Website Update (And Other Things)

Website Update (And Other Things)

Musings
Hi there! I wanted to jump in here really quickly to let you know that we have a new design for our website. It's a work in progress, but I'm happy with how it looks so far. Hey, wait a second. Why are some of your images broken in your posts? Unfortunately, I had an issue with the site I was using to host my photos, and a bunch of them got deleted. It's totally my fault, and it's unrelated to this redesign. I'll be working to fix what I broke as soon as I find a good solution. Sigh. Why the change in design? The theme I was using before didn't provide a very good mobile experience. Plus, I was using a weird, hack-y home page design that shouldn't…
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Reflecting on 2018 and My 2019 Goals

Reflecting on 2018 and My 2019 Goals

Lifestyle, Musings, Wellness
Happy New Year, everyone! Each year, I like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and share some of my highlights. I also want to share what's on my mind for 2019. 2018 Wasn't Nice to My Emotions 2018 was a crazy ride for me emotionally. I started the year looking for a change and unsure of what I wanted to do with myself (gotta love that quarter-life crisis), but then everything came crashing down. If you were following along with my 100 days to write a novel project on my non-beauty channel, you may remember that at the very end, my life got upended. One of the many mass shootings in my country came way too close to home, when one of my loved ones was…
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Life Update: Starting my LLC

Musings, Videos
Life's been tough but exciting lately. Instead of a regular video, I decided to sit down sans makeup this week and talk about everything that's been going on in my life. I'm working on being nicer to myself and being fully present to experience this fun time in my life, even though it's very stressful and full of paperwork. Video: Exciting and Hectic Life Update! https://youtu.be/aJQJMpECJ0k Until next time,
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2017 Recap and 2018 Goals

2017 Recap and 2018 Goals

Lifestyle, Musings, Organization, Wellness
2017 was a year of personal growth and focusing on my long-term goals. I'm so excited to be starting 2018 where I'm at right now... More on that in a minute. Back to 2017. When I started writing this post last week, I thought I'd have even more to talk about than last year because I'd experienced so much more growth. Until I pulled up last year's recap for reference. I saw that I had achieved much more clear milestones in 2016, which was discouraging. I know that my personal growth is just as important as experiences, but it was difficult to remember that. Now, I'm excited to share my 2017 highlights with you. I started strength training Cringey gym selfie in 3, 2, 1... At the end of January,…
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My One-Year Veganniversary and Going Cruelty-Free!

Musings, Videos
I mentioned once on my blog that I went vegan last year. It's my one-year veganniversary (!!!), and I'm starting to look at how I can work not just at what I'm buying, but what I can replace with vegan alternatives. Obviously, my vegan journey started with food. Then, I started reading tags on clothes and shoes and stopped purchasing things made with animal materials. Now, I'm going cruelty-free with my makeup. Skincare won't be far behind, but as you know, I've been researching skincare a lot lately, and so far it seems much harder to find cruelty-free and vegan products (please prove me wrong!). I've been doing my best, but I've found it to be a lot more difficult to find the information I'm looking for. So what does…
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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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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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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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2017: Pare Down

2017: Pare Down

Lifestyle, Musings, Organization
Happy new year, everyone! I've been really missing blogging and making videos. I got lost in some work deadlines and hopped straight onto a plane for the holidays. I'll be back at home tomorrow night, and I'm aiming to pick up right where I left off. But before I get back into beauty, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the new year. I'm planning on making a video on my non-beauty channel about this, but while 2016 was a total sh*tshow, I really invested in my personal growth, and it paid off. I got a dog, [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5952,5951,5948,5949,5950"] I traveled (including a 30-hour trip from San Francisco to New York City and back to see the original cast of Hamilton), [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5946,5947,5958,5959,5956,5957"] I went vegan, [gallery…
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Opening Up + Updates

Musings, Videos
I know I disappear from time to time. I can't pretend I'm ignorant to the fact that my disappearances follow a pattern as well. I'm finally coming (fully) clean about what's really going on in those times. This video's a bit longer than usual, so here's a timeline: 0:20 An appearance by my dog (and my posting patterns) 1:25 Depression + anxiety 3:45 Other life changes - fitness and diet 5:35 Getting back on track 7:50 Coming back to videos + blogging 9:35 The Future 11:09 An announcement 13:00 Q+A? Ask me questions! https://youtu.be/c7N5BEgPzuY So... yeah. That's a lot. While I was filming, I 1) had no idea my dog was wandering around behind me (ha!) and 2) didn't realize the full weight of what I was sharing. I definitely distance myself…
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Where I've Been

Where I've Been

Musings
Hey guys, I've been having a hard time with my videos lately. If you follow me on Twitter, you know what I'm talking about. Watch below to hear the full story. Hopefully you'll find some pleasure in my misery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sby4-JZ6iRg
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B4B Needs YOUR Feedback!

B4B Needs YOUR Feedback!

Musings
Hey guys, I wanted to reach out to you all because I need your help. I also wanted to have a bit of a heart-to-heart with you because there have been a lot of changes to my blog recently, and I haven't checked in for a while. You can probably tell that I was having trouble with time management as I started graduate school last month. It's a constant work in progress, but I really appreciate how supportive you all have been, and how patient you've been with me when I've let a week or two go by without posting. You guys make me want to be better, to keep going when I'm feeling swamped. And that's a pretty amazing thing! You've also probably noticed that I've been focused on…
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