I’m just about to head over to my Mom’s for the day, but I have a few small items I’ve been wanting to write about all week but couldn’t seem to find a home for them in a post. I figured I’d just pile them all together in one shot so that
you can reap the benefits of my infinite wisdom I can get them off my ‘To Post’ list and feel like I’m being productive
1) Yesterday, I counted the amount of products I used on my FACE (not even my whole body), and the tally came to 22. WTF!?!? In my defense, I have to layer my moisturizers right now because of how hard the cold and wind has been on my face. And I use two different foundations, three different concealers, and three powders – mainly because I’m trying to use that s**t up, and also because my skin is bone dry in some spots and oily in others lately, so I have to pretty much address each area separately (fun!). Regardless, 22 items is ridiculous, especially considering yesterday I only wore one eyeliner, and lip balm, so I can’t even blame the fun color products. Yowza.
All that lead me into my next thought…
2) I saw this obviously wealthy woman get out of her Lexus yesterday, and as she passed I noticed (on top of her fabulous wardrobe) that while she wasn’t particularly attractive, she had fabulous skin and appeared to have next to no makeup on at all. Now, of course I know we can achieve great no-makeup makeup looks with a skilled hand and the right products – I’m not entirely naive. But regardless, she wasn’t wearing heavy color anything, and it made me stop to think about how I approach makeup. I tend to wear it so you can see it – not in a gaudy/overkill sense (I like to think it’s tasteful), but I generally don’t do this ‘bare face’ look very often, because I love playing and wearing fun pops of color. But looking at her, I thought that perhaps I’ve got it all wrong. Instead of spending every paycheque on the next new shade, maybe I should invest more in my wardrobe, and only pick out a few key products here and there to achieve that flawless “I’m naturally this gorgeous” look. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it’s something to consider anyway.
Last but not least (get comfy, this is a long one):
3) Here in Hali, our Metro Transit bus/ferry drivers have gone on strike as of February 2nd. I walk to/from work unless it’s horrible weather, so this hasn’t affected me at all. However, I had another ~deep thought~ as I was about to head home on Thursday – after spending half the day ogling a slew of new beauty products on Sephora, I had this overwhelming urge to spend my hard-earned cash on some pretty things. I decided I was going to head over to the mall right after work and start crossing things off my lemmings list. I had this in my head all day, until I sudden realized upon leaving work that I had no way to get to the mall – it’s already 40 minutes to get home, and I had no intention of walking another 30 to get to the mall. I could ask my boyfriend of course, but I try to
keep him in the dark shelter him from the extent of my beauty addiction (for his sake you see). So with no cheap transport, I was out of luck.
As I pondered my shopping dilemma, I went over my lemmings list once again, and had to acknowledging the fact that just wasn’t anything I needed (nor am technically allowed to buy as per my guidelines). I started to wonder why I so often felt the need to buy buy buy. I’m not sad, or seriously stressed. I don’t typically have a shopping/spending problem otherwise – in fact I’m quite frugal. And then I had a thought – it’s all about change!!
Its interesting – as I maintain this blog, which inevitably means I’m even more immersed in beauty than ever before – I find myself psychoanalysing my behavior and discovering things about myself that I would have never done with the blog. On Thursday, in that moment of realization I understood something that has never truly occurred to me before with respect to my beauty obsession. By nature, I thrive on change. I love moving (and have done so every year for the past 5), I love travel, I rearranging furniture, I love….well, just about any and all change. Truly. It’s somewhat of an anomally I realize, because most people prefer to stick to what they know. That is SO not my bag – and not judging at all, just stating the facts. In any case, I finally understood for me why I constantly feel the need to buy something new all the time; I get it now. Once a beauty item has been used, it’s suddenly ‘old news’ to me, and I’m out there hunting for the next product to catch my attention (which is oh-so-fleeting). It’s a terrible habit, and one I have to find a solution to pronto (they say the first step is awareness, right?). The beauty challenge is the next step, and one I’m dedicated to following through on – though it may seem that I might break at times! It helps knowing that I have a slew of other gals who will hold me accountable
Those are my ramblings for today! I had to get them all out there, and it’s probably better I did it all at once so I don’t subject you to this within a product post. This way you can skip over this one entirely if you’d like, and you have missed anything (or have you? ). Have a lovely Saturday everyone! And tell me – have you discovered what lies behind your own shopping behaviors?? And what do you think about the less is more approach?