Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to learn a little bit more about me. My name is Lauren, and I’m a beauty blogger, YouTuber, and Certified Professional Coach. I live in central Connecticut with my stupidly talented, snarky, and wonderfully supportive husband. Aside from my obvious love for all things beauty related, I also enjoy practicing yoga, anything related to food (cooking it, baking it, and most definitely eating it), music, theater, crafting…you know, basically anything and everything artsy and creative. I’m a total introvert, but I love people, and I especially love getting to connect with other beauty junkies. I hope you’ll find my blog to be equally helpful and entertaining, and always appreciate your feedback on what you’d like to see more of!
My Beauty Journey
How it All Began
I honestly can’t think of a time in my life that I wasn’t obsessed with all things beauty. Even though I only wore makeup for dance recitals until I was a tween, I spent a lot of my childhood days up in my bedroom doodling face charts or drawing “fashion magazines” (most likely while listening to a Mariah Carey CD). I learned how to french braid from a Klutz book, had at least half a dozen Bath & Body Works shower gels in my bath tub, and treasured my Lip Smackers collection like it was my most prized possession.
By the time I was in middle school I had traded in my colored pencil eyeshadows for real ones. One of the first makeup products I remember purchasing was the Shimmering Sands Trio from Covergirl. It honestly blows my mind that they’re still making it, although perhaps that’s a testament to the power of a basic eye look! Around this same time, the universe also decided that I would need to trade my beautiful baby skin for a teenage face full of acne.
I’m not going to lie, growing up with acne is tough. You’re already self conscious enough as it is, and having a face full of pimples doesn’t exactly boost your confidence. My mom, having suffered with acne herself, was intent on helping me find a solution. And when I say I tried everything short of Accutane to clear up my skin, I mean it. Prescription pills, creams, Proactiv, Acne-Free, and just about every over the counter face wash and blemish treatment you could name. Nothing worked, and if anything, my skin was typically even MORE angry than if I had done nothing at all.
The Turning Point
I was still pretty determined, though, that SOME kind of solution had to be out there. And then I stumbled upon the book Beauty by Rona Berg, and my whole world turned upside down. It talked about in-depth about ingredients, product labels, and all of the industry know-how and secrets that most average people are unaware of. My 16-year-old mind was blown. Of COURSE my skin was angry. Everything in my shower was full of harsh sulfates. I wasn’t using moisturizer. I was loading on tons of crazy chemicals and not doing anything to actually nourish or balance my skin. I read and studied that book like it was my own personal beauty bible, and I learned things that to this day I still put into practice.
After that, everything was different. I was nigh obsessed with sleuthing out the best products on the market; researching ingredients, reading labels, going against the typical marketing hype. My skin has never been perfect, but it got a lot better, as did my hair (which had previously been a stringy, frizzy mess). I felt empowered, and I wanted nothing more than to help other people not make the same mistakes I unknowingly had made.
When blogging first became a “thing” I knew that starting one would be the perfect avenue to share all of my beauty knowledge and experience. Of course, life invariably happens. There was college. A seven year stint with ballroom dancing. A string of bad relationships with guys that made me ashamed to be a girly girl. Blogging was always on the back of my mind, but I never had the follow through to get something off the ground.
The Birth of Little Blushing Birdie
Flash forward to 2013. I’m 25 years old, single, and living on my own for the first time in my life. I realize I’ve wasted so much time being unsure of myself, trying to fit into the molds of who other people want me to be. Deep down I know I’ve always loved the world of beauty, and that more than anything else, that’s the part of myself I want to reconnect with. As a 26th birthday present, my parents helped me buy a Canon Rebel T3i, solidifying my commitment to FINALLY start the blog I always wanted to write.
And I’m proud to say, almost 6 years later, that I did, in fact, manage to stick with it. There have been times when blogging had to take the back burner, but Little Blushing Birdie has and will always be my passion project. Since the beginning I’ve written over 300 blog posts, and now filmed over 300 videos for my YouTube channel. It’s been quite the journey, and my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!
This past summer (2018) I made the (long overdue) decision to migrate my blog from its original home on Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress site. In the transition I decided to only carry my best content forward, hence the lack of posts pre 2015. While I appreciate that those old posts were a part of my journey to get where I am now, I promise you aren’t missing much 😉 I’m always striving to improve my skills and the quality of my content, and am proud to see where I’ve come since the beginning. Thank you for being on this journey with me. I can’t wait to see where it goes!