Friday, June 12, 2015

All Things Must Come to an End

After a lot of thought and careful consideration,  I have decided to "retire" from beauty blogging.

This was not an easy decision to make,  but it feels like the right one.  For the last couple of years it has become gradually more difficult for me to keep this blog updated.  Technical troubles aside,  my life has kept me otherwise busy. While my love for all things beauty has not diminished,  my love for writing about them has, and my finances have changed as well.  Running a beauty blog is not cheap - new products hit the shelves constantly and a good beauty blogger tries as many of them as possible.  I can't afford to do that, even if I stick to only drugstore brands (which are not exactly cheap anymore;  many items are priced similarly to MAC these days,  even though the quality is not always similar).

Also,  running a successful beauty blog requires far more talent for makeup and nails than I possess.  No, this is not a pity me comment.  It's just the truth.  I've never claimed to be very talented with these things.  I am not a pro,  just someone who loves makeup but doesn't necessarily have a lot of talent for it.  The last few years have seen an emergence of tremendously talented ladies (and guys!) in the beauty community.  I am always awed by how inspired and talented other folks are...  And it always reminds me just how limited my abilities are.  Again, no self pity here.  I am happy with my skill level - what I want to be able to do for my daily wear, I can do to my liking.  I've no desire to get into contouring and graphic eye liner,  ombre lips etc. I do wish I were better with eye liner - my 14 year old niece applies her liner better than I will ever be able to lol - but beyond that I really have no desire to expand my skills in makeup and a beauty blog can't survive if the author isn't passionate about cosmetics in that way.

I am extremely grateful for those of you who have stuck with me from the very beginning when I was using a different blog service,  then when I moved to blogger way way back before Google bought them.  I'm also incredibly grateful to the companies I have had the opportunity to work with over the years.  It has been about 15 years since I started this blog,  and I've put an immeasurable amount of time and effort into it over that time.  Some folks don't realize what a full time job blogging can be - writing this blog has definitly been an unpaid,  full-time job for me.

I will not be deleting the blog,  so what information is here can remain accessible.  It is always possible I may "reopen" in the future - I won't rule it out.  But for right now,  this blog is not a priority.  Those who are interested in keeping up with me are welcome to do so via Instagram,  the only social media service I use on a regular basis.

Thanks so much for joining me here through the years,  y'all.  I have made some good friends through this blog,  and I appreciate all of you so much more than words can ever truly express.  I hope y'all will join me on Instagram so we can keep in touch.

xoxoxo

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