Hello and thank you for checking out my site! Here’s a little bit about me if you’re new here or if you are just a bit nosy (it’s okay, I’m nosy too):
My name is Gemma, and I’ve had some form of blog or online diary since I started messing around with LiveJournal as a teenager. I have been a bit of an internet enthusiast since I got my first taste of dialup AOL, I was instantly hooked by the freedom the internet offered, the fact that I could download pop-punk HMV didn’t stock yet as soon as I heard it on some American film or TV programme and the abundance of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fansites that existed out there whilst most people at my school thought it was sad (except for the head of science – Hi Mr Hedges, if you happen to be reading this!) What I’m trying to say is I’ve lived and breathed internet since it was possible for me to do so, I just love it. I’ve been making videos since 2006 and sharing my life and experiences in some way ever since.
This site started as ‘Gemsmaquillage’ in 2008 when I was browsing a site I was already addicted to thanks to LG15 and The Vlogbrothers – YouTube. I had started a part time job working on a cosmetics counter whilst I studied, and I stumbled across Laura and then Christine honestly reviewing makeup items they had bought. There was something refreshing about how they warned people not to buy the mascara I’d seen advertised everywhere complete with unrealistic promises and CGI lashes. It must have been a slow afternoon, and I quickly realised I had spent an hour or so clicking on more and more of these videos, until I registered a new username, made a new channel, and decided that the next day I would try my hand at it.
When I first got the username Gemsmaquillage I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. I speak French and chose maquillage over makeup because, well, doesn’t everything sound more fancy in French? People started to watch my videos, I interacted with other people that made them, attended a trade show where I actually met Laura (hi!) in person, and became even more addicted to YouTube than I already was. Fast forward and I’ve had some fantastic opportunities, experiences, and met some true friends and even a boyfriend whilst filming and blogging my way through life. I’ve discovered a real love of photography and videography along the way and constantly trying to improve the quality of my content keeps things feeling fresh.
As I began writing about more than makeup I started to feel a little restricted by the username that I absentmindedly made years ago to review a mascara. People who knew what it meant expected a straight beauty blog and people who didn’t thought it was my surname. It was confusing to try and explain, a nightmare to spell my email address out over the phone and honestly didn’t feel like something I really connected with years down the line. If I knew this site would stick I probably would have thought it through more, to be frank. I had been feeling this way for a couple of years but was always talked out of it, either by fellow bloggers (“but you ARE Gemsmaquillage, it’s your identity!”) and industry people (“you’re in for an SEO NIGHTMARE if you change names now you’re established”) and after allowing myself to be dissuaded for so long I finally realised hey, this is my blog, and it should make me happy. I’m the one who has to live here and the most important thing is that I love it, SEO is important but should I hate my blog name just to keep my Google ranking? I decided no, and whilst I did feel a twinge of sadness as I buried Gemsmaquillage, I’m pretty excited to have a new look and name for my corner of the internet.
A bit more about me…well I’m 29 and I live in the North West of England with my boyfriend Matt who (seldom) blogs here and makes music here, we were previously living in South West London where we had a little flat together for a while. I speak English, Spanish and French and I’ve lived for a little bit in Valencia and Toulouse. I think Valencia is probably where I should have been born and it’s where my mind wanders on rainy days. I love music, writing, Paul Rudd, old musicals, reading, olives, Jenny Lewis, Leslie Mann, day trips, picnics, cameras, Netflix, Aaron Sorkin, tea, and coffee. Lots of coffee. I have a soft spot for Lindsay Lohan, I watch too many documentaries, I’m a firm believer in equality in all aspects of life and I’ve been vegetarian for almost 20 years.