Hi everyone! It’s been a while.
I’m not going to lie: this past month has been a doozy for me. I lost interest in a lot of my hobbies. I hadn’t planned in my planner for more than a month. My nails were left bare for FOUR DAYS. I didn’t do my makeup besides the minimum to look decent. It was rough.
I hate that I let my blog go to the wayside. But even thinking of going through the grind of taking pictures, editing them, writing up posts and scheduling out social media felt like a chore. I was hard pressed to think of ideas and my motivation was gone.
But this past week, I started planning again. I took out my planner, set up my stickers and post-planned the week I saw The Maine twice and my friend Michele visited. Of course it was The Maine that got me into my groove again.
Then something great happened. I was watching a Plan With Me from Kayla (Microscope Beauty/Oh, Hello Stationery Co.) and I felt inspired to open WordPress and write how I felt. So here’s that post.
Blogging was once my priority, but I let that get to the bottom of my list of favorite things to do. But now that I’m writing again, I’m not going to force it. All I want is to be writing again. I miss it dearly.
So, here are the three things I’m doing to get myself motivated again:
- Not Forcing Posts
I’m not going to force myself to get a set number of posts out each week. If I don’t get 3 posts out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, that’s ok! If I only post once a week, that’s alright! I’m not even going to force myself to get certain posts up like reviews or favorites. If I feel like writing about it, that’s what I’m going to do.
- Writing About Other Topics
Something that I think about a lot is writing about other topics. While beauty, nails and planning remain some of favorite things to do and write about, I have other interests, too! I want to write about my new vinyl hobby and about other loves like TV. Maybe I’ll write a opinion piece! Who knows. I want to call these Rebel Posts and I’ll make sure to label these posts as so. I don’t want these to be the main focus of my blog or overtake beauty posts, but if they help my blog regularly again, then so be it.
- HAVE FUN!
For a while I was taking blogging really seriously and I wasn’t having fun at all. I was too worried about SEO and the perfect edited picture to focus on what made me blog in the first place: sharing my interests. I have to get back to that!
Thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog in the mean time. I’ve had consistent views even though I haven’t posted in a month. Thanks for being the best.
If you want me to write about something or tackle a subject, leave a comment down below and let me know.
We’ve all seen it in every magazine we’ve read: supplements will help your hair, skin and nails grow longer, stay pimple free, and grow stronger. I’ve tried biotin, collagen and multi-vitamins to help my nails grow faster, stronger and longer. But those three left me with acne, nasty hair, and no help in growing the strong nails that I wanted. I don’t know how I found out about liquid silica, but after reading only one article, I knew that I would give this a try. In that article, the author explained that they used liquid silica for nail growth and hair growth, but mostly for nail growth. They said that biotin hadn’t helped them grow nails, but liquid silica did. It was on sale on Amazon that week, so I said “why not” and decided to try it out. Read below for my 30 day update!
Today I’m sharing yet another nail art that I did! I used a new to me stamping plate and a brand new polish. Check it out down below!
For this look I used Wet n Wild’s Peri-wink-le Of An Eye as the base. I had a China Glaze color that’s similar, but it took theee coats to get opaque and was streaky. This was two coats to perfection.
After that dried I used Bundle Monster BM-XL217. I got this plate a while ago, but never saw the use in using it until Spring came around. I love this plate! The designs are perfect for this time of year.
For the stamping I used my favorite MoYou London Crystal Clear Stamper and Bundle Monster Bam! White stamping polish.
This nail art looks like elegant, sophisticated wallpaper to me. I love how this looks on my nails. I’m not a huge floral person, but this design is too pretty. I can’t wait to play around with his plate some more.
I’ve been on a Wet n Wild kick, haven’t I? It started with the liquid lipsticks, then to the brand’s newest foundation, and now this eyeshadow palette. I was never into Wet n Wild, but after trying the ombre blushes last year, I’ve fallen head over heels for this brand. When I saw this palette in CVS, my first thought was that it looked like the Urban Decay Naked palette. My second thought was to try it out and review it for you guys! So, without further ado, check out my Wet n Wild Au Naturel Palette review down below!
Happy Monday, everyone! I have another weekly spread for you, this time using the Happy Planner Color-Coordinated Sheets sticker pack. I’ve used this sticker pack in the past and those tend to be my favorite spreads. Each sheet has enough stickers to establish a theme, but leave me with the room to use stickers from other stores and packs. Check out this peachy Happy Planner spread down below!
For a while there I thought I wouldn’t be able to do nail art for a long time. All of my nails broke and they looked awful. On top of that, my cuticles were a mess. They haven’t fully grown back yet. However, they’ve gotten to a point where I can do nail art without pain and have it look good on some manicured nails. When I bought the Bundle Monster Festival nail plate set last year, I bought it mostly for plate BM-S303. That plate has the coolest images on it. So, using that plate and BM-2305, I create this nail art design that I never want to take off. Seriously, the arrows look so cool. Found out how I got this Bundle Monster Peace Out, Astronaut #NOTD down below!
Oh, Hello Stationery Co is one of my favorite shops. I’m not going to lie: they weren’t my favorite at first. I wasn’t a fan of their bright colors and their graphics. But after trying the company once, I haven’t looked back. The quality is perfection, the customer service is fantastic and Alex and Kayla hand draw every single thing you see in the shop. No overused stock images or bought graphics. They make everything. This is my largest haul, but there have been two since this. That’s how much I love this shop. Read more about my Oh, Hello Stationery Co. haul down below!
After trying the NYX Total Control Drop foundation and being completely disappointed, I was a little skeptical when I saw YouTubers talk about the Wet n Wild Photo Focus foundation with as much fervor. I saw Tati rave on about it, Casey Holmes say that this is her current favorite foundation and a bunch of others praise this foundation. For only $6, there’s no way I could pass on this. Was this foundation as good as the YouTubers say it is? Read my review down below!
You thought I forgot about the Fortune Cookie Soap box, didn’t you? I totally didn’t. Unfortunately my box came in after the launch due to a shipping snafu, but since it’s cleared up, I thought I’d review the box anyway! Read my Fortune Cookie Soap Box Be Our Guest review down below!
Usually when I start to plan a week in my Erin Condren, I start out with good intentions. I plan out Monday and maybe part of Tuesday and create a to-do list that I rarely get to. But this week I actually planned every single day! No back planning this week. This week was purely plans, and I even got most of my to-do list done. I think part of it has to do with this kit and part of it was moving my planning supplies downstairs. Read about this Week in My Erin Condren down below!