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.
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.