Monday, March 15, 2010

How do they do it?

I first started reading blogs and writing blog posts in 2005, for my employer's internal corporate blog.  One of my most talked-about-at-the-office article was about... beauty.  Cosmetics, truly.  Due to a change in my responsibilities and internal decisions, the blog postings came to an end and I never saved my articles anywhere else than on the platform.  All was lost :o(

The core of the story was that I discovered makeup through my mom.  She'd let me watch her put her makeup on and, as I previously shared, my grandma was the first person besides myself that I ever applied makeup on.  To this day, my mom will not leave the house without makeup. She also doesn't leave without her rings and earrings either.

One day I was in my car, stuck in traffic and on my way to an appointment.  What's a girl to do?  Reapply!  I got my lipliner and my listick out and got down to business.  I had a funny feeling.  You know the kind of gut feeling that tells you you're being watched?  I glanced over to the left and in the car next to me were four women, staring at me (I remember one had her jaw a bit dropped).  In half a second, it hit me and I burst out laughing, tilted my head to the side and gave them a look as in saying: ''It's a gift''.

Just like I did at that moment, aren't you wondering what had them staring at me?  I had succeeded at what most women cannot achieve.  Multiple orgasms?  Not this time.  Instead of the ''Look mommy: no hands!'' moment, I had a ''Look girlies: no mirror!''  Sitting in my car, stuck in traffic, I had applied my lipliner and lipstick to perfection without even glancing at the mirror.  Contoured lips, no mirror?  Yes, baby!  My mom taught me that :o) 

I rekindled my passion for blogs almost a year ago.  A Canadian Beauty Blogger contacted me last June, requesting a lipstick she could include in her 100 Followers Giveaway.  She thought it would be sweet to offer lipcolour since her blog name was LIPSTICK Rules.  I thought about it for a moment and went ahead.  A year later, she has nearly EIGHT HUNDRED Followers.  Any regrets about sending her that free lipstick?  Nah, not really!

Then one Beauty Blogger lead to another: French-Canadian blogger Secrets I.D., Makeup Mamma's Makeup Babble; Rae's The Notice: a beauty blog; Halifax's Sparkled Beauty and Rasilla's In A Nutshell were my first contacts, of which I have many more to this day (Hello TTBM!)

I simply adore My Bloggers.  And that's how I refer to them: MY Bloggers.  I think about them when I see a product I think they'd like, follow them, read them and email them when I am worried about the fact that they haven't posted in a week.  No post in a week, can you imagine?  Most of My Bloggers are posting machines.  Not necessarily full-fledged product reviews on a daily basis, but usually a post a day.  How do they do it?  These women are employees, spouses, MOMMIES and / or full-time students and they post on (an almost) daily basis.  Here I am, with a full-time job, two kitty cats and a boyfriend who for the most part takes care of his own (well, I do spoil him a bit...) and I find no time to blog!  When I sit down to write on a week night, I feel bad that I am not reading a novel!  I can never win, I guess.  And I am back to square one: how do they do it?

So today, my hat's off to ALL My Beauty Bloggers.  Thank you for your time, thank you for your spunk (how I love my Beauty Crazed girls for that!), thank you for your energy and your friendliness.  You girls take turns at making my day.  I am always impressed to read you, to be a witness to your work and devotion.  (I am also impressed at the amount of product these girls purchase and store at home, but that's a whole different story!)  I have no clue how you do it, but you wow me.  Keep up the good work! 

On this note, yours truly is going on vacation!  I should be able to post a thing or two regardless.  I'll post a picture of my FOTD under the sun ;o)


  1. Have a wonderful vacation Isabel, we'll miss you!- have a drink for me and 10 for Christelle!

    Best, Lisamarie

  2. What a way to celebrate your 10 year anniversary. We love you too, Isabel, and yeah have fun for us all :-)

  3. Have a great time & enjoy a pina colada for me:) Don't forget the sunscreen:-)

  4. Hope you're having a great time under the sun! I'm so jealous! Thank you for the shoutout...and I think it's so sweet that you check up on us when we've gone missing for a while :)

  5. Thanks for the shout-out MissIPP - you have been with me from the start and I truly appreciate the online friendship we have developed!

    Have a wonderful holiday!


  6. hey girl!! I hope you're having a great vacation enjoy the sun and rock those frackles ;)