This is my first introduction for a male blog, and I'm very happy to introduce to you all Phil from Mirror Reality.
Over to you Phil;
Men and skincare haven't mixed for the longest time -still to this day even strangely-, and I found myself staring at a very limited amount of skincare options when I started out. There is this unspoken rule that men are only allowed to use hyper masculine packaged/named/smelling products, so you can imagine what I started out with. Being fairly clueless about the whole concept of skincare, I relied very much on the ruling of saleswomen. Now we can all agree that while some are great, others are absolutely horrible and give bad advice.
Visiting a dermatologist for various skin problems I was having at the time, got me curious as to what products would work for my skin, even if they weren't prescribed by a professional. Armed with my budding thirst for knowledge I set out to the drugstore with my allowance. Didn't take long for me to figure out there was so much trial & error going to be involved in discovering what worked, that I felt like keeping a log of it all. After some encouraging words from certain friends and a healthy dosage of alcohol, I signed up for a blog account.
As the weeks passed by and I became more familiar with ingredients and certain brands, I started expanding my territory to include department stores. There was some saving up involved so I had to research what I wanted beforehand. Things spiraled out of control and soon I found out that I actually love taking care of my skin. The hunt for skincare products became a hobby and I got quite a feel for it. Reviewing all of the products I bought was my way of giving back to the community of bloggers. Who hasn't decided a purchase based on reviews placed on your favorite relevant blogs?
Passing the one year milestone not too long ago I could tell that there was a market for my opinion. Even in my backyard 'Belgium' there wasn't anyone blogging purely about skincare. Makeup & fashion bases were covered in overflow almost, but skincare seemed like a filler post to some people. Not on my blog dare I say! With me the focus will always be to have fresh and healthy looking skin. How good will makeup & clothing look on your anyway, if you have bad skin? As of a few months ago I decided to pursue a job in the beauty industry. There's just something about it that tickles my fancy and I want to help people with what I know and learned.
Never fear to comment or contact me, I'm often enthralled when people write back that my advice and suggestions helped them.
Phil can be found on Twitter here.
On Facebook here.
And on BlogLovin here.