This is goodbye…

Hi there, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. After thinking long and hard, I’ve decided to shut down this blog. I have loved this space for so long. Since 2008, I’ve gone from having a blog shop here to an Amazon webstore, and then stopped that, got pregnant, and gave birth. After that, I launched my own collagen peptide supplement brand and I just can’t keep up with blogging as a hobby.

I don’t like not being able to blog and I don’t like not putting effort into something I love. So since I cannot be as passionate as before, I will stop. I need to de-clutter before the end of the year so I can feel refreshed for 2016.

Another major reason for not blogging about beauty is that I think I’m over being a “beauty junkie”. I don’t have any drive to check out new makeup because I have amassed a sizable collection in which the majority has expired or going to be expired — any liquid products that I bought more than two years ago has to be dumped. I look at all my cream shadows drying out in their pots and I feel guilty for not using them more. It’s such a waste of money, too. I would prefer to have the bare essentials that I use daily and only buy when I need to replace them.

As for skincare, I recently went through a bout of another “sensitive skin” breakout of rashes and acne on my face so I decided that it’s just not worth going through this tiresome cycle of getting my skin into good shape and then I would itch to try non-sensitive skin products. After a few months, my skin would protest and I’ll be back to using boring unscented, uncomplicated formulas plus I’ll be saddled with a bunch of products that I cannot use. Enough is enough. I need to accept my skin for what it is. I’m tired of thinking, “My skincare is so boring!” I feel the need to pair down this illogical desire that just doesn’t fit my skin type. Right now the only thing that is not breaking me out is jojoba oil and Bioderma’s Atoderm cream. Yup, very simple and boring but I’m okay with that.

I just want to thank you for joining in my blogging journey for these seven long years. If you have bought a product or two from me — thank you for contributing to my little family. If you have left comments — again, thank you for connecting. Believe it or not, I got very attached to reading and replying comments so it’s very hard to part ways but I know it’s for the better. I’ve also stopped reading other beauty blogs on such a frequent basis because I have simply lost the need to keep up with every single new trend coming out.

I still love the world of beauty products, don’t get me wrong, but I am just not obsessed. I also still love putting on makeup when I have the time — daily grooming is still very important to me!

I’m not sure if I have many readers left after dithering on and off for two years since the birth of my son when my time became extremely limited but I thought it would be rude to just not say anything to the few folks who are still following Beauty Box Online.

Will I start a new blog? I might go back to keeping a personal blog because I think I have a few friends back home who do check in and read personal updates — it would be a shame to stop that, but for now, I need a clean break.

I will leave the blog as it is until I have to let go of this URL. さよなら。。。

12 comments

  1. I do love keeping up with you, so I hope that you start a personal blog! No pressure if you’re too busy, of course. I’ll just have to stalk you on Instagram instead. 🙂

    I think many of us have come to that stage in our lives, and it’s perfectly understandable with the changes that have occurred. I’m glad you’ve found a peaceful end to Beauty Box and only sorry I didn’t know you for all seven years. Wishing you the best with the business and kisses to Charles! <3

  2. @Liz: Thanks so much for the well wishes. Beauty products and blogging were part of my identity for a long time but I think it’s no longer the case and it’s time to move on 🙂 Let’s keep in touch through your blog and Instagram!!

  3. Hi Yuming!
    I’ve enjoyed your blog even before you got married and before I even moved to Japan! It’s a bit sad but I guess we all move on at some point. All the best!!
    X
    Agnes

  4. Hi Agnes, thank you so much for reading my blog for so long. I really appreciate you as a loyal reader! I think we are connected on Instagram so it’s not completely the end 😉

  5. Wow, so sorry to hear that but perfectly understandable.
    I’ve been following you for some years now and loved that you were a combination of my love for japan as well as cosmetics. I too was a true product junkie and like you have simplified everything now. I follow many beauty blogs (all on my Feedly) and end up not reading half of them when new articles come out but yours was always one i read religiously.
    A new mom myself (almost 8 months now) i loved to read your pregnancy and baby posts again.

    Wish you all the best for the future and hope to come across your future blog if you decide to have one.

    Although it’s a sad day for your readers, i think it’s great that you decide to concentrate on what’s most important: family and real life 🙂

  6. Hi Caroline, thank you so much for leaving one last lovely comment and for always reading my blog — I truly appreciate the gesture. It’s so nice to know that my writing appealed to someone in that way. I think the need to simplify has been a long time coming since there are so many moving parts going on in my schedule right now. It feels sad but I’m so relieved. All the best in being a mummy — it’s something I absolutely delight in and look forward to being for the rest of my life.

  7. ah… i am so surprised and sad to hear this. I have been a lurker now and then. I came across your blog in 2012 when I was looking for recommendations of Japanese skin care product. You know, your basic japanese translation of skin care products was really helpful for me to understand what they mean with essence, lotion etc.
    You know, you don’t always have to feel compelled to be a beauty blogger. I know what you mean about being past the phase. Your blog doesn’t have to define you. I am sure there will be other old friend-readers who still just like to read about how you are doing.
    Sometimes, we just like to follow up on a familiar figure – what they have been up to, not necessary that they have to do what we prefer them to do! I am sure there are people who are growing around with you.
    Anyhow, as long as you are comfortable. As you said, not to let something you enjoy doing become something that bogs you down.
    Take care!
    Fellow Singaporean. ; )

  8. Thank you for sharing and being part of my life too. I’ll miss your blog but appreciate that all good things must come to an end…sayonara!

  9. @Peiqing: It’s hard to imagine not blogging about my life but I think it’s one of the things that have to go right now. Perhaps I will pick up blogging again but I have no idea what I would talk about. Thanks for coming out to say goodbye and that my blog was helpful to you in some way. It makes me feel that it was worth it writing so many posts about Japanese beauty products 😉

  10. Oh Yuming, what a shame you’re shutting the blog down but I totally understand. You must let me know if you start a personal blog

  11. @Trishie: Sorry I haven’t checked in on the comments for a while now. Yes, it’s for the best and will most def let you know when I do start a new blog. 😉

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