Tuesday, 22 November 2016

20 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT BEING A BEAUTY BLOGGER


1. Magazines are a godsend when you can’t find something rose gold, marble, or a candle as a backdrop for your photos. 

2. Your background can never be too white, bright or blinding. Fact. 

3. It is possible to get tired of the words ‘pop’, ‘creamy’, ‘buttery’ and ‘fleek’. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable that we make up our own words. 

4. I have never met an adverb I didn’t like. And I will never apologise for it. So kindly fuck off Jane.

5, It is impossible to feel pretty all the time, or look perfect all the time. If I could live my life in pyjamas and a messy bun, makeup-free, I would be eternally happy. 

6. You might never be the best, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. 

7. Everything you need to know about me is in my iPhone. Seriously, without that thing I am useless. 

8. Writing is the easy bit, it’s everything else i.e. the photos, promotion etc. that is the real work. 

9. It is likely, even common, to feel a wave of genuine affection for someone you’ve never met just because they left a nice comment on your post. 

10. Spam is a daily occurrence and it’s annoying. If you’re going to send me an email please learn my name and actually read my blog first, that is all I ask. Oh, and don''t insult me. It's rude. 

11. The brand/beauty blogger relationship is more tumultuous than any boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. I have been ghosted so many times, sometimes even by the same company, you would think I would have learnt my lesson but no. A PR person comes along with an offer that sounds almost too good to be true, we exchange emails and discuss payment and details. I get hella excited and . . . they drop off the face of the Earth. Leaving me feeling like the needy, cloying girlfriend that’s left feeling lacking in every way. What did I do? Bizarre, hell, maybe that’s why I’m single. 

12. The money you spend on your blog > The money you make from your blog. This might only apply to me, but blogging is just a serious hobby for me at the minute and I am completely inept at most things that would actually get me some dollaz. 

13. Struggling with incorporating new products into your beauty routine because you wear the same three products every day can make reviewing the massive Beauty Bay order you made at 5am last week a tad difficult. 

14. Online shopping is both the worst and best thing that has ever happened for me. 

15. Your Storage is Almost Full and You Have Used 80% of your data appears so often throughout the day that sometimes I see it when my eyes are closed. Thanks EE and Apple, I get it, I should get off my phone and talk to live beings. 

16. The constant deliberation as to whether you should get the eye-bulgingly expensive Cannon camera and take the plunge into YouTubedom coupled with the endless hours researching the best DSLRs for blog photos and videos eventually makes you break into a cold sweat. And then you close all the browsers and stare at your iPhone lovingly: What would I do without you?

17. Impulse purchases. Like the two soft boxes I bought when I decided to start YouTubing properly and then realised I am awkward enough in reality as it is. Do I really need the entire world to have the opportunity to see that? Nah, not until I am at least 10% prettier. 

18. Not having your shit together is not an option. One must at least appear as if one has their shit together. Sometimes that means taking a day off work just so you can wash your hair. 

19. Pretty books look damn good in photos. Better than magazines, in fact. No one’s saying you actually have to read them. 

20. Having a list of all the post ideas you want to write and choosing one is like picking a favourite child.

Thank you for reading, I am so sick right now. Full blown case of man flu going on, so if you would like to cheer me up please consider following me on Bloglovin'. It would mean so much, if you can relate to any of these please let me know in the comments. Really hope you liked this post. Hope you're enjoying your week and not feeling as sick as me. Kick Tuesday's ass. Take care. 

What have you learnt blogging, or about blogging?

Love 
Kiran


                                                  
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  1. Omg yeessss to all of these! I'm always in awe of people who are great at making money blogging. Like man, my spending is soo much higher than my earning lol. And I also have two mostly unused softboxes too haha. I tried youtubing but I don't think it's really for me XD

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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  2. I can definitely relate to a lot of these, particularly not knowing how I'm going to test things because I wear the same products all the time! Maybe that's because I'm trying to finish things up though in a project pan... Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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  3. The spam emails infuriate me, so much SEO improvements, help with IG, just general rubbish - drives me totally bonkers lol Totally agree with the rest though, the books as back drops, I love it.

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Me too, so annoying and some of them are so rude x

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  4. I loled at this! So many things that all bloggers can relate to! xx

    Beautylymin| Urban Decay Bundle Giveaway

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  5. Ah, I can totally relate to all of these! I always have too much many blog posts I want to write about, but don't have any time to writing them! :P

    Olivia x | Liviatiana

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  6. Oh no, I hope you feel better soon!

    On another note, I totally found myself nodding along and sometimes chuckling aloud while reading your list! I totally adore Megan Hess' books and own all of them (except for her latest one) just so I can use them in my photos, haha :P

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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    1. Aw thank you Jenny, I think I am recovering now x

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  7. I can 100% relate and enjoyed your post! Will be following and would love you to check me out too! @ofthemomnt

    xoxo-Ariel

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  8. I'm cackling so hard at the last one about pretty books, lol. Oh how many times I'm so tempted to buy a good looking book without caring what's inside just thinking of; PHOTO PROPS.

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Haha we've all done it, thank you for reading xxx

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  9. This made me laugh a lot, I can relate to so many haha! Especially hunting for pretty looking books in the library xD I really love your photos! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. Thank you! You're so kind. I got the photos off a free site called UnSplash, you should check it out. It is so good, I don't have a proper camera and I am always at work when it comes to appropriate photography hours so it saves me a tonne of time when I want to do more lifetsyle-like posts xxx

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  10. Haha, online shopping is definitely the best and worst thing that's ever happened for me!
    http://carolinapage.eu

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  11. I loved reading this!! Thank you for sharing!! <3

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

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    1. I'm so glad, thank you for commenting Amelia! Xx

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  12. I love love this. I have learned so much: I am capable of far more than I ever imagined, I can be a writer if I want to, and also, like you mentioned, I will never make the dollars, haha. I'm ok with it, but I definitely have spent more than I make, which is exactly nothing.

    http://waltzandwillow.com/

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    1. I am so glad you like it, you can definitely be whatever you want as long as you work for it xxx

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  14. Love this post! So with you on the spammy emails, I can't stand it when people open with 'Hello beauty blogger', so rude.

    I hope you're feeling better soon lovely lady! xx

    Toasty

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  15. True that!! I am just but an ordinary blogger so yes - I usually come up with my own words to describe certain pieces or even how I feel. Love your list, Kiran. Happy I found your blog. xoxo

    Much love,
    Sugar
    Sugary Fancies, Life and Style Blog| Instagram | Bloglovin' | Facebook

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post x

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  16. I totally agree with all of this! White backgrounds - the whiter the better! And writing is the best bit about blogging, it's the photo editing and promotion that is the absolute killer! Love this post x

    |Georgia Megan|

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  17. I've enjoyed this so much, and mostly applied to me too. Fantastic writing. I've followed you now in Bloglovin to get updates from your blog, I hope you would like to follow back. Thanks!

    www.busyandfab.com

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    1. That means so much to me, thank you thank you thank you and of course I will! Xx

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  18. I truly love this kind of posts!
    Thank you for your comment on my blog, dear :)

    thebrunettetofu.blogspot.pt

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  19. These are all so true! I really enjoyed reading this post and totally agree with the pretty books!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  20. I agree with so so so many of these, number 8 is a really big one for me - I never expected all of the non-post creation bits to be what takes me the most time

    - Natalie
    www.workovereasy.com

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    1. I know it is such a wake up call haha, thank you for commenting! Xx

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  21. being constantly broke is just the worst about blogging. my wish list is just so long and never ending.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

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  22. Hahaha I love this!! I can relate to plenty of them! Especially 14 lol! X

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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  23. Yes to all of these, especially #11 and #12 ! Ghosting is so annoying because I get so excited for nothing :(

    Samantha Series

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