Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Everything in Moderation

As much as we all love makeup it's important for one to look inwards at times and ask "is this excessive?" Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self. It's so easy to overspend on cosmetics. You think you have enough blush, but then you try on Nars Orgasm at Sephora and realize that you can not live another day without it. Right now I'm really at a place where I feel like I have ENOUGH makeup. I don't have everything I want, but I have way more than I need. Plus it's starting to get hot out. I've heard other people talk about not wearing a lot of makeup in the summer and thought "No way. Cake face straight through to September". But then I went away on vacation and felt real heat. And I must admit I am defeated. It is not attractive or comfortable to pile on makeup when it's too hot for your hair to hold a curl. All I can do is make sure I have a good mascara that doesn't run, and hope that next winter I still have few enough wrinkles to pull off a smokey eye. All told, it's time to put a temporary freeze on buying makeup.

But just because I don't want to spend on comsetics right now, it doesn't mean I can't plan for the future. One of the fun things about being into makeup is knowing the products before you buy them. That's why I watch YouTube and read beauty blogs-research. I accept that I like buying makeup. I know it's frivilous but you're not going to talk me out of it. Still, I realize that the beauty industry is a beast and is not to be approached with ignorance. So even though I'm not actually out in stores, I still kind of feel like I'm shopping. I just see it as a process, and I'm in the information gathering stage.

I really enjoy buying products that have received strong reviews in blogs and on YouTube. Yes, some of those people are paid. But a lot of them aren't, and a lot of their information is useful. I have had very good experiences buying makeup products that have received postive reviews across the internet (or at least in the makeup corner of the online universe). Right now I'm working on a list of products I'd like to add to my makeup pile. Sephora even has a function for Beauty Insiders on their site where you can create a saved list of products you love. Yes I realize that's a marketing tool, but it is working on me.

Here's some of the products I'm currently coveting. Since these are things I don't own, these aren't my photos. But I used the most generic ones I could find so as not to upset anyone.

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation- I have never bought a high end foundation. I wear foundation almost every day and it would defnitely be one of my top 3 desert island makeup picks (everyone knows you always get to bring along some makeup when you get stranded on a desert island). I just really feel like my drugstore foundations do the job, and haven't felt the need to splurge on a higher end product. But I have heard so many great reviews on this one that I think I may eventually cave. It's super expensive though-over $40. So I think if I bought this I would also keep a cheap one on hand and only bust out this one for really special occasions. Like doing full makup and staying in with my cat on a Friday night taking selfies.

 2. Bobbi Brown Color Corrector- These are a range of peach and pink concealers that are meant to be worn underneath your skin-tone concealer to neutralize dark circles. I think that anyone over the age of 25 who stares at their face too long is going to notice some darkness under their eyes. And once you see it you can't unsee it. I have dark circles, but when I'm being rational I know they're not too bad. I'm pretty happy with the results that I get just using my Mac Pro Longwear under my eyes. But again, I've heard so many good things about these correctors that I really want to see what the hype's about. I'm a little afraid that once I purchase this I will not be able to live without it, which is probably part of the reason I'm hesistant. I just checked the price and it's not that crazy-$23. So maybe I'll just have to sneak this one in earlier than I planned.

3. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar- Apparently Bobbi is just killin it. I am totally drawn to this highlighter based on the way it looks in the package. A real sucker, this one. I have heard good things for sure. But just look at it. I held one in my hand at Sephora recently and practically drooled. I should be embarassed that I react that way to makeup. But I did manage to pry it from my own hand and run from the store before I dropped fifty bones on this beauty. I've pined for her ever since.

4. Smashbox Master Class Palette II- Even though it sounds a little snooty when people refer to their "makeup collection" this really is a collection piece. 32 eyeshadows, 6 blushes, 2 highlights and 4 cream eyeliners? Gimme. This would be another thing I'd pull out on a Friday night to show my cat what drag queens look like. But there's also a ton a wearable shades for both day and night looks. This whole kit is only $59. That's not crazy, but I don't see myself getting much use out of it until it cools down again. So maybe I'll hold off on buying this for a few weeks. Or at least a week.

These isn't an exhaustive list of the reasons I'm hiding my credit card from myself right now. I could probably just link the Sephora website here and just say I want it all. And there's tons of drugstore items I want as well. I'm actually more likely to pick up some of those cheaper items sooner, because that tends to be what I use every day. But these are my top "want" rather than "need" items that would each feel like a gift to myself. Shopping is fun, but you gotta pace yourself otherwise you'll end up like MC Hammer: All flash, no cash.

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