It’s Shrove (aka Pancake) Tuesday…You Know What That Means!

The day has come.  The moment of truth.  In the words of the illustrious Kevin McCallister: ‘This is it.  Don’t get scared now.’  I just had a hearty dinner of pancakes so I can stomach it all.  Today I’m going to reveal my Lenten plan for 2012!!
…Well, OK, so I’m building it up a bit, and unneccesarily so, because – I’ve had some time to think.  And in that time, I’ve realized a few things: 1) I’m a touch masochistic (as Liz duly noted), and 2) contrary to popular belief, I actually do LOVE makeup, not hate it!  I feel like I’ve been imposing so many bans and rules and the link upon myself and my interaction with cosmetics, that I’m giving an entirely inaccurate portrayal of how I really feel about beauty as a whole.  I don’t want you to think that I’ve got this strange relationship going on where I love makeup so much that I abhor it at the same time – no, no, no.

Here’s something you need to learn about me: I tend to make little things, whatever they are, seem much bigger than they are.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a highly excitable person, which can be fun at times, but which can lead to some misperceptions about how I’m really feeling.  Just because I make LOUD PROCLAIMATIONS about things doesn’t mean I’m worked up or upset; and just because I make mountains out of molehills doesn’t mean that I actually feel that strongly about the situation in the first place.  I just tend to inject a good dose of emotion into most aspects of my every day life to spice things up!  There’s gotta be some way that I can get rid of all this extra energy!
So, that being said, I’m going to try and tone it down a bit on the blog and make sure the messages I want to come through are being related accurately – at least until you get to know me a bit better ;)  If I slip and you notice I’m starting to go off the rails a bit though, please take most of what I say with a grain of salt.  I’m just having a little bit of fun!

Now, let’s get to the ‘good’ stuff: what am I giving up / taking up for Lent?  Regardless of my personality ~quirks~ I’m still determined to devise a plan that encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in some way.  My grandmother and I always participated in Lent together, and I will continue to carry on that legacy well after her death (to be clear – I am not doing this for any religious reasons, merely personal ones; for those of you who are religious, I hope that this does not offend you).  After pondering this matter for some time, I think I have come up with a few ideas that are fun, that benefit you as a reader, and that push me to give more as a person.  Rather than giving up some sort of pleasure I have in the beauty world (I did enough of that last year), I’m going to take on an activity that will test my ability to discipline myself.  Without further ado, here’s the official scoop:

From Wednesday, February 22nd, until April 5th, I am dedicating myself to the following tasks:
1) Write a blog post every single day, with the exception of Sundays
2) Wear every single makeup item in my stash at least once
3) Post regular FOTD pictures with the evidence

Note that I said ‘regular’ FOTD shots, and not daily, because as I’ve said before, getting a good face shot in the morning while I’m already rushing to get to work on time is pretty much impossible.  Also, for some shots it is absolutely necessary to have proper lighting, which just isn’t always available.  But, nonetheless I’m going to try my best to show you as many looks as I can during the next 6 weeks or so!  Also, bear with me if some of my posts are less rambling as usual (which I’m sure some of you will LOVE), as posting every day is going to be a challenge in and of itself.  I do have a lot to write about though, so I’m sure it’ll be just fine :)

So there you have it.  A beauty-loving challenge with nary a restriction nor deprivation in sight.  Hallelujah!  Now I can be free to continue to dedicate that kind of effort towards eliminating all the ‘meh’ products from my stash.  And actually, these two endeavors will work together in order to achieve that goal, so – BONUS!  I’m planning on making a few big time splurges in the next few months so I’ve got to make way for those :)

I hope you all approve of my final plan for Lent?  Let me know your feedback in the comments!  The big day starts tomorrow!

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on February 21, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    This better not be the “calm before the storm”, Toya! Your plan sounds quite doable and nothing too crazy or unattainable; HOWEVER, that being said, just make sure to not castigate yourself with spiked whips if for one reason or another you can’t follow through ie: you’re too sick to post, for one (it’s happened to me many times). Oh yeah, by wearing every single item in your stash at least once, I sure hope you’re not planning on wearing it all at the same time, lol!
    PS: l’m loving your future splurges!!!

    • #2 by Latoya on February 26, 2012 - 9:26 pm

      Those future splurges are burning a hole in my brain, crying out to be bought!! I actually did cave and order one of them…can’t wait till it arrives!! :)

      This is definitely me toning it down – no storm to come LOL! My plan so far has been the easiest and least stressful to date, so don’t worry about me my dear! And I won’t kill myself trying to achieve the post-per-day quota – certainly if I’m sick, I’m sick and that’s all you can do, right? It’s strange to be so lenient on myself when in past years I was pretty much strapped down, but it feels nice to go easy for once!!

  2. #3 by makeupmorsels on February 22, 2012 - 2:50 am

    What a lovely way to keep that tradition alive. I’m liking this plan! And those look like very worthy splurges, I’m also eyeing the Jo Malone perfumes+Burberry eyeshadows.

    Also, I like your excitable personality! Straightforward writing is just so…straightforward. Where’s the fun in that?

    • #4 by Latoya on February 26, 2012 - 9:31 pm

      Aw, thanks MM, I’m glad you take pleasure in the crazy LOL. I like being a little silly and hyper at times, at least it seems to make people smile, which is the goal right? :)

      I used to buy my mom Jo Malone fragrances for Christmas every year, but she doesn’t wear them much (I should steal ‘em!) so I stopped – but I love the simplicity of the bottles and the idea of fragrance combining, so I think I’d really like to start collecting them. I really want start putting my money towards better purchases!

  3. #5 by Liz on February 25, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    “I don’t want you to think that I’ve got this strange relationship going on where I love makeup so much that I abhor it at the same time – no, no, no.”

    LOL!!! Sometimes I feel the same and wonder if that’s how I come across, but I decided not to worry. Obviously we love makeup. We love it TOO much!

    I was teasing you and recognize the same need in myself to always keep challenged and remain in control. But I’m thrilled that you changed the direction from a negative to a positive! I especially like #2 and may adopt it for myself at some point. What’s the point of having stuff we don’t use??

    • #6 by Latoya on February 26, 2012 - 9:44 pm

      Exactly! I have a ton of things that sit there because I’m waiting for a ‘special occasion’ or for some other fool reason that makes no sense. No more!! What I’m trying to implement is wearing less makeup overall, but if I feel like wearing one product that’s pretty eye-catching, then I’ll just keep the rest way toned down so I can still retain a less made-up look.

      I totally took what you said in a lighthearted way – but at the same time it did have some truth in it and I don’t want to get so wrapped up in trying to reduce etc. that I stop enjoying makeup altogether, because that would just be a sad, sad day. I just had to flip the switch and turn things positive in a way that still works toward my ultimate goals but allows me to have some fun, too!

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