Saturday, 31 January 2015

How To: Design Your Blog



I thought I would do a post on designing your blog, as I have had a lot of people asking me how I designed and set mine up. If I'm honest, I'm still not 100% happy with my blog design, however I am really happy with some aspects of it... so I am going to share with you, how I did these aspects of my blog. 

Header 

The first thing I wanted to change was my header! I hated the fact that it was on the left of the page and also I wanted to have my own 'logo'/ brand image as my header. So I used http://www.picmonkey.com/ to create a header. This website is by far the best for editing, making blog buttons etc. and it is so easy to use and very self explanatory.  


  • Once you have made your header, you go onto the 'Layout' Page on Blogger and click on the 'edit button on the header... 



  • Then click on the 'Choose File' button to upload your header. Then click where you want your header to be and then click save :) It's as simple as that!  




If you want your header to be in the centre then follow the next steps: 

  • Click on the 'Template' button on Blogger, then click 'Customise'. 

  • Then click 'Advanced' and scroll down to 'Add CSS'.



  • Now to make your header go in the centre add the following html into this space. 
#header-inner {
background-position: center !important; 
width: 100% !important;
text-align: center;
}
#header-inner img {
margin: auto;
}

  • If you want your image on the right and the title on the left, then add this html code instead: 
 #header-inner {
background-position: right !important; 
width: 100% !important;

.titlewrapper, .descriptionwrapper {
float: left;
clear: both;
margin-left: 20px;
}

  • If you want your image on the left and text on the right, then add this html code:
#header-inner {
background-position: left !important; 
width: 100% !important;

.titlewrapper, .descriptionwrapper {
float: right;
clear: both;
margin-right: 20px;
}



  • Once you have added the html code you want and you're happy with your header, click 'Apply to blog'. 


Aligning your pages

  • If you want your pages centred like mine, all you have to do is go to 'Add CSS' again and add the following html code: 
.PageList {text-align:center !important;}
.PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none !important;}

  • Then click apply to blog again :)

Social media buttons


  • If you want social media buttons like mine, then you need to visit this amazing blog: http://www.carrieloves.com/2012/12/free-social-media-icons-updated
  • Everything you need to know is over on her blog and I found it so easy to use.... her blog was a lifesaver for me because she explained everything so clearly, which made it easier for someone who is not very good at technology! Thank you Carrie! 
I hope some of these little tutorials helped! I would love to try and help more but I need to learn all the skills for myself haha :) 

Comment below telling me if you want more posts like this, and what you would like to see on them :) 

Monday, 26 January 2015

The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award!

Yes... another award! 2 awards in one day! Thank you sooo much to Bébhinn from http://ajudgelesslife.blogspot.ie/ for nominating me :) 

The rules:

1. You thank the blogger who nominated you and you link their blog. Its nice to share the love at all times.
2. You answer the list of 10 questions they have created for you and you then create a list of your own 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
3. You nominate 10 Sister Bloggers to receive the award and repeat all the steps involved.

Questions from Bébhinn

Why did you decide to start blogging?

I had a blog before this one and on there I wanted to blog about life tips etc, so I could help other people. Then I started to be more involved in the beauty blogger world, because of reading Zoe Sugg's blog and Dolly Bow Bow etc. So I decided to start a new blog and post about beauty, lifestyle and fashion and it is the best decision I have ever made! 

What is your greatest aspiration in life?

I really want to work in the media industry, maybe management and work on the social media side of things :) 

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would it have been?

To not care about what anyone says about me! I am still guilty of this now, but I think I have slowly found it easier to brush off comments that affect me in some sort of way! I think it's the fact that I'm starting fresh and going to uni, so the things/people that I don't like now, won't be in my life in a few months time, so why should I care?! 

If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be? Why?

Joe Sugg.... He seems like the nicest person ever! I think that I'd really get along with him because he's crazy and I also have a crazy side... but then he's also very sensitive and I'm also sensitive! Oh and he likes Nandos and so do I, so I guess that's what we would have for dinner! :)  

What is your favourite piece of poetry or quote?

I don't really read poetry so I don't really know, but I like anything happy and heart warming! 

Which celebrity play you in a movie about your life?

Zooey Deschanel! She is clumsy and has a crazy side like me... but she is also very kind and caring, and very cheeky! I love her in 500 Days Of Summer! 

If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be?

America! Maybe LA or New York around Christmas! 

Is there any language you wish you could speak?

Spanish! I can speak a bit of Spanish but I would love to be fluent! It's such a nice language :) 

My Nominees:

(Sorry to the people who I have bombarded with awards recently, but I think you deserve them all <3) 


My Questions to you: 

1. What do you think is your best feature? (Yes you do have one, you're all beautiful)
2. Name the song that describes you the best
3. What's the best thing that someone has said to you?
4. If you could make up a word what would it be and what's the definition? 
5. Favourite quote?
6. What would you do if you got told that your life was all a dream? 
7. Would you want to know what happens to you in 2015, like your own 2015 trailer?
8. Favourite place to go on holiday and why?
9. What is your best characteristic (i.e. kind, funny) ?
10. If you could have one celebrity friend, who would that be and why?

Thanks again to Bébhinn... I loved answering your questions! :) xxx

Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Thank you so much to Sally from http://andallthatfairydust.blogspot.co.uk/ for nominating me for the 'Very Inspiring Blogger Award', it mean soooo much to me :) xxx

Rules:
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • List the award rules
  • State 7 things about yourself that others do not know
  • Nominate 15 other blogs
  • Tell your nominees and link them to your post
  • Display the award Logo on your side bar, about page or awards page
7 Things About Me:

I told you all quite a lot about me, so I'm going to find it hard to tell you stuff you don't know, so sorry if these things aren't that interesting haha! 

  1. I've had 9 pets in my lifetime (maybe more... I've lost count)... I've had/I have 4 cats, a hamster, rabbit, guinea pig, and two fish. My house was basically a farm! 
  2. I'm seeing One Direction, The Vamps and 5 Seconds Of Summer all for the third time, this year!
  3. I'm going to Greenwich University in September to study an Advertising and Marketing degree, and I am also going to do a placement year, hopefully in a media company (e.g. Gleam, BBC etc...)
  4. I used to have a blog before this one but I was too scared to post on it haha!
  5. I have naturally curly hair, but I have to do a lot to it, to keep it looking decent!
  6. I sat next to 5SOS in Nandos in the O2 but they weren't that well known then, so no one knew about them other than me and a few people. And I bumped into Calum on the way out and he smiled at me :) (He is perfection) 
  7. I have an obsession with Phil Dunphy from Modern Family... I want my future husband to be like him.... life would never get boring! 
Nominees:

Thanks again to Sally for nominating me :) 
xxxx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2 : Review




Last week, I caved in a purchased one of these palettes after hearing amazing reviews! 

http://www.superdrug.com/Makeup-Revolution/Makeup-Revolution-Redemption-Palette-Iconic-2/p/979703#.VMJyClV1-uY

Immediately, I was amazed at how cheap all of the Makeup Revolution products are. After, what felt like hours looking at all the stunning make up on offer, I finally chose to get the Redemption Iconic 2 eyeshadow palette, which was £4. I found that this one had the most neutral colours and it was the most appealing one to me. 


When I first used this palette, I was shocked at how good it was! I had mixed feelings about using it at first, as I am used to the MUA palettes, however this palette is amazing... and definitely my new favourite... bye bye MUA! 

I took swatches of the colours and some unfortunately were not as pigmented as others, but on a positive note, this then means that I have a more diverse palette, which I can use for several different looks... (e.g. day/night) 




The glittery shades are not too pigmented, so you can get away with wearing them on your everyday make up, however the colours are very easy to layer up and pack on to the eyelids, to create more of a dramatic night time look. I have been loving wearing the light matte shade and the light shimmery shade, with the medium matte brown through my crease! You can do so much with this palette! 




I've recently bought an Urban Decay Naked3 palette (Still can't get over the fact I finally own one of these *dances*) and I would have to say that this palette is most certainly a dupe of it! So if you don't want to break the bank, then definitely chose this palette! 

Comment below, your favourite product from the Makeup Revolution range. Also let me know if you would like to see some makeup tutorials from me, using this palette :) 


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Get To Know Me Tag!

I was kindly nominated by Niamh from http://beautybud3598.blogspot.ie/ to do the 'Get To Know Me tag'. 



1. Name

Sophie :) 



2. Blog name: Anything special about it?
I don't really know where Petals Of Perfection came from to be honest! I think I used a blog name generator and this is what popped up! I wish I had a better story to it haha! 

3. How long have you had your blog for?

Since September 2013! 



4. Favourite colour?
I love burgundy and autumnal colours! 

5. Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to find a hobby that I'd be really passionate about! I also loved reading other blogs, so I thought I'd give it a go... and it is the best decision I have ever made :) 

6. Favourite book?
I'm really not a reader, but for Christmas I got Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and oh my god! It is the best book I have ever read! The storyline is lovely, and the book is so easy to read! I managed to read it in a week, but I could have easily read it in a day if I had time! 

7. Favourite highlighter?



8.Holy grail drugstore/high end foundation?



9. Favourite primer?

10. All time favourite mascara's? Both high-end and drugstore
I have never used a high end mascara but a drugstore one would have to be, Rimmel London (surprise surprise) Wonder'full http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-Wonderfull-Mascara/p/254671#.VL-de0esX3Q

11. What's your favourite food?

I love all food, but the one that springs to mind is Fajitas!

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I would love to do a road trip around America! I have always loved the though of it! But I guess I'm only going by what I've seen in vlogs and on TV.... I have created a major hyper reality for myself haha



13. How many times did you upload last year?
16 times! I didn't really have a structured blog... l only uploaded when I had the time and when I felt like it .. but this year, I am going to upload once or twice a week... maybe more! Definitely more in June, July, August and September as I would have finished school completely and I would be relaxing before I go to Uni haha! 



14. What apps do you use to edit your pictures or create thumbnails?
I use picmonkey, it's so simple and easy to use! 



15. What's your twitter name?



16.Favourite candy?
Tootie Frooties!  



17. Favourite drink?
I love the Marks & Spencer's Peach, Camomile and Green Tea! 



18. What's your favourite clothing store?
H&M! You can get pretty much everything in there, it's affordable and good quality! 



19. Describe yourself using 3 words.
Kind, caring, determined (I hope haha) 



20. What is something you want to improve about your blog this year?
I want to try and take better pictures. I want to upload more regularly and to also include more lifestyle and fashion posts! 

Thank you Niamh for tagging me :) 

I tag:


:) 
xxx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

100/200 Follower Giveaway! (Finished)

I'm going to keep this short and sweet, as I have flooded you with posts this week haha but I can finally do my 100 follower giveaway!




A couple of weeks ago I said on Twitter (@petalsofperfect < cheeky plug), that if I reached 100 followers on Bloglovin' (http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/petals-perfection-11369043 < another cheeky plug haha), I would do a little giveaway, thinking it would be ages until I reached that many followers... but it turned out that I had to go and buy stuff quicker then I thought I would haha! 

On the 5th January 2015, I reached 100 followers and I was so amazed that I had reached that many so quickly, considering I only had 20 followers in the middle of December! I have had my blog since 2013, but it's only recently grown, but it's grown in only a month, which is a great achievement for me, and I only have you guys to thank! 


Then I was planning on doing the giveaway in a month or so, but then I hit 150 followers on the 11th January.... I saw my followers go up everyday, I gained around 15 followers a day... then I really did panic and I thought I better go and purchase the things for my giveaway asap, before I hit 200 followers!

BUT.... to my absolute amazement... I hit 200 followers before I had even done this giveaway, on the 15th Jan (2 days ago!) I am so thankful to everyone who has followed my blog, commented, followed me on any other social media sites, you are the reason I wake up smiling everyday! <3


Now for the fun bit......... THE GIVEAWAY: 

As I do not have a job, or gain any income from blogging, I do not have a lot of money to spend on giveaways, so I'm sorry that this is only a small one! 

T&Cs

  • This giveaway is only open to people in the UK (I will disqualify anyone who enters outside of the UK)
  • Enter using Rafflecopter below
  • The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or it'll be drawn again until someone claims the prize! I will be contacting the winner via email so please make sure you enter with the one you check regularly! 
  • Please mention me (@petalsofperfect) in any of your tweets about the giveaway so your entry is valid! 

GOOD LUCK! 

The Giveaway includes:

Nivea Hand Care Pure and Natural Hand Lotion 100ml
Nivea Soft Rose Lip Care 4.8g 
Nivea Fruity Shine Peach Lip Care 4.8g
Dirty Works Starter Brush Set
Olay Refreshing Face Wash
Eye Candy 'Reddy and Willing' Nail varnish 
Baylis and Harding Skin Spa Body Care Set Basil and Lime
Baylis and Harding French Lavender and Cassis Foot Balm & foot soak crystals


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thank you to everyone who has followed me, whether you followed back in 2013 or if you followed yesterday! It really means a lot <3 

Comment below: 
Your favourite post of mine, and what you would like to see more on Petals Of Perfection! :) 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Liebster Award

So many posts this week haha! Here's another one for you lovely people...

I was kindly nominated for Liebster Award by FruityMarshmallow (unsure of real name haha)  http://fruitymallow.blogspot.co.uk/ and Jess from  http://www.asocalledbeautyblog.com/ .... Thank you both for nominating .... it truly means a lot to me <3 This award is to help smaller blogs get noticed and have a wider following!

The rules are: 

  • You need to link the person/people who have nominated you
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator/s
  • Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for the nominees to answer
  • Notify all the nominees through social media/their blogs

So to start off, I am going to answer questions from FruityMarshmallow:


1) If you could pick a dessert to represent you, which one would you pick and why?
I would say I am like a chocolate pudding with the chocolate gooey sauce inside, because I put on a front and act all quiet and shy, when in reality I am one of the loudest people ever!

2) What is your favourite holiday or time of the year?
I love Autumn... I love the make up... I love the fashion... I love the mustard and burgundy colours.... I love everything about Autumn! 

3) What is one beauty/ make-up item you cannot live without?
I cannot live without lip balm! I hate having dry chapped lips!

4)What was your favourite memory of 2014?
I really enjoyed all the concerts I went to, especially BST Hyde Park festival, where I saw McBusted... I also loved seeing One Direction and 5SOS at Wembley stadium, the BBC Radio1 Teen Awards and Enrique Iglesias at the O2! 

5) What is one of your pet peeves and why?
I hate it when people don't move out of the way for you.... When I'm shopping or I'm in a busy street, I am ALWAYS the one that has to move! My mum always says that we have invisible paint on, whenever we are out because it's like people can't see us!

6) If you could live in another country other than your own what would it be?
Australia! I don't know why... I've never even been to the country but it looks stunning! 

7)What are you looking forward to the most this year?
I am looking forward to all the concerts I am going to haha! I'm seeing The Vamps, SClub7 (childhood relived), One Direction and 5SOS... I am also turning 18 FINALLY... so I can go out and legally drink haha! 

8) What is your favourite Taylor Swift song?
I'm not the biggest fan of Taylor Swift, but if I had to pick a song it would be Blank Space

9) What is your favourite sport?
I hate sports anything which involves me doing exercise. But if I had to pick a sport it would be rounders! 

10) If you were a super hero, what powers would you have?
I would love to be invisible so I can travel the world/go to concerts for free etc...  (because no one would be able to see me, so I wouldn't have to pay for anything)

11) What are three of your style icons?
I absolutely love Ferne Cotton, Zooey Deschanel and Emma Willis. 

Now the questions from Jess: 

1. Flats or heals?
Flats

2. Who inspires you the most?
My sister... I look up to her soooo much! She has always supported me and she is a great role model! 

3. Favourite mascara?
Rimmel London Wonder'full

4. What's your guilty pleasure?
I don't think I have one tbh! 

5. What made you want to start blogging?
I always loved to read Zoella's, Sprinkle of Glitter's and Dolly Bow Bow's blogs so I thought, why not try it myself! I also wanted to find a hobby! 

6. Would you describe yourself as a girly girl, a tom boy or something in between?
I think in between... I love makeup but I also don't mind my hair getting wet in the rain or I wouldn't mind getting mud all over me whilst doing a mud maze (I've done it before, it was soooo fun!) I also don't understand the obsession with bags and shoes... someone please explain?! haha

7. What's your best quality?
I like to think that I am a good listener... I love to give advice and help people! 

8. What's your favourite indulgent food?
Cheesy chips... does that class as indulgent?!

9. Who's your favourite musician?
I think my favourite band will always be McFly and my favourite solo artist would be Enrique Iglesias/Jason Mraz.

10. What's your favourite country?
Out of all the places I've been to, I would say Ibiza (Santa Eulalia) is the nicest place... but nothing beats good ol' London town! 

11. How has blogging changed your life?
Blogging has changed my life massively! I have now got a hobby which I am truly passionate about... and I have also connected with a lot of other bloggers like myself, that I would have never of spoken to if it wasn't for blogging! 

The blogs I nominate are: 


My Questions: 

  1. If you could marry one celebrity who would it be and why?
  2. What is your favourite make up brand?
  3. What would you do if you won a £/$million? 
  4. What is your favourite clothes shop?
  5. Lipstick or lip gloss and why?
  6. Dogs or cats and why?
  7. Marmite... love it or hate it?
  8. Favourite band/musician?
  9. What would you name your son/daughter? 
  10. Would you rather be freezing cold or boiling hot? 
  11. Who/what is your all time favourite blog/blogger and why?

Once again, thank you to FruityMarshmallow and Jess for nominating me... You both have lovely blogs <3
xxxx