Pixel2Print: Bringing Instagram to Life

I recently had the opportunity to receive numerous free prints of my choice from printing company, Pixel2Print, to see if I could use them for my blogging – I have been so impressed by the experience, that I NEED to rave about it to you.

*Before I go any further, I want to make it super clear that I received the prints free of charge from Pixel2Print, in exchange for the opportunity to try them out – this review is entirely my own opinion and I’d like to thank Pixel2Print for the wonderful  opportunity!*

The Power of a Backdrop

A backdrop is powerful in your content. It’s completely underestimated, but completely vital for a good feed.

When you look at certain blogs and Instagram feeds, themed content is always more engaging – isn’t that just how it is? As a predominantly lifestyle-based blogger, I find it really difficult to create any sort of ‘theme’ in my Instagram and blog, purely because my life doesn’t have one! I don’t just wear pink clothes, or drink from white mugs, I don’t live in a white box, or have marble kitchen tops… Life isn’t always Instagrammable!

So I explored a way of using the opportunity with Pixel2Print to create more themed content which could look professional, whilst sticking to the type of content I wanted to share – By no means does my Instagram feed have a consistent theme, but I like to create splashes of linked content every now and again!

I chose three high resolution pictures that I thought would make cool backgrounds – A blue splashy effect, a pink splashy effect and of course, marble. To find these pictures, I wanted to make sure that I could use them, so I searched for copyright free images and discovered a few free pictures that I liked via vecteezy.com.

Pixel2Print then printed my backdrops in their three most popular print types and sent them to me. The delivery and print experience was super speedy – my prints arrived the next day in perfect condition!

Each type of print is different – some are glossy whilst others are more matte. I personally think I have preferred the glossy prints, but the matte are equally as useful, especially when combining the two together…

So what do they look like on my feed? Here are a few snaps of my Instagram feed recently…

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To fit into a lifestyle blogger’s feed, you don’t need to use the prints in every post. Instead, I have tied in the colours to a few photos that link e.g. the last few shots have a pink theme, in contrast to the blue theme which tied in from the print alongside my trip to the seaside! And it isn’t all about a ‘theme’ – its about creating neat and tidy looking content which engages with my followers.

Since using this more tactical approach to Instagram, I have seen my average likes soar from around 15 per photo to 30/40 per photo – isn’t that evidence enough that this works?! Here are a few shots of what my feed would generally look like before the prints…

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My feed was messy and inconsistent, and would drive me insane! But now, I make sure to incorporate the prints into my feed to help tie my content together more – they gave my feed a natural flow.

Thank you so much to Pixel2Print for sending me the free samples, I will certainly be looking into getting a few more different colours and styles to experiment with!

If you want to check them out, here is their website for all your printing needs –Pixel2Print!

Meow-zing

Tonight I thought I’d show you my super quick and easy method to a last minute ‘Kitty Cat’ halloween look. This makeup is the perfect look for any last minute Trick or Treat’ plans, or for anyone that might struggle with the extravagance of skulls and mermaids.

It is a total Halloween classic and is super cute. I hope you enjoy!

P.s. Happy Halloween for tomorrow!

Chop Chop…

I have a little something to tell you all… I went for it. I took a big step, and went for it. What did I go for? Well.

I started the day as a devil dog… note the length of my hair (Hint Hint)

Then I went on my travels and… Chop chop! All gone!Today I had a super chop of my long long locks, and damn it feels good. My hair had grown to the middle of my back and had recently been bringing me down (both physically and mentally!)
With so much thick hair, I’ve really been struggling to keep it styled. So I decided, lets chop it off.

I hope you like it!

“Describe happiness without saying a word”

Ask me this question and I will show you this video. The moment I could finally see Ben, after 3.5 months in training, and after witnessing him in his passing out parade, feeling so overwhelmingly proud of the man he had become. This, is happiness.

Silence is golden

Hi guys, I am back!

I’ve been so quiet lately, so I have a couple of posts I want to share with you that I just haven’t yet had time to write, including Ben’s Passing Out Parade and My Holiday to Majorca – I only landed last night!

So stick around and I’ll have a few little things popping up shortly. If you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram & Snapchat @katylouise15 for all my daily updates!

Sending lots of love to you all,

Katy x

P.s. Here’s a sneak preview…

Stila is gonna steal-ya heart

Okay so firstly I want to apologise for that god awful post title. Now, let’s talk business girls.

A few moments ago, I had a play with my new ‘Stila – Eyes are the Window’ shadow palette (literally 5 minutes) and can already tell you that I absolutely LOVE this palette. The colours are perfect for an everyday subtle look with lots of beautiful shades to make a more dramatic look too. 

I’ve also used my brand spanking new ‘Morphe’ brushes (thanks for all this new stuff beauty bay… You legend. Even if I’m £60 down…) which once again, I LOVE. Perfect for blending. Good price. LOVE LOVE LOVE!


The pigmentation in this palet is just… PHWOAR I LOVE IT. 

Anyway, I’m now less than 2 weeks away from seeing my amazing boyfriend in his passing out parade, so it’s now time to crack down with my beauty regime so I can look as beautiful as possible on the day (I’ve not seen this guy for 8 weeks – I’ve gotta look smokin’ guys.)

So if you have any beauty products that you are dying to share with me, please let me know, as I am all ears – This is the time to tell me! My dress is sorted, my shoes are ‘kinda’ sorted – now I just need to fine tune the makeup, skin, nails, and of course, the accessories. I am beyond excited.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend – speak again soon!

Katy xx

My first Birchbox

Hello beauties. Tonight I finally signed up for my first ever Birchbox. The advertisements were too tempting! So I’ve taken the plunge.

I really hope to be able to let you know how I feel about the products I’m getting and would love to hear from you too with your opinions! If you haven’t already signed up for a box and joined the hype, my personal referral link is: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/3j35k

(I hear you’ll get £5 store credit if you use the link!)
I’m really excited for my first box to arrive and can’t wait to tell you all about it! 

Love Katy xx

What are sister’s for?

Hi everybody – I have JUST THIS SECOND (maybe not quite literally) uploaded a brand new video on YouTube from today! Yes! A video that wasn’t filmed 6 months ago, but instead, today!

My beautiful sister kindly agreed to let me do her makeup today (and she kindly followed suit by doing mine, pictures below!) So, I figured it would be nice to give you a quick speedy version of me doing Molly’s makeup today.

Heres the link: Molly’s Makeup

I had so much fun putting this little video together and really hope to be able to post many more to come. We also filmed Molly doing MY makeup, but I haven’t quite got round to that footage yet (I do have an exam on Wednesday remember!) So for now, here are a few pictures of the makeup Molly did for me today!

Hope you enjoy the video, speak again soon!

Katy x