I’ve been on a blog-hiatus. It wasn’t intended, but it just sort of happened, and, I have to admit, I’ve rather enjoyed it. I’m just now entering my eighth year of blogging (you read that right), so that’s seven years of Sunday afternoons that I’ve spent at my computer,which equates to nearly a solid YEAR of taking pictures, editing pictures (always the worst part, tbh), actually doing the writing and doesn’t even slightly take into account the hours I spend getting to events, reading press releases, testing products and the thinking (oh my god, the THINKING) about blog posts even before I sit down to write them!
So, because I’ve been enjoying NOT blogging for a couple of months, its crossed my mind that maybe I should retire. Year end was super-busy at work this year, and we just moved house, and I’ve been tired – so very, very tired – and the thought of adding blogging back into that particular mix has just been … depressing. Another thing to worry about, and another obligation. That said, I’ve been loving Instagram very much lately, pop on over!
Retiring from blogging at Get Lippie completely has been a tempting option under the circumstances, like the thought of going on a lovely, looooooooong, holiday. Blogging, particularly beauty blogging, is both a bit of a rat-race and a popularity contest these days, and I’m never going to be Zoella or Pixiwoos. Hell, I’m barely even Get Lippie these days! Luckily, I don’t rely on my blog to make my living – there’s no sponsorship or endorsement deals here – but, now I’m out of work-madness time, and we’ve practically got the new flat sorted, I’m going to give a couple of Sundays* back up to the blogging muse, and see what occurs.
So, yeah, skincare is what we’re meant to be talking about, apparently, not my existential crisis, so here’s some skincare chat:
I’m attempting to use up my much-beloved Zelens Intense Defence Serum, because it’s nearly at the end, and that will make it the only serum I’ve used up in several years! I love this stuff, on my picky, overly sensitive, prone-to-redness skin, this acts like a bandage, protecting it from all kinds of pollutants and cushioning it from the effects of overly harsh weather, or unsuitable skincare products. I’ve been boosting it with Zelens Power D Drops in recent weeks, and I’ll be giving a full review of those soon.
Clinique sent me a bumper pack of their Moisture Surge products the other week, and, whilst I’ve had trouble with gel-formula moisturisers in the past (they tend to be heavy on the silicones and irritate my skin by not letting it breathe too well), I’m really enjoying using Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. The stress of the last couple of months, combined with spending a lot of hours really staring at a computer – seriously, when you’re getting 40 incomprehensible emails a day from a government department, you’d be screwing your face up too – have left me craving hydration, and I find this feels super-hydrating at first application and leaves my skin feeling velvety and wonderful, without the little angry bumps I can get from too many silicones.
Something else new that I’m trying right now is the Silke London silk hair wrap. I’ve been toying with wrapping my hair for a while now, having found that sleeping on a silk pillow case makes a huge difference to my hair, but couldn’t find a 100% silk wrap that I liked. Then Silke London launched, and I had to have one, so treated myself to an Isla, which is the green and blue version. It’s essentially a silk turban, and looks impossibly glamorous on the right person. I am not the right person, and look like Hilda Ogden after a minor lottery win in mine, so there will be no selfies wearing it, but I’ll keep you posted …
How’s your week been? I’ve not retired. Yet.
*But not next Sunday. Ironically, I’m going on holiday … 😉
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