I feel like we all fall into a pit sometimes, for creative people, I think it happens more often and can last much longer. That metaphorical pit can be hard to pull yourself out of sometimes. You feel alone, stripped, tired and often devoid of pulsating emotion that keeps you sitting against the wall of the pit with dirty, tired nails from trying to gte out. Yes that is dramatic, but it’s also true. School used to be my motivating factor, now with an absentee adviser, no classes and only a 40 page paper and and following defense of the paper, finishing my thesis and actually sitting down to do it seems like the LEAST exciting thing to do. Sometimes I wish I never went back, and I bet when I start my big fat student loan payments, I will wish that again. I’ve talked to a few others who are in a rut so to speak too. Daily jobs take away from what you really want to do, and then when asked WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DO, it takes a moment to actually think about what is ideal anymore. There are things that almost seem laughable now when I think back on them. Broadway dancer in 8th grade. World changing activist during undergraduate school. Bread winning power executive at 24. Now at 28 I don’t know. I want to teach when I am done with school, I want to write, but have a paltry short story collection started and a few completed books of never been published poetry to my name. A smattering of early writing promise seems to have gotten lost somewhere between then and now. Nothing is holding my interest, I need a change and I’m tired. I have been reading more which is good and I hope that helps, but something needs to be done with the day to day. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been out of Cleveland since June and I’m feeling stuck. Maybe I need to partake in a cleansing. Maybe I need a new hobby. Whatever it is, I’d like to get out of the pit sometime soon.
“To whom much is given, much is tested”
Biore is amping up the packaging of a tried and true excellent product, with the release of Limited-Edition POP Art-Inspired Pore Strips! The snappy, bright tin is an awesome and slim alternative to the normal box packaging pore strips usually come in. I love the tin because I usually end up crushing my pore strip box, throwing it away and then magically losing the random, loose strips. The tin sits prettily on a shelf or easily in the medicine cabinet. I’m doing a lot of traveling in the next couple of months (thank god) and the tin will totally slip easily into my luggage!And Biore pore strips are still as great as always for removing dirt an oil with tea tree oil and witch hazel. I was sent the Ultra Deep Cleaning strips and love them-they really do deep clean, and like I’ve said before, it’s great to see (literally) almost instant results. All Biore Strips range from $7.99-9.99 per pack and are available at major retailers nationwide.
For more information be sure to check out www.biore.com!
Disclosure: I was provided this product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
Head on over to Vera’s blog Luxury Reading to check out my review of Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis. This was a great read that history and non-fiction fans will really enjoy!
I’m not always on point with my sunscreen application on a regular basis, terrible I know,and I have been working on it. When I saw that Influenster had included a Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen in the 2012 Summer Beauty VoxBox, I was quick to remember to apply. And apply NOT only at the beach. The Silk Hydration is smooth, non-greasy and lasts for 12 hours. The luxurious feeling of the hydration ribbons makes it feel like you are applying skin conditioning lotion rather than slapping on white, thick chemical paste, like I often feel with some sunscreens. The smell of this Hawaiian Tropic is beach, clean and smells more like fresh cocoa butter than a pina colada that’s been left in the sun all day. Again, something I associate with some sunscreens. I took this picture on the beach at my cottage in Vermilion and as silly as it may sound, it’s one of my favorite pictures of the summer because it SCREAMS summer. It’s now august people, get out there and enjoy what’s left of it!!
This Hawaiian Tropic product and all others, are available at major retailers nationwide for around $8.99 a bottle. For more information check out http://www.hawaiiantropic.com
Disclosure: I was provided this product for free through the Influenster Summer Beauty VoxBox program, all opinions are my own.
I found myself grumbling the other day while reading two blogs I have been actively following since 2007. I was annoyed that the amount of personal posts the two have been posting are virtually non existent. All posts seem to be sponsored or promoted and it pissed me off. It pissed me off because I used to love reading these two girls thoughts on nothing, their feelings, what they did Saturday and seeing what they bought online. Now it’s “who wore it best” posts and other garbage. Then I realized, looking at my blog that I’ve been doing the same thing lately. I love my beauty posts and my book reviewing but my blog is not exclusive to either. It’s a collection of stuff, and lately I think the personal stuff has rapidly diminished. Maybe I don’t feel like sharing or maybe I just don’t care. I’ve been seeing it in other blogs too, suddenly it’s overtaken with crafts and recipes instead of stories. As a blogger, and I use that term loosely for myself, do you just go through stages? I mean I used to write and post concert reviews but stopped because the concerts stopped being fun. Do our personal stories become less interesting or become too complicated to explain? Does anyone even care? Another blog I’ve been reading since 2007 has DRASTICALLY shifted direction and while it’s a good one, I don’t think the material is right for me anymore. It’s weird how that stuff changes and how you notice it. I suppose it’s like a tv show that suddenly changes cast. My blog isn’t going to go all makeup, or all books or all how I spent my Tuesday but I do feel like I need to reintroduce the personal element back in a bit and for no one but myself and to reorganize and recharge.
Finding out that you’ve been selected to receive a VoxBox from Influenster is like super fun treat for your mailbox. I was pumped to get the Summer VoxBox that was filled with some really great stuff. This is my third VoxBox from the program and I’ve been very pleased with the wide range of products that all three have been packed with. What’s great too is that even though some of the product sizes are scaled down, I have never felt anything was “free sample” sized. In most cases, the products given are actual, full size. A huge bonus especially because the products are FREE in exchange for your promotion. Sign up if you haven’t I mean seriously why not? And for any of you guys out there with blogs, I swear they have or are trying to implement a program for you too! The Summer VoxBox contained the following:
**Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen
**Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color
**Always Tampax Radiant
**Quaker Soft Baked Bars
**Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Creme
My favorite product of the bunch was the Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen hands down. I also really liked the Quaker Soft Baked Bar too!
Be sure to sign up over at Influenster to get involved with this great program!
Disclosure: I was provided all products for free through the Summer Beauty VoxBox program from Influenster. All opinions are my own.