The Blogger Diaries: The Life Of Laura

I’ve decided there is just not enough celebration of the talented bloggers I’m lucky enough to know and love. Being a blogger, to many others seems like a super easy task. In reality, blogging is an interesting yet time-consuming hobby as there are just so many skill-sets involved.

The Blogger Diaries: The Life of Laura

We are content creators by writing, designing, and photographing/editing. We are technical wizards all self-trained in WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, SEO, Adobe Suite, DSLR’s among many others! We’re networkers and beauty enthusiasts.

This series is to celebrate the bloggers I just love and look forward to reading their content. Please support everyone by checking out their content!

Laura has been blogging for around 2.5 years, and I have probably been following her for around 18 months of those. Her attitude towards blogging is so positive, and she’s one of the friendliest bloggers I’ve ever met (or rather, e-met). She is extremely talented in photography, and I think she balances the idea of being really personable with readers, while still being professional.

What first attracted you to start blogging?
There were a number of things that attracted me to blogging. I spent a lot of time through my teens watching Zoella (Zoe Sugg) on YouTube. That eventually led me to reading her blog, and lots of other people. At the same time, I had lots of friends and family asking for advice on skincare and makeup. I loved all things beauty and thought it could be interesting to throw my hat in the ring and have a go. Two years later and I regret nothing!

How do you find inspiration for your posts?
Pinterest is a great place for inspiration! Particularly for photography. Whenever I get stuck on different setups, I look through Pinterest for some ideas on how to mix things up. I also read a lot of posts and that sometimes helps me to get some ideas on different ways to approach topics and ideas. If I get really stuck I always turn to Sam (@shewritesaboutit) who I can always count on to turn my lame ideas into something cool.

Do you prefer to mix it up, or keep your blog specifically beauty?
My blog is mostly beauty, but lately, I am really trying to mix things up. I’d love to do more fashion posts. I’m currently trying to train my partner up to take more fashion and lifestyle photos for me because I would love to move in that direction a little bit more.

What is your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
Ooo that’s a hard one. Probably the post I did on a florist in Canberra – Saint Valentine (a fun fact, she did my flowers for my wedding!). It was just so much fun to go in store, hang out with her for an hour and take a bunch of photos. It’s the most time I’ve ever spent working on a post, but it was different to my usual posts and I loved it!

What are your favourite types of posts to read?
I love reading really in-depth reviews, where someone has clearly gone to the effort to thoroughly test something out and then tell you about everything they liked AND disliked. They are just so informative and good to read!

What is your most used makeup or skincare product?
Ooo ok. Skincare would definitely be the Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser and The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter. They are two holy grail products for me that I will buy time and time again.

As for makeup, probably the It Cosmetics CC Cream. I’ve had at least four tubes since I first tried it and I still love it every time.

What is your favourite beauty brand?
You’re asking the hard questions! At the moment probably Bobbi Brown. It’s the first time I’ve really started to use Bobbi Brown but I’ve just loved everything that I’ve been using from them and can’t fault anything I’ve tried!

What is your proudest achievement in blogging?
Besides getting to work with some brands recently that I’ve wanted to work with for the longest time, it would have to be the first time someone stopped me in the street (and yes, it’s happened more than once). It was such a surreal moment to have someone stop me and tell me how much they loved my blog. It made me realise that there are actually people out there who read it and enjoy it. That’s what I have always aimed to do with every post I write – make it something people can enjoy and relate to.

Do you have any tips for any new bloggers who want to start beauty blogging?
I probably have two big tips for bloggers. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different things. Something I got so caught up within my initial year and a bit, I was feeling like I had to have a theme and that everything had to look the same. It doesn’t. Let your ideas take them wherever you want to go, that’s what your blog is for!

My second tip is to not underestimate the blogging community. While it is a big community, it is an extremely supportive one. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for tips or advice or help from bloggers. Numbers are just numbers, people are still people despite having a large following and more often they will be happy to offer a tip or a piece of advice.

Oh and of course, the biggest tip is to always enjoy yourself – it’s meant to be fun, so have fun!

Laura xx

Laura can be found here:
Blog: http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelifeoflaura/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.life.of.laura/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelifeof_laura
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/thelifeoflaura/

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