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What Blogging Has Taught Me

“Blogging is not rocket science. It’s about being yourself and putting what you have into it.”

So it’s definitely been a while! Over the last couple months, work has been super busy, I adopted an adorable dog named Mika and I went to see my boyfriend graduate from Air Force basic training. Yeah…a lot has been going on! But I’m getting back to blogging again YAY

Recently, I celebrated 1 year of Roses + Rouge, which is pretty awesome! But this ain’t my first blog rodeo. I’ve actually had 4 blogs over the last 10 years! I started a blog when I was 13 all about theatre (in case you didn’t know, I grew up acting, singing and dancing). Years later during freshman year of college, I started a personal blog that was honestly more of a rant session about my life. Fast forward one year later and I started my very first beauty blog for 2 years. That was actually the longest I’ve kept up with a blog (it’s hard y’all)!

I’ve learned quite a lot from blogging, which I wanted to share with you all:

  1. If you need a break, take one! – Yes, I’ve taken breaks before when I wasn’t feeling inspired or life got too busy. Everyone needs a little break once in a while and there’s nothing wrong with that! Just like in life, don’t get too overwhelmed…after all, it’s just a blog.
  2. But at the same, perseverance is key – I’ve given up on 3 blogs before because I got bored or just didn’t make the time for myself to write anymore. But make time for yourself and look for inspiration, and of course keep persevering. The more you persevere, the more successful your blog will be. Keep at it and you’ll be amazed at how successful you’ll be!
  3. Blogging teaches you time management – Fortunately, I’ve always been really great at managing my time but blogging has helped me refine this skill. It’s such an important skill for everyone…seriously! Blogging has taught me to set aside time for myself every week for photo shooting, writing and content creation. I’ll say it again: make time for your blog!
  4. Running a blog takes an eye for design – Unless you can shell out tons of cash to hire a graphic designer, you’ll most likely have to design your own site. My blogs have never been the fanciest but having that eye for design has helped me create successful blogs. This design is by far my favorite I’ve ever had!
  5. Your blog is never a finished product – Just like in life, always keep improving! When you settle with your blog, you’ll never find the success you want. Getting bored with the layout or design? Change it up! Need a new topic for your blog? Write, sister!

Blogging is something I’ll always love to do and I’m sure I’ll start a bunch of other blogs down the road. I do have to say that Roses + Rouge has been most successful so far and I’ve had the most fun with this one!

What blogging lessons have you learned?

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The Nightly Skincare Routine I Swear By

“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.”

– Erno Lazlo

I know a handful of people who barely do anything for their skin. I’m always so shocked to hear that not everyone invests in their skin like I do. Skincare is such a HUGE part of my life and I can’t imagine not ever sticking to my routine every night.

A big part of taking good care of your skin is finding a skincare routine that works for you. No two people have the exact same skin, so everyone will have unique routines. My nightly skincare routine is something that I totally swear by, and it works wonders for my skin! Check out my picks below (and of course you can shop these products on my LTKI page. Let me know if you’re not sure how to use the app):

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(Quick disclaimer: I realize this pic is in reverse order BUT I’ll clarify what order I use these in:  toner spray, serum, eye cream and then night cream)

Glow Recipe Avocado Sleep Mask

This is of course the last step in my nightly skincare routine but is an absolute MUST for someone like me with dry skin. I love how lightweight this night cream is yet so insanely hydrating. Seriously…my skin is always so soft when I wake up every day. Plus if you know me at all, you know I’m obsessed with avocados so this sleep mask is perfect for me (and of course, my fellow avo-obsessed chicas!)

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Cream

Eye cream is essential for all skin types…trust me! I always thought this was something you should only use if you already have crows feet or really dark circles. This is SO not the case…you can use eye cream really early on and keep those eyes looking youthful! This cream is also very hydrating for anyone with dry skin (and it smells like roses, so big bonus there). I sometimes have dark circles, and this eye cream also keeps that in check!

Grace & Stella Rose Facial Spray

More rose products for me! This spray is a recent discovery but I’ve always used a toner spray and definitely can’t imagine my skincare routine without one. It keeps my skin tone even, refreshes and hydrates my skin AND primes my skin before I put on my makeup for the day. There are so many amazing toners out there, but I think it’s safe to say that this one is my absolute favorite EVER!

Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Brightening Serum

I’ve heard a lot of people thinking serum is a total waste of money. Well, definitely not if you have dry skin like me! This serum is perfect for brightening my skin, adding a little moisture and soothing my skin after a whole day of wearing makeup. I also really love the packaging for this serum and the pineapple scent is super refreshing too, so no complaints there!

What products do you swear by for your nightly skincare routine?