May 30, 2016

Blog Tips: 4 Simple Tricks That Will Help You Get More Traffic From Facebook


Apparently, blog tips is a popular topic for posts these days. However, so far I haven't jumped on that bandwagon, because I believe you should only give out tips on something you've mastered yourself. I do like reading these posts, but until recently, I didn't think I had anything to contribute that would genuinely 100% be written from my own experience.

However, whenever I see bloggers say that Facebook is one of the hardest platforms to get traffic from, I tend to disagree. According to Google Analytics, I get more traffic from Facebook than I do from Pinterest. So you could say that my Facebook Page is performing better than my Pinterest in that criteria.

What is more, promoting your blog on Facebook doesn't really take much time. However, it could expose your posts to a whole new audience, who otherwise wouldn't come across your blog at all. So even if you get around 100 clicks from Facebook, you still shouldn't ditch it completely.

How does Facebook decide whether your content is worth displaying on user's News Feed?

When you write a post that you like and want to share it with the world, it wouldn't hurt to learn a bit about Facebook and it's algorithms.

First of all, Facebook usually shows your content to people who have previously engaged with it.

However, it might be interesting to know that Facebook will continue to display your content if people who first saw it engage with it. (For example, like that post.) Which brings me to my first tip - create some engagement.

Ask your friends to like your posts. 

This might seem like a petty thing to do, but then again, if they are your friends, it shouldn't be hard for them to support you with 1 like. Besides, it's really not about the like itself, but the exposure it will help you gain. You could explain them the algorithm too. Once they have liked your post, new ones will likely show up on their feed, so hopefully they will like these too.

Join blogger groups. 

Bloggers often form Facebook support groups to engage with each other's posts for that same exact reason. To support each other and ultimately help to display their content to a wider audience.

Here's an example how likes help to boost your reach.


Whereas the posts with comments reach the most people, I don't really believe in asking for comments. People should only comment if they have something to say, not be forced to do so. Blogger groups are also more about asking for engagement, not telling each other to go and comment a post.


Allow 'Audience Optimization for Posts'.

You can also use Audience Optimization to target the audience that is more likely to engage with your content, thus make Facebook display it more. There's a detailed post about this feature on Lady Writes, so I won't be rewriting an already well-written post.

Get more page likes.

Lastly, you need someone to actually like your page in order to gain traffic through it. In my opinion, the best way to gain new likes, is to host a giveaway. I usually use Rafflecopter to host giveaways on my blog and give people the option to enter by liking my facebook page. However, make sure the prize is something that suits the overall theme of your blog. That way people who join in and like your page, will also be interested in your content.

And that's it - just 4 easy steps that will help you, whether you share your post links only or a variety of different content. Although, it is said that the latter would be better, I find that it's hard enough to keep up with social media as it is.

Hopefully this post has given you some new insights on how to improve the reach of your Facebook posts. If you have any additional tips, feel free to share!

 

May 27, 2016

Welcome Summer With MAC Versicolour Stains!


Leave it to MAC to create a lipgloss stain that comes in 16 beautiful shades and makes Korean lip tints, with their 6 color options, look extremely boring for comparsion. Don't get me wrong, I do like Korean lip stains, but I think we can all agree that their shade selection looks nothing like this:


MAC Versicolour Stain is a new permanent liquid lip color range that MAC released in spring 2016, however this gloss/stain hybrid would also be perfect for summer.



The shades I have are called "Tattoo My Heart" which is a bright pinky coral and "Can't Stop Won't Stop" which is an intense warm orange that sets to a reddish-orange on lips. They do look quite similar, however there's a small difference in their performance.

Both shades have a highly pigmented gel-like formula which provides a glossy finish that doesn't feel tacky. You only need to apply a thin layer to change the color of your lips, which makes them great lightweight and fuss-free lip products. They also don't feel as drying as some Korean lip tints I've tried previously.


However, I found that if you apply a thick coat "Tattoo My Heart" tends to gather into lip lines, while "Can't Stop Won't Stop" doesn't. At least not that noticeably. So I guess some shades of this formula perform a bit better than others. Although Tattoo My Heart still looks pretty good, especially if you remember to apply a thin layer.

I personally love how these stains look like gel instead of gloss and I've been using both, but I find that I actually tend to use Tattoo My Heart more often despite the minor lip line issue.

In terms of longevity, they are like any other lip stain on the market - the glossy finish fades off after a while, but the pigment stays on for hours.

Lastly, these seem to have a bit different and stronger scent than MAC lip products usually do. It's still a lovely fragrance, but not the typical MAC vanilla I'm used to.

Where to buy? MAC Versicolour Stain is one of MAC's permanent collections and can be bought at MAC counters and stores or online at Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com. The suggested retail price in Estonia is 27,5€.

Have you tried these? If not, which shade would you pick?

Disclosure: This post includes press samples provided by MAC Cosmetics for editorial consideration. All thoughts are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product provided.

 

May 26, 2016

AB Skin Care Starter Pack for Combination Skin


Last week I published a simple Asian Beauty Skin Care Starter Pack Under $100, which I created without actually having any specific skin type in mind. I was simply browsing for reasonably priced products and did some ingredient analysis to find potentially best ones for each category.

However, one of my lovely readers asked me to create a similar kit for combination skin, so I decided to accept the challenge, because I really enjoyed making the first one anyway.

You should keep in mind, though, that this is just a sample kit of products to consider. I am not a licensed skin care expert nor will everything work the same for everyone, so before purchasing and using any of these products, do your research. See if the ingredients are suitable for your skin and patch test the products if necessary.

1. Oil Cleanser: Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. (Ingredients)
As always, double cleansing is the key to happier skin and effectively removes both oil soluble and water soluble dirt. Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil has a very short & clean ingredient list. Only possible acne trigger it contains is jojoba oil. However, this shouldn't be a problem, as this is something you wash off anyway. It might be a good idea to avoid jojoba oil in serums and face creams, though. Especially if clogged pores and acne is something that concerns you.

2. Gentle low pH cleanser: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. (Ingredients)
Everyone can benefit from a low pH cleanser, however I believe the pH of your cleanser is especially important if you have oily skin. Harsh cleansers can trigger skin to increase oil production, so make sure your cleanser has a skin friendly pH.

3. Mild Chemical Exfoliant: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. (Ingredients)
This is a mild chemical exfoliant that also helps to unclog and reduce the appearance of pores by dissolving oil-soluble dirt.

4. Sheet masks: My Scheming Sheet Masks
Another good way to target combo acne-prone skin is, of course, sheet masking! Tawanese sheet masks seem to be very popular right now, so I'd recommend giving these alcohol-free sheet masks a try. Choose a flavour that would specifically target your skin issues like "Deep Cleansing Pore Minimizing Mask" or "Herbal Anti-Acne".

5. Light Moisturizer: COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion(Ingredients)
This is slowly turning into an ode to COSRX, but I can't help it. This lightweight Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion might be exactly what your combination skin needs. It provides enough hydration without feeling greasy, so it's suitable for all skin types.

6. Sunscreen: Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++. (Ingredients)
Because you still need sunscreen no matter what your skin type is. :)

7. Sleeping Pack: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel. (Ingredients)
Lastly, I was struggling to find a sleeping pack that would also control oil production, but I realized the anwser was pretty much sitting next to me the whole time - the aloe gel I just recently featured! It's oil-free, silicone-free, absorbs very quickly and helps to soothe and heal skin. What is more, regular use of aloe vera can also reduce excess oil. Although it is not as heavy as sleeping packs usually are, it's a great gel that you can slap on pretty much anytime you feel like.

Total: $75.68 + additional $1.80 for each sheet mask you get.

Have you tried any of these products? If yes, share your opinion! :)

 

May 25, 2016

Men Want Better Skin Too: Homme Terrior All-in-One Review


Men's grooming products are a rapidly growing market. Although men could definitely use the same skin care products I usually talk about on this blog, it's nice to see they also have their own man-friendly product selection to choose from that among everything else includes bb creams for men.

This month, I agreed to review another product from Homme Terrior's skin care line called Homme Terrior All-in-One, fully knowing my boyfriend will be the one doing the testing. It's a relatively unknown product, but I'm sure you would agree, it's also a real pretty one!

All the shallow promotion aside, I also got it's ingredient list to analyze, in case any of you are truly interested in obtaining this beautiful product for yourself or as a gift for a male. So let's start with that.

Description: Balances skin and keeps it ideally moisturized. Due to it's superb quality, it will make you feel relaxed and comfortable.

Volume: 120g.

Ingredients: Water, Iceberg Water 1000ppm (0,1%), Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethylsilane, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adenosine, Alpha Bisabolol, Propanediol, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Algae Extract, Soluble Collagen, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Glyctrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sclerotium Gum, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Arginine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance. (View on CosDNA.)

Obviously, 0,1% of iceberg water isn't much, so this is something they have probably included for marketing purposes only. However, I don't think it actually makes that much difference whether it's normal water or iceberg water in your product anyway.

Other than that, the list is filled with skin beneficial ingredients. Apart from all the plant extracts, it's also rich in in vitamin C as it contains alpha bisabolol, ascorbic acid, citric acid and lemon fruit extract, which among everything else mildly exfoliate skin. There are also a few commonly used acne triggers in this list, which shouldn't be a problem unless you have a specific sensitivity to them.


Not gonna lie, I also tried it out, because the ingredient list seems promising. It feels good and the way it spreads is also quite interesting (see the photo on the right). It's lightweight, but hydrating, so I suppose it's good for oilier skin types. It has a very manly scent, though, so I can't really see myself using it. However, according to my boyfriend, it is great. Here's a short review he put together.


Homme Terrior All-in-One Reviewed by Mr.Yukitty

- Absorbs quickly without leaving a visible occlusive layer.
- Makes skin super soft & refreshed, also balances skin tone.
- Seems to slightly reduce the appearance of pores after application.
- Also works quite well as an aftershave, but not as well as my Nivea one.
- I really like the scent.
- All in all, it's a great lightweight moisturizer.

My editorial note: The All-in-One is quite strongly scented, but compared to Nivea's Post Shave Balm, the fragrance is significantly less overpowering. According to Mr.Yukitty, it could also replace an aftershave, but it's not the most soothing one he has.

I usually like to put my products' soothing abilities to test by letting him use them as an aftershave, though, and this All-in-One performed better than my Cosrx lotion, for example.

Lastly, he doesn't have a visible face oilyness issue, so he can't comment whether this product can or cannot hold off oil.

Where to buy?
Homme Terrior All-in-One + Bb Cream Set is available on Gmarket for $32. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if they can be purchased separately.

Disclosure: This post was published in partnership with BNT News.
 

May 23, 2016

MASK MONDAY: My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Masks


Sheet masks are really blowing up this year. If you're not in on the sheet mask game yet, then you need to be, because there's nothing else on the market that could quite compare to an effective sheet mask. Especially now that the summer is approaching, many of us could appreciate the cooling sensation of a sheet mask or two.

You can tell that I've been pretty committed to sheet masking too, because this is my 11th Mask Monday already. I've introduced a lot of unknown face masks lately, so here's a well-known brand for a change!

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask Review

Purpose: Moisturizing & brightening.

Description: This ultra-silky hydrating mask is made of trademarked material called Cosphingo™ x Aquaroad™. According to MBD it's the perfect combination for continuous hydration and delivering effective premium moisture.

How to use: Cleanse face thoroughly before applying, remove after 20-30 minutes. Gently massage face to assist absorption.

Size: 23ml


Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Laminaria Digitata (Alga) Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Triethanol Amine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Tabebuia Impetiginosa Bark Extract, Polysorbate 20, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Acer Saccharum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Glyceryl Glucoside, Polyglutamic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance, Polyglycerin-3, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Arbutin, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate. (View on CosDNA.)

MBD (My Beauty Diary) masks are definitely one of these sheet masks that come with so much extra essence, you could cover your whole body with it! Although I personally recommend applying as much as you can on your sheet mask first to maximize the results.

The ingredient list starts off pretty common, however, it's worth noting that these masks don't include alcohol. Aloe leaf juice and sodium hyaluronate are both often used in sheet masks. Aloe has healing and soothing abilities, while sodium hyaluronate is a great moisturizer. And then there are the plant extracts. Overall, the ingredient list looks good - maybe not super outstanding, but good enough.


As of 2015, MBD masks are made of new material that looks almost transparent and may remind you of hydrogel. However, it's actually still more similar to cotton. You will realize that once it starts drying. The sheet is really thin, but will stay moist for a good 40 minutes. Maybe even longer.

Compared to other masks I've tried, the MBD sheet is most similar to Laffair AQUA 3 Step Skin Renewal Mask (but cheaper!). Apart from couple of folds, it fit my face well and also adhered to my skin nicely.

I personally feel like the eye holes of this mask were dangerously small. However, small eye holes could also be good, because you get to treat your eye area too. Just remember to be careful when using these masks.

Lastly, I'm very happy with the hydrating, plumping and brightening results these inexpensive masks deliver. Although, they are not the most inexpensive masks out there, considering they are less than $2 a sheet, I think the fit and results were pretty nice.

So far, "Black Pearl" is the only MBD sheet mask I've tried, but I'm already thinking of other flavours I should potentially try.

Where to buy?
I got a box of 10 masks from Ebay for $16.99.

Have you tried My Beauty Diary's sheet masks before? Which one is your favourite?