Breaking the Silence + Giveaway Update

I haven't posted in over two weeks. In fact, my blog has been very quiet for most of 2015, specially the second half of the year. Just looking at my posting history makes me feel disappointed. 2015 is almost over and I've only posted 59 times, whereas during 2014 and 2013 I had published 184 and 211 blog posts respectively. If I were to average that, it would come out to about 5 to 6 posts a month for 2015 versus about 17 posts a month during my more active years. Those numbers make me genuinely sad because I love blogging. I do it for myself because I enjoy expressing myself through this medium and receiving feedback from the people who read it. I miss posting and interacting with readers in general, but I really miss the candidness with which I used to do it. I recall occasionally posting about things other than makeup. 


There have been many reasons for my inconsistent posting: inefficient time management on my part, school work, moving, periods without Internet access, etc. I'll be (finally) graduating university next year after switching majors and what seemed like an endless supply of inconveniences. That and the fact that I got out of a four year relationship not too long ago have put a lot of stress on me. All that stress has caused me to breakout and I've been dealing with a lot of acne that I had never had to deal with before. Naturally the last thing I want to do is take photographs of myself and post them online for people to see. It's also easy to avoid interactions (even online ones) when you don't feel okay. Even though I'm surrounded by a group of very supportive friends and family, I feel really lonely most of the time. Most days it feels as if there is something important and precious I've left behind but upon further inspection, I find that it is not as it used to be.

That is just a small snippet of what has been going on but I'll stop dwelling on such insignificant woes when I'm lucky enough to be able to write about this on my computer from the comfort of my bed when there are people who are mourning the loss of their loved ones and their homes. 

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I wanted to quickly touch on the topic of my Three Year Anniversary ColourPop Cosmetics Giveaway (No, I didn't forget.) It was supposed to end on November 10th but I will be extending it until December 1st since one of the entry methods was commenting on new posts but I barely posted anything new to comment on! (Regular posting will resume tomorrow.) Here is the widget again in case you need it. Full details and rules are in the original post.

Thank you for your support and readership! Good luck to everyone who has final exams coming up. I wish all of you success on whatever you are trying to achieve right now. ♥

xx Coco

32 comments

  1. It sounds like you've had A LOT going on. I'm sure we all have not-so-great phases in our life and there's no time nor energy to do the nice things even if you love doing them. Don't worry about it too much! You'll post when you have the time for it and feel like posting! :)) I wish I could take an envelope, fill it with positive energy and a hug, and send it to you! Have a nice week!

    -Rora // Sweetimpatience | Lifestyle & Beauty blog

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    1. You are always so sweet, Rora! Thank you <3

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  2. Wow keep strong :/ Seems like you have a lot to handle. I remember being so down in College because it felt like it was just creating more problems than anything else (stress, no money, a lot of work, no time to have a life), but once that big chunk is gone you'll feel better ! xx

    Take care :)

    Sara,
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  3. You have so much going on - if that were me I'd be cracking under the pressure! Your readers will understand though and your blog is amazing. Sometimes everyone needs to take a little break and focus on what really matters.

    www.typicalamy.com

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  4. Hey! You shouldn't feel bad about having a hard time. Yes, there are things that could be worse, but it doesn't invalidate the fact that you're going through something tough, too.

    Please take all the time you need, and keep surrounding yourself with family and friends even if you feel like being alone. Trust me, it helps a lot to keep positivity going around. We don't talk a lot besides comments, but you can always shoot me a DM on instagram or anything if you need it!

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. You're totally right, it's very difficult not to think that way, though, with all the horrible things going on worldwide. Thank you for the sweet words! <3

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  5. Sorry to hear things have been tough lately- you'll get through it! And I'll stick by your blog no matter how often you're posting :)

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  6. Sorry you've been feeling stressed- the pressure to post on your blog is that last thing you should be worrying about by the sounds of it! Hope things sort themselves out and stay strong :)

    Claudia Harriet

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  7. keep it less stressful burn out is not the idea, I have been so busy lately also that I dont have time to play with the pups, watch my anime or read the post on blogloving. Keep the faith

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  8. All the best luck to you in your journey. A horrible breakup was the reason I haven't blogged SINCE APRIL so you are doing way better than you think, especially with everything else going on with school and such. I'm respect you fully for this post. Best wishes and warm hugs.

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  9. I'm sincerely sorry that you're feeling down and overwhelmed. University is so much work. I know many people make it look "easy" but it truly becomes such a huge "thing". Your make-up posts are always something I look forward to but, during this time, I'm hoping you take care of you. Be gentle with yourself. Sending love and light to surround you. :)

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    1. Your words are very kind, thank you :)

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  10. I know the feeling when life takes over, don't be so hard on yourself. xx

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  11. Aw sweetie, I hope you're feeling better (in all aspects of your life) soon! Lovely to hear you're back though and wanting to get back into the swing of things, I love your posts :) x

    ellie etc | a personal style & lifestyle blog

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  12. Hope you find your peace and everything gets better. Getting out of a long relationship is hard but you can do it! Congrats on almost finishing uni though :)

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  13. Big hugs Coco! I hope 2016 brings more joy and peace to your life x
    Beauty Wanderer

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  14. aw, don't feel bad about not being able to post as much as you like. Life catches up with everyone sometimes and it's hard to find time to do all the things we want to. Really hope 2016 is amazing for you! <3

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  15. Sending you some positive vibes girl!! :)

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  16. Due to work and investing more on my career, plus wanting to spend more quality time with my hubby, I've also reduced my blogging frequency this year and sometimes I also feel sad about it. I'd like to keep posting and interacting with my fellow bloggers more often than I currently do. I hope you manage to find a schedule you're happy with.

    Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. I'd love to try ColourPop. :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  17. Coco, thanks a lot for sharing with us what's been going on. You definitely don't need to blog as often as you used to in order to upkeep the blog. It's definitely more important to focus on what's going on in real life than churning out content for the blog! It sounds like you've been through a lot the last year and I'll continue following your content whether or not you post once or ten times a week. Also, thanks again for the giveaway, I've yet to try any colourpop yet but I'd love to.

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win your fantastic giveaway.

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  19. Sorry you've been feeling stressed! I just wanted to say thank you for being an amazing blogger, i really enjoy reading your posts xxx

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