I’ve been going back and forth on this topic for quite a while now, and have been sitting on this particular blog post for about a month. I don’t really know what to say about “it,” but I do know that I want to take part in the conversation.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on the matter of consumerism and over-consumption, all of which, at least in part, echo what I feel as a person and as a… how do I say it? Mindless drone? Sheep? Just kidding. I’m not here to berate myself for liking material things, but I do want to examine my personal habits as someone who does enjoy, in some measure, shopping, acquisitions, and beautiful things.
First off: I hate to admit it, but I think this blog is a big indicator that I am a hoarder.
When I was drafting this post, I felt like I wanted to “out” myself as a terrible person who collects useless things only to abandon them later. Then I backtracked and thought about my consumptive habits. And, well, honestly? There’s nothing really wrong with that. I feel like my biggest crime is probably contributing to useless waste, and I get that and I want to be a better person, the kind that is super aware and conscientious and environmentally responsible. But, I also can’t do anything about my previous hoarding habits anymore. That’s done… If anything, they are a reflection of my interests at some point in my life.
I think the most I can do is to be more aware of stuff accumulation from this point on. Right now, my life feels very stuffed with stuff. And I don’t know what I am going to do with all this stuff or why I hold on to them. I was going to include an actual inventory of makeup items here, but I figured—what’s the point?
You don’t need scrutiny from other people to start getting your life on track. You just need to be honest with yourself.
My super big goal within the next two years is to get into grad school. I would like to live somewhere else in the world, as it has always been a dream of mine to build a life that feels truly mine. I feel like my habits of spending and acquisition, in some ways, get in the way of my “ultimate goal.”
I’ve been meaning to cut down on purchases, since I can’t study without money for tuition. I’ve been yo-yo-ing between frugality and passionate burning of da dollahz (though not so much the latter anymore), but I think that along with that, I have a surplus of stuff right now. Cue: blog sale, which I will post about at a later date. I am working on letting go of stuff I don’t really need anymore, so I can save up for something I’ve always dreamed about doing.
Aside from that, I think I would like to impose some general guidelines for me to follow. I don’t think no-buys work as well as low-buys, in which you direct your efforts into a more educated purchase instead of cutting yourself off and driving yourself crazy at the mere thought of deprivation… It happens.
So, my beauty goals:
- No more face bases, give away the ones you don’t use. Exception: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, maybe
- No more purchasing of primers, eye primers, moisturizers, eyebrow products, eyeliners, highlighters, illuminators, finishing powders, mascara, lipstick, lip balm, concealer. Basically, implement the the one in, one out rule.
- ONE IN, ONE OUT RULE: You can only buy any of the above when you use up a corresponding item currently in your stash.
- Hit pan on a SINGLE EYESHADOW SHADE by August. Seriously, just one. You can do it.
- Allowance for purchases: eyeshadow (3 singles, 2 duos or 1 palette), blush (1). Re-evaluate in August.
- Use up free and indie samples.
- Absolutely no lip gloss purchases. You never use them. Exception: Le Métier de Beauté or NYX Butter Glosses. But again, 1 in, 1 out rule.
- Brushes: only allowed to get a Yachiyo brush, a concealer brush, a retractable lip brush, and eye brushes (tapered blending, synthetic domed for cream products, and small pencil brush only)
DO I SEEM LIKE A MONSTER YET? In the last month and a half, I only bought a gel liner, a lip product, a blush, and a brush. That seems like a lot, but that’s really toned down for me. Funnily enough, I have been accumulating a lot of empties, and it feels so great.
So, to recap:
- No more buying, except for some, er… exceptions (i.e. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, replacements for finished-up stuff, things I “can’t” not get but fit within my goals)
- I am a stupid head hoarder person
- Blog sale on here up soon
I think I will post a recap in two months… Maybe August so there’s time for a real difference. I don’t want you to feel bad if stuff makes you happy. I think, at the end of the day, we should just do what we are comfortable with. As for me, I’ve found that accumulation takes my focus away from the big picture, so I want to “fix” that personal problem.
Do you have any beauty goals? 🙂 What’s your relationship with beauty products like? TELL MEH!