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June 10, 2019

Why I’m Leaving The Blog

It’s been almost four years since I started this blog. When I first started out in the beauty community on Instagram five-ish years ago, I wasn’t sure I had anything to say, I was just happy to be learning from everyone else. Then I started to run out of room in my captions, and I realized I did have something to say after all. That’s how the blog was born. Although I had been interested in makeup since I was a little kid, the beauty community and all of the knowledge that was being shared within it, especially on Reddit, was a whole new adventure. Research projects are basically my favorite thing ever, so exploring makeup and skincare in this new way was like the early stages of a love affair. But the thing about research projects is that at some point you reach a conclusion. I didn’t start out with an endpoint in mind for this blog, but I feel like this is it.

It’s actually been a long time coming if I’m honest. It’s been getting harder and harder to find something new and exciting to write about. Not just new products, but new rabbit holes to fall down. I’m definitely not saying that I know everything there is to know about beauty products, far from it, but it’s gotten to a point where I just feel like there’s nothing left to discover, at least not for me. Not only do I no longer get excited to write about beauty products and techniques, I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t even have a desire to consume beauty-related content, whether it’s blogs, Instagram, YouTube, whatever.

In the beginning, it was like a journey that I was taking you guys on with me. Together we were discovering the science behind skincare ingredients, Asian beauty products, new methods of application, learning about olive undertones, and more. Now, I feel like I’ve taken this blog and the research behind it as far as I can. I’ve reviewed a lot of products along the way, but product reviews alone aren’t enough to sustain my curiosity. It’s time for me to take on a new project. I don’t know what that will be yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

The number one thing that’s pushed me to keep this blog going as long as I have is you guys. It makes me so, so happy to know that I’ve helped you in some way or written something that you connected with. Thank you for everything. Every comment, every like, every follow, every question. It’s been great connecting with you all.

This blog will remain live until at least February 2020, but after that point I don’t intend to renew the hosting or domain for this site. I might move everything onto a free WordPress site at that point, but I haven’t made a decision about that yet. As for my Instagram, I’m not sure what to do with that yet. I might turn it back into a personal account, or I might leave it entirely and start up somewhere new, if at all.

So here’s the last bit of beauty advice I’ll give you, I hope it serves you well. 1) Never pay full price if you can avoid it. 2) Never trust a person or company that claims a product is “chemical free.” And 3) Experiment with your damn makeup. Life’s too short not to explore and seek out what brings you joy.

Love,

Cristine

 

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  • Ellen Link

    Hi Cristine,

    My name is Ellen. I am probably not a typical reader of your blog. I am a “fifty something”– (52) year old middle school science teacher and marine ecologist (who has 3 cats).

    I am up early on a Sunday morning to do report cards. I found you because I went on Facebook to avoid writing report cards. I dislike both Facebook and report card writing, but Face book is merely annoying while I think grades in 6th grade are immoral…how in any universe is it ok for an adult in power to tell a child that they are an “83” or a “67” …how is that an accurate account of who they are?!

    There was an add on FB for Glossier’s Lidstar….and I guess there must have been a little icon about your blog. I read about your bio and wanted to give you a shout out for giving readers an example and permission to be themselves (#weirdo), find joy, and notice when it is time to make a change.

    With your degree in communication, courage, writing skill, curiosity, etc.. you will be able to make a positive difference no matter what you do. Motivational speaker, science communicator for the environment, teacher, politician, writer, whatever…..

    Not that you have time for extra things, but….If you would ever want to test out being a motivational speaker, email me and maybe we can arrange a Skype/ Facetime or video session where you can talk to my 6th graders. They need twenty somethings to help them remember it’s ok to be themselves. It’s an age when kids drop activities and friends who bring them joy because they don’t want to be considered weird. A lot of people who are in recovery from addictions cite age 12 as the year they began using to cope with feeling like they are weird and don’t fit in.

    Cheers to you,
    Ellen

    November 17, 2019 at 3:31 am Reply
    • Cristine

      Hi Ellen!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I don’t have plans to do any motivational speaking anytime soon, but it’s so encouraging to know there are teachers like you in the world who care so much about their students.

      Take care,
      Cristine

      November 20, 2019 at 5:05 pm Reply

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