The Truth About Social Media

A few weeks ago there was quite a discussion going on online about social media. It all started with an Instagram/YouTube influencer Essena O'Neill , who annonced she's quitting social media, because everything about it is 'fake' and 'evil'. As you know, social media is a huge part of my life. I have a full time job in social media, and my hobbies all revolve around it as well, so there's no surprise I just had to throw in my two cents. Here's what I have to say. 

The Week When Halloween & Christmas Collided

Last week I went to my first ever Halloween party! Halloween has never been huge in my home country, so the only form of 'celebration' I'd experienced while still living in Slovenia was carving pumpkins in the comfort of my home. How exciting. Well, things have definitely changed since moving to London, and this year, I not only attended a party, but probably attended the coolest one in town, by the looks of it. It was organized by YouTube Space London and I was lucky enough to be able to come along for the (scary) ride. They really went all out with decorations and even had creepy live actors to scare us! I had great fun, even though I usually don't deal well with scary. I can't even watch horror movies without covering my eyes, screaming and grabbing a person next to me, haha. Apologies to anyone who got to experience that. Anyway, the party was great (just too short), and I even made some new friends, yay! I love seeing our London YouTube family grow. 

Let's talk about Christmas now. Yes, I became one of those annoying people who get excited over Christmas way too soon, but who could blame me?! Christmas festivities are already in full swing here in London. Yes, really. On Sunday, the Oxford Street Christmas lights got switched on (by Kylie Minogue, as you do) and of course I had to be there to see the magic come alive and listen to some awesome music along the way. I think it's safe to say I had a pretty great weekend. Until next time!

Essence Liquid Lipstick Review

It's been two months since I last wrote a beauty review here or my blog, so I thought it would be time to finally write another one! Today I'll be talking about essence's liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage for about a year now, with Bourjois and Anastasia Beverly Hills taking the centre stage, but I just couldn't justify spending my precious money on them, knowing I probably wouldn't wear them very often. I only tested out the ones available in my online store (it's in the job description), but that doesn't mean I didn't or don't want to try more. I mean, I'm a makeup addict after all!
Essence Liquid Lipstick Review

I got really excited when I saw that essence was coming out with what it looked like a budget version of Bourjois liquid lipsticks, and luckily, I got my hands on two lovely, bold shades - 04 show off! and 06 make a statement. But before you get too excited, I need to let you know that these are not proper liquid lipsticks. At least not in my book. They aren't long-lasting and don't stain your lips, which are the two main characteristics of liquid lipsticks, so I think pigmented thick glosses would be a more appropriate way to describe them. 
Essence Liquid Lipstick Review Applicator

As mentioned, they are very pigmented. One swipe is more than enough. In fact, I would keep away from adding extra layers and rubbing your lips together too much, as the product doesn't really settle and tends to move around and gather in certain areas when there's too much of it on your lips.
Essence Liquid Lipstick Review Swatch

The gloss isn't too sticky and has a comfortable waxy smooth finish, but as with all heavy lip formulas, it tends to wear off unevenly, with the product disappearing from the middle of your lips first and leaving a line inside the edges. I don't see it as a huge problem, though, because the fact that it doesn't stain your lips means that you can quickly touch it up. When it comes to staying power, I would say it's average, lasting a couple of hours before the gloss wears off. 
Essence Liquid Lipstick Review Show Off
04 show off!

Essence Liquid Lipstick Review Make a Statement
06 make a statement

Packaging is not something I normally pay a lot of attention to, but I just have to mention it this time. I think it's freakin' amazing. Not only is it functional, showing through the actual shade of the product, but it's also inceredibly sleek for such a cheap product. Essence have really been stepping up their game recently when it comes to their lip products, don't you think so? 

The Week When I Visited Slovenia

Last week I finally visited my home country again. It's been 10 months since I was last home and to be honest, I was quite excited to go back for a bit, mainly to see my dog, haha. I talk to my family all the time thanks to the amazing technology we have nowadays, so I don't experience homesickness very often, but communicating with Mr Fluffy (a.k.a. Benji) is a bit more challenging, as you can imagine! I'm very attached to the little ball of fur, and I really hate the fact I can only see him a couple of times a year now. 

The reason behind my quick weekend getaway was my parents' 50th birthday bash. Turning 50 is considered one of the main celebrations in my country, so of course, there had to be a huge party accompanying the occasion. There was lots of food, music, entertainment, people... It was a bit like a wedding reception, basically. I was in charge of doing makeup, filming and a few other things on the day, so I didn't have much time to relax, but it was great having a chat with all my relatives and family friends who I haven't seen in a year.

I also took advantage of my trip back home to cross some boring but necessary things off the list - I got my laptop fixed, visited a hair stylist, went to see the dentist, etc.  All in all, it was a very short and busy trip, so I didn't even let many people know I'm coming home, but there should be enough time for all the catch-ups during Christmas break. :)

Empties: Products I've Recently Used Up

For a change I managed to not throw away the products I've used up recently, which means that I have an empties video for you! If you're not familiar with the concept, it's just me giving you quick, but very accurate reviews of products I ran out of.

The Week When I Drove Myself to Exhaustion

Before uploading my new weekly vlog tomorrow, I still have the previous one to share with you! I had an incredibly busy week, which started with me going to the Pop Up Kitchen event organized by The Bloggers Hangout, and ended with driving myself to exhaustion. True story. I didn't film the latter, as vlogging was obviously the last thing on my mind when I was trying not to pass out, but it was a huge wakeup call for me. I was sleeping for only two hours a day over the period of two weeks, because I was trying to get everything done before my weekend getaway to my home country, and the no sleep, running around and working-like-a-crazy-person-without-a-break combo took a toll on me. Big time. You know it's time to make some changes when even your workaholic mom tells you to reevaluate your lifestyle and slow the hell down... 

This week I've been trying really hard to get to bed a few hours earlier than usual, I ditched my weekend filming plans, and just tried to chill and not work, basically. It's hard to get into this frame of mind when you suffer from FOMO and have hobbies that you take very seriously, but I guess I'll just have to accept that 24-hour-long days don't go together with having three full-time 'jobs'. I'm not saying that I'm quitting any of my hobbies or anything like that, but the three videos a week YouTube schedule I've been trying to keep up with is definitely not happening anymore. As much as I hate not being able to stick to my plans and spend all my free time on the hobby I adore, I need a day off from time to time as well, just like any other human being, and trying to deliver three videos a week alongside my proper full time job and other side projects 'just because' is not the way to go, I guess. I feel like I started treating YouTube as my part-time job recently and putting pressure on myself for no apparent reason. I am not a full time youtuber. YouTube doesn't pay my bills and probably never will, so I think it's time to stop compromising my health for the sake of silly videos nobody's life depends on.

I'll be taking things slower from now on. I'm downgrading my YouTube activities to what they are - a hobby - and bringing back the fun factor that started disappearing due to me stressing out about getting things done on time. Rather than focusing on the quantity, I'll try to focus on the quality from now on and use the time I would spend on creating three different videos to improve just one or two. I hope this will also result in the content I'm genuinely proud of, since I haven't been satisfied with any of my videos for a long time now. They are always created in a rush and the final result is never quite where I want it to be, so fingers crossed things will be a bit different from now on. Don't expect miracles anytime soon, though. While I will try to put more effort into individual videos and bring more variety to my content, there's still some obstacles that are holding me back. But you know what they say - baby steps. 

Good grief! This post has turned into a bit of a confession which I did not intend to write at all, but I guess I just had to get it out of the system. As you've probably noticed, I've been going through some existential crises recently as far as YouTube and blogging go, but sometimes you need to take a step back before you make a leap forward, right? I hope this fresh mindset of mine will result in something great. Or at least slightly better. Eventually.

Now I'll finally leave you to go watch the weekly vlog below, which was supposed to be the main topic of this post and has nothing to do with what I've just blabbered on about. :D

Easy & Quick Halloween Party Food Ideas

Are you throwing a Halloween party this year? If your answer is yes, you might want to watch the video below! I show you how to make four simple but delicious treats that won't break the bank or take you ages to make. They can also come in handy in case your friends turn up at your door kinda last minute, so you might want to watch it in either case. Just saying... :)
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