Hi guys! I thought today would be a good time to address a couple of misconceptions within the beauty community. I mean, obviously I can’t speak for everyone, so these views and experiences are entirely my own.
This post is inspired by the lovely Hollife (in case you don’t already know, Holly is a beauty and lifestyle YouTuber. She specialises in brutally honest reviews and I just love her).
Holly uploaded a video in January all about beauty standards within the YouTube community (and across social media in general). It really struck a chord with me because I too struggle with not really feeling like I fit in with what seems to be considered essential to progress.
I’m a mum of three, but not a ‘Mummy Blogger’. I’m not a domestic goddess who bakes and dresses my kids in designer gear. I love cosmetics and beauty in general, but I haven’t mastered a cut crease or wings sharp enough to slit the throats of my enemies. I like fashion but my god can you imagine me trying to strike a pose next to a tree and not looking like an utter knob? Those are just a few of the areas that I fail miserably in but I’m sure there are plenty more.
The image you present online can be so misleading.
I’m lucky really, I have honestly never received anything that could be considered a hate comment and most of the people I have met and befriended since starting my Instagram pages (One entirely beauty related, the other more personal with bits of fashion and lifestyle thrown in) have been amazing and incredibly supportive. The comments I receive are very sweet and one of the most common questions I get asked are ‘Where do you find the time to glam up as well as juggle everything else?’ and honestly? I don’t. I spend an awful lot of time in my pyjamas or a sweatshirt and leggings. The reason a lot of my photographs feature me topless (in case you don’t follow my beauty page on Instagram, that’s not as kinky as it sounds!) is not for effect. It’s because I hadn’t bothered to get dressed unless I have to do the school run and my dressing gown really isn’t glam enough for the gram.
I suffer with anxiety, so I don’t often leave the house ‘just because’. I usually have a specific reason. I don’t live the glamorous lifestyle of established influencers, attending events and having the ability to purchase the latest products. Most of my time is spent looking after my family or trying to find something to binge watch.
I’m sorry I know this is starting to sound really depressing and it’s not meant to. If anything, I honestly imagined this post would be more humorous.
Anyway, long story short I just don’t really know what I am or who I want to be or even who I’m supposed to be to make these little online ventures a success?
If you have an opinion on this matter, I would genuinely love to hear it. I think it’s good to always try and see things from a different perspective and I’m usually missing something so your views can only help me in the long run!