Wow. It has been months since I have opened up the back end of my blog and written something. There are lots of reasons why that is and I will update you guys before I get into the beauty.
So, for starters… I lost interest in my blog (that I love so much and has always given me a fun outlet) because started feeling like a job. This blog has been around for roughly 10 years now. The first couple were pure bliss, but I think that is mostly because I was working other jobs then. I was a makeup artist for Bare Minerals, a loan officer at a bank, and freelancing makeup. I eventually started seeing revenue from my blog and it was enough that I felt I could leave my regular jobs, so I decided to take a leap and work on my blog full time.
At first it was a dream, I was getting a ton of fantastic companies reaching out to work with me and it was seamless. Then the hard months hit, where beauty brands had used up their budget for the year, or they were saving their budget for the holiday season. I noticed myself needing to take sponsorships to pay my bills. I took a few sponsorships here and there that weren’t on schedule with my regular postings (food and drink, etc), but I looked at them as the commercial breaks you would normally get with entertainment, so I figured it was okay. As time went on I started viewing my blog less as my hobby that I loved and more as a business and I lost my passion for it. Which is all my own fault.
Luckily, my small business came into play about that time and I had a second revenue stream. Once I started my small business I did start seeing the blog as a fun thing again. I was just really busy and had no time for it. Some of you know that I opened up a stationery/planner shop a little over 3 years ago and business has been good. (I recently left my platform on Etsy and am now on Shopify at my-newest-addiction.myshopify.com.) Once the shop really took off I definitely slowed way down updating the blog because I simply ran out of time. When you run a small business you take on way more than you think you will. I am not only the creative/designer for MNA, I also am the labor, the accountant, fulfillment, customer service, and so much more.
So here we are, present day… I miss my blog. I miss writing my thoughts on the things that interest me the most. I don’t always have time to bust out my DSLR to take beautiful photos, so I decided to take some fast and dirty pics with my iPhone in my bathroom this morning. I am really excited to share with you about some of my current favorite things!
Eyeshadows | I have been going back to my makeup loving roots recently with MAC singles. I made a couple 4 pan palettes a while back with some of my favorite neutrals which consist of Sable, Soft Brown, Cork, Patina, etc.
I am also including the Dark Magic palette from the most recent Morphe/Jaclyn Hill collaboration, but not for the shadows in the way you would normally use eyeshadow. My palette, like many others is dry and patchy, BUT the black color on the end is PERFECTION for setting liner both on your lid and the waterline. My eyes water drastically and it always ruins my liner but this shadow is very deep black and dry and it does a fantastic job at keeping my liner in place all day.
I stopped winging my liner for the last couple years, but this year I started doing it again and I have fallen in love with the PixiXWeylie liner combo. It is fantastic.
The IT Cosmetics Oil-Free Matte CC cream (and the brush released with it) has been my go to for this last stretch of Florida summer. It lasts all day while also keeping my skin looking FAIRLY natural but perfect at the same time.
I have blonde hair now, and as we all know, bleaching your hair damages it so much. What I have been doing to combat the damage is using the Alterna Caviar CC Cream. I have been using this for years, even before I started bleaching my hair. My hair stays silky and smooth and it feels so healthy. I think my Joico Shampoo and Conditioner have a little to do with that, but this leave in is AMAZING.
A few things I am currently using in my skincare routine are the Derma-E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water and the Pixi Jasmine Oil Blend. Micellar waters and oils have become the norm in a beauty routine, and these are two that I have been really enjoying.
For fragrance I still experiment a great deal. I love mixing perfumes and creating custom scents and I am so glad I discovered these Maison Margiela Replica Filters. They are essentially an scented oil based primer for fragrance. I spritz it onto one wrist and from there rub it into my other wrist. Sometimes I also smudge the oil primer onto my décolletage. I then spritz whatever other scents I want to layer, and lately that is Chloe Nomade. The specific Filter I use is Blur because I love those cottony scents.
I figured since I am sharing a bunch of favorites with you I would show you a quick selfie using a lot of these items!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I know it was a long one but I do hope you enjoyed the update.
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