The Roundup: September

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Holy Sh*t October is finally here, TWD is coming back in three weeks and I’m totally freaking out!! Who’s with me?

Hope you’re all enjoying your Autumn so far! We’ve had nothing but rain for the last couple of days, but I’m not complaining. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book on a rainy day.

The year is definitely slowly coming to an end and this is when I like to start thinking about some of the goals I can set for myself for the new year. This might be a little weird, but one of my goals for October is to start using Snapchat more. I see all my blogger friends use it, but in all honesty, I kind of struggle with it. Everyone keeps telling me that Snapchat is a tool that bloggers NEED to take advantage of, but I’m not convinced. I feel that keeping up with Instagram is time-consuming enough for me and I’d rather spend my free time working on new content for the blog. With that being said though, I do think that it’s a fun way to connect with my blog friends/audience, so I’m giving it a try, again (@Paula13t if you want to follow along).

We’ve also hit another milestone (two, actually!) 8,000 followers on Bloglovin’ and 10,000 followers on Pinterest! Welcome to anyone who’s new here, we’re happy to have you :).  As you guys know, Pinterest is my secret weapon to blogging success. Few months ago, I started to really focus on growing my following there along with expanding my traffic referrals. I started with 600 followers and in a few months I reached 10,000. You know what this means, right? Another Pinterest-related post is coming your way, very soon.

One other thing I’m excited about this month? The fact that The Girl On the Train is coming out next week! Who’s going to see it? I literally JUST read the book two weeks ago, in one sitting and I’m really excited to see the movie.

Moving on to our monthly roundup- if you’re new here, these roundups are where I sum up and link to all content that was published during the previous month. Happy October!

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BEAUTY

Japanese In-Shower Tool I can’t Live Without
How to Survive a Bad Skin Day
My IT Cosmetics Favorites
Your One-Stop Face Palette for Fall
What’s in my Makeup Bag- September
Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination from IT Cosmetics

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LIFESTYLE/WELLNESS

15 Ways to Ease Your Anxious Mind
Things to Look forward to this Fall
2 Mantras to Live By (+ for more happiness+ peace)
4 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Try Today
How to Beat Your Midday Slump
Life Lessons I’ve Learned Through Blogging
50 Lifestyle Changes for Happy + Healthy Living 

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BLOGGING/PHOTOGRAPHY

Blog Tips: How to Use Pinterest to Increase Your Traffic
Tips for Taking Brighter Photos
Blog Tips: How to Drive Traffic to Old Blog Posts

Most popular posts were: Life Lessons I’ve Learned through Blogging and 50 Lifestyle Changes for Happy + Healthy Living.

Which posts was your favorite?

  • Emma Colbeck

    I hope you have an amazing October and keep up the great work!
    Emma x

    https://www.emmauty.blogspot.com

  • Congratulations on the two milestones Paula! I really need to learn how to use Pinterest properly – I really am quite clueless on it!
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk
    GIVEAWAY: http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk/2016/09/customizing-your-tech-my-first-ever.html

    • Thank you so much Ambar! Pinterest can be amazing for bloggers, especially for gaining exposure and finding valuable resources!

  • I am the same with snapchat, I do use it but not everyday, I go through spurts of using it, I find Pinterest really good for blog traffic too, I have noticed I’m getting more traffic via Instagram now which is good, I hardly ever got any before but it seems to have picked up recently :) Congratulations on the milestones too, that’s fantastic!! I have been slacking with Pinterest recently though, I need to get back into it, I was on it but have slacked badly the last 3 months or so and I’ve noticed my followers slow down, so I need to pull my socks up!!! xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

    • Same here, Zoe! Sometimes I feel like my life’s a bit too boring for Snapchat haha ;) I do love interacting with others though, especially my blog friends/readers.

      I love that we can now track traffic from Instagram, but it doesn’t even come close to how much traffic I get from Pinterest haha. Thank you so much Zoe!

  • Sonini 92

    Your products are perfect!! I am so exciting with TWD too!
    XOXO
    Pretty Little lawyer

  • Congrats for hitting on your milestone, Laura! I’m on edge looking forward to your pinterest posts already, since i’ve been trying to user them but as always, I’m so technologically challenged lol Have a nice October!

    Selene Addicted

  • Congrats on the two milestones! That’s huge!! You have me wanting to watch TWD. I still haven’t gotten around to watching it, but it’s definitely on my list of shows to watch!! I’ve been so bad about keeping up with IG this month let alone Snapchat haha.

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Girl, you needs to see it!! I’m such a fanatic, the only thing I get crazy about like that show and comics is HP lol! I know, I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with everything haha :)

  • That is super exciting news! I didn’t realise Pinterest was such a contender any more. How fast this year has flown is frightening!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com/

  • Congrats Paula! on your milestone!….. I am proud of you…..

    http://peppermintcrinkles.blogspot.com

  • Love these round-ups!

    http://styleonheels.com/

  • This is great! Also, I’m so excited it’s finally October…Autumn is my absolute favorite!
    http://www.roseofthecity.com

  • CONGRATS on your milestones!!! If I was on my phone I would use a million of the clapping emojis, but I’m on a computer… so just imagine it! :) Lol I’m looking forward to more of the Pinterest posts! And I hear you on Snapchat. I probably would understand it a little more now since I’m used to the Instagram stories but goodness… enough is enough lol There’s only so much time and focus one can have!! And YAAAS to TWD. I’m so excited. I forgot how angry I was at the last episode until we started getting closer to the season premier!

    • Awww thank you so much Katie, you’re so sweet! OMG I was so mad, too! I kind of have an idea who it is, since I read the comics, but you never know. Still, they hyped it up so much only to leave us with a cliffhanger, wtf? Do you watch The Talking Dead? I head that after the season premiere they’ll have a 90-minute episode with all the cast!! Can’t wait!!

      • My boyfriend reads the comics and had me read that issue. It was SO brutal! I’m thinking they might switch it up… I’ve been thinking it’s gonna be Abraham :( And that’s so exciting about Talking Dead!! That’ll be a Monday night watch for me since staying up until 10 for TWD is a struggle for me lol

  • The Gossip Darling

    Congrats on all of your success!! You are one of my fave bloggers!!! I need to try more IT Cosmetics products!!! I love the concealer. I want to try the foundation but I have to buy two different colors and then mix them. Do you think it’s worth it?

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

    • Aww thanks so much Mel!! I love the CC+ cream and I use two shades, too (Fair and Light) and I definitely think it’s worth it. It’s just one of those products that’s very impressive, has nice coverage but doesn’t feel heavy at all. I’d see if I could get some samples, if I were you! Just to see how you’d like it.

      • The Gossip Darling

        Thank you sooo much! Extremely helpful!!

  • Biana Perez

    Congratulations on these huge milestones – that is amazing! Can’t wait for your pinterest post and i just followed you on snapchat! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • I’m excited to see The Girl on The Train. I read the book a while ago but I really enjoyed it and the movie looks so good! Congrats on your big milestones too!

  • I loved your review on the Shower tool, definitely something I want to get
    Kathy x
    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

  • Congratulations on your success! Well deserved and you deserve even more :) Hopefully by the end of the year, there will be many more :) When there are so many social media accounts, it is really hard to deal with them all, sometimes I can’t even find time for one of them. I don’t even have a snapchat account, I think if I start, I would spend so much time on it :)
    When there are so many great posts, it is really hard to pick a favourite, Paula ;)

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Thank you so much Ela, so sweet of you to say that!

      It’s so hard for me to try to keep up with everything. Now that my blog is growing and things are busy at work- I definitely need to come up with a game plan haha ;) Thanks again Ela, for always being so kind and supportive, means the world to me! x

  • Thanks for the recap!

  • ThePartyParrotBlog

    Great recap! Congratulations on your milestone too! Great work xoxo

    Naya
    http://www.partyparrotblog.com

  • Congrats on your milestones, those are amazing and you 100% deserve the success! I am so excited to see The Girl on the Train though I (shock, horror) have yet to read the book. I feel like I can never enjoy a movie once I’ve read the book and there’s still enough surprises in the book that’s different from the movie that I’ve started doing it backwards hahaha. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Paula! XO -Kim

  • Congrats on all your milestones! I can’t wait for your Pinterest posts! I would love to have all my hours of pinning actually pay off and help my blog haha.

  • Margaux White

    Congratulations!! I’ll be waiting for your Pinterest posts x
    Margaux ・ bonjourwhite.com