Shen's Addiction Turns Two and My Thoughts on Beauty Blogging

It makes me happy seeing how more and more blogsites are turning a year older this year. Just recently, one of my many favorite beauty sites, Beautynomics, turned four. Today, another one celebrates its birthday, one of which I've been a fan of since I've started reading and writing a beauty blog: Shen's Addiction.

Beauty blogging is not at all easy, and I'm quite sure y'all can relate to this. If you're like me and a bunch I know (and love!), we all have to stay awake at night and write about our beautyscapades, pour our honest opinions and provide deep analysis to what many a normal Filipino would think shallow. Truth be told, there is nothing shallow in writing about beauty, for it has been a huge factor in some historic events such as the fall of men for Helen of Troy, the subordination of Ferdinand Marcos to Imelda Marcos, the building of Taj Mahal as done by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to Mumtaz Mahal. There are far more instances wherein a man goes far and great lengths [like admitting to following a girl around cos he caught a whiff of her Clairol-shampooed hair, I tell ya, that stuff is such a man magnet!] when he is amazed by a woman's beauty and I think it is very noble to be able to share what we can for women to be more beautiful than they already are. In more ways than one, more than pleasing any man in life, being beautiful and striving to be is just a natural womanly act to make ourselves happy and fulfilled. When I feel beautiful, I tend to do a lot of good things, evoke happiness and it shows in all of my outputs both at work and personal life. This kinda reminds me of Frances' post from a while back, "I noticed that only ugly and unfashionable women tell me to stop trying to look good, I did mean that--that I'm fascinated with the fact that beautiful, kind and stylish women are encouraging and helpful while ugly women are nasty and discouraging." Hah, I am one with you F, on this one! I never want to be ugly, or inspire ugliness so I can continue being positive and encouraging and kind.

I can't help but nod in agreement when I was reading Shen's post about her anniversary. I can't help but remember my own experiences in blogging [albeit less than hers, still memorable though], because blogging has helped me a lot in developing my skills in writing, building new relationships, understanding the dynamics of being an online writer and the world of blogging in general. It's such a wonderful world that's full of potential. I am proud to be a part of this emerging amazing world.

If you're from the beauty blogging/reading world, I'm sure you know the lovely and witty Shen, and you do know that she's celebrating her second blogversary. I told her last night I didn't want to join anymore because I already won her birthday contest but her prizes are just too fabulous to pass up!

The Body Shop
Maybelline Products
Ellana Minerals
Sun Life's It's Time [yes, we are a sponsor!]
Pureglow Minerals
Beauty and Minerals
Dollface Cosmetics
L'oreal Professionel
The Spa Gift Certificate
Ipanema GB collection Certificate
L'oreal Men Expert

Because I know how generous Shen is, I am quite sure there are even more prizes that she will be adding to the roster as the days go by, so the smartest thing to do is join. Oh and it's not limited to foreign readers, too! Interested? Here's how to join:
  1. Be a follower of her blog. :) This one is pretty easy.
  2. Be a Fan of Shen's FaceBook Fan Page 
  3. Be a twitter fan and tweet about this contest.
  4. Blog about this contest on your own blog (and as per Shen, blog must be at least 3 months old.). You can post a link of this contest on your FB account as well.
  5. Post on comment box a link of your blog post with your email and country you reside in and answer this question, "I'd like to see more [insert topic here] posts."
  6. You're done!
Contest runs from March 20 till April 30th so you girls have plenty of time to join, yay! There will be two winners from the Philippines and one from a foreign country as long as Philippine PO ships to it. Here's a little PS from Shen: I have to be honest here because I'd like to know I learned a valuable lesson from the past, I hate contest looters. those who will subscribe and follow but after the contest they will unsubscribe or remove the post or following. If you are one, this contest is not for you. Ditto, Shen. I know how annoying it is to see people who start a blog just so they can win stuff. *sigh* Oh well.

Anyhoo, go go go and join today!