Today, I’m going to tell you a couple of secrets that beauty bloggers may have. This probably will not make me very popular amongst my fellow bloggers so erm… yeah, I’ll have to go incognito. Shh…. So here are 10 things that beauty bloggers may probably never tell you
Join me as we bust some myths! Beauty blogging buddies – want to join in?
1. We sometimes don’t practice what we preach.
Wash brushes often. Remove all your makeup before bed. Cleanse, tone, moisturize… everyone tells you this right? Well, sometimes we don’t practice everything we preach. For me, its the brush washing. I’m quite lax at doing a weekly wash. Oops! Yes, I’ve even been guilty of using a new brush without washing first! *gasp*
2. Some of us never leave the house wearing the FOTD or EOTD or LOTD of the day
You don’t seriously expect me to go out looking like this?!
Ah yep! We doll ourselves up for you, snap our photos looking all “Ooh! Look at how lovely this date look makeup is!” and then wash it all off and go to bed. This is of course understandable with fanciful makeup but it also happens with what seems like simple day to day looks.
3. Some of us DO go out wearing our FOTD, EOTD, LOTD… WhateverhaveyouTD
I actually do walk out of the house wearing most of my looks of the day that you see here on my blog. They are usually taken right before I run out the door so yes, they do see the light of day, never mind that it might sometimes be more suited for the evening
4. Negative or nasty comments do hurt even if we don’t show it
We’re human. If we put on a brave face its because sometimes, there’s no other way to go about it. Engaging in an online slagging off is juvenile at best and worsens the situation at worst. Personally, I don’t even want to go there so I let it be and let it slide, never mind that I’m riled up and seeing red. Easier said than done to turn a blind eye but giving it a few days helps. Pummelling a pillow helps too!
5. We sometimes dread seeing yet another whitening/hydrating/anti-aging product land on our desk. How new can it get?
I doubt its just us but you probably feel the same way too. Just how different can the new product be? It gets harder and harder for brands to show us something new and for us to be wowed by something new. Agree?
6. It gets stressful
I know, people will say, “Oh but you’re only doing it for fun, what’s there to get stressed about?” Well, responsibility is one thing, as well as commitment. We owe you, the readers, a certain commitment and we owe people who sponsor us, a commitment. When we delay or fail in the delivery of that commitment, then it gets stressful.
7. Sometimes for head shots, we only dress up for the upper portion that is visible
There’s just an old tee and shorts under the outfit. Why dress up the bits no one sees?! Its also quicker this way – you don’t have to actually plan a whole outfit, just only what goes on your face, the top half of your body and your head. Hats, scarves, earrings all work even if its just to simulate cruising along the Riviera. A good tip for bloggers for doing head shots is to just wear a black top. It looks good in photos and sets off colour better than a white top, I find Of course, if you’d prefer to dress up, go right ahead! Its fun!
8. Nail polish posts are good for filler posts
Of all the review posts out there, nail polish ones are really, the easiest to do. There isn’t much to talk about unless of course, nail polish is your blog speciality or you like being verbose (something I’m guilty of). In most cases, its about how pretty it looks or does not look. Good application and photos help, but its not fatal. So yeah, when pressed for time, pop up a nail polish review. Oops! Secrets out!
9. Blog stats are our obsession
A good blogger will know their blog stats. Nevermind that they may look like they don’t care or that they don’t know what its all about. Alright, maybe some don’t but in the main, a good blogger will know their stats and it can be an obsession. Knowing your stats or at least checking them give you an indication of your blog health (did the server die and your blog not get served for hours?), your reach (how many people are reading?) or just an indication of whether you are headed anywhere (are the numbers going up?). No need to get obsessive about it of course. Its nice to see the figures go up, but ultimately one has to know when to step away and stop looking because staring at the graphs and willing the numbers to grow won’t make it happen! Been there, done that!
10. We sometimes dread doing giveaways
Oh of course we love it, and we love that so many readers love it and its our way of saying thank you for your support. But yet we dread running one because any boost in traffic is only temporary; there are many “professional” entrants who just go around entering contests and giveaways; the freeloaders rear their heads; we get a wave of blog unsubscribes when the giveaway ends which is seriously demoralizing. Not to mention the demands when we delay sending out prizes due to time factors – the post office isn’t the easiest place to get to, most times; or when people don’t bother to say thank you or let you know your package arrived safely. I could go on, but it would be whining so yeah. I dread doing giveaways.
11. When we do posts like this, it maybe because we’ve run out ideas, material or we just like taking the mick
Erm… I guess its self-explanatory. I’ll let you guess which category mine falls into
Has anything here surprised you in any way? Or perhaps not? If you blog about beauty, do you share these open secrets with me or do you have your own little secret? Just me then? Oh, alright
Simple Blogging Tips are some simple tips I’ve picked up about blogging along my journey. I am no guru and will never claim to be one. I hope you found these useful and you may find other Simple Blogging Tips here.