In the famous words of Carrie Bradshaw, recently I have been thinking about the world of blogging and the motivations behind it and thought I would write a quick post to share my musings.
I started this blog almost a year ago, motivated by my need for a bit of shallow escapism from my day job and a curiosity about the whole ‘new media’/’blogging’ thing. On a whim one day I set up a blogger account and took it from there. At the time I was aware of the whole ‘fashion blogger’ phenomenon but had no clue about the huge numbers of beauty blogs already populating the Internet.
I chose to write about beauty because it is an area which I am constantly exploring, and have been since I was a teenager. I’m always on the search for the latest product that will transform me into a supermodel, or at the very least leave my skin a little softer than before. I thought my blog could be an antidote to the glowing ‘reviews’ that you read in the magazines, knowing I have the freedom to write honestly about what I tried and liked, or loathed was a huge appeal and something that I was interested in reading online too, and I figured if I was then others would be too.
Since starting the blog I quickly became aware of the huge numbers of other beauty bloggers who are not only lovely people, but also extremely talented make-up artists (some professional, some not – but should be), with a huge amount of experience and collections of make-up and beauty products that put mine to shame.
There have been times that I have felt completely out of my depth, I’m not a professional beauty writer (although would love to be), I am no expert make-up artist, nor do I profess to know it all about the world of beauty. But I am a consumer, I love trying beauty products and like to share what I think about them.
I sometimes question my ‘qualifications’ as a beauty blogger – I look far from perfectly polished every day, I still smudge my eye liner, or try contouring my cheek bones and end up looking like I have a beard. Sometimes I have to remind myself why I write my beauty blog, I write because I enjoy it.
I still love testing out new products and sharing my opinions on them. I am still searching for the perfect fake tan/nail varnish/shampoo/concealer… the list goes on. Also, I love reading other beauty blogs – especially those that review the same product so I can see what someone else thinks.
So basically, to conclude my pondering ramblings… I may not be an expert, but I am a willing guinea pig for a whole world of beauty products. I will keep testing, writing about and sharing my thoughts and experiences till either I find all the magic products that transform me into a supermodel or it stops being fun. Whichever comes first.