10 Things I Never Thought I’d Do Before Starting A Beauty Blog

10 Things I Never Thought I'd Do Before Starting A Beauty Blog

Hey guys! I have a quick post for you guys today. Many of my regular readers are also bloggers, so I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate to this list I put together of the things I never thought I would be doing before I started a Beauty Blog! Feel free to do your own version of this post and tag me so I can read what you guys never though you’d do!

10 Things I Never Thought I’d Do Before Starting
A Beauty Blog

  1. Constantly Have Makeup Swatched On The Back Of My Hand I noticed that this was becoming a constant when I went to get my hair done one day and my stylist commented on the eyeliner smudges on my hand.
  2. Having A Drawer Full Of “Empties” When I first started my blog I noticed all the empties posts out there on the wordpress reader. I thought it was silly to hold onto empty containers for months at a time, but I realized later that it provided a good opportunity to share my thoughts on a product without writing a full review and it also motivates me to use up my stash!
  3. Buy Something For The Sake Of A Blog Post In my daily life I’m rather frugal. I price compare everything at the supermarket before deciding what to buy and I often need to be talked into making important purchases. After starting this blog though I found myself thinking “But I need this, it’s for the blog!Ipsy August Glam Bag
  4. Spend Hours Arranging The Perfect Flatlay Flatlays can be so frustrating! The best ones always look like someone just dumped out a bag of stuff and it landed perfectly, kind of messy and yet stylistic. I had such a hard time with round products rolling until Tigritsa told me she uses tape to hold her flatlays in place! LIFE CHANGING I tell you!
  5. Become Obsessed With The Latest Releases I was never a girl who followed beauty releases, and I had no idea how to manoeuvre Sephora until this past year. Now I’m always checking out what’s new, though I rarely buy new releases right away.
  6. Constantly be on the look out for photo ops! I began trying to step up my instagram game about two months ago by featuring photos that don’t make an appearance on my blog. Now I’m always looking for the perfect shot in the back of my mind.10 Things I Never Thought I'd Do Before Starting A Beauty Blog
  7. Have Literally A Month’s Worth Of Posts Scheduled At A Time When I started this blog I would post maybe once a week or two. In 2017 I stepped up my game and started posting 3-4 times a week, MWF and occasionally Sundays. Many of you know that I’m in Peru right now but I wanted to keep my posting schedule consistent while away. I spent hours and hours writing and brainstorming content, taking photos, editing them, and scheduling my posts for while I’m away, which really proved to myself just how committed I am to Always Cleia!
  8. Have more than one makeup bag Until I started this blog I literally had one makeup bag that held all my makeup. Since starting this blog I now have two little boxes full of makeup, as well as over ten makeup bags to hold it all (thanks Ipsy!).
  9. Wear Mascara This may seem strange to a lot of you, but I NEVER wore mascara growing up. I was perfectly happy with mascara free eyelashes throughout high school and university. I didn’t even wear mascara for my wedding, I requested that my makeup artist didn’t put any on me! Since collecting so many minis through beauty subscriptions I feel like I kind of have to use it now. It’s a daily addition to my beauty routine now but I’m comfortable without mascara or falises to complete a look.
  10. Make Friends! I saved the best for last. I originally thought that starting a blog would be this detached thing that I could do from behind a computer screen, but the blogging community turned out to be this great, awesome thing where I could make connections with people all over the world. I love getting to share the side of me that loves all things beauty with people that share the same interests and get to know a lot of you from reading your blog posts and commenting back and forth. There are many of you that I feel like I know personally even though we have never met and live in different time zones!

10 Things I Never Thought I'd Do Before Starting A Beauty Blog

For my blogging readers, what did you never think you’d do before starting your blog? Do any of these sound familiar?

Thanks so much for reading, I love being on vacation but I’m also looking forward to getting back to the grind and writing some new blog posts! Remember to like & subscribe. Talk soon!




  1. January 1, 2018 / 12:32 am

    I totally agree with you. โ˜บ

  2. Scarlett_little_beautyblogger
    December 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I am a new blogger and I am thinking of becoming one beauty blogger. Can you please suggest me some ideas like how to start up . It will really be helpful.

    • December 30, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks girl! Happy New year =)

  3. December 12, 2017 / 9:52 am

    hahaha I can TOTALLY relate to thisโ€ฆitโ€™s crazy lol.
    Glad I came across your blog! Do check mine out at http://www.raychelsays.com my IG/FB and Twitter handles are on there!!

    • December 13, 2017 / 12:47 am

      It’s crazy what we do for blogging, thanks for reading!
      Your blog is so lovely! I love the layout ๐Ÿ™‚
      I followed your Instagram & Twitter, is there a way to follow your blog via wordpress? I’m having trouble finding the button :S

  4. Blanche Tulipe
    December 4, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I really like your blog posts! ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • December 4, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you!! That means a lot โค

  5. Nazar Bedi
    November 22, 2017 / 7:09 am

    Love this post! Just started beauty blogging and I find myself doing these things so often!

    • November 22, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Blogging changes you for sure! I’m glad you enjoyed this post! And welcome to the blogging community ๐Ÿ˜

  6. November 3, 2017 / 8:01 am

    So glad Iโ€™m not the only one who justifies my blog as an excuse for buying things.

    • November 3, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Haha me too! A lot of you guys have told me that you do the same thing as me ๐Ÿ˜

      • November 3, 2017 / 10:01 am

        Itโ€™s a very dangerous thing, but at least now I๏ธ have a better excuse ๐Ÿ˜‚

  7. November 2, 2017 / 8:22 am

    This was a great post and really spot on! I’ve always been a little bit of a makeup hoarder but since I started blogging it’s gotten even worse because I’m just like, it’s for the blog. Haga.

    • November 2, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Haha! The things we do in the name of blogging. I accumulate a lot of makeup I don’t need from beauty subscriptions too, but it’s so fun to receive new things in the mail each month!

  8. November 2, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Haha this is spot on! I’m amazed how many empty products I keep for months just for the sake of a post ๐Ÿ˜€

    • November 2, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Right!? Haha I keep my empties out of sight in cupboard so it doesn’t bother me too much, my husband thinks it’s a little weird but whatever!

  9. Dani
    November 2, 2017 / 6:18 am

    Even as a fairly newbie blogger I agree with these! Great post, it was an enjoyable read!

    • November 2, 2017 / 7:00 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading Dani!

  10. November 2, 2017 / 12:45 am

    This post is golden! It’s all so true!! And I am super happy that the tape trick has changed your flatlay life!! ๐Ÿ˜ It certainly changed mine and saves a lot of frustration lol.

    I always have makeup swatched on my hand as well and empties posts really light a fire under my butt to make sure I use the products I have on hand!

    I really admire the amount of hard work that went into preparing all this great content while you’re on your trip! I think that is so awesome and it’s also been fun following along on your adventures via Instagram photos!

    I definitely feel like we’ve gotten to know each other through commenting and it’s so cool that we have so much in common. Making friends through blogs is such a perk! I think a lot of us don’t have friends in real life with the same interests so it’s been lovely to have people to talk to about it!!

  11. November 1, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Sat here, nodding my head to most of them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 1, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Glad you could relate! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜

  12. Brooke Nicole Clarke
    November 1, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    I was sat here noddling along to all of these! You’re spot on x

    • November 1, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for reading Brooke, I’m glad you could relate to this post ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Brooke Nicole Clarke
        November 2, 2017 / 3:41 pm

        Not a problem!

  13. lifeofangela
    November 1, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    I love this! I can relate to a lot of these too. It’s funny how committed you get to blogging, and that it’s always there in the back of your mind. I’m always on the lookout for photo opportunities, and I’ve started to create an empties drawer now too ๐Ÿ˜€

    • November 1, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Haha that’s so true, I never thought I’d be so tunnel visioned about my blog ๐Ÿ˜„ It’s good though, its great to be committed to something you’re passionate about. I have a bag under the sink I keep my empties in each month. Looking forward to reading future empties posts from you Angela! ๐Ÿ˜

    • November 1, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Lol it’s such a trap everytime I see a new release. Like I don’t *need* new makeup, but I love writing about new things ๐Ÿ˜„Thanks for reading Julia I’m glad you enjoyed the post โ˜บ

  14. November 1, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    I love these, some of them are so true! Flatlays frustrate me to no end, as I don’t really have an eye for them.
    I’m so impressed that you stick to such a consistent schedule, especially considering you are currently on vacation! That takes a lot of planning ahead of time. I did have a consistent schedule when I first started blogging, but it’s tough to keep up with.

    • November 1, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Haha I can relate to that! I never know what the perfect angle is.
      It’s so hard to keep it consistent with blogging sometimes, I might take a couple days off when I get back home to recharge.
      I don’t know if anyone actually pays attention to blog schedules, when I read posts I just go through my reader to see who’s posted lately!

      • November 1, 2017 / 8:59 pm

        I agree, I don’t think most people actually pay attention to schedules, but you DO notice who posts more and who posts less!

  15. November 1, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I can relate to all of these hehe!
    For me it was just loving to talk abut products with my friends and know all their opinions. Then I discovered there are blogs and websites you can go to find everyoneโ€™s reviews!

    • November 1, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Yeah WordPress opened a whole new world for me! My friends outside of my blog aren’t really into makeup so I needed an outlet without talking their ear off. It’s nice to know you can find people who are interested in the same things here โค

  16. November 1, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I love the part about Empties. My husband still doesnโ€™t get why I hold on to โ€œtrashโ€. We do it for the blog!

    • November 1, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Haha! There’s a legitimate reason to hold on to empties I swear! My husband doesn’t understand either ๐Ÿ˜„

  17. November 1, 2017 / 9:24 am

    The tape idea is genius! & yet simple omg haha I’ll have to try that ๐Ÿ’•

    • November 1, 2017 / 9:28 am

      It really is, I wish I had thought of it myself! ๐Ÿ˜„

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