On blogging and why I haven’t really been doing it

I know I don’t need to explain everything, but I kinda feel the need to explain why I just haven’t been around a lot on here. It’s a combination of factors really.

First off, and I wont lie…I’m a bit lazy. Especially when this blog isn’t a priority in my life. That being said, beauty blogging is something I do as a hobby in my free time. Now, if I were being paid to do it (and that’d be a mixed blessing in itself lol) that would be a different story, but I am not. I have a full time job and a life outside of blogging.

If you’re not aware, I work as a cook in a resort. It’s anywhere from a 7-12 hour day for me, though usually 8-10. I also usually work in the evenings, so by the time I get home I’m pretty tired and not in the mood for blogging, housework, etc…

Finally, and I know this is something that I haven’t talked about on here before, so you are probably unaware…I have anxiety and depression.

I’ve been dealing with it since I was around 17, so about 7 years now. Usually it’s pretty well under control thanks to medicine and a good support system. Even then though, it has a daily toll, and I’ll probably make a separate post about this later because it’s about time for me to write about it here.

Long story short – often it goes along with the tiredness. Depression and anxiety can be exhausting. If I’m not physically tired at the end of the day, chances are I am mentally and I’m not in the mood to work on stuff. Of course, that’s not exclusive to mental illness, but is the case for me.

And the winner is!

First off, I want to say thank you to everyone for entering and thank you to everyone for their support of my meager blog!

The winner of the cruelty free giveaway is Maemi! I’ve already sent you an email, I hope you got it and if not, leave me a comment.

 

 

Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good holiday season and that your new year has gotten off to a good start!

I recently hit 150 followers (now 148, but whatevs) on Instagram and I decided to have a small cruelty free giveaway as thanks. Also, thank you to the 31 followers I have for this blog! I’m including you guys too of course!

So here’s what I’m gonna be giving away!

Travel size Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
Travel size Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray
ELF Precision Liquid Eyeliner
Wet n Wild MegaRocks Nail Polish in At Will Call
NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler

NOTE: These products were all purchased by myself. I’m not affiliated with any of these companies

EDIT: US/Canada only please. It’s unfortunately very expensive to ship overseas for me, I’m so sorry!

Here’s how to enter:

1 entry – follow me here and leave an “enter me” in the comments below

1 entry – follow me on Instagram and comment “enter me” on the post with this picture

1 entry – follow me on Twitter and like and retweet this picture

Please only 1 entry per platform.

Giveaway ends 1/20

 

Thank you so much for your support and good luck!

Christmas 2015

Hello everyone and happy holidays!

I hope everyone’s Christmas and/or other holidays went well!

I am blogging right now from my new tablet! It’s a RCA Viking Pro Android tablet and so far it’s awesome. I’m able to have all sorts of apps, including WordPress, Google Photos, and other apps I use for blogging, and it comes with a detachable keyboard so it’s easy for me to type blog posts.

I also received a bunch of art supplies for Christmas. My mother and boyfriend’s mother got me Copic Markers and my boyfriend got me a lightbox! Also, my mother and boyfriend got me a KitchenAid mixer, which is amazing.

Work is pretty busy still, so blogging is set on the back burner for a while (ha, kitchen pun), but I have a lot of stuff to talk about when I do get back!

“No Poo” update 3 1/2 weeks

I wanted to do a quick update for everyone on my hair progress.

Last night I washed my hair with the BS/V for the first time in 4 days. My hair had just begun to look a little oily/waxy. The last time I washed my hair before that was with eczema shampoo with SLS (I really need to find one without) but even with that, 4 days is a phenomenal amount of time for my hair to be looking so clean.

My transition time seemed to be about 5 days to a week max, which was much shorter than I imagined and it really didn’t bother me too much.

Unfortunately washing last night left my hair pretty dry and frazzled. I think I either need to dilute my BS solution or start the “low poo” method with Shea Moisture to start to help get my hair in better condition.

Trying out the “no poo” method

I decided today that I’m going to try out the no shampoo method (or “no poo” method as it’s popularly referred to) for my hair.

I used to have super oily hair when I was younger but it evened out a bit as I got into my 20’s. I still have decently oily roots and now have quite dry ends.

I’ve used sulfate free shampoo for a while now and my hair seems to like it well enough, but I really want to try this method, at least for a few weeks to see what happens. A lot of people have gotten great results not only for healthier looking and feeling hair, but also longer hair, which I am trying my best to achieve.

Basically this method uses baking soda as a “shampoo” to clarify and remove dirt and grease from your scalp, and then rinsing your lengths with cider vinegar to condition. Baking soda replaces the sulfates and other detergents in shampoos that can strip too much oil out of your hair and your hair just produces more oil to compensate – leading to oily hair that needs washed again very soon.

Depending on what you want to do, you can slowly wean your way off of the BS&V and go to just water, or occasionally use the BS&V to “wash” your hair.

I’m starting off tonight with the baking soda “paste” method from Code Red Hat, and using a vinegar to water ratio of 2 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup water.

Edit 11/27 

After the first day I found out two things. First off, you need to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo before you start the BS/V. It’s entirely optional but not doing it could extend your transition period for your hair.

The second was that the “paste” method just was not good for me. It was entirely too difficult to get it worked into my roots and left my hair pretty dry. I ended up doing the “solution” method of 2 tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup water.

It’s been 4 days since washing my hair with the clarifying shampoo and I’ve had 2 BS/V washes along with using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. After my last wash I noticed that I might be starting to get into the transition phase because part of my hair looked a little waxy, but it was in a spot that I have had trouble with before, so we’ll see.