10 Things I’ve Learned About Beauty Blogging…

10 Things I've Learned About Beauty Blogging

There’s an old Chinese proverb which states ‘The journey of a thousand mile starts with a single step’. Isn’t it beautiful? These words have always rung true throughout the many journeys I’ve been on, some of them great and others not so much. But after stumbling across this little proverb over the weekend again it’s made me reflect back on a few journeys I’ve been through, am still going through & those yet to come. One of the most inspiring journey’s I’ve been on is blogging. Not only has it helped me manage my anxiety immensely, but the fun I’ve had and the friendships forged have been totally unforgettable. So with that in mind today’s post is simply a light hearted reflection on a few of the things I’ve learned since taking my first ‘virtual’ footstep with Confetti & Curves almost 3 years ago…

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Hoarding becomes normality…

No, really it will. Say goodbye to your trusty little zip-up makeup bag and hello to a room dominated by skyscrapers of muji drawer sets and decorative Ikea plant pots crammed with makeup brushes. Of course that’s ONLY the cosmetics… your bathroom shelves, bedside cabinets, kitchen table and handbag will become a breeding ground for skincare, moisturisers, lip balms…

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There’s no such thing as free time…

If you’re a busy little blogging bee who hits the ‘publish’ button multiple times per week then the likely hood is that your free time is spent scrawling down post ideas, making mental notes of points to mention, scouring beauty magazines, responding to PR companies, replying to comments, attempting to keep up with social media, recharging your camera batteries, cursing the lack of natural daylight, typing into the early hours of the morning – oh, and juggling your job/life/kids/family commitments into the mix too 😉

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“But it’s for the Blog”…

Payday should be everyday when you’re a beauty blogger with a wish list as long as a fresh loo roll, but it aint, so funds needs to be juggled with care and the mightiest of resistance to splurge. However there’s always that delicious moment when birthday & Christmas rolls round and you’re handed cards filled with gift vouchers for your favourite beauty havens *happy sigh* In the mean time you’ll keep convincing yourself that every item you pop in your basket is all in the name of beauty blogging. What a selfless trooper you are! 😀

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Nothing gets used until your camera says so…

And I mean absolutely nothing. The thought of applying a fresh tube of lippie before it’s been photographed almost makes the eyeballs in your head roll back in horror. And heaven forbid an eye shadow pan gets disturbed or a new makeup tool gets used BEFORE it’s had a photo shoot.

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There’s no such thing as “Just popping in”…

Are you serious? When was the last time you actually ‘just popped in’ to any makeup store? When you’re a beauty blogger avoiding the makeup aisles is virtually impossible. We have miniature magnets entwined into our DNA that simply doesn’t permit us to casually dander past a wall of beauty goodies but instead be drawn helplessly towards them. We’re goin’ in and we ain’t coming back out until our forearms resemble a patchwork quilt of many many many colours.

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EVERTHING gets critiqued…

Even things your friends and family treat themselves too , you’ll more than likely find yourself saying “Ooh, very nice, but you really should try…” Oh yes, you become obsessed, not only with your own stash but also with the stash of others too. Not to mention the almighty moment of “YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS… No, really you HAVE to, I insist, in fact let’s go RIGHT NOW and buy it for you. Yes NOW!” You become delirious when you find a mascara that does what it promises or a drugstore lipstick that puts your favourite Mac to shame.

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The guilt, oh the guilt…

Oddly enough I had this very conversation with a blog buddy quite recently, when we were discussing the waves of quilt from the very thought of not posting. It’s remarkably amazing just how much effort goes into maintaining a blog, including sticking to a routine. Sadly many of us often get swamped into feeling pressured to fulfilling that day in day out. Remember, we’re only human, we need our blog breaks, holidays and time away to recharge our batteries. Blogging should be fun, breaking the guilt is tough but it has to be done to realise that there’s a life to live away from the laptop too.

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You’ll have an all year round need for fairy lights…

Your new slogan will be ‘fairylights aren’t just for Christmas..’ as you’ll soon discover that there’s an all round yearly requirement for obtaining that perfect background bokeh effect to woo the eyeballs of your readers with. Yes, your room will partially resemble Santa’s grotto 356 days of the year… 366 if it’s a leap year. Just saying.

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Lighting becomes your enemy …

Summer time is a blessing but winter is just a plain old pain in the virtual arse cheeks. With gloomy grey skies and sunlight disappearing faster than your patience cares to admit, you’ll possibly find yourself timing your photo shoots to day-light perfection as you huddle eagerly beside your biggest window… until you spend your entire savings on ring lamps powerful enough to flood light Wembley Stadium.

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You’ll become besties with people you’ve never met…

This is by far the best bit, the community spirit. When I started beauty blogging my misconceptions were that it would be a ferociously bitchy place full of ‘Makeup Experts’ just waiting to correct your every damn opinion. How wrong I was. In fact, it’s the total opposite. I’ve met people that will remain friends for the rest of my life, people who have built my confidence, encouraged me, supported me and even spent the time selflessly promoting my little corner of the interweb.  These are the people who lift you up on the crappiest of days, they’re the ones that make you feel  a very special part of one big cheery internet family. Thank you ❤

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What have you learned from beauty blogging? Do you relate with anything mentioned? What’s been your favourite or most challenging thing about blogging? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy!

Wishing y’all a fab day ahead 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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52 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned About Beauty Blogging…

  1. This is so true!! Especially the whole ‘it’s for the blog’ spending justification and that you can’t use anything you’ve purchased until you’ve taken 72 pictures of it in different angles because the lighting isn’t quite right! Loved reading this!! X

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    • Ahhhh, so glad I’m no alone on his then lol The spending justification is ridiculous but even more frustrating when you forget to photograph the damn things when they’re sparkly new lol Glad you enjoyed it huni 😀 XXXXX

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  2. Karen this made me laugh so much, because I can identify with everything you’ve said! I think most of us bloggers will. My particular favourite is how we can use anything until we’ve photographed it 🙂 :-), story of my life. Except when I forget something hasn’t been photographed, then use it, then literally want to die!!! Such a great read hun. xx

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post Karen! I agree with you about not being able to use products until they’ve been photographed and fairy lights although I don’t own any myself but they make blog photos look so pretty! I like to think I can restrain myself and stop myself from buying makeup, I’m starting to feel like I have a decent chunk now 🙂 xx

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  4. Love this post, so utterly relatable! That familiar ache staring at products that you really want to try but they have to be photographed first 😦 I prefer collection over hoard, just to make myself feel better about buying more ikea storage and reorganising the entire stash…

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    • YES!!!! Particularly if you know you’ve still to get ready but really want to try it out lol I think I shall revert to being a collector too…. absolutely justifiable then 😉 hehehe Glad you enjoyed it lovely lady XXXXX

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    • lol lol Good timing then Sharon… it must have been written for you then 😉 I feel your pain as I would dread moving with my lot too!! *sigh* However on a plus note congratulations on the move and wishing you the very best in your new abode 🙂 The worst of the move is over… now to just take your time to arrange your lippies! hehe XXXX

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  5. “heaven forbid an eye shadow pan gets disturbed or a new makeup tool gets used BEFORE it’s had a photo shoot” just love this line as this happens with me all the time 😀
    Loved your blog, and as a newbie beauty blogger only thing I can say is every experience you have good or bad during your blogging phase turns out to be a learning in later phase.
    love xoxo

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    • What a lovely comment to read 🙂 Thank you so very much for stopping by huni, and my apologies for such a delayed reply as I’ve been sick over the last few days so sloooowly making a recovery onto the laptop!!
      Absolutely true – every experience in blogging is all part of the learning curve and a real character builder ❤ Wishing you all the very best in your blogging journey, it's so lovely to meet you! ❤ XXXXX

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  7. Oh dear, I must say that I’ve fallen prey to the, It’s for the blog, bit more often than I’d like to admit. 😏 I also do feel that guilt when I don’t post or take a blogging break but it gets a tad overwhelming sometimes trying to keep up with social media, brainstorming posts, etc that you just need some time for yourself. Great and relatable post Karen.

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  8. Just came across your blog and want to say how lovely (and useful) it is! I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year and it’s slow growing but finally happening, and it’s articles like yours that help me on my way. I also really identify with this list already 🙂 it’s amazing how your perception of things changes when you start blogging!
    Liv
    staticgypsy.com

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    • Awwh what a truly lovely comment to read Liv, thank you so much huni, that is such a huge compliment!!!! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying your blogging journey too – it takes a while to get going and find your audience but once you start networking in such a supportive community it really does boost the confidence levels! Can’t wait to check out your blog too huni and thank you SO much for stopping by, it’s a treat to meet you 🙂 XXXX

      Ps: so chuffed you enjoyed the post!!

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    • Hey, we all lay the guilt on huni but the major thing about blogging is that true blog chums will always be there when you come back ❤ Life has a wonderful ability to get in the way but we just gotta accept we can only do our best within our means, so no guilt tripping! You're a busy lady but I love having you on Twitter, Insta & FB so I can keep up with you as much as possible 🙂 XXXX

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      • That is so true ❤
        I do try to do my best, my hardest and still stay out of the hospital, lol. The guilt part is still hard, but you are right… True blog friends will be there and will understand 😀
        LOL, yeah the social media is a bit easier, as t is on the phone with me always ❤

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