Hello there! I hope you have settled down comfortably in the new year with resolutions et al ready to face whatever it throws at you. I was going to write about my makeup for January as has been the tradition (or what I’d like to think) but the fact that my makeup never really changes through the months, besides there not being much of an addition to it in recent times makes me want to go off track.
I am content with whatever makeup I have. I have not bought makeup products in months (the last purchase was in September, I think) and I don’t see myself buying anything anytime soon. As a blogger there is constant pressure to keep up, buy new things, talk about products as they roll out in stores, but as my regular readers would know, I have never really done that. In fact, in 90% of my posts in 2014 I spoke about old releases, forgotten makeup products and focussed on good skin more than made up skin.
I think as we moved ahead in the year and as my posts got accepted for what they were, I felt less compelled to buy new things just to talk about them. My readers didn’t seem to miss the lack of new releases, or lack of hauls and makeup looks (although I absolutely have to include those in the future) and that almost liberated me. I enjoy reading about hauls and shopping escapades but it does not affect me for more than the length of that post or video. It no longer makes me want to rush out and get those things too and I have pretty much stopped hoarding things that come with a short shelf life.
I don’t deem buying makeup “a waste of money”, neither have I suddenly become a minimalism snob, its just that through my own experience I have become wiser and more content in what I have. I still buy the occasional skincare product and make mental wishlists but when it comes to actual spending I cannot get myself to buying things just because.
I already have a lot to use up and things would probably have been different if I didn’t have a large stash but I also know that if and when I do get through my entire collection (by using up, giving away or selling) I would have narrowed my crew down to a few products which work, and not feel the need to have 5 foundation bottles at one time. I am embracing minimalism unconditionally and happily.
Coming back to my makeup for January (Yes I am still on it!). I love going through my own stash and pick out products I haven’t used in a while or I really like using and set them aside for use through the month. For January, I rediscovered my oldest MAC blush, a fairly old Dior lipstick and also a brand new lipstick (a Christmas gift). The concoction is as follows,
Base : Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger and Chanel Les Beiges Powder in 02.
Cheeks : MAC’s Peachtwist blush.
Winter has always been kind to my skin so there has not been much need to cover other than an occasional spot or an after-mark. Ditching foundation altogether I only use a concealer and a little powder.
MAC’s Peachtwist is a shimmery sheertone blush which I had written off initially (#storyofmylife) but after a few readers suggested it, I went back and of course loved it. I am telling you, its got to do with the tools I use!
Edward Bess’s Cosmic Bliss has all shades of neutrals that I’ll ever wear, in the dreamiest texture I can imagine.
Both the lipsticks lean plummy-brown with Scenario being the darker of two. I love them on their own but when layered together with the Chanel on top (and only in the center of the lips) it transports the whole look to another degree of pretty!
Let me know whats your favorite makeup product right now!
Have a great weekend!