After a discussion with admins over at AC Addicts, it got me thinking...what hashtags are the most used on Instagram? And what ones do I think gain me the best engagement? Now these hashtags are the best ones in relation to Instagram! But I'm sure they crossover onto Tumblr or Twitter too!

Instagram Limit; Yes! Instagram has a limit of 30 hashtags per post. I'm guessing this is to stop spam accounts or useless hashtagging. Although it doesn't stop people from using the hashtag "animalcrossing" for their pets. But hey ho!

As you can see via the picture above, these are the hashtags I currently use. Over the period of using all these hashtags, I have gained over 200 followers. Is this related to content or my hashtags? Well even with over 5k followers, it's hard to keep engagement. Back in 2015, my posts would go over 100 likes within minutes, whereas now it's a lot slower, noticing a rise in the past couple of weeks. So here's the down low on a few of the popular hashtags, and why you should use them! And if you do use them, how to utilize them!

1. Always make sure your hashtags are in relation to your niche or the specific picture. I remember starting my account and using hashtags that had nothing to do with the pictures I was taking! And I even got told off for it by other instagrammers. Of course, this doesn't mean you can't use similar hashtags, it just makes sure they relate to your whole account! For example; If your main posts are New Leaf, don't go using Pocket Camp hashtags. It can be annoying for those looking for pocket camp pictures. And it works vice versa. It's like if you had a cat, and used a dog hashtag. They're both animals but if you were looking through a dog hashtag and saw a cat, you'd be a little upset right? 

2. Keep to a theme in a row. You want your account to look nice and appealing to your followers, so your engagement can go up. Instagram works in having a 3 row system. So if you're going for a theme, make sure the theme is next to eachother. For example; many of us have multiple towns. If you are going to do a theme using multiple towns, use a system that matches and correlates. To some of you, this may seem a bit controlling or having a perfectionist outlook. But if you want to build your instagram portfolio, you need to appeal to your audience.

Here are a few examples (say you have 3 towns you'd like to show off);

1. 1st town, 2nd town, 3rd town (and repeat)
2. 1st town x3, 2nd town x3, 3rd town x3
4. 1st town x6, 2nd town x6, 3rd town x6.
5. 1st town, 2nd town, 1st town, 3rd town, 1st town, 3rd town.

And so on!

3. Posting times! There are specific times where your content will get the most engagement. And things you can do to help that. The first thing is Instagram stories, utilize them! They're not like posts where they can constantly update every time, they stay at the top, and play straight after one another. Every time you make a new post, screenshot it and add it to your Instagram story!

It allows the instagram algorithm to get lost! And followers then know you've at least posted!

The next thing is when to actually post. Of course, you may have a variety of different followers in a different timezone. This is why insights is helpful (have a little play with Instagram.) See my photo below!

My followers are mostly from the United States or the UK. This is extremely helpful to help utilize when the best time to post is. Most people check Instagram on their lunch break, or after work (4pm-5pm). It's also helpful to look at your demographic (many of my followers are teenagers, so will most likely see around 4pm). Then there's just after your tea/dinner (7/8pm). These are the best times to post. So for me, being the UK I would usually post around 8pm. As that's when I'm sitting down to edit my photos and getting them in the best quality. If we look at that specific time, in the USA that's around 3pm or 10am, which may not be the best time to post (that's why Instagram stories are important!). However, if I am managing to be awake or have an Instagram scheduling app, the best time for me to post would be around 1am/2am. That way I'm either catching those having their lunch, or are just settling for the night scrolling through their phone! Piece of cake.

Now, let's get onto the best hashtags. I have found these hashtags to not only be the most used, but the most active people will scroll through and just spam like. All of these are in relation to my pictures.

#animalcrossing #helphomelessbutterflies#acnltown#animalcrossingnewleafwelcomeamiibo#welcomeamiibo#animalcrossingcommunity#animalcrossingnewleaf #nintendo#newleaf #acnewleaf #nintendolife#byebyevillager #acnl #acnlmayor#animalcrossingfandom #とびだせどうぶつの森 #dobutsunomori #任天堂 #happyacplayers #animalforest #ninstagram#acnlcommunity #🆕🍃 #😊🏡🔨 #どう森  #どうぶつの森

Pocket Camp:

#ポケットキャンプ #animalcrossingpocketcamp #pocketcamp #acpc #acpocketcamp #포켓 캠프

Happy Home Designer:
 #happyhomedesigner #ハッピーホームデザイナー #achhd #animalcrossinghappyhomedesigner #hhd


#acnlcommunity #acnlfamily #acfandom #animalcrossingnewleaffandom #nintendofandom #forestlife

KNOW Cosmetics 4 in 1 Brow; Review and Photos!

Disclaimer: I received these as part of a review system. This in no way influences my views nor does it hinder my honesty!

I haven't wrote anything in so long! But today I am bringing you guys, a new review of a brand I've personally never heard of before! 

KNOW Cosmetics, is mainly a Sephora brand and is integrating over into the UK. I kindly received two of their products called "No Bare Brows" and "No Bleeding Lips" and I was so excited to try them! But today's review is going to be on just the brow pencil, as I haven't used the lip pencil much!

"No Bare Brows" is a 4 in 1 pencil, that comes with a pencil (duh), wax, spoolie type brush and a sharpener! Although my shade wasn't asked, the colour was a perfect fit for my brows too. Also, I must digress I am growing my brows out currently, as there are some parts of my brows where hair is very slow growing.

The product is compact, meaning it can fit easily into any bag, making it perfect to travel. Of course being 4 in 1, means you eliminate having to have a sharpener etc, which is great! Personally, I prefer a pomade to a pencil/powder, although I ain't prejudice! I'll give it a go!

I had this makeup on for over 12 hours (9am-9pm)

The pencil is very soft, and a perfect colour match for myself! Although it went on very smoothly, I found it very hard to fill in my brows with it (as you can probably see the gaps in the above photo). I feel it would be better just to give the outline or to do the beginning. I haven't perfected my "wax" skills but the wax very easily helped my brow hairs. I also found I needed to carve them out with concealer as although it felt very smooth, it didn't run smooth across my foundation and it got stuck nearer the end of my brow.

Where to buy? Some of their products can be found in Superdrug, alongside Lloyds Pharmacy in the UK!

Would I recommend? It depends. If someone prefers a pencil to a pomade, I'd definetly suggest this one. It's probably the best one I've used out of all the brow pencils I ever used, but personally prefer a pomade. I would not recommend if you want a more fuller "fake" brow.

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Creating HD AC Pictures

*blue writing is a hyperlink.

I did this exact blog post a year ago, and I'm back to re-do it! As a lot has changed since then! And there are various other ways you can do it!

This website is the main man. Well, they used to be the only website that existed when I started my fandom social media! You can see the settings you need to use in the picture below!

If you are on your phone/tablet, you want to use the "Convert" button. If you're on your laptop you can use either! Download just means it saves it straight into your download folder!

This is my favourite to use. The first website I showed you ^ has it's faults. Such as it can be shut down a lot for maintenance which can be super annoying! I always prefer this website! It uses the same settings, but I always feel the quality is better? It's also much quicker! All settings can be seen below!

This is another favourite of mine, especially when I've done dream address visits, and I have so many pictures to get through! This is a multi "waifu"er. Meaning I can upload several pictures to get edited at a time. This one also allows you to have a little play around with Scale and Compression. I personally leave it on the settings below as it usually takes more time if you higher it! But it's up to you what you use! Also, the server can be down a lot, so don't upload more than 10 photos at a time!

And finally; Photoshop.

Photoshop can be so scary to some people. This is usually due to the fact there are so many restricted terms and codes, that not everyone will have learnt to use! But if you have it downloaded on your computer, why not have a little mess around! Here are a few things you can do to your pictures to get them better! I personally only edit the noise, but I know some people edit how sharp it is too!

Firstly upload your photo! (File -> Open As). 

As you can see in my picture below I have 3 little things in the bottom right, and the text is highlighted. You want to click on "background" to make sure it selects it. Then we're going to go to "Filter" and we're going to "Reduce Noise" using the settings in the second picture.

You can of course have a mess around, and see how you feel in the preview (ignore my preview, it chose to reduce noise in the text). 

If you see your photo, needs a bit more sharpening once you've reduced the noise, then you can then add a Smart Sharpen mask! So head back to filter, and we want to "Smart Sharpen". (As you can see I have "Background" selected in layers. Again the settings I would use are below (2nd picture), but you can mess about with it too! I personally don't use the sharpen tool, as reducing noise sharpens it a little!

And there is how to get clearer pictures! Again, I did this blog post many moons ago, and it got a lot of love, but I thought it needed redoing!

Be sure to like, love and share with your AC friends! You can reblog this via tumblr.


❁ New Outlook. New Amylou ❁

Banner created by: Me | Art by: DailyishDoodlerShop on Etsy.

As most people know, last year was not the great for me, but the only thing that was together was my blog. But the last few months, I've felt very lost with my blog. I ran two, this one and a gaming one, and I didn't feel happy with it or myself. Things in my own life were going wrong, I had to take on a lot of responsibility and wanted to fulfil my dreams of streaming/creating videos and/or getting more involved within the social media industry. 

Well this month, I decided to change everything. I started my streaming, and realised, I identify with something different than what I did before. My blog's name was "Chronically Royal" and although it matched me quite well, I wanted a more vibrant, self expressive feel to my blog and my social media.

My favourite colour is yellow, my favourite flower is sunflowers, and I've noticed them seeping into my life a lot more lately. Maybe I'm sub-consciously filling it with these things because of the bad times? But, I'm still chronically, I'm still there with my illnesses! So I chose "Chronical Sunflower". I've changed everything, deleted some social media and switched over to my gaming blog's social media, as I felt happiest being on them accounts, as I felt I wasn't trying to impress anyone having them.

My streams are off to a great start (watch here), with nearly reaching Twitch Affiliate and I've took a break away from my blog, and started a few posts I'm yet to schedule! I'm also in the works of switching over my favourite posts from my gaming blog, so I can integrate them both together!

So my new niches are;
  • Gaming
  • Lifestyle
  • Chronic Illness
  • Beauty
Or pretty much, anything I enjoy!

Although this was short, I felt it was best to explain myself. And my DA will go down again, but let's be more chill and have a good time!

Gif - Bunilli (Tumblr)

#HappyAcPlayers Project!

Instagram has well and truly ruined it's self with this new "algorithm" they've thrown at us, and the worst part it is, it affects not just everyone but people who are content creators like myself or my close friends. The algorithm changed so instead of seeing posts in chronological order, they would appear randomly, or so the "best" pictures would come up first. Not only is this annoying, it also means you have to reach a certain engagement before your posts can be seen by everyone you follow.

In the AC community, this is annoying, and unfair. There are a lot of new accounts being added into our community everyday, and it's now so easy to miss them!

I created the hashtag #HappyAcPlayers for users to use to find other active accounts like themselves. The aim of a hashtag is to use, and then go through the pictures that used said hashtag, and like others who have used it too! All pictures used, are to be animal crossing related, and nothing that isn't positive! It creates a sense of community, higher engagement and I just personally love seeing people use this hashtag!

Anyone with an AC account or a AC picture to use it! Simply add it into your caption, then go through the hashtag and like all the pictures! And don't forget to comment and "save" too!

February 2018: 1K pictures using the hashtag! View all the photos here!