Spread Positivity This Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Folks! Even if you don’t believe in chocolates and teddy bears and cards, Valentine’s Day can still be a reminder to spread love, positivity, and joy in the world. Use this day to not just show your affection to your partner, but also some gratitude to your friends, family members, and domestic help. Greet a stranger with a smile, treat a stray dog to a biscuit, bring home a sapling to nurture and care for.

On a similar note, the internet can do with a bit of positivity too. Over the years, the comments sections of YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook have become toxic zones. While the haters will never stop hating, you can add a nice comment under a post that you love so that all the hate gets suppressed by the positive comments. It’s as simple as telling the content creator that you like what they have created!

Leaving you with this food for thought today and with lots of love from my end. Have a fantastic day ahead!

Is Blogging A Dying Art?

I recently read an extremely thought provoking post by Mehak Sagar Shahani from Peaches And Blush that was titled “Whatever Happened To The Blogging Scene In India?“. The article talked about how social media marketing has become imperative for the success of any blog and how the old school model of blogging that focused on pure content is slowly degrading. With today’s post, I take the discussion one step further by talking about how I feel that the power of the written word has diminished over time and how the good old art of blogging is dying a slow death as a result of the same.

Be honest to yourself, how many times have you skipped reading an article or a blog post simply because it was too long and wordy? I must confess that I am guilty of this as well. We seldom pay much heed to the fact that the writer has dedicated additional efforts for creating something more substantial, and simply skip reading the article or skim through it, blaming it on the lack of time. It is also the lack of time that makes us gravitate towards videos and audio books, that we can devote a percentage of our attention to while performing more important tasks, as opposed to focussing all our attention on a blog post that requires actual reading. Not that I am against videos or audio books, in fact, I appreciate and respect the hard work that goes into creating them. But what about those who do not have the skill for creating such content but are extremely talented at writing? Is it fair for them to suffer if they are not comfortable with other mediums of expression?

Another reason for the reduced audience of a blog is the sheer abundance of bloggers in the world today. Although this may seem contradictory to the title of this post, it actually isn’t. I refer to the new generation of bloggers who do not consider blogging as an art but as a money making machinery. They do not rely on creating unique and useful content but on producing a random mish mash of keywords that will attract search engines. Although making a clever use of SEO techniques and social media marketing is not a crime, blindly relying on these without backing them up with talent is (in my humble opinion). What I am trying to say is that what used to be a task as basic as typing down your thoughts and pressing the publish button now comes with a rather intimidating and disorienting formula for success (as depicted in the image below). Many talented writers and bloggers are able to master this formula but others get swallowed by it.

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The art of blogging originated as a channel for the creative individuals to express themselves and to showcase their talents. Blogs soon became digital journals for some and online portfolios for others. Things escalated rapidly as bloggers discovered that they could actually generate some revenue with the help of advertisements and sponsored posts, but as YouTube and Instagram began to boom, the revenue generated by blogs started to dwindle. In fact, this problem is so deeply rooted in our habit to avoid reading as much as possible, that even the carefully worded descriptions beneath the Instagram images often go unnoticed.

That being said, I consider myself a writer before anything else, and will, therefore, continue to pen down my thoughts and send them floating in the sea of digital media. Those of you who miraculously survived till the end of this post (a BIG thank you to you), do comment below to let me know that there are still many who enjoy reading the written word!

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Forgotten Favorites: YouTube Made Me Buy It

Today’s blog post is a nostalgic edition of YouTube Made Me Buy It, which means that I will be talking about a few of the products that were raved about a few years back on YouTube but have now disappeared from the makeup scene, or at least from my makeup routine. In this post, I will be talking all about lip products, and if you guys enjoy it then I will publish similar posts for face and eye makeup really soon! So without much ado, here is a list of the lip products that have been sitting in my makeup drawer for quite some time!

Maybelline Lip Polish

Maybelline Lip Polishes – Does anyone remember Essie Button (Estee Lalonde) talking about the Maybelline Lip Polishes in one of her favorites video a long time ago? These lip polishes were somewhere between a gloss and a lip tint and were preferred by many YouTubers for daily wear. Personally, I found most of the shades too patchy and the only color I ended up wearing was the shade GLAM2. With the matte lip trend taking the world of makeup by storm, these lip polishes seem to have disappeared from the makeup counters.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

Rimmel Apocalips – This product was all the rage back in the day. I clearly remember watching Dolly Bow Bow (Kate Murnane) swatching all the shades from the collection in a video when I was in college. I did not even know the meaning of a swatch at that time. I purchased just one shade from the Rimmel Apocalips range of lip lacquers but found it too pink and shimmery for my taste. I haven’t thrown away the tube though, being the nostalgic fool that I am.

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Mat3

Orange Lipstick – If you are a follower of YouTube beauty gurus then you MUST remember Zoella’s (Zoe Sugg) orange lipstick phase. All the lip products in her hauls from back in the day used be some shade of orange although now she has moved on to neutrals and berries. Zoe was such an inspiration that I would buy all the cute shirts that resembled the ones she bought at Primark and pair them with an orange lipstick. This one is the Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in the shade MAT3, a muted orangey-coral that they seem to have stopped selling.

Lipstick SwatchesIt is funny that I have so many oranges and pinks tucked away at the back of my makeup drawer when all I wear these days are mauves and brownish nudes. Still finding it hard to throw them in the bin though! What do you guys do with the products you fall out of love with? Do you have some products in your stash that you bought on a whim based on the reviews of your favorite YouTuber? Tell me all about it in the comments section <3