Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Review

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After the review I did on my new glasses, I was approached by Be a Bombshell Cosmetics to review some ofĀ their products. I was very excited to do so! They apparently specialize in bold colors for sensitive skin. And, heck! I like bold colors. And I have sensitive skin! Seemed like a perfect match! šŸ˜€

Plus, as I mentioned last time, I’ve been trying to up my makeup game lately.

It’s only been this past year or so that I’veĀ really started to wear makeup and so I’m still a bit of a noob. I only got my first liquid eyeliner about a week or so ago! I don’t own the fancy brushes that makeup pros have or anything like that. So this review will be coming from the point of view of someone who LOVES makeup, but isn’t really “skilled” with it yet.

Anyway, none of the links on here are affiliate links. And although they gave me a LOT of free makeup, no other money or anything exchanged hands.

Without further ado, here’s my honest review of Be a Bombshell Cosmetics: (more…)

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably think that all I do is play PC games, vape, and collect Monster High dolls…

But I’ve actually been really busy.Ā 

My Instagram is for personal/fun updates. I tend to keep the work stuff to myself. But, since a few of you were curious, here’s what’s been going on in my work life:

I’m the Managing Editor for Be a Freelance Blogger

Be a Freelance Blogger is the leading publication for bloggers looking to go freelance. And I’m in charge of it!

I’m the gal in charge of accepting or rejecting writers’ pitches. And I’m also in charge of making accepted drafts lookĀ fabulous once they’re published on the site. I do all of the editing, formatting, choosing the accompanying images, etc. (more…)

GlassesShop.com Glasses Review

GlassesShop.com Glasses

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A few weeks ago, I was approached by GlassesShop.com and asked if I would do a review of their prescription glasses in exchange for a free pair of eyewear. They’re a shop that sells glasses online and wanted to reach a larger audience — and so they thought of me: since I’m a writer who wears glasses!

I told them that I would acceptĀ only if I was allowed to give an HONEST review of the product. They agreed. Their only condition was that I bold their name, and link to their site when I used the terms “glasses” and “glasses online” (which I did in the first paragraph).

I’ve never done a review like this before, so bear with me. I want to be as thorough as possible. And, although I did receive a free pair of prescription eyeglasses, that was theĀ only thing I got from the company in question — no other payments exchanged hands, and this blog post containsĀ no affiliate links. (more…)

Last Night as Dungeon Master

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After two years of playing Dungeons and Dragons through Godwin’s Games, I played my “final” game last night.

Six months ago, I was made the DM (Dungeon Master) and I ran a really wild campaign filled with mysteries and sci-fi elements. It was incredibly fun and really stretched my imagination as a writer.

However, due to the group’s work and school schedules, finding time to play games became nearly impossible — so I decided that it was time to set the boys free. At least for now. (I ended the game on a cliffhanger in case we ever have time/want to start up the game again). (more…)

6 Years of LittleZotz Writing

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Today’s a big day on my business blog, LittleZotz Writing — I’m celebrating my six year anniversary of being in business!

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Six years ago, I was out of work and out of money. But, on August 17th of 2010, I decided I would finally stop writing as a side job/hobby and give freelance writingĀ aĀ real go of it. This was the day I opened LittleZotz Writing.

Since then, I’ve written for severalĀ small businesses blogs. I was able to make freelance writing and editing my sole source of income.

I’ve written hundreds of blog posts on my site, written several e-books, and won multiple awards. (more…)

July 2016 Wrap-Up

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Sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately. I’ve been very busy (mainly with a big ghostwriting project that I can’t talk about), but I do still care about you <3

July 2016 went really well for me. As I wrote last time, I’m no longer struggling with my menstrual cycle affecting my depression — so that’s good news!

Here are some of the other things I was up to this month: (more…)

Aunt Flo Bothering Me No Mo’

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Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who wrote to me when I was feeling extra depressed a while back. I really appreciate y’all caring about me. <3

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently started vaping 3mg of nicotine while menstruating and it has made ALL the difference for me!

I’m currently on the heaviest day of my period — a day that I would usually spend the bulk of sobbing for no reason — and I’m feeling happy, healthy, and productive. šŸ™‚ Yeah, I’ve got a little acne around my chin area (as seen in the no makeup, no filter pic above!), but if that’s all that’s “wrong” with me during what’s normally HELL for me, I think I’m doing just fine. lol. Besides — acne makes me look younger, am I right? Come on. Tell me I look like a teenager. It’ll boost my ego. šŸ˜‰ (more…)

Caught the Vapors: A Review

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A while back I did a quick “first impression” mini-review of three vape shops in the Burbank, California area. Well, there was one store that stood head and shoulders above the rest: Caught the Vapors.

Even if you’re not living in Southern California, I’d encourage you to read on as CTV is not only an amazing local vape store — it’s a perfect example of how a business in generalĀ should be run. Whether you’re interested in vaping or not, everyone can learn a thing or two from these guys about exemplary customer service.

This post was not prompted by CTV in any way and, I think, they’ll be surprised (and hopefully delighted!) to see that I’ve done this. But I had to go out of my way to say “thank you” to what has quickly become my favorite store to visit. Here’s why: (more…)

Taking a Week “Off”

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Sorry I haven’t posted lately. I’ve been keeping to myself because don’t want to bum anyone out.

My depression has been really bad lately…

I’m taking this week “off” (only paying attention to paying clients) to get a grip on my mental health. And I’m going to be going to see my doctor at the start of next week.

You don’t need to worry. I haven’t been harming myself in any way. In fact, I made a doll of myself (seen above) to squeeze whenever I feel like self-harming. And it’s worked out pretty well for me. So that’s good. (more…)