PR Products I've Repurchased With My Own $$


Earlier this month I shared a post on PR products I would not repurchase with my own $$ cause I like indulging my inner negative Nancy. But today I'm putting a more positive spin on the topic and chatting about products that I've received as PR and loved enough to repurchase my own money!

I don't really think there's anything else for me to say in this intro so let's just get into it 🙃

How I Plan Blog & Instagram Content


One of my goals for 2017 was to be more consistent with my blog and Instagram posts. And I’m happy to say it was a success! A big part of that success was due to how I plan my content and divvy up my workload.

I need structure… but not too much structure. In the post I’ll go into specifics but basically, I like making to-do lists and general deadlines. Rather than saying “from 12-2 I will take photos and from 2-5 PM I will write this blog post from start to finish and schedule it for Monday morning” I’ll say “I have XYZ tasks that need to be done by this date” and give myself the freedom to get it done, when I get it done.

I’ve learned to be flexible with my content. Instead of fixating on something that doesn’t get done by a deadline, I’ll roll with it and switch up my content calendar.

First things first, I have to say the biggest key to staying on top of your shit IS SETTING REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. There was a time when I thought I could publish three blog posts and seven Instagram posts a week. It was unrealistic, I almost never got it done, and I wasted a ton of time fixating on the fact that I failed. Some people can publish 5 blog posts a week, some others can publish 2 a month. There’s nothing wrong with either. The most important part is keeping your schedule realistic for your lifestyle.

PR Products I Would Not Repurchase With My Own $$$


Today’s post will be the start of yet another series on my blog (at this point I’ve lost track at the number of series I’ve got going on; I should probably make a list on the sidebar…) The title of the post pretty much gives it away: it’s a series on PR products that did not work out for me. The series will range from products I think are just meh to products I think are just straight-up awful.

If you follow me on IG you know that I don’t shy away from negative reviews, even on products I’ve received as PR. Hell, if you read my blog you probably know that as well. And thus a series was born.

When I first sat down to write this post I was also going to include a product I loved from every brand featured in this post, but I stopped and asked myself why? Why should I have to apologize and be defensive for not liking a product? So I decided not to do that. This post isn’t an attack on the brands featured in the post, it’s just a list of products that did not work out for me. Sometimes it seems that bloggers have to be overly delicate with our opinions. There’s nothing wrong with disliking something. It’s not an attack on a brand or a person. Furthermore, we should not feel indebted for receiving PR cause it’s a two-way street. Just because you received something for free does not mean you’re obligated to give it a positive review or keep your mouth shut about a negative review.

Mini rant over.

My Not-So Secret Trick to Taking Swatch Photos


Besides for skincare related questions, the second most common questions I get on Instagram are about photography. I try my best to answer them but it's really hard to give general advice on the topic. Maybe one day I'll do a Q&A photography post because it's much easier to dole out answers to specific questions.

Today's post covers one of those specific questions: how do I take up-close swatch photos?

Answer: with a camera.

But seriously, I use these handy faux macro lenses that I bought for less than $15 off Amazon. That's the not-so-secret secret!

So in today's post, I'll be reviewing the lenses and sharing little tips and pointers on how to use them.

If you're not sure what up-close swatch photos I'm talking about, it's something like thisthis, this, or this.  I'm not sure if they gained popularity over the last year or if I'm just noticing them, but either way there's no doubt about it that swatch photos are hot on Instagram (although I'm not so sure the word hot is still hot.) My favorite accounts for swatch inspiration are @ritualofme and @shutthetouchup-- both of them have beautiful feeds devoted to swatches and textures and other cool shots.

Hydrating Wash-Off Masks for Dry Winter Skin


While I’m totally part of the #sheetsquad, I find myself reaching for wash-off masks more often this winter. I think a big part of it is the cold factor. Wash off masks aren’t as cooling as sheet masks plus I sort of stop noticing that I’m wearing them after a few minutes. And they’re more eco-friendly! 

Also, while all these masks are perfect for the driest/ most dehydrated skin types, I think a lot of them would work on normal/ oily skin types that are looking to add some moisture to their routine! I just like being a little bit dramatic

Disclaimer: all the masks in the post are PR gifts, but of course my thoughts are my own. In fact, I've already repurchased two of them 💃🏽

Best of Beauty 2017


Somehow we have survived and made it to 2018. Here’s to surviving 2018 too!

Yearly favorites posts are always quite a task to write. In good news, every year I’m allowed an extra favorite! So this year I’ve got 17 favorites in honor of 2017. Because I’m an indecisive little shit, I found a few ways to cheat a little bit with the 17- item parameter.

Because I love making things unnecessarily complicated, I organizing my favorites into 3 totalyl arbitrary categories. First up are the behind the scenes favorites. They’re things that I used on all the time but seldom/ never take the time to share them on my blog or social media. Second up are overall categories of stuff that I fell in love with over the past year. And lastly third are the 10 best beauty discoveries of the year!

End of the Year Empties


Initially, I was going to share my 2017 favorites today... but it didn't seem smart to share two favorites posts back to back. Also, I'm struggling to narrow down my 2017 favorites and this buys me a little bit more time 😇

I didn't finish quite as much as I would like in December, but it was by no means a failure. Through the past few months of 2017, I got a lot better at working on finishing up products. At some point, I got a little too good at it and it sucked out some of the joy I get from skincare. Instead of being excited about customizing my routine and trying to improve my skin, I got stressed about not finishing up X amount of products by Y date. Thankfully I have reeled myself back since then. Now I'm trying to find the happy place between being too excited about trying all the new things and getting fixated on empties and project pans. Hopefully, I can find the balance in 2018!

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