Help Me Brainstorm Changes to Makeup and Beauty Blog

Published in: Just For Fun

Change can be beautiful

Would you like to see any new features or tools, more lamp more tutorials, more videos, longer videos, a svelte cat?

Heya, ladies. Did you set your clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time? What a drag, huh? I don’t mind setting my clocks back (I can always use the extra hour), but I’m not a big fan of going the other direction, LOL!

I hope you still got your beauty sleep.

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Since I’ve got change on my mind, what with the clocks and all, I wondered if there were any things you’d like to see change here on the blog. Anything at all, like do you hate the new layout, miss the old navigation links, miss the old header, wish there were more games, interviews, tools, widgets, wish there were fewer ads?

I look at the blog so much that I start being unable to see it after a while, so I could use your perspective. Feel free to throw any ideas out there. The more outrageous the better!

Thank you.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Glosslizard says:

    The only thing I’ve reeeeeeally missed from the old layout is the next/previous links at the bottom of each post. I loved being able to pop around between posts without having to go back to the home page!

  2. Shiny says:

    I kind of liked the old layout better… it was prettier? I am talking more about the page banner… the way you have been posting the content lately has been pretty cool, I like the little labels on the product and the font you use. But yes, I enjoyed opening the page and seeing pink flowers etc. Still, you’re the only blog I read everyday so keep up the great work!!

    Also, I am so happy with all the positive reviews for The Watchmen, it is my favorite graphic novel (I collect) and can’t wait to see it sometime this week. Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Maggie says:

    Hi Karen

    I love your videos and I love the idea of your eye shadow looks but I’ve never been able to recreate them myself as I don’t have the skills. Do you think you could combine two of my favorite things and do a video of your eyeshadow looks? I learn better from watching.

    Yours is my favorite beauty blog.

    Maggie

  4. Anna says:

    I prefered the old layout too, it was much easier to use and prettier.

    I like the Daily Picture and Beauty. I really love the videos you do, maybe some tutorials of your looks would be great aswell. But I have to says, your blog is by far the easiest and most comprehendable ( is that even a word ?) written instructions of how to do your FOTD. Its still my favourite blog however it looks.

    Anna

  5. fridagal says:

    i prefer the old look of ur blog.. thou that does not mean i don’t like the new look.. but i find that the old look was more neighbourly?? the new 1 looks professional looking n sleek..i guess i juz prefer the homeliness feel of the previous look..

  6. Sarahc says:

    I like the new design way better especially the banner that changes. The old one was pretty but other blogs had the exact same template.

    I second glosslizard about the next and previous links at the bottom of yer posts. I do miss that!!

  7. Sara says:

    I also prefer the old layout. This one has changed the whole feel and tone of your blog. Still love reading it though.

  8. allie says:

    more short and longer videos!
    i love them, the tips are really helpful and you’re so funny and likable!

  9. Dao says:

    To me, when it comes to websites and blogs, I’d like to give them room so I can breath. It’s strange but when the first version of my blog came out, I felt that there were so many things around and they sucked the air out of my blog. Your old blog’s layout was very straightforward and open, I just love it.

    Your videos are my pick me ups, sometimes I laughed silently like a maniac in the library when watching them. (People thought I choked on something!) I think the length of the videos are ok, I can’t watch those 10 minute long vids anymore because of the amount of time I have.

    Dao´s last blog post..A Sale Announcement and an Update

  10. iceempress says:

    i love brainstorming!

    the entries seem to blend together. i miss the bright bold titles to your entry and i agree with the glosslizard about the links at the bottom of each post. loved that. im a modern girl and im all about less is more.

    please please keep up the fun photos and videos. i love the comments on the photos. especially the christian bale ones.

    other than that this is my favorite blog. one i love to share to all my guy, girl, straight and gay friends.

  11. VampyVarnish says:

    I think your blog layout now is much better than the old one. This is current and original looking, rather than just “pretty”, which I appreciate! I love the daily pics and the “Previously” block at the bottom.

  12. Holly says:

    well I hate change like in general lol just because the unfamiliar is scary. but the new blog is okay i guess, i wish you still had “previous post” and “next post” buttons on the top of each individual blog so i can just click through. but other than that, its okay i guess

  13. Redhead says:

    I think the page should have a little more color – maybe you could make any new page coloring the colors of some of your fave MAC shadow combos! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think more new articles, looks, and reviews a day would pull in more readers – more stuff to look at would be nice, instead of going on the MAMBB and reading the one new article and then browsing through old FOTDs. More tuts and looks would be really cool, but still – keep the extra looks and tuts balanced with more reviews and just-for-fun stuff! I would also love more drugstore makeup reviews – good-quality MAC and high-end makeup dupes for less, ya know? I love high-quality drugstore makeup! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Nicole says:

    I think the short videos are great! I think Dao is right because a lot of us don’t have all this time to watch a 10 minute video. (Although I’d still love to see a youtube like “tutorial” on some of your eyeshadow looks). I do like the sleek magazine like feel of the new layout.

    I think you should get a twitter! I know that you already have a website, and that’s hard to keep up, but everyone is on the twitter tip… and I think your twitter would be really interesting since you always have these cool stories from your daily adventures =)

    Nicole´s last blog post..Dear Ririรขโ‚ฌยฆ

  15. Liliana says:

    YOU SHOULD POST PICTURES OF PEOPLE WHO DO MAKEUP ON OTHER PEOPLE OR THEIR OWN MAKEUP TO SEE DIFFERENT STYLES AND COLORS. WE COULD SEND THEM TO YOU AND YOU COULD POST ON YOUR BLOG. OR HAVE VOTING SESSION TO SEE WHO VOTES FOR THE BEST ONE.????????? JUST A THOUGHT

  16. tricia c says:

    i love the old pic of the girl with lotion smeared on her face from the old layout maybe u can put that back.

  17. tabby says:

    Some of you readers (like me) live in the sticks. No malls, no DSL, no cable, not even pizza delivery. We depend on the swatches, etc. that you post here in order to do our online shopping. As for me, the mall is an hour drive in the opposite direction from my half-hour drive to work.
    Videos are nice when I can go to my Mom’s house, but have you ever tried to watch a video on dial-up?

  18. Susan says:

    I love the how-to videos. They are very clear and easy to understand. I’d love to see more of them, maybe more tutorials on eyes techniques.

  19. Amanda says:

    i totally agree-you need the “next” and “previous” scroll type buttons back-I read them all, and don’t have having to go back to the main page. Also, your videos are wonderful, but I like the shorter clips. I usually check your blog during work breaks (during the week) and can’t always watch the video–time contrainsts and work policy against video-then I have to go back on the weekend and make sure to “catch” the vids-which is cool and they are totally worth it, but….just something to consider-i vote don’t go crazy feeling like you need to add a lot of extra stuff.

    as for layout, I’m adjusting to it-it’s nice, the ads don’t bother me…..it’s more content of posts that I’m concerned with, and I like that you don’t just repeat press releases and re-hash things many bloggers seem to feature. ummm-and keep it personal-I really feel that that is what sets your blog apart and makes it so great.

  20. Rachel says:

    More Tabs!!!

    Well, that and more videos. You are the only blogger whos videos I actually *watch*. And I always watch (and love) them. Beauty, Tabs, cheesy dances, all of them!

    Rachel´s last blog post..Daisies and Hip Hop Don’t Mix

  21. Megan says:

    I read your blog in google reader so the layout isn’t much of a concern – I do love your tutorial videos and thought the last eye makeup how to with the detailed diagram was great! Keep up the reviews of the affordable drug store makeup!

  22. Dee says:

    While I LOVE your tuts..alot of them are MAC…i love mac but i sometimes would like more general reviews…..other than that…your site rocks!

  23. gio says:

    I think your new layout is way better than the old one. It’s prettier and original.

    I also love the short videos cos I don’t always have the time to watch a 10 minute video. But I would love to see some video tutorials of your eyeshadow looks.

    gio´s last blog post..New Collection: Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Summer 2009

  24. Vanessa says:

    Hi Ladies,
    I guess I’m a nubie then. I don’t know what the old layout looked like to I have nothing to compare this one to, but I like it!

    Karen,
    I love the tutorials and short videos with the step by step details keep up the great work.

    Since I’m not a cat fan I think you can loose the cat, but I do like Hello Kitty. Was that a contradiction?

    Smooches,
    V

  25. Mishel says:

    Hola Karen!

    I think you should have a more colourful background, though I do enjoy the simplicity. I agree with wanting “older/recent” links for the posts. I like the short videos but sometimes you should post longer ones up of makeup tutorials or reviews. I think your side panel should be lessened width wise, since the focus is on your blog and all the lovely things you have to say. Otherwise, it looks good and I really like the updates via mail. Keep up the good work!

  26. Liz says:

    I like the picture of the day and the new layout is very nice ๐Ÿ™‚ the only thing is (i dont know why) but the do your video banner thing kind of bugs me.. im sorry i dont like it ๐Ÿ™

    Then again I love all the cute Tabs pictures ^^ and the daily mood posts (i find them very original); maybe id like to hear a bit more of pros-cons of the products u test ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love ur blog ^^

    Liz´s last blog post..Ethnic makeup & co

  27. yen v. says:

    i agree with Liliana with posting makeup on different people. If you can, it would be great to see you put makeup on different people…your friends, family…
    Though i love the looks you do on yourself, it doesn’t really look that great on me. Plus, doing different looks on others will maybe be more interesting to you!

  28. SMarie says:

    Ok I definitely liked the old layout better, I think you need more color, more pink maybe? Also I love the videos, they are awesome! I also love all the pics you take!

    I would love to see the reviews branch out into more brands for example Tarte, Fresh, Too Faced, MUFE etc. Also I am loving it when you post the “deals” thanks to you I found beautycrunch.com which is awesome! Keep up the good work, I check your blog multiple times a day! I love the humor, the polls, the adventures of tabs, and the great reviews!

  29. Elisia says:

    New here, but addicted. Thanks! I would like to be able to browse posts without having to go back to the homepage. I also think a brighter hmm whats the word..Pop..I think you need a layout that just pops. Keep up the great work. Love it.

  30. Heather says:

    Karen, I love the new layout! It’s one of the best of the blogs on the web, you are so talented with photoshop!! The old banner was a bit boring, but I honestly don’t remember it too well. The ads are fine since there are no popups and I actually didn’t notice them until you mentioned it!

  31. jess says:

    I would like more collection reviews, swatches, makeup opinions. I also like the celeb beauty info like interviews, what products they like, who is wearing what. I also like the polls and givewaways! Maybe some games would be fun too! Interaction is fun! You do a good job keep up the good work!

  32. Patrice says:

    Your blog ROCKS! Thanks for asking for feedback.

    1. LOVE the pictures of your eyelid and then the color swatched version of your eyelid when discussing new looks. That is so helpful to makeup-challenged me.
    2. Keep doing at least 2 versions of pictures for color swatches of new products. Sometimes the lighting makes it hard to make out the colors in one shot but easier in another.
    3. Love the shots of your lips for new colors. The size of the photos really helps to see the colors.
    4. Please continue with the drugstore finds. Although I’ve done years of department chain makeup and salon hair products, I’m very frugal now. I think they have made so many improvements in products and now you can find great stuff at the drugstore for very reasonable prices. They can be a great value.
    5. I like the videos. You do a great job of keeping them to a great length and you get right to the point with helpful tips.
    6. Keep being cute and fun and exposing me to new stuff I’d never know!

    I hope this is helpful to you. I feel so refreshed in the evenings when I check me email an browse through yours! Way to go!

  33. Katrina says:

    Hi Karen,

    I don’t have much of an opinion on your layout. I was just getting used to the previous one when it changed so now I’m getting used to the new one. What I like best about your blog are the videos. Not so much the ones on how to care for your skin, but I like to see you in the vides giving us tips on random stuff. I agree that I’d like to see more videos of you putting together your look of the day. I’m always in need of knowing how to pull a look together. I also like the ideas of your fans sending in look pictures and possibly having you post them, or what if we even sent in our own pictures and you gave us your opinion on what looks to do? I’m fair skinned with light hair and I love your blog but sometimes the looks and colors that you use just aren’t going to work for me. No worries, I keep coming back to see what you’re up to next though. So keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see what’s yet to come!

  34. ponikuta says:

    Hey Karen,

    I love your blog as it is. Please do not change anything or too much.

    Perhaps add a Twitter option for us to follow you would be good!!!

    xoxo,
    V

    ponikuta´s last blog post..On hygiene issues

  35. Luv J says:

    Hi Karen,

    I like the new layout and as far as “more” stuff.. I do like to watch a lot of youtube makeup tutorials.. hauls, etc. However, reviews and swatches are better in pictures since they show shades and colors better than videos. Your video quickies are fun, leave those up.. but I think it would also be interesting to watch you do a full video makeup tutorial and hauls ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. mahalia says:

    I check this blog on my sidekick and it doesn’t play videos so I would love to have written descriptions of what’s in the videos

  37. Michelle says:

    More FOTD’s and cute videos ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love when you do reviews on the newest collections.

  38. claudia says:

    Hi Karen! I’m relatively new to your blog (I don’t know why I never came across it before! Forgive me!), so I don’t know what the old layout looked like. I can only say that I love your photos (“Haay!”) and your videos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Jen says:

    Hi Karen,

    Definitely more videos as they brighten up the days. Your personality is so unique and fun, yay!

    I just happen to love love love interactive sites. Therefore more reader participation, the better. Perhaps a section where your readers can upload their fotd etc. And did I tell you how long I spent on that slot machine the other day… on second thought, maybe not such a good idea LOL

    Your layout is great. I love the modern yet girly/shabby chic look of the blog. Nothing too invasive, yet chic and sophisticated; yup just my style.

    While I love me some makeup, I am a shoe, handbag, accessory, and clothes junkie. I know this is a beauty site, but perhaps you can add what type of outfits you would recommend with certain looks. Right now anthropologie has this great coral leather bag on sale that I’m eyeing to go with a cute summer look!

    Your blog is by far superior to many other makeup blogs. Again the simplicity, in addition to being well organized with minimal invasive fonts etc. makes it my go to blog of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again,
    Jen

  40. Ali says:

    i love the new layout and your blog in general – especially all the MAC and Chanel swatches! every time there are new swatches i sit and stare at them for ages lol. but itd be so cute to see more of Tabs! (i absolutely adore animals =))

  41. Steph K says:

    I love the tutorials, and would love to have more of them (on video!).

  42. Liliana says:

    THANKS FOR SUPPORTING MY THOUGHT
    YEN V

  43. Karen too says:

    I actually really liked the old layout (so cozy and homely as another commenter put it), but then I read most of your posts in my feeds reader anyway… The new one is very stylish and fresh though.

    I’d love to see you do some actually makeup application in your videos! Other than that, keep up the good work. ๐Ÿ™‚ And don’t worry about posting more, I have trouble keeping up when you post so often, LOL!

  44. Karen too says:

    PS. It would be great if you could put in links to the previous/next post after the comments as well, then we don’t have to scroll up after commenting!

  45. Theresa says:

    I enjoy your beauty finds and reviews. Thank you for sharing them! Also, I am in my mid-forties and fair skinned so I cannot use all those beautiful bright eye colors you use. Is it possible you can do a tutorial suggesting a pretty daytime look for us over forty year old’s? I understand I am to use matte colors on my eyes… Maybe you have more suggestions for blush, etc. Thank you!

  46. Marisol says:

    Hi Karen… love your blog and appreciate all the hard work that you put into it. To be honest about the layout, I read your blog through my rss reader so the layout doesn’t show on there. I like how you feature high end and drugstore make-up.

    The videos are great and so are the tutorials.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Resolutions update: February

  47. Megan says:

    Ok Karen – I have to fess up…I don’t care so much about the layout because most of the time I read in my google reader or in my e-mail…and don’t come through to the site. I do however like the new design better than the old one…something about it just appeals to me visually. So things I would like to see more of – giveaways (they’re awesome…even if I never win), reviews, recessionista/drug store tips (I mean come on…I have a mortgage now, and have you heard about the economy?), some 5 minute faces would rock (I can always use tips to getting my makeup done faster in the a.m.), polls (I love them too…even silly ones), also I would love to see your pics in a gallery format…so I could click into a lash gallery and see your bare lashes versus mascara 1, mascara 2, mascara 3, etc. etc. etc. because I have actually spent time clicking from one article to another to compare the after pictures to try to assess which I should buy, and one last thing can I get an old school you must choose every once in awhile too?

  48. Emma says:

    hey karen!

    it would be amazing if in edition to pictures of your “faces of the day” you also included a video of yourself putting on all the makeup!

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