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Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Pro's & Con's Of Being A 'Beauty Blogger'

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I thought it would be an absolutely spiffing idea to throw together some Pro's and Con's of blogging. If you're thinking of starting a blog then prepare for these things to happen to you over the course of a few months - and if you're a fellow beauty blogger, then I'm sure you'll relate to a few of my points here..

Pro's of being a Beauty Blogger -

Christmas & Birthdays: You know when Christmas is lurking around corner and you get people whining about the fact that they 'haven't got a clue what to get you? Not any more. Rest assured you have a word document saved to your desktop entitled 'wishlist' about 10 pages long (in categories) that you can whack through the printer for them in an instant. People will never be stuck for gifts for you. And birthday's and Christmas means lots of new products to get your bloggery mitts into!

"What are your hobbies?": When that awkward question comes up in interviews or in general conversation and people ask 'what are your hobbies?' - you will never ever have to rack your brains to think of something impressive or clever to say ever again.

Personal development: It will make you more observant, more imaginative and more creative - and it will improve your writing skills without you even realising it. It might even improve your confidence. 

Fabulous Friends: You will make some wonderful new friends and getting comments to your email inbox makes you smile every single day. The social side of blogging is fabulous, and it's one of my favourite things about writing my blog.

Opportunities: If you're serious enough it may eventually lead some fabulous opportunities.

Finding new things: You will discover new things that you never would have looked twice at before. I've found 'holy grail' products i never would have found before, and I now have a better understanding of what works for me and my skin tone and what doesn't. Beauty blogging brings out the best of you in all sorts of ways.

It looks great on your CV: It shows that you're developing your skills even outside of work and that you're not just sitting on your backside watching back to back episodes of Jeremy Kyle on your day off. You need to be focused and quite self-motivated to write a blog. If you have passion for something then why not share it? By including it in your CV you're throwing something different into the mix, and it will hopefully help you stand out against the other people who all scribbled 'socialising' in the hobbies section...

Reflection: It's something that will change your life for the better. It gives you something to focus on if you're ever having a bad time of things. And it's a great way to reflect - you are unknowingly writing a little diary of your thoughts every time you click that 'publish' button.

Cons of Being a Beauty Blogger -

Your bathroom cabinet... You WILL run out of space. That bathroom cabinet of yours is going to get full up pretty quickly. Say hello to baskets of overflowing beauty goods on your bedroom floor. Ever since I've started blogging, my make-up collection has grown profusely - I have had to invest in a set of small drawers just to house my stash (and the lipstick drawer refuses to close because it is so crammed full!)

You have to think about everything: You can't use anything until you've photographed it. And you can't put away any of those shirts you've just bought from Primark until you've taken photos for a 'Primark Haul'. Sorry...

Spare Fivers.. That spare fiver in your purse? Yeh... good luck with that on passing the make-up counter in Boots. BANG goes your meal deal - say hello to a new nail polish and a rather hungry tummy for your lunch-break!

Your Bank Balance: Which brings me on to the fact that blogging about all things beauty will cost you money - whether you intend it to or not. The beauty blogger in you will want to try everything on the shop shelves - your bank balance is bound to take a bit of a bashing. Or maybe I just need a big dose of willpower?

Temptation: The word 'NEW' written across a product means you just have to buy it. And review it. Like, right now.

Messy hands: Your hands are now a blank canvas for SWATCHING. You will want to swatch everything. Looking at something in a pot or tube just doesn't cut the mustard anymore.. and when it isn't possible to swatch a product, you will Google it to view somebody else's anyway. Prepare for the word 'swatch' to become a large part of your vocabulary!

You'll realise that people just aren't bothered about beauty on the same level as you. I was in Primark the other day and got rather enthusiastic about the poor sale's assistants eyeshadow.. I asked her what it was and she looked at me bewildered. If anyone asks me about what make-up or nail polish I'm wearing - I guartuntee you I will spit the brand, colour name and number (all crucial info) at you quicker than Nicki Minaj on fast-forward.


What are your Pro's & Con's of being a beauty blogger?
 



38 comments:

  1. If anyone asks me about what make-up or nail polish I'm wearing - I guartuntee you I will spit the brand, colour name and number (all crucial info) at you faster than Nicki Minaj on fast-forward.

    - This actually made me laugh out loud ahahahaha. I'm exactly the same. xx

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    1. hahaha im glad it made you chuckle :P its so true though - we are all the same! Never knew how important product names actually are until i started this blog! xx

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  2. This is brilliant! And oh so true! :p xx

    http://thebeautyfiend13.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. haha thankyou Fiona :) We are a right bunch aren't we! xx

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  3. this is an amazing post - I love it! I've only been blogging for a couple of months but already relate to lots of those points, and those cons are definitely worth living with to get the pros! we've just been doing 'professional cv writing' at uni and I've finally been happy to add something a bit different to it saying I have a blog :) xxx

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    1. Oh yess it was definitely difficult to think of the Cons! haha most of them are a bit of a giggle anyway :P I'll happily give up my last fiver for a nail polish anyday! xx

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  4. This is such a great post! I really enjoyed reading it :D

    xx

    http://www.wearenouvellevague.com/2012/10/carmex-moisture-plus.html

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    1. Thanks lovely :) glad you enjoyed reading it xx

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  5. Love the bit about messy hands - I'm constantly covered :)

    Brilliant post lovely!


    www.lindsayfrances.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks beaut :) oh goodness me too! xx

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  6. Love this post, I relate to every single point you made. I love going into boots on my lunch break and swatching everything and see how well it lasts on my skin while I am at work. Everyone at work looks at my coloured hand like I'm mental haha. And its crazy how you get to know every shade and name of a product that you've ever owned or tried xx

    www.misssunshinesparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. Boots on a lunch break is just temptation! I get funny looks too when im walking round town with a hand full of lipstick lines haha xx

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  7. hahaha the bit about Nicki Minaj literally made me burst out laughing! I definitely agree about needing to buy loads of stuff! I find i'm more into fashion blogging as opposed to beauty products but nothing's cheap these days haha. My bank balance suffers a great deal sometimes :/
    Really enjoyed this :D xx

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    1. hahaha glad it made you laugh fellow birdy :) Oh goodness i would be awful if i was more fashion-based! I feel your pain! glad you enjoyed it :)) xx

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  8. The post is amazing and I agree with every single point you made :) xx

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    1. Thanks a million Jenna :) We are all the same arent we - a reet crazy bunch x

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  9. Gret post :) love the end bit! I actually lol'd.
    Ive just started my own beauty blog, very early days but im crazy excited about the whole thing! Have been a beauty blog admirer for years :)

    Would love it if you could come and have a look..

    www.thursdaygirlramblings.blogspot.com

    Sian xox

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    1. I had a little chuckle when i wrote it :P I shall pop on over to your blog now Sian :) Good luck with your new blog xx

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  10. I can agree with the "messy hands" con so much! If I'm ever out looking at ANY makeup products, I'll swatch them all. Which is a particular problem when I end up swatching tints/stains, haha! xx

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    1. ohhh yess theyre the worst! They just don't come off do they! haha Lush Liquid Lips was a particular toughie.. xx

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  11. Such a great post, I really love the way you write Beth! I can totally relate to the last point, when I ask my friends what mascara/foundation etc they use they have no idea of the name, brand or colour, baffles me it does! xx

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  12. Ah I really enjoyed this post! It's so funny isn't it how obsessed you can become with things and how you realise that you are waaaayy more interested that the average girl who likes the odd bit of makeup. Wouldn't change it for the world though haha xx

    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. fab post. its all so true!!! xx

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  14. This is literally my life. It's all so true!

    I never said swatch in my life until about a year and a half ago, now it's my most used word.

    www.the-dailyswatch.blogspot.co.uk
    @nicolayoung13
    xo

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  15. This is such a lovely post! Definitely agree with them all :) Great blog xxx

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  16. this is a brilliant post beth, i could totally relate to everything you said and you made me giggle too. It's good to know we are all so proud and happy to be bloggers :) x

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  17. lovely post! its all so true! :) xx

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  18. What a great idea for a post Beth! I really like these different sorts of posts that you do and it's all so so true xxx

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  19. ohh so true so true, your blog is just lovely btwz, keep up the good work :)

    'GLAMOROUS' CLOTHES GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG
    open to all
    http://haveapeekinsidemywardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  20. Beth this is such a fantastic and amusing post!! I was honesty laughing to myself reading it as I couldn't agree more with all of the points you have made!! I especially love the not being able to use/wear anything until its been photographed and the 'swatching' haha SO true!! Great post as always lovely :) xxx.

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  21. Hahahhaha oh my!! I really enjoyed this post.. why I'm laughing is because I was like "yeah i totally agree about the cv thing", but im watching jeremy kyle as im reading this (im a multi tasker lol, im also editing photos, blogging, reading blogs ) .. xx take care

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  22. Hahahaha..this is one of the best posts I've read for a while. They are all so true! I totally get you about the bank balance ;) xxx

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  23. Aww I totally recognize myself in most of those, but especially when you said "You have to think about everything" - I drive my boyfriend crazy when I let the stuff I just bougth lay around because I'm waiting for a sunny day with proper lighting to take pictures ahahah

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  24. Ahhh so true! These were all pretty much the pros and cons of my life in general! So glad I started a beauty blog, it's a great outlet! It's so true that nobody cares as much about beauty stuff as you do, which is one of the main reasons I started a blog!

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  25. hey :) im new to the beauty blogging world and i came across your blog this morning and I love it! this post caught my attention and I love it, its let me know what to expect from blogging so thank you! id love if you could have a look at my blog:)

    beauty2couture.blogspot.co.uk

    laura
    xo

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