My name is Lian (pronounced Lee-Ann), but Lili is my nickname. I’m in my 30’s and living in Florida, but I plan to move to Germany within the next few years. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Florida and a minor in Classical Studies. About me sections are difficult because I’m a very private person, and yet, I’m a part-time blogger! My love of the cosmetics industry takes precedence over my social anxiety. Makeup is a passion of mine, and I want to share that love with others!
I consider myself a makeup enthusiast at an intermediate level of applying makeup to myself and others, but an advanced level of knowledge overall. In the past, I occasionally did product testing for brands and I still actively participate in focus groups. I’ve also dabbled with creating handmade makeup. I’ve had some unique experiences over the years which allowed me to gain the information that I do, but I am not a cosmetic chemist, a makeup artist, nor industry professional. I do as much research as I can to ensure that what I say is accurate, but this is ultimately a hobby of mine, so I do have my limitations.
When I created this blog, it wasn’t easy to find pictures of the makeup I wanted and the shades I was interested in demonstrated on people with my complexion. My goal is to fill that void and help others be informed consumers by showing the products, describing what worked for me or didn’t, discuss whether it’s worth the money or waiting for a sale, etc.
Consider following this blog to allow my makeup addiction to benefit you!
Contact Information and Social Media Links
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Full Disclosure and Affiliations
This blog became part of the WordAds program on August 2020, which it is still part of today*. This means that I have the potential to earn revenue on ads placed on this website. This revenue cannot be claimed until I’ve reached the minimum amount set by WordPress. After one year, I have not reached that mark and will likely not reach it by the second year either. This is why I do not post disclosures on every post on my blog because despite having the opportunity to earn money, I do not actually make money on this blog.
*AS OF NOVEMBER 16, 2021 I HAVE PAUSED ADS.
When I switched blog templates, I didn’t realize ads would show in places I did not designate. Unchecking everything still leads to ads showing under every other paragraph. Since earning revenue has never been my focus for this blog, I decided to remove them all from view.
On September 18th, 2021 I joined the LYS Beauty Confidence Crew ambassador program, which is a little different from a full on affiliate program. I can earn commission when someone uses my affiliate link or a discount code that is generated specifically for me, but similar to many programs, there is a minimum requirement for me to reach in order to actually get that revenue. In order to keep things simple, I will just refer to myself as an affiliate of LYS because earning commission is technically still possible. Going forward, any time LYS is mentioned in a post I will make a note that I am affiliated with the brand.
With ambassadors, in exchange for work, it’s most common to be “paid” in the form of free products from the brand. I’ve always stated in posts when I paid for something or I received it as a gift from a friend, so this will be no different. If I receive something from the brand, I will disclose it. I always have been and will continue to be transparent about that.
Receiving something for free does not guarantee I will feature it on my blog or any social media account. I only review products that interest me. For example, I joined the Allure Beauty Enthusiasts in 2015 before I started this blog. Since then, I occasionally received free samples and full size products. I did not review any of those products on my blog because they either were not makeup related or they were from brands I never purchased from and did not have an interest in exploring more. If I receive a makeup item I’m excited about from Allure enough to review, I will of course disclose that too.
If you would like to shop LYS Beauty using my affiliate link, please click HERE. The link will open to a new tab. At the moment, I also have a 20% off affiliated discount code LYSUNBOXLILI which is good until October 18th, 2021.
As of April 26th, 2022, I became a CDJapan Affiliate. This just means I get a small commission on any purchases made on the website if you click through my links. I post about products in the Beauty category (mainly brushes) but anything purchased from the site by clicking the banner below should qualify for commission. I have been purchasing my Japanese brushes from them since April 2020 and have never had any issues with my orders, so it’s very easy for me to recommend ordering through them as they have a great point system, coupons, etc.