So as you may have noticed, if you've somehow stumbled back upon this blog, that I've come back to it after spending a year at www.asimplehedonist.com.
Last summer, after a lot of critical thinking, I decided to take a break from Maggie's Makeup. I had fallen into some really bad habits in terms of my spending (and consumerism in general), and I needed to disengage with aspects of my life that were feeding into that. I also needed a fresh space to begin a transition to cruelty-free beauty, and to explore the concept of minimalism.
I really value the time I spent at a distance from Makeupland - I started a decluttering process that I've documented on youtube, and more importantly, I got control of my spending habits and fascination with labels. I was never very successful at becoming a minimalist, but I picked up some good mental tools from the attempt.
The time away also made me realize how much I love writing and talking about makeup. I tried doing more lifestyle/foodie/book/sociopolitcal oriented things, and it became evident that while I'm interested a wide variety of topics and am happy to post about them, I am, at the heart of it, a beauty blogger. My perspective on beauty and makeup has shifted over this past year, and my passion for it has fluctuating along with some of those mental shifts - but ultimately, it's just what I love.
And so I'm back to where I started. :)
(If you scroll down to older posts you'll see that I've mirrored most of what I've written on A Simple Hedonist, so if you didn't follow me there, you can catch up here, if you're so inclined.)