Beauty: Simple Hydrating Gel Booster

Saturday, May 19, 2018

I'm going to rightly admit that when it comes to skin care, I have all the gear but no idea. It's true!
Even when I'm staying at a friend's house I will take wipes, lotions and potions so it looks like I know what I'm doing and that I look after my skin. However, when I'm home it's a different story and all I want to do is get into bed quickly.

In all honesty though, I have been incredibly lucky with my skin. I would occasionally have a spot or two, but apart from that I wouldn't experience any oily t-zones or dry patches. My skin was as soft as anything. But in the last three years or so, this hasn't been the case and I've noticed dry, flaky and also oily patches.

Because of this I did the stupid thing of self diagnosing myself with our lovely friend, Google and nearly every site told me that I had combination skin - whether this is true or not I don't think I will ever know!  Since then I've been using Clarins Matte Lotion but this wasn't doing the job fully and I was getting more and more self conscious with my skin.

I had heard about the Hydrating Booster range from Simple, especially their gel booster which is supposed to give you this added extra protection so to speak.

I bought the product in my local supermarket (I know, not exactly Selfridges) for £6.95. What completely threw me was the size of the bottle, only 25ml! I tried telling myself that if it's a booster than I'll be using just a small amount so it should last me a reasonable time, right?

Anyway, the Simple Hydrating Gel Booster can be used in three ways; as a primer, a moisturiser on its own or a booster underneath your own moisturiser.
I decided to go with the latter and try underneath my moisturiser. I must admit the actual product reminds of Calpol - the colour and consistency, not the flavour!
I used a small pea size amount and applied to the areas that really needed it. It went on as smooth as anything, no stickiness, no greasy fingers. It just glided on and you really felt like your skin was taking it in, feeling hydrated.
I applied my moisturiser and went about my day.

I'm happy to say that after a full nine hours at work my skin was not flaky at all and after a month of using it when I needed it the most, I love this product and would highly recommend to people who need that little extra boost of hydration. It's become a staple in my makeup bag.
It may be a small bottle and it will be interesting to see how long it lasts with me, but it really does what it says.

Have you tried the Simple Hydration Gel Booster? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Becky Types

What's happened to the Blogging Community

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I want to cast your mind back to around four years ago. The year when Flappy Bird was removed from the App Store, How I Met Your Mother aired for the last time, and one of the best actors from my childhood Robin Williams, died following his struggle with Lewy Body Disease and Mental Health.

Amongst all of the above, it was only four years ago that I was in a blogging community that was super supportive. Our Twitter feeds would be covered in bloggers nominating fellow bloggers with the Liebster Award, Sunshine Award, virtually any award or tag that was going at the time.
Back then I blogged each week as part of Weekly Wishes - a post where I would set myself five goals to accomplish in a week. You would then upload your link to the hosts website with the idea of sharing and commenting on the other bloggers posts. It was great fun and a great way to meet others.

If you published a post about how pissed off you were with your boyfriend or what you got up to over the weekend, you can guarantee that your post would be shared, liked, retweeted and commented on numerous times.
We were supportive of each other.

Each week, there was a certain chat that you could join in and meet other bloggers from all over the world. Yes, ok there are still chats available but I just find it incredibly confusing that there are so many of them now, plus I have that niggly question in my mind on "Can I take part in this chat? I don't blog about beauty but it seems to be popular chat."

We didn't have to fit into a certain niche or publish blog posts on certain days. We could write about what we wanted, when we wanted and I miss that!

In fact I would enjoy getting in from work or having days off to write. I would make up any excuse to get on my laptop and just write to my hearts content.

So what has happened to the blogging community?

Well, it hasn't completely disappeared. As mentioned above there are still the daily chats available and I've just seen the Liebster Award pop up on my Twitter feed. Just like we've all had to adapt to Instagram's algorithm, we've all had to adapt to the new blogging community.

A community that I feel you have to bombard your Twitter to make your blog post get noticed and even then you get about 40-50 views (this is my actual average FYI).  A place where it feels like competitiveness seems to be the common theme, who is working with the better brand and how come they earn more money when I've blogged longer than them.
What happened to blogging because this was a hobby we enjoyed and not based on how much money we're making.
When a "blogging drama" appears I now tend to shy away and ignore rather then give my pennies worth because I feel if I do, people will dislike my thoughts and opinions and turn on me - silly I know.

I really do miss the blogging community, a one without all the bitchiness and shadiness. However, some may say that this has always been amongst us and I've just kept myself to myself in my own little bubble.

I miss where everyone was supportive and that's why I continue to do what I did all those years previous. I comment on posts that I enjoy and share them. That little feeling that I've helped that bloggers post reach a wider audience.

I've joined on Facebook blogging groups such as the East Midlands Bloggers and The Uncool Club, a place where you can share your post links and ask blogging related questions. I've virtually met lots of new bloggers and I love the new content that I'm coming across.

My final words on this post is that the amount of bloggers have probably quadrupled, and those that probably started off four years ago have ceased their website because they are struggling to get engagement and views. The community is heavily saturated and that's great, it really is. But we need to continue helping each other out.
Therefore my ask to you, is to comment on this post and let me know what you miss from the blogging community.
Once you've done that go and comment on the next post that you read.

Actually, if you're looking for a post to read take a look at Emmie's. She too has talked about her bug bares on the blogging community.

I promise you it will make any bloggers day if you engage with their posts.

April Favourites

Saturday, May 05, 2018

April has to be one of my favourite months, not just because it's my birthday but because it's the start of spring — well should be, as I write this it feels like -2 and is currently raining cats and dogs!

But in all seriousness, April has been a wonderful month for blog posts, especially when I've been returning from a break of over two years.  A part of what encouraged me to return, was the amount of posts out there that give you tips on improving your small space of the internet.

I thought I would compile my favourites for this month's favourites.

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level; Lauzrah
This was just one of the posts that made me open up Blogger and really sit down to write. I needed to take my blog to the next level and this included buying my own domain. If I was going to get serious about BeckyTypes then so did my domain.

Time-Saving Tips For Bloggers; Lauzrah
Another brilliant post by Laura, this time she shares her time saving tips for blogging. From keeping an editorial calendar (which I'm still trying to get to grips with) to putting together a system that works for you, which I actually feel I have got down to a fine art and never feel pressured to write a post each week.

Sort your SEO 5 day email challenge; Jasmin Charlotte
If it wasn't for Emmie at Carpe Diem Emmie, I don't think I would've come across Jasmin and her blog post about her SEO Challenge.
Covering five days, you are sent daily emails which educates and helps you improve your SEO on your blog.
Obviously you won't see results straight away but I found the steps so easy to follow and liked how they were cut down in small chunks.
Jasmine also has many posts to read up on from more blogging tips and my absolute favourite topic, travel.

How To Pitch to PR For Brands Collaborations; Beth Sandland
I must say that this is really the perfect post to read when you feel that you're ready to take the second next step and approach brands for collaborations. I haven't yet plucked up the courage, I get as far as writing the email and then pressing save.
But one day it will happen and it will be down to Beth's post that has helped me.
She even gives you help on building relationships, writing the emails and making sure that you know your audience.

Carpe Diem Emmie;
Ok, ok so when I am trying to research blog based posts, I will always get distracted - who doesn't?!
The blog posts that I have been really enjoy reading is Emmie over at Carpe Diem Emmie.
There really is too many to choose from but I managed it, see if you can see a theme here...

Burleigh's Gin Distillery Tour - If I went on that tour, I'm pretty sure I would find myself bathing in the 450 litre Copper Pot, also look at the colour of the different bottles!

Flavourless Craft Gin Club - So if I wasn't living on a tight budget I would most definitely be signing up for this! A subscription box where you get sent gin, er yes please!

Gin Festival 2017 - This made me want to go to the next Gin Festival in my area, but I feel I may need a hotel when I do!

So these are the blog posts that I've really enjoyed reading, you may notice that they may have not been written in April, but so what they're still relevant and interesting to read.
Make sure you visit these bloggers and show them some love on their posts!