Why I Got Rid of 70% of My Makeup Collection

This past year has taught me two things: i only have one face & to embrace my natural beauty. More often than not, you would have found me bare faced & wearing sweats. This is why my Project 333 Challenge went so well. I realized when the new year came, I really needed to clean house of my makeup BIG TIME.

Youtube was the culprit to my overindulgence of makeup purchases. I always wanted the newest thing, every brand & have my drawers filled to the brim. I was a follower, idolizing other people’s collections. But as I got older, I realized the waste that went into this “hobby”.

Products Expire

The thing that never occurred to me, like food, makeup had an expiration date as well. On every bottle or compact, there is a photo with a time frame on it. If you hold onto these products for too long & apply them to your face, you can irritate your skin. So, please read the labels & clean house regularly.

It Goes to Waste

Since products have an expiration date, I noticed how many items sat in drawers untouched. Instead of wanting to finish a product, I’d always want to try different ones. Now, I make a point to try & “hit pan” on compacts & empty my bottles of foundations. The project pan community taught me how difficult it is to actually finish a product & how much waste there is. This past year, I made a point to purchase less makeup in my low buy year. I managed to get through tons of items this way, which in turn, downsized my collection in half. I’m all about decluttering when you no longer want something, but if you can use it up instead, I find that to be the more sustainable option.

Don’t Believe the Hype

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve have the urge to go to Ulta or Sephora just because of the notoriety surrounding said item. If it looks pretty to the eye & tons of people rave about it, I needed my hands on it. But I slowly realized influencers who promote certain products are simply getting paid. And sadly, sometimes the reviews are bogus. There are only a few people whose opinions I trust. Colorpop for example releases new eyeshadow palettes like they grow on trees. They recently came out with a Mandalorian collaboration. And as much as I love the Child, I knew it would be a waste to own these eyeshadows. Especially when I already own 10 palettes with an array of colors. Something I did get rid of were Urban Decay eyeliners from the Game of Thrones collaboration. I bought them solely for the love of the show & only used them once. Only buy them if you know you will 100% use them up. Otherwise it’s a waste of money & space.

Not All Makeup Is Flattering

Remember when orange eyeshadows were a thing? Yea, well I finally did a way with red toned eyeshadows because on my face, I looked like I was suffering from pink eye. Makeup is supposed to enhance your beauty. Why buy things that will decrease your confidence? It doesn’t matter if it seems to work for the majority of the population, if you don’t feel great in it, there’s no need to keep it around.

This month, I was going to be brutal with this Declutter. No exceptions. And I’m really proud of myself. I managed to get rid of some tough ones. Hyped makeup everyone loves like Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop & the Naked Basics palette. But they were super old & needed to go. I loved them for a long time but it was time to move on. I also got rid of 10 brushes! I realized I didn’t use half of them & I bought them for the sole purpose they were pretty.

I hope this post gives you motivation to declutter your Makeup Collections. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

How To Get Out of a Creative Rut As a Blogger

Inspiration can come from many things. You just have to look up & experience them. Most of what I write are from personal experiences – past, present & future thoughts. But even so, a creative rut can happen to anyone. It’s human nature. When this happens, it’s important to just take a breather & step back for a moment.

The blogging community can be a rather saturated place. One of the reasons I questioned blogging was because there are so many people out there doing the exact same thing. How am I supposed to stand out from the crowd? How can I be original? When I go through my feed, it’s hard not to see similarities in topics. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the title “What Every New Blogger Needs to Know” or “10 Ways to A Happier Life.” But after almost 7 months of blogging, I’ve learned the best way to remain original is to always focus on your own perspective. Sure, the title could be the same. The general premise could be similar as well. But a person’s perspective on the matter will always be unique.

There’s a fine line between finding inspiration through other writers vs. down right copying them. I understand the struggle of seeing another bloggers success & thinking to yourself, “I can do that too.” Especially, when you are in a slump, it’s easy to think this way. But the thing is, what’s the fun in following someone else’s journey. Why not focus on yourself & improve your own craft? While you wasted time trying to be that other person, you could have used that same energy to gain a skill & brainstorm on your own. Give yourself more credit.

The biggest reason certain bloggers “succeed” is because their followers fell in love with their personality & perspective as well as their craft. This is why I think creating this online persona is key in creative marketing. You want your readers to like you for you. And if this happens, chances are they will stick around regardless of what you write. Humans are extremely visual now a days. So, connecting with those readers is important (without giving away too much private information). Connection through your words is what draws people in. Others simply want peers to relate to. So, keep that in mind when you are writing your next piece.

Ruts happen when you yourself aren’t completely balanced. A lot of times, when I’m in serious writers block, it’s because I’m neglecting self care. I think a lot of creative people become frustrated when their talent becomes blocked. “Why can’t I be this magical creature who spits out ideas with a snap of my finger?” Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Or in my case, ideas end up flying at 3 am on a Tuesday. Go figure.

The important thing to remember is not to give yourself such a hard time when you run out of ideas for the moment. It’s actually good you let your thoughts marinate. Step away from the laptop, open a book or listen to a podcast & let your thoughts run wild. Ask questions. Debate productively. Let yourself learn new concepts. You’d be amazed at how quickly those ideas start flowing on paper.

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Don’t Let Negative Energy Put You in A Funk

Energy, whether it be positive or negative, flocks to me like a virus (is that analogy too triggering?). Not to get all cosmic with you, but we need to learn to protect our auras. Raise your hand if you are an empath? *raises both hands way up high* I’ve found I am someone who embraces emotions even when they aren’t my own. And sometimes those emotions aren’t always pretty. What do we do when we are constantly faced with negative energy? And how do we protect ourselves from letting said energy affect our lives?

I think we first need to understand the idea of empaths.

In my own definition, I find empaths to be warriors of emotions. They absorb energies from people & make them our own. They take the analogy “walk in someone else’s shoes” a little too far. If you are reading this thinking, “oh my gosh, that’s me”…this post is for you. I’ve been really trying to work on this side of myself & have been doing a bit of research & I think I’ve found some ways we can control this “superpower” we have.

Yes, I’m saying being an empath is a superpower. I think once we understand it better & learn to set boundaries for ourselves, we can use these traits for good. It’s when we surround ourselves with too much negativity and even toxicity, this is when being an empath isn’t too fun. Especially when those people are one’s we can’t necessarily cut out (ie. colleagues or family members)

UNDERSTAND THE FUNDAMENTALS OF EMOTIONS

We must first understand why people tend to gravitate to certain emotions. Use your empathic super power & understand we are all human & have a wide range of emotions from time to time. I’m sure you’ve had a bad day or even a bad month before. So, understanding where a person is coming from first, can help you in finding ways to then put those feelings into action. The thing about being human is we run on patterns. We tend to develop these habits that can, in turn, become traits in our personality. I tend to see people who side on negativity have in some way or another developed a bad habit, especially if the negativity is ongoing. Like any habitual trait, we must learn to combat it & not let it rule us. Don’t let negative thoughts become your comfort zone.

CUT THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE

This might sound harsh but bare with me. Taking the minimalism techniques I talk about & applying them to people in our lives is so important. Never feel guilty about cutting someone out of your life (even if it is family). Yes, I said it. And I’m not taking that back. Life is too short to be prioritizing people who bring us down. And regardless if they are blood or not, certain people just have the ability to drain us emotionally. And we have to learn how to gracefully walk away. Especially when it’s people you meet by choice like friends & acquaintances. Never feel obligated to keep these people in your lives if all they do is suck the life out of you. I call these people emotional vampires. And why would we choose to keep these monsters around? I think the notion of quality vs quantity within friendships comes with age. I’d much rather have a few people in my circle who truly have my back instead of a bunch of people who don’t.

KEEP IN MIND LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE

I fully believe in the concepts of manifestation & what you feel is what you will attract. If we feel we are surrounding ourselves with too much negativity & would prefer not to, we must first observe our own behavior. Sometimes without even realizing it we can be letting ourselves get lost in toxic environments because in some ways we like the attention, find comfort in it or feel like there is no way out. But as I said before, the energy we let stay is our choice. So, decide wisely. I find people tend to make happiness into this vulnerable concept. Society seems to embrace bad news & has made it be this weirdly sought after trait. I find we need to let go of this notion & see emotions as balancing acts. It’s unrealistic to be heavily one sided on either emotion. We need to take our emotions as they come & place action in front of them.

SET HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

If there are people in your life who mean well & are still toxic feeling, another opinion is to set clear boundaries. Without even realizing it, people in your life could be preventing you from your dream life. People in your life can mean very well, but their protective natures could be stopping you from pursuing what you’ve always wanted. Those same people can think they know what’s best for you & think their opinions are the only correct ones. Don’t ever abandon yourself. Always remember, you know yourself more than anyone else. During my research on these topics I came across some great responses to people who are trying to dictate your path:

“I appreciate your concern but I know what I want / know what I’m doing”

“That may be your case, but that is not my truth”

“I just need some space right now”

DETERMINE YOUR TRIGGERS

Awareness is golden. When we come to terms with what triggers us, we become more empowered as individuals. Regardless of what other people may or may not understand about your boundaries, you need to take ownership of those feelings & protect yourself when you feel it necessary. Whether that’s creating a smaller circle of friends, exiting certain topics of discussion or letting go of old habits; these actions will guide you to a better understanding of yourself & you will gain a sense of power that you may have lost.