DrugstorePrincess.com was created in February of 2011 on Tumblr. What started out as just one girl’s hobby quickly snowballed into the beauty advice powerhouse it is today, with over 500,000 loyal subscribers and thousands of posts! My name is Hilary Ball, and yes - I’m the girl behind DrugstorePrincess. And let me start out by saying, that if it weren’t for all of you beautiful people out there supporting me through this journey, I wouldn’t be where I am right now!
I knew I wanted to start my own beauty advice blog after following so many others, who would simply answer their follower’s questions with “Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know” over and over. Whenever I saw this, I’d always wonder why these bloggers never went the extra mile to research and elaborate on these topics that people asked them about! So one day in my college dorm room, I had one of those “A-HA!” moments, registered my blog name, and the rest is history.
Why DrugstorePrincess? The name is rather silly, and there have been times where I’ve resented it, because at first glance it doesn’t quite live up to what my blog strives to offer readers. No, this blog isn’t just about drugstore products, and no, it’s not just for “Princesses”. But whenever I felt that way, I’d always remembered the real meaning behind it… that even those of us who can only afford to shop at the drugstore for our beauty supplies can still look like royalty, and still feel like royalty. Most of the top-notch Beauty Bloggers really neglect the penny-pinchers out there, and I try to devote my time to ensuring the more budget-conscious that they don’t have to spend a ton of money to get great products!
On DrugstorePrincess.com you will find my own, 100% unbiased advice for all of your beauty issues. I promise to never be bought or swayed for unjust reasons. I am here to serve you and my passion, and only those things. I will never “work for” companies and I pledge to always give you information that I truly find interesting, believe in, or feel passionate about (one way or the other!) I hope that you can appreciate that honesty.
About the Blogger
My name is Hilary, and I’m from Upstate New York, USA. I’m in my 20’s and engaged to the love of my life, Derrick! Our wedding will be July 12th, 2014 (you can follow my wedding planning journey on Get-To-The-I-Do.tumblr.com) We live together with our yellow lab, Leonidas, and 9 cats. Blogging isn’t my only job, unfortunately, and although I can’t say where I work exactly, you know darn well it’s in the beauty industry! I went to college at Syracuse University for English.
I started becoming interested in makeup & hair when I was about 14. I was bullied horribly in middle school (being from a small town makes it so much worse) because I had bad skin, huge glasses and was kind of a “geek”. When I got into high school I became obsessed with reading magazines and eventually, things got a lot better. In college I started watching YouTube tutorials obsessively, and that’s when my real love of makeup began!
I never had the urge to get my cosmetology licence because it wasn’t something that I felt was necessary, because I am already doing what I love (and you can learn a lot more about makeup by going on YouTube than by sitting in a classroom). So no, I’m not a professional, and I’m not an expert - I suppose you could say that this is my Disclaimer - I don’t claim to know everything that there is to know about makeup, hair, skin, or nails, and if you have a legitimate issue you should contact a doctor or professional immediately instead of relying on the girl behind the computer screen!