9/22/17

Three Year Blog Anniversary + Reflection


It’s Beauty by Birdy’s birthday!!! Today marks three years since I launched this blog and I don’t quite understand how time has flown by so quickly!

I promise this post will be a positive one, but first I want to share some real, personal thoughts and reflection…

I often feel down about the fact that I’ve been blogging for three years and still have such a small following (only 350 on Instagram and 300 on Twitter). And it’s so easy to compare myself to the many other beauty and lifestyle bloggers that are provided such fun opportunities - like attending music festivals or travelling the world for product launches - because of their large audience.

What should I be doing differently? Should I be posting five times a week? Should I be writing about different topics? Should I be writing in a different tone? Am I not posting or engaging on social media enough? Should I have an Instagram theme?

The answer is sometimes yes, but also...NO!


Everyone moves at their own pace and we all do things a little differently. It's important that I remain my own person and stop comparing myself to others. Trying to force myself to write a post simply because it could possibly attract the readership numbers will never be genuine. I want to be original, honest and me. And truth be told, I never seem to have any shortage of blog post ideas (which is why I think I've kept at it for so long) and they've always been topics I've wanted to write and get excited to share. Which is exactly why I started this blog...I wanted to create a platform where I could be creative and write about the things I wanted to write about, in my own way.

I understand that some of influencers rely solely on blogging for income, and therefore have the time, energy and resources necessary to produce the content I admire. But I imagine they have felt the same feelings I am expressing in this post and they have worked their butts off (at their own pace and in their own way) to get to this point in their career.

I personally only post twice a week, and sometimes - when life gets busy - just once. As of right now, however, blogging is simply my part-time hobby, not a job. Of course I would love to one day make money from my posts (who wouldn't?) but for now that is not my focus.


I blog because I enjoy it. Writing is my therapy and a chance to escape whatever else may be going on in my life. I love taking photos and experimenting with different backgrounds or props. And I love testing new beauty items or #HealthyBirdy recipes before sharing them with you. Sure, it takes up a lot of my time and I go through phases of feeling uninspired (which can be slightly stressful) but there's a reason I've kept at it for three years. If I didn't feel the value behind blogging, I imagine I would have lost the motivation to continue just months after launching Beauty by Birdy.


Blogging has enhanced my love of makeup and all things beauty related. I once joked with my Dad (a dedicated techie) that I could survive without TV because I would just play with makeup to entertain myself. It's the truth!! I have so much fun experimenting with colours, techniques and products!!

But Beauty by Birdy has taught me a number of other skills as well. I have learned about composition, lighting and the importance of using a tripod to make sure photos are in focus. I have developed new editing skills and I have learned how significant social media can be (although I definitely wouldn't call myself a professional in any area, as there's always room to improve).


But ultimately, blogging has brought me immense joy!

I may not be invited to three, five or 10 events in a week, but I am so grateful for the handful I have attended in the past year. I do not take for granted the small number of free products I have received from PR companies or brands. And I appreciate every single person who takes the time to click on my links and read my posts. It means the absolute world to me and thank you for your continued support. Knowing that even just one person is interested in the content I put out is 100% worth it!

xxx

9/19/17

LUSH Fresh Face Mask Review + 5 Pot Program


Did you know that LUSH will accept five of their black pots (empty and clean, of course) in exchange of a Fresh Face Mask FOR FREE? The innovative containers are made of 100% recycled plastic, and therefore the pots collected from customers can be remolded and re-used. It's a win-win situation! Who doesn't like testing new products...especially if they're free?! It's even more satisfying knowing it's reducing our carbon footprint at the same time.


I've been collecting these little 'green' pots for a while now and finally ventured into a store to trade them in for a Fresh Face Mask. I have yet to try any of these preservative-free masks, and so for my first experience I opted for one that would do a little bit of everything - cleanse, but be gentle on my skin and hydrating at the same time. I chose Love Lettuce, which is also a LUSH best seller. It's suitable for all skin types and contains Kaolin to eliminate dirt and toxins, honey to moisturize and soothe, and ground almonds to exfoliate.


I'm not sure where the name Love Lettuce came from, as it doesn't actually contain any leafy greens.  Although the muddy green colour does make it look a whole lot like pureed lettuce...

It has a pretty strong lavender scent that concerned me at first, not because I didn't like how it smelt, but because I'm always fearful of fragrant products causing break outs. I am happy to report that this did not! In fact, my skin was feeling slightly congested and dull, with a number of tiny blemishes beginning to form. This face mask actually helped clear my clogged pores and buff away dead cells.


It's important to keep any LUSH Fresh Face Mask refrigerated, as they are made with REAL ingredients that may expire if stored otherwise. Don't get me wrong, I love that it's super natural, but the one downside is that it can only be used for a few weeks before going bad (even when stored in a fridge).

Keeping it in the refrigerator, however, only adds to the experience! I love how cool and refreshing it feels when I apply a layer to my face. Love Lettuce has a bit of a mousey texture, with pretty thick chunks of of grounds almonds, which may be a bit abrasive to those with extremely sensitive skin. Personally, I quite enjoyed the scrubby effect and the addition of almond oil helped to make my skin feel less stripped and slightly hydrated once rinsed and dried. I am very happy with this mask and can't wait to test out more!


In case you were wondering, here's a list of the products/pots I used up and exchanged:
xxx

9/13/17

What Tweezers Do I Use?


I posted a little while ago seeking blog post ideas from followers on my Facebook page. One in particular came up that I thought was quite interesting, and frankly, something I never would have thought to write myself...

Tweezers! Specifically, which brands are best.

Now, I personally get waxed and avoid plucking due to an immense fear of pulling the wrong hair and creating a bald spot. But I do like to use a pair of sharp tweezers in between waxes to nab obvious hairs that grow in - especially between my eyes!


I'm definitely no tweezer expert, but the pair I like to use and have used for years is by Revlon when they came out with the Revlon by Marchesa collection. They have a pretty black and gold pattern, but in reality they're just the brand's Slant Tip TweezersIn my opinion, they're pretty sharp and have a precise tip which can reach even the tiniest of hairs. The length of the handles are perfect and easy to squeeze.

I think I paid around $15 a few years ago, although they were priced a little higher because of the designer series, and therefore can probably be found for less than $10 at any drugstore.


What tweezers are you ride of die for? Leave your suggestions below!

xxx