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.