Half of the year is gone by now, and while I don´t want to join the chorus of those that express their surprise about how time is flying (it isn´t, at least not always, but I will come to that another time), I do want to take the opportunity to reflect on how far I have come with what I wanted to achieve.
And to address upcoming changes, which I, ironically, also did six months ago, in my first blog post after my Christmas break. I promise it is not a series!
To get up to speed, I recommend you read the blogpost first (click) and then join me in dissecting how things have evolved since.
Back in January, after thinking long and hard about it, because thinking long and hard is what you do between Christmas and New Year Eve, as long as you are not feasting and getting drunk, which for me, with two little kids, rarely happens, so after thinking long and hard about it I decided I wanted to set up a strategy. For my blog. And for You Tube. A plan for me to decide which social media to focus on, where to invest my time, everything needed to work towards the goal of making money from blogging.
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Welcome back! To me, after a two week holiday spend in Norway and Sweden.
And to you, dear reader, after a two week blogging hiatus.
Surprisingly, the world didn’t stop turning when I stopped blogging, and it was very refreshing to not worry for once about internet connection.
Which can, you might have guessed it, be a little hard to come by in the more remote corners of Norway.
Of course, me stopping to blog did not mean I stopped to wear makeup. I just feel more comfortable with my face made up a little. But as space was an issue (I mean, I had to share the space for my makeup with stuffed animals), I packed very lightly.
Little makeup packed, little time to get ready – here is my quick and easy travel makeup tutorial!
When I uploaded this vlog to You Tube, I did of course add tags. I mean, even if this is just a rambly video of me looking pretty worn because it was the end of a long day and I desperately needed to wash my hair, even then I want it to rank in You Tube search.
Actually, I have been reading a lot about SEO and ranking and videography lately, but I´ll get to that a little later.
So when I used the tag: „Taking a break“, I instantly got a ton of suggested tags along the lines of: „Life Update: Getting a divorce“ or „Life update: Why we broke up“. Which, I assure you guys, is totally NOT what has been going on lately.
I mean, we are not even „on a break“ in a Friends kind of way. We are perfectly fine.
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I know I am (once again) completely off trend here, but I just don´t understand the need to make everything “Asian beauty”
Not that I think the Asian Beauty community isn´t noteworthy, or that I would deny incorporating a few bits into my routine as well.
It is just that I firmly believe that people adapt to their surroundings and way of living, and that this influences their needs.
Not the most basic ones, obviously, I mean there are toilets all around the world – but you get what I am saying here.
Just look at me:
I am 1,72 m, have a strong frame, blonde hair, curves and love dairy.
I am by all means more Valkyrie than Geisha.
And that is perfectly fine. It just gets awkward if I forcefully try to adapt to a Geisha way of life.
Strictly speaking skincare here. I would look as weird trying to blow the steerhorn as I would trying to play the shamisen.
So at first I was a little surprised that Caudalie, obviously a French skincare brand, would claim to be inspired by Asian beauty when they released the Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. But Mathilde Thomas did live in Asia for quite a bit, so I guess it is only natural that she got inspired there. So let´s see if this inspiration lead to Asian beauty fit for a Valkyrie.
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Do you like premade pick and mix bags? We had that at a fair recently, when you could choose your bag, but not what was inside.
My daughter was all over it, while I was a little more hesitant. I mean, what is the point in pick and mix when you don´t get to pick?
She loved the thrill though, carefully going through her purchase, eating her favorites and offering the ones that didn´t appeal to her to her little brother. Who, admittedly, would eat just about anything.
Side note: I of course supervised and stopped him from eating the licorice. Mr. Loca was very happy to step in and take one for the team here.
It kind of reminded me about how I feel when I receive a Gift with Purchase, excitedly dividing things to keep from things to give away. And, among all that, discovering makeup items I hadn´t even heard about before.
This time it was the Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick.
Turning into my mother was never a thought that scared me.
It might sound mushy-gushy, but she always was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up. Not exactly, of course, but in terms of values and standing up for herself, in terms of being independent and creative, caring and curious… I could go on.
Which I won´t, because I know that she is reading this blog post and will probably text me “Kitsch” right this very second.
She is also my number one fan, from the very first blog post published she has been there. Not only because she is my mother, but also because we share an obsession for skincare.
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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.
Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.
And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.
Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!
Have you ever felt that way when someone tried to sell you a skincare product? I know I have. Peptides have been around for a few years, they are the “thing to have” in your routine, yet there is a lot of insecurity about what they actually do.
Or if they even do anything.
And that is okay, because the jury is still out on that. And the fact that there are over 100 peptides doing different things doesn´t really help either.
So I put on my glasses and filmed a video for you on that topic.
I bet the topic needs no introduction. Ever since Kat von D posted a picture on Instagram, claiming that she would raise her child without vaccination, it has been all over the internet.
And I am kind of glad it is. Not because someone with a huge following and influence spoke out against vaccines. That is harmful to the cause and has in the past proven to lead to a decrease in vaccination.
But because vaccination is a hot topic once again, with other influential people speaking up about their experiences (Caroline Hirons, just to name one).
See, transmittable diseases and vaccination are part of my daytime job. I have been on the radio numerous times, I am going to speak on a panel on this topic come Monday and if the time for talking is done, I am one of the squad that visits your school/kindergarten/whatever to see if the outbreak of measles happening there puts your child in danger and if quarantine is needed.