Are you as obsessed with checking out your Facebook memories as I am? I look every day. A few days ago there was a link to an old beauty post I wrote in 2014, back when I used to share my posts to my personal feed, rather than to a page feed. The post was How Beauty Blogging has Changed Me, and reading it made me want to do an updated version.
Less Afraid to Embarrass Myself
I’ve always been easily embarrassed, and don’t like to look silly. I mentioned then that beauty blogging has helped me become more comfortable at being silly, largely because it’s hard not to look silly when posting a face mask.
Like really, how flattering are mask selfies? They demand that you embrace silliness.
Being Comfortable in Front of a Camera
I’m still working on being comfortable when other people take photos of me, but I’m getting good with selfies. There is a huge world of difference between those two types of photos though. For some reason I find it much easier to pose my features in flattering ways when I’m the one holding the camera. When it goes to someone else, it’s like I forget all the tricks I use on myself. But I no longer cringe at the thought of a camera in general, so that’s a start.
Relaxing in Baths
This is one where forward progression is not happening. I’m back to rarely taking baths. I just prefer showers so much more. I don’t tend to accept PR samples for bath products anymore, simply because it feels like so much work to take a bath. It may also have to do with the fact that I really need to change the drain plug in my tub because it leaks. Nothing like getting into a full tub, and then having to get out because there’s only 2 inches of water left.
Experimenting with Products
This is one area that I feel I’ve really grown in. I love trying new products, especially if there is colour involved. When I wrote my original post two years ago, I was just starting to wear lipstick, and never did my eyebrows, and never wore foundation. Now I regularly wear lipstick, at least for photos because lip prints on cups gross me out, and I always do my eyebrows, and regularly wear foundation.
Connections with Other People
This wasn’t something mentioned in my original post, but something that beauty blogging has given me is a way to connect with other people who share the same interests. This is directly related to my involvement with the Canadian Beauty Bloggers. I love helping to manage the network, and I love connecting with people in the network. Some of the people I’ve met online, I haven’t actually met in person, yet, but I still consider them close friends. As someone who doesn’t find it easy to make friends, I’m very thankful I have this group, and these people. They really are my peeps and I love them.
All of these examples tie into the best thing that beauty blogging has given me, and that’s more self confidence. It takes confidence to wear pink bangs, and to choose lipstick that matches them. It takes confidence to post selfies on the internet for other people to see. It takes confidence to reach out to companies and brands to create relationships. It takes confidence to proudly tell people you’re a blogger, and especially that you’re a beauty blogger. I’m not ashamed of the size of my makeup collection, or that I have 4 wall racks full of nail polish. I love those items, and what they represent, which is that I have a hobby I love, and that I think I’m good at.
So what’s next for me? Definitely more beauty blogging. Definitely more photos. More fun. More connecting to other people online who share my passions.
And maybe something else?
I haven’t really started advertising much, but I’ve started my own business. How’s that for being confident and taking a risk? Workaday Services is my latest adventure online. It offers ebook formatting and publishing, with a focus on helping bloggers convert and publish their existing material. I’d obviously love if you checked it out, and signed up to my mailing list if it interests you.
I’m going to end this post with the same words I used last time:
On the surface, beauty blogging seems superficial. It’s very materialistic and mainly about make-up. But it’s actually a lot more than that, and I’m really grateful to have tried and loved it. Yes, it’s hard on my wallet, but the benefits I’ve gotten so far have far outweighed any negatives. Regardless of what comes next, I’m happy this venture has felt successful, and that I’m enjoying myself. That’s the most important part. Everything else is just icing on the cake.