Tiny Blogging Rant: Expectations vs Reality

I’ve never done a post like this before, because I’m always trying to sound cheerful and optimistic. Blogging is something to enjoy after all but there are too many blogging expectations that sometimes don’t live up to reality.

Now I’ve spent 10 minutes doing my make up and the next 70 trying to catch the perfect light, body posture, facial expression, the sparkles of my shimmery eyeshadows and so on… I mean after I finished (not because I was done but because the sun was gone), I had maybe a hundred and something photos to scroll through πŸ˜€ And then when I opened my pinterest for some inspiration and saw those stunning photos, some of which taken with really low quality camera (the second picture for example), it just made me go crazy.

I mean seriously?! Just look at them!

Why do I need an hour to get just one average photo and they have the perfect super casual shot?!






And there it’s me: fluffy messy bun – missing; fabulous make up – also. Why they can do it and I can’t?! ;/

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hello there

There isn’t an idea behind this post, to be honest. I just got a little bit annoyed that no matter how hard I work to make pretty pictures for my blog, I’m never going to have lashes up to my forehead, blue eyes deep as the ocean, and voluminous freshly blow dried hair. In fact, I’m a little bit scared of those round hair brushes.

The idea of this post is not to ask for compliments and nice words. It’s purely for fun and please don’t take it seriously. I laughed at my picture myself and obviously I am crazy enough to share it with everyone here (I seriously look like a cat just opened their owner’s front camera)

I just wanted to tell you something that you already know, but you need to be reminded about: Don’t compare yourself with other people because you are beautiful in your own way. There is always somebody to appreciate you for who you are.

(thank you Hazel for shifting the direction of this post)

Okay, this got a bit too cheesy. I’m out now.

Thank you for reading,

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  • Reply Lise

    I feel you on the amount of pictures.. I just cleaned out my camera album on my phone yesterday, I’m embarrassed about the amount of pictures I take when I end up just using a handful. x

    August 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Don’t be, we are all like that! πŸ’‹

      August 20, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Great message, girly! I actually laughed out loud at your “lashes up to the forehead” comment πŸ˜‚ I totally agree! I think those girls look beautiful, but the over the top lashes just don’t work on myself personally either πŸ˜‰

    Keep doing you, boo ❀

    August 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I tried shooting with falsies but took them off after the first 5 minutes because they felt super heavy and … fake πŸ˜‚ But they look amazing on other people, I don’t know how they do it!

      And thank you so much ❀️ btw, I’m not sure how to follow you. I don’t even have the follow back option πŸ˜“

      August 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply lauzieslifestyle

    I think that SO many people will be able to relate to this. We never really know how many images someone takes, what lighting equipment they have, whether they have a digital camera which can capture images better, or what filters they use.

    I love your eye makeup in that photo. The girls in those images are wearing false eyelashes – judging how they flutter out at the sides. Not saying that it is wrong but realistically, many people’s lashes do not do that naturally. We are all beautiful in our own way as you said perfectly! πŸ™‚

    August 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      You are one of the best self-love advocates and I’m so happy that you support me on this topic!
      Also thank you about your kind words! I was actually planning to do a make up tutorial for this look but ooops it turned out into something completely different! πŸ’‹

      August 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Britney

    I always end up taking at least 50 photos (if not more) to get a few ones I like. And even then, they aren’t as good as other photos I see. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others. I just try to think that those people probably don’t get a good photo after the first shot either.

    August 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      You are so right, everyone thinks that they should be better and prettier and smarter, etc. But we are who we are and sometimes that’s enough! πŸ’‹

      August 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply SimpleSerenity

    Girl I totally understand what are you talking about, whenever I see insta selfies from most girls I’m like how are you supposed to take those photos, no matter how good my makeup looks it never translates to photo haha. xx

    August 20, 2017 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Haha absolutely, we need to ask them about their secret πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ’‹

      August 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Natalie Vinh

    I agree, it’s totally super frustrating to get the perfect angle. I always end up spending a ridiculous amount of time taking photos for the blog and it gets so tedious! Your makeup looks so good!

    August 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Exactly, sometimes taking photos is more time consuming than actually writing the post πŸ˜‚ And thank you lots! ❀️

      August 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Thefitfrequentflyer

    I completely relate! I often get discouraged about my pics, content, Pinterest, IG, etc especially when I compare myself to others.

    August 20, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Don’t be, we are always here to support each other! πŸ’‹

      August 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply sophiealicetalks

    Hi, just passing on the message that I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award, you can read all about it here ->, hope you have a great day! πŸ™‚ x

    August 20, 2017 at 10:17 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you love, going to check it now! Hope you enjoy your day too πŸ’‹

      August 21, 2017 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Bayance

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Omlll I am dyingggg. This is so me ugh! Girl I feel you πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ Btw her picture didn’t make me smile but yours did so… technically yours is better because it seriously made my day πŸ˜‚πŸ’•

    August 21, 2017 at 1:28 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Haha never thought about that! Thank you so much, you absolutely made my day too!! ❀️

      August 21, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply lifeofangela

    This post gave me a good laugh, that picture of you is perfect πŸ˜‚
    I’m so with you Siyana, scrolling through Pinterest is infuriating when you see all these amazing pictures and they’re just impossible to replicate!!

    August 21, 2017 at 6:28 am
    • Reply Siyana

      YesπŸ™‹πŸΌglad I’m not alone πŸ˜‚

      August 21, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Cassandra Passmore

    Omg yes I feel your struggle here too. lately I’ve been struggling to get GOOD photos of my makeup looks that I’m doing and I end up looking like Fiona from shrek lmao

    August 21, 2017 at 6:31 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Your looks are always fab, girl! ❀️

      August 21, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Jo Smith

    I totally agree! Ironically, I look up Pinterest expectations vs reality on Pinterest. I also did something like this a long time ago, if you’d like to check it out:

    August 21, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Everything on Pinterest looks super pretty and easy, when in the reality that is not always the case. But I loved your project anyways! x

      August 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply beautyonabudget94

    But you looks so adorable though hahaha <3 I feel a lot of the same, when watching those stunning IG girls, and when you try to copy it you just look the mess hahaha. I think it's something everyone can relate on. There will always be someone that's better then ourself, but so what? That shouldn't be an obstacle for us πŸ™‚

    August 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply TheTypicalBeautyBlog

    I literally fill up my camera gallery with pictures that have slight adjustments and then i always pick 1 and its like aaaaaallllll this hard work for that one photo & then instagram’s algorithm means that not even everyone who follows me sees it! so blooooody annoying lol xx

    August 22, 2017 at 12:47 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Oooohhh the new instagram algorithm is a topic for another rant but you are so right!!

      August 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Expat Panda

    Its all about angles and lighting! This is what I have learnt since I been blogging and even though my shots are landscape shots, the same principle applies.

    August 22, 2017 at 5:08 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Sometimes yes, but not always in my opinion 😊

      August 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Mrs.S LDN

    As I’m reading this I’m thinking of the line I say EVERY time i take a selfie either by myself or with someone else…. For the love of God add a filter πŸ™‚
    Its so hard not to compare and I mega feel your pain, no matter how hard I try a suck at Flat Lays…. Its like if I could conquer that I really feel I could take over the world ya know πŸ™‚
    Either way I think your eye lashes are pretty slick….


    August 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I’m kind of obsessed with one of the filters in the VSCO and none of my pictures look alright anymore if I’m not using it πŸ˜€

      And you are so right about Instagram and its flatlays, some people are just rocking it and it looks so effortless πŸ™

      Thanks a lot girl! <3

      August 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Brittney Ross

    Hahahaha! I find this to be so accurate! It takes me forever to look halfway like those Pinterest models. lol. I don’t know how they do it! xo

    August 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply lifewithmrst

    I can completely relate to this post, it is hard not to get disheartened when looking online at all the beutiful images that are perfectly captured and lit etc. I have tried so many times to get that perfect selfie, it just never goes to plan.

    August 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Keri Elaine

    I cracked up reading, ” I seriously look like a cat who opened their owners front camera” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚! I they what you mean and think she took straight on photos of her whole face then cropped it. I love that this picture shows off your personality!

    Keri Elaine

    August 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Aw that’s really sweet of you to say ❀️ and I’m sure they have their tricks but unfortunately they are not available for us, the simple people 😁 xx

      August 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply sayeedahsparkles

    Love this! I have to take 5 million for one good one! If you want your lashes to look good on camera you have to wear falsies! Otherwise the camera won’t really pick it up! Also I’ve found that sunlight helps capture details. Also if you leave a window open, stand in front of the mirror and use the back camera of your phone the pics normally come out better. πŸ’–πŸ’–

    August 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply GOindiastore

    This is great blog!I love that you added very useful information.

    August 26, 2017 at 9:09 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you!

      August 26, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply The Design Alcove

    So relatable! Well, if you think you look like a cat..that is pretty impressive eye make up for a kitty. 😏 Jokes! It looks fab!!

    August 29, 2017 at 5:01 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Haha that’s really nice of you to say 😊🌸

      August 29, 2017 at 10:23 am
  • Reply stashy

    It’s good to remember, nothing is as it seems online and to take a break from social media. I often ask myself, what would these people do without digital photography and you can just take hundreds of photos at no cost? πŸ˜›

    August 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply SophisticatedEffect

    I love this! So great to remind yourself that you are you own type of beautiful!

    April 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm
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