So we're here again. Two posts in one day because one was rather ranty and this is my feeble attempt at a make up post. Two tags. Two. You lucky ducks. So I'd best say thank you to Megan for creating the first tag, Bella for the second and Amy for tagging me in
both just the one.
Influences of the Internet
❥ Did other blogs convince you to start up your own?
Yes! I've been blogging in some form for well over a decade - first with Expage then with Geocities, on to Xanga and Livejournal and so on but I've never really started a blog. I saw how influential blogs had started to become in the last few years and thought it looked like a fun, creative hobby that I could do from home and wouldn't cost too much so I gave it a shot. What Laura Did was born.
❥ Have you joined a site because someone else in the blogosphere did?
Apart from Bloglovin', not really but when I think about it I was alerted to Instagram through blogging and I am an Instafiend (real word right there) so yes.
❥ Is there a tip/regime you've got from the Internet that you use now?
Listing them all would have you here all day but in short hell yes. From life hacks to skincare products that are now staples in my bathroom to make up tricks - I found it all here, baby.
❥ If your favourite Youtuber/blogger likes a product, will that make you buy it?
Not unless it's to my taste in the first place. I could love an item of clothing on a blogger but know it wouldn't suit me, the same with make-up due to different skin tones and skin types. If anything they just solidify that I want to buy a product I've already expressed an interest in.
❥ What do you look for in a blog that makes you want to follow?
This is going to make me sound so nit-picky but there are lots of things. I look for a clean, pretty layout with clear, easy to read text and big images. I like to read personality behind words and see into the blogger's lives. I like to hear the good and the bad in reviews, the good and bad in life and I really love when there's a variety of posts to keep you interested rather than all fashion, beauty, food etc related posts. I also love it when a blogger shows they interact on Twitter and their Instagram despite their thousands of followers (MilkBubbleTea, I'm looking at you) and updates regularly without compromising on their style and quality of content.
❥ Have you ever been deceived by a product that you ordered online? (e.g you thought it would be pink but it was coral)
I do a lot of research, especially with make-up via natural light swatches so it rarely happens but there was a foundation that looked beautiful in natural light but due to the SPF under a flash looked terrible and didn't look blended whatsoever. That was a bad time.
❥ Have promo pictures and press releases given you the impression that a product will be better than it is?
All the time but that's the nature of the press release. If the press release stated "It's alright but it's not the best - go try Estee Lauder" although I'd love it for it's honesty, the brand wouldn't be quite so overjoyed. It's the luck of the draw and also what works for one person as their holy grail product may not work for me. I take everything with a pinch of salt until I've given it a good test run.
❥ Is there a product you could give a 'cult' status for being so good that you discovered through the internet?
Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer. I'll give it to you, Internet, that's a keeper.
❥ Is there a product you've tried and hated but others have loved?
A fair few to be honest. So many people love the mousse or whipped foundations but I can't seem to make them work as anything other than a light buffed in top coat over liquid foundation for a flawless finish and even then it doesn't set. Also the Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara in the purple tube? Awful but works for so many.
❥ Is there a blogger/Youtuber who influences your fashion style? If so, who?
Victoria, Callie and Kaelah Bee truly influence my style on a day to day basis. Victoria for edgy more fashion pieces, Callie for looking effortlessly stunning and showing me that plus size girls really can work it and Kaelah for being for effortlessly beautiful, stylish and well put together.
❥ Is there a blogger/Youtuber who influences your attitude each day/lifestyle?
Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter never fails to make me see the positive side of life in her videos or blog posts. I'd like to think I'm a bit more positive since discovering her sunny disposition.
❥ How much time do you spend on the Internet daily?
Including my phone? Too much. Boyfriend tells me to go outside more but I've seen all of that stuff on my Pinterest board. Plus the wi-fi outside is terrible.
List your five reasons/inspirations for starting your blog
❥ A hobby. When I first started back in the summer of 2012 I remember turning to boyfriend and complaining that I had no hobby. I had nothing to do, nothing that felt like me and I was just a little more than stale. I suggested blogging to him and within two days he was helping me think of content for my first posts. Back then I was primarily a beauty blog but I feel my blog has definitely grown a significant amount over the last few months and has turned into a much more than I ever could have hoped for.
❥ I needed to express who I am. I am much more than a mother and I have many more interests, opinions and inspirations than tidying up the latest finger painting project, wondering how many nutrients I can gain from leftover chicken nuggets for dinner and pondering when the school run will start to feel like normality and less of a chore. I am more than a girlfriend and support network to a man that I love. I needed to feel this because even as a daughter to my father I became the mother of his grandchildren. I felt like I was losing myself in something I had chosen to become and I love myself far too much for that.
❥ I wanted to meet new people. Before I started blogging I had no idea there were so many of us. Some established, some just starting out and some firmly in the middle. Some in South Wales who I've met a few times now and have become great friends. Some I met online that have become greater friends than the people in my day to day life. This community feels like somewhere I belong and I love every minute of it, even the trolls who managed to steal wi-fi from under their bridges.
❥ I wanted to document. Photos, events, life goals, mini goals, books I read, places I visited, memories of my daughters; it's all for the future. It's all for the days when I feel hopeless and I can look back and realise that while it may not be much, I created something. I wrote these words, coded these pages, connected with these people and really shared a part of myself. This is all for me, as selfish as that sounds and every word I write is true to what I believe right at this very moment. Those beliefs will no doubt morph into more in years to come but I want to remember the person I am right now as she'll shape who I will become.
❥ I do it as an escape. I write as a reprieve. Day to day life can become so boring with the seemingly endless work, financial strain, day to day illness battles, relationship issues, motherhood issues - it all becomes part of the daily grind and it's nice to take a little holiday. You know that line in Almost Famous where Kate Hudson says that if she ever gets lonely she can go to the record store and visit her friends? That's how I feel about this blog and the way it has opened me up to some fantastic people. I come online and I visit my friends.