Michelle Phan started blogging about makeup in 2005, and by 2016, had amassed a YouTube following numbering over eight million, released a makeup line Em Cosmetics with L鈥橭real, and started a makeup subscription company Ipsy (which acquired Em in 2015) that was valued at $800 million in 2015. But a little less than a year ago, she completely disappeared from the internet.

In a move that shocked her devoted fans, Phan stopped uploading videos to YouTube about nine months ago. 鈥淚 peaced out because I think I was going through depression,鈥 Phan told Racked in an interview. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know because I didn鈥檛 go to a hospital or anything or get diagnosed, but I was taking a few quizzes online and I felt really sad everyday.鈥

But now the makeup maven is back and has a new outlook on beauty to boot. 鈥淲hen I was a teenager, makeup was a form of confidence; I felt like I needed makeup to feel beautiful,鈥 she revealed to Allure. 鈥淭hen in my 20s, makeup became this art; it became an outlet for me to be creative, for me to express myself, for me to find different facets of who I was.鈥

鈥淏ut now 鈥 and I鈥檓 turning 30 this year 鈥 I do feel like I鈥檓 different. I鈥檓 changing. I鈥檓 more simplified. I know the type of eyeliner I need to wear to look the way I want to look. So things have become more refined, and I think that鈥檚 how my perspective on beauty in general has changed 鈥 it鈥檚 become more refined.鈥 A refined look that no longer includes eyeshadow or foundation, just a little concealer on blemishes, lip gloss, and eyeliner.

Her makeup line, Em Cosmetics, is a lot simpler too after she bought it back from L鈥橭real. In fact, when she launches on April 17, there will only be two products: lip creams ($16) and liquid eyeliners ($15).

鈥淲hen I took this brand back, I wanted to keep it more timeless and elegant,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 could have done the more trendy things like the highlighters and stuff, but then I was like, 鈥楴o, I want to focus on the things that I wear all the time and that my viewers want to wear.'鈥

Sounds like her time away has given her a refreshed look on things, and we鈥檙e glad to see she鈥檚 back!

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(h/t Allure; photos via Angela Weiss/Getty)