Wednesday, 8 August 2018

REASONS WHY I'M NOT A 'TYPICAL' BLOGGER



Hey guys! So it's been a while since I've done a written post. Which is actually how I came up with the idea for this post. I want to talk about why I am not a 'typical' blogger. It's not necessarily a bad or a good thing. I mean no offence to you amazing bloggers out there who fit this 'typical' category. But I don't belong to a 'category' really. This is a light-hearted post and I'm sure a lot of bloggers can relate to this.

1. I don't schedule 

So you probably already know this one if you are a regular reader and it's certainly not hard to figure out. I used to keep to a blogging schedule once upon a time. I used to try and post 2 times a week and write posts in advance to make sure they were put out on time.

 A lot of successful bloggers go on about how consistency is key. But personally, I don't think I should be pumping out content unless I am truly passionate about my work. I went through a rut of pumping out posts for the sake of it. But I stopped and thought "if I was a reader, would I open this and read it?" If the answer is no, then why am I bothering? 

I mean I might have taken it too far to the other end of the scale and have not posted enough, but I want to find the right balance again. I won't write content for the sake of it and from now on I only want to post stuff I am somewhat proud of. I think that's reasonable, right? 

2. I write posts at the weirdest time 

This one expands on my f*cked up schedule. But, I really do write posts at the weirdest times. To keep the passion I only really write stuff when inspiration hits. Unluckily for me, this tends to be at like 3am when I have to be awake for 7am the next day. But I don't really care, this is my hobby and I write things because I enjoy doing it... so why not do it at 3am in the morning? 

3. I can't decide what I want to write about 

So, you would think with a blog name like 'Rebecca Ashley Beauty' I would have this one figured out. But no, for some reason I am really random with what I write about. In fact, most of my posts lately have rarely been about beauty.

 But I don't care about staying 'on brand' and I will write things that I enjoy writing. This goes for my latest YouTube videos as well. I have fun making them and I don't mind that they aren't very 'beauty' related. 

It's funny because when people ask what I blog about it can be really hard for me to answer that question. I tend to just start listing off loads of things whilst the persons face is like (??!?). But it's cool. 

4. I am not perfect

I think this is one of the biggest things that differentiate me from a lot of bloggers in this category. I don't strive to be that 'perfect life' kind of blogger, because it isn't me. I am spontaneous, all over the place and most of all, I am human. Humans are not perfect. 

I'd like people to read my posts and think to themselves, 'wow, I don't need to be perfect' rather than thinking 'wow, I wish I was like her'. "It's just me being real babe" (pls say you read that in a Georgia from love island voice). 

5. I try to be some-what relatable 

This kind of goes along with the whole imperfect vibe. I want to chat with you guys like you're my mates and we are chilling, having a pint and eating pizza together. I write like I talk for that reason. I don't mind using swear words, I am not going to dim-down my content because I am worried about posts not making money. I am just myself and people either enjoy that or they don't. 

6. I am sh*t at getting nice blog photos

I always see bloggers tweeting about how perfectionist they are about taking photos or how much time they take getting photos for their blog. I'm not really like that. 

I get visuals are important, but I am not going to spend all my time concentrating on perfection. I'm not afraid to use stock photos if I need to. Besides, it's pretty hard to take blog photos and I respect bloggers that are good at it. Living on my own, it can be hard to get people to take photos of me, so sometimes I don't. (But thanks to my boyf Ryan for being somewhat of an 'Instagram boyfriend'.) 

7. I don't care about statistics

I think one of the biggest things I see in the blogging community is how they are always looking at statistics like "I am nearly at XXX amount of followers", "XXX amount of people read my post", "only XXX people retweeted my post" etc. 

I totally understand how looking at these things is important but I think it can easily turn something from a hobby into a chore. So I just tend to not really bother. If I enjoy it, that is all that matters to me and if other people enjoy it too that is a bonus. 

8. I don't care about making money 

I know that most bloggers don't care about this, but I think it is worth saying. Money is not the motivation behind my posts and neither is free stuff. Yeah, it's lovely to earn money for a hobby but it is not the main concentration.

 This is why I don't bother with ads on my blog post. I find them distracting when you are trying to read someone's post and they aren't really worthwhile. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to do sponsored posts and have done in the past. The difference is, I will only do them if I think they are beneficial to my readers and I enjoy the content I am writing about. 

9. I don't really network much 

This kinda goes along with the last point, but I don't go out of my way to network. I'm not interested in having loads of brands on my blog. If I like something I will write about it.

However, I think it is defo worth reaching out to brands as a blogger if you are really interested in working with them. Don't wait for them to make the first move because you could be waiting a long time. 

10. I look like sh*t half the time  

OK, so I know I talk about beauty and fashion, but I don't look like some sort of Instagram model IRL. I'd be lucky to wear makeup every day, never mind wearing makeup that looks ON POINT. I just enjoy doing it on special occasions rather than being some master-class MUA every day. Plus, I love wearing clothes that basically resemble PJs when possible. Baggy t-shirts and trainers are my general vibe.

I hope you found me somewhat amusing in this post, if not true. 

Love Rebecca Ashley x


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Monday, 30 July 2018

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK // LONDON 2018


Hey guys! Long time, no see (or read, I guess). I've been rather busy of late, meaning I've had little time to get back into blogging. Just so you get a little life update, I've now graduated from uni and I've just started a full-time job whilst fully moving back to Leeds (yeah, you've missed quite a bit). However, I will do my best to pick up the pace with my blog posts again.

How about we kick things off by letting you all know about another vlog I posted lately? I really enjoyed filming this one. I went to Graduate Fashion Week over summer (which now feels like a decade ago). This is actually one of my favourite videos I've edited and created, so I would really appreciate you guys taking a few minutes of your time to have a watch. 

I hope you enjoy the video and I promise you will hear from me soon with some more exciting posts and videos. The video is just below. 



Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

APE PRESENTS // LONDON 2018


Hey guys! So I am a little late uploading this but I've finally had time to edit and upload. Today's video is my vlog from APE Presents festival where Catfish and the Bottlemen headlined. 

We got a lil drunk and had a lot of fun. I would totally recommend this festival to anyone looking for a good day out and I will defo be checking out who will be attending it next year. This was an awesome weekend and I thank my best friends for making the memory so good.

The filming may be a little questionable and a little wobbly (as I get considerably drunker) but I also had a lot of fun filming and editing this video. (My highlights being whenever Chloe makes an appearance with her amazing dancing).

I have a few more videos to edit and upload in the coming weeks. I've been a bit slow uploading them because I have been so busy enjoying myself and making memories. My next video will be of Graduate Fashion Week, so keep your eye out for that.

The video is linked just below. I hope you enjoy!



Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Thursday, 31 May 2018

MCM COMIC CON // MAY 2018


Hey guys! Time for a new video. Last week Ryan and I went to another Comic Con in London. I decided to do a little vlog to show you all how awesome it was. 

Every time we go, it gets better and better. I got to try cool Japanese snacks, see actors from Orange is the New Black and buy a LOT of Pusheen merch. Watch the video below to see what I got up to! 

Please like & subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like the content I am creating and want to see more!



Love Rebecca Ashley x


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

NINA NESBITT // RESCUE ROOMS 2018


Hey guys! Time for another video update, but this time I am trying out something a little different. I finished university on Monday and went to see Nina Nesbitt, with my best friend Chloe. I've kind of lost count of how many times we've been to see her now but every time it is amazing. 

I decided to have a little bit of fun with the editing of this weeks video. I really like the VHS style and I want to do more little vlogs in this edit. It was really fun to make (and film). 

Nina Nesbitt was supported by Georgie, who is also from Mansfield! Au/Ra also supported (see a sneak peak in the video below). I will link everyone's Spotify's so you can check them all out. 

Hope you enjoy the video and if you do please leave a like and subscribe to see more content from me. 



Georgie: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7hx3zLs9vIv0CNNPyUJUGp?si=ykLhBfNTQkScxoPFh_iQYw

Au/Ra: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1eMmoIprPDWeFdB1FxU6ZV?si=8tfXIRLCT1KFhKBeRpQkMw

Nina Nesbitt: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7AzjETXRUKNRSJHMW9GIqd?si=EEfqhHPRRw6MHuSP0vTF9Q

Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

TESTING REVOLUTION PRO MAKEUP | First Impressions


Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts - its deadline week if you haven't guessed. I've been meaning to get this video up ASAP and it is finally here. Hopefully I will be back up and running soon with some new blog posts & videos. 

For the video I am testing a few new products from Revolution Pro. There's some wins and some fails, so watch the video below to see what I think! 



Love Rebecca Ashley x
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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

St. Jaques - Dancing With Tears In Her Eyes (Official Audio)


Hey guys! Just a quick post to share some awesome music with you all. My boyfriend's band, St. Jaques, just realised their first single. It available to watch on YouTube (link in this video) and it is available to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Google Play.

This tune is f*cking awesome if I do say so myself and I would appreciate it if you could go give it a listen! And yes, it will be featured in a favourite music post very soon. 

Watch the video below! 



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