“Makeup is not a mask that covers up your beauty; it’s a weapon that helps you express who you are from the inside.” – Michelle Phan. This month on #FodreamyInterviews, Kaitlyn Johnson, a blogger, a fashion enthusiast, YouTuber, mental health advocate (she literally does it all) was kind enough to spare sometime to share with us her past experiences on self-harm, depression; her energy and enthusiasm for makeup, fashion and life in general. Here is what she had to say:-
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I’m a lover of makeup and fashion. I’ve worked at Six Flags for fright fest which is where my love for special effect makeup came from which turned into watching YouTube videos then working at Ulta doing more glam makeup.
I started my channel doing makeup and outfit looks. My blog, forallthingskaitlyn is personal, it’s basically about me sharing my love for makeup and fashion. I do reviews on products, tutorials, etc. On the other side of my blog is another part of my life which is mental illness. I’ve suffered with depression, self harm, physical/sexual abuse and suicide attempts. The mental health side is me sharing my story, feelings, thoughts, what I did to overcome in the hopes that it will help others who are or have gone through the same thing or similar situations.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I originally started on YouTube, and after a while it became hard to film and edit. I wanted to move it to blogging where I could write and take pictures to show off my work. Life got in the way and it took sometime and I started. I started with beauty and fashion. I’ve always wanted a way to help others with mental illness and figured my blog would be the perfect way so I added it. The love I had for makeup and wanting to showcase what I could do or give my advice is what started it all.
What are some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging so far?
I’m definitely an open and honest person. I think being open and honest is my best as it helps people get a better understanding of who you are and where your writing is coming from. Especially for my mental health side it’s super important for me to be open and honest as anything I keep out could potentially help someone, which won’t happen if I keep it to myself. I share in great detail so someone can read and say that’s exactly how I feel or what I’m thinking.
How would you describe your blogging style?
Me – natural. I don’t do professional as most bloggers may do. Since this is a personal blog about me and aspects of my life I want it to be as natural as it can. I want my writing to sound as if it just came out of my mouth without using words I would never use.
How do you want to improve your blog this year?
I hope to be writing a lot more and bring in more readers especially to my mental health side as that’s extremely important to me.
What do you do in your spare time?
Sit on my phone haha! watch Netflix, go for runs. I’m pretty boring.
Is blogging something you see yourself doing five years from now?
I really hope so. It’s definitely something that I know I can constantly do as there’s tons of topics I can talk about or show. Makeup and mental health will never go out of style.
Can you name some of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
I personally don’t have a favorite. A lot of the bloggers I read are ones I come across on Twitter. They end up being good friends so I show my support.
Before setting up your blog you used Instagram to showcase your love for makeup. Tell our readers more about this.
I actually started my blog first, I in 2017 in September started my Instagram for makeup. I was nervous to actually showcase to people I didn’t know actually showing myself so it took me awhile to gain that courage because it was something new for me rather than taking regular selfies this is showing my skills and what I can do.
I started by actually posting regular pictures just so I could warm up, I posted selfies (which I had good regular makeup on) clothing pieces and as I started to figure out what I wanted to show it grew to pictures just involving makeup.
Can you tell me about few sources from where you get products for review on your Instagram and blog ?
The products I review or use for looks I bought with my own money, came from Influencer complementary, or a company as asked me to use a product they send and make a review!
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Trying to figure out the look. I’ve changed my theme many times as I wasn’t satisfied. I recently changed it, it took 6 hours and I’m finally at peace haha. You want your blog to be welcoming and give the information you need and have things in certain places because it is showcasing you, you want it be a great presentation!
In the future where do you hope your blog will take you?
I hope it will bring brands I love and use all the time to me for reviews on products. As well as hopefully speaking at mental illness events.
You also used to post videos on YouTube, should we expect a comeback this year or are you done with making YouTube videos?
I AM COMING BACK! I recently announced my return on YouTube!
You’ve been vocal about mental health on your blog and recently shared a personal experience on suicide attempts, it must have been hard to share that what gave you the courage to do so?
It honestly wasn’t very hard. All I’ve ever wanted to do is help people. I want people who have gone through or are right now know they are not alone, there not unloved, and life does get better as in that moment of dealing it doesn’t feel like that.
There’s things that I did that helped which is why I share. In that post I share all three times I attempted, closing each with ‘ I closed my eyes and life flashed but it wasn’t me.” At the very ending explain what I meant. My life didn’t flash, it was two people in my life who did and got me through. The hopes of that post was to share it took three times to realize I had two people I didn’t want to leave. In the hopes people would know they have someone who needs them. I’m very open and honest when it comes to mental health as anything big or small you say/write can make a big difference for someone.
My courage is knowing it’s helping someone.
Let’s talk about depression, what are some of your triggers? and what do you hope to achieve by sharing your personal struggles with readers?
I don’t have a trigger, it literally will just come whenever. I can feel it though. Out of nowhere I’ll get sad, will not talk and want to be alone. My hope is that it helps them. When talking about depression I share my feelings, thoughts in the hope that the reader will think hey that’s how I feel, that’s what I think and continue to read as I share what I did and do when I get depressed giving them new ways to beat depression when it comes.
What would you tell your younger self today?
Don’t give up, life ends up turning out great, you gotta keep going though.
PS: PHOTOS COURTESY OF @kaitlynnjohnsonn_
A huge thank you to Kaitlyn for being part of January 2018 #FodreamyInterviews. You can check out her work on:
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