I’ve had over 3 weeks off! And it’s been kind of awesome truth be told. No more worrying about taking pictures of stuff before using it, no more stressing about PR-it’s been NICE to not have to “BE” a Beauty Blogger!
I’ve eaten all my matzo crackers(gotta get more dang it), and been to California and back in my time off. Marky is home for Christmas! She’s been sick poor red-headed thing… BUT I’ve been able to play mama the last few days again and am LOVING it. But most importantly, I’ve had time to think about this beauty blogging business.
I won’t quit. I can’t. There’s so few of us bloggers left these days that tell the truth. I’m telling you, it’s hard. And I don’t want to point fingers at the people who’s don’t. I mean, sure I get that we’re all different and that some things that don’t work for me MIGHT just MIGHT work for others. But when the general consensus about a product is that it SUCKS??? Yet you still love it? I’m sorry, but I just can’t anymore. You don’t blog for the people anymore, you blog for the BRAND. And that’s not blogging anymore. That’s being a magazine. And I don’t want to be like that.
I’m at the point where I don’t want to say YES to every Tom, Dick and Harry brand out there. I don’t NEED more stuff to be honest. I abhor hoarding. My mom was a bit of a hoarder, and I do not want to be that nope no way no how. I won’t be saying yes to get products just for the sake of GETTING products anymore. I really REALLY don’t like that part of blogging, and what it turns us into. Seriously, it’s ludicrous. I don’t need 15 bottles of shampoo sitting around even though I can’t use them but HEY–It’s free stuff???!!!! Screw that. I’m so, so tired of That Beauty Blogging GREED. It just has to stop. NO AMOUNT OF FREE STUFF IS GOING TO FILL THAT VOID, THAT SADNESS, THAT NEED for whatever your heart is craving. This is what I’ve learned in the last 5 years of blogging. I want no part of that anymore. Done like dinner I am.
I will only work with brands I LOVE. Brands I TRUST. Brands that don’t pressure me every other day to post. Brands that respect me, just like I respect them. It’s a two way street that blogger/PR relationship and I wish a lot of PR would recognize that. I’ve had a couple of PR actually support me in my hiatus-and I love that. I’m not kidding- A couple of brands actually emailed me and said they were PROUD of me for sticking to my guns. THEY ACTUALLY READ MY POST. Like hello?? PR that really READ blogs? LOVE them-and you want to know who they were? VICHY. And AVENE. Yup. I love those PR ladies and brands to pieces. Blogging isn’t a full time job for me-it’s a HOBBY. And hobbies are supposed to be something you love doing. And I want to keep it that way, and thanks to understanding PRs, that’s what it’s going to stay like for me.
So, what does all this mean Tracy? Things are gonna change around here yessiree. But for the BETTER. Because what you see and read about here on Beauty Reflections will only be the things I truly do use and LOVE. Things that will be worth MY TIME. AND YOURS. And I might be blogging more for people MY age. Yeah, I know that might be a bummer for some of you. But I’m telling you that this aging thing REALLY brings new beauty challenges to the forefront. So, expect a few more OLDER beauty related posts around here. Those of you who read my blog and are my age know what I’m talking about…Hot flashes and makeup DO NOT make a good mix. BUT as a beauty addicted junkie you know I’ve been searching for the things that DO work for me during this hot and flashy time of life! So if you’re going through the same things as I am then HAPPY DAYS! I’m here to help. 😀
But that doesn’t mean you won’t see some new and trendy makeup on here! Or a snarky negative review. Because you will. Oh, YES YOU WILL. I’ll still be buying things, and sometimes even the brands I love come out with duds. Hey, nobody is perfect! And I’ll be sure to tell you if anything I try is a dud. Cross my heart. Me and snark are one. United for all time. We can’t be broken. Once you’ve crossed over to the Snarky Side, there’s no going back… 😛 Plus, I love wine. I do. And there’s nothing like a glass or two of wine to bring out that Tracy snark!
BUT…I won’t be blogging EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I can’t anymore. The daily pace is something I just can’t keep up with now. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WORRY ABOUT BLOGGING FOR FREE STUFF. Yup. That’s the biggest truth I’ve learned in the last 3 weeks off. And I’m okay with that. I am. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again-makeup and skincare don’t pay the bills yo’.
I hope this is ok with all of you! There’s a couple of things I’ve tried over my little break that I think are FANTASTIC. So, I’ll try to get those posts up as soon as I can. Not like there’s really any hurry, because LORDY if you still have Christmas shopping to do then GOOD LUCK TO YOU my friend. I won’t even set foot into a mall here in Edmonton this month, so I can’t even imagine what lunacy you have to deal with in cities bigger than mine if you still have to shop.
CHEERS my friends! And I hope you missed me as much as I missed you!
P.S. And THANK YOU so much for all of your support and comments on my last post. I can’t tell you how much LOVE I have for all of you!