Hey Beauty Buddies…
Once again a huge thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday’s post Things You Need To Do Before Publishing A Blog Post! The comments, & feedback were awesome ladies, you really are a fabulous bunch! I’m just beyond chuffed that it’s not just my blogging tips that come in handy, but some of yours too, as your feedback reaches out to other bloggers, particularly those new to the blogging community. It’s great discovering what routines others blog by, so thanks y’all for getting involved in the chat! Don’t forget to check it out if you haven’t done so already chums 🙂
However onto today’s post as we make room on the virtual sofa this morning for a rather fabulous all-round blogger: Lexi from Drifting Lexi. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with this talented gal I’m pretty sure you’ll come to agree with me that her online haven is a virtual treasure trove for fun features on everything from books to beauty. What more could a gal need? So if you’re already sitting comfy then take five as we go Behind The Blog with Lexi…
In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:
Books, beauty and nail art!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I had never been successful at keeping a diary, so I wanted to try something new. I decided to start up driftinglexi and use it to discuss a range of different topics. Due to not having a clear purpose for my blog and college getting in the way, I stopped writing after a couple of months. Last year I started reviewing books on Goodreads and I was watching lots of YouTube, mostly beauty orientated channels, and it made me want to share my opinions and creativity with more people and so I relaunched driftinglexi in April, combining my love of books and beauty and it’s been going well ever since.
Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?
In school I often felt like I didn’t belong and near the end of school I had two different groups of friends who I would drift between throughout the day/week at school. So that is where the drifting aspect originates from. Lexi however, is not my real name. At the beginning I wanted to be anonymous, so I gave myself a new name. Now that I am more open with my blog and don’t mind my readers knowing who I am, this can be a little confusing for people. However, I am glad I did it as driftinglexi has a certain ring to it, so I haven’t a clue what I would have otherwise named my blog.
Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?
Back in 2013 I experienced it a lot because there was such a huge range of things out there to talk about that it left me overwhelmed as I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. However, now I don’t suffer so much. I mean, as part book blogger, the easiest way to overcome Blogger’s Block is by reading a book and reviewing it. The nail and beauty aspect I do struggle with sometimes, but I feel that the best way to combat this is by preparing in advance and taking advantage of events that occur throughout the year e.g. Halloween and Christmas and applying it to what your blog is about.
What’s your favourite post to date?
My favourite post has got to be one that doesn’t actually fit into the books, beauty and nails aspect of my blog. This is because it is all about my trip to Rome last July. I always find that posts on my experiences are my favourites because it gives you the opportunity to easily recall the events every time you read it and this trip had made me so happy.
Describe your everyday clothes style:
Very casual, though I do tend to dress up my look more with my makeup as I love bold lipsticks. I mostly tend to wear jeans, a check shirt and converse or boots.
What are your current top 3 beauty items?
Right now I really love Soap and Glory’s Supercat Eyeliner and I really cannot leave the house without a bit of eyeliner.
For Christmas I received the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, so obviously that has become a new love of mine. Since Christmas this is definitely the palette I have been using most. I don’t find it the easiest palette for creating multiple different daytime looks, but I am constantly trying to find ways to make it work so that I am not wearing the same few eyeshadows every single day.
I was going to put a lipstick for my third item, but I really cannot decide on which lipstick to pick. However, another one of my top beauty items is definitely a concealer and my all-time favourite is definitely Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer (which probably isn’t a surprise because it is a favourite for many).
How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?
I like to come home, pour a Disaronno and coke and plop myself in front of the TV/laptop to watch a movie or TV series. Recently I have been working in retail a lot which really kills your feet, so the second I can sit down the better! Later on I then treat myself to a LUSH bath bomb in the bath and depending on my tiredness I will do some reading before bed, although lately I have been falling asleep whilst listening to audiobooks.
Describe your ideal Saturday night:
A simple sleepover with my best friend watching movies and often playing movie drinking games is definitely top of the list. However, if I’m not feeling at all sociable, I love to just spend the evening sucked into a good book!
What do you do to relax?
I love to paint my nails, read and watch TV to relax, all of which I can do from the comfort of my own bed, haha.
Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?
One bad habit of mine is my tidiness. Sure this is good to an extent, but I’m that person at a party who likes to clear the empty cups and plates off of tables to make room for full ones and constantly worries about if we’re being too loud. This means that if I’m not tidying at a party I spend the duration of it worrying about tidying up afterwards whether this is my own house or a friends, so I never actually enjoy parties as much as everybody else. I basically play the host, or even a motherly sort of role, when I’m not even the host (or a mother). While this isn’t the worst habit, I feel bad that I focus more on tidying up than having fun and spending time with my friends sometimes.
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
Some of my most cherished childhood memories are small things like going for walks with my family and our dog, or being sat in the dining room, having a games night; I used to love it when my dad would teach me new card games. As much as I appreciate being taken places and bought things, I feel that more often than not it’s the simple little things you end up treasuring the most.
What was your favourite school subject?
This is not exactly a popular subject, but my favourite was always maths. I reckon that this was largely due to the fact that it was my best subject and I sat next to one of my best friends in that class.
What’s your dream job?
I would love to be a counsellor, or a nail technician. I have always loved being there to support and help my friends when they’ve been going through tough times, so I would love to do that for other people. I’ve also visited counsellors myself, but I found them to be very patronising and repetitive, so I would hope that I would be able to make people feel better than the people I saw made me feel. Alternatively, it is no secret that I love painting my nails and coming up with new, creative designs!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I will be twenty four. I hope that I will be living elsewhere, preferably with one of my best friends, or a boyfriend and preferably someone who can get rid of any spiders for me as I really cannot deal with them myself! Depending on my life career wise I can see myself having a dog and continuing to blog and I really hope I’m happy.
What top 5 things are on your bucket list?
Go to Disneyland, Florida.
See Mamma Mia! in the West End.
Go to India.
Travel around Italy.
Go to Austria.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
I have always been bad at answering this kind of question, but one thing I am proud of is what I have achieved on my blog. I have found a nice routine which allows me to balance three of my favourite things: books, nail art and makeup and I have met so many wonderful and supportive people through this that it is difficult to not feel a sense of achievement when thinking of my blog.
Who inspires you?
My best friends and my mum; they have all gone through a lot and while all of their experiences differ, they have all become stronger because of it and this in turn inspires me to be strong, be positive and work hard.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – from Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
I am a lover of quotes which anyone will know if they’re a reader of my blog, so I find it difficult to pick just one. However, I really love this one by Gaiman, even if I haven’t yet read the book…
What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?
Write about what you love. In 2013 I wasn’t writing about things I really cared about, I thought that they were just good conversational topics, and as a result I easily gave up after two months as it felt like a chore. This also brings me to another tip: don’t force yourself to write a post if you don’t want to. I may blog a lot during the week, but I love doing it which is why I’ve been able to keep with it for so long and while I do have my routine, I try not to feel too bad if I do end up missing a day because everyone is really understanding and sometimes life just gets in the way, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
Tea or Coffee = Yikes, neither! I don’t like hot drinks, haha.
Coke or Pepsi = Coke!
Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised, for sure!
Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Puppy!
Night In or Night Out = Night in!
Heels or Flats = Flats, I always go for comfort.
Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick!
Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock chick.
Paperback or E-book = Paperback.