- Whatever I thought was expensive four years ago, I think is cheap now. I remember that when I was a freshman in college (before I joined MakeupAlley) I thought that Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer was crazy expensive at $40. Now I'm in love with Le Metier de Beaute's $125 tinted moisturizer. What!?
- A bunny can never have enough taupe eyeshadows. My taupe collection is definitely somewhere in the triple digits. I am afraid to count.
- Expanding on #2, taupe is the most diverse color in existence. Oh, the taupe rainbow is a glorious, glorious thing. Grey-taupe, mauve-taupe, brown-taupe, purple-taupe...I WANT THEM ALL!
- There really is no such thing as a Holy Grail product when you're a blogger - you will always find something you love a little more. Sad, but so true.
- You will, though, become obsessed with a few makeup lines and it'll be hard to deviate from them. Mine?: Paul and Joe Beaute, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Edward Bess. Also, we can now add Le Metier de Beaute to that.
- MAC is not the end-all, be-all of makeup. I am glad I learned this early on.
- Blogging is a full-time job, whether we'd like to admit it or not (and regardless of whether we actually make any profit from it). I feel irresponsible if I haven't signed onto Twitter in a few hours, I hate that I rarely update this blog, etc. I write for three blogs, plus I'm on Twitter, and MakeupAlley still, and I have a Reading List on Blogger of 50+ blogs (and that doesn't include people who are on WordPress, etc.). Being a beauty blogger has become a lifestyle choice for me. It was a hobby when I started, but that was years ago. Now I feel a responsibility to myself, to everyone out there, to beauty companies, etc. to keep writing. I have no idea how long I'll be able to keep this up for, but I intend on doing it until I can't anymore.
- To expand on #7, the only (somewhat) unsavory side-effect of blogging is a loss of anonymity. Posting pictures of my face, and giving readers a general knowledge of my location, has lead to me being recognized while out more often than I'd care to admit. It happens at least once every time I go shopping. While I appreciate it immensely (OH MY GOD, YOU ALL READ MY CRAP?!), there's part of me that is slightly creeped out by it. I don't know - what do you think about this?
- Eventually, your makeup collection will outgrow its storage. And then it'll outgrow your room. Eventually, it will eat you.
- Nothing brightens my day like makeup. When I am down, all it takes for me is to put my face on, or buy a new product, and BAM! I feel instantly uplifted. Makeup reminds me to take time for myself, to remember that I am beautiful and unique and fluffy. On my darkest days, makeup and blogging keeps me afloat!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
So on Twitter, a lot of the lovely bloggers have been posting "Things I Learned from Beauty Blogging" posts and tweets. It's interesting to see what everyone has to say about this topic. When I got started on MakeupAlley almost four years ago, I never expected that I would eventually become a respected blogger and voice in the online beauty community. The fact that anyone reads what I write, buys what I recommend, likes the makeup I do on myself...it blows my mind every single day and truly humbles me. I am appreciative every single day for the friendships that my psychotic love of makeup has created, and the opportunities I have been given because of my silly writing.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and here's my list of what I learned from blogging:
Please share what you've learned with me! I'd love to read your thoughts =)