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!

1 Year Anniversary

I’m late by a few days, but my blog is now one year old! It doesn’t feel like it has been that long but here we are one year later. I feel like I have come a long way since I first started my blog the past year. I can’t believe that I have made it to almost 200 followers in just one year. To some, that might not be much, but to me it’s so many. To know that many people care about what I have to say or review, it means the world to me. I can’t wait to see what my blog will be another year from now. Thank you so much, I truly appreciate all the support!

NEW SERIES! Declutter With Me! Day 1

Alright, so we are almost done with week 2 of 2017 and so far, I haven’t even made any way to attempt to accomplish what I wanted to this year. So I am going to start with one of the things on my list of personal goals for 2017, and the one I am starting with is completely decluttering my room.

The method I am taking may make the process longer but it’ll make it easier for me since I have such a busy and unpredictable schedule. So I am going to be tackling one little section of my room everyday until I completely finish. I have a really bad habit of hoarding things that are just trash, and this will help me get rid of all of it.

In my room there are a lot of shelves, and no closet so most of this series, I will be tackling one shelf each day until I can move on to bigger things like my desk as well as under my desk and I will probably save my dresser for last, with taking a day for each drawer.

But I’m starting with one shelf in my room that isn’t used for much because it’s not within my reach, but I have to start somewhere. This shelf had a picture, a glass Eiffel Tower with candy in it, a little Easter Basket, an old calendar from last year and a coffee cup still in its box.

I did take out everything from the shelf and then just put the picture frame and Eiffel Tower back. The Easter basket I put on another shelf to tackle another day and I took the cup out of the box and into the kitchen where it belongs. I also put the calendar on another shelf because even though it’s useless, I really liked the pictures inside. I know that’s really stupid but I’m new at this, give me a break.

And this is what the shelf looks like now.

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That is it for this first installment of my declutter series. I know it doesn’t seem like much but if I do a little bit each day, then I know my room will get to be the way I want it to be. Thank you for reading!

Cure to a Cold?

Thank you all for understanding the lack of posts due to my cold. Luckily I tried something last night, and I’m pretty convinced that it worked. I first felt symptoms on New Year’s Eve, so I was actually sick for about 4 days. Yesterday I think was the worst of it, and it felt like it wasn’t going to get better. But I read somewhere online that if you put a slice of onion in your sock before you go to bed, its supposed to be helpful for your immune system, cleaning the blood, and help get rid of bad foot odor. Well it said that it would help with colds, and with being sick as a dog, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try.

Before all I had was a pretty bad sore throat and cough, I was losing my voice, and an annoying stuffed nose. I put a slice of red onion in each sock, beneath the palms of my feet. I’m not going to lie, it felt absolutely weird, and I just couldn’t get used to or comfortable with the feeling of sliced onions in my socks.

But then I woke up this morning and I literally felt like a new person. I wouldn’t say it completely cured me, but it definitely helped open my sinuses and now I can breathe. Also it really helped with my sore throat and cough. I still have a little cough but it doesn’t hurt my chest like it did. And it seems like the mucus and phlegm is gone.

So overall, I’d say that this little experiment was a success. Again, I tried it on Day 4 into my cold, but next time I get sick, I’ll try sooner and see if it still works. But I would definitely recommend just trying this, as weird as it may sound and how it feels. The only thing I will complain about is that your room will smell like onion, but I think it’s worth not being sick. I hope you found this helpful, and get ready for future posts! I’m back! Thank you so much for reading!

Starting 2017 Off Right…

Starting 2017 off right….. with a cold (said no one ever). Happy New year everyone and happy first Beauty Amateur Hour post of 2017! I’m so mad because I wanted 2017 to be different, I wanted to get everything back on track and I’m already off to a bad start. I honestly didn’t think this cold would last this long, I thought it would be like 3 days tops, but it’s been going on longer than I had hoped. But as soon as I feel better, get ready for posts on all my social media. I’m gonna try something tonight that will hopefully help me feel better and I’ll let you know if it works! Thank you all for understanding and I can’t wait to post more! Let’s make 2017 great! 

Personal Goals for 2017

New year, new me!.. I’m just kidding. I’m always like that around New Years. I don’t want to say I believe in New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t think people can truly become new people or change their lifelong habits all because we’ve made it through another lap around the sun. But this year I made a list of things I either want to do or get into the habit of doing, or just accomplish throughout the year 2017. I’m going to share a lot of them with you all and I think it would be fun to come back a year from now and take a look and see if I actually fulfilled my goals for the year and make more for the next year. So in no particular order, here we go…

  1. Dye hair, work my way up to a light brown/ dark blonde. I know this is bad, but I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year and I have always wanted to make that change with my hair color, I just have never had the courage to do it.
  2. Whiten Teeth. I’ve always wanted whiter teeth and I’m honestly really self conscious about it and they’re not going to get any whiter unless I make an effort.
  3. Go back to school. I do have an associates degree in Liberal Arts and Cultures but as reluctant I am to go back to school, I don’t want to just leave it at that. I think I’d want to continue my education online, allowing me more availability to work and spend time with friends and family. But I was thinking about getting another associates in business management, but we’ll see what happens.
  4. Make Beauty Amateur Hour social media “lit”. I do have personal social media but honestly I want to put my name out there when it comes to this blog. Yes I would love to inspire as many as peopleΒ as I can, who doesn’t? But what I mean by “lit” is that I want to constantly be posting content on all my social media which includes this blog, my twitter account, instagram account, and my YouTube channel. Ideally, I would like to be posting at least once a day from a least one of the platforms I use.
  5. Get Blog back on track. Honestly I got a good start on this goal this month. But I want to do better. I just want this blog to remain primarily about beauty, but at the same time I want my blog to have something for everyone. So it’s just something that I’ll always have to work on, it’s not just going to happen overnight.
  6. Get YouTube channel back on track. I admit I did start my YouTube channel just this year, and it may have been before I was ready. But it was a great learning experience and I want to be able to post high quality content and improve as I go, because it is actually very fun. I’m not saying I want to be Jaclyn Hill status, but just to grow my channel, and like my blog, I want my channel to have different types of videos from beauty to travel to lifestyle and etc.
  7. Move out from my parents’ house. I love my family to death and I appreciate everything they have done for me but I think it’s time for me to be out on my own and learn to be more independent. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to do this sometime in 2017.
  8. Lose 30 lbs. I’m not going to tell you my current weight right now, but this weight has always been a goal of mine and if I try really hard, maybe I’ll get to that place.
  9. Visit another country. I really want to travel the world, so bad! And honestly doing it all at once might be a little difficult for me to do. But I think it would be fun to visit at least one different country a year, or a different continent a year. But for 2017, I would like to visit at least one other country than the United States.
  10. Enter Nyx Face Awards. Now this is just something I want to do for myself. I don’t have high expectations of actually becoming a finalist but I think it would be something fun to do and get out of my comfort zone.
  11. Get back into proper skincare. I’m going to admit this year I completely lacked on having a proper skincare routine everyday. I would like to change this in 2017 and stick to it.
  12. Get into proper hair care and actually put effort into hair. I definitely need to take better care of my hair than just winging it. Also I a few years back, I actually put effort into my hairstyles and I want to get back into that instead of just leaving it in a bun all day, everyday.
  13. Get back into shape. This goes hand in hand with my weight loss goal, but I do want to live a healthier lifestyle and I want to work out more and eat better.
  14. Completely declutter bedroom. Even though I want to move out of my parents’ house, I do want to give my room a makeover and get rid of everything I don’t need until I can move out.
  15. Take more pictures. I do want to do this to grow my gallery on this blog. But I also want to do this because I want to document as much as I can of all my experiences so I’ll be able to look back on the memories.
  16. Read more books. Every year I always tell myself that I’m going to read more, and every year I fail. But not this year. I will make it happen. I want to read at least 10 books this year!
  17. 100 Days of Makeup Challenge. Okay, I did try this challenge this year, but I want to try it again and actually succeed. I won’t stop until I do!
  18. Have more fun and enjoy life. I’m not going to say I don’t have fun and enjoy life now, but I am constantly working and not taking time for myself to actually have fun. Like go out with friends and enjoy being young. I’m only going to be young for so long and I want to enjoy this time for as long as I can before “adulting” actually hits.
  19. Get better at planning ahead. I always get excited when I get a new planner or calendar, and the excitement lasts about a week and then I never use it again after that. I would like to change this in 2017.

That’s all of my goals for 2017. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to fulfill them all but I am most certainly going to try. Thank you so much for reading! I hope you all have a nice New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year!