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Hello everyone!
Long time no blog.... or anything online!

It's a long story, but I've been dealing with health issues, career advancement, quarter-life crisis, new responsibilities and some soul seeking for the past 8 months or so. Amongst the compilation of problems/issues, my online life was lingering as a big question mark.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my online life. Quit and disappear? Continue limping and produce mediocre crap? I couldn't make up my mind so I deliberately avoided any contact with the online beauty community until I sorted out my personal issues.  Now, I feel like I'm 95% there (in terms of sorting things out), and I'm concluding my long journey of confusion and frustration.

I was pondering really hard if I should even bother making videos and posting on my blog again, as I felt irrelevant to the community.  I had phased out and stopped, while the entire community had kept moving forward.  It would have been a big deal to me 8 months ago.  I would have been stressed out of not making videos, for not posting anything on the blog and not being able to keep up with my expectations I had set for myself.  During the past few months I've made peace with myself and started to loosen up a lot of things that had been holding me behind. I came to a realization that I had started with somewhat of a naive enthusiasm and that happiness was the biggest driving factor.  I had to step out, clear my head and figure out what really mattered to me.  Long story short, the conclusion was really clear - as long as I'm happy and not bothered, I shall keep doing!

Anyway, this is just a rambling post to tell you guys that cl2425 is back as v2.0 (cheesy, heh, but I even put a tiny v 2.0 next to my blog banner :p).
Nothing major is going to change, but my focus will probably shift heavily towards the 'career/working girl' realm as that is my reality for now (FOR NOW - I plan to change this situation too).
I still love makeup, fashion, hair, k-pop, any asian pop culture bits, celebrities and the fun stuff I used to like. It's just... you won't see me recommending blue eye shadow or circle lenses for work appropriate makeup.. or silly things like that.

:)

K, see ya guys in my next post-


Good to be back!
(random selfie to fill in the awkwardness)



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  1. I am so happy that you are back!!! You do not know how many times I check your blog for updates...and sometimes rewatch your old video and read old posts

    <3 <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thank you :) haha I really appreciate your patience with me

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  2. So glad to see you back! Your youtube channel and blog have been a long staple in my internet life, and somehow I just feel like my internet life (and those of others) would be much less fulfilling if you were not a part of it. I'm glad you've had a chance to step back and take a look at your priorities in life, and I'm even happier to see that you've decided to continue your stay in our lives!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much :) You don't know how much your comment means to me

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  3. Thank you so much for coming back! You are probably my favorite youtuber so I would have been a little 허전해 if you decided to quit. Soul searching is always hard, but I'm happy that you decided to come back. If you liked the chocolates and if I go back home for the holidays, maybe I can send chocolates again!

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    1. Thank you for waiting and welcoming me back :) Yay!

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  4. Yay! I'm glad you're back! Don't worry about your social media life~ make sure your happiness comes first and then everything else will fall into place. I hope everything goes well for you! :)

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    1. THank you for understanding Jenny :D I hope so too (for both of us!)

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  5. You have always been one of my favorites! I'm so happy you've decided to come back! Of course, taking care of your real-life responsibilities comes first. You should never feel pressured by the "beauty community" to stick to the insane schedule of incessant product launches or whatnot. ^_-

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  6. im so glad you're back! <3

    i totally understand what you went thru (minus the fact that i dont make youtube videos, but totally get goals and staying relevant etc) and im glad you're coming back all sorted out. :]

    it's hard when you try hard but you feel like the world keeps passing you by. i hope i figure things out soon too!

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  7. Unnie! I'm so happy that you're back :) I've been wondering when you would post something but I had a feeling you'd be busy with work life and such. Even after 8 months you're still seriously one of my favourite youtubers. I'm kinda glad you'll be focusing more on the working girl realm anyway! Please post more reviews though! I always take your honest opinions about products to heart. Yay :)

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  8. yay!! welcome back! u were my inspiration to start blogging about beauty in 2010 iam so glad u are back :) dont feel the pressure of having to blog i phased out for a while as well because real life stuff comes first then blogging/youtube after :D

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  9. Miss you! I love how you were always so open and honest about your thoughts on the internet. felt like i could really connect to you

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  10. Welcome back! I feel the same thing but the beauty community stays no matter what. Just keep on doing what you love :)

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  11. GLAD TO FINALLY SEE YOU ONLINE!~ I was really very worried as to why you were in a hiatus.. but yeah, this explains it.. ^_^ really really glad that you are back and I can't wait to finally see what you have in store for us ^_^

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  12. I'm so happy you're back!! :)) oh, and please, please, please stop thinking of what you produce online as "mediocre work". Really, your videos are great and high quality. Even if i compare your videos to a lot of other famous beauty bloggers', you would still belong on my top list. And, to be honest, i would still watch whatever kind of videos you choose. Wether it be fun and rando or helpful and relevant or girly or whatever, I mean, you could even be talking abt, say, bird fleas and i'd bet to you i'll be watching that. That's because i love you as the person you are (from what you've chosen to show us) and i keep coming back because of your lovely personality! And for that reason alone, i would choose you over a helluva lot of other youtubers! I've missed you Catalina!

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  13. I'm so happy to read this post <3 I hope you're doing well and I can't wait for your next Post.I've always enjoyed reading your blogposts or watching your YT Videos.

    See you soon ^_^

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  14. Happy to see you back. Actually I am glad you will be career girl. Because I am planning to start work again after baby. I need lots of advice on office wardrobe and office make up, career advice.

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  15. As you can see here you've been greatly missed. I know life happens and our focuses change. Sorry to hear that the past many months have been difficult for you, but I'm glad to see you back and still up and at them. I while back I had decided to start filming Youtube videos. I had reached out to all my favourite beauty gurus at the time, and guess what.....you were the only one that messaged me back! Not only that but you were also my first subscriber. I'm sure you don't remember but it meant so much to me. Maybe you are not aware of the impact you have on others or how you inspire, but believe me you are not putting out "mediocre content" out there. We are reading and we are watching and we appreciate the advice you give. Mind you I have since stopped filming Youtube videos and am now concentrating on my blog. I'm a better writer than a "TV host". But that just goes to show you need to just figure out what you're good at and what makes you happy and just run with it. Looking forward to seeing more from you and how you have grown.

    xoxo

    Souda

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  16. Welcome back! :) You have been missed! <3
    And it doesn't even matter to me what kind of videos you create, because in the end I will watch them since you're in it!
    You're an inspirational beauty guru/blogger and I can't wait to see your "comeback" video haha. ;)

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  17. Wow! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a post from you! Glad you're back. You were my first beauty blog obsession! Judging from all of the comments, you were definitely missed and have some very loyal followers :) Me included!

    Btw, I would LOVE more office looks. I have to wear business attire 5 days of the week and it gets so boring. I'd love to see you be able to put a little flare into it. Still do some fun looks for the weekends!

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  18. I'm so glad you're back! I was on your blog the other day wondering what had happened. But seeing that you've gone through some rough patches the past several months, I'm glad to hear that you're happier.

    I'll be excited for the career/working girl blog posts and videos! Even an inspirational post or career advice will be very appreciated! I'm in my 3rd year of college, so any info that you can put up will be awesome.

    Keep smiling, Catalina! Welcome back

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  19. Yay! I'm so glad you're back. I really missed your makeup tutorials. I honestly feel like other youtube makeup gurus are just getting overly sponsored by everything and I always enjoyed how honest you were. Everyone kind of goes through a quarter-life crisis, but I'm glad you got through it and will be pushing forward. I look forward to your videos Catalina! :)

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    1. thank you :) haha, will start with the videos soon.. <3

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  20. Good to hear from you again! I think it's actually a good thing that you have taken a break from the beauty community and focus on your own life. I've feel that many youtubers (beauty gurus included) are under a lot of stress about keeping up with the community and maintaining their enthusiasm for making videos. I think because of that the current youtube content are often incredibly repetitive and lack innovation because youtubers are pressured to pump out new videos on a regular basis and take on new projects in order to pay bills and stay relevant.

    I'm glad that you still treat youtube as a hobby after all these years. I think youtube was at its best when everyone was having fun making videos.

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    1. haha, I too think youtube was at its best when it wasn't so commercialized and filled with genuine enthusiasm. When one's living starts depending on their youtube income alone, that's when making videos become a "job".. and then it becomes somewhat of a duty rather than fun

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  21. So glad you are back!! Last year I had so much fun and inspiring period of time watching your blog posts and videos.. Life can be very tricky sometimes but unnie, you almost got out of there!! Hope to see you in the next blog!! :)

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  22. So glad you are back!! Last year I had so much fun and inspiring period of time watching your blog posts and videos.. Life can be very tricky sometimes but unnie, you almost got out of there!! Hope to see you in the next blog!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Christine!! your reply is very inspiring too :)

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  23. aw c'mon you'll never be irrelevant!!
    glad to see you blog again...take your time and recover!

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  24. welcome back!! it's been a long long time. glade you had sometime too and are able to sort some things out =D. You're still my favorite youtuber/makeup blogger. I honestly haven't been watching anyone apart from goss wayne on youtube since u been gone. How's your pets? =D!

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    1. thank you! Aww.. i can't say how thankful I am :) My birdies are doing great- they get more and more demanding by the day haha. thanks for asking ^__^*

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  25. I just don't know what to say, but I am super excited that you're finally back.you are always my favorite youtuber. love from hk^_^

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