are you ready for another round of random ramblings? Here we go:
Are You A Trend Blogger?
As a beauty blogger, I am asked a lot of beauty questions. The one I dread the most, and that always leaves me stumped for words, is “what’s trending right now?”
Err… I don’t have a clue. I don’t follow trends. Never have. I never liked following the herd, doing what everyone else is doing, wearing what everyone else is wearing. How boring! I much prefer to do my own thing. That’s wearing what I like depending on the mood I am in and the occasion I’m attending. It’s more fun that way.
But, when I started blogging, I did try to keep up with trends. One of my first ever blog posts was about the summer trends for 2008. More recently, I blogged about new bronzers for contouring, a big trend this spring. And one you just can’t escape. Half the press releases I received in the past few months were about contouring, hence why I know about it.
But mostly, when I receive a press release about the latest makeup or hair trend, I just ignore it and forget all about it. I just find trend blogging too exhausting. Keeping up with the latest trends, what colours are in now, which celebrity is the new spokesperson for what brand is a full time job.
You have to be constantly on the lookout for trends so that you are the first to announce them. Wait a day or two, and it is already old news. If you can keep up with them, kudos to you. You have my full admiration.
But I could never do that. So, I don’t. And it’s ok. The beauty world needs all kinds of bloggers. Those who keep up with trends. Those who review the latest releases. Those who discover new, indie brands. Those who help us figure out what’s in our cosmetics. Those who teach us how to create beautiful makeup looks or hairdos. Those who blog about all of these things and then some.
The blogosphere is big enough for everyone. If you enjoy trends and want to blog about them, go ahead. But if you do it just to keep up wth the Joneses, don’t. You don’t need to. Just blog about what you are truly passionate about. It’s the only way to enjoy blogging.
Are you a trend blogger? Do you like keeping up with trends?
What I’m Reading Now
Give Food a Chance by Julie O’Toole
If you know a child or young adult with an eating disorder, give his/her parents this book immediately. Dr Julie O’Toole, founder of the Kartini Clinic, has been treating young patients affected by eating disorders for more than a decade. In this book, she explains to parents and professionals who care for children with eating disorders how to help them.
O’Toole believes that eating disorders aren’t caused by poor parenting or control issues. Instead, they, and in particular anorexia, are highly heritable, and have therefore biological causes we aren’t fully aware of yet. This is important because it eliminates the stigma associated with this illnesses, which often gets in the way of appropriate and successful treatment.
For a successful treatment, parental involvement is essential. Don’t allow your child’s doctor to send you away and keep you in the dark. That won’t help your child at all. Also, O’Toole stresses how gain weight is essential for recovery. If you don’t achieve that, you achieve nothing. And to achieve it, you need professional help. Helping your child to eat again at home is almost always an impossible feat.
These are just some of the tips and insights offered by this book. There are many more that you’ll find very useful. Give it a chance. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Non-vegan beauty ingredients – Lab Muffin
When You’re Feeling Uninspired About Your Beauty Stash And You Just Want To Shop -Beautyholics Anonymous
Saving Money When You Love Shopping – From Roses
How to choose the best Vitamin C product – Dr Cynthia Bailey
How Brands Break The Fakes – British Beauty Blogger