Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Paint Your Nails at Home VS Get Your Nails Painted Professionally

When it comes down to doing our nails us women either do them ourselves or get them done by a professional. This is a debate I think we all have secretly inside of us and I really want to run through my thoughts on this topic.

Paint Your Nails by Yourself.
Not all of us have the talent of a steady hand, lets be honest. Never mind that, it is always a little bit harder working on your other hand (the one you don't write with). I used to be the girl who could not really do her nails well and used to have just a boring old colour painted on. Let me tell you this, practice makes perfect. I started following Youtube videos and coming up with my own ideas for nail art. I gradually started practicing with easy designs and moved on to the harder ones as my confidence grew.

With Youtube being around you can pretty much learn anything without having to go to college. I guess you just will not have the certificate to support your knowledge and a confirmation from a teacher. The benefits of painting your nails at home by yourself is that it will save you a lot of money. I have a few friends who go and get their nails done on a regular basis - not that I am saying this is wrong but you do need to have a good balance in your bank account to support this habit.

Think about the confidence you will gain when doing them yourself and how much of an achievement it will feel like to you. I would suggest this option definitely to women who do not have the financial capability to support at least twice a month pedicures and manicures and to women that feel they are confident in achieving the end result all on their own.

Get Your Nails Painted Professionally. 
Never mind having the talent, how about having the time. It is lovely to book an appointment and to be able to just sit and relax whilst someone concentrates on giving your nails that spa like treatment. There are many different financial options for this - you can get your nails painted at the salon which will more likely be the most expensive or ask a mobile nail technician to pay you a visit at your house, which is much cheaper.

The great thing is once you find your preferred nail technician you can basically look on the internet for inspiration and ask them to copy it. Lets be honest most nail technicians can create most designs. I have found myself in bother before because I did not take the right precautions in finding the correct beautician. You should always make sure they use Professional Nail Brands otherwise you really shouldn't be paying that much if they are only using a 2.00EU nail varnish on you. Make sure the environment and equipment that is used are professional. A woman had once done my nails demanded a good amount of money and put my feet in a plastic bucket. Yes, it is the same thing but I could also do this at home myself. What I couldn't do is use a foot bath that has a mini jacuzzi motion within it and has been created to massage my feet.

In other words girls, if you have the money to support your beauty habit then go for it BUT make sure what you are paying for makes up for the quality they are giving you as an experience. If you do not have the money but would like to treat yourself every now and then, at least make sure you get a pedicure and manicure so that you get your cuticles, soles of your feet etc cleaned professionally.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Lets Talk about Exercise

A problem most women struggle with all their lives. A pressure that is put onto us by the media on a daily basis about how we should look. Most women exercise with the aim to lose a certain amount of weight and when they see that the weight achievement has not been met they are put off and stop working out. I am one of those women so I am speaking on personal experience.

It is all in our minds. You need to program your mind to know that you are not exercising for the results but for your health and your body. Once you have that stuck in your head, you will not stop. I have recently been trying this new method and it has worked wonders for me. I mean, yeah of course I want to lose weight and see a toned stomach and trimmed down arms and legs but this is not what I tell myself. I tell myself that I am doing this for a healthier lifestyle and to keep my body running smoothly.

Lets be honest. Even if we were to shed down to our preferred weight we would still need to keep exercising not only so that we can maintain this look but to keep being healthy. At the end of the day if you take away our goals of losing weight, we still should be exercising to keep our hearts in good condition. Exercising helps you produce endorphin's that make you feel happy, it is also good for relieving stress.

There are a lot of things that people stress over when they are exercising. How long should I be doing this for? How good was my exercise routine? Am I seeing results? I suggest you stop asking yourselves these questions and just keep doing it. At the end of the day any exercise is better than no exercise. I usually work out for an hour (I aim for) but if I do less or more - its ok! I exercise at home and do what I feel like doing. Some days I am in the mood for crazy cardio, other days I sit and do stretches and exercises such as squats, sit ups. I also like doing Yoga when the environment is quiet and relaxing and I am by myself.

If you want to start getting into exercise regime, then I suggest you follow my tips.

1. When do you feel like exercising? (I usually do this at night.)
2. What exercise do you feel like doing? (Do you like running or stretching ? Do that.)
3. How long can you last? (Don't time yourself, you will pressure yourself too much. Instead challenge yourself to doing an extra 5 sit-ups or an extra 15 minute run.)
4. How many rest days should you have? (Whatever you feel like at that time. I havent exercised for two days now because I didnt feel like doing it. Old Elpitha would have given up and automatically marked that as failed. Now, I dont see that as an excuse for stopping altogether - I had two rest days now I am going to continue.)

Dont be too hard on yourself. If you are then you have more chances of abandoning your exercise regime. Think positive, that is the key. Before you know it you will be used to it and feel lost without that in your daily routine. Reward? The reward for you will be your desired body appearance but without you even working towards that goal.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Elpitha Answers Blogging

Blogging is one of those things I think that many of us think about starting but hold off for a long time. I was one of those people especially when it came to Youtube videos. I did originally have a fashion blog that I started but then stopped it and after one year began this blog, Glittermeup. Here are a few questions and answers regarding my blogging experience, that could help you out.

What do you like about blogging?
The question that is asked all the time. Blogging is great no matter what topic you are writing about because it gives you the freedom of speech, to a certain extent. You dont have to be a journalist or a work for someone in order to pursue your dream of writing/blogging, which is what I love about it. I mean I always used to look at magazines and dream about getting the chance to write for them or work in that industry. I would definitely say it is quite a difficult industry to get in to and even if you do you probably wont get to write the articles you want to. Blogging gives people a chance to prove their talent and what they are capable of writing about. 

Why did you decide to start a blog?
For the reason I mentioned above and because I wanted to be a part of this beauty,fashion journalism but be my own boss. By saying that I want to be my own boss, I mean that I will not be given certain topics to write about or forced to comment on products, I might not like. This is the freedom I am talking about, if I feel like I want to blog about a certain product positively/negatively then I will. If I want to give a shout out to a fellow blogger, I will. I love reviewing products and commenting on fashion outfits - I want people to know my opinion and I want them to also know my tips/beauty secrets.

How did you choose your blog’s title? 
It was a mixture of a NYC nail varnish and me adding a few more words to it. That nail varnish was pretty much the most beautiful thing in my eyes at the time and I loved how glitter pretty much describes glamour and unique beauty.

Which blogging platform do you use? Why?
I use Blogger, if you haven't already noticed. I find it easier to work around and I love how the templates fit nicely. There seem to be more tutorials on it as well, so it makes life easier if you ever get stuck and need a hand. Ever since Google has taken over as well, it all fits nicely with GFC etc.

What is the biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?
The biggest challenge has to be pleasing the readers. You will have many debates with yourself over the layout, your social media pages, how often you should be posting and what you should be posting about. The only thing I can say is that over time you will notice what your readers seem to react well too and try to follow those patterns. In five years I have changed my blog layout several times, my posts and even the topics. Lets not forget as time moves forward people want to read about different things, so I would say making sure you know what is currently trending also helps.

What are you biggest blogging achievements?
Some of my achievements have to be working with some great brands. It is a really nice feeling when you are approached by some of your favourite brands and asked to review their products. I think one of my other achievements was being honest in my reviews whilst we are on topic. I have seen many bloggers getting carried away by being tempted to rate well, when a product is not as good just so they can continue to receive free goodies. It might not be now, but at some point your readers will catch on to your monotone and it will get boring. 

What is the worst blogging mistake you ever made?
In all honesty, it was interacting with bloggers who did not have the same motives as I did. I have not argued with anyone or had any weird drama but I have heard a lot about what goes on behind the scenes and I do not want to be part of it. Blogging is something that some people feel is competition, who will be the best or who will get the most products. This is not what my blog is all about and I by no means want to be associated with such immature behavior. 

What are your favorite blogs?
I dont have one... Honestly if I want to read about something, I will google and choose a post from the search results. I think we are also at a stage were nearly everything has been covered. This is the reason I stopped Youtube videos because I didnt feel like I had anything new to bring to the Youtube world. I  do however follow Instagram accounts that have certain celebrities that I like, fashion garments (where you can buy them) or healthy recipes etc.

What would you like to tell your readers?
Thank you. I truly do mean it. If it wasnt for you guys this blog wouldnt be able to continue. Thank you for your comments, your likes, your follows and everything else. I really appreciate the support, I have had over the past five years. If you have good feedback or even bad feedback that you would like me to know about then just email it over to me. I love suggestions, your opinions - anything. One day I will pay you all back for the love and support.

What advise do you have to someone who is thinking about starting a blog? 
Its not too late. Be yourself and be unique. If I can do it, I am certain you can too! 
Dont be scared to show it to your friends. I used to be and when I eventually started telling my friends about it, the support I got was amazing.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

London Tea Club Review

I received my first London Tea Club monthly box today and I thought I would dive right in and tell you all about this club. If you are a herbal tea lover I would highly recommend buying a tea subscription since the amount of money you give anyway to buy your favourites why not give it a monthly delivery box that will deliver you tea's that will allow you also to travel. After doing my research I found many companies that offered tea clubs however the London Tea Club was more style. I did not want people selling me their packets of tea that you can also purchase from their website - I was looking for a club that would travel, deliver me small quantities of super good quality tea.

My subscription box.

I went to the post office to pick my parcel up and I nearly had a heart attack at the size of the parcel. I am not going to lie, I thought what a waste of money. It was so small, I was not sure if they had just put one tube of tea in and that was it! I quickly got home opened it up and felt relieved. The box contained inside a eco friendly bag that you put your herbs in, an envelope that contained 8 empty teabags and 3 cards that describe to you each tea in further detail, 2 test tubes with herbs and one plastic sachet with herbs and a letter from the team.

I really loved reading the letter, it was lovely (I was also jealous) to know the trips they are currently going on to find tea for our next box. It was like a conversation you would have at a tea party, it really made me feel like I was not drinking this tea alone but instead with the rest of the subscribers and their team. I found the empty teabags really thoughtful, the instructions were also great and not too complicated. They usually instruct you to add a teaspoon to your cup rather than weird measurements that I just would never understand.

When you subscribe to this club you will be asked to take a quick questionnaire that will ask you about your preferences, for example ''Do you like black tea?'' that kind of a thing. If I had any feedback for the London Tea Club, it would be make this questionnaire more detailed - add more options that regard the benefits of the tea, for example ''Would you like a tea that helps your cognitive skills/helps you lose weight/helps you sleep ...'' I know this might be something that London Tea Club may not want to concentrate on however it would be something I would love to see in the future.

The tea that arrived is one of a kind, you can really tell these guys are looking all over to bring us the best. I am a huge fanatic tea lover and all three teas I was sent I have never drank before or heard of the certain mixture. I have been so excited for this new subscription that I even have began my own tea diary and I have been sticking in the cards with each tea information in my diary and then commenting underneath. Overall I am really happy with this box and I will definitely continue buying this every month. I would love to see a London Tea Club at some point that will add more items to our boxes, extra tea , tools, herb books - anything , anything a tea lover would appreciate it.

Delivery to Greece  - Arrives to your post office or house (no courier) , parcel can fit through a letter box since it is quite small. The total cost is around 15.00EU including delivery and it arrived for me on the 12th , these are usually sent out at the end of the month. 


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Beauty Edition SS15

Need some summer inspiration? Are you not sure what beauty products to buy this summer? Well check out my collage that I created with some of my favourite picks for SS15. They are guaranteed to make you look like a goddess.

1. OPI Strawberry Margarita
2. Lancome 6 Pan Palette Mediterranean in 110
3. Free People Oil Infused Paddle Brush
4. Happy Jackson Washbag
5. Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pink
6. Clinique Body Suncream SPF50
7. Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache Souffle Body Creme.