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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Saying Goodbye to Beauty Division

2013 was the year I first started this blog of mine. It's bizarre to think it's been nearly seven whole years since that very first day that I posted my first blog post. Oh, back then my photography was terrible, taking flatlays on my parents bathroom floor or on my bed in poor lighting with my mobile phone. I'd post daily for months on end. I didn't care about how my photos looked, how my blog looked and I was rarely active on Instagram. Now, fast forward a couple of years and here we are. I've done a complete 360 turn.

I first started my blog when I was 19/20. It was about a year or so after I finished college and it was just before I started my first job. I was at a loss of what to do. I had in my head for quite a long time that I wanted to start a blog, however I always had that niggling thought in my head that perhaps I wasn't good enough. It sounds a bit silly, but I really did believe that.

In the very beginning I was focussed on beauty content, talking about all the newest product launches, showing my beauty hauls and reviewing every product going, but soon that changed when I became pregnant with my first little boy. I posted pregnancy updates and I talked a little about my life as a mummy. My blog took a different direction for a while, however I never completely stopped talking about beauty. That will always be my niche. 
Saying Goodbye to Beauty Division
Over the last two years or so I've had thoughts about changing my blog name. I no longer wanted my blog to be purely limited to beauty, but I wanted to have a variety of topics to talk about too. 'Beauty Division' no longer sat right with me anymore. I want to put more 'me' into it, but still keep it about beauty too.

If I'm quite honest, I have no idea why I picked Beauty Division as my blog name back then. I picked it out on a whim. I never thought that I'd still be blogging years later. I don't think many people expected it either, but I was determined to keep it going. From the very beginning, I was blogging daily, but overtime that dropped to a couple of days a week to at least once or twice every week to once every two weeks. That wasn't due to me not wanting to post, but due to the fact that I was always busy being a mummy of three little boys.

I also lacked motivation massively and I think part of it was because I wasn't so happy with how my blog was going or looking. It just wasn't very 'me' anymore. Beauty Division no longer reflects who I am now, so I am taking it in a whole different direction. I'm finally going to say goodbye to Beauty Division and I'm starting a new chapter with By Lauren May. It was quite honestly a gruelling process, just thinking of a name for my blog. I wanted it to be simple but personal too. It gives me the freedom to talk about whatever I like.

It's been a rather stressful process making this change, but I am so excited to see where this goes. Whether you've been a reader of mine since the very beginning or you're new here then I really must thankyou for all the support you give me, and the support you'll hopefully still continue to show onto this next phase.

The last five years have been eventful to say the least. I'm so grateful to have the support I have, the friends I've made through blogging and the brands/PR that I've worked with. 

As always, Beauty will always be the content I produce more over on this site, but you'll also see a little something different here and there too. Don't worry, not a lot will change from here onwards apart from a new design and a new blog name. I might even show my face every once in a while. Who knows where this will take me.

Now, I'm going to say au revoir to Beauty Division and welcome By Lauren May. It's been an incredible couple of years.


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