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Instagram Photo Editing Madness

Retro woman surprised

Why hello there dear reader, how are you doing today? I wanted to take a minute (or 30) to write a post about something that’s been really chapping my hide lately. I hope you stay with me here.

By now pretty much everyone on earth knows about the major photo editing that magazines do on all their photos. They do things from nipping in waists to thickening hair to adding cleavage, etc. It’s never-ending what they do. But what’s bothering me now is the heavy photo editing popping up on social media lately, specifically Instagram.

I feel like the editing on Instagram in a way is actually more damaging to young minds than magazines. Magazines present a glossy amazing “fantasy” spread that (I think) most people realize isn’t attainable in real life. I feel like most people look at say the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and realize how heavily edited the photos are. I believe most people also realize that these models have an entire clothing, makeup, hair and lighting crew behind each and every photo.

Instagram is different in that it’s supposed to be “insta” and therefore more personal. It’s supposed to represent an immediate shot of something as it happens. It’s meant to show one person’s life in snapshots. However, increasingly some large makeup brands, YouTube personalities, bloggers and makeup artists are showing extremely staged photos that are obviously not even taken with a phone. I’ll admit, I too have been guilty of this. The staged photos definitely get a lot of “likes” and seem to be quite popular. But that’s not even the main issue I am seeing.

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Erin Condren Rose Gold Life Planner Review

Erin Condren Rose Gold Life Planner

So last year I caught the Erin Condren fever and reviewed my first Life Planner. Now I have the new limited edition Rose Gold Life Planner for 2015/2016!

As you probably know, I’m a sucker for anything rose gold colored and yes, I wanted the planner simply because of that. I didn’t need it as the one I currently have goes through the end of 2015, but I WANTED it. But there was another actual real reason I got it – it now comes in a horizontal weekly layout! Before there was only the vertical option, which was fine with me actually, but I like the horizontal one because there is more room for writing.

You can order it either for the remaining months of 2015 and 2016, or get it just for 2016.

Erin Condren Rose Gold Life Planner-2

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Changes Happening…

Hello all, hope you had a wonderful long weekend (if you are in the US) and wonderful regular weekend if you aren’t!

First of all I would like to say if you saw my update on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook yesterday about blogging I was a bit hasty and didn’t really say what I meant to say. So I figured I would write it all out on my ACTUAL blog.

I’m going to be cutting back on blogging for the foreseeable future. I didn’t mean to imply I won’t be blogging at all anymore (which is what I said basically yesterday) but rather I am going to blog when I feel like it. There are numerous reasons but the main one is the good ‘ole standard that every blogger who has been blogging for this long says: it’s no longer much fun anymore.

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Is It Cruelty Free or Not?

Paw Prints

Happy Monday morning everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

As most of you know I try and always put on my blog posts if a brand is cruelty free or not. Lately this is becoming harder and harder to keep up with because companies keep changing and I don’t have time to keep investigating. Many companies are now selling in China and other countries where animal testing is required by law, and I am not always up-to-date on what’s going on. Also people have different definitions of cruelty free. Some believe if a company (say OPI) is owned by a non-cruelty free company (say Coty) that means they aren’t cruelty free. Whereas others are ok with OPI being owned by Coty as long as they remain cruelty free themselves.

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CommentLuv Issue

Hey there. I just wanted to post a little notice about the CommentLuv plugin on my site.

It’s been acting up for me for a couple months now, and I am trying to trouble-shoot it. Many people have emailed me because sometimes it adds someone else’s blog link to comments when that person doesn’t even have a blog. I have been removing these when people ask me to but the tech support people need me to leave some of them in going forward so they can try and figure this out.

Hopefully over the next week this will happen some more and I can get it resolved! So just know that if you see your blog post attached to someone else’s comment, they aren’t trying to take credit, it’s just an error that’s being worked on.

And while we are on the subject, I have noticed lately many people are leaving their actual blog links (not a link to a post) in my comments section. This is considered rude and self-promotional and I delete these comments. Many of these seem to be people from the UK or Australia where maybe the practice is acceptable. But please know that if you do it on my blog, your comments will be deleted.

Thanks for your patience!