Last Wednesday (December the 19th) marked two years since I created this blog! I wanted to sit down and look back at everything that’s been going on for the past two years, especially this one, as I took the decision to go cruelty-free. I also have my own domain now. What has changed? What were the challenges? And what’s in store for the forthcoming year?
First of all, I wanted to highlight how grateful and humbled I am that there are people who want to read my posts. I might not have the largest following, but it means the world to me, and it has helped me in so many ways.
This blog began as a uni project, and it has grown quite a bit ever since. I didn’t intend on keeping it after the task was done, but I loved writing about beauty because it combined two of my biggest passions.
A year full of “firsts“
This year started with almost no expectations for me. Little did I know, that in October I’d finally have my very own domain, and in March and September, I’d host my first two giveaways (to celebrate 800 and 1400 followers respectively).
This is also the first year I’ve been sponsored or got invitations to events as a blogger. While I did get products to try previously, one of my all-time favorite skincare brands, Vitamasques, liked me and asked me to have me as a blogger for them, which is like a dream. Feeling like a brand you love enjoys your content is one of the best sensations ever! (PD: make sure to check their blog post on mask gift guides that I was featured in!)
Not only that but, after months of slowly getting there, I’m pretty much only eating vegetarian now — with slight exceptions every now and then because unfortunately, I don’t live alone, and I don’t have the knowledge to go fully vegan yet. However, that’s something I’m working on and I’m very proud of how far I’m getting.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of how much I’ve progressed ever since I started blogging is photography. If we go back in time to one of my earliest posts, I didn’t take the best photos, especially when compared to the ones I take now. And the editing didn’t help at all!
Last year (2017) saw some improvements though:
And after two years, I feel very comfortable with my photography style and the editing behind it. I think it’s clear that I’ve gotten so much better and I find it exciting that time and practice has proven to surprise me every time.
Even my makeup skills have improved a lot ever since I started blogging. Here’s a couple of comparisons of an eyelook from January 2017 and a full look from December, compared to now two from a few weeks ago.
Looking back on content, I feel like the topics haven’t changed much (this is still a beauty blog and will always be one), but there are new ones such as veganism that are joining the conversation. I love the turn my life is taking in that aspect, which is why I’m so excited to share as much as I can on social media or here.
This has also encouraged me to start doing Youtube videos as well. I’m not one to get in front of the camera and talk about products or do GRWM’s -especially because I’m not sure of what language to use there-, but in my degree, we’ve studied many multimedia related subjects that I’d love to train more on.
Every new year comes with new goals, and I wanted to express some of mine here, just like I did when I decided to go cruelty-free and made it official. It started as a New Year resolution, just like it does for many others, and I’m happy to say that even though it has affected me negatively in some ways, I am more and more cruelty-free every day. And that’s what matters.
I hate the idea of becoming someone who sells out for views, free products, or money. I guess that’s why I keep it honest; I don’t live from this, nor do I intend to. I don’t want to sell products to anyone, I just want to help as much as I can. I’ve always been true and upfront about my experiences with products, which is why I haven’t deleted any of the posts from when I wasn’t cruelty-free. They’re still “the truth”, although my point of view on the brand has changed.
Do I intend on buying vegan products/brands only?
So, about veganism and the blog. Do I intend on buying vegan products/brands only? Unfortunately, no. As much as I’d love to, I’d miss on many possibilities, even more than I do by being cruelty-free. But just like I said one year ago, I’ll make sure to point out what products are and what products are not vegan, because I think that’s worthy of being recognized and promoted.
All in all, I am very proud and happy about the process I’ve made this year. Very, very proud and happy. I’ve learned so much, and I’ve received really amazing opportunities thanks to this blog. I do what I love while I learn about myself and who I want to become, which is fascinating to me. I’ve also met so many exceptional people this year thanks to it.
This is all for today, beauties! I can’t believe we’re only a few days away from the end of the year. Thinking about it, it does feel like some of the things I did 6 months ago are way past that, whereas Christmas time last year feels like yesterday.
I hope you guys have the best time these holidays! Thank you so much for reading me. Before you go, don’t forget to follow me on social media ♡