If you couldn’t tell from the title, my beauty blog just turned a year old! 🙂
There have been a lot of changes regarding how I regard makeup, beauty, and accumulation. A lot of the ways in which I think and approach cosmetics and this aspect of beauty in my life has changed. I hope you don’t mind if I share them with you. 🙂
Overall, I have cultivated an awareness that was most definitely not there before. I think that’s natural when you learn more about something over time, but that’s the big glaring difference.I am more aware of which types of products work best for my skin tone, skin type, and features. I am more aware of how to actually apply the makeup. (Consider the photos to your left, in which I used the same palette in Nov 2012 & Sept 2013.) I am more aware of what colors suit me better and what things to consider when reviewing and purchasing products. More importantly than all of that, I am more aware of the ingredients in the products I put on my face. I am more aware of the ethical and environmental implications of my own consumption of makeup.
This beauty thing is something that I am strangely passionate about (as a hobbyist) and I had been someone who was so enraptured by the beauty and the possibilities that the products represent. I was carried away by my curiosity, and I really failed to examine the reasons why I want things, often mistaking this strong desire for a need.
Ultimately, I honestly don’t think I need any of these products. I can function properly without them. However, beauty is something that makes me feel good—to participate in, to geek out over, to share with others. I do think that it should be done, not at the expense of others as much as possible, which explains the cruelty-free (or CF) route that I am hoping to undertake and have been more conscious of.
One of the biggest lessons for me is that cruelty-free beauty is possible, and I suppose that is also something that I’ve struggled with. The fact remains that animal cruelty is not necessary to create good quality products. I know that there is legislation that, at times, requires the company to test on animals. However, I do know that it is also possible to say ‘no’ to that, and reject the market that requires this inhumane practice. There have been a number of companies who have courageously pulled out of countries that still rely on animal testing when there are other alternatives available, even at the expense of lower sales.
I still receive some non-CF items from time to time, and occasionally, I will forget to check if an item is cruelty-free. But this shift is a work in progress, so I hope you understand. 🙂
Of course, I can’t forget about you guys, who have been with me on this weird “journey.” It’s incredibly lame to get sappy about things like this (no, it isn’t!), but I just want you guys to know that I am extremely grateful for everything, so far. This experience wouldn’t be half as fun as it is without each and everyone of you. 🙂 I appreciate all of the comments and most of the emails, so thank you again for speaking with me, and not making me feel like a weirdo for liking makeup so much.
Here’s to another year in the beauty blogging world, and I hope you stick around, too. 🙂 I’ll be flying out on a couple of trips later this week, but I have a few posts lined up and I’ll be posting on Instagram. Thanks again for sharing this experience with me.