On my Facebook page I posted some beauty/blogging goals I had for myself in 2014 - that was on January 2nd. Now a month and a half into the year, I thought I would list them and share how I have been doing.
Definitely not there yet. I have found, thanks to a suggestion from a reader, that alternating the direction of my curling iron really helps, as do texturizing sprays. I have used up a bottle of the Bumble and Bumble Bb. Thickening Dryspun Finish and started using the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray just this week. I will talk about both in my Empties video which will go up later this month.
// Redo my blog design
Complete! I could not have done this without the help of The Blog Boat. Robyn was a dream to work with, and I could not recommend either her templates or her custom work enough. I'm really pleased with the clean look and happy colors.
// Post consistently again (I'd like to have a mix of beauty & lifestyle posts on That is All)
This is still a work in progress. When I started YouTube, I never dreamed it would take the amount of time and effort that it does. The filming and editing are one thing, but the constant comments and messages with questions are both the most fun thing and the most time-consuming thing about YouTube. If I have extra time in the day, I would much rather respond to some of those questions than write a blog post, but I also missed this outlet during 2013. I am trying to find a good middle ground and make both a priority.
// Find a natural deodorant
Currently I am using this one that my friend Joy sent to me from her own line. Here line is very new, but this product is already getting great reviews.
Let's have a TMI moment - honestly, I sweat a lot...like Degree Women Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant doesn't always work for me. So somedays with the Joyous Health deodorant I'm golden, and other days it's not pretty.
If you have made the switch to a natural deodorant, did you experience an adjustment period?
For now I will keep using the Joyous Health one, and I will also be testing out the popular Soapwalla Deodorant Cream.
// Learn more about ingredients so I can make better purchasing decisions and give better reviews
Probably the hardest out of all of these goals. I'm a little confused by all the differing opinions, and at this point I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed. I thought I'd share some resources I've been using (thank you to everyone who left recommendations over on Facebook!) -
No More Dirty Looks
Paula's Choice Ingredient Directory
Paula's Choice Expert Advice
EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
The Beauty Brains
I'm trying to keep an open mind during this research. I did just place two small orders with Eco Diva Beauty and Spirit Beauty Lounge. I'm really excited to test out the products and samples to see how they compare with products I'm currently using.
// Complete the Joyous 10 Day Detox again
I want to dedicate an entire blog post to this very soon. The best thing I have done for my health was joining the Joyous 10 Day Detox last year. I'm am participating again and this time I've added the yoga portion and absolutely love it.
So that's my update for now. As always if you have any recommendations or advice, I love to read it.