Disappointing News…

I cannot begin to explain my frustration for what I’m about to share with you. I have been trying to plan out my 31 Days of Halloween all year of exactly what I wanted it to be. I should have began filming earlier than I did. I guess the point of my story is that my computer is absolutely stupid and for whatever reason my computer, my editing software and my memory cards can’t seem to cooperate together, therefore it has become extremely difficult for me to edit videos, if not impossible.

I honestly did not foresee this and I am so sorry that I will not be able to post any videos on my YouTube channel and this breaks my heart, as I have been looking forward to this all year. This might be a sign that this just isn’t my time for YouTube right now, and that is okay. But I hope later in time I can return to YouTube for good.

However, I will still be posting here on my blog and on my Instagram. I hope this doesn’t disappoint you as much as it disappoints me, but this could be a blessing in disguise. We’ll see after Halloween I guess. And I’m hoping to get back after I get a new computer, whenever that may be. Thank you for reading and thank you for understanding.

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200 Followers!

So it’s been almost a week now give or take, and I haven’t talked about it since it happened, but…. We reached 200 followers! That’s right, not me, but we did that, this wouldn’t be possible without any of you! And I know it sounds corny and everyone says this kind of stuff but it’s completely true.

Since I started my blog, YouTube, and Instagram, I’ve always had the mindset of numbers don’t matter. And I guess that’s partially true, because I don’t do this because I want to attract millions, I could have just one follower and I could be completely happy knowing that one other person in this entire world cares about what I have to say. But knowing that over 200 people do… Well it honestly means so much, especially during this rough time I’m going through.

So I personally just wanted to thank every single one last of you. 200 may not be a lot to some people, but it’s more than enough to me. Thank you all so much!

Sand Cloud Review and Update!

Its been a hot minute since I’ve posted and I think it’s about time I update you on my review for Sand Cloud. Sand Cloud is company that sells towels and T shirts and accessories such as hats, water bottles, necklaces, and 10% of each purchase goes back to saving marine life. I’ve had the opportunity to try out these products on multiple occasions and here is how it went…

For the towel, its a nice fabric, that is perfect for lounging on. This isn’t the type of towel I would use to dry myself after swimming, but more to just sit on for a picnic or to just lay out and tan on. And the colorful tye dye pattern is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

As for the shirts, after a few washes they feel comfortable and not as boxy and stiff as when I first got them. I kid you not, I’ve been wearing these T-shirts as often as I can, and they’re so comfortable and cute shirts.

So after falling in love with the products I got, and loving what the company stands for, I have decided to become a brand ambassador! I haven’t posted anything on my Instagram yet, but I guess you can expect multiple Sand Cloud posts in the future. The best part is, I get a discount code that I get to share with all of you so you can save some money on your purchase. If you use my code: Allicen25 you can save 25% off your next purchase!

Here is a link to Sand Cloud, if you want to check it out! https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/

Thank you so much for reading!

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A Dedication to Matthew

Yesterday I had a new perspective and a new outlook on life, and I had a new vision for this blog. Little did I know that time I created that post that something life changing would happen just less than a day later. I would love to say that this post is going to be upbeat and positive like they usually are, but sadly it won’t be, it’s about to get serious.

Today I woke up and went about with my day like any other day. I won’t go into detail, but long story short, one thing happened after another, and I just had a bad attitude about myself and felt self-pity.

Anyway my attitude completely changed when I heard a rumor that someone that I work with died. At first, I thought it was just a rumor, no way it could be true. So then my friend and I had done some digging and found out that the rumor was actually true. We found out that someone I work with had committed suicide.

His name was Matthew, he just turned 18, just graduated high school, and he had the rest of his life waiting for him. He was such a sweet, lovable, and sassy young man, with a beautiful soul, and I am still in shock that this has happened. I don’t know how he did it, and I don’t know why, but I can’t help but feeling like there was something I could have done. In all honesty, there was probably nothing I could have done, but I just wish that I could have reminded him that I would be there for him if he needed someone to talk to. I can’t help but feeling like I failed him.

I’m going to be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of experience with death, and I am very grateful for that. The last death I had that really hit me hard was my grandfather and that was almost 3 years ago, and it was kind of sudden, yet expected at the same time. I’ve heard of suicides happening in my area before, but it was never anyone I actually knew one on one.

Matthew, I wish you knew how loved you were and how much joy you brought into our lives, and just how it was a blessing to know who you were. There is only one of you, and you will never be replaced or forgotten. You will truly be missed by many. Fly high like a bird.

Rest In Peace Matthew.

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A New Perspective

When I first started this blog, I wanted to focus it solely on makeup, even though I’m self taught and I know everything I know from watching YouTube videos, and that’s how I really came up with the name, Beauty Amateur Hour. But here I am and a half later thinking of more than just makeup.

Yes, I would love to have makeup be the main focus of this blog, but my life isn’t just about makeup. It is definitely one of my hobbies, but there is more to life, and more beauty in life, than just makeup. There is beauty in makeup, beauty in fashion, beauty in entertainment, beauty in travel, beauty in you, beauty in me, beauty in literally everything, even the things that may not be even considered beautiful because life is beautiful.

I don’t even know how I got to this conclusion, I guess it just kind of came to me the more I typed this. And yes, life can be hard for anyone and everyone, but we have to make the best of it and once you are able to get over whatever hard time you are going through, I hope you can see the beauty in life and appreciate it.

I would still love to have beauty as a main topic in this blog, but I really want to post more than just makeup, I just need to stop being lazy and get back into posting daily again.

As much as I want to change the name of this blog, I think I’m going to keep it the way it is. However, it’s going to have a little more meaning than it did before. I think I discussed the beauty part enough already but as for the amateur hour, well I feel like I am an amateur at beauty, fashion, travel, life, just about anything. And that is what it means to me.

Sorry for this late night thought, it was just something I was thinking, and something I wanted to share and change, or expand about this blog. I will be continuing my 100 Days of Makeup on my Instagram, once I stop being lazy, and after that ends, I plan to include more than just makeup on Instagram. Also, I’m thinking about starting a Facebook page, any thoughts on that? Thank you for reading and thank you for always being here. I truly appreciate it!

An Update….

So it’s been a good month since I last posted. I hope everyone is doing well, I’ve been thinking about everything regarding my blog and social media, and I’ve come to a temporary decision that I think will be best for me.

So a few months ago, I became full timer at work, meaning that I’ll be working more, and I’ll have a limited availability to do other things outside of work. I’ve been trying to make it work and balance everything and I now realize that I can’t do it all.

I made it a goal for myself for this year to make sure I do better when it comes to my blog and social media and YouTube, and so far I haven’t. So here is the plan I have come up with.

I decided that I will be taking a temporary break from YouTube. It’s been really hard to find the time to film videos and edit with my busy and unpredictable schedule. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary, I’m hoping that I’ll be back in time for some fun Halloween tutorials.

But I think I started YouTube too soon, and as soon as I started it, that’s when my blog started going downhill. So now I will be mainly focusing on my blog and my Instagram.

Im still going strong with my 100 Days of Makeup Challenge on Instagram, so you should definitely check that out. I do have a really cool travel log I wanted to upload to my YouTube and I think I will still do that, I just won’t be making much more videos after that. However if you guys request I make a video such as a tutorial, review, anything like that, I would be more than happy to do that.

I hope you understand and I want to thank you all for still being here for me even when I’m not here. Thank you all so much!

Declutter With Me! Day 2

I kinda already failed on this declutter series, but I guess its something I’m going to have to do when I find the time. But anyway here is another installment in this series. on this shelf there was a little bit of trash along with some boxes, CDs and other random items with a little decor piece of Big Ben.

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On other shelves I found other boxes, and in these boxes, I usually keep my craft items, so I organized them into boxes. I separated them into scrapbooking in one, sharpies, glues and glitter, and ribbon and fabric crafts.

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Then I just put the boxes back into the shelf after organizing them and then put the decor piece back.

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That’s about it for this installment of Declutter With Me! Hopefully I can do better and get more on top of this. Thanks for reading!