Thursday, 27 March 2014

The 100th Post, Post

I've been creeping up to the big one hundred for a while now and each time I got nearer I'd reminisce and think about how far my blog has come since post number one back in June 2012...

I kicked things off with "The Beauty Bible" my 10 Beauty Commandments for looking great during the summer (you can check it out here) and whilst I still stand by every single commandment (especially number 10) I feel like I've grown so much as a person since then in terms of my tastes, my writing style, and my confidence. I think a blog is just something you ease into. If you get really into it like I have, you actually develop a kind of relationship with it. It feels like my baby, and I'm so proud of it, and of the response I've had from you guys, it really means so much! So the first thing that I've 'learnt' from blogging is do it! If you're reading this, chances are you're already interested in beauty and blogging. Why not try your hand at your own if you haven't already? I really value this space that I've created and I love being able to look back at all the things I've written over the past two years, though some of it is super cringey!!!

Anyways, enough of the rambling. I thought now would be a nice chance to document the little milestones and achievements that I've been the most proud of...

1. The "Tanya Burr Effect"
Back in April last year, I was just scrolling through my twitter feed when I noticed a photo of Tanya Burr on the red carpet absolutely killing it in a beautiful floor-length red dress. It was too fabulous not to be documented, so there and then I took to my blog and wrote a post about her "Show-stopping premiere look" (link). Just on a whim I tweeted it to Tan and when she retweeted it, the traffic on my blog just went mad. Overnight it increased by over 5,000 views, which was amazing and such an honour. That's the power of social media people! 

2. Interviewing Caroline Hirons
I was so excited when I received a press pass for last years IMATS and the YouTuber and Blogger talk was at the top of my agenda to see. It was incredible, I would go again for the workshops alone. In the hot seat were a quartet of my fave blogging ladies: Ruth from A Model Recommends, Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup, Louise from A Sprinkle of Glitter and of course, skin care connoisseur Caroline Hirons. This lady is my idol. She just knows her stuff when it comes to complexions. *Okay, fan girl moment over*. After the talk, I hung around looking like an eager beaver and asked Caroline whether she'd give me an interview (I came with questions, just in case...) and she said YES!?@£$%^&*!?? I'll link the post here so you can check out her answers because there were a few curveballs in there... like Caroline's backup, career as a Country and Western singer... But it was an amazing opportunity and an incredible chance to meet some of the blogging world's leading ladies!

3. Taking the Plunge - Dabbling in YouTube
I think that most bloggers agree that YouTube tends to be a natural progression once they've built up their confidence and a steady following on their blog. It just becomes easier to communicate your views on lengthy product lists without boring your readers and its also a nice way for viewers to find out more about you... You're mannerisms and humour etc, which can, at times, be hard to convey. Don't get me wrong, I think blogs have amazing potential to build relationships with readers and a well written blog can exude warmth and humour, but it can also act as a bit of a security blanket, as your less exposed and have more time to order your thoughts. I always planned to join the YouTube bandwagon but I just never had the confidence. This year I received the push that I needed when I applied to Beauty Bootcamp (link). Whilst that may seem a departure from my blog, it actually was an incredible opportunity to reach a wider audience, I included the link to my blog in my video application and through that, I was able to 'meet' loads of new readers who hopped on over from Daily Mix to show their support.

On that note I'd like to talk about one of the best things that I've experienced from blogging, which is the support and sense of community. I think sometimes beauty bloggers can get a bad rep for being "bitchy" or "catty", but I have to say, I've never experienced that. When people have reached out to me, it's always been positive and vice versa. Maybe I'm lucky?! But to be honest I think that "trolling" is the exception rather than the rule. The world of beauty/fashion/lifestyle blogging etc, tends to be a space of like-minded individuals who genuinely care about each others success. When I see a blogger doing well it always makes me feel proud. Because blogging encourages you to be so open and honest, its very easy to relate to the people around you and you really do feel like you get to know them and take part in their journey, which I think is a lovely thing to be a part of.

Overall, through my blog and my love of beauty I think I've found my "niche" where I feel truly happy. Now that I'm nearer to graduating uni, I have hopes of turning my passion for beauty into my career, not necessarily through blogging, although I will always make time for that, but through P.R. or other avenues. But I think at the end of it all, beauty blogging will always be my hobby and I'm thankful everyday for the fulfilment it has given me but most of all I'm thankful to you guys (yep I'm looking at you) for reading it and posting such lovely comments.

Come on everyone... group hug!!!

Okay, and another one...

Snuggle in everyone...

Love Elle xo


  1. Congrats on the 100th post! I agree I think your whole blogging style definitely grows and evolves as time goes on because you become more and more attached to it :) xx

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  2. Congratulations! You've achieved so much well done:) xx

  3. I've have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring blogger award. Check out my blog for more details...

    Love Lizzie xx

    1. Ooooh sounds interesting! I'll pop on over now! x