Hello, my beautiful friends! It’s been a while since we’ve chatted. You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for a little while. In fact, it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted any product reviews or articles of substance. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what I’ve been up to the past year, why I took such a long break, and the direction I would like to take this blog in the future. I hope you are all having a great year so far! Let’s chat!
Last fall (2018), I found myself getting pretty overwhelmed by life. This blog isn’t my full-time job. I work a corporate job during the day, while the beauty world was my passion/hobby and escape from the grit and grind. Aside from things gearing up pretty heavily at work, many of you who follow me on Instagram know I’ve been open about my history with depression. That’s a topic that I’d love to expand on one day in a separate blog, but for now I’ll just say that I made a decision to take a break and focus on my mental and emotional well-being. I never intended for that break to last a year, but there are no time limits when it comes to taking care of one’s physical or mental health/well-being.
As you know, I have always been an non-sponsored blog. I purchased 99% of the products that I reviewed. In the rare occasion that a company would send me a product to review, I would always be very transparent with you about it. Even still, I have never once accepted payment for a review or post. Needless to say, it is incredibly expensive to “keep up with the Jones'” in the beauty community and constantly purchase the latest products to test and review. Running a blog in and of itself can get pretty expensive, but spending thousands and thousands of dollars on makeup/skincare (much of which I would test and toss to the side), just didn’t feel like the wisest or best decision for my life after a while. There were so many other worthwhile things that I thought about using that money for. And honestly, after a while, I felt a complete sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction with the direction I was heading. Something that once brought me joy and escape from my hectic daily life, suddenly didn’t anymore….. and that leads me to the topic of the future of this blog.
I’ve kept myself pretty busy for the past year, just not on makeup and skincare product testing. For the most part, I’ve still been using my tried-and-true favorite products which I’m sure I’ll update you on soon. However, my primary focus has been on my overall health this past year. I made some significant lifestyle changes to improve my physical and emotional health, and I’m really excited to talk about them. I hope you’ll stick around and give me the opportunity to share some of those experiences with you.
Beauty starts within, and what we put into our bodies often reflects on the outside. It’s important to realize that beauty, emotional health, and physical health are all connected. We can buy all the makeup in the world, but if we aren’t taking care of ourselves in other aspects of life, it’s all for naught. That is why I want to focus more attention on lifestyle topics, health, and self-improvement. Sure, I’ll thrown in some skincare reviews and articles in there too on occasion, but at least for now, I’d like to change the direction and shake things up a little around here.
So what can you expect in the next few months? For starters, I’ll talk about my transition to a Paleo diet/lifestyle and tell you all about the benefits I’ve experienced physically and emotionally after completely eliminating processed foods, fast food, refined sugars, grains/dairy from my diet. It’s absolutely crazy when I think about how much changing the food I put into my body affected my overall mental health, my energy, and my physical health. Aside from that, there have been a few other things going on. I’m slowly working on fixing some things that I’ve been incredibly insecure about for years, such as my teeth. I’m one of those people who had traditional braces when I was a teenager but didn’t wear my retainer. Of course, it didn’t take long for my teeth to go all wonky again, and it’s been a real source of insecurity for me as a middle-aged adult. So what have I been doing to fix that? Stay tuned for a full review of the orthodontic service I chose, including whether or not I would recommend it to others or choose a different direction.
It’s great to be back! Hopefully I haven’t completely lost you yet because I see positive things coming in the future! Before I forget, I want to give a huge thanks and shout-out to those of you who have followed me on my personal IG page or reached out to me personally to check-in and make sure I’m well. I’ve met a few amazing friends here over the past few years, and I truly love you all!
If you have any ideas of articles or topics you’d like to see covered, feel free to comment or email me.