practical for everyday wear. The shade range is not the best and can be troublesome for oily skin. It does have SPF, which is a plus in my book,  with (very!) minimal coverage.
  4. Hand Moisturizer by -417 – This brand is unknown territory for me, and the packaging was not very appealing. I do tend to have drier hands in the winter time, so I place hand lotions all around the house and make sure to always have one with me when I go out. This hand lotion is proficient at the moment and serves its purpose.
  5. Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Anti-Aging Concealer (in Neutral Medium) by IT Cosmetics – A lot of people seem to like this concealer and that makes me question if I have been using it wrong somehow. I prefer the coverage and consitency of the Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer more than this one. The shade also liked very white for a neutral medium. (I’ll be trying out different application methods and updating here.)

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

What other subscription services should I try?

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