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Once upon a time, in a land far far away...

I started writing a beauty blog. It was the dark ages of beauty blogging in the wilds of North London. The year was 2007, when a small company named Apple created a thing called the iPhone and we started talking in Tweets for the first time in human history. People still used desktop computers and Internet Explorer. They TiVo-ed their shows and "swipe left" was something you did in a bar fight. To quote a little-known author, 'it was the best of times, it was the worst of times" for us nearly-but-not-quite-digital-native folks. 

The first iteration of this blog (The Cult Beauty Blog) appeared in tandem with the co-founding of my online beauty boutique, back when it was an innovation to "curate" one's wares.  

The second iteration of this blog (the hastily named Beauty Woo Me (what was I thinking?)) appeared when I cut myself loose from life in London and hitched my marital wagon to a horse (let's just refer to the husband as that for now to keep this metaphor on track) in the American Midwest.

After years of therapy, we have started recovering from the psychological trauma caused by 9-month-long winters and deep-dish pizza. We now live as far away from those things as is humanly possible.

While I used to blog here, I sort of packed it all in back in 2012. It's hard to have a London beauty blog from Illinois. It was a nightmare getting to launch events and parties. 

The archive remains.  

In any event, I much prefer reading and watching the likes of the lady content creators writing and filming amazing beauty and lifestyle stuff that have come up in the last eight years. Seriously, they're so good. 

I do, however, crave good beauty content when I'm stood silently judging the other dog owners at the dog park, and the only way to get it without staring at a screen is by listening to it. So to remedy the issue of no spoken beauty content, I'm working on a beauty podcast called the The Surface. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't. Sign up and see.

On the occasion that I have something to say here, I'll post it, though mostly I want to save those words for the places where I'm paid to say them by the people who can pay me. 

You can check out my irregularly updated portfolio at www.jessicateas.com.

Smell ya later.