Everything Old Becomes New Again

Let the planning of 2015 begin!

They say that if you hang on to a piece of clothing long enough, the old style will become new again. I’m thinking the same can be true for Product Girl in 2015. After a long absence from this blog, this year one of my resolutions is to get to basics and blog like I use to when I first started out almost ten years ago. Back when I blogged about the beauty products I was using simply because I loved them.

Somewhere along the way, I lost the excitement I once had for the beauty world. I use to be able to tell you what year a MAC lipstick was released and what collection it was part of. I could recall what shades were limited edition and what was a repromote. I was a die hard beauty fanatic, going to Nordstrom and Sephora to see what was new just for fun. At one point I would even have a sketch book with swatches of my eyeshadow and lipsticks for comparison. I was that serious about it.

When I stepped away, I took a giant step back, a step so big I wasn’t sure I could recover from it. For the most part, I unplugged. I didn’t keep up with my beauty blogging friends anymore and I just didn’t care about the beauty world anymore. I didn’t obsess over what brand was doing what or the must have new eyeshadow palette everyone was talking about because the excitement was gone.

When the spark started to come back, I worried that the niche I helped create years ago no longer seemed to have no place for me and that maybe I was too late. Should I even bother trying? For awhile, I told myself I shouldn’t. I’m not like most of the other beauty bloggers you may read. I will never be stick thin, I don’t have swagger and impeccable style. I like wearing Birkenstocks and struggle with curling my hair on a daily basis. That girl shouldn’t be a beauty blogger… I thought.

I finally snapped out of it and realized that it doesn’t matter what I look like or what I don’t have. Period. That’s when the excitement of it all started to gain some momentum and bring me to the point where I’m at today; ready to start over and share my point of view with you. I may struggle with self confidence and shy away from things but if there’s one thing I’m certain of; I know what I’m talking about when it comes to beauty products and can spot an up and coming brand or product when I see it.

Right now I’m very excited about the world of green beauty, brands like One Love Organics, Gressa, Kjaer Weis, May Lindstrom and Ilia really peak my interest right now and I plan to feature as much of it as I can. Not that I’m leaving more prominent brands behind, I have never paid more attention to the aisles at my local drugstore as I have in the past year. I am just more aware of the ingredients in the beauty products I spend my money on. I have started to learn more about essential oils and the like. Fun fact: I now make my own dry shampoo. This is just where my love for beauty products is taking me right now.

I’ll be back on Monday, for now I just wanted to say hello and try to explain why I have been gone. I’m excited about 2015, a fresh start I just what I need right with the blog and other aspects of my life. It’s going to be a good year for all of us! I hope you’ll come back and we can get reacquainted again, it’s been a long, long time. 🙂

14 thoughts on “Everything Old Becomes New Again”

  1. Welcome back & Happy New Year! 😍 I’m so excited of your return, you really were missed. It was like an empty void in the beauty blogger world. You are the very first beauty blogger that I had subscribed to, and the memory is as vivid as if it were yesterday. In other words, you have a very special place in my heart. I’m looking forward to 2015 with your love and insight to all things beautiful.

    1. Thank you Uyen! I really appreciate that. I tend to be a little hard on myself and think that no one is really paying attention anyhow so this was nice to read. 🙂

  2. I am glad that you will be back on a regular basis! Keep moving forward and doing what you love! That is my motto for 2015!

  3. Hi Carla,
    I am thrilled that you decided to come back to what you love. I, too, will never be stick thin and I have a more relaxed sense of style for sure. But I also knew 5 years ago that I had to take a chance and share my formulas in spite of my own insecurities. I am so happy that I did and I have never had more fun or enjoyed more success. I think you will absolutely love the green beauty community the owners of the other brands you mention above are kind and welcoming and have amazing products, too. Happy New Year!


  4. I have to say, I have thought about and don’t blame you for what you did. I, myself am not the usual beauty blogger. I could care less about styling my hair and doing my nails with art and such. I like makeup but I also like to be myself. That is what you were discovering and that is what makes you into a good blogger. Face it, everyone is beginning to look and sound the same; YouTube especially. I can’t tell one from the other!

    Burn out is normal and escaping from all of it is too because you can’t find your way back unless you know you are lost.

    Keep being yourself, your blog will go in a direction you will like.

  5. Damn, girl! I went through a lot of the same, but never got my blogging groove back. The blogging world seemed to change in ways I didn’t care to deal with, so I just abandoned ship. Glad to see you’re still writing. (And I was a beauty blogger who couldn’t–hell, still can’t–properly work a curling iron!) Happy 2015!

  6. Hi Carla, I’m so glad you’re coming back to blogging. You were the first beauty blog I subscribed to and I did miss your posts. Your POV is relevant, as I hope mine is. 🙂 We all come to blogging from different lives and we can’t compare ourselves with other bloggers, I’m in the midst of learning that lesson now. Best of luck in 2015!

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