I cannot believe I’m already saying this: Bloomin’ Beauty has turned two!

Celebration

Aside from inserting the expected pink fireworks (call me corny; I couldn’t resist), I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you. This second year of blogging saw some major changes: my first Youtube video, a major move to a different state and all of the changes that entailed and several weeks at a time of no posts. I know it hasn’t been easy to stick with me when I don’t post or tweet regularly and the fact that I have had to all but abandon commenting other blogs (I usually read posts on my iPhone now- but I assure you- I am still reading) that I love. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate everyone who has supported me; continued to visit my site, link to me, email me, tweet me, etc. It’s truly inspiring and uplifting. As I enter this third year of blogging I wanted to share with you some advice, and some of the favorite posts I have done along the way- including reader favorites, the posts that have gotten the most traffic in the last two years.

First, a few things I have learned. (I’m not an expert at blogging and it’s something I do as a hobby, so keep that in mind. All of this is based on my personal and individual experience)

Now, on to the good stuff. Here are the posts that have received the most traffic since I started my blog on Dec. 9th, 2010. :) (these are in order of highest traffic received to date)

Revlon Lip Butters- totally dig the packaging

Revlon Lip Butters- totally dig the packaging

  1. Revlon Lip Butters: This was a post I did with all of Revlon Lip Butters I had purchased back in November last year. I still enjoy the picture of all of the tubes! It remains my number 1 most viewed post of all time and frequently ranks in my weekly traffic a year later.
  2. Battle of the Blush: Peach/Orange/Coral Edition: Of course I would myself love any post that included that in the title, being the blush fiend that I am. It’s interesting that this ranks higher than a post I did more recently with better swatches and in pan comparisons. Whatever works :)
  3. Milani Baked Blushes: I admit I sometimes cringe a little when I view my older posts. Though I think the content is still good, I view it with an ever-critical eye. The swatches in this post are messy and I want to go all Monk and straighten them out. However, the swatches are still fairly clear and obviously popular enough to rank as #3.
  4. MAC Naturally & Iris Apfel Part 2: It doesn’t surprise me at all when MAC makes it in my top posts. It’s a popular brand that’s usually in high demand- especially with comparison swatches.
  5. MAC Tres Cheek Swatches & Comparisons: I was happy to see this post in my top 5. I spent an insane amount of work getting all of the blushes and comparisons swatches done. The high traffic is a symbolic high five for all of the effort.

Now that I have shared my top 5 traffic posts, I’d thought I’d share my personal top 5 favorite posts. Believe me, this wasn’t easy!

Number 5: NARS Mandchourie- This post is solidified in my top 5 because the eye look I created with the duo is one of my all-time favorites.

NARS Mandchourie

NARS Mandchourie

Number 4: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors- The reason this post ranks high for me is again because of the level of time it took for swatches but secondarily because I love looking at so many pretty highlighters in one place!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Comparisons 2

Number 3: Tango With Tangerine- It was Pantone’s color of the year in 2012 and I loved doing this color palette post.

Tangerine Tango Products

Number 2: The Look for Less- Dupe posts are some of my favorite posts to photograph and write, especially when the dupe is from the drugstore or significantly lower in price.

Chanel Mirifique vs Sephora Glitter Black

Chanel Mirifique vs Sephora Glitter Black

And…. *drumroll* my  Number 1 favorite post of all time….

Burberry Eyeshadow Collection- Comparisons and swatches galore this is probably the most comprehensive post I have done to date. I still enjoy referencing the swatches when I’m trying to remember how close a color is to another. It features most of my favorite brands for eyeshadows, including Rouge Bunny Rouge and of course, Burberry!

Burberry Pale Barley Comparisons

I hope you enjoyed these posts as much as I enjoyed making them!

To make it just a *little* more interesting I thought I’d also share some of my most favorite products of all time. I thought long and hard about what I would be really torn up about not having in my collection. As in, you go to look for something and suddenly it’s disappeared! Here is what I would desperately miss:

Guerlain Parure Up Close

Guerlain’s limited edition Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder (the peacock design!!!) It adds the most ethereal “lit from within” glow to the skin. I admit I got it for the peacock design- incidentally peacocks are my favorite bird and the current wallpaper on my phone ;)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Instense #19

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Instense #19

My love for these shadows has my collection about 22 shades strong- this one is probably my most favorite shade.

Fav Palette 2011 Chanel

Sadly, also limited edition, the  Ombres Perlees de Chanel palette is one of the best ever created in my opinion. The shimmer and the creamy/buttery texture has never been duplicated in any other palette I have tried.

Tarte Spring 2012 Amazonian Clay Blushes

The entire line of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. I believe I own every shade ever made- and that’s not a feat I have accomplished with any other brand or type of blush. My favorite.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gold Palette Shadows

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gold Palette Shadows

One of the prettiest packaging designs and amazing color combination palettes ever. 2 years later it’s still a top pick for me.

EL Modern Mercury

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury- I missed out on this elusive highlighter when it initially launched but was able to obtain by swap later on. Amazing and I wish it was permanent.

Burberry Lip Mist in Feather Pink

Burberry Lip Mist in Feather Pink

Burberry is probably my top brand for designer beauty. The packaging and formulas are top notch and the colors are all wearable. The lip mist in Feather Pink is one of my most used lipsticks of all time.

NARS Spring 2012 Haul

NARS Mexican Rose Lip Pencil is probably one of the best bright lippies I own. Long-wearing, comfortable and highly pigmented. The entire Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil range is not to be missed.

Burberry Rosewood Eyeshadow

Burberry Rosewood Eyeshadow

Burberry’s Rosewood eyeshadow is one not to be missed. It was the first shade I owned and spawned a huge addiction for me.

UD 24-7 liner swatches L-R: Whiskey, Bourbon, Corrupt, Stray Dog, Lucky, Baked, Midnight Cowboy, Stash, Mildew, Covet, Electric, Flipside, Binge, Crash, Lust, Ransom, Asphyxia, Rockstar

UD 24-7 liner swatches L-R: Whiskey, Bourbon, Corrupt, Stray Dog, Lucky, Baked, Midnight Cowboy, Stash, Mildew, Covet, Electric, Flipside, Binge, Crash, Lust, Ransom, Asphyxia, Rockstar

My collection has grown since Urban Decay has released more shades, but their 24-7 liner is something I reach for on a weekly, if not daily basis. It lasts the whole day on my lids and they are constantly coming out with unique shades.

Zoya FeiFei Swatch

Zoya FeiFei polish surprised me. It’s sparkle factor cannot be denied, and it’s color-changing properties are some of the best I’ve ever seen in a polish. My other top polish pick was Butter London All Hail the Queen, but for some reason I don’t have a picture of a swatch…I must never have featured it individually! For shame. The formula and color are pure perfection.

I could go on and on….I have so many favorites but I think I need to stop here. I want to say thank you again to everyone who has made the last two years of blogging something I have enjoyed immensely, and hope to have many more of in the future. Look out for a giveaway in the next week, as well as my 2012 favorites! Cheers!

 

17 Responses to “2 Years Later: What I’ve Learned & Loved About Blogging”

  1. Laura H. says:

    Wow, 2 years ! Congratulations ! I only started reading your blog last March but I fell in love instantly. My favourite post was also of your highlighter comparison, they are gorgeous !

  2. Dovey says:

    Hi Danielle, Congratulations on reaching such a big milestone! And may there be many more posts to come. I really loved the montage of your favorite photos from the past year :-)

  3. Aw, happy 2 year anniversary!! I too have cut back on commenting, but I’m definitely still reading them all ;) I love this post, especially re-reading your top hits. oxo

  4. Sunny says:

    Happy blogoversary, Danielle! Many more to come! Thanks for the advice and a selection of posts. They’re amazing xx

  5. Diane says:

    Happy 2nd bloganniversary Danielle. Your top quality swatches and photos are what I love most about Bloomin Beauty and why I’ll keep supporting you :) Thank you for all of your efforts. Much appreciated.

  6. Jessica says:

    Danielle,

    Congratulations! It’s been such a privilege to get to know you and count you among my blogging friends. It’s hard to believe that we “met” almost two years ago!

    To many more amazing years on Bloomin’ Beauty.
    ♥ Jessica

  7. Alison M says:

    Danielle,

    I’m every thankful I ran across your blog almost two years ago as it has pushed, challenged, and inspired my love of beauty products. Here’s to your third year and many more to come!

    <3, Alison

  8. Annick says:

    Congrats on two years Danielle!! I loved reading this post – some of the blog entries you mentioned I remember quite well!

  9. Larie says:

    Happy 2 years, Bloomz! Loved looking at your own personal favorites – that’s always a lot of fun, to see what other people pull out again and again. Happy holidays, love!

  10. Congrats on 2 years! I totally agree about Burberry, I think all around it is my favorite brand! I love that Chanel palette too but I rarely use it now and I can’t bear to part with it! lol. I always want to try armani etk but the testers never seem quite right for me – like far too shimmery :( Anyways, I can’t wait to see you get back to regular posting again!

  11. Hav says:

    happy bday to your blog! And I’ve been wanting to try the Tarte blushes.

  12. Luchessa says:

    Happy blogoversary to you, Danielle. Keep making such inspiring blog posts. :)
    Love NARS Mandchourie!!

  13. I’ve just found your blog (this is such a great post to start on, by the way!) and I’m so inspired by it. My blog is relatively new, started about 6 months ago, and blogs like yours make me so excited to be involved in the beauty blogosphere. I’m so looking forward to perusing the blog and following your future posts.

  14. brenda says:

    I found your website about a year ago when I was google-ing swatches of coral/peach blushes and INSTANTLY fell in love with your amazing photo quality and just awesome blog in general. Thank you so much for having this blog and congratulations :) I hope you must more frequently in 2013 (because I seriously can’t get enough lol) and I wish you all the success <3

  15. What an absolutely wonderful post! I loved reading about what you have learned, and loved seeing your favorites– and top posts! We miss you around here, but having just made a major move myself– both geographically and career, I get how hard it is to keep blogging consistently. A friend of mine recently said– “Christine, don’t worry about being “ambitious” with your blog, you do enough with your career.” So your advice about racing to the top feels pertinent to me right now. I love blogging and I want it to stay fun for me. You were one of the first people I started reading regularly– thanks for your work. We appreciate you! <3

  16. Zein Tabbara says:

    Your newest follower! Love your blog!

    xx

    thebeautyresidence.blogspot.com

  17. lilladylife says:

    hello dear! congrats on your blog birthday i read all the lessons and comments you have noted and give you a complete applause. In or out, we will always support you online, glad things are moving for the better for you, and wishing you a stupendous 2013!

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