30 Dec [#365BeautyTips] Round up of my favourite themes
The final week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end. Honestly, I never thought I’d get around to finally writing this last and final post. There were so many times that I would have rather given up, but in the end I am very glad that I stuck with it because #365BeautyTips not only served as your guide to all things beauty but also helped me grow my own knowledge and experience on the topic.
Admittedly, there were and still are many moments when I think to myself, why the heck are you doing this? When I excitedly told my husband that I only have a week to go, he sighed with relief and said, “Yes! I get my wife back!” I don’t think I could have ever estimated how demanding the series would become – from taking photos, to creating relevant themes and topics, to remembering to post and answering your questions, even when I really didn’t feel like it.
I’d like to thank you all for your support – if I didn’t notice that you actually enjoyed the series, I probably would have never continued! So thanks, to each one of you who took the time to engage with the content and especially those who cheered me on when I was strongly considering calling it a day!
For my last and final #365BeautyTips, I thought that I would wrap up the year with a round-up of my favourite posts from the series. Be sure to click over and give them a read if you haven’t already! All of the posts that I have chosen were ones that stuck out as my biggest challenges – I either had to research the heck out of it, learn to actually write about it, or struggled to keep up, but still managed to pull it off.
I REALLY wanted to do more videos in the series, but considering how time-consuming they can be, it just never happened. However, I did make this super quick tutorial on the method that I use to groom my own brows. A lot of people asked me how can I actually trust myself to do my own brows, but after a few failed attempts, I can’t actually trust anyone else to do them, for me! Grooming my brows is sort of therapeutic and I know that nobody else offers the option to include waxing, tweezing, shaping. Plus, I have just gotten my shape right – I don’t need some wax-happy beautician ruining this arch.
I recently mentioned that in the beginning of the year I had little to no perfumes of my own but now, my collection has become quite obnoxious. The Sample Test: Fragrances proved to be one of my favorite posts of all time because it forced me to write about something I would never typically choose to write about. Describing a perfume is hard, yo! This theme also taught me about the complexities of fragrances. I am STILL heart-eyeing that beloved Burberry fragrance.
Probably something that surprises people the most is just how simple beauty routines can be. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm or leg to feel a little pampered or to take care of your skin. One of my favorite examples is using products found in a typical nappy bag, to simplify your beauty routine! Baby products pack so many uses, are exceptionally affordable and very often eliminate the use for higher-end products. I have had so many people contact me to say that the Sudocrem Facial is one of the best tips that they’ve seen on my blog, so go on, give it a try!
Another example of simplifying your beauty routine (if you don’t have a baby) is using items already found in your kitchen. I did two posts like this – one was solely focused on spices. The spice topic wasn’t something I knew off the top of my head and I ended up doing a lot of research on it, to share in the series, after seeing an article on the benefits of Tumeric. The second post was focused on sharing different beauty solutions found in the kitchen and included everything from cocoa, honey and even sugar.
SEE THE POST HERE (KITCHEN)
SEE THE POST HERE (SPICES)
The mascara wars was such a simple idea – compare a bunch of mascaras. But then it grew to me swatching a new mascara every day, comparing prices, formulas, bristles, brushes. By the end of the week, I felt like you could ask me just about anything about mascaras and I’d be able to recommend the one for you – yes, I was a walking Buzzfeed quiz. I happen to own a lot more mascaras, probably enough to do this particular theme three times over, but it really gave me perspective on writing and comparing brands without making one feel any less significant to the other. I also liked that it proved that pricey isn’t always the best!
Somewhere, in the middle of the series, I started taking guest posts. Leigh-Ann and I had become friends over Twitter and her love for LUSH trumps my love for just about anything and everything. This lady knows more than a thing or two about LUSH and well, I don’t. In fact, Leigh was the one who sent me my first LUSH order! Leigh also inspired this series with her own 365 series where she shared daily manis. Anyhoo, I digress. I asked her to take part in the series and dammmmn Daniel, did she deliver. She took her job so seriously, it was actually quite hilarious! So if you’re ever looking for the LUSH products you MUST try, right now, you don’t want to miss out on this post.
And that’s it, folks! We’re officially done.