4 Steps to Instantly Elevate Your Blog Photos

4 Steps to Instantly Elevate Your Blog Photos

Tutorials and Tips
One of the key things that sets new bloggers apart from the hundreds of similar sites out in the blogosphere is clean, high-quality photos. Yet, a top piece of advice that’s often given to new bloggers is: “Don’t invest in expensive equipment until you’re in the swing of things.” Conflicting advice like this is always frustrating, especially when you’re starting out and every decision feels like a make-or-break moment for the future of your blog. Here’s the thing. You do need high-quality photos when your blog requires visuals. And it is smart to be savvy with your money until you know that a) your blog proves its worth with decent traffic and maybe a little income, and b) you actually enjoy blogging and have enough to say about the subject…
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Pare Down: October Update

Lifestyle, Organization
If you haven’t been following along, my goal for 2017 is to pare down my space, time, and mind. This means that I’m letting go of what’s cluttering my life to make room for what makes me happy. I make a post at the end of each month to reflect on how I’ve stepped toward and away from that goal. If you’d like to read more about this goal and read past monthly posts, start here. The weather is finally cooling down here in San Francisco, and I’m ready to dive into all things Fall! I’m hoping to do some fun vegan recipes on my non-beauty channel in the next few weeks, and maybe a tutorial or seasonal favorites video on my beauty channel. I don’t want to promise too…
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Pare Down: August Update

Lifestyle, Organization
Wow, it's September! Apologies for the late post here. If you haven't been following along, my goal for 2017 is to pare down my space, time, and mind. This means that I'm letting go of what's cluttering my life to make room for what makes me happy. I make a post at the end of each month to reflect on how I've stepped toward and away from that goal. If you'd like to read more about this goal and read past monthly posts, start here. I had a strange month with a pretty lengthy depression spell. The middle of the month is sort of a black hole. I lost track of everything and had a hard time convincing myself to care about most things. I was also stressed from some…
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Pare Down: July Update

Lifestyle, Organization
It's so cliche to start each post with surprise at how quickly the month went by. I try to avoid it every month. And yet... I am continually caught off guard when I sit down to write another pare down update. I think this month was the quickest by far. I have some upcoming deadlines at work, and I've been in and out of my routine so much that the weeks keep speeding by. July was a great month. It started with a promotion at work and ended with my niece on her way into the world (she was born today!). The weather in San Francisco is the worst in July, but we've managed to find some sunny weekend afternoons to share with our sunshine-loving chihuahua. Before I thought about…
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My New Skincare Addiction

Musings, Skin, Tutorials and Tips
I have a confession to make. I fell into an internet rabbit hole. I enjoy finding random blogs and scrolling through Tumblr and Reddit. Somehow, I found the subreddit Skincare Addiction, and let me tell you, it is certainly an addiction. It started innocently: I started reading the information in the sidebar. A month ago, I considered myself to be mildly interested and educated in the world of skincare. Ha. The more I read, the more I realized I knew nothing. Skincare is truly a science, and companies hide it behind words like "brightening," "deep-cleansing," and "renewing." It turns out these words often mean much more than they seem. Chemical exfoliation is a huge topic in the subreddit, and I'd somehow never looked into it despite having used Stridex and…
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Pare Down: May Update

Lifestyle, Organization
This month was rough for me, and my paring down goals fell behind a bunch of other priorities. But, near the end of the month I was able to get a bunch of stuff done! After posting my empties and purge videos, I was able to toss that trash and start a new bag for empties and purge makeup. Surprisingly, I already have quite a few items in it even though I just went through and got rid of so many products! So, here are the highlights: I reorganized my paper I mentioned last month that my paper organization had already been torn apart (thanks, taxes). I took everything out again and reorganized. I improved my clothing organization Everyone has that pile of clothes that they wore once or twice…
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Painting My Dog’s Nails (and a Chihuahua Birthday Party)

Painting My Dog’s Nails (and a Chihuahua Birthday Party)

Musings, Tags, Videos
I've been having a blast with my dog Maya lately. She's so sweet and mellow, and she's got a funny little personality. I wanted to give her a beautiful manicure, even though she's a bit of a nervous dog and doesn't like people touching her feet. But I'd say it was a (minor) success! Now up on my beauty channel... https://youtu.be/0kbAqGFZI6I I feel like this should go without saying, but in case any of you are worried about her, we did not harm Maya in making this video. She was a shelter dog and is naturally nervous. Pulling her foot away and trembling are totally normal for her when there's something new going on (and pretty normal for chihuahuas in general, tbh). We agreed before we filmed that if at any…
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First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

First Impression + Review: Juvia’s Place Nubian I and II Palettes

Beauty steals, Eyes, First impressions, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
I was SO excited to try these palettes. Juvia's Place is an indy makeup brand and they've had a ton of success from their Nubian palettes. You may have seen some hype surrounding their newest release, the Saharan palette. I only heard about it after I made my purchase, though, so I only have the first and second palettes. This brand is cruelty-free, and most of their products are vegan (these two palettes are). Their brushes are cruelty-free, so next time I need brushes I might check them out! Their palettes and colors are inspired by the people and culture of different places in Africa. I came across the Nubian I palette on Pinterest, and then realized I'd seen it on Jaclyn Hill's channel. I also got the Nubian II palette…
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IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation

IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation

Face, Product reviews
I have a confession to make. I've been wearing this IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation basically daily for months, and I never actually reviewed it. *facepalm* This will be the best-researched review I've ever written, as I've worn this foundation hundreds of times. This foundation is a powder foundation, but it has a teeny bit of a glow to it so your skin looks youthful and healthy. You can wear it alone or over a liquid foundation or concealer for more coverage. On its own, it's about medium coverage, but can be put on sheer and built up where you need it. The packaging is a thin compact with a mirror and secret brush compartment inside. The compact has a little iridescence to it, which I think is a nice touch. I've only…
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Pare Down: February Update

Lifestyle, Organization
If you read my blog regularly, you know that this year I want to pare down, and my first month was a big success. I like doing monthly updates to help keep me accountable, and to help any of you who might be trying to declutter your lives too. In the last post, I ended with some goals to start tackling in February: Declutter the kitchen Declutter books, papers, and other random stuff Finish my makeup purge – I’ve got two boxes of makeup that’s either expired or I don’t wear, so I want to figure out what kind of blog post or video I want to do with it, and get rid of it! Keep cutting back on TV and YouTube time Schedule filming and blog drafting time like I…
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1K BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY + Reading Your Comments

1K BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY + Reading Your Comments

Musings, Videos
FINALLY! I've been holding onto these items for a little while. I hit 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel a few months ago, so I grabbed a few items and then promptly got busy with the holidays, traveling, and work deadlines. But hey, now it's almost my birthday, and that seems like a fantastic time to give a present to YOU! I also wanted to take a moment to appreciate the awesome comments you guys leave me. I have enough trouble wrapping my head around the fact that people spend time watching my videos, but to actually stop and leave a kind note..? My brain is breaking! I can't tell you how much it means to me to read your positive comments. Truly. So check 'em out, and see what…
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Pare Down: January Update

Lifestyle, Organization
Wow, January has really flown by. It's been a whirlwind of coming home after the holidays, hitting the ground running back at work, and trying to put my new year's plans into action day by day. I wanted to do a quick check-in with how my first month of paring down has gone. You might remember that my focus for 2017 is to pare down on what I don't love or need to make room for the things that really matter. So... how did my month go? I did a huge declutter for my closet I regularly take everything out of my closet and dresser, sort through my clothes, and put everything back. I do this every 3 months or so, and I usually get rid of 2-5 items. This time,…
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