January 31, 2017
January 28, 2017
A week ago my sister came from her holidays, she was in New York, USA and as my other sisters live there as well, they surprised me with this beautiful palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE.
This winter I was searching to find a new eyeshadow palette, I watched like a hundred Youtube videos to get some recommendations. The number one most raved about palette was definitely the Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Modern Renaissance Palette. I have lots of thoughts about this palette, so I hope that you can find my opinions helpful if you are considering this eyeshadow palette. That's why I wanted to write a review about this gorgeous palette and give you my first impressions.
I have now been trying out the ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette for a week now, and even in that short amount of time, I can honestly say that I am obsessed. It has the most beautiful varieties of warm shades. I love how there are a ton of everyday neutrals, but there are also a handful of fun colors that are still incredibly wearable and on trend. I also find that this eyeshadow palette looks beautiful on all eye colors and all skin tones. The Modern Renaissance palette has definitely re-sparked my love for makeup, and it’s really encouraged me to be a little mroe creative. I can’t imagine myself getting bored of this palette, and I am constantly discovering new color combinations. It has shades like 'Tempera' and 'Golden Ochre' that are perfect for a daily basis. However, with shades like 'Venetian Red' and 'Love Letter', you can totally make some really unique, glam looks for a night out. Soon I'll be doing a Makeup Look with this palette and I'll film a tutorial for my Youtube channel.
This is definitely a palette I would repurchase in the future. I purchased their Contour Cream Kit in the shade Light, and I've been using it to do my contour and highlight. So far I must say I am very satisfied with it and it was worth the price I bought. The shadows are very pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply and blend. This was my first time trying any Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows, but I have to admit I am a huge fan now. An additional thing I really like about this ABH palette is the brush that comes in the palette. Most of the time, every brush that comes in a palette, they tend to be cheap and unusable.
However, I actually really love the brush that comes with the palette, and I’ve been using it every single time. Though I absolutely love this palette, there are a few cons for me. One con is definitely the price. Another con is the packaging, though the palette packaging is a beautiful pale pink, it does get incredibly dirty due to the material on the front of the palette.
All in all, I love this palette! This is a palette I would 100% recommend, especially if you are looking for a unique palette that has a variety of versatile nudes and wearable pops of color. It’s by far my favorite makeup palette that I own.
If you’ve tried the Modern Renaissance palette, let me know what you thought about it? Also, let me know your favorite eyeshadow palettes at the moment?
The Glitter Chic
January 26, 2017
Most girls pretty much have an idea of what their dream vanity is going to be like and I’m not an exception! I think looking at perfectly displayed makeup would be my favorite pastime. It would just fill me with joy!
Since I'm always traveling from my hometown Montenegro and back to where I study in Dubrovnik, still I didn't make my makeup vanity where I place my makeup stuff and the place where I actually do my makeup. It makes me so nervous, but I have to wait until I finish college and then it's my time to design my own makeup vanity where I'll organize and have my makeup products in one place. Can't wait for that, but in the mean time since I use a lot Pinterest every day when I search for new things I also look to different designs and how to make my makeup corner.
Lately, I've been loving Vintage things, and here I am sharing with you some pictures where I included how actually my dream makeup vanity would look like. I see that everyone is having that big white dressing table from IKEA, with a mirror and lights in it, I know everyone has different taste, but I wanted something different and this caught my eye and definitely I am looking forward to buying these makeup organizers, they are gold, simple, and unique. I want a clean desk where I can find myself to grab the things that I actually need. I'll put a chandelier also a vintage one, and some candles, and these organizers. I also included a picture frame. I would love to have a big mirror, or a small one if I'll put my desk in front of a window, then I'll have a small one since I love doing my makeup during the day and there is no better light than the daylight!
For me, this would be my perfect dream vanity area and I'm looking forward to designing my dream vanity like this as I described.
What about your dream makeup vanity? What would you add or what you think is the most important thing when you have your vanity?
The Glitter Chic
January 24, 2017
To be a blogger and do blogging isn’t as easy as people think. You write a post and hit “publish”- but after you’ve published your content you also need to get people to read it and of course help them in any kind of way.
When I first started this blog I would publish my posts and that would be it. I had no idea how to grow my audience. I just hoped that eventually, my potential readers would just “find” me.
In today’s post, I’m sharing a few ways that have helped in a way to increase my audience.
POST MORE FREQUENTLY
This is my number #1! I noticed that my traffic started to grow substantially once I started posting more frequently. If YOU write more that will not only keep your readers coming back, but it’s also great for bringing organic search traffic to your blog- Google gives higher priority to websites with new and fresh content.
With that being said always go with quality over quantity. Don’t post crappy content, for the sake of posting. It all depends on the type of content you create. I know some of my favorite bloggers post only once in a month, but when they do the audience simply loves it.
WRITE SHAREABLE CONTENT
Pinterest and Facebook send me a ton of traffic. Pinterest alone refers tens of thousands of new visitors to my blog, on weekly basis.
So what does “shareable content” mean? It means creating content that is somehow helpful to your readers. If they find it helpful or useful in some way, they’re much more likely to share it with others, pin it for future reference or bookmark it. Analyze your posts, see which ones get the most hits, what are some things you often get asked about? What are your strengths? Focus on that. You also need to make sure that your content can be easily shared with others- installing “share” buttons like Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook are crucial.
CONNECT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
As your audience grows, responding to each and every comment can be a bit overwhelming. Nowadays, it usually takes me a few days to catch up with comments on my blog but interacting with other bloggers and readers is what makes blogging so special. It lets you build a relationship with your audience and grow your blog’s community. Commenting is not just about “plugging in” your blog link- they should always be meaningful and bring some value to the conversation. Getting a ton of traffic is great, but engagement is worth a lot more.
Your blog design should be easy to navigate. When I visit a blog for the first time, one of the first things I want to know is the blogger’s name- so make sure that it’s visible somewhere right away. If you have several categories on your blog, make sure that it’s easy to navigate and search through those as well. If you want people to comment, you also have to make it easy for them to do. Last year I switched from Blogger to Disqus and I love it. I’m getting a lot fewer spam comments and don’t have to moderate them anymore- which saves me a ton of time.
PROMOTE OLD POSTS
Don’t let all that great content get buried! Reference your older content whenever it’s appropriate, always link within your posts. Re-share it on Pinterest, Facebook. Some of the most popular posts on my blog, are ones that I’ve published years ago. They still continue to bring me traffic, on regular basis.
Be consistent and stay patient. Most of the emails I receive say “I’ve been blogging for x amount of time, but it seems like no one’s reading my blog. What am I doing wrong?” Truth is, growing your blog is a lot of work, but one thing that will definitely help you is being consistent- with your content, images, posting schedule. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try new things it means that you should pay attention to things like your analytics. Which posts are most popular? What type of content does your audience seem to enjoy the most? Whatever you blog is about, make sure it’s something you love, otherwise, you’ll get bored easily.
Bottom line is, blogging is a lot of work. If you want to expand and grow your blog, you have to put in the work. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend every single free minute you have working- if you’re smart enough you can have a blog, a job, AND a life.
What are some of your favorite ways to grow traffic and promote content? I’d love to share them with me!
The Glitter Chic
January 21, 2017
When the weekend comes, it’s time to step up your self-care game.
Because if you’re anything like me, you’ll soon be doing many things like; cleaning, food shopping, running around to see if everything is in order, cooking, calling everyone in the family because since I study in Dubrovnik, it's the perfect time to hear from them, scheduling things and probably stressing a little too much.
So, this weekend, take a little time for yourself. Even if it’s just, fifteen minutes you spend by yourself, enjoying a cup of our favorite tea or coffee mine is the (Turkish coffee) by far my favorite one and for the Balkan people too, well many of them.
Now is your time to unwind and recharge before the week begins.
STEP AWAY FROM THE DIGITAL WORLD
First thing first, well this one is tough to do because we’re surrounded by technology- which means it is very important to do, once in a while. I remember during the holiday break in my house we lost power. For the first time, I was happy about it because all of my siblings weren't in their phones and finally we could spend some time together. We burned some candles and put the fireplace on, we bundled up and played Monopoly and Scrabble all night long. No phones, no TV, no computers, no tablets. We had so much fun. I know it’s a strange thing to say, but I almost felt slightly disappointed when the power finally came back on.
Even if it’s something as simple as playing basketball in the park for twenty minutes and leaving your phone at home, or going for a walk- it’s so important to take that time to disconnect. You’d be surprised at how good it can feel.
EAT SOME GOOD FOOD
No, I don’t mean visiting your favorite place to eat. I mean getting in the kitchen and cooking a delicious meal for one. Or two, or three. Grab your friends and cook together, discover new recipes and enjoy it. This winter my sister and I, we got together so that I can teach her and she can teach me as well, to cook some of my favorite recipes. It’s a great way to share some laughs and spend some quality time together.
I have this ritual that I do when I have a bad day, and it’s a great way to unwind during your weekends, too. If I’m feeling stressed out or had a particularly tough day at college, I throw my favorite PJs in the dryer so they’re nice and warm, burn my favorite candle, put on a few episodes of my favorite series Suits and just cuddle up on the couch for a while. I love working, I love staying busy, whether it be writing a brief or cleaning the house. I can’t stand being still when I know I could be getting something done. It’s almost as if I sometimes feel like I don’t deserve to slow down or take a midday nap on a Saturday. I did notice, though, that once you start being kind to yourself, and allow yourself to nap, or to indulge a little when you’re feeling down, it helps you get out of that funk, faster.
If you’ve never tried meditating, guided meditation is a great place to start. While doing things like having a mini movie marathon or reading a book is a great way to relax, meditation is the ultimate tool that will help you calm your nerves and gently ease into deep relaxation. You can find a ton of great guided meditations on YouTube– they work best when you listen to them through headphones. I do these often since I suffer from anxiety and it keeps me calm and it's very helpful.
When was the last time you put on some music and danced around the house until you were out of breath? When was the last time you went for a run or jumped on your bed like you did when you were a little kid? Just go along with it and have fun, turn yourself into a child and get the stress all out of your body.
How are you planning to unwind this weekend?
The Glitter Chic
January 19, 2017
95% of the time, writing, and photography come easily to me. The other 5% of the time I can spend hours working on a blog post and not get anywhere. I can know exactly what I want to write about, but once sit down with my laptop, the words just don’t seem to come as easily as they usually do.
Feeling stuck it's the worst feeling, let's be real.
It’s even worse when you feel like you DO want to get something done and can’t stand being still or unproductive, but you don’t seem to get anywhere. I know that I’m not the only one who experiences this once in a while. I think it’s just a part of having a creative outlet. You count on that creativity and inspiration to always be there, but the truth is, you can’t.
So how overcome this feeling stuck?
TAKE A BREAK
This is the first thing I do when I start feeling that creative block is coming. Sometimes this is all you need. Step away from what you’re doing; whether it’d be writing. Put some distance between yourself and the thing/s that you’re working on and do something else, something that has nothing to do with blogging.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Don’t be afraid to write about something different from what you usually do. What are some of your other interests? I originally started as a beauty blogger. I really wanted to start writing about things like blogging, or wellness, share some of my personal struggles (like anxiety) and how I overcame them. BUT, I was SO afraid. I’d think to myself “what makes me an expert?”. Well, when I started writing about those things, in addition to beauty.
See, until you try something new, something different, you won’t know whether or not it’d work for you. So, you either succeed at something, or you’ll fail but you’ll learn a lesson.
WORK ON YOUR DESIGN (OR SOMETHING ELSE)
When you don’t feel like writing, work on a different aspect of your blog. Update your social media profiles, make sure all of your links work (especially in Disqus- I come across broken blog links in my comments all the time, therefore, I can’t visit your blog!). Improve your blog design, update your “about” page. There is still plenty to do around your blog, even when you can’t get yourself to write.
RE-PURPOSE + MAXIMIZE YOUR OLD CONTENT
Chances are, your audience is larger than it was a year or two ago. Go through some of your old articles and see if there’s anything that you loved working on, but didn’t get the attention it deserved. Edit it, update it, add some links and re-publish it.
Another way to maximize your content is going through your old posts and updating them by changing featured images, adding a Pinterest-friendly image and re-sharing it on social media. This is a great way to make your content work for you and you can bring traffic to your blog, without having to write anything new.
This is a great way to find some inspiration. Read a book, a new blog, a magazine; read everything that you can get your hands on. Reading will not only help you find inspiration or create ideas, but it’ll also make you a better writer. You cannot expect to be a good writer and write great posts if you don’t read.
CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
If you always do your blog work in the same spot, try to switch things up. You can try going to a different room, or you can go to a cafe, or a park if it’s warm enough. During spring, I love grabbing my laptop, sitting in my yard and writing. I think that some of my best posts were written from my favorite spot in my yard. It’s a completely different experience than writing when sitting at my desk. I can smell the fresh air, feel the sun on my skin, hear the birds chirping. It’s really great to switch it up once in a while.
SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS
Nowadays, there’s a pill for everything. Feeling tired, feeling slightly nervous, upset, sleepless. Well here’s something that can make you feel better when you feel stuck and/or overwhelmed: breathing. Go outside, close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose, while counting to four, then exhale through your mouth, while counting to four.
Fresh air and spending time in nature can work like a mini getaway. We’re constantly connected. Constantly surrounded by noise; from our phones going off, TVs, computers, laptops, radio. But when you go for a walk in a forest, or go for a run in the park and take in all of your surroundings, hear the wind, feel the sun and the air- you become more still. As you tune out all that noise that accompanies you pretty much 24/7, you get clarity. That can be all you need to get past feeling stuck.
Do you recommend any other tips when you feel stuck?
The Glitter Chic
January 17, 2017
How often do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Sometimes, I feel like I have at least a hundred things going on. College, family, my social life, my daily responsibilities, goals, blogging- it’s easy to start feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. Each day I have at least 10 emails to reply to, laundry to do and not to forget blog posts to write. It’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed.
I considered myself a very organized person, but still I can't get all of these things in time. I do love to clean, de-clutter and organize because then I get that out of my chest, and I enjoy my time just then when I have everything in place. I just have too much stuff and sometimes try to do too many things at once, which let's be realistic no one can do that.
It can sometimes feel like we overcomplicate our lives ourselves, although not necessarily it's out purpose.
Here are some tips that I do each time when I feel overwhelmed and I need to get things done.
CLEAN AS YOU GO
What I do each time is I wash your mug right after I finish my coffee- don’t let the dishes pile up. Do your bed right after you get up in the morning. Open the mail as soon as you get home. If you do these things “as you go” you will notice that you won’t have to spend a lot of time constantly cleaning. All of these things are simple and only take up a few minutes of your time.
RE-EVALUATE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Don’t waste your time for people who aren’t good for you. Don’t be afraid to cut ties if you feel that the relationship is toxic and it doesn't do any good for yourself. Your time is precious, make sure to spend it with people you care about, people who make you feel good about yourself. At the end of the day who is true to you is all that matters.
Get rid of old things like clothes, dishes, electronics, magazines, furniture you no longer need- donate what you can. Too many material possessions sitting around can make you feel drained and they often complicate things and take your attention away from the things that matter.
I have this thing that I immediately subscribe to blogs and websites if I happen to like them at a first sight. The truth is, there are very few of those newsletter emails that I actually read. I recently unsubscribed from a whole bunch of them and now my inbox is much neater and a lot pleasant to browse through.
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
I’m talking about both small daily goals like getting your workout in, finishing reading that book, organizing your makeup, etc. and life goals. Write them down go through them and pick the ones you feel are most important to you. By reducing the number of your goals you’re increasing your focus and you’ll be more likely to succeed.
CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE
This can be life - changing, at least for me it is. If you find yourself rushing out the door every morning, being in a hurry, getting an early start can give you more time to do things like sitting down and writing down your to-do list, preparing lunch and getting ready for the day, doing your makeup on time, and releasing that stress that you need to rush.
Don’t feel obligated to say “yes” to things you don’t feel like doing. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself- if you don’t want to do it, just say no. Nobody can be you, and that is your power, don't forget that.
Have a place for everything, and put everything back where it belongs. This will make your life much easier and you won’t waste time looking for things because you don’t know where you put them.
Do you have any other ideas on how to simplify your life? Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed?
The Glitter Chic
January 13, 2017
First of all I want you to ask -
Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions?
I love to learn, I love to change, I love growing as a person and I have to say that I like self-actualization. However let’s do it this way, and call them “goals” instead of resolutions.
With 2017 there is the fresh energy and it is a great opportunity to make small or big changes in our lives.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Start today. If one of your goals is to eat healthier, make sure that you get rid of any junk food you have sitting around. If you want to live a more positive, happy life, stop complaining TODAY. Make a list of the things you love, instead of complaining about the things you don’t have or don’t get to do. Whatever your goals are, make sure you have a plan, make sure you’re prepared, wake up early and get things done.
While new year is perfect time for a fresh start, the end of year is a perfect time to get organized. Get rid of all the clutter and everything else that no longer serves you. Get rid of all the clothes that you no longer wear, donate whatever you can. Go through all of your handbags; throw away all those old receipts that found their way in and have been stuck in there for months. Do the same thing with your pantry, kitchen and your digital space. How much junk email are you getting at the moment? Unsubscribe from all services/websites you no longer use and visit, delete unused apps and old images you no longer need from your phone. De-clutter your life now, and set yourself up for success! It will feel so damn GOOD.
CREATE A VISION
Your goal can’t be just a desire that you really want. If you want to make any type of change, you need to define your goals. Every December I create a vision board for the new year to come so it helps me focus on what I actually want and need.I save my old magazines, I go through every single one of them, looking for pictures, quotes or text, articles that inspire me, I cut them out, I glue them to a white cardboard, and I hang it up in my bedroom. As I drink my tea every morning, as I get ready for the day and check my emails, one of the first things I do, is look at my vision board. Every time I look at it, I feel inspired and motivated. It gives me that power to actually start and achieve what I want.
Whatever it is that you’re after, whether it be a really small, or a drastic change, keep pushing and don’t give up. Don’t doubt yourself. Never, ever talk about the things you want to accomplish in a negative light. This is not only a biggest turnoff but it also sends out a message: “I don’t believe in myself.”
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." - Maya Angelou
You may not have control over everything that happens to you, but you do have control over how you react to things that happen to you. This won’t always be easy. Sometimes very unfair things will happen to you. Sometimes you can find yourself feeling angry and frustrated. When things like these happen to you, you have two choices: you can let it get to you and keep the anger and frustration inside, or you can release it and try your best to find peace in those situations and move on. Make each day a happy one and be grateful of everything you have, because in the end that is all that it counts.
Do what fulfills you, follow your heart, your desires, your passion. We all have big dreams, but you can start with doing small things you love while chasing those big, beautiful dreams. Remember, that you were meant to have an amazing life, even if doesn’t always feel like it. Learn to forgive. Practice gratitude daily. Do the things you love. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Don’t complain. Cherish the close people around you. Make mistakes. Learn. Dance. Smile. Listen to your heart and don’t take yourself too seriously. Spread your sparkle. Practice self care, do small things for others, but also for yourself.
Above all those good things, stay focused, love yourself, but remember to have fun along the way.
The Glitter Chic
January 06, 2017
I hope everyone is having a great holiday so far. I came to my
grandma's hometown with my family and here we are going to spend some more days, it's by the sea and it is very beautiful.
I bought this sweater in my town in Podgorica, Montenegro it is by Bershka. I wanted to play with some colors and this sweatshirt caught my eyes. As you can see it says Bloggin' and I absolutely love it! I paired this outfit with these sneakers from Stradivarius they have glitter at the back and they're white, perfect to combine with any kind of outfit. First I thought they will not be comfy, but I was wrong, they are!
| I was wearing |
Jacket | Zara
Sweatshirt | Bershka
Shirt | Zara
Jeans | Missguided
Sneakers | Stradivarius
Bag | Zara
Sunglasses | Ray Ban
Rings | Wish Jewelry
What is your favorite brand to shop clothes?
The Glitter Chic
January 02, 2017
Hi my loves,
I just wanted to wish you guys a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come and that this year 2017 will fulfill all your dreams. Happy New Year to all of you!
Here I am posting another outfit look, which I am obsessed with my black fur from WeLoveFurs. It is very cozy and I love it because it's black. Hope you enjoy this blog post. Once again Happy 2017!!!
- What I am wearing -
Shoes: Cesare Paciotti
How do you like this outfit look?
The Glitter Chic