It’s 2018 and the blogging space has changed – immensely. Here’s where I’m taking Blog for Beauty in 2018.
1. First, I am back! After a year living in Europe and after some sporadic updates whilst there, I am back blogging and I am super excited!
2. Comments are now closed. I’ve noticed the dip in comments not only from my blog, but other blogs I read – the shift in convo has moved onto social media, and I welcome the change! A lot of my dear readers e-mail me personally and we have a lot of convos there – so I simply closed comments on this blog for now.
3. Keeping things short and sweet. I’m keeping my blogging to how I started way back in the beginning, in 2005: sharing products and tips in a fun, easy, simple way. So check back daily for a quick beauty fix! I’m not blogging for a career anymore; it’s just a personal diary of updates of cool products and tips I wanna share.
4. Unsponsored, unbiased, independent. My blog has always been unbiased and independent – but I did allow sponsored posts now and again in the past. These days, I don’t do sponsored posts of any kind anymore. This blog is 100% me and what I want to blog about.
Thank you so much for reading and your continued support for my humble little blog. 🙂 I’ve had many questions over the past year so I also compiled a little FAQ…
Why did you change the blog name from “Beauty Fool”?
I didn’t change it per say, more like I came back! I started Blog for Beauty in 2005, and then changed it to Beauty Fool from the years 2008-2013. I grew to hate it – especially the word “fool” – and came back to this domain. Sorry for the confusion – so annoying, I know.
How come you’re not on social media?
I am! Just not that much. There’s a Facebook page for the blog. I do have a personal Instagram account, you can find me @reneelnielsen.
How do you know all of this info?
Most of it was through self-learning, and what you see on this blog is a collection of knowledge I already have. I started getting into beauty after my best friend introduced me to Bobbi Brown’s beauty books at 14 years old… we were obsessed. In the years after I read countless makeup & beauty books, experimented on myself and friends, learnt from fellow beauty-crazy friends and family, and also working as a beauty editor/writer and then of course, makeup school. I still research and read everything beauty-related, so the learning never really stops!
What does ___ mean?
You can find it out in my Beauty Glossary A-Z!
Can I send my makeup & beauty questions to you?
Absolutely! You can find out how to contact me here. You might also be asked if I may include your question and make a blog post out of it. (But you can always remain anonymous if you wish.)
How do I become a beauty editor?
It’s been awhile since I’ve been in publishing, but I would say the easiest and best way is to start with an internship, and then once there, work really hard and hopefully get a job there. Another option is to connect with the beauty editor of the publication, and ask for job opportunities – whether an internship or to be an assistant. But internship is always the way to go. Also look out for job posting, etc. Just get your foot in the door somehow into the publication, and then you can work your way into the beauty department!
How do I become a makeup artist?
Makeup is easier – you can go to school, or you can self-learn. A lot of the top working makeup artists today do not have professionally training. My opinion? I did both – I’ve been self learning and doing makeup on any face I could get my hands on since I was 15 years old, and then I went to makeup school. But I think the best way to get a hand into the industry is to start by assisting another makeup artist, or go straight and get a job at a counter or salon to start off with. Learn as much as you can, network, start social media accounts for our work and just spread the word about your makeup service. Makeup is all about word of mouth.
What makeup school did you go to?
I went to Make Up For Ever Academy. Before makeup school, I went to university and did communications (mainly journalism), so my background is in writing.
Do you accept guest posts?
Sure, if you’re a genuine reader with something to share – you’ll see my best friends contributing posts now and again. But if you’re a company just working to get backlinks, then sorry, I do not accept guest posts.
I want to start a beauty blog, any tips?
How fun! Yes I do – my tips for beauty blogging can be found here.
What’s your policy of working with brands?
I do work with them sometimes, but not as much as people, think to be honest. My blog and the work I do here is 100% independent and everything you see here is because I wanted to write about it and I was interested to test it out. That being said, I do accept samples from brands and PR reps once in awhile, with the understanding that it is for consideration only.
How do you choose what will be reviewed?
It’s quite simple… I just choose products that I like and are interested in, what I think my readers will be interested in, and also what’s hyped up or new from my favorite brands.
How do you make a living writing a beauty blog?
With blogging it’s a variety of income streams. It can be through ads – direct advertising or ad programs such as Google Adsense – affiliate marketing, sales of my e-book, makeup artist gigs, etc.