Life Lately

Life Lately

Hey yall hey! Long time no personal check in! It’s been a crazy busy few months.

It seems like we’ve been doing something different every weekend and I’m not complaining about that. I love keeping busy and doing something different and new all the time. It’s an absolute joy. We also went on vacation with my family to Hershey. We stayed at the Hershey camping resort in a cabin which was a fun and new experience. We’ve always went to Hershey for family vacations but for as long as I can remember we camped in tents. I can’t tell you how nice it was to be in that cabin while it rained over night. As much as I loved staying in a tent nothing beats having a roof over your head and air conditioning in the hot, humid July weather.

My Youtube channel has been growing so much over the past few months. As I type I have nearly 2,300 subscribers, which honestly blows my mind. Just wow. I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me, my channel, and my aspirations. I’ve been wanting to get into vlogging more and more and the recent growth has really inspired me to work even harder. I’ll be vlogging weekends and weekly vlogs in the upcoming months as much as possible. Obviously, I’m working 40 hours a week to pay the bills and then filming and editing a ton once I get home so not everyday is super interesting. With that said any time something fun happens I will film and share.

I’ve also had the extreme pleasure of working with many fun Etsy shops and companies recently and it’s been such a joy to share amazing products with my viewership. I love having an outlet to share my opinions with so many people and I’m so honored that people actually care.

As far as fitness goes I’ve totally fell off the wagon. I’ve spent so much time working that I’ve made no time for the gym. I need to start intentionally carving out fitness time in my day and just make it happen. I’m still eating far more pizza than any one human probably should but that’s going to be a huge issue to tackle.I’m simply addicted. Aside from pizza I haven’t been eating too poorly and I’m been crazy diligent about drinking tons of water everyday.

Life has been great lately – a lot of hard work but so worth it.

Why I Haven’t Been Talking About Makeup

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Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing well. I haven’t sat down and wrote out a full blog post in quite some time since I’ve been putting out so much content on YouTube so this post is long overdue. I have to say I really miss typing out all of my thoughts to share with you guys. I’m going to make a real effort to begin re-incorporating more actual written blog content so that my blog isn’t just a catalog of videos.

Today I really wanted to talk to yall about why I haven’t been filming or writing about makeup much at all recently. If you keep up with the blog I’m sure you’ve read my recent post about moving towards cruelty free beauty and you’ve noticed I haven’t hauled any beauty products in forever. I’ve made several attempts at “makeup no buys” before but I’ve always failed. This time around my approach was to not restrict myself to a strict “no buy” but rather if I think I want to buy something I give it a few days to think about if I really want it or not. More often than not I realize I already have a similar product and don’t buy whatever it is I thought I wanted. Additionally I’ve been making an effort to use up everything I own before purchasing something similar. Thus I’ve had no need to buy anything. I don’t even need to really try anymore, I simply don’t think about makeup 24/7 any longer, which is great. It’s really curbed my expensive shopping habit, but it’s made me less excited to talk about makeup as well.

When you don’t have the newest, latest, greatest thing that everyone else is talking about you do feel left out at first. I felt like no one would be interested in anything I had to say since I couldn’t share what was current in the makeup world. More recently I’m coming to find that it’s ok to not own every lipstick under the sun. It doesn’t make what I have to say any less interesting or relevant. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts on makeup so I’m going to try to think outside of the box for posts that can still be interesting without buying new products every week. YouTube has a habit of really influencing people to buy everything under the sun and I certainly fell victim to the consumerism. That being said I don’t want to be wasteful so my focus with makeup is to stop spending and start appreciating what I have.

So what can you expect to see from me in the future? I will be the first to admit I get very obsessed with things, planner videos being my most recent love. My blog has been taken over by planning content and I’m not going to apologize for that because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making planner videos. I’ve decided to each back into makeup content in conjunction with easing back into writing blog posts. Once I feel like I’m brainstorming solid, interesting makeup video ideas I’ll start filming a bit more as well.

Moving Towards Cruelty Free Beauty

Hey yall hey!

So I’ve been thinking about moving towards purchasing only cruelty free beauty and skin care products ever since I saw this video here. With all of the technology we have available to us these days I don’t see any reason why a company would need to test a product on an animal. I guess it’s not something I’ve really thought about before but after watching that video I did a quick online search for a list of companies that test on animals (here is a great one I found). I was honestly blown away by how many major companies test on animals. So many of the products I own come from companies that think it’s ok to put these chemicals on sweet little critters. That just floored me.

If you took a few minutes and watched the video I linked above then you know how incredibly strong Christine is, removing all of the animal tested products from her collection. I don’t quite have that level of strength, at least not at this moment in time. I want to move towards have a cruelty free beauty routine, but I can’t bring myself to give away everything I already own. The solution I’ve come to is to continue to use and slowly finish up everything I already own. I’ve already given my money to those companies and it’s not like they are going to give it back to me so I might as well use what I’ve purchased. Additionally I don’t have the financial means to replace all of the products from animal testing companies all at once. Since I am already working on using up a lot of my makeup I figured now is an awesome time to give that goal even more focus and work on using up all of the products that aren’t cruelty free.

I haven’t been making many beauty purchases recently, but as certain products need replenishing I will only be buying from cruelty free companies. There are plenty of awesome, reputable companies that don’t test on animals so I’m sure I won’t have any trouble finding suitable replacements for most things I already own. The only item that makes me nervous is concealer. My Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is only product I own that I would give “holy grail” status to, but I’m sure there must be a great replacement out there somewhere. This gives me an excuse to get lots of samples at Sephora!

I’m definitely not aiming for living a completely cruelty free life. I have a few leather items and some poultry and fish. Perfection is not my goal, but I don’t see any reason for vanity, luxury items like makeup to be tested on animals. There’s a huge back log of data and research on many products we use today. I just can’t wrap my head around why companies are still doing this.

So, going forward there are a few things you can expect to see from me. First of all, you won’t be seeing much beauty hauling since I am trying to use up a lot of my stash. Secondly, when there is hauling of beauty items those items will be cruelty free. And thirdly, you’ll hopefully be seeing plenty of those items from animal-testing companies in my future empties videos.

I’m excited to get started on this journey, but I am a bit intimidated by the sheer amount of makeup I’ve accumulated. Even before deciding to move towards cruelty free products I had stopped buying makeup for a few months now. I just couldn’t keep spending my money on makeup when I have so much. My biggest offence for sure was lipstick. I honestly don’t even want to count how many lipsticks I have because I know the number will be embarrassing. I’m not giving up though.

How do yall feel about companies testing on animals?

Spring Cleaning My Closet and Selling on Poshmark

Spring Cleaning My Closet and Selling on Poshmark

 

Hey yall hey! It’s spring and that means it’s time to clean out. I’ve been procrastinating spring cleaning my closet simply because I really didn’t know where to start.

After watching a few different videos about how people have been approaching spring cleaning their closets (this video was helpful) I came up with my own approach that has been working for me. I found for me that the best approach was to just remove an item or two at a time each time I comb through my wardrobe. It’s definitely a slow process but it’s far less shocking. I have the most trouble with the initial step of admitting that I don’t need/don’t wear something so pulling out just a couple of items at a time is far less stress inducing than tackling the job all at once.

I also think it’s easiest to go through just one item type at a time. For example, I went through my skirts at one time and didn’t do anything else that day. This definitely helps keep my mind focused. If I look at other areas of the closet I’m just going to start thinking up outfits with all of the items I really don’t wear and convincing myself to keep things I don’t need. Also, when I can see all of the skirts at once my favorites will definitely stand out so the skirts that don’t  stand out are the ones that have to go.

If the items I choose to pull from my wardrobe are in good shape I like to post them on Poshmark, which is an app that helps you sell your gently used clothing. I have several items posted right now and I’ll be adding more very soon so be sure to check out my Poshmark page here.

I would love to know how yall are spring cleaning.