I thought I’d write a little blog about who I’m following on Instagram, YouTube, Blogs, Facebook and Twitter to give you a little insight into who inspires me, makes me chuckle or indulges me in my love of beauty, makeup, bridal, lace, flowers etc. Along with some tips on how to find the right people on each of these social media platforms to suit your look, style and personality. You’ll probably be able to see a pattern and definitive style too.
Here’s how I use the different social media platforms: YouTube: to teach me, Twitter: to make me laugh, Instagram: to inspire me, Blogs: because I like to read and know what’s going on outside my little world, and sometimes it’s the closest thing I get to an adult conversation in the day! And finally, Facebook: just because I’ve been on this one the longest and I’ve pretty much turned it into one big, personalised blog feed of people I follow. Don’t even talk to me about Pinterest! I have OCD and the obsessions can vary and be dramatic and all consuming. I know, that if I spend long enough on that site to put a board together, that will be it, the end, I will lose all control of myself and will create an absolute monster! So I stay away from it, and only go on it accidentally and then frantically hit the back button until all is well and I see that comforting Google banner again. Deep breaths….
First up: YouTube, I subscribe to a few different makeup and beauty bloggers on here, but my two favourites are Jaclyn Hill and Teni Panosian, with Nicole Guerriero coming in at a close third. Here’s why I am listing these two as my top favourites: Jaclyn is a professional, albeit self-taught, makeup artist and has worked for MAC for a few years and knows her stuff, she knows the why behind the how if you know what I mean. She is full of tips and tricks but mainly, I love her personality; this girl is not afraid to make fun of herself or have a laugh at herself, watching her video’s can be so much fun! I know she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but for anyone that knows me and has watched any of her videos, you will notice that we are very alike. Jaclyn always gives tips on what colours will suit different skin tones but if you want to see exactly how they would look on you, or you are clueless about makeup, and what colours would suit your skin tone or type, you should try to find a YouTuber or Blogger who looks similar to you and has the same/similar colouring. Even things like contouring is done differently for different face shapes, which is why my next YouTuber is Teni Panosian.
The reason I follow Teni is because she has the same face shape, colouring (ie: dark hair, brows, eyes etc.) and skin tone to me, and I think that’s important to have if you are following makeup bloggers to try out looks on yourself. Teni isn’t a professional makeup artist, but I love her style and think it is very similar to my own, or at least what I would like it to be. I have not stopped watching her 1920’s inspired makeup look tutorial over the past week or so! I know that armed with Jaclyn’s tips and tricks and Teni’s style, skin tone and colour choices, I can at least try to achieve makeup looks that I know will suit me.
Twitter: Amy Huberman, I ADORE this girl! I have such a couple crush on Amy and her hubby, Brian O’Driscoll. For those of you who don’t know, Amy is an actress, author, model, shoe designer and absolutely, hilariously down-to-earth mama bear of 2 beautiful bubbas! Her tweets crack me up every time and I want to be her! Now I’m not going to even try and do an intro on this person, because I would never be able to do him justice but yes, my second favourite tweeter is the greatest rugby player of all time, the legend that is….Brian O’Driscoll, especially when himself and Amy are twittin’ away to eachother! For any of you who keep up with Irish social media, you will have seen Brian’s antics on his recent “business trip” to Hong Kong and the subsequent Toblerone, but I think this tweet from Amy last year is my favourite.
Instagram: Shabby Forme by Rachel Pallas in Seattle. Urgh! I cannot express to you how much I am beyond in love with this girl! Everything, and I really do mean everything she makes is so exquisite, I want it all, for my wedding, or to just dress as a fairy queen in residence, daily! Rachel makes the most gorgeous custom millinery flower crowns and garlands that just exude olde school, vintage, effortless beauty. Yes, that’s right, so “old” school, I even put an “e” on the end! You know, like “ye olde sweet shoppe”….it’s like vintage, boho-chic but effortlessly beautiful!
Another person who is a huge inspiration is Emily Quinton. If you love florals and pastel colours, this is where you are going to get your daily fix. Emily’s styling and photography skills are second to none and I just cannot get enough! Not that you would need a particular reason to follow this wonderfully talented lady, or anyone else on this list for that matter; but for me, I follow these people for various elements or inspirations they might bring to my own wedding (the still-fictional one at present). Jaclyn and Teni for bridal makeup, Brian and Amy because I want to be them #couplecrush, I admire their relationship and how they have each bettered and strengthened each other; iron sharpens iron and all that, Shabby Forme because I want her floral crowns and garlands to feature in my wedding, Emily Quinton for colour and floral inspiration for the bouquets and decor etc.
Facebook: I have been on Facebook since it first started back in the day and I have over 320 pages that I have “liked” so narrowing it down is going to be a little tricky, but I’ll give it a go. My all-time, hands-down favourite is Miss Rose Sister Violet. A mother daughter duo from Australia who you very rarely ever see in a picture. I’ve only ever seen one and I’ve been following them for years! They design and make a vast range of vintage, ethereal, whimsical, dreamy, romantic (I could go on and on here) fashion, homeware and accessories. Almost every piece is made with lace, pearls or florals, or my personal favourite: all three! What I love about Miss Rose Sister Violet is their attitude to their craft; they genuinely love what they do and share everything, they don’t secretly fester away all their tips, tricks, loves and inspirations but share them which is so refreshing. Another great page similar to this is Romantic, Shabby & Vintage, they are definitely worth checking out if you like this kind of vintage, floral, shabby chic, romantic stuff like me.
Next up on Facebook, for all my textiles ladies out there, Marna Lunt Textile Artist, or Little A Designs….it’s the same, outrageously talented lady. From following, admiring and watching Marna’s work evolve over the past couple of years, I now understand those people who walk into art galleries and museums and just get lost, endlessly staring at one work of art; that is what Marna’s textile pieces do to me. Marna has now started doing embroidered portraits and oh my giddy aunt I’m gonna need one of those bad boys, real soon!
Blogs: First up, A Quiet Style by Emma Harris in Brighton. I love this blog, in a warm, cosy, kind of way. It’s got that chicken-soup-for-the-soul kind of feel for me, where I’m not being pushed towards buying something, or investing into anything. This blog requires nothing from me, it’s all give and I love Emma’s relaxed “quiet” style. You can join in with her #gatheredstyle which she runs on Instagram each week. People often say it’s the simple things in life, and that is what this blog is all about, which I personally love and enjoy immensely and is soothing for the soul. A bit of a dramatic statement I know, but just read it and you’ll see what I mean.
My second and final blog is beaut.ie. I love these girls! Don’t be fooled by the name, this is much more than a beauty blog, and in fact, one of the reasons I follow this blog and love their posts so much isn’t for the beauty at all, but for their banter and their style of writing. These girls really do tell it like it is, and I know when I’m reading their posts, I feel like I’m sat in Starbucks with them over a hot chocolate having a giggle about a variety of random topics typical of any girls’ conversation. I often say my style of writing is exactly the same as how I speak, it’s more of a transcript of what goes on in my head than a well thought out, constructed piece of writing, and I feel like this blog is very similar. I just love them, although Laura Kennedy the “beauty contributor” with her witty humour is probably my favourite!
So there we go, let me know who you like to follow and keep up with on the various social media platforms and any that I may not have mentioned but you think are killin’ it out there in cyberspace!
Right, I must go and dose myself up with medication…