I have a confession. I’ve been doing some major, major hauling. And by doing this, I’ve rediscovered my love of all things makeup, and of sharing these thoughts with you here, and on my social channels.
This feeling has been missing for me for years. And I attribute that to being overwhelmed.
You see, when this blog was at its peak, I was fortunate to be able to collaborate with many brands who regularly sent over products for me to test out and feature on LipstickRules. Quite frankly, the attention was pretty amazing. It was like Christmas morning every day a package arrived with my name on it or an invite to a cool event arrived in my inbox. I was so thrilled, happy and grateful.
However, the lustre and novelty of it all started to wear thin. I started to feel overwhelmed by products, and by emails from brands and their reps. Soon after, I started to feel lost and and burnt out. I almost stopped blogging as I became very disillusioned.
When I decided to take a step back, naturally the opportunities have started to drop. And I feel relieved. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted for me, and it feels wonderful.
Now, I finally feel like I’m free again to focus on what I want, and what my readers want. I don’t feel like I need to say yes to everything, and I also feel like I can finally enjoy products again.
I feel like I can haul for what I want, and be open to working with brands on things that I actually want to work on versus feeling like I need to say yes to everything. It is quite liberating.
Today, I am excited again about makeup (and fashion too!). This excitement has me feeling more motivated to share here on my blog and on Instagram (@michellenm19).
And ultimately, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Stay tuned for posts on my new skincare faves, some old but new again (to me) MAC products, and thoughts on shopping your makeup stash.