I’m not gonna be a Blogzilla and neither will I ever begin blind-item-ing sticky situations I might have encountered as a blogger even though I have the power to on my site, but, yes, I have had my share of mishaps after almost 4 years of blogging. If ever I expressed a grievance or complained in a situation it was due to inefficiency, mostly, and I always deal with whomever directly. Why not share specific stories, you may ask…that’s simple, this is a beauty blog. Pointing fingers, and even showcasing nameless blame is not beautiful and that’s not what the blog is about. Now if you’ve made a name for yourself and are one of the beauty industry’s foremost authorities it would make sense to openly share if some behavior or situation disappointed you but there’s always a proper way to outline it without tearing someone down. Now sticky situations aside what I do hope for all bloggers is that without turning into Blogzillas we begin to humbly understand the importance of blogging while knowing our worth and the value of the content we put out. Believe it or not, I shall mention my mother, who has almost forever been an ExCom member (executive committee) in the country’s top ad agencies and is now with the country’s largest multi-platform content company. She advised me about carefully choosing what events I attend or set aside time for, I believe we were arguing at the time…about a year ago when the blog peaked. That time I just wanted to confirm for every invitation I received, but I was also trying to launch a career as an MUA. Mom advised that while it is true that if you want more recognition and popularity you attend as many events as you can she wisely said there is also value put out there as well when you limit your availability based on what is RELEVANT to you and your blog. That’s why it’s called Beauty Editing, you don’t show or throw in everything just to be able to have something to post…it’s okay to widen experiences but you make the cut where it matters, especially if you want to curate choice content. For today I’d like you girls, bloggers primarily, to take time to watch a video which isn’t visually stunning but the value of the message is priceless. You can’t put a price on wisdom. This image is not part of the video, the lady in the middle is.
Photo from Pixiwoo’s Body Talk Youtube feature w/ Jane Cunningham
Jane Cunningham (center in photo) is a British gold mine of blogging wisdom (imagine being invited to places like the House of Dior in Paris to stay for a few nights and experience new collections). She’s a more mature insider beauty editor who also happens to have one of the most revered beauty blogs in the UK, British Beauty Blogger, and she even admits her photos aren’t always stunning. The value of her blog comes from advanced previews, new collections, availability and sale announcements, and well-written honest opinions about products and even the beauty industry itself. She gets product previews way ahead of everyone else and while she’s not primarily a Youtube-r (she’s quite self-deprecating about herself on video) what she says is pretty much always relevant and meaningful. Here in this video Jane shares about bloggers having to know their worth, it’s very insightful and it touches on a few notes from my mother’s gush of wisdom as well.
Do we venture too far from ourselves from time to time? Maybe we do, maybe we don’t. I’m not trying to judge people who have makeup on all the time, this is just visually something quite mind stirring and it is something to think about. Plastic Bodies is a photo composite series by photographer Sheila Pree Bright. I have similar feelings when I’m reviewing just one makeup product. I often don’t put on a full face if I’m only featuring that one item ( as seen in today’s earlier post) simply because, I don’t always have to have a fully made up face. Makeup is fun of course and it’s great for consistent presentation but I like having fun without it sometimes as well it doesn’t have to define me.
Leyte and Samar are in a State of Calamity* (edited, thanks Dar*), social feeds are abuzz with frustration, anger, and sadness after the strongest recorded typhoon in history hit the central area of our beloved country. The truth is I’m full of mixed emotions as a bystander and resident of the unaffected areas, and this Saturday I even have two upcoming makeup workshops with 2 different brands that I wish I could postpone but one was a pre-commitment with MUFE over a month ago that of course I have to stick to, and the other, well, you’ll hear about it soon. Many, many aspects of life now seem frivolous, even posting pictures of food or products seems downright inappropriate.
“An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.”
You may have noticed in the last couple of days I put up 1-image posts of upcoming promos and launches plus a small home feature instead of product reviews. It’s partly because I just simply have run out of the regular stream of beauty blogger words for the moment. Truthfully, I can’t completely go on a self-imposed blogging ban this month because I do have a few commitments to some brands from way before the storm hit to feature the seasonal stuff they sent me. But yes for most other than workshops and brand new products I’m putting my foot down and I’ll just have to apologize nalang because they’ll have to wait, I just can’t right now. Forgive me if any reviews (if they do show up later on) end up somewhat lackluster or somber, they will always be honest and detailed but reviews are about temporary things that will never compare to the value of people’s lives trying to hang on and in need of our help. I hope you understand, whether or not a post shows up. If one does then please also don’t judge, this has become part of my work as well, but please know that I will of course be sensitive because I am, like many of you, quite affected by all that’s happening out there.
There’s the harsh reality that life goes on in the unaffected cities and sadly we all must comply responsibly with ongoing schedules if we’re not sitting shotgun with military dudes en route to Tacloban, Capiz, Bohol or any of these devastated places. My brother and I set aside our share for Yolanda relief and will still be trying to volunteer in the next few days at our church. If you can do the same, please do, too, otherwise prayer and donations are always welcome (check out the legit organizations you can donate to here on the blog’s sidebar). There are ways to help, and as my German uncle shared “An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.” Let’s also be balanced in our dealings at this time with other people in everyday life and try also to not step on their toes if they’re celebrating a personal happy moment, finding joy in something, or embracing recent victories, after all happiness…as well as sadness is a part of life.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” ROMANS 12:15
I postponed this because I was hesitant to put it up due to everything that was happening in this country, but as time passed I realized that showing a little bit of light is alright. A little bit of light dispels the darkness and lifts sadness. Dad bought me one long string (I think it’s about 10-15 feet) of LED Warm White fairy lights for my room the other day and with some invisible magic scotch tape I put the lights up loosely around my bleached/refinished antique dresser and with the excess taped a heart shape around my light switches. He got me the type with clear wiring so that the string is more or less invisible at night against light colored furniture, they also come with forest green wiring for Christmas trees but I requested clear. I purposely did not tape the lights in a taut/tight boring edge-to-edge outline and art directed them loosely for a vine effect.
This is how it looks in the daytime. Of course I don’t have the lights on during the day, just for show and tell.
My Dad bought the single string of steady warm white LED Lights for Php499 from ACE Hardware he said. I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago that I totally detested this antique vanity dresser when it was in dark cherry wood varnish. Before in a dark finish it looked like something out of a provincial Filipino horror movie, I’d freak myself out seeing my reflection walk past in the mirror. However, when Mom finally had the dresser bleached and refinished it totally changed how I saw it and adding the string of LED fairy lights instantly brought a sacred sort of ambience into the room. The lights provide a dim but warm glow which is also perfect for when Mom has our dear massage lady over once in awhile and since the lights are LED they’re safe to use as night lights (which I don’t really need but like) when I sleep through the night, it’s easier to make my way to the restroom in the middle of the night when it’s not completely dark. I also have more mental clarity now when I think or pray in the evening. It makes a really nice background for videos don’t you think? *Hint hint*