Hey everyone! I just felt like doing a little catch-up blog, since it's been awhile! :) Last week at this time, I was in major freak out mode since my blog was the victim of a malware attack. Fortunately my blog did not spread the malware, but somehow, some "malicious code" was found in my blog and it prevented people from seeing my blog due to the potential danger. I really have no clue how hackers do what they do, but apparently blogs can be "attacked" (don't you love this terminology?) somewhat randomly, without being specifically targeted. Anyway, I was so frustrated because I had no idea how to fix it. I ended up signing up for Webmaster Tools, a free service through Google. With some trial and error (making a long story very short here), I was able to get my blog verified, allowing Google to dig into the html code of my blog and figure out what was wrong. I think much of the problem had to do with an Instagram widget on my blog. Anyway, it's all fixed now, and the moral of the story is this- get your blog verified on Webmaster Tools- before you have a problem. That way you'll know about potential threats before you get a sea of tweets from readers saying they can't read your blog.
I posted a video today on my TV News Makeup routine for HD! This has been a major request from the news peeps I keep in touch with on Twitter and Facebook, so I was glad to finally get that done! It was a 21 minute video!! I set my alarm for 4 a.m. to star the upload, because I knew it would take hours. Through reading the comments, I'm excited to see that so many others also find it informative and interesting! I feel like I often have the goal of keeping my videos as short as possible, but with this video, I realized short isn't ALWAYS better. I had the opportunity to help one of my co-workers with her makeup last week, and as I explained things to her, I realized just how important the little details are for someone who's learning the basics.
Here's another thing I'd like to chat about- tutorials in general. I get the occasional comment from someone saying "all of your looks are the same- it's boring!"... a couple of things immediately go through my mind.. 1.) The fact that there actually are differences (sometimes subtle ones, but differences nonetheless) between that look and other looks, and 2.) They're all happening on the same face, of course they'll be similar looking. When you have more than 700 videos, it's true, there is going to be some overlap with similar looks. And I'll probably never be one to really get super crazy and do looks that I wouldn't wear out of the house. But here is my point with all this... a lot of times I'm doing tutorials to demonstrate a new product and how it works. The goal isn't necessarily to create a radically different look with it- but to show you how the particular product applies, what the options are, and how you can use that one quad, palette, or whatever it may be- to create a look. So that's something I kind of wish people would keep in mind... my objective with some tutorials is not always a drastically new look, but to showcase a new product. I'm sure many of you know exactly what I'm talking about and understand, but I just wanted to get that off my chest. 'Nuff said on that topic! :)
I would also just like to say thank you so much for the kindness and support. I love making these videos, and just get a lot of personal enjoyment out of it. But the feedback is so encouraging- it motivates me even more. Thank you to everyone who takes time out of their day & welcomes me into their home through the computer screen. I am continually thankful and honored!! Have a great week everyone!