Today’s post is a little bit different, it’s not a blog post per se, rather an update on my blog, where I’m at and a few small changes that are happening over here!
In January next year I would have been blogging over here for 6 whole years. Creating content EVERY, SINGLE, DAY. That is a crazy amount of content. A crazy amount of pressure.
Yes, I know. I don’t have a boss following up on my content plan but I do have me… a type A personality who, once she has committed doesn’t like to let anyone down.
I feel enormous pressure to put out content every week day because I started out that way and I know there are dedicated readers (thank you!) who come back here every day.
If I could focus on only my blog all day, every day, I might be able to get that right. It’s not too much to ask right, a blog post every day? Except that I don’t just blog. I live a normal life too… I’m a work-from-home mom who tries to be a stay-at-home mom AND a part-time working mom AND a full-time blogger. I basically have 4 hours every morning (when I don’t fit in a run too) to pump out all my freelance social media and other writing plus all my blog posts every day. (Not to mention the other errands that creep in when you’re the partner who works from home…)
This year, just because life isn’t crazy busy enough, we’ve thrown a home renovation into the mix which I have been project manager on. Let’s just say it’s been H E C T I C!
I’m so very tired, and overwhelmed, and stretched to my absolute capacity.
But I don’t want to give it up. I LOVE blogging. Blogging = life!!
I just know I need to make some changes around here. For my sanity. For my family. For me!
On my recent trip to Indonesia (read those posts here) I met another amazing lifestyle blogger from the UK who shared how she has helped to curtail the pressure of daily blogging and the guilt of an overflowing beauty product cupboard. I was like “Tell me all your secrets, oh blogging oracle”
And she did…
Her saving grace has been finding 2 or 3 up-and-coming beauty bloggers to help her keep on top of all the beauty product reviews that come her way. Brilliant!
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE beauty and always will. Trying out new products is my thing. I will continue to do this BUT the truth is that no one person can get through all the products that I am sent. I would never do anything else. So, to help ease my guilt AND give you more info on what’s new, hot, happening in the beauty scene I thought I would take a leaf out of Amelia’s blog and try it for myself.
So, after stewing over the idea for a few weeks, I finally started the hunt for 2 beauty babes to join my team. And I found 6!
I’m thrilled to have found 6 beauty writers to join me as my Becoming you Beauty Babes. They are all so uniquely beautiful, passionate about beauty and super keen to share their knowledge.
Read on to find out who my NEW wonderful writers are and what they love about the world of beauty….
And of course, there’s still me. I’ll still be featuring beauty products I love in My 5 Favourite Finds each month. And doing Spa Reviews, Behind the Scenes Beauty as well as a host of other beauty themed posts as and when I get the time. Read on below for a bit more about my beauty profile…
Fave Makeup Brands: Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Benefit, Bodyography, Elizabeth Arden, L’oreal, Catrice, Revlon, Maybelline
Fave Nail Brands: essie, Morgan Taylor, Revlon
Fave Skincare Brands: Kiehls, Dermalogica, Clarins, Skinceuticals, Ordinary Skincare, Bioderma, Vichy, Nivea, Mio
Fave Haircare Brands: Moroccanoil, Dove, Head & Shoulders
Skin tone: Fair skin tone with redness
Skin type: Combination skin, occasional breakouts & spots, dry/ dehydrated cheeks, Rosacea
Hair type: Long, very thick, highlighted hair
Kirsten is a Cape Town based Hair and Makeup Artist and Model. She also has a passion for performing on stage in musical theatre. She has an insatiable appetite for all things beauty and loves educating women with beauty advice, helping to make it attainable and unpretentious, yet still trendy and cool. She loves trying out Foundations, Highlighters (cream and powder) Mascaras, Matte Lipsticks and Cream Blush.
Fave Beauty Brands: MAC , Bobbi Brown, Essie, Morgan Taylor, Moroccanoil, Joico, Paul Mitchell, Urban Decay, Black Up, Iman, Bodyography, Dermalogica, Kevin Murphy
Hair type: Long, uncoloured, fine, wavy hair with lots of volume
Skin type: Combination to oily skin
Bronwyn is a Somatologist and has been working in skincare for 14 years. She started her own business as soon as she had finished her studies and has loved every minute of it! Bronwyn also has 2 boys, aged 8 and 5, who keep her on her toes when she is not working. Bronwyn says she was fortunate enough to build a salon at her home in Meadowridge 4 years ago and it was the best thing she could ever have done. Bronwyn is passionate about skincare and advanced skin treatments (like microneedling and peeling) and is so grateful to have found a job which she loves doing every day! She uses Environ and Dermafix in her salon and these 2 brands have taught her so much over the years. She does a range of treatments including mani’s, pedi’s, waxing, massage, tinting, advanced facial treatments and more! She loves working in an industry that changes so much so often as it allows her to keep learning every day!
Fave Makeup Brands:
Fave Skincare Brands:
Combining her love for writing and travel, Mareike has now settled down in the Mother City after living abroad in Germany, Ireland and South Korea. She’s found her niche in marketing and enjoys art, photography, and writing in her free time.
Fave Makeup Brands: Stila, Smashbox, Revlon
Fave Skincare Brands: Elizabeth Arden, Balea, Skoon, Clinique
Skin tone: Light
Skin type: Sensitive/dry
Hair type: Straight/blonde
Rayne is a beauty blogger who loves to share her favourite finds. She is passionate about makeup and loves trying new lipsticks, powders, eyeshadows, blushes, gel liners, mascaras.
Fave Beauty Brands: Benefit, The Balm, Catrice, Stila, MAC, L’Oreal, Maybelline and Revlon
Skin type: Normal to slightly dry skin, not prone to breakouts
Hair type: Wavy, never been dyed, medium thickness, waist length, not prone to oiliness (She tries to wash her hair only once a week and so hair products that can get her through 7 days are her faves!)
Cara Fay is a lifestyle blogger who’s passion lies in beauty. Having grown up with a make-up and skin care loving mom, her life long obsession began at her mom’s dressing table! Her fave beauty products are lipsticks and highlighters.
Fave Beauty Brands: MAC, ColourPop, Benefit, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Rimmel and The Balm
Skin Type: Combination – dehydrated cheeks and an oiler T-zone
Hair type: Fine, Colour-Treated with Greasy Roots
Rox is a professional makeup artist and loves beauty mostly because of how it makes a person feel – confident and empowered response from my clients. Her favourite beauty quote is: “Makeup is art, beauty is spirit”
Fave Makeup Brands: Urban Decay, Balm, Bobbi Brown, Inglot, MAC, Benefit, Lancôme, Kanebo, Smashbox, Chanel (the list is endless lol)
Fave Skincare Brands: Estee Lauder, Kiehls, Heliocare, Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Regim A, Sorbet, Nimue
Skin tone: Medium to fair skin tone with a yellow undertone
Skin type: Combination skin
Hair type: Colour treated hair
Keshni is passionate about helping women make informed beauty choices and likes to explore natural remedies for beauty and health. She has an obsession for makeup such as lipsticks, eyeliners and mascaras . Her other interests lie in hair and skin care.
Fave Skincare Brands: Neutrogena, Himalaya Herbals, Bee Natural, Estee Lauder, MAC
Fave Hair Brands: Dove, Hask, Natures Gate, Kerastase
Skin tone: Indian, Medium Complexion
Skin type: Oily skin prone to breakouts, pigmentation and scarring
Hair type: Black, dry, frizzy, thick hair, 30 inches long, very high porosity, prone to split ends, never coloured
Moeneeba is a lecturer in the health and wellness industry. For her, beauty and makeup is not just about looking pretty or feeling beautiful, it’s about having fun, being creative and staying up to date with current research in the industry. She is a huge makeup fan and her face is her No.1 canvas! She’s also quite partial to body care products.
Fave Beauty Brands: Lush, Ganier, Rmmel, L’oreal, Smashbox, African Extracts, Catrice, Estee Lauder, Dermalogica, Environ (body range), Johnsons n Johnsons, The Body Shop, Flormar, Benefit, Yardley, Lamelle, Essence, Makeup Revolution, Kryolan, Revlon, Inglot
Skin type: Combination to oily
Hair type: Straight, Gets oily quickly
I hope you will support me in this new step forward on Becoming you and pop past every Friday when I’ll be posting their latest beauty posts. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the whole host of extra beauty content. I know I will!
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