August marked the one year anniversary of this blog, and in that time, my relationship with beauty has definitely changed. When I first started blogging, I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing. And let me tell you a little secret, I didn’t know a whole lot about beauty, either. Besides a make-up addiction, I was just a girl with a blog and a camera trying to figure out what to do with her little space on the internet. Fast track a year of passionately reading blogs and striving to create original content, I’ve learnt a whole lot from beauty blogging. So here’s how blogging has changed my relationship with beauty…

A good skincare routine really does work wonders. 
My days of being a face wipes kinda girl are well and truly dead and buried. Gone are the days of laziness and stocking up on Primark face wipes. These days, even if I stumble in drunk as hell and fall asleep fully clothed – you better believe that I will have managed to cleanse, tone, moisturise and sometimes even apply a face oil before falling asleep. I’ve learnt a lot about skincare and since sticking to a routine it’s worked wonders for my skin. I owe it to beauty bloggers for sharing their skincare favourites and teaching me the wonders of things like double cleansing and that oily products and oily skin aren’t necessarily incompatible.

Beauty blogging will make you buy more products, but you will end up a pro at not giving into the hype. Eventually.
Okay. Guilt as charged. If you haven’t ever gone out and bought a hyped up product because you saw it plastered all over the blogosphere, then you’re probably lying. I’m sure most bloggers will be with me when I say that I’ve done my fair share of giving into the hype. But in a year of blogging, I’ve realised that spending all of your money on the latest MAC release is kind of dumb. I’ve worked out what works for me, the products I’ll get the use out of and when an investment is due. After all, nothing is worse than giving into the hype for it to just gather dust in your make-up drawer.

Beauty blogging gives you a whole new language.
The beauty jargon is endless; double-cleanse, dupe, swatch, haul, FOTD/LOTD/EOTD/NOTD, “holy grail”, cut-crease. You will never be able to describe something as “pigmented” without slightly impersonating your favourite beauty vlogger. And don’t even get me started on how NARS’ tasteful blush names have made things a little awkward.

You will have a new sense of colour. 
A lipstick is no longer red, it’s blue-toned, orange-red, classic-red, or fuschia-toned.  It also becomes necessary to own 15 slightly varying brown eye shadows. After a year of beauty blogging, the entire colour palette opens itself up to a new dimensions of nuances, under-tones and finishes.

WTF was life before make-up brushes?! 
My initiation into make-up brushes began with the so hyped Real Techniques buffing brush and since then I’ve never looked back. I literally wouldn’t even know where to begin with putting on my make-up without my brushes! 

Matte eyeshadows are actually worth buying. 
Before I started blogging, the matte shades in my NAKED palettes were the most untouched. I mean, why go matte when you can have shimmer?! But these days I’m hitting pan. I truly overestimated the importance of neutral, matte shades when applying my eyeshadow. They give a whole new dimension to the eye and immediately up your eyeshadow application skills. Blending out a matte shade through a shimmery eye-look makes it look so much more put together. I’m also absolutely in love with an all-over matte brown and 

How to be braver with make-up.
I used to stick to the same make-up looks for night, day and special occasions. These days I’m adding fuchsias and cranberries to my make-up palettes. I’m getting braver with contouring. I stray away from my fool-proof red lipsticks. There’s a lot of fun to be had with make-up as soon as you step out of your comfort zone. Funnily enough, since starting my beauty blog I’m far more at ease with my own face and going natural.

Has blogging changed your relationship with beauty? What has beauty blogging taught you?

Lydia Rose,


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  1. September 9, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Wow, over 2000 followers in a year!? I'm seriously impressed! And I am so with you on the skincare front – The only time I use makeup wipes now is on planes, and when I'm camping. I used to use them every night! Great post by the way – list posts are the best, and this one is so in-depth!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  2. September 9, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Congratulations on how far you've come in a year! That is amazing!! Loved reading this post, I have to agree with you on the matte eye shadow front, and I never realised how obsessed I could become with my skincare routine. xxxx

    Zoe Newlove | Make-up Artist & Beauty Blogger

  3. September 9, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    i found myself nodding along to pretty much all of these – the skincare and makeup brushes points in particular! i can't believe my 'skincare routine' used to be face wipes and a naff face wash and that i applied all my makeup with my fingers and super cheap brushes, but it's the kind of thing you never know you're missing out on until you branch out, and reading beauty blogs certainly does push you to want to try new things out. i also agree with the point of now feeling a little more comfortable with my bare face, it's odd how getting a little more into makeup can have that effect on you eh!

    robyn x

  4. September 9, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    I love this post! I also found myself nodding away and agreeing with everything. Blogging has also helped me in my professional makeup career. I have learned and tested so many new products that I now use in my pro kit!


  5. September 9, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Hahaha this is so true! There's a whole new language in the blogosphere: haul is one of my faves as when I say it in real life, noone really understands! I love explaining reds are orange/blue toned because people think I'm mad! xx
    alicekatex β™₯

  6. September 9, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Aww, congratulations on a year of blogging! So true with everything you've said haha. I love explaining how different shades of pink/orange/reds are all different even though they look the same πŸ˜‰ Only a few of my friends actually understand me, the rest think I'm talking nonsense!

  7. September 9, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    These are all soooo true! I love this post so much. Sometimes I even use some beauty jargons with my non-beauty addict friends, and they have no clue what I'm talking about. These points made me laugh.


  8. September 9, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Great post! I totally agree with the skincare routine (when I turned 28 I made a major decision to change that)

  9. September 10, 2014 / 12:40 am

    I totally agree about skincare! Before blogging I only used face wipes and a moisturiser and that makes me cringe so bad! Hahaha xx

    Gemma | β™‘

  10. September 10, 2014 / 12:54 am

    Literally couldn't agree with this MORE! I used to be such a novice and I am not great still but it really helps you develop – in a great way! xxx

    Blonde of Carbs

  11. September 10, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Yes, yes and yes to all of these, haha. My skin has improved so much since I started a good skincare routine! (forever grateful to all the beauty bloggers)

  12. September 10, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    all that you have mentioned
    but also to not be afraid of being creative
    to be a wild with makeup when your experimenting with a new look

  13. September 11, 2014 / 2:11 am

    Blogging definitely has given me another language – it's so weird how that ends up happening! Congrats on a year of blogging.

  14. September 11, 2014 / 11:40 am

    I can relate to so many of these! I've got to be honest I normally skip these types of posts on other blogs (ones with a lot of writing! ha!) But yours are a joy to read! I wish I could write as well as you X

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

  15. September 14, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Great post Lydia! I've learnt so much about makeup and skincare since I started blogging. I love your last point about being more comfortable with your own face and going makeup-less – I feel the same! xo

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