I couldn’t help but wonder…

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.

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10 Comments

  1. The Shabby and The Chic
    November 17, 2009 / 12:36 pm

    Hey,

    It’s that refreshingly open and personal apporach that makes me return to your blog as well as the other’s I keep on my blog roll.

  2. November 17, 2009 / 1:16 pm

    What a great post! I can relate to everything you have written.

    Michelle

  3. Georgie-Dreams That Glitter
    November 17, 2009 / 3:04 pm

    Fantastic post, I too can relate to all of that! I think on the whole this beauty blogging world is an amazing outlet and since I started my blog, I’ve ‘met’ tons of like minded beauty addicts and that’s a great comfort to me!

    Unfortunately lately there’s been a few bloggers/youtube gurus who have become greedy and take advantage of freebies sent to them by companies to give a false opinion on their products. The media of course catch onto this, and then blogging/vlogging has had a negative reception of late. It’s totally unfair as, as is always the way in life, it’s a small handful of people whereas the vast majority are honest and having fun with it. And anyway, I’ve only ever seen this type of behaviour on youtube.

    Opps written a little essay there! I absolutely love your blog though, keep doing what you do because it’s great 🙂
    xoxo

  4. Kate
    November 17, 2009 / 3:49 pm

    I *love* your blog and think that one of the main things that makes it so great is the very fact that you are norma, and down to earth. I love that you also try to contour your face and get a beard!! Me too. How can we avoid the beard?! Im sure there are multiple youtube videos on the subject!

    Please keep blogging and don’t question what makes you qualified, your doing it and it works!

  5. Victoria
    November 17, 2009 / 9:59 pm

    I’m the same.. I’m no expert. But I enjoy writing and sharing my reviews with others, and I try to talk about things other than beauty to keep people interested. xx

  6. November 18, 2009 / 1:35 pm

    Great post – you don’t have to have ‘qualifications’ – just a point of view and opinions. I think we probably all wonder why we do it from time to time…but then it’s such a supportive world and you ‘meet’ so many fantastic people that it takes on a life of its own. I love doing my blog and even with a history in beautyland I still find myself some days in pjs and Uggs, no make up and not much in the way of hair ‘style’ ironically blogging about glamorous beauty products and how to look fab! Hey, even beauty bloggers are human too!! X

  7. November 18, 2009 / 3:29 pm

    I like this post and i like your blog for the same reasons as above, you don’t claim to know it all and so i’m sure most of your followers will relate to you as a fellow human being rather than a super human beauty pro. Some beauty blogs have a habit of making people feel a bit stupid for not knowing the latest technique or the perfect product but yours is so much friendlier and more appealing xx

  8. November 18, 2009 / 10:01 pm

    couldn’t agree more! i do it because it’s fun and, if nothing else, at least i have my own little record of all the things i’ve tried and what’s worked and what hasn’t!

  9. November 20, 2009 / 10:12 am

    Thank you all for your lovely comments, really appreciate it. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who isn’t 100% glamour, 100% of the time… and that manages to ‘beard’ myself with bronzer… 🙂

  10. November 20, 2009 / 12:27 pm

    i hear you, sister! By the way, I LOVE your posts! And I think consumer driven reviews of products are generally the most useful! You can totally relate to what the average girl wants and needs when making a purchase so you’re giving us all exactly what we need when you share your pearls of wisdom with us! xxx

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