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Are we ever as unique as we like to think? Most of us, especially those that have any kind of creative outlet online, like to think that their content is fresh and special and easily distinguable from others.
We put “our own twist” on things, have a theme in our pictures and invent fancy names for even fancier blog post series.
And then, one day, we take a step back and realize we are doing what everyone around us does as well. Slightly different, maybe, but not as extraordinary as we would have liked to believe.
Last time that happened to me was with my Favorite posts. You may remember I started to get bored (struggled to find enough new things) to keep up a monthly series.
I decided to turn it into a “New In and short reviews” kind of video.
Which didn´t satisfy me either.
Finally, what a revelation, I decided to only do them occasionally.
Turns out, quite a few of my favorite blogs went there already, posting whenever they felt like doing it. I am so yesterday…
But you know what? I don´t care. Sometimes you don´t have to be unique, you can take inspiration to find whatever works best for you and happily stick with it, knowing that quite a few people seem to feel the same way.
Somehow it seems like everyone is on holiday right now. Is it that time of year already? The time were people are gathering at the beaches, cocktail in one hand, book in the other and care about nothing else than tan lines and evening plans?
It certainly feels like that when I am clicking away on my keyboard in an eerily quiet office or when I look at my suddenly quiet bloglovin feed. I have to admit my mind has been occupied as well. Not holiday, not yet, but personal and family stuff. These things have a tendency to creep up on you and completely take over within seconds.
But no more about that, let´s focus on things that sparked joy in the month of July. And on the ones that didn´t, because such is life.
I have to admit that there were times last month that I felt pretty overwhelmed. Life was very busy and hectic, and while it was all for great reasons, it was a little exhausting as well.
Soon after I uploaded my video on how to handle kids, a job and the blog (watch here if you haven´t already), I got promoted. Which is awesome and a great opportunity, but also a lot of work, given that I had to very quickly pick up a whole new topic.
So if I haven´t been around on social media as much as I used to (which wasn´t that much to begin with), that´s the explanation.
It seems to become a tradition that I start my Favorites posts mentioning one thing that would have made it into my monthly recap for sure, had I known it already when filming.
Same thing happened with my May 2017 Favorites and Recap : I had a day off work on the 23rd, managed to sit down to film AND edit this video, and the next day, casually browsing beauty blogs as you do, I learned that Sephora is coming to Germany.
Really, it is, with a set date and all, and the best thing?
Out of the few locations they picked for the launch, Heidelberg, my home town, will be one! To my understanding Sephora will open its doors as part of a warehouse chain called Galeria Kaufhof (already sporting quite a selection of beauty things) in late July, and will most likely not carry the same brands people in the US can buy there.
But as someone deeply in love with many of Sephoras own products (read about them here and here for example) I am over the moon anyway and will make sure to stop by for a shop as soon as possible.
But enough of telling you what did NOT make it into my May 2017 Favorites and Recap, on to the things I actually talk about.
Blogging has given me quite a few surprises since I started. And I am not going to tune in to the great community chorus here, or talk about the many things it taught me. Or the late nights and weird face paintings.
No, I am going to share with you something that I never thought would ever happen.
I got an eMail. And it was written by a cat.
Not just any cat, but a fabulous and tech savvy cat that lives pretty close to me. And that happens to have an eye for design and the corresponding web shop (here)
Short story short, that cat designs and sells printed tees, something that is all the rage in fashion right now. Says Likoli (the cat), and who am I to disagree?
If you remember my last Favorites post (read here if you missed it), you know I promised change. And change there is, but if it was for better or worse, only time and you, dear readers, can tell. Or should it be “Dear Watchers”, given it is a You Tube video? Are you the watchers on the Wall, sworn to defend humankind from boring and repetitive content? And can you tell I am really looking forward to the last season of Game of Thrones airing soon?
But wait, I am not really sure if I am looking forward to that. Game of Thrones, I mean. You see, I do look forward to watching it, but I am not looking forward to it being the last season. Does that make any sense?
Alas, the blog post seems to go the same way as the video did in terms of lacking structure. Editing made me realize I was all over the place, mixing favorites with disappointing products and personal stuff with seasonal things. It will improve with time. At least that is what I tell myself.
You may have noticed there wasn´t a Favorites post last month. Quite frankly, after doing my Favorites for 2016 (see Makeup and Skincare here in case you missed them), I felt like there wasn´t much to report.
So I settled for February Favorites and a short break, mentally preparing to have a really big list of things to mention.
Turns out, that isn´t the case. I do have quite a few makeup bits, but only one skincare item (shocking, I know) and I completely forgot about the lifestyle category. Bad Vlogger indeed.
2017, brand new and full of promises. And full of new discoveries, skincare and makeup wise I hope.
To be quite honest I don’t get the whole New Year New Me stuff, I like to make changes whenever I feel like doing them, not wait for a specific date. And my major changes have already happened, like going back to working full time, there is nothing that exciting in my near future.
So let´s take the time to look back and reflect on skincare, which is my favorite thing to do anyway.
I really was determined. You see, I was planning on doing a blogging break over Christmas, so I could finally relax. Just prepare some new posts.
And film a favorites video.
A short one, covering makeup and skincare.
But it seems I can´t do short. After rambling on for hours and then trying to edit it down, I surrendered. And accepted the fact that I had to do two videos. With two blogposts. And fit them into an already packed blogging and vlogging schedule.
November itself was a pretty uneventful month for me. It went by very quickly, and at the same time some days seemed to drag along, which is probably due to the fact that I did not do that much fun stuff.
It was all about preparation so I could have a little Christmas break from blogging despite starting to work again in December, and on top of that it was quite rainy, leaving me to the challenge of keeping two kids entertained indoors. I really did my best, but we still ended up with a few drawings on the wall in my daughters room. Oh well.
But enough of the blabbing, the best way to keep yourself entertained indoors is to focus on makeup and skincare, and that is exactly what I am going to talk about in this video.