Saturday, September 07, 2013

goodbye, loves.

It's been about a month since I've last posted, and I felt like you guys deserved to know what's going on. Like I mentioned, I no longer feel like beauty blogging is for me. After not looking at my blog or anyone elses in nearly a month, and then coming back, I found some posts looking so entirely superficial and ridiculous. There are always going to be beauty blogs I adore, (specifically Jess's, Coco's, and Mandy's), but some of the other posts all felt so fake and like the bloggers were trying to be someone they aren't. That's simply my opinion. Maybe my old posts feel that way too. I just know that I no longer fit the 'mold' that a beauty blogger needs to fit. I don't find myself buying any new beauty products, I rarely spend over 10 minutes on my makeup, and I feel like blogging is just a burden now. This blog has only gone downhill over time. I find it funny how I kept the same amount of followers for weeks when I was trying so hard to please all of you. Then, I went on hiatus and gained 5 new followers when I was never even posting. With school, friends, work, and everything else life throws at us - blogging doesn't fit into my schedule well anyway. But the main reason for me leaving is simply the fact that blogging is no longer something I can enjoy. It makes me feel way too pressured to have to please so many of you with my posts. "It's your blog, post what you want", is the number one over-used line in blogging world, while it's true - I'm not the one reading the material. I want to please YOU. And honestly, it's discouraging when I don't. It makes me feel awful when I put so much work into a post, then get 2 comments. Of course I'm grateful, but then I see other bloggers with 50 comments on a short post that probably took them only a few minutes. In my life right now, I am the happiest I have been in a very long time. My small family, and best friends Austin and Tiffany have really helped me lately. I want to focus on my life and being happy.

Thank you for all you guys have gone for me in the past two and a half years. Your comments mean the world to me, and I'm so happy I've been able to make so many amazing friends. If you ever want to get in touch with me, email me at aly_wonderlandbeauty7@yahoo.com and I'll always reply and i'd love to talk. Blogging has been so fun for me, and I'll never forget the people, memories, and amazing things that have happened because of it. You all have made my life brighter on even the darkest days. You will never be forgotten or go unnoticed. I love you all, and I want to hear from ALL of you! Do not ever be shy to email me, I want to stay in touch :) Thank you for all you've done, and who knows? Maybe i'll be back sometime :) I wouldn't unfollow if I were you, because I could make a reappearance one day! I love you all, stay happy and beautiful.

xoxo, aly

Friday, August 09, 2013

Hiatus

Hey guys, today I decided to make a post I really didn't want to make. I need a break from this blog...a hiatus, a break, whatever you want to call it. The beauty blogging community only gets more bland, boring, and full of rules as time goes on. 'Your blog has to look like this', and 'you need this many followers', and you have to do this and that, and it never used to be like that. It used to be free and happy, and wasn't full of judgement and competition. I really need a break from all of it, the community just gets more vain and cruel as time goes on. That's not to say that all beauty bloggers are cruel, they definetly aren't - I've met amazing people. I want to thank all of who have supported my little blog for the past two and a half years, your comments, emails, and follows really did (and do) mean the world to me. Lately, I've noticed a huge lack of reader interest. Not as many comments or views, and I've had the same amount of followers for a good three weeks - not gaining even one. I don't know how this blog has become so stagnant and sad, but it has. It lacks the positivity and energy it once had. Lately I've had to force myself to sit down and write a post -and when I do, I'm never satisfied with it. And I haven't bought a single makeup product since the begining of April - it's just not where my heart is any more. That's not to say that I won't be back, it's just that as time passes, the 'beauty world' no longer fits me. I'm not the same person I was when I made this blog, I feel myself changing more and more each day. I will be back, even if posts are fewer. I do love the few of you who have stuck behind me and my blog, and I really do think I'll be back. Thank you guys again.

Monday, August 05, 2013

eotd | Ocean Avenue

Hey guys! Here's another little makeup look I created when I had some extra time on my hands, and wanted to mess around with a few eyeshadows. I used my Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette, which the lovely Sarah, gave to me and a few other products to make a really nice eye look that reminds me of beach sand. Hence the name 'ocean avenue' from my favorite song from Yellowcard :)

I always like coming up with looks, but I never know if you guys want to see more dramatic things or more wearable looks, so let me know what you like! And also if you like seeing makeup looks in general, I never claim to be a professional but I just think it's fun :)






Products used: 

- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin 
- Urban Decay 15th Aniversary Palette (Flow in inner one third, Chase in other two thirds, and Deeper in crease)
- Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner 
- Maybelline the Rocket mascara 
- LOreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner

This look was pretty easy, I just used primer to prep my eyes, and the eye shadows are all neutral colors that blended really easily. I added a bit of eyeliner and some mascara and was good to go!

xoxo aly 


Friday, August 02, 2013

A Taste of Summer | Pictures of My Summer so Far

Hey guys! It's been a few days since my last post, and I thought it would be kind of cool to do a post on my summer so far, although I still have a little over a month left before I head back to class. These are just a few pictures I thought you'd enjoy, but of course it isn't everything I've done so far. I'm also going to another concert tonight, and maybe one next week! (Plus lots of shopping.....)

Foreignor concert in the rain (not too big on 80s rock.)

fireworks for fourth of july!

margot and the nucelar so and so's concert!

twenty one pilots concert at the music festival - my favorite band!

day with the bestfriend

the obsession lives on.

glow bowling!

Well that's it for this post, I hope you guys liked seeing a little more about me and my summer, and I might do another one of these posts, if that's something you'd like.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo aly