Scroll through the #bblogger hashtag on Instagram and you’ll see picture after picture of Anastasia palettes, impeccable brows, Nakeds 1, 2, and 3, cream contours blended to perfection, the plumpest of matte pouts, and rose gold for days. Sometimes it can feel like there is a certain checklist that needs ticking off to qualify as a bonafide beauty blogger, and as a result, I have more than once felt less than if I don’t meet the criteria. When Jemma posted her Beauty Confessions on Dorkface, however, I got that same feeling I got in school before an exam when someone would mutter, ‘I haven’t studied for this either!’ We all do our best to keep our blogs and Instagrams looking preened and polished, but at the end of the day, it’s an illusion; and in this post, I’ll happily shatter mine!
I have no idea how to compose a decent flat-lay. I’ve tried several times, but I have such an issue with lighting and shadows, and I have very few things that would work as props, never mind the eye to arrange them well.
I don’t have a set work space for blogging. I’d love to have a cute little desk with lights and miniature succulents, but there’s no space in my bedroom. I normally just sit on my bed with everything surrounding me in a big ol’ mess.
My makeup selfies never look good enough to me. I don’t understand how other people pick up the detail in close-ups, or get the right angle to make their lips look all plump and symmetrical. I just take normal selfies instead, and feel like I come across as really vain for posting a million pictures of my own face.
I’m like 99% sure my ABH Glow Kits are fake. I’ve looked at real/fake comparison videos and it all seems legit, but I got them on eBay so I can’t be sure!
I don’t own anything marble, and until Christmas, I didn’t own anything rose gold either (I now have a cute set of heart-shaped fairy lights from Cait!) and it felt like an exclusion from some club I didn’t even wanna be in!
I only clicked that makeup brushes need cleaning about a year and a half ago, and even now I don’t clean them as much as I should… I finally made the effort the other day after over two months of not doing it — gross!
Sometimes I feel like a proper cheapskate for only using drugstore products for the most part, and the super-inexpensive ones at that. But I’m not spending £15~ on a lipstick that does the same thing as a £1!
Nothing anybody can say will ever convince me that a Kylie Lip Kit is worth the money. Seeing all those messy brushes and dodgy af customer service complaints has put me right off for good.
Similarly, I don’t care how good quality MAC products are, they still test on animals so I’m not going anywhere near them. Urban Decay is the best high-end makeup brand, hands down.
I really do think drawing on your own brows is an art form and I am in awe of those of you who can get your brow pomade looking so fleeky, but personally it’s just not a look I’d want to rock myself. Good job I am so follicly blessed!
Lastly, my biggest insecurity with blogging is that I will post a makeup look and people will look at it and think lol she thinks she good at makeup but she’s not lolololol or something slightly more scathing. I’m glad that so far I’ve been lucky enough to receive so much support from other bloggers!
Do you have any blogger confessions?