Happy 1st birthday Unseen Beauty

As you can probably guess from the title, a year ago today I published my first two posts on this blog. The first one was an introduction, because although I already had another blog, the interface is different and I was still trying to figure out how things worked. The second was a product post, which is still one of my favourite type of posts to write!

The idea of blogging wasn’t new to me because I was already writing for my business blog. I’m an English teacher, so I write about language, language learning tips, writing skills and anything else I think my learners and readers would enjoy.

But Unseen Beauty was going to be different. I wanted it to be a place where I can write about all the other things I enjoy that have nothing to do with my job.

I came up with the name in the bath, where I get a lot of my ideas. For anyone who’s new – “beauty” because I feature a lot of beauty and skincare products, and “unseen” because I’m writing about the products and life in general from the perspective of someone who is blind.
Fast forward a year and I’ve written 120 posts – that number was pushed up quite a lot because I did Blogmas! Here are some of the things I’ve enjoyed – in no particular order:

  • Chatting with my readers. I know some of my friends and family read the blog, but I’ve also got comments from people locally and in other parts of the world, which is great!
  • Getting to know other Bloggers –including taking part in regular threads in the Blogs in Bloom Facebook group, doing several collaboration posts, and doing my first ever blogger swap box!
  • Working with brands – there’s something so nice when a brand that you like is interested in your blog or an idea that you’ve pitched.
  • Spreading information – I know some people have tried out new products after I talked about them, and I think that some of the accessibility and disability-related posts have given people new information and helped them to understand some issues better, which makes me happy.
  • Supporting charities I care about – I know that at least two people adopted wolves after my post about Madadh and Kgosi and I’m proud to be a virtual ambassador for them. I’ve also talked about the Dog’s Trust and the Wolf Conservation Trust, and I hope these posts have helped people to find out more about them too.
  • Trying out some new products and foods – all in the name of research of course!

I’ve got plenty of ideas for content this year, but for now, let’s have a blog party to celebrate. Here’s how to take part:

  1. Please tell me in the comments one post that you’ve enjoyed, or one topic that you’d like me to cover this year.
  2. If you have a blog, leave a link to it and tell us a couple of sentences about it. Don’t just leave a link – you’re more likely to get visitors if you let people know what your blog is all about!
  3. Visit some other blogs that you think look interesting. I can’t check who does this, but people who only take and don’t give anything back don’t get far in life!

So, thanks for reading and now I’m looking forward to your comments!

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Blogmas day 5 – Blogmas and Vlogmas content that I’m enjoying

So today I’d like to tell you about some of the other bloggers and Youtubers whose Christmas content I’m enjoying. I subscribe to so many sites and channels that I’ve limited the number here – but if you’re doing Blogmas or Vlogmas, feel free to leave a link in the comments!

Blogmas

The Cozy Den – you may remember S and J from Germany in my Blogger swap box post. Their Christmas posts include Christmas baking, Christmas essentials and Christmas music!

The little wise owl – for posts on baking, Blogmas ideas, and what the little wise owl has been up to in December.

Girl enters (site since deleted by owner) – this is a new blog that I found out about because of Blogmas. That’s one of the things that I like about it – you get to discover new blogs!

Hannah Elizabeth – Hannah Elizabeth is doing Blogmas again- find out where she’s been and check out her beauty posts.

Natalie Gordon has posts on getting into the festive spirit, making your own decorations and a cosy night in.

Nataladalie – for recipes, Christmas music and scents.

Sophie Letitia – I’ve been following this blog for a while and enjoy her make-up and skincare posts. So far we can read about stocking fillers, nail varnishes for Christmas and a trip to somewhere that will get you in the mood for Christmas!

Vlogs

If you like the Christmas vlogs on Youtube, here are some Christmassy videos. I’ve linked the videos directly, but if you look around or follow the channel, you’ll see the rest of the Christmas content.

Jamie Gourdon
Scarlet London
Wavy Kate – the first person who got me into watching advent calendar unboxings!
Emma’s rectangle
Fashion Mumbler – the first person who got me into watching Vlogmas!
Wonderful you
Hello October
Soph does nails

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

So, if you’re doing an advent calendar this year, what was behind todays door?

L’Occitane – I had another hand cream today, this time a floral one. Usually I don’t get excited about floral things, but this is quite a delicate scent and I like it. Anyway the L’Occitane hand creams are always good!

M&S: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel. I had to look this up. I knew about dragons from my Nip and Fab products, and it turns out that both brands were created by the same person – although Nip and Fab is cheaper! Therefore I was glad to try something from its sister brand! This is a gel that encourages the production of collagen to help skin appear firmer.

Question for the day

And finally my question of the day – when do you start your Christmas shopping, and have you finished? I haven’t finished yet! Sometimes I start as early as the summer if I find something I know someone will like and they have already had their birthday, but usually I start around November time. I can’t do the crazy rushing around at the end of December because it would stress me out too much!

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