So the lovely Sophia over at Tattooed Tealady has put together a little beauty blogger tag for us bloggers who are not so Youtube friendly. She describes it as 'The Beauty Bloggers Tag is all about YOU. Why you blog, what inspired you, how you started, who your inspirations are, what you've learnt from beauty blogging and what you enjoy the most!'
So here we go....
Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I started blogging in April this year, so not very long at all. I started blogging, mainly as kind of a hobby. However, as time goes by, I'm becoming more serious about it and really trying to stick to a schedule. I think I just love talking and I love beauty so it just kinda made sense. :)
Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
Before I even really understood what beauty blogs were, I became obsessed with Fleur from FleurDeForce on Youtube. Then, only because they were featured in a blog with her I started following Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter and Zoe from Zoella.
What was the first blogosphere hyped about product you bought and was it worth the hype?
I've had to look back through my posts just to check what exactly it was, talk about a short memory haha! The first product I bought which I first really discovered due to blogging was Bourjois's Healthy Mix Foundation. I definitely fell in love with it, and was devastated when it ran out. It was such a perfect match for my skin colour and it didn't make my skin feel oily at all (which normally every make-up product does).
What are your favourite five things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?
I could probably find more than five things I love about blogging but I suppose I could pick the main ones to mention here.
First would probably be getting to know so many beautiful beauty bloggers. What I found unbelievable was how friendly and open everyone is and sometimes they offer the best advice :)
Next thing would probably be getting to play around and experiment with looks or products I wouldn't normally dare to wear. I mean, I would never of considered wearing lipsticks before blogging, I always used glosses, however I now own so many lipsticks! A total convert!!
Another love of mine is getting introduced to some amazing brands. I had never heard of MUA before blogging, or even MAC (I know I feel like I'm blaspheming) but now these are two staple brands I use nearly every single day.
Not being big headed, but I love when someone says they enjoy reading your posts. Even if it's just one person, it makes you feel special and like your opinion matters. I know I don't have thousands or even hundreds of followers, I am so grateful for the 125 I do have!
Last but not least, I love that it's an excuse to buy new things. My make-up, nail polish, haircare and skincare collections have all grown at least three fold since I started blogging. However I feel in less of a rut like I once was, using and repurchasing the same products again and again.
What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?
I think the most important thing I have learnt is that just because a product is raved about and hyped up, doesn't mean it will work for me or that I will like it. I've learnt that sometimes it is better to wait and see what everyone else thinks to a product before taking the plunge. And I've learnt that I will always lust after American products and wish the UK stocked the same brands and ranges!!
Have you changed anything since being a beauty blogger?
Definitely! From simple stuff like using a foundation brush, to more in depth nail art techniques and hair styles. Blogging has totally enlighted me and taught me so much. I've also learned to investigate products a lot more before buying them, because you can avoid wasting money on something you'll never use.
What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?
Write what you wanna write. If you write what you think people wanna read, rather than what you would like to write, you'll get bored and stop doing it. Just have fun and definitely get involved and chat with all the other love beauty bloggers out there!!
Name your top five brands!
Make up wise, I would probably have to go for Urban Decay and MAC, I wish I could choose drugstore products but I think I'd be lying. Haircare I would have to opt for John Frieda, especially his Radiant Red shampoo and conditioner, never had a haircare duo that made my hair look redder AFTER a shower!! Body care wise I would definitely have to choose Soap and Glory, I think they're so affordable and their products last ages. Finally for my ultimate obsession, Barry M for nail polishes, I could ramble on forever about these so I'll not start.
Recommend your top five favourite beauty products!
At this particular moment, I would have to opt for MAC's Studo Fix Foundation which leaves you looking flawless!
I can't get enough of Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette, as well as their eyeshadow primer!
I think a good exfoliater is the key to great skin, but I don't think I have a fave. Maybe S&G's Scrub of your life.
My favourite nail polish of all time is Barry M's Mushroom. The perfect, goes with everything colour.
Last, but by no means least, my Chanel lipstick in Boy. Perfection.
Tag other beauty bloggers to do this tag!
I'm going to follow Sophia's lead and tag everyone that reads this!! I love finding out how people started blogging, and what they enjoy about it so let me know if you do it too! Also check out Sophia's blog too!