Saturday, June 24, 2017

Things I Struggle With As A Blogger

Today, I'll be sharing with you guys struggles I'm facing while trying to navigate around this blogging world. People always seem to think blogging is easy, being a blogger is 'no fuss' at all. In all honesty though it's tougher than what you think. Be it a successful blogger or an amateur blogger. Here's my list of things I struggle as a blogger.

PHOTOGRAPHY 

There's so much to talk about this. Blogging requires taking photos, a lot of it. I don't have a professional camera like DSLR or all those good stuff, I take all my photos using my Samsung smartphone and I have to tweak them and edit them using my favorite editing apps. I have to do that in order to make them look decent and presentable. 

SEO

Things I Struggle With As A Blogger | Lenne Zulkiflly

Out of all these blogging struggles, this is the one I struggle the most. SEO is difficult to learn, I'm still trying to get my head around it and make sure I get all the keywords into my post. I've learnt SEO once using all that I have - the Internet. And let me tell you, it's complicated as heck.

CONSISTENCY

It's not that easy to be consistent with your blog posts especially when combining blogging with school. Although it's good to be consistent because your readers love a stable content in a blog but what can I say? Life gets in the way 24/7. I'm just a student and blogging is not my source of income though (as of now).

TECHNICAL/ CODING

I love writing and blogging and all but the technical side of it? It's quite challenging for me. When something goes wrong with my template or theme, I don't know what to do. I have to google lots of things and yup, this part requires lots of googling, at least for me. Not to mention that I've changed my template now and it's full-on coding. I can't really tweak it from Theme > Customize. My coding skill is basically zero to none.

REMEMBERING BLOG CHATS

I love blog chats on Twitter and being able to chat with them is just gorgeous but I guess because of the different timezone, I'm struggling to catch up with the chats. I have to stay awake usually until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning if I want to join the chat but I keep forgetting it! By the time I decided to join in the chat, it's probably ended not a while ago lol.

TRAFFIC

This one is heartbreaking, I have to admit. Though I've been blogging 'consistently' for a while, sometimes traffic just never picks up on my side. I have to focus a lot on making connections but at times, I forgot or I'm just damn busy. Although this is quite a struggle for me, I'll never stop blogging, I'll write more and more and constantly create contents because I love what I'm currently doing.

Can any bloggers relate? What are the things that you struggle with as a blogger?
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Must-Have Photo Editing Apps

My Must-Have Photo Editing Apps | Lenne Zulkiflly

If you don't already know, I take all of my photos using my one and only smartphone. I don't have DSLR or even a compact camera though I really want to invest in one and I'm lusting after Olympus Pen. Anyway, my photos go through lots of editing and I spend hours and hours to get them to look decent. I'm well aware that my photos are nowhere near as great, as professional as some other bloggers' photos. I'm no photoshop expert, I don't even have photoshop. All of my editing and tweaking gets done on my must-have photo editing apps below! 

Snapseed 

Gworlll, Snapseed is my most used photo editing app, hands down. Snapseed is bae. It's free, it comes with filters and superb basic editing tools. It also has this interesting brush tool to spot adjust exposure, saturation, temperature and dodge and burn. It's very handy! It's what I usually use to achieve true white background in my photos because we all know sometimes lighting can be a bitch. It's a great app, whoever created the app on Play Store, you're the real MVP. If you guys looking for a basic editing app that has almost everything in it, then Snapseed is for you. 

VSCO

I'm pretty sure everyone knows about VSCO. It's one of the most popular photo editing apps. It's also free, comes with editing tools and lots of pretty filters. I usually use VSCO right after I use Snapseed. I prefer editing with Snapseed first and then for finishing touches I prefer VSCO. Just a little FYI, I usually don't put any filters for my photos because they tend to get a little overboard and I like to avoid adjusting things too much. I want my photos to look as if they're naturally taken by a DSLR or something. In my opinion, VSCO's sharpening and tint tools are pretty decent compare to other editing apps. 

Phonto

Phonto is exactly what I use whenever I want to add text to a photo. I've been using Phonto for many many years now. It's such a handy app and even if you're a newbie, you'll not have much trouble using this app. It's easy to use and you'll get the hang of it pretty much instantly. This app also allows you to download your own desired fonts, it does provide you with tons of fonts but I just prefer to download my own fonts from DaDont! It's da bomb dot com. 

What are your must-have photo editing apps?
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Monday, June 12, 2017

M.A.C 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick

M.A.C 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick | Lenne Zulkiflly

Hello everyone! Today I'll be reviewing MAC 'Please Me' matte lipstick for you guys. Now, I've had MAC Please Me for quite some time but, silly me, I didn't take any product shot and used it right away upon purchase. The color is just so beautiful that I want to use it right away rather than review it on the blog. Haha! So, if you want to know bits and pieces about the lipstick, then keep on reading.

First thing first, I'm not going to talk much about the packaging and all because we all know the classic 'bullet' packaging of MAC lipsticks, the shade name is stated at the bottom of each lipsticks, yadah yadah.

M.A.C 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick | Lenne Zulkiflly

According to MAC, Please Me is described as 'muted rosy tinted pink', which I certainly agree. This shade is so wearable, 'girly' and ideal for everyday wear if you want a little pop of color without going overboard. All I can say is that the color is so versatile and universal. It's not too light or too dark. I think it's the perfect muted rosy pink, at least for me and my skin color (I have a medium tan skin).

Pigmentation-wise, I'd say it's pigmented and opaque. You will get the true color in just one swipe. It's always a plus, right? There's something I want to draw your attention to. Even though this is a matte formula, it's so comfortable on the lips. You know some matte formula can be too drying and powdery? I don't really like it. Thumbs up for MAC matte formula for not making my lips feel like a desert. Cool isn't it? It's completely matte but feels ever so lightly creamy. However, being a pink shade like this with matte formula, it does settle into my fine lines which I find not so flattering. Haha! If you have 'wrinkly', dry and chapped lips, this kind of shade will accentuate it. Make no mistake, if you always remember to exfoliate, it's not that much of a nightmare.

M.A.C 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick | Lenne Zulkiflly

The lipstick lasts around 5-6 hours on me. Even after a heavy meal, the lipstick did survive. I can still see the color on my lips; it leaves a subtle rosy stain on my lips. That's another reason to love about this lipstick. In my opinion, the wear time is just superb.

I honestly can't find any other bad thing to say about MAC Please Me apart from it emphasizes the fine lines on my lips. Nothing too major, so I'm all good. It's pigmented, it's creamy, comfortable on the lips, great staying power, sturdy packaging and who doesn't love the infamous yummy MAC lipstick scent?? I have to say, it's definitely my go-to lipstick now. You don't have any idea how often I reach for it for the past couple of months compare to Velvet Teddy. Overall, I give it 4 out of 5. It's beautiful and I'm so glad I picked this shade!

M.A.C 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick | Lenne Zulkiflly

Available on maccosmetics.com and MAC store for MYR78.



What's your go-to lipstick at the moment?
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Monday, June 05, 2017

A Few Important Blogging Tips

A Few Important Blogging Tips | Lenne Zulkiflly

I've been blogging for years now but I'm no means a blogging expert and I'm still learning. I still have a lot to go through. Nonetheless, I've picked up a few tips along the way and I want to share it today. Bear in mind, these are just suggestions and there's no right or wrong way to blog. I know, I know, there are a plenty of posts like this out there but I really hope this helps you to get an idea in one way or another. 

1. Only blog when you're in the 'mood'


I often feel discouraged when I see bloggers write, blog and put up a content every single day. I don't know how you guys do that. Little did I know, it's okay not to blog everyday because if you force it, it becomes a chore. Blogging is no longer fun that way.

I'd say, blog when you feel like blogging, write when you feel like writing. It's okay to take a break from blogging because this whole shebang can be a little too overwhelming. I've been there, trust me. So, only blog when you feel like it. Anyway, I made a post talking about what I usually do when I don't have the mood to write a new post HERE. 

2. Write how you talk


Just write the way how you would talk. It's more personal that way. If you're funny in person and often crack a joke, throw them in the blog. Blogging should be natural, relax and fun. You don't have to write A+ standard or university-level type of English. It's often structured and no fun at all. It sounds weird. So, make it feel more personal and sounded human, not robots or whatsoever. 

3. Have a catchy title 


Good titles are ones that grab readers' attention. I know bloggers who are always come up with 'clickable' titles - Erin Azmir, Siqah, Eeca Shyaa 

Having a catchy title is the secret to having the content being read but don't do 'clickbait', it's annoying. I'd say study blogs that entice you to click on every single of their posts because they have the most catchy titles and great contents. 

4. Think of what you would like to read and write it


I'd recommend look through your Blogger dashboard or Bloglovin' feed and see what blogs you read everyday. What do they offer? What are the things that makes you keep coming back because you can't get enough of it? If you love and have the knowledge about vegan, cruelty-free beauty stuff, just start writing. Even if you don't have a big audience or you're a newbie, just know that you're blogging for your own good. 

5. Jot down ideas


You don't have to write down your ideas but being the old-fashioned that I am, I find it helps. You can write down in your smartphone, it really doesn't matter how you write down your ideas but I feel like writing down ideas kind of helps stimulate our mind. So, for me, whenever ideas pop into my mind, I jot them down in my blogging notebook. 

6. Promote your blog on social media


It's such a waste if you're not promoting your blog on social media. You won't believe the influence it brings. World without borders, so they say. Having an account on each social medias will really help to promote your blog. 

I know it can be a little embarrassing and guilty to promote your blog, but it's incredible to connect with people around the world and you don't know how amazing the blogging community is. So I'd say just shake it off and promote. I gain a lot of international readers through Twitter. How cool is that!?

A Few Important Blogging Tips | Lenne Zulkiflly

7. Reply to all comments 


This is the point I wish I knew earlier when I started blogging. I used to read comments and never reply back. Even worse, I've disabled my comment section once, it's not good for the blog, enough said. 

Just remember, this is so important because it creates a relationship and connection with your readers. Never ever neglect comments (unless hate comments) because if someone has taken her sweet time to write sweet things on the blog, just reply back. There's no harm replying back. I personally love it when bloggers reply to my comment and it makes me want to read their blogs over and over. 

8. Proofread, triple check for mistakes/ error and pay attention to details


I know proofreading can be a major annoyance but it's indeed important for readers like me who's always spot on mistakes or errors in a blog post. Even the littlest things. I'm sorry but I was born with it. Haha! I know mistakes happen to us all, be it spelling mistakes or broken links and whatnot, but I feel that it shows one didn't take the time to re-read the post. If you happen to notice a mistake after you have published the post, quickly fix it and don't just "let it be, we're human and human makes mistakes."

9. Have fun! 


I'm a firm believer that blogging should be fun, enjoyable and exciting. If you treat blogging as chore, that it's stressful and no fun, then ask yourself why you're doing it in the first place. You can't force it. You can never force it. 

And one more thing, blogging is never a competition. All I see is a bunch of amazing people trying to be the best that they can be and constantly want to put up creative and unique contents. That's the spirit! 

10. Don't give up and never stop blogging 


I know it can be disheartening to see that stats never goes up, the number of visitors are rarely change and the only person viewing your blog is your significant other. But let me tell you something, success very rarely comes immediately. It doesn't happen in the blink of an eye. Rome wasn't built in a day, right? 

Don't give up and never stop blogging. To me, the only difference between 'successful' blog and 'unsuccessful' blog is about passion. If you're passionate about it, continue doing it. If you're not, I don't think you should blog and if the reason behind the existence of your blog is because "everyone else is doing it." nope, you're not  passionate. 

That's about it you guys! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it has helped you any other way. 

What's your favorite blogging tips?
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Friday, June 02, 2017

Tips And Tricks For Short Eyelashes

I was born with a short-ass eyelashes. Not just short, they stick straight, point downwards, thin and sparse too. I cry a little inside when I see people with long and thick eyelashes A.K.A my significant other. You don't deserve those lashes. Haha! I've always hated my eyelashes and I know it's not nice to hate whatsoever given to you by The Almighty. So, in today's post I will be sharing things that I do in order to love my lashes all over again and how to trick people into thinking you are having luscious, long eyelashes. Sisters out there who are having the same struggle as me, you may try these and I hope it helps :)

Tips & Tricks For Short Eyelashes | Lenne Zulkiflly

#1 Serious curl

This sits on top of the list because this is the trick that I swear by. Eyelash curler is like my best friend. I won't go out without curling my lashes. It will curl your lashes upward (obviously) and make them appear longer. You might want to repeat the process several times to make sure all the lashes are curled. Remember, upon reaching at the tip of the lashes, hold the curler a little longer to extend the shape. The longer, the better.

#2 Avoid dense, big and spiky mascara brushes

I always stay away from dense, big and spiky mascara wands. They are definitely not my cup of tea. Know why? It can actually coat the lashes way too much and pull the lashes down. No, we don't want that. Instead, go for curved mascara brush, which brings me to my next point.

#3 Opt for curved mascara wand

Curved mascara brushes are ideal for those with short eyelashes due to their flexibility and they have just the right amount to coat the lashes which won't weigh down your eyelashes. I have various mascara with curved brushes in my collection and Maybelline is definitely the favorite of mine. They are The Falsies and Hyper Curl <3

#4 Go for 'lengthening' mascara

You may also decide to go for mascaras that are being sold as 'lengthening' mascara. The moment I saw the word 'lengthening', I know it's gonna do my eyelashes good and contribute lots of help in the length and volume department. Know what brand really does it? It's from the drugstore. Yup, it's Maybelline. The Lash Sensational is A.MA.ZING!

#5 Waterproof mascara

Waterproof mascara will certainly do the trick because the formulas are drier and able to hold the curl and shape better than regular formulas. Sure, it's a hassle to get off but at least it holds the curl best and the lashes will appear longer all day long. Yay for that!

#6 Use Vaseline

This one is my favorite. What I usually do is after curling the lashes, I will coat them with Vaseline. Just a thin coat using an upward motion and don't neglect the bottom lashes as well. Vaseline is like a waxy substance keeping the lashes appear healthy. Just a little FYI, Vaseline will actually grow the lashes longer than usual after regular application. I'm not joking, I've seen the result with my own eyes! Nope, not leaving my Vaseline no more.

#7 Wiggle mascara application 

This is the technique that I swear by while applying mascara. It sure takes up more time but this is the way to keep the lashes separated from each other. Also, it creates a thick base and enhances the lash line which will make the lashes thicker-looking and longer. So, wiggle it is! What's your favorite mascara application?

Tips & Tricks For Short Eyelashes | Lenne Zulkiflly

There you have it, 7 of my favorite tips and tricks for short eyelashes. These are just suggestions and the things I've compiled today should be okay to improve the sad-looking eyelashes of yours (and mine!). I don't fancy fake lashes because I don't really wear them, which is the reason why I didn't mention about it in this post. Natural is always better, in my opinion. I want to improve the look of my short lashes without going too overboard and being carried away. That's all.

Do you have the same struggle? If so, what do you do? What's your favorite trick?
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