May Instagram Photo Challenge Recap + Life Chat

May Instagram Challenge RecapBefore we get into today’s blog post I wanted to chat with you guys really quickly about a coming change in my blog schedule. My blog schedule is changing starting next week. Posts will now officially go up Tuesdays and Thursdays by 9am MST. Since last Fall I’ve been upping and upping my content to the point where I was posting a minimum of three days a week to a maximum of five days and I realized that I’ve been sacrificing a lot of my personal life and interests to work obsessively on my blog. Not that I don’t love blogging, I do, but I’ve been falling short on the non-blogging related goals I set for myself this year. I need to take a step back and focus on other things. 

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What I’ll Be Focusing On

I want to finish my approx. 100,000 word count fantasy novel and I’ve only recently hit the 20,000 mark. I’m very passionate about the world I’ve been creating and I know I’ll be letting myself down if I don’t finish the rough draft this year. I also want to spend some time catching up on my Goodreads reading challenge goal. I’ve only read 7 books this year and five of them were in the last two weeks when I went away. I’m not even close to half way through my 25 books goal for 2018 =O

I also want to finish learning the acoustic arrangements out of my final fantasy acoustic guitar sheet music books, my music practise keeps falling to the wayside. And speaking of final fantasy I need to play the latest release for PC! I have so many hobbies and facets of my personality that I just haven’t been satisfying lately so I need to take a step back from my blog to work on them.

And the final reason I’m slowing down on my content is so that I can spend some time reading blog posts from my readers in the blogging community. The majority of my readers are bloggers themselves and I’ve had a hard time balancing everything I have going on and also supporting my blogging friends. Moving to two posts a week will give me more time to interact with all of your blogs! I can’t wait to read what’s been going on in your lives. I hope you guys will understand the changes.

May instagram challenge

May Instagram Challenge Recap

Each month I like to do a little recap my my instagram where I feature my favourite 10 Instagram posts from the previous month. This month I did something different, Nova & I hosted an instagram photo challenge together! We worked together to come up with prompts that fit the #springintosummer2018 theme and I had a lot of fun posting and seeing the posts of everyone who followed along. Here are some of my favourites from the challenge:

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Day 2 of the #springintosummer2018 challenge is #pinkwednesday (Coral) 💖 ⠀ I didn't upload anything yesterday because I haven't tried any new products that I'm loving enough to call them my new favorites, besides the MUR Conceal & Define concealers (and they were released ages ago). So here's my peachy version of a coral pink Wednesday 😜 I don't own many coral-toned products! 🤦🏻‍♀️ ⠀ Shout out to @alwayscleia and @supernovarrh for creating this challenge! It's so cool! ⠀ #makeupcolorswheel #colourpopcosmetics #flatlay #instabeauty #instamakeup #bloggerspain #tfsweetpeach #sweetpeachpalette #summermakeup #pink #pinkflatlay #warmtones #pinkaesthetic #marble #marbleflatlay #love

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#SPRINGINTOSUMMER2018 . . Day 10- #tbt Oldest Makeup. At first when I was thinking of what to post for todays challenge, I thought of posting a picture from 2006 (the oldest picture of me wearing makeup I could find online) to show how I use to only wear foundation, black eyeliner and possibly, sometimes, mascara. And this wasn't worn on a regular basis, usually I was pretty bare faced! Well the quality of the picture wasn't great… so I settled on a flatlay picture of the eyeshadow palette in my collection with the oldest launch date, @limecrimemakeup launched the Venus Palette mid October 2014, I think. Now, I didn't purchase this palette back in 2014, I actually just bought it in late 2017 at a discounted price from my local @winners, so I'm thinking it should still be good!?!? . . 🐶🐱Lime Crime is a CRUELTY-FREE brand🐱🐶 . . . . @supernovarrh @alwayscleia #throwback #90s #90sgrunge #palette #limecrime #venuspalette #crueltyfreebeauty #crueltyfreecosmetics #crueltyfreemakeup #crueltyfree #winnersfabfind #winners #beautyonabudget #budgetbeauty #canadianbudgetbeauty #yyz #yyzbeauty #bbloggerca #mue #beautychallenge #instachallenge #springchallenge #highendcosmetics #slave2beauty #beautyjunkie #makeupjunkie #discoverunder1k

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Today’s #SpringIntoSummer2018 look on the blog is inspired by the talented @agnieszkapietrys. Check it out 🧞‍♀️🧞‍♀️🧞‍♀️ • • • • BASE: @maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation “Fair Porcelain”, @lorealmakeup Infallible Pro Glow Foundation “Classic Ivory”, @narsissist Radiant Creamy Concealer “Chantilly”, @urbandecaycosmetics All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer “Fair Neutral”, @maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder “Fair”, @milanicosmetics Powder Foundation “Shell” CONTOUR/BRONZER/BLUSH: @narsissist Blush Duo “Olympia”, @bobbibrown Bronzing Powder “Golden Lights”, @urbandecaycosmetics Beached Bronzer “Sunkissed”, @tartecosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush “Dollface” HIGHLIGHT: @smashboxcosmetics @caseyhl91 Spotlight Palette “Pearl” BROWS: @maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer “Medium Brown” EYES: @anastasiabeverlyhills Modern Renaissance Palette, @marcbeauty The Wild One Palette, @maybelline Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Pencil “White Luster”, @maybelline Total Temptation Mascara “Blackest Black” LIPS: @nyxcosmetics Soft Matte Lip Creme “Stockholm” • • • • #makeup #makeuplook #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeuptutorial #makeupart #makeupartist #makeupblogger #beauty #beautylook #beautylover #beautyaddict #beautyjunkie #beautytutorial #beautyblogger #bblogger #blogger #eyes #eyeshadow #eyemakeup #eyeshadowtutorial #shinyhappybloggers #pinkwednesday #undiscoveredmuas #undiscovered_muas @supernovarrh @alwayscleia

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Lately, I've been spending all of my free time working on our garden, so Day 27's prompt from #springintosummer2018 is completely appropriate. Today's theme is SPF, and you better believe I slather sunscreen on whenever I go outside! It's especially important if you use retinols or AHAs/BHAs in your skincare routine, because your skin becomes more sensitive to sun exposure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's what I'm currently using: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☀ Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Clear Sunscreen SPF 30. I love this sunscreen. It feels light and non-sticky, and don't you find sprays so much easier to use? ☀La Roche Posay Antihelios SPF50 – this is a mineral tinted face sunscreen. I love this so much! It's not sticky and doesn't leave my face with a white cast. ☀ Vichy Ideal Soleil Stick SPF 50 – we bought this stick sunscreen on our honeymoon in Italy last year when we ran out of the one we packed with us, so the packaging is all in Italian 😂 gotta be honest, this isn't my favourite, but it gets the job done. It feels a little hard to spread, so we mostly apply it to the front and back of the neck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What sunscreen have you been loving lately? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #suncare #skincare #beautyblogger #beautybloggers #bbloggersca #makeupflatlay #flatlay #slaytheflatlay #yycblogger #makeupaddict #igbeauty #igblogger #igmakeup #instabeauty #beautygram #instachallenge #instablogger #beautyhaul #makeupfun #allthingsbeauty #beautycommunity #makeuplife #bloggerstyle #discoverunder1k

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Day 28 of the #springintosummer2018 challenge is #manimonday Summer Nails. I mentioned earlier in the month that fuschia is my favorite bright colour, so this @ilnpbrand polish on Jello Shot is right up my alley. Holographic shimmers suspended in a fuschia jelly finish polish? Yes, please! 💅 yet again, I fail to capture how utterly beautiful ILNP's polishes are in real life 😭 what's your favourite summer nail colour? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #notd #instanails #bbloggersca #canadianblogger #yycblogger #igbeauty #igmakeup #instabeauty #beautygram #instachallenge #makeupfun #allthingsbeauty #beautycommunity #makeuplife #beautylife #beautyblog #beautyproducts #makeupaddict #makeupobsessed #wakeupandmakeup #allbeauty #discoverunder1k

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Day 31 of #springintosummer2018 : Sunglasses Selfie 🤳☀️😎 * Got my favourite magenta flash @rayban Aviators on! 👓☀️ * I am so sad that today is the last day of this Spring into Summer 2018 photo challenge!💐🌸☀️ Thank you SO much to everyone that participated and made this so much fun!😝💪🙌 And a huge thank you to my cohost @alwayscleia! 💕 * Who can’t wait for the next photo challenge!? 💕🙌📸 And what was your favourite prompt from this month? * * * #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #canadianblogger #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #instapic #instamakeup #instabeauty #igbeauty #makeuplove #blogger #canadianbeauty #supernovabeautyblog #makeupslaves #makeupporn #photochallenge #makeupchallenge #beautychallenge #beautychallengemay #mayphotochallenge #sunglasses #sunglassesselfie #selfie

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Thank you so much to Nova for co-hosting with me, if you haven’t seen her blog make sure to check it out! And thanks to everyone who followed along and posted a prompt or two for this challenge, it’s a lot of fun doing something like this as a community ๐Ÿ™‚ See you all next Tuesday & Thursday! <3



  1. June 11, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Good for you for wanting to focus on other stuff besides blogging. Iโ€™ve been doing the same which is why Iโ€™m so behind on reading blog posts lol. I do have my own time to work on the blog, mornings and nights when the boys are asleep, but itโ€™s always good to take a step back and take time to do things for yourself.
    Thatโ€™s so cool that youโ€™re writing, I believe this is the first time Iโ€™m hearing (reading) that you write. I hope you get to finish the rough draft this year. You could also do a certain amount of words per day or week, like set a goal and meet that goal daily or weekly, cause you also donโ€™t want to overwork yourself or get burned out ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyway, you included some of my photos here, Iโ€™m so thankful for that! Thanks doll! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 14, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      It’s impossible to keep up on everything, I don’t even follow that many blogs but it’s hard to put aside time to keep up on everyone’s content ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
      I’ve had a book in the works for a few years but this is the first time I’ve decided to really get serious about completing it. I’ve been writing almost everyday since I got back from vacation ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve set a rough goal, I think a weekly word count is a great idea!
      No problem, thanks for participating!

  2. June 11, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    You have so many amazing things in the works!! ๐Ÿ˜ป

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 14, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you! I can already tell my stress levels have decreased since deciding to focus on other things ๐Ÿ™‚

      • June 14, 2018 / 6:52 pm

        Thatโ€™s great! Iโ€™m excited about your book! Thatโ€™s so fantastic to put your creativity to that! ๐Ÿ˜ป

        • AlwaysCleia
          June 15, 2018 / 5:17 pm

          Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š It’s been a lot of fun

  3. June 11, 2018 / 9:00 am

    totally hear ya on needing to focus on other things, good for you for changing your schedule to allow yourself time for other things! love all the pictures you shared, how fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 14, 2018 / 3:55 pm

      I’m glad you understand ๐Ÿ˜Š Hopefully taking a step back will keep me inspired when I do write blog posts!

  4. June 9, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Cleia! You’ve had so many great IG posts this past month! I loved seeing them and what prompt you were doing that day!

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 10, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Linda! I feel like I need a break from IG after completing a whole challenge ๐Ÿ˜„

  5. June 9, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    First of all I have to say that I love your blog. The layout, the content. You should be proud of what you’ve created. I think it’s good to cut back on the blogging. It’s very time consuming which makes it harder to achieve other things. Good for you.

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 10, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much, it’s encouraging to hear that! I have come to realize that it’s impossible to do it all so I need to be more mindful of how I spend my time. Hopefully cutting back will alleviate some stress!

  6. June 9, 2018 / 1:05 am

    I hope you’re able to achieve all of your goals outside of blogging when you decrease your posting schedule a bit. My schedule is twice a week and I can still barely keep up with my blogger friends’ blog posts #fail hope the writing goes well for you! ๐Ÿ’•

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 10, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you! It’s so hard to keep up with everyone’s posts, I spent about 3 hours yesterday and today reading past posts and I only made it about a week back.
      Posting twice a week will be a lot nicer for me this summer, I work a lot more in the summer so it will be nice to free up some time in my schedule.

  7. June 8, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Oh dear, I am also behind on my Goodreads challenge! I said I would read 30 books and I’m just about to finish my 9th. I better get going on that too! I have a vacation upcoming at the end of this month so hopefully that helps me.

    It is so cool and interesting to hear about you writing your novel! That is amazing! When you publish your first book I will be the first in line! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • AlwaysCleia
      June 10, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      I can barely manage 25 a year, 30 sounds daunting! I hope you can find lots of time to read once you complete your program!
      Aww thanks! I don’t know if I will ever get it published but it’s something to work towards! I’ve always loved writing ๐Ÿ™‚

      • June 10, 2018 / 1:11 pm

        Haha yeah… I kind of set that goal ignorantly.. at the time I was part of a book club, so I was like well I read one per month from that, and then Iโ€™d like to read one more per month thatโ€™s just for me. And then throw a few more in there… well the book club got cancelled like two months later. Whoops

        • AlwaysCleia
          June 10, 2018 / 9:18 pm

          Haha oh no! I would love to join a book club but I’m not sure thatbit would be easy to find people who like the same sorts of books as me. I pretty much only read fantasy ๐Ÿ˜… I just finished book #9 as well, my list still says I’m 2 books behind ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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