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2/22/15

Common Misconceptions About Bloggers


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I stumbled upon this rather interesting and truthful post over on Fashion Flux and was inspired to write my own take on some common misconceptions about bloggers with a few of my own personal experiences thrown in there for good measure. I've seen far too much hate for bloggers and I think some things need to be put straight and we need to get rid of that hate (poet and I didn't even know it). So for any would-be/current bloggers or just people that want to know more about bloggers in general (bloggers is starting to not look like a word anymore after writing it so many times)...then read on. 


Misconception no.1: Blogging isn't a job

If you're working hard, doing something you love, that makes you happy AND you're making a living from it- in my eyes, it is a job. The top bloggers out there do work very hard at their job, it's not all cocktails and fashion shows all the time! Yes, blogging doesn't necessarily require a degree to get there nor do you need to be employed but most bloggers are self-employed and that takes some commitment to motivate yourself and be your own boss everyday. After reading a certain article about Zoella, I just thought, why are some journalists so angry and bitter about her success? She is basically doing what tons of beauty editors, fashion editors and journalists in magazines do anyway but she got there by herself without a specific degree or other job. Her videos and blog posts promote similar content as a lot of magazines do...young girls or boys that are interested in working in this particular industry should look up to people like this because it's truly inspiring that there are other possibilities and different ways to get your dream job and blogging/Youtube provides that platform to express your diverse creativity! 

Misconception no.2: Bloggers are vain, overly confident all the time and only care about how they look

I really want to stress particularly on this one as it couldn't be more wrong. After some awkward posing, picture taking, editing and thinking 'hmm, should I really post these?'- I went and posted my first outfit post on my blog back in around 2013. I felt pretty exposed and nervous but I didn't let this stop me as I want to express my love for fashion, i'm not trying to "show off", I have a lot of insecurities about my appearance. Perhaps there are some bloggers out there that are super confident (please tell me your secret!) but that has probably been gained through blogging itself as I have found over a bit of time my confidence has grown a bit and I started giving less of sh*t what people would think of me. I have been and still am quite a bit, overly self conscious of how I look and what people think of me but I feel that by blogging pictures of myself, styled in my own clothes- I've gained confidence in myself over the time I've been blogging. When I'm posting pictures of myself, I'm basically saying- this is me and you can like it or lump it. It's easy to think that people who are willingly posing in front of a camera must love how they look all the time but it's not really the case- the main focus for me is always about the clothes/subject of the post and just having a bit of fun! Away from the camera I am not constantly made-up and dressed up...in fact, the majority of the time i'm slobbing about in my joggers looking like crap. So... YEAH, bloggers aren't always as confident as they appear in their photos and on their blog/vlogs. If you are confident with yourself and posing on your blog, well that's fantastic because you should be! I say go ahead and strut your stuff on that blog because models do it in our magazines and on our TV's everyday so why shouldn't we?!

Misconception 3: Bloggers are only in it for the money

I can say this truly and honestly for the majority of bloggers- money isn't the first thing we thought about when we started our blogs. I started mine purely out of boredom and need to find somewhere to express all the crap that goes on in my head and share it with everyone, how lovely of me. It's understandable that people may think that money is what blogging is all about when bloggers do sponsored posts or receive freebies right, left and centre but it didn't start out that way for anyone. Most bloggers started out with reviews on products bought with their own money (and still do) or outfit posts with clothes from charity shops and car boot sales (*cough* me)...I started my blog because I genuinely love everything beauty, fashion, reviews etc. not because of money (not that I've been making any out of it anyway). That said, if one day that ever happens (if there is a god) then I'm sure it would be a nice bonus considering there is a lot of time that goes into blogging. For me, and probably most bloggers too (as cheeeeeeesy as it sounds)-the happiness you get from blogging, the lovely people you meet in the fun blogging community and the cool experiences you get from blogging is way, way more important than money. #deep

Misconception no.4: Blogging must be really easy to do

I wish! I can get rather frustrated seeing other bloggers putting posts up all the time, being so filled with ideas and time to do things while I'm busy doing uni work or just with other things going on to really put effort and time into my blog. For me, for a blog to succeed- you really have to put your all into it. It doesn't have to be perfect at first but you do need to be consistent or your blog could end up like a stagnant puddle lost amongst the interweb. So all the bloggers you do see with sponsored posts galore, freebies and going to fancy schmancy events with cocktails and cupcakes- well, they've probably worked their butt off for it for a long time. Success and luck don't just come like that- you have to work hard for it...there's editing, research, writing, picture taking, awkward posing (or is that just me?), putting the post together, social media sharing, promoting- the list goes on. Blogging covers several types of jobs that normally different people would be assigned to do in a company, and bloggers do it all. It isn't easy but definitely pays off if you work hard at it.

I WISH THAT I COULD BAKE A CAKE WITH RAINBOWS AND SMILES AND WE'D ALL EAT IT AND BE HAPPY. (mean girls quote anyone?)- basically what I want to say is, let's try to stop being bitter and mean about bloggers and instead, be inspired and proud of them because we're awesome, ok?

I hope you enjoyed this post and please tell me your thoughts and opinions in the comments down below- I'd love to hear your view on this! Till next time...

2/10/15

Brand Focus | MAC Favourites


Left to right: Rebel - Please me - Russian red

After my Rimmel and Benefit brand focus posts, I thought I'd do a little one on MAC as I am quite the MAC fan. I discovered MAC years ago through other bloggers, particularly from the Beauty Crush, who always raved about their lipsticks, so I went ahead and bought my first ever MAC lipstick, and the life long love affair began! If you want to know a little bit more about the history of MAC, the website have kindly done so for you here- which I just read for the first time myself, pretty interesting actually! Anyway...

MAC, how I love thee...let me count the ways: the quality, the packaging, the variety, the durability!- MAC's got it A-L-L in my eyes. I use the above products on a day-to-day basis. The cremeblend blush is perfect for younger skin which leaves a much more natural finish rather than a powdery look, the eyeliner has lasted me ages and doesn't budge (but can be smudged for that sultry, smoky look if that's what you're after), the fluid line liner was the first ever gel liner I tried and I was sold (once I got the knack of applying it!), the lipsticks are my go-to lip colours- Russian red for a night out or a quick pop of colour if you're in a hurry, please me for a simple nude lip look and rebel for a deeper, darker look for going out. I only tend to buy MAC every now and then, in other words, not very often as it's not cheap and I do think you could find similar, just as good products by cheaper brands though I think the quality of MAC is better. It's a great brand for professional make up artists as they literally have every product and tool under the sun, just check their website here to see what I mean! If you're not satisfied with your current make up routine or don't think it's really doing the trick, I'm pretty sure MAC will have a product that will solve your make up woes- just be sure to check them out at a counter and get some advice first or read a few blog reviews before purchasing a product.

What MAC products do you like?

2/9/15

Brand Focus | Benefit Favourites




I've mentioned Benefit before many a times on my blog, but I won't hesitate to mention them again 'cause quite frankly, I can't get enough of this brand. Every time I come across a Benefit counter, I am literally DRAWN to it...partly because it's decked out in pretty pink colours which remind me something of a sweet shop back when I was a 'lil one. These are the Benefit products I currently have and love but obviously there are many more Benefit products I love, just can't really afford. Yes, let's not lie folks, Benefit is slightly more expensive than your average brand BUT I do really think that it is worth the splurge whether that be on yourself or a gift for a loved one. I once received the Coralista blusher for my 14th birthday and had it for 3 years following, so the money spent is always well worth it...and I'm not going to lie, it did break my heart a little to throw it out after all that time- sad, I know. 

I use all these products daily in my make up routine and they make that real difference to my overall make up look. The facial emulsion preps my skin for make up application leaving it soft and moisturised, followed by the pore fessional which mattifies and controls shine, followed by lemon aid on the eyelids and redness areas, a dotting of girl meets pearl down the nose and on brow bones to add a little shimmer and brow zings which, quite frankly, makes me look human again and leaves my eyebrows looking perfectly sculpted and shaped- hurrah!

Benefit was started up by the wonderful Indiana twins, Jane and Jean Ford whose mantra is "make up doesn't have to be serious to look good" and this is exactly why I love Benefit so much- they put the fun back into make up and it's made applying make up a lot more enjoyable and more of a creative process for me (just a slightly more expensive one).

How about you, are you a huge Benefit fan too?

2/8/15

Review | Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream


"A must have", "the holy grail of beauty products", "miracle product", "skin saver"...those are just to name a few dazzling reviews about this cult beauty product. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for far too long after seeing several celebs naming it their go-to product or 'must have' item in their beauty bag...I couldn't help wonder, what is the hype all about? I've had many troubles myself with my skin since I became a teen and it hasn't let up...from acne, to sensitive skin, to dry skin...I've had a fair share of skin issues so something that could help cure any of this will be my best friend.

This cream claims to sooth, restore, calm and relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin and also sooth roughness, redness and minor skin irritations...and if one product can guarantee to do all this, then i'm sold! So far, i've only used it a few times (it was only bought a few days ago with a birthday cheque I meant to cash in forever ago...disclaimer to my mum so she doesn't think i'm spending my student loan on this) but i've seen very positive results. I've recently had horribly sore and chapped lips from this bitterly cold British weather we've been having so I applied a small amount to my lips before bed and it was like an overnight miracle happened! I woke up with completely healed, soft and no longer stingy sore lips- yippee! I'm also using it on my scarring from acne and am awaiting some results from that. The consistency is rather sticky so is best not to be applied in the morning (unless you plan to stay in bed all day and not wear any make up).  It's also great for brow shaping and sticking those pesky hairs into place, soothing sunburn or smoothing your nails and cuticles. It basically solves all those annoying little beauty problems we all get in a flash!

The lovely ladies at the Elizabeth Arden counter at John Lewis Liverpool One said that it's even recommended by doctors so if that doesn't completely sell it for you, then I don't know what will! Expensive but worth the splurge if you want to give yourself some beauty TLC.

Have you tried the famous 8 hour cream yet?
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