Lena Talks Beauty life update

2016 – a year in review

2016 – what a year! A lot went on, both for me in a personal sense as well as in my blogging capacity. It’s been a wee while since I’ve updated on what’s going on in my life to you all, and I thought with the new year that was a good opportunity to do so. Personal At the start of the year I had to move house which we all know can be very stressful. Compressing my possessions down from a flat’s worth into one bedroom (plus an attic) wasn’t easy, especially for a hoarder like myself. I lived in my old place for 5 years, and everything I own was there. Since my mum lives overseas and my dad is remarried, I don’t have my old room at my parent’s house to store stuff, so EVERYTHING is at my place. For someone with hoarding tendencies this translates to rather a lot of stuff!! It was a good opportunity in down sizing – turns out I don’t need to keep every single birthday card I’ve ever been given, clothes that haven’t fit me in years, and books I haven’t read since high school. My flatmates were strangers I found off Facebook, but I’ve really become part […]

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10 beauty blog post ideas – that don’t cost a cent!

laniBeauty blogging can be an expensive business, with the pressure to buy every new product that comes out. I have definitely fallen for that pressure before, and spent far too much money on makeup just to blog about it. In the last year I have tried to stay away from that trap, and have been mostly successful. I am lucky to receive a lot of makeup to review from brands, but even without that there are a lot of beauty blog post ideas that you can use without spending a cent. I’ve rounded up 10 ideas for beauty blog posts that won’t cost you a cent!

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Lena Talks Podcasts – Serious Edition

Last time I blogged about podcasts, they were my favourite comedy or entertainment podcasts. This time, it’s the serious and informative podcasts that I listen to. I like to learn new things, and keep up with the news, and it’s nice to be able to do that while I’m at the gym, or doing a repetitive task that doesn’t require my full focus. So for some serious, yet still entertaining podcasts, keep reading!

OPI, Essie, Jordana, Sally Hansen polishes

5 Backgrounds for blog photos

Since my last post in my Lena Talks Blogging series (well, the first post) was so popular, I’ve decided to do another one. Today, inspired by a discussion with other bloggers, I’m going to be rounding up 5 different backgrounds for blog photos. I use them for beauty products, but I think many of them would be relevant for blog photos for any genre. When I first started out blogging I mainly just used things which were around the house, and over the last year I’ve bought a few different backgrounds – all of them have been very cheap. A lot of people stick to white backgrounds, and while it’s a classic option for a reason, I prefer a bit more colour for my photos.

Honesty in blogging

To me, blogging has always been a more honest form of writing than most journalism. I had thought this when it comes to politics, or pop news, and it’s always something I’ve thought was true about beauty blogging too. Everyone knows that magazines are full of ads, and ‘advertorials, and even things that aren’t officially ads have never seemed very genuine to me. Everyone knows beauty editors get sent boxes full of new products, and of course if they’re writing an article about foundation they’ll say that you should buy this $70 one. That’s why  I never trusted their recommendations, and was delighted to find online beauty blogs and youtubers who were just people like me, sharing their opinions. Or so I thought. As I’ve followed beauty blogs and youtube channels more closely, it has started to become more obvious that a lot of them are just raving about things that they got for free. I find it especially obvious among the smaller community of kiwi beauty bloggers – there aren’t as many of them, so if I see a bunch of articles within a couple of weeks about how GREAT the latest lotion and potion by X brand is, I […]