Just thought I would like to address 2 questions which crossed my mind, and sometimes have been asked.
- How to get so many followers?
I dread this question because honestly, getting as many followers as I want is NOT the point of this blog. When I first started, there was zero followers...and the whole reason for me to start rambling about makeup was to share my hobby, even if there may not be anybody out there 'listening' or 'reading'. I actually didn't start with blogging about MU... it was more of a personal diary kind of... but I ran out of things to say eventually. That's when I started venturing into more hobby related topics, such as fashion and beauty, and inevitably those turned into full blown hobbies, or to some people, obsession even.
I don't do giveaways to 'earn' or 'attract' more followers... I would rather people choose to follow, or 'subscribe' to my blog because they have found something here that they can relate to, be it shopping, fashion, makeup, ideas etc etc... and not because they want to win something. Giveaways, to me, is a quick and easy way to say thank you to everyone who has enjoyed reading about my ramblings, even though I know there are only so many prizes I can give out... but I hope the fun is in the taking part. And if in the process, more people 'follow' this blog, and enjoy its contents, then it's all a win-win situation.
I mentioned in my earlier 'article' entry about how blogging about this whole makeup thing has opened doors for me, in terms of friendships that have been formed, knowledge gained and shared, ideas that come into fruition. Those matter so much more to me. And I hope that in the process of being a 'follower' (and you know I use this word in the most humble and matter of fact way) you have benefitted by keeping up to date with anything related to makeup and beauty---from my own point of view.
The whole thing about opening doors also includes having the chance to review products, attend events, and meeting even more like-minded people out there. This is my little space to ramble about anything I like, and I enjoy that freedom. I have mentioned before, I would much rather rave or rant about something which I have actually laid down my own money for, instead of just blindly rave about a product simply because I have been sent them for free. I have turned down requests from various businesses because I don't believe in making my blogging very 'commissioned', if you know what I mean. So, I guess I am just more selective and picky. Friends have asked if I am making money out of all these, and my answer is no. Heck, I don't even know how to place google ads, or even do up the plain 'walls' of this blog! If anyone wants to help me out in these areas, do let me know how!
So, my short answer to this question is, not to think about it! Just do what you want to do, and really enjoy the process, like I am! And I think people can see that. The minute it becomes 'work' or 'official' then it's not fun anymore.
2. Why do you need so much makeup?
I need so much makeup because I like them. I am very aethestically inclined. I appreciate all things pretty and attractive. I like colors and how things are presented. Most of all, I am a user of makeup, and I am also a collector of makeup. I would say that the bulk of the purchase and accumulation took place in the past 2 or 3 years. Before that, I was, like my sister, a monogamous user of makeup products. It never occur to me to rotate foundations, eyeshadows, lipsticks, etc. I like to go or manicures, and pedicures, but it never occur to me that nail polish colors are released in special collections according to the seasons. I used to wonder how many lipsticks can be sold, if women aways just stick to one color.
How I became a beauty product junkie must coincide with some random stumbling into a youtube video, a beauty website, travelling, etc etc that sort of opened up a whole new world to me. From then on, things start to happen, and the rest, as they say, is all history.
I know I probably have enough makeup products in my stash to last any girl more than a lifetime. Other people collect fridge magnets, I collect and use my makeup. Other people spend money tasting wine and smoke cigars, I stalk makeup counters and pay attention to new releases. Other people queue up for the 'best chicken rice', I am anticipating the latest nail polish collection from China Glaze and OPI. You get the drift. We all have different tastes and hobbies, that's all. :)
I remember something which a YT user (unlimitedElizabeth) was saying in her foundation video.. that is we should never feel ashamed of how much products we need to put on our faces, in order to feel confident and face the world. I think that's true. If makeup can enhance your confidence, play up your facial features, what harm is there? I can leave my house without any makeup if I need to, but I feel happier and better if I can go out with a full face makeup. Even if it is just to go to the laundry.
Even if nobody can tell that you are using that La Mer powder on your face today, or that amazingly creamy smooth YSL RV on your lips, or that perfect shade of purple nail polish, or perfect shade of brown eyeshadow, or glittery green eyeliner, so what? Because YOU know. And that's all it matters. It's like when you spray perfume on yourself, is it for people around you to smell? Heck, if I can't even smell my own perfume, then what's the point, right?
So, yeah I think that's all I want to say...I don't think I was ranting.. Just reflecting... and if you feel the same way, or violently object, leave a comment! :)
Thanks for reading..