Here I am yet again after disappearing for nearly a whole month from my blog. Shit happens and I won’t apologize this time. It’s currently 11 at night and I’m really tired so what will follow will mostly just be me word vomiting every single thought that I have on my mind. So be warned.
I have been blogging on and off for over two years. My blog is probably the only thing that I have ever been passionate about as I have never had a hobby that I actually enjoyed before so it is really special. But recently I haven’t been feeling the same.
I don’t even know the reason why I stopped blogging in the first place. To be honest it was a long time coming. The last time that I had properly blogged was in December when I was doing blogmas. I have only put out a couple of posts since the new year and I just felt like the whole blogging thing was starting to get overwhelming and what once made me happy, it now just stressed me out.
This stress stemmed from a lot of things. Firstly, I was stressed by the feeling that I need to write a post. This only made me feel unhappy with the posts that I finally managed to put together as they were not up to my standards. I felt like the writing was terrible and did not actually reflect what I wanted to say. They were just words that I put together in a hurry while trying to meet the deadline that I had set in my mind. All of this resulted in me burning out.
I no longer felt willing to sit down and write, take photos and edit. I began to see it as a chore instead of a hobby. I began to question myself a lot. Why were my posts so bad? Why were my photos never bright/good enough? Was anybody actually interested in what I was saying? All of these why’s!
So, for the past few weeks I just couldn’t write anymore. I blamed my exams for not writing but at the end of the day, I realized that I was actually just falling out of love with my blog and anything that had to do with it.
Suddenly Instagram and Bloglovin were just a place for me to feel worse about my content. Twitter was something that had never gotten the hold of and my tweets were just a bunch of links to posts which were probably there for nothing. I missed out on twitter chats and saw all the bloggers around me just having fun and I was there just observing.
Today's post is going to be a bit different as Deborah from Distorted Priorities and I have teamed up to share our January favourites so make sure to head over to Distorted Priorities to read all about my favourites.
Hi everybody! I’m super excited to be working with Sarah and writing a guest blog post on What Sarah Writes! By way of introduction, my name is Deborah and I am 19 years old. I am a second year student at the University of Malta taking a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Marketing! I have a passion for anything beauty & fashion related. Another hobby of mine is to explore the word and travel – that is basically what Distorted Priorities is all about! I started my blog last September and today I will be bringing you my January Favourites from fashion, makeup, music and youtubers. If you like what you read, make sure to ‘like’ Distorted Priorities on Facebook and follow us on social media (all links will be at the end of the post) so that you will not miss out any more blog posts! Wow that was long! Let’s get onto the post shall we?
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be sent some Rosegal makeup items to try out and review. Rosegal has a wide selection of clothes, accessories and beauty products amongst others. I had previously raved about Rosegal's beautiful brush sets and this time around I decided to try out some of the makeup products available.
CC Cream* // First of all, I must say that I'm obsessed with the packaging design since it has lots of cute dinosaurs and the Empire State building sketched on the front. The CC cream is a very good match to my skin and has enough coverage that it hides the red areas on my face.
Cushion Foundation* // I have seen a lot of cushion foundations floating about the makeup world in the last few months but I was yet to try them out. While on the site I decided to pick one up to see what the hype was. The one I picked up is in the shade 13 which I have found to be a bit too light for me. I would suggest going for the darker shade available. The compact includes a sponge applicator, a mirror and an extra cushion foundation.
Loose Powder* // This loose powder also comes with a sponge that makes application easier. The powder mattifies the skin without making it look cakey.
Conceal & Contour Kit* // This palette includes 15 cream based shades range from really light to dark and even includes a shimmery highlighter. The main reason why I chose this was because I wanted to try out colour correcting but I was kind of let down. The shades change colour once applied and don't blend that well at all. Out of all the items I picked up, this was the only one that I was disappointed in.
Highlighter Stick*// This cream highlighter has such a lovely pearly golden finish to it which makes it look very natural once applied to the cheek bones and under the eyebrows.
Powder Blush* // The shade water red does look very intimidating in the compact but once applied it leaves a very natural looking glow.
Eyeliner // Eyeshadow Pencil // Eyeshadow Palette
Collagen Eye Roll-On* // This product claims to improve the elasticity and remove wrinkles of the under eye area. It can be applied by rolling the ball over the skin. I find that this is perfect for the evenings as it cools down and relaxes my eyes.
Eyeshadow Pencil* // This gold brown stick looks gorgeous on the eyelids alone and can also be used as a base for other powder eyeshadows. It also doesn't crease easily and can be rolled up for more product.
Eyeshadow Palette*// I am so in love with this palette. It includes 10 eyeshadows, 3 of which are matte while the others are glittery. All the shades feel creamy, blend very easily and they are also opaque. The small size and the lovely range of shades make this palette perfect for travelling and the mirror is an added bonus.
Eyeliner Pen*// The design on this pen matches with the CC cream mentioned earlier and again I think that it looks very cute. The felt tip is very sharp but on the thicker side.
Max Volume Mascara* // A mascara in the shape of a cat? Yes please. Besides looking so cute this mascara also does a wonderful job at curling my lashes and adds volume just like it states. Altough the want is quite big so it won't be liked by everyone.
Brows, Lips & Applicators
Eyebrow Pencil // Lipstick
Matte Lipstick* // This is actually the second addition to my matte lipstick collection. I know shocker! The shade B16 is a lovely brown shade with red undertones and applies really nicely without budging.
Eyebrow Pencil* // The gold packaging of this brow pencil looks lovely and the triangle shaped tip makes it easier to apply. Unfortunately I found that the shade is a bit too dark for me but I can still work with it.
Flat Top Brush* (similar) // This brush has a flat top and its bristles are very soft. It is great for buffing in foundation and blending in the highlighter stick for a more natural finish.
Makeup Sponge* // I have recently been loving makeup sponges for applying foundations. This one is very soft and applies the foundation really nicely.
Once again I would like to say that I am very thankful and grateful for Rosegal for giving me the chance to try out all of these products.
In case you were wondering, no, I am not trying to look like Mary Poppins! I had been planning on taking some outfit photos for a few days but when I finally found the time it started to rain. I decided to just grab an umbrella and take the photos anyway. I did end up getting the rain all over the camera but oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do. #bloggerproblems #bloggerslife
A few weeks ago I picked up some items from Dresslink which I had previously collaborated with in my first ever collaboration! My go to winter outfit lately has been jeans, a jumper and a jacket. A grey cable knit jumper* is a great thing to have as it matches with nearly everything and is easy to throw on. A recent obsession of mine has been bomber jackets and you may remember me mentioning this, in one of my fashion wishlists. While in London last July I managed to get my hands on this black bomber jacket which I have been wearing nearly everyday in the last few weeks! In my opinion a huge, thick scarf is an essential for the colder weather. I love this blanket scarf* as it keeps me warm and cozy while the colours look gorgeous. It's the perfect addition to a winter outfit. I couldn't help but finish off the outfit with my white trainers as I can't seem to get enough of them!
What are some of your winter outfit essentials?
Hello! I haven't written a post in over a month and I feel very like I don't know what I'm doing. So let's hope that what I am about to write will actually makes sense.
First of all, welcome back to What Sarah Writes. I hope that you had a lovely time over Christmas break. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling that well on Christmas day but that only provided me with an excuse to watch even more Christmas films so it didn't turn out as bad.
After the longest break from blogging, I have returned and I will be trying to get back to my normal schedule as soon as possible. I have many fun posts already planned and even a few collaborations which I hope that you will all enjoy.
Today I decided to round up a few of my favourite posts of 2016. They don't necessarily have the most views or the most comments but rather the ones that I really enjoyed doing the most. Don't get me wrong, I love every post that I published but these were the ones that stood out for me and that I love looking back to from time to time.
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"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there."
I don't know about you but this poem brings back great memories from my childhood. We had a pop-up book that told this poem and during the Christmas season my brother and I would make our mum read it for us. Reading this nowadays makes me remember about all the excitement of waiting for Father Christmas and wishing to be child yet again!
A few days ago I was flipping through some old albums and I came across these photos of me taken a really long time ago. (Definitely made me feel old) So here's little me during my first few Christmases and my brother who joined in the festivities a few years later. I thought that it would be fun to share the photos with you and this way I will actually be able to look at them. Otherwise they will probably remain hidden away for a couple more years. Christmas has always been one of my favourite holidays and although some of the magic surrounding this time has disappeared, I still continue to love it.
This December has been quite busy one especially on the blogging part. 12 days of blogmas was quite demanding. Although the posts took a lot of time to put together, I had a lot of fun coming up with all the Christmas themed ideas and taking the festive photos. Obviously I enjoyed reading everybody else's blogmas and they definitely helped me to get into Christmas spirit.
With that said, I have a lot of important projects to finish during the Christmas holidays and therefore I will be taking a short break from blogging. I will still be posting on Instagram and Twitter but What Sarah Writes will be a lot quieter. Hopefully I will return in 2017 with a refreshed mind and better content!
I wish everybody a merry Christmas filled with happiness and joy
and food. Thank you for being part of my year and making it special! See you soon 💗
First of all, where has the month gone? It's already the 22nd and Christmas is only a few days away! Today I finally finished the first school term and I'm quite happy that I won't have to go back for another two weeks. But on the other hand it only means that my A levels are now even closer!
With the Christmas parties and events in full swing, I thought that I would share an outfit that is both easy to put together and warm enough for the cold weather. You can never go wrong with putting together monochromatic items and adding a pop of colour. I love this type of outfit as all of the items are simple yet full of details. The polo neck* has a scalloped neck with crochet details on the front while the jeans has a velvet flower pattern down the leg. You cannot do without a coat during this season and this one has been my favourite. I love the fur attachment around the neck of this grey suede coat*. It is also lined with an extra layer on the inside so it will keep you snugly and warm while looking stylish. Heels are optional when it comes to dressing up for the holidays but I think that they make an outfit more put together. The bag* is the last festive staple. The gold chain ties in perfectly with the gold detail around the heels the the red adds a bit of colour.
What are your festive outfit staples?