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02 March 2015

Lindi Skin

Over the past few months, I've mentioned that I am in the process of kicking up my skincare routine. Whether with cleansing or makeup, I'm in the process of making more of an effort in what I put on my skin. I'm not sure if you realize this, but everything that you put on your skin is absorbed into your skin (which makes sense, right?). But honestly, I never thought of it that way until recently!

Part of my new regimen is to include products that are designed to hydrate skin while protecting it which is why I am thankful to have been introduced to Lindi Skin. The Lindi Skin brand was created in 2003 specifically for those undergoing harsh cancer treatment, but loyal Lindi consumers realized that the fabulous effects of the line were noticeable long after their recovery. Soon Lindi knew that their products weren't just for those experiencing treatment, but were instead for everyone: a true lifelong skincare brand.

I don't know about you, but my skin has taken a beating this winter. I am sure it has a little to do with my diet (or lack there of) as well as the fact that I edged the 30 mark this year, but whatever it is, I've been desperate for a fix. Thank goodness for the Lindi Citrus Face Serum. Y'all, I am not lying when I say that I've seen a noticeable difference in my dry skin in just a few days of using this product. Plus it smells absolutely divine without being overpowering. Love that!

One of my favorite things about Lindi Skin is that they're in the business of giving back. I'm not sure how much I have shared on the blog in the past, but my dad passed away in 2007 of cancer, and I've watched countless other friends and family members experience the trials and side effects of this terrible disease. From now through May 31st, Lindi Skin will be making donations to the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program. And, you can use the code BLOG25 for 25% off of your order. It's a win win for everyone! 

P.S. I am serious about skincare and just ordered this book. Has anyone read it? Can't wait for it to arrive!

Thanks to Lindi Skin and Lipton Publicity for supplying me with skincare products to review. All opinions are my own.


27 February 2015

Unique Ways to Make Money Blogging

Ah, money. It's a taboo topic to discuss, but one that everyone definitely wants to know more about. I've recently started participating in a few unique ways to make money blogging, and I wanted to share a few tips with you today. This post definitely goes out to my fellow bloggers, but I also wanted to share for my non-blogging readers for transparency's sake. After all, it's all about honesty around here!  

Of course there's the usual sponsored posts; you know the ones: dresses c/o this boutique or meals c/o that PR firm, but what about the ways to make money that are different than that? Let me introduce you gals to Linqia and Izea. Linqia and Izea are two sponsorship platforms that I've spent the past month or so experimenting with, and I have to say that I absolutely love both sites! Both have already turned out to be lucrative, and both have been super fun to participate in.

Izea is "sponsorship marketplace" where brands can connect with tastemakers for a range of sponsorship opportunities. The opportunity that has been the most successful for me so far is writing sponsored tweets. I've done several sponsored tweets so far for companies ranging from Clorox to Alexa Foods to Florida Strawberries. Big brands, right?! Signing up is free, but my advice is to go ahead and purchase the standard membership (it's $1 per month). You get unlimited advertiser pitches with this membership which means more opportunity for income. With Izea, you log-in to your dashboard and either bid or decline offers. I check mine daily because there's almost always something new, it's fun, and I'm a little bit obsessed. I've been a member for about a month and have made nearly $50 just doing sponsored tweets. Crazy!

I also want to make sure I introduce you to Linqia. With Linqia, you register to be a member (this is free). Then, you play a little bit of a waiting game. A campaign manager will email you when they have a campaign that they think fits your community. I have gotten one campaign so far (I signed up mid-January), and I earned $50 + $25 reimbursement for supplies/giveaway materials. Plus, the campaign is with Publix! I love that this particular community works with major, corporate brands, and  you get paid almost immediately - no payout minimum required! For Linqia you have to reach a certain number of clicks to get your payout. For ease of math, let's say that you get $1 per click, and you have to get 75 clicks to meet your minimum. If you get your clicks, you'll make $75! If you make over your clicks, you'll get a higher per click rate for your next campaign. But what if you only get 54 clicks? You'll get $54. So no matter what, you're getting paid! Easy right?

There are tons and tons of opportunities out there to monetize your blog, but these two are working for me right now, and I absolutely love both! Full disclosure: I did use my referral links for both Izea and Linqia, and if you decide to sign up, I'd love for you to use my links! 

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