Saturday, 23 July 2016

BEAUTY BLOGGER MISCONCEPTIONS | WHAT BEING A BEAUTY BLOGGER IS REALLY LIKE


Beauty bloggers are far from rare at this moment in time, and I happen to fall into the “beauty blogger” category, but despite popular belief we are not all the same. It’s not all marble, or white, backdrops, rose gold, Starbucks and sponsored posts. There are many misconceptions surrounding beauty bloggers and I am here to refute all of them if I can, because I don’t consider myself a typical beauty blogger nor do I think such a category should exist in the first place. 
When you think of a beauty blogger, who do you see? I imagine your mind instantly conjures images of the big name bloggers. You know, the glamorous types, never a hair out of place, nicely made up, professional, beautiful and aspirational. They have a drool-worthy Instagram account, usually an adorable furry sidekick and never seem to fuck up, either online or in real life. Yeah, newsflash, this person doesn’t exist. People only show you what they want you to see, no one is going to post pictures of their lowest moments on social media (unless they are attention seeking/crying for help) and I bet you are the same. We all have bad days, we all have things we wish were different but we save our breakdowns for private moments, or throw a tantrum with our nearest and dearest. 
The reason I decided to write this post is simply because I am a covert beauty blogger, my beauty blogging status is on the DL. I don’t speak about it generally, it’s not a dirty secret, all my profiles are public and I openly promote posts on most, but not on my Personal Facebook. If someone I know discovers my Instagram account they will know I blog. A lot. They will also know I am a teensy bit obsessed with makeup, be it tutorials, new releases or looks, I eagerly scroll through my Instagram feed at least fifteen times a day. But if said person mentions my blogger status I cringe. I’m slightly embarrassed about it to be honest, and why? Because of all those pesky misconceptions. 
You see, I don’t look like a beauty blogger. More often than not I look like I just rolled out of bed in the morning (because I have). My hair is usually loose or in a sloppy ponytail/fun bun because I like sleep. On the day to day I wear very little makeup to prohibit myself from being any later to work than I already am. Despite what my YouTube history would have you believe, I seldom do a glam makeup look and as a consequence, I don’t necessarily look like someone who should be imparting beauty advice or blogging about beauty because frankly I look like I don’t give a shit.
Other mistaken beliefs about beauty bloggers are: the majority of their posts are sponsored; they get a constant onslaught of free beauty products; only care about makeup and beauty; are shallow, vapid and vain; can take killer selfies. . .oh I could go on but I won’t. These are all, for me at least, completely and utterly untrue. I hardly ever discuss makeup and beauty in real life because my online persona is that outlet for me. I don’t receive a lot of free products, but I imagine those bloggers who have an impressive following do receive products from PR companies on a regular basis and there is nothing wrong with that. I suck at taking selfies, and being photographed. I am painfully camera-shy and if I do take a selfie I never smile in it #restingbitchface. 
So what is being a beauty blogger really like? It is such a small part of who I am. I am more than just a beauty blogger, just like this blog is more than just a beauty blog. I have many interests and I love talking and writing about them all. Writing is one of my greatest loves and this website is a way for me to develop and improve my writing. My blogging career has not the slightest bit glamorous, I don’t go to any events and have never met another blogger. Hopefully, one day that will change. Mostly it consists of me in a room or on a mode of public transport typing away on my phone and laptop and struggling to find enough time to write all the posts I want to write and return and reply to comments. My iPhone is surgically attached to my hand so when an idea for a post comes to me at random moments of the day I can immediately type it into my Notes. 
Being a beauty blogger means frequently having internal arguments with yourself about whether or not you should buy the hottest product of the moment. Currently, it’s the Modern Renaissance Palette, should I get it? Should I? It’s expensive but oh so pretty. It involves fretting about whether your blog is original or unique enough and do you have a voice? Is it too formal/informal? Do you care? Should you care? I don’t care. I write each post for myself because it is impossible to please everybody. I love it, I wouldn’t change it for the world because I don’t write to get free products or be sponsored for a post or to gain tonnes of traffic. I write to express my feelings and thoughts because I don’t feel comfortable discussing these things with people in my life. Weirdly, not everyone is as into new makeup releases and awesome skincare as I am. I know, shocking.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that this resonates with you on some level. I love blogging and I know many of my readers love it too. It is fun but it can seem frivolous and pointless to others and even sometimes to me especially when so much tragedy is occurring in the world. I don’t think I am better than anyone else nor do I think I am qualified to give beauty advice, I’m a mess, believe me. I just like to write, that’s really all there is to it. I included photos of some of the most influential bloggers, all are a huge inspiration to me. Hope you're all enjoying the nice weather. Take care.

Who is your favourite beauty blogger/YouTuber?

Love 
Kiran

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21 comments

  1. I love this post beautiful! it is so true. as a beauty blogger I have seen all these misconceptions first hand. You know I wanted to tell you about a new fun app I found. My makeup always gets ruined in the summer heat and I found the perfect app to help with that. It's called Skyler! Skyler is a fashion weather app that helps you plan your looks and makeup according to the weather. You should check it out!

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  2. This touched me on so many levels. great read! You're REALLY funny!

    xo
    lipstickvillain.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much, that means a lot to me xxx

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  3. I love this post, and feel like I could have written it myself. I somehow see my blog as a dirty little secret only a select few know about, and when someone I know in real life has read it I blush BIG TIME. I hate the judge look mainly because I end up never wearing makeup in town, so all the girls on the counters just think I'm crazy! oh well lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  4. This is so relatable! I don't like telling people 'in real life' about my blog either because they tend to misunderstand it because of how the media portray big bloggers. While some of what they say has a basis in truth a lot of it is exaggerated and blown out of proportion but of course if you're not in the blogging world you don't necessarily know that. But yeah, beauty blogging is a very small part of my personality too so I relate to that as well! Brilliant, brilliant post :)
    Rebecca | Notes From September
    Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca, so glad you enjoyed it xxx

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  5. So accurate!
    Mia x | my-world-vibes.blogspot.com

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  6. Such a true post! I love being a blogger, in my own way! I'm not going to be fake with this "flawless" look because it's not real! Editing and lighting and it annoys me so much! If I was 12 in this day with bloggers I would have very very VERY bad issues with my body image!

    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
    Blog Lovin' // Instagram
    xx

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    1. Ha I had it without being exposed to the massive blogging world, I don't know if it would be worse or better. But you're right, I stare at these gorgeous bloggers and think why would anyone read what I have to write when there are legit beautiful people with their own massive platforms. Don't let your insecurities get the best of you, just keep on truckin'. Xx

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  7. I relate with you, I blog about beauty but I don't line my eyes correctly, can't take selfie, and I don't feel comfortable discussing it in real life either, only with some people. Tho I really wish I can find someone who can share my interest so we can go and shop together. I think the point of the blog is, before turning it into bussiness chance, is as a space for ourselves. It's important to remember why we blogged in the first place; to have fun :)

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Completely completely agree with this, I would shop with you! I think whether I make money from my blog or not is not a main concern for me, primarily, and I hope always, it will be a space for me. I don't ever want to lose sight of that xxx

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  8. You pretty much listed all my favorites up there in your pictures. Only Zella is someone I don't watch, I just don't click with her personality.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I'm not subscribed to Zoella or Tanya Burr, I included them because they are massive bloggers that people recognise and have attracted huge success as a result of their social media platforms, when people think of bloggers I think these are the people they think of. However, I adore every other blogger I included and respect all of them, Zoe and Tanya too. I just think Zoe and Tanya cater more for a younger audience because they make up most of their demographic, thank you for commenting Linda! Xx

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  9. I really loved this post, Kiran. So true and so well written, I could'nt have put it better myself. :) xx

    sheergloss

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Xx

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