Got the bloggin’ blueeesss

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Hi there!

First and foremost, I want to apologize for the fact that there were no new videos this week. Tyler (le bf) left on a 10 day trip on tuesday, and my plan was to film a bunch of videos this week to get ahead of the game, but unfortunately last week I had a really bad reaction to a skincare product I was trying out (I know it will be asked, so it was Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Relief Facial Cleanser. I’m not sure if my skin was reacting because it was a new product or what, but it was baaaaaaaad). I decided to postpone filming to give my skin some time to heal, and it’s finally getting to the point where everything looks okay under makeup. I wanted to get a video up today, but the day got the better of me so the plan is to get right back on track on Sunday- I’m gonna add an extra little 2-part video series called Love it or Leave it.. essentially product of the week and product of the never again lol :)

The main point of this post is to say that I’m feeling like I’m in a bit of a blogging rut. Every post is either a product review or a tutorial recap, and for me it’s kinda boring. I know that there is a weekly guest look, but I really want to start having more interactive posts, get more feedback and participation from you guys, and make xSparkage feel a community? haha i don’t know, just less repetitive like i feel it is now.

This also applies to Youtube. The way I have been going about everything lately is a review/haul/something on Mondays, and tutorials on Wednesday and Friday. I always notice that the more popular videos seem to be hauls overall, followed by tutorials and finally reviews. What types of videos do you enjoy watching most? I read a comment recently asking me to bring back First Impressions and Theme tutorials, as well as Ask Leesha.  I guess my question is, What are your favorite style videos to watch from beauty gurus? Hauls? Reviews? Tips/Tricks? Full on tutorials? I put videos up to help YOU guys, so knowing what it is that appeals to you will help me out a lot.
I’m totally planning on bringing back theme tutorials (they will start mid-february, and there is a reason for that, you shall see!) but until then I’m sort of striving for ideas in the tutorial department, so it’s difficult to bring two a week. I work MUCH better when I have a set idea in my head and know EXACTLY what it is I want to represent, but without that I tend to sort of go back to the same styles, which I know gets repetitive.

I’m writing this because I want to know your thoughts. I’m sure you all have loads of favorite blogs you check out daily, and I’d love to know what it is you like about them- the type of posts, the way they present photos, etc. I’d also love to hear what you do/don’t like about xSparkage, both the blog and youtube.. feedback either way is really helpful!


omg, if you read all of that, I will personally bake you cookies. Sometimes I miss having a personal blog, lol :) To make it up to you, here is a picture of two cats actually using a cat product the way it was advertised (I didn’t think it was possible)


Again, sorry for the boring post and total MIA-ness this week! I appreciate all of your support so much!

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  1. Amy

    January 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I’d really like to see more open box videos like when you get a new MAC collection in the mail! I really love to see your first thoughts on the products the first time you open the box because you’re always so enthusiastic!

  2. Sara

    January 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    i think a great way you could improve your blog is getting the readers more involved – you could have a section in which we could ask questions, personal opinions, make suggestions…. ’cause i know we can do it on the comment section of both your blog and yt channel but i always get the feeling that you won’t read the comments cause you have so many to go through!! love your work, as always! xo

  3. Grace

    January 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    i like surveys and polls!! for WW, FF, etc

  4. Avery

    January 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I loooooooooove youur Open Box reviews on the Ideeli, Hautelook, and the soap box one!! I would alsoo loooove to see more tutorials i feel likee its all about the salees and reviews. the Open Box reviews aree best because we can see themm and see you use them!! Lovee uu leeshaa!

  5. Kay

    January 25, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Leesha, I love your videos. You’re so creative and inspiring. I think there are some great ideas above for your blog and your youtube. You should totally make your Formspring better known though, as that is a great way to connect with you. And just like you did here, you wrote asking us something. I usually am not one to reply, but I was compelled to do so.

    You’re doing a great job even when you’re in a rut. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to come up with down the line. :)

  6. Kaisa

    January 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Hello, hello!
    First of all, eat lot of fruits to keep up your energy and good mood and a cookie if you must!
    Everybody is getting bluueess sometimes…
    I like your blog very much! I like the swatches of the new products especially MAC…lol..all of new swaches, i always check pruducts like this before i go out and buy them!
    Also wouldn’t it be a huge challenge to create a make up look with useing only new new pruducts you just got?
    I know that everybody have their own style but You coyuld always add some colour to it!
    Ayway, keep up to good work and you are such a cutei :)
    Regards from cold Estonia

  7. Chelana

    January 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I Think my favorite videos of your are tutorials, and then just random “Hey guys here some thoughts about today/make up” videos. I don’t know really know how to explain. I just like watching you; you are a really funny and interesting person. I came for the makeup but i stay for your personality. :]

    And an Idea: if you want XSparkage blog to be more of a “community” then maybe adding a forum…? I don’t know if you could with the website host you use, but if you could then it would be easier for us to talk to you and other viewers. We could post things about our lives with make up and you could see our thoughts. plus it would be a throw back to your days on LiveJournal. :] Just an idea. Thumbs ups to you!

  8. Stacy

    January 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I really love your videos! The theme tutorials were always my favorite. “Celebrity looks-a-like” tutorials are always really fun to watch as well. Thanks for making great videos!

  9. Carolina

    January 27, 2012 at 7:36 am

    My favourite type of videos is definitely haul and review, but I must say that I enjoy all kinds of vlog posts from you! :) I guess I´m a little bit disappointed that most of the products you try out doesn´t sell in Sweden, but hey, I know it isn´t something you can effect. Your tutorial videos really inspire me to try out diffrent colour combinations and products to combine, so keep it up, your so talanted! :)

  10. Cha

    January 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I totally want my cookies now!

    Jk! (But if you just happen to have some extra…)

    I love your blog! You’re the first makeup tutorial I ever watched and still my fave guru! I love all your tutorials and especially your first impressions videos. Reviews are helpful because it’s important to me to be educated when spending money on expensive products!!

    I know its super far away, but I’m going to EDC Vegas in June and was wondering if you could do a couple of bright looks for it (preferably ones that will last ALL night!) I need the time from now until then to practice!

    You’re an inspiration.

  11. AllieW

    January 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I love your tutorials!!!!(: I always love learning new ways to do stuff, I also like product reviews(: xoxo

  12. Jessica

    January 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I would say my favorite is the swatches and reviews. I don’t have a lot of money for make up so when I buy something I really like to it’s going to be a good product. It’s REALLY helpful to know how things actually look when used. I also really like the tutorials. Unlike most of the other viewers, my least favorite are the haul videos. But I just skip those (no offense intended). I love the forum idea, sometimes it feels pointless to comment on things because I know you don’t have time to read everything. That would definitely make this site feel more like a community :) Over all, love what you do!!!

  13. Mili

    February 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I would love some fashion Hauls and some OTTD!!! I really don’t know much about your style but I’d love to find out more!

  14. Katie

    March 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Can you do more tips and tricks? I’m a bit late to this,but they help alot!

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