Hey everyone, I hope your weekends went well! Hopefully you’ve done something fun, or spent some time relaxing from the work week. I’ve decided to start posting some more lifestyle-ish content on the weekends, from books to what’s going on in my life, lists, etc. Let me know what you guys want to know about me! I’ve never done a post like this one before, but I was thinking last week that it would be fun to compare some of my old posts with new ones. It’s encouraging to look back and see how much I’ve improved since starting my blog in January 2016 regardless of what other blogs are doing!
This weekend I made the switch to a self hosted blog at wordpress.org. I think I’ve got everything up and running, but I would really appreaciate it if some of you could let me know what you think of the design! I’m still fairly confused about the switch, I have many questions for the WP Happiness Engineers and folks at Siteground, like what do I do with my .wordpress.com content (delete it? keep it? I don’t know!) but I’m figuring it out. I probably spent over 18 hours working on my new site this weekend!
Then Vs Now: My Very First Post
My first post was called “Meet Ion, The Resident Cat“. Always Cleia was originally called “Classycatsbox” for those of you who haven’t been with me that long. My vision was originally going to be subscription boxes featuring my cat since Ion was always getting into my packages but I strayed away from that idea pretty quickly and started posting product reviews and beauty boxes.
Less Cats, More Beauty Posts
A big change from my original post is that now I have TWO furry creatures that always photobomb me. Now Quantum likes to intrude on my blogging in the most loveable ways possible. I don’t feature them as much anymore but they occasionally make appearances on my instagram. One thing I noticed posting about my cats was that people would get a bit confused as to whether I was a pet blogger or a beauty blogger. Finally I decided I need to change that domain, and then became Cleia Beauty before Always Cleia.
Then VS NOW: My First Ipsy Review
Ipsy was the first subscription I ever reviewed. I took all my photos on top of our dinner table in bad lighting. I knew nothing about taking product photos, it’s a skill that develops over time with trial and error. My shots are out of focus and just lit sooo badly!
Then VS Now: My Most Recent Ipsy Review
I started taking my photos on top of a board with marble contact paper about a year ago. It makes a HUGE difference in my photos. I learned pretty quickly that I need to use the brightest day light for my photos. Dark indoor lighting just doesn’t cut it.
Then VS NOW: My First Attempt At A Fashion Post
I still don’t post about clothes and fashion very often, but occasionally I’ll review the Fabletics or Just Fab subscription box. I tried to take some photos of my workout outfit and it’s definitely not up to my current standards. Seriously, what am I even doing in this photo!? xD
Then Vs Now: One of my latest Fashion posts
I now take any outfit photos I need outside. I don’t do clothing posts very often because we live in a townhome complex and it’s just awkward trudging outside with my husband to take photos of me where all the neighbours can see… but I do what I need to! Outdoor lighting is the best!
Then VS Now: My First Attempt at Swatches
How terrible are these swatches!? Good grief, no wonder this post didn’t do well. (I’ve since updated some of the original photos my old posts). These are from the Sephora Sun Bleached Filter Eyeshadow Palette which I still use today, though it’s on it’s last legs.
Then VS Now: My Latest Swatches
I recently took these swatches of the ColourPop My Little Pony and I can see that I’ve improved so much since I began. I used a flatlay board, spiced up the image with a few props and placed the palette in the background. Now I take my photos in front of a window instead of in a basement!
Then VS Now: One Of My First Makeup Looks
At the time I really liked how this look and photo turned out. Better lighting would have helped the photo. I’m still learning to take makeup photos that look good on camera. I was in the process of learning the basics of applying makeup when I took this photo.
Then VS Now: A Recent Makeup Look
I know I still have so far to go in the makeup application department. I’m not a certified makeup artist (I was taking online classes for a while, and while the lessons were useful learning online isn’t the same as practicing on a real person). I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks though! I’m still not great at taking my own photo (I need a camera upgrade and a tripod badly) but I can see the improvement.
Then VS Now: An Early Flatlay
I was taking my flatlays outside on a wooden patio table back when I started my blog. This flatlay isn’t the worst I took back then, but I’m glad I changed my style.
Then VS Now: A Recent Flatlay
I am SOOO happy with how this came out, not to toot my own horn or anything! I’ve started using props in my photos that fit with the products I’m showing instead of a random group of objects. Flatlays are one of my favourite types of photos to snap now!
I know that this doesn’t cover all of my Then VS Now’s, but you guys get the picture (no pun intended)! If you’re feeing discouraged in where your blog is at I encourage you to take a few minutes to look back at your very first posts and compare. It’s very likely that you’ve improved! Tag me in your own Then VS Now posts, I would love to read them!
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