17 January 2019

Top Lifestyle Hashtags for Instagram

Instagram is such a love/hate social media platform for me. I love watching Instagram Stories and swiping through looking at images, but it's so hard to grow now the algorithm has changed. Instagram recommend using hashtags in the caption or comments section of your post to promote your post, and your post will show up on the hashtag page for each tag you use so you're promoting your content to new people.

Top Lifestyle Hashtags for Instagram

The max amount of tags you can use per post is 30 and I'd recommend using as many as you can so your post gets maximum exposure. If you add more than 30, the post will appear with no caption so make sure you never use more than 30 otherwise you'll have to rewrite your caption. Sometimes I find that Instagram won't post my caption even though I only ever use 28 tags, so I now always copy and paste my whole caption and tags list and paste it into my Notes app on my phone just incase the caption does disappear so I don't have to rewrite everything.

In your hashtags you can use numbers, letters and emoji's but special characters such a £$! won't work.You can only tag your posts, and they're essentially a label for your content so if you tag a brand you're letting Instagram know what your post is about. Some brands have an unique hashtag for their products, and you can now use hashtags on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.

I wanted to include a selection of the best lifestyle hashtags for Instagram but I always recommend to switch up your tags where possible so I like to alternate which tags I use between each post and I keep a list of 50+ tags in my Notes app so I can choose the 30 I want. Here are the best lifestyle hashtags for Instagram in my opinion - feel free to copy and paste them or add this post to your bookmarks to come back to;

#lblogger #lbloggers #lifestyleblog #lifestyleblogger #blogger #bloggerlife #thatsdarling #bloggervibes #pursuepretty #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerslife #bloglife #ontheblog #seekthesimplicity #livethelittlethings #lifestyleblogs #theheartcaptured #ukblog #londonbloggers #bloggervibes #liveunscripted #problogging #thesimpleeveryday #pursuewhatislovely #bloggersgetsocial #dailyblog #bloggersofinstagram #theblogissue #photosinbetween #blogandbeyond #blogsociety #bloggersuk #savvyblogging #bloggerbabe #personalblogger #lifestyleinspo #lifestyler #dailyblogging #styleblog #lifestyleguide #bloggergram #lifestylegoals #blogginggoals #dailylifestyle #blogsuk #ukbloggers #thecaptionclub #reallifeandstyle #blogger_at #bloggersgetsocial #bloggerproblems #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #igers #bestoftheday #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #darlingweekend #seekthesimplicity #healthiswealth #instacool #tflers #instagood
16 January 2019

Why You Should Use a Silk Pillowcase

Why You Should Use a Silk Pillowcase

If you haven't already experienced the magic of a silk pillowcase, I wanted to go through the many reasons why you should use a silk pillowcase as trust me, you won't ever want to go back to using cotton after trying silk. 

Silk can be beneficial for the face, hair and body. Firstly did you know that cotton pillowcases can actually draw moisture away from your skin and hair, potentially drying out the skin and causing irritation? The moisture pulled away from the skin will seep into the pillow which will then attract bacteria. By applying expensive lotions and potions before bed, and then sleeping on a cotton pillowcase will limit how effective the products are as the cotton will draw moisture away that you may have tried to apply in your night creams.

Silk is a natural hypoallergenic fabric which is ideal should you suffer from skin conditions or allergies, and my sensitive skin loves my silk pillowcase. Cotton is also known for causing friction of the skin, causing potential damage and frizz. The silk will lead to less friction whilst you sleep, and you'll wake up to hair that's a lot less frizzy especially if like me, you have lots of pesky baby hairs. 

Do you get really hot at night? If you do, a silk pillowcase is the way to go. Silk naturally regulates heat so it'll help your body maintain its correct temperature without overheating. I know that I toss and turn all night long whenever the temperatures increase so a silk pillowcase will leave you feeling cooler but in the colder nights it'll actually retain heat too so it'll work well in all seasons.

One of the main reasons for why you should use a silk pillowcase is all to do with the skin. Cotton can feel very abrasive for the skin, especially with the natural friction of turning over in the night. Do you ever wake up to pillow induced creases on your face? Think how bad that is for your skin. Silk reduces the friction, and leaves your delicate skin crease-free in the morning. 

Silk pillowcases are hardy, easy to care for and an asset to your bedroom. Yes they may be costly initially, but they're well worth the purchase if you can help improve the condition of your skin, hair, body and health.
06 January 2019

Latex Free Eyelash Glues - Which are the best?!

Latex Free Eyelash Glues - Which are the best!

If you like wearing false lashes or you've decided that this is the year that you finally nail false lash application, I'm going to be sharing some latex free eyelash glues with you. There are so many different lash adhesives on the market from all different price points - but how do they differ?! I personally have a latex allergy so I can only ever use latex free eyelash glues. Latex free eyelash glues had a bad reputation for being ineffective but that's far from the case now and you don't have to spend a lot to get a good quality latex free eyelash glue either.

Ardell Brush On Strip Lash Adhesive £4.99
Ardell are one of the best brands for drugstore false eyelashes as they have such an extensive range with lots of different styles. Seeing as I like the Ardell lashes so much, I thought I'd try their glue offering especially as it's latex free. The glue is clear with a long, narrow brush which you can use to 'paint' the glue along the lash band without applying too much. It becomes sticky quickly so you can apply quickly and it keeps my lashes in place all day.

Duo Brush On Strip Lash Adhesive £5.99
Duo are one of the most well known brands when it comes to lash glues and they have a good range of glues to choose from. My favourite is this black version as you don't have to worry about noticeable glue on your lash band, and it blends in well with the lashes without having to use eyeliner to blend the lashes in. This glue also has a small brush for easy application with a hypoallergenic latex free formula.

Esqido Companion Lash Glue $10
I love the Esqido lashes so I knew I needed to try the lash glue especially as I'd read so many rave reviews. The packaging is so luxe for latex free eyelash glue with a pretty rose gold metallic tube. The glue goes on white but it does dry clear which is great if you prefer more subtle lash styles. It's one of the most longlasting lash glues I've tried and you get a decent amount in the tube too.

They are my top picks for latex free eyelash glues all of which are under £10 and very effective.