As a beauty blogger, I must admit that I am the permanent envy of my friends. (Tough life, right?) Free makeup, skincare and haircare products galore, flexible hours, the right to create what I want – though it’s a lot more work than most people recognize, I definitely see the appeal from the outside. As such, I’m constantly asked one burning question:
“How do I start a beauty blog?”
Seriously – I get asked this question on almost a daily basis. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my book Go From Blog to Brand in 30 Days, though that’s really targeted more toward the current blogger who wants to take their site to the next level. That’s why I was delighted when I discovered a book on Amazon that covers this exact topic. Malene Jorgensen’s book How to Start a Beauty Blog: Building a Beauty Empire Online is a great reference for the beginning blogger.
Guess what, ladies? This is my 210th post! That’s right, Sassy Dove has given you over two hundred different blatherings about makeup, beauty and the generally superficial. Rather than fabricating some silly “Happy Postiversary” holiday (I much prefer Postivus, myself), I’ve decided to show you guys some of my favorite posts and products in Sassy Dove’s illustrious history. We can call it My Favorite Things, like Oprah! Only you don’t get free stuff. Sorry!
Depending on where you’re from, the general opinion of Botox injections varies from absolute disgust to an absolute must. While often lumped in with plastic surgery, Botox injections and similar cosmetic fillers are considerably less dangerous and involve less downtime than going under the knife. And surprisingly, doctors administer more Botox to women ages 22-40 than to women over 60. And Botox usage increased 4783% from 1997 to 2006. So tell me, ladies: would you go under the needle? (Don’t worry – my polls are anonymous unless you choose not to be, so no one will know your skin-plumping secrets.)
I have known of Lianne Farbes for years, since my first beauty blog. We attended the same events a few times and even casually met once or twice. But like most people, much of my acquaintance with her came from my contact with her blog The Makeup Girl, where I enjoyed her conversational and relatable writing style. So when I saw that Lianne had written a book like I had, I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed!
True to her humorous, straightforward form, the book is entitled You Don’t Need All That Makeup!!! In it, Lianne delves into all the basics of her beauty routine, including skincare and more. I really connected with her mentioning the beautiful, minimalistic look of the women in Paris – I noted the same thing when I was there (along with many womens’ bathrooms that are simply closets with holes in the ground, but that’s another story). Her advice must work – in the book, Lianne reveals her true age, and I was stunned that her skin still looks so flawless!