I've always been a beauty lover, but it's safe to say that since taking my first steps into the blogging community I've managed to hone in my skills a little more. I'm still learning lessons every single day - be it from trialling new products, taking inspiration from fellow bloggers or reading some of the brilliant comments left on my own posts. I therefore thought it'd be fun to compile a list of the most significant beauty related lessons I've learnt over the past year or so...
- An effective skincare routine is always worth the investment, both in terms of time and money. Before I began blogging, face wipes were really all I knew; which is probably why my skin had a tendency to look both dehydrated and de-congested. Taking 10 minutes out of my evening to really cleanse my skin and create a pre-sleep product menu based on it's needs has helped me no end - in fact it's actually become a part of my day that I look forward to.
- A bigger price tag doesn't always guarantee a better product. A bit of a controversial one, but whilst I'm forever lusting over the high end option, experience tells me that spending those extra pennies doesn't always result in a higher quality finish.
- A bad skin day doesn't call for an extra pump of foundation. In fact I tend to find that blemishes are only exaggerated by thick layers of makeup. My skin is fairly prone to breakouts, but taking the advice of Lisa Eldrige and sheering out the foundation has really made a difference to the overall appearance of my skin on days where I'd rather just hide it under the duvet. Instead, I dab a little bit of high coverage concealer over the offending areas only, which covers the pimples and gives the illusion that the rest of my face is perfectly clear and healthy.
- No product can perform miracles. Approaching new purchases with an open mind is key and it's especially important to not allow the opinion of other bloggers to raise your expectations too high - experience tells me that you're almost always destined for a fall.
- On a similar note; just because something works for someone else, doesn't mean it'll work for you. This is particularly the case with skincare, although too often I've purchased a makeup product based on the praise/swatches of a blogger with tanned skin and brunette hair - ignoring the fact that it might not be as flattering on me. Finding my niche has been a huge part of blogging and although I still like to experiment, working out what works for me and what doesn't has saved me a hell of a lot of money and time.
- Less is more. With everything. Makeup, skincare, haircare, you name it. Apart from eyebrow plucking. When it comes to the brows, leaving more is almost always advised.