Saturday, January 18, 2014

How I Got 2,000 Followers In Six Months + Giveaway!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

Following my last post, in which I’m running a giveaway in celebration of my six month blogging anniversary, a lot of you commented asking about how I reached 2,000 followers on my blog. Here we go:

I started my blog on July 27th, 2013 after being inspired by Beth from Polish Influenza. I had always wanted to start a fashion blog, however, I never really had the confidence to start; I always worried that no one would read it. I decided on the name “Adolescent Chic” due to my concentration on teen/young adult fashion and beauty trends. My following stats are as follows:

Total Followers: 2,100

(Before I start, I love all of my followers!!!)

Tip #1: Join a Blogging Network

This is definitely the main avenue that changed the amount of followers I had. When I originally started my blog, I had absolutely no fashion blog connections or relationships with other bloggers. This all changed when I joined the Independent Fashion Bloggers Network. Here, I met thousands (literally!) of different bloggers who shared the same love of fashion. 

Tip #2: Be open to advice

One of the defining moments of my blogging career was after my Hanna Marin blogpost. One of my followers told me how much she loved my blog, but recommended that I include more pictures to balance the writing. After I took this advice, my followers grew exponentially! Make sure that you balance the amount of pictures with your writing!

Tip #3: Make Relationships with Fashion Companies

Now, most bloggers that I know are too shy to reach out to fashion companies due to their lack of followers. DO NOT BE AFRAID!!! If you never try and reach out, whether it be people or businesses, you’ll never get that ‘yes’. Companies that I have worked with over the last few months include:

Tip #4: Post Consistently + Social Media

The photo above can be found here. This is the fool proof method of gaining followers: blog on a consistent basis! I have seen time and time again male and female bloggers who blog less than twice a month who wonder why they lose followers. Followers become frustrated when you don’t update often, so find a realistic schedule to update your blog (I try to blog at least twice a week). 

Along with this, keep your social media connections updated. I suggest opening a twitter account, Facebook page, Polyvore account and Pinterest Account for your blog. 

Thank You so much for reading this and remember to enter my LORAC PRO Palette Giveaway here!!!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Exciting News - LORAC PRO Palette Giveaway!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

On July 25th, after months of doubts and deliberations, I decided to create a fashion blog through call Adolescent Chic. Now, almost six months later, I have over 2,000 followers on all my platforms and connections to different fashion companies and outlets. I can't express in word how grateful I am to all of my followers and supporters-so I decided that a giveaway would do just that! Here we go:

The LORAC PRO Palette is a gorgeous eyeshadow palette that includes 16 beautiful shades of matte and shimmer shadows. The palette retails for $42.00 at Ulta. 

The following swatch is from Head to Toe. As you can see, the palette includes a vast array of pigmented shades for all different looks. Here is an in-depth review of each shade.

Photo Courtesy of Temptalia 

White - A matte, true white
Cream - An off white, matte shade with a beige undertone
Nude - A true beige with subtle white shimmer
Champagne - A medium beige with a subtle gold shimmer

Photo Courtesy of Temptalia 

Taupe - A light, matte brown 
Light Pink - A light, matte pink with an off-white undertone
Gold - A true, antique gold with a shimmer finish
Light Bronze - A light bronze shade with a shimmer finish

Photo Courtesy of Temptalia 

Mauve - A matte purple-tone, pink shade
Sable - A matte warm, medium brown with red undertones
Pewter - A cool, medium brown with a shimmer finish
Garnet - An orange-red shade with a shimmer finish

Photo Courtesy of Temptalia 

Espresso - A warm, deep matte brown
Black - A matte, true black
Deep Purple - A deep purple shade with a shimmer finish
Slate - A gray shade with a shimmer finish

I personally purchased the palette in this giveaway, and I hereby remove any liability from Lorac Cosmetics or Ulta. The giveaway will start on January 15 and ends on February 14, 2014.

<3 Naa

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fashion Fanatic: Constance Billiard School For Girls Style Transformation

Hey Everyone!!!

Welcome to today’s special edition of Fashion Fanatic! This time, instead of showing my top 5 favorite outfits from a TV series, I will be showing the transformation in style of one of the most influential fictional high schools of all time: Constance Billiard School for Girls of Manhattan, NYC. In the same way that characters change and develop throughout a series, the style reflects that growth. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at these outfits:

Season 1 and 2: The Reign of Blair Waldorf – Preppy Chic

The photos above can be found here and here. All hail the original Queen B of Constance and all of the Upper East Side, Ms. Blair Waldorf. Blair exudes an endless amount of class and sophistication through her wardrobe. Her style was emulated through her minions, who wore variations of Blair’s wardrobe. The daily outfits included tights, midi heels, petticoats, printed trench coats, headbands and expensive handbags. This time period of CBSFG style can be described as classy, preppy and sophisticated. 

Season 3 and 4: The Reign of Jenny Humphrey – Grungy Chic

The photos above can be found here and here. In the undying words of former queen Blair, say hello to the “Gothic Barbie”, Jenny Humphrey. Queen J completely revamped the original Constance style by incorporating a punk, grungy edge to the traditional silhouette. Jenny’s style concentrated on punk and gothic inspired pieces with a slight hint of sex appeal. The daily outfits included sheer tights, leather booties and jackets, loose ties and miniskirts. This time period of CBSFG style can be described as tough, edgy, sexy and punk. 

Season 5 and 6: The Reign of Sage Spence – Boho Chic

The photo above can be found here. Finally, we welcome the Boho Beauty of the Upper East Side, Sage Spence. Unlike Jenny and Blair, Sage was not apart of the main cast for the earlier seasons, so we only got a minimal look into her character. However, from the short period we did have her, we saw that her style exudes a more relaxed feel than the former queens. The daily outfits included cardigans, jean jackets, airy fabrics, bulky jewelry and hats. This time period of CSFG can be described by earth tones, bohemian inspirations and airy fabrics.

My personal favorite CSFG style time period is:

The Punk Park Avenue Princess – The Reign of Jenny Humphrey

<3 Naa

Friday, January 10, 2014

Palette Palooza: Best High-End and Drugstore Smokey Eye Palettes

Hey Everyone!!!

Welcome to a new addition of Palette Palooza! I am so excited for today’s edition, as I will be sharing my favorite palettes for smokey eyes-meaning that they will include deep, pigmented shades for that sultry look out. Now, let’s get started with the palooza:

High-End Palettes

The photos above can be found here from the beautiful Fleur. The Urban Decay Smoked Paletteretails at $49.00 at Sephora, and comes with a beautiful eyeliner. The shades are as follows: Kinky (an off-white matte shade), Freestyle (a true beige color), Mushroom (a warm, pale grey with silver shimmer), Backdoor (a matte deep brown), Blackdoor (an intense, true black) on the top. On the bottom: Barlust (a medium brown with gold shimmer), Rockstar (a pigmented deep purple with silver shimmer), Evidence (a deep navy blue with a satin finish), Loaded (a deep metallic emerald with shimmer), and Asphalt (a deep, cool grey). 

The photos above can be found here from the wonderful Kelly at Vampy Varnish. The Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection retails for $36.00 at Sephora. The shades include Firefly (an off white, champagne color with a satin finish), White Lie (an off white eggshell) and Fashion (a white shadow with silver glitter), Nice Ash (an antique gold shade with bronze undertones), Nice Ash (a light grey color with silver glitter), Smoking Jacket (a light purple shadow with silver micro-glitter), Up in Smoke (an intense black-brown), Smokin’ Hot (matte black) and Smolder (a matte deep navy). 


The photos above can be found here from Stephanie of Aquaheart’s Obsessions. The NYX Smokey Shadow Palette retails at $7.50 at Ulta. The shades include a medium gray with silver micro glitter, a matte black, an eggplant shade with a satin finish, a medium blue shade with a satin finish, a orange shade with a bronze undertone and a white shadow with a satin finish. 

The photos above come from here from Nancy at The Dark Side of Beauty. The Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow Quad in Smokey Night retails for $9.99 at Walgreens. The shades include a light brown shade with gold shimmer, a true purple shade with silver shimmer, a deep navy with a satin finish and a true black with silver shimmer. 

<3 Naa

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fragrance Frenzy: Laundry by Shelli Segal

Hey Everyone!!!

Welcome to another addition of Fragrance Frenzy! Today, I will be reviewing a perfume by a wonderful up-and-coming fashion designer: Laundry by Shelli Segal. This is definitely the most fresh, subtle scent that I have ever come across at the department store. This is the perfect scent for work, school and other professional events in which you want a delicate aroma that isn’t too strong. Here is the review:

The photo above can be found here with photography credits from Jeff Olso Foto. A fragrance set of Laundry by Shelli Segal costs $85.00 at Boscov’s. The product is described as a “sparkling floral scent featuring a blend of bursting fruits, fresh-cut flowers and exotic woods.” The photo above comes from a print campaign of the product, which shows a beautiful young woman wearing a structured min dress and peek-a-boo thigh highs. This minimalism of the clothing shows how simple this scent is, a perfect fragrance for everyday use. I would give the scent a 4.5/5. 

The photo above can be found here. The packaging of the fragrance is quite simple with a curved, rectangular casing and medium pink cap. A bottle in the box set is 3.4 fl. oz. of product, and includes an additional travel set along with a lotion set. Sadly, I am not impressed by the actual packaging of the product, as it looks and feels quite cheap for such an expensive product. I give the packaging a 3/5. 

The photo above can be found here. All in all, I would suggest this fragrance to any woman looking for a very subtle scent, as the product can be mistaken as a light body mist due to it’s scent. I would not recommend this scent for a night out, as it would most likely go unnoticed. I would have to give the lasting power of this fragrance a 4/5, as I noticed that it did not stay on the entire day. My final score for this fragrance is a 3.75-4.00 out of 5. 

<3 Naa

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My: Top 5 Famous Fashion/Beauty Blogs of 2013

Hey Everyone!!!

Before I start today’s special edition of Bloggers, Vloggers and Gurus Oh My! I just wanted apologize for not posting in so long! I have been so busy this holiday weekend with getting work done and etc. With that said, I am back to my normal schedule of posting every other day!Today, I will recap my favorite famous fashion/beauty blogs of 2013. Now, all of these blogs have a minimum of 250,000 subscribers, with big names in the fashion world. Lets start the countdown:

5. Claire Marshall

The photos above can be found here. This young woman is a gorgeous (and I mean GORGEOUS) LA Based makeup artist with a rapidly growing Youtube channel. As you can see, Ms. Marshall here has a very grungy-chic aesthetic with her beautifully crafted tattoos and a perfectly blended ombre. Claire’s channel includes hauls, monthly beauty favorites, makeup tutorials and fashion look books. Here is a look of some of her more memorable post of the year:

heyclaire 5 Grungy Outfits

4. Tiarra Monet

The photos above can be found here. This young lady is the Queen of Hair, from her bodacious bobs to wonderful weaves, Queen Monet has got you covered! Tiarra is such a fun character to watch on screen, as she has such a likable personality. Along with her amazing hairstyling skill, Tiarra also has some finesse for makeup. Here are some of her most memorable videos:

Tiarra Monet My Basic Foundation

3. Carli Bybel

Carli Bybel is a Jersey Native with a ever-growing Youtube Channel and up and coming fashion blog. Carli is one of the most stunningly beautiful women that I have ever feasted my eyes upon, particularly her crystal blue eyes and thick brunette hair. Here channel includes makeup tutorials, hair care tips and hauls. Here are some of her most memorable clips from this year:

2. Wendy Nguyen 

Wendy Nguyen is intelligent, beautiful and fashionable: a triple threat. Wendy has a inspiring story: she went through the foster care system and graduated high school with honors. She then attended the University of California, Berkley (one of the most prestigous institutions of higher learning in the world) and received a bachelor degree in Psychology. Her photos and videos are filmed by “Mystery Man”, Wendy’s boyfriend who has a way with the camera. Her clothing can be described as expensive, classy and elegant. Here are some of her most memorable looks:

1. Tanya Burr

The pictures above can be found here. I am not ashamed to say that I am obsessed with this young woman! Tanya worked as a successful makeup artist for brands like Clinique and Laura Mercier before she started her successful beauty blog and Youtube Channel. Today, Tanya is a regular attendant of London Fashion Week and a Judge of the Elle Beauty Awards. She has created hundreds of makeup tutorials inspired by celebrities. Here are some of my favorite of this year:

<3 Naa