I haven't uploaded one of these posts in what seems like quite a while, so I thought it was time to bring you another Ask Daisy! I really enjoy writing these and I've discovered that my readers like them, so I knew I had to continue with the series. Today, I will be answering some more questions that were either sent in or that I've been asked a lot, so I hope you like this post!

How do you get people to read and follow your blog?
This certainly isn't an overnight process and it takes a while to build a following for your blog, even if it's only a small one of around 200 people like mine. One of the best ways to put your content out there and be recognised by a lot of people is by commenting on other blogs. I don't mean commenting your blog link but adding personal messages that are relevant to the post, as this is lovely to see and makes people more likely to visit your blog. I'd also recommend using social media to your advantage, as it is extremely handy for sharing your content and connecting with new people.

What do you do when you aren't writing blog posts?
Most of my time is spent either in school or doing homework, with blogging being a hobby that I do in my free time. I also like to do dance, drama and singing, which I have mentioned a few times on my blog, and I'm an avid reader, so I'll often curl up in bed with a good book. Aside from these, I have a huge addiction to social media and spend way too much of my free time on my laptop or phone.

What beauty routine to do never or rarely do?
I'll be honest, a beauty routine that I always forget to do is exfoliate my face. I don't know why, since I love how my skin feels afterwards and I know how good it is to remove all the dead skin cells, but I constantly forget to do this and definitely don't exfoliate as often as I should. I also don't wear eyeliner that often, as I'm not the best at applying it.

What are some things that you'd love to be able to do?
I'd love to be fluent in another language. I learn French in school and, although I do understand it, I'm far away from being able to confidently and fluently speak it. I'd also love to be able to play the piano properly. I took keyboard lessons for four years when I was younger, so I do have knowledge about it and I'm quite good at playing, but I could definitely improve a lot with some practice.

I'm thinking of starting a blog, any tips and advice?
My biggest tip is to not think you can instantly have amazing photos, outstanding content and a huge following. Every blogger starts off not very good and improves within time, so don't get upset if your blog isn't as big as others when you first start out. My second tip is to write as often as you can and get a lot of practise, as this will help you improve. Whether those posts are uploaded or not, it's still good to gain confidence with writing and the style of blogging when you start out.

Which posts do you enjoy writing the most?
If you asked me this about 6 months ago, I'd probably reply with posts similar to this, as they are easy to write, interactive with my audience and are more personal than my other posts. Don't get me wrong, I do still like these type of posts, but I have two new favourite posts to write: book reviews and product reviews. I love sharing book recommendations on my blog, as reading is a huge hobby of mine, and I've gained a lot more knowledge about makeup to provide accurate and detailed reviews.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you to everyone who submitted questions for me. I'd love to know your answers to some of the questions, so make sure you leave them in the comments down below. There will definitely be more of these posts in the future, so I'd also love to hear any questions that you'd like me to answer. Thanks for reading and I'll be back on Sunday with a new post. See you then!

Love from Daisy x
We're about halfway through 2015 already, which has gone incredibly quick and it feels like only a few weeks ago when we were saying farewell to 2014. You may recall that I wrote 2 posts at the end of last year, one about my Beauty Resolutions and the other about my Blogging Resolutions. I thought that today I would update you on how they are going and if I've been sticking to them. Below are the goals I set myself:

Stick to a skincare routine
I've improved considerably with this goal, but I'm still quite far away from healthy and happy skin. I've been consistently using a cleanser, spot cream and moisturiser that I know are beneficial and work for me, and I feel like my skin has definitely been better because of this. The only thing I need to work on now is being consistent with this and using them routinely.

Try out bold lipstick
I'm partially there with this goal, as around wintertime I tried out a couple of semi-bold lipsticks, such as the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in the shade Raplumzel. This is quite a sheer berry colour, but it is still more noticeable and darker than what I'd usually wear on my lips. During the second half of this year, I want to try and be more daring with lip colours and step out of my comfort zone.

Experiment with eyeliner
I've been occasionally wearing a nude eyeliner in my waterline, but apart from this I haven't done much towards achieving this goal. I'll admit, I have tried  to wear it but eyeliner doesn't always look right on me and I'm not the best at applying it. I'm getting closer to perfecting this skill and making it a part of my makeup routine, which you'll hopefully be seeing more of in the future.

Vary my eye makeup
I haven't really stuck to this one, as I've fallen into my familiar trap of wearing neutral or no eyeshadow. I just find that browns, taupes and champagne eyeshadows suit my eyes the best and I find them easy to wear. I have ventured into the Naked 3 palette, however, which has a lot of pink eyeshadows that I've loved wearing.

Make my blog more user-friendly
I'm not 100% sure whether I've achieved this or not, but I've definitely tried. I added a new template to my blog a few months ago that makes it a lot easier to navigate and find things on my blog, as well as making it look more professional. My social media icons have been updated, I've added new pages and my popular posts gadget has had a big makeover. There are still a few things that I'd like to do towards this, which you'll see in the near future.

Use social media
I've tried my best to introduce my blog to other social media websites. A few weeks ago, I decided to create a Facebook page for my blog, which is an idea I've been thinking about for quite some time. Although it's still early days with this, I'm hoping that it will be impactful and worthwhile in the future. I've also made an effort to be more active on Pinterest, sharing my new posts as I upload them. You can find both of these accounts in the sidebar if you'd like to check them out.

Film a video
This, to me, is still really daunting and scary, so I don't feel like I am ready to take my blog that step further. Typing up blog posts in front of my laptop is in my comfort zone, and I feel like I'll stick with this format for now. Also, I really enjoy writing and don't feel the need to include videos in my posts. It's not a no, it's just a not yet.

Work on my photography
Although my photography is nothing compared to that of other bloggers, I feel like it has improved considerably over the past few months and even more so since I started my blog. I've got the hang of using angles to optimise photos, finding the correct lighting and editing them so that the photo still looks realistic but enhanced. I'd really like to work on this more, but I'm fine with how it is for now.

Have a blogging schedule
One of the things I'm incredibly proud of when it comes to blogging is my ability to stick to my regular uploading schedule. Aside from a couple of times when I felt like taking a day off, I've uploaded my posts on time and twice a week as they are supposed to be. Right now, I'm not looking to increase this to more posts and I'm happy with the frequency of my posts.

I hope you liked this update on how my resolutions are going and I will give you a final update on them towards the end of the year. I'd love to know how your New Years Resolutions are and if you've stuck to them, so let me know down in the comments. Thanks for reading this post and I'll see you on Wednesday!

Love from Daisy x
Hello! I'm back with another product review today, which might not surprise you as I've been posting them quite often recently. This one, however, is long overdue as it's of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which I've been using virtually every day for the past few years. I've spoken about it a lot of times on my blog, but never actually reviewed it in a great amount of detail, until now.

This product is a cult classic concealer which pretty much every beauty blogger owns, including myself. I decided to try this one, opposed to a different concealer, as it's affordable at only £4.19 and I'd heard nothing but great things about it. This product, which is sold in Boots and Superdrug, claims to conceal blemishes and dark circles for up to 16 hours.

This concealer comes in four different shades; fair, cool medium, warm medium and dark. Honestly, this isn't the most expansive shade range and it is definitely targeted at paler girls. I'm quite pale and usually use the shade cool medium in winter and warm medium in summer, so you can instantly tell that this product won't be suitable for everyone.

Part of the reason why this product is so cheap is because of the basic, simplistic packaging. It is a transparent tube, showing the colour of the product, with a black lid. This doesn't bother me too much as it's inside that counts and I'd rather have a cheap product with a minimalistic design. I quite like the doe-foot applicator but it probably isn't the most hygienic way of applying concealer, so I don't use it straight onto my problematic areas. One of the problems with the packaging for this product is that the writing quickly wears off, but I've noticed that this has been fixed recently.

This product, like many other liquid concealers, applies really nicely and evenly across the skin. It has a smooth texture and easily glides onto the skin. The finish is matte and it's not particularly moisturising, so this might not be one for you if you have dry skin, but it never looks cakey or patchy. It has a light to medium coverage that can definitely be built up but is still easily blendable.

Although I haven't kept my makeup on long enough to test the 16-hour longevity claims, I definitely think that this concealer stays put for ages. I usually set it into place with a powder, but this isn't necessary for a long-lasting coverage. It doesn't crease under my eyes or move on my face like a lot of concealers do, especially as it is a liquid. There are also claims that this product is waterproof, which I have yet to fully test out.

Overall, this concealer is one of my favourites and is definitely worth purchasing, especially for its good quality and high coverage. It lives up to the hype and I understand why so many people are in love with it, including myself. I'd happily repurchase this product, having done a number of times already, and would definitely urge you to try it if you haven't already.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. If you've tried the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I'd love to hear your thoughts down in the comments. I'll be back on Sunday with a new post, so I'll see you soon!

Love from Daisy x
Hello, everyone! If you read my last post, you'll know that I came up with 10 post ideas for beauty bloggers to write about (if you didn't see it, you can find it here). Today, I'll be doing something really similar, as I thoroughly enjoyed writing the previous post and it received great feedback. Instead, it will be ideas for book bloggers to use, so I hope you like it!

Book Review
This is probably a really obvious choice for book bloggers, but pick a book that you've read and write a detailed review of it. It's incredibly easy to say if you liked a book or not and give a few reasons why, but your readers might want to know more than this. Comment on things like the plot (without spoilers!), the characters, themes, quality of the writing and anything else that was either pleasing or the opposite.

Favourite Books
It might be hard to choose if you've read a lot of books, but try and pick a book that stands out as your favourite and say why it is. What makes it a lot better than other books and would you recommend it to others? You could also do this as a series on your blog, sharing a favourite book from every month or few months.

Disappointing Books
With reading a lot of books, you will find some that are disappointing and you didn't enjoy as much as expected. Share these with your readers, as it's really interesting to know negative points and it might stop someone spending money on a book that they won't like. Make sure you include whether the book wasn't very good or if it just could've been better.

To Be Read
Tell your audience what books you're planning on reading and which books you want to move onto next. This is a great way to show books that you have a positive first impression of, and may also persuade people to read them alongside you. It's also like a resolutions post, to see if you stick to your idea of reading those books.

Monthly Wrap-Up
Conclude each month by sharing the books you've read that month, some of which might have been in your to-be-read posts and others might be a surprise. Don't give away too much about them, as this can be saved for reviews, but include whether you enjoyed them or not and a basic outline of the plot. Also, include how long they took you to read and whether they were worth it.

Genre Focus
Is there a particular genre of books that you love reading? Write a post featuring all of your favourites from this particular section of books, saying whether they're alike or not and why you like them. You could do this as a series on your blog, each week sharing a new genre and a few of your finds from that particular one.

Author Focus
This is similar to the idea above, but instead you should share authors whose books you really enjoyed. There are plenty of different authors out there, so you'll never run out of posts to write, as long as you keep reading different titles from a selection of authors. Make sure to include if their books are similar and which ones were your favourites, as this makes it more interesting.

Reading Challenge
This is especially effective at the start of the year or even a new month. Set yourself a goal of reading a certain amount of novels within a space of time and see if you stick to it. You can write posts sharing your progress and urge your readers to join in with the challenge, maybe even reading the same books.

5 Star Review Definition
After reading a book, it's likely that you'll give it an overall rating, but sometimes your readers don't know what you're looking for when deciding on this. Write a post sharing what criteria a book has to fulfil to be considered 5 stars and if you've ever made any exceptions to these rules.

Book First Impressions
Everyone says that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's good to share what your initial thoughts are on a book. It's up to you whether you do this solely based on the blurb and cover or after a few chapters, but this is a great way to share your opinions at an early stage and you can compare it to your final thoughts on the book.

Thank you for reading this post and hopefully I've provided you with some interesting and enjoyable ideas for book-related blog posts. I'd love to know if you decide to use any of them and if you think there are any other ideas that I've missed out, so be sure to let me know down in the comments. I'll be back on Sunday with a new post, so I'll see you then!

Love from Daisy x
One of the main struggles that a blogger can face is not knowing what to upload. It can often be really hard to think of creative and innovative ideas for posts, or simply get the inspiration to write something. Today, I thought I'd give you a few ideas and prompts that you could use for your blog. This post is more targeted towards beauty bloggers, but if you'd like some post ideas for non-beauty bloggers then I'd be happy to do that.

A Brand Focus
This could be a stand-alone post on your blog or a new series, depending on how many different makeup brands you own products from. This is a great way to share your recommendations and disliked products from a certain brand and can be really insightful for someone looking to try some new products. 

Product Empties
This is an easy way to show which products have been staples over the past few months and what you love using. Make sure you save up any makeup, skincare and haircare products that you've finished ready for this post. Do you want to repurchase them again or are you glad that they're finally finished?

Makeup Tutorial
Is there one look that you've been recreating for weeks on end or did you try something new with your makeup recently? Either way, why not show everyone else it? This is an easy way for your readers to see what products look like when they've been applied and there are definitely a lot of possibilities for these posts.

A Haul Post
The chances are, you've been shopping recently and picked up a few items, whether that's new discoveries or old favourites that you repurchased. Sharing these on your blog is a great way to show what is currently in the shops, and you could maybe include a first impression of some of the products.

Makeup Dupes
Everyone loves finding dupes, especially when they're for more expensive products. There are some obvious ones that everyone knows about, but if you have a new dupe discovery then make sure to blog about it. A lot of people will be interested, especially if it means saving a bit of money.

Disappointing Products
If you're a beauty blogger, it's guaranteed that you've tried a few products that you just don't get on well with or find it difficult to like. Instead of getting rid of them, share it with your readers! This is a different but still enjoyable way to find out which products aren't worth buying and can be really helpful for people unsure about spending money on something.

Celebrity Makeup Look
Why not try recreating a look that a celebrity has recently worn? You can also go a bit further by finding out what products that celebrity actually uses and including them in the tutorial. This can be a bit harder to put together than the other posts, but is definitely worth it when you have the finished look and a great blog post to go alongside it.

Skincare Routine
Share with your readers the products that you use in the morning or evening. Give a lot of information, like what skin type they are suitable for, whether they work as well as other products, how they feel on your skin and whether you'd recommend them. You could even do this as a series of posts, either about different skincare brands or for different skin types.

Try and put a bit more effort into styling your hair and be creative, coming up with a new style. Share it with your audience, specifying whether it's suitable for short hair, second-day hair, school or any other events.

Of the Day Posts
Whether it's your outfit of the day, makeup of the day or even nails of the day, make sure you share it on your blog, including where everything is from. This is a quick yet really nice way of showing how to style certain items or wear specific beauty products, and are especially effective around Christmas and Halloween when you can make them more themed.

I hope you liked this post and that you now have some post ideas. Thank you for reading this and I'll see you on Sunday with a new post.

Love from Daisy x
Today, I will be bringing you a review of Burberry's newest lipstick, entitled Burberry Kisses. (*) I was lucky enough to be sent this by their company and was thrilled, as it's such a luxurious, high-end brand that I never thought I'd have the chance to try. I fell in love with this lipstick when I first saw it and even more so after application, so I knew I had to review it for my readers.

The Burberry Kisses range is a new line from Burberry's makeup collection that is marketed as a hydrating lip colour, with a weightless formula and the ability to create multiple looks with just one shade. This is definitely an interesting claim and sounds almost like a modern take on an ordinary lipstick, so I was eager to see if it lived up to this. There are 28 shades to choose from, ranging from nudes to brights and everything in between, so there'll definitely be something suited to you.

The packaging of this lipstick is honestly beautiful and has an air of sophistication about it. Sometimes with sample sized products, the result is cheap and flimsy packaging that isn't anything like the actual product, but I was pleased to see that the Burberry Kisses sample is an exact replica, aside from the size. The sturdy gunmetal casing has the signature check pattern engraved in it, which looks both gorgeous and classy. The only negative to this is that it easily gets fingerprints on it. Accompanying this design is the repetition of the check pattern, but this time on the lipstick bullet, which is honestly stunning. I love how much detail Burberry have gone into to create an aesthetically pleasing product, proving why it is such a costly product. It is such a beautiful lipstick, that can be minimal and not your average-looking expensive lipstick, yet it is still glamorous and elegant.
I own this lipstick in the shade Sepia, which is traditionally a reddish brown colour, so I expected this to be quite a nude, your lips but better shade. However, I was surprised to see that it was much more rose-toned than I thought, almost verging on a berry colour (although the photo makes it look considerably lighter). Although it's not what I was expecting, I've discovered that it's a shade that is on-trend right now. I found that applying the lipstick harshly doesn't suit my colouring and complexion and is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I'm sure that a sheer wash of it will look lovely.

This lipstick, enriched with Burberry's signature blend of tea, lavender and rosehip, has a semi-matte finish, yet it is really hydrating and smooth on the lips, which I certainly wasn't expecting. It definitely lives up to its claim of being weightless, as it is not at all drying or heavy once applied. It isn't too clingy on dry patches, but I would recommend exfoliating your lips beforehand to achieve the best look. This lipstick has a blend of satin finished pigments and shiny polymers, providing a luminosity to the lipstick and forming a lightweight, gel-like formula that causes the lipstick to be extremely smooth and comfortable. It glides on really easily and evenly, giving a sheer wash of colour, but this can definitely be built up to give an intense, vibrant shade on the lips.

This lipstick is incredibly long lasting and stayed on my lips for quite some time, without the bold colour or silky texture disappearing. It wears down evenly, not becoming streaky or patchy, and doesn't dry out on my lips like some semi-matte lipsticks do. The colour doesn't bleed or transfer at all and the claim of supplying six hours of continuous hydration is definitely true.

Overall, I am really pleased with this lipstick and it's a lovely addition to my makeup collection. I'm extremely impressed with the quality of it and, although the colour wasn't best suited to me, I still appreciate how beautiful and versatile it can be. At £25, this lipstick is on the more expensive side but it is definitely worth it considering that this is a high-end product. If you've been looking to treat yourself to an elegant bullet of intense colour, but want to create a near flawless lip look that isn't heavy or drying, then this is definitely the product for you.

I hope you like this post and thank you very much for reading. I want to thank Burberry again for sending me this product, as I'm really pleased with it. I'd love to know what you think, so leave a comment telling me if you've tried one of the Burberry Kisses lipsticks or, if not, what you thought of this review. I'll see you all on Wednesday with a new post!

Love from Daisy x

This product was sent to me by Burberry to review, but all opinions and thoughts are completely my own.
                I always tend to read a lot of books in the warmer months, particularly when school is over, which is probably due to having less homework and school-related tasks to carry out. Since summer is quickly approaching us, I thought I'd share with you three books that I really want to read, so I hope you like this post!

                Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
                "In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters, but that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart."
                The first book on the list is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, which is the second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy. Every other Cassandra Clare book that I've read was an amazing read and was thoroughly enjoyable, especially the Mortal Instruments series which has the same theme and concept as this book. I love the whole idea of Shadowhunters and the inclusion of angels, warlocks and demons in these books, all of which are full of action, adventure, romance, and fantasy. I've been wanting to read this book for a year but found myself putting it off due to the size. However, I'm determined to read it and possibly finish the series this summer.

                Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling
                "Behind the ivy-clad walls of an exclusive boarding school, lurks a sinister web of corruption, scandal, and conspiracy. American student Raven Stone has noticed something is horribly wrong. First there were the unexplained disappearances. Then there were the teachers' lies. And now the death threats ...Also entangled in the disturbing turn of events is the enigmatic Kieran Storm. He's heading for trouble and taking her with him. Raven can feel herself falling in love, but can she trust a boy she knows almost nothing about?"
                The next book is one that I've been excited to read for quite some time now, and it is Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling. I read one of her other books, Finding Sky, and I found it very interesting and fell in love with her style of writing and the themes in the story, finding it similar to something I'd write myself. This book definitely sounds more mature and like a contemporary novel, yet it is described to have paranormal and urban fantasy elements in it, which are hopefully apparent. As a whole, I'm looking forward to reading this book and seeing how Finding Sky compares to her newer novel.

                Switched by Amanda Hocking
                "When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world that she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants a part of."
                The final book that I'll be talking about today is Switched by Amanda Hocking. Despite being a bestselling author, I've never read any of her books and knew that that needed to change. When I noticed that it was in the library I immediately picked it up, as I've been eager to read it for quite some time. This is the first book in the Trylle trilogy, which is a paranormal romance series that follows the life of Wendy Everly. I think that it sounds like a really interesting, gripping book and the plot seems quite detailed, so I have high expectations for this book.

                I hope you enjoyed this post and finding out a few of the books that I want to read. I'll definitely be sharing more of them with you over the next few months, so make sure you stay tuned for them. That's all from me and I'll see you on Sunday!

                Love from Daisy x