Being Content With My Makeup

January Makeup Favorites Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Palette MAC Peachtwist Sheertone Blush Chanel Les Beiges Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Dior Addict Lipstick Androgyne Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Scenario KIKO Vibrant eye pencil

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,

January Makeup Favorites Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Palette MAC Peachtwist Sheertone Blush Chanel Les Beiges Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Dior Addict Lipstick Androgyne Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Scenario KIKO Vibrant eye pencil

Base : Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger  and Chanel Les Beiges Powder in 02.

Cheeks : MAC’s Peachtwist blush.

Eyes : Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Palette, KIKO Vibrant eye pencils in Brown and Black

Lips : Dior Addict Lipstick in Androgyne #626, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Scenario #83

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!

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63 thoughts on “Being Content With My Makeup

  1. Yes I can relate to this! It wasn’t until my recent overseas trip did I buy makeup after a long time! I just didn’t feel like I needed anything new, and I would always think “I don’t really need this”. I have so much makeup I need to use up as well! I would only buy makeup if I run out of my staples like foundation or something. Great post Divya!

  2. I also felt like I might be pressured into talking about new releases, but, surprisingly, I haven’t gotten caught up in trends. I find it’s better to just discuss your experience, because nobody writes like you–so somebody is bound to enjoy it! I’m glad you prefer to dig into your own stash of products, because I do the same!

    1. Exactly! Thats what it should be like right? We all have our favorite blogs for deets on the new releases why try and compete with that when we could be doing so much more with our little spaces! 🙂

  3. I think most people without beauty blogs or even those who don’t read blogs are so content with the makeup they have! It’s definitely reading beauty blogs that brings on all the pressure. I’m glad you are though. It’s also very interesting for me to read and discuss how people make the choices they do. When I feel like I really want to buy something I just keep it on the wishlist and maybe 6 months or a 1 year later if I still want it, (and if it has good reviews) I buy it. Wishlists definitely help me from going on a spending spree! 🙂

    Personally, I’m very strict with how I spend my money and I keep a quarterly budget. But I think it’s also an entirely different thought process for those who make (substantial) money from their blogs and it’s their career where it can be a wise business decision to buy the newest products, rather than those (like me) who don’t and it’s more of a hobby. 🙂

    1. The wishlist-making is I think the favorite thing for people to do! He he! I have sort of grown over that because it never really helped my money saving plans! 😛

    1. He he! You should definitely come up with a plan before all that stunning makeup goes bad! 🙂 Its such a big temptation to buy all the lovely releases but at some point that has to make some sense! 😉 he he!

  4. This was a very inspiring post. It forced me to pull out MAC’s Sweet As Cocoa from my stash, and make it work for me. I enjoyed putting a look together, and I have you to thank for that 🙂

    1. Hi Pavithra! I am so happy to hear that! Its so satisfying when someone comes back and tells you that you had a positive influence on them! Thank you for letting me know! <3 🙂

  5. Aah, I’m so behind on actually commenting on all the blogs I read, but I’m trying to make up a bit of ground!! 😛 So you get some comment spam, hah!

    I know what you mean about the pressure (or desire? 😉 to keep up with all the latest releases, but of course that’s not really feasible given the prices here, LOL! It is very liberating when you shake off that fear that people won’t like your stuff if you’re not ‘up to date’ (however irrational that fear is), and just post away at what pleases you!

    Recently I’ve been all over something that does happen to be a recent purchase, but a long-scouted one: the four Nyx wicked lippies I got! <3 I love all of them, but I'm on a MISSION to make Trickery into an everyday shade.

    1. I know I know! 🙂 Its not a pressure for everyone 😉 Especially those with a large disposable income its not! But then I always think of everything else I could do with the money not spent on hoarding! 😛

  6. I have similar feelings to you, I’ve been buying less makeup lately. I have a load of full sized products and samples I’ve not even used, so it’s not like I’m stuck for blog posts! I just buy things now when I’m low on things.

    I’ve got about 5 mascaras unopened that I’m using one by one before I can buy any more.

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

  7. Such a good post. I loved reading your thoughts on this because I’ve been in a similar state of mind ever since my blogging break. “I don’t deem buying makeup a waste of money” really resonated with me – you managed to perfectly describe how I feel about how you can buy less makeup but still love beauty. Love that you have a solid head on your shoulders lady!
    XO Camey

    1. Hi Camey! I know I read your most recent posts and knew we were on the same wavelength! I would love to buy really good quality makeup which would work brilliantly and last me a while but hoarding and falling for every marketing gimmick isn’t in my scheme of things! 😉

  8. I used to buy makeup very often and big amount. And I always wanted more! I felt under the pressure. And than I moved to different country and makeup was the last thing I was thinking about and now I am fully recovered not buying makeup that often. In fact, I am buying almost zero of it:)
    http://iwish-zuzi.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Hi Zuzana I am sure a lot of us go through this and whats important is that we find a way to get over the habit! 🙂 Glad you are at a better place money wise now! 🙂

  9. Nice post Divya! I have also stopped buying makeup from quite sometime and after reading your post I feel contended that I am on the right track. I like investing more in skin care products and these days I am trying to shift to natural cleansers.
    Love your January stash!

  10. Hello Divya,

    Great post and very encouraging 🙂 I have two boxes full of products that needs to get used. In my case, I dont buy anything for months and then somehow when I buy I go all out 🙂 I That is the reason I dont go for makeup no buy…it does not work for me 🙂 But I appriciate and encourage you in this endeavour 🙂

    I love your posts and the pictures…and your instagram is fabulous too 🙂 Happy blogging 🙂

    1. Hi Arundhatee! That was me until very recently! I don’t know what happened but after a month of forcing myself for a no-buy it started to feel more natural and gradually I got very comfortable with the idea. Its been so many months and by constantly going through my rather large stash I keep rediscovering products and that keeps me from yearning for more products! Besides finding good dupes is my favorite pass-time ha ha! 🙂

      Thanks for the lovely comment Happy Blogging to you too! 🙂

  11. I am often an invisible reader here, we share lot of common interests(makeup/skin care) along with our name :). I love to read your blog for the simplicity and the visual representation. I would like to congratulate you for reaching the contentment in makeup, that’s a great achievement 🙂
    Happy new year to you and keep up the good work
    ~~Divya

    1. Hi Divya! Thank you for taking to time to comment! 🙂 Happy new year to you too and I hope you keep reading and engaging with me in the new year! Would love to hear your thoughts more! Thank you! 🙂

  12. Great post Divya! Happy new year 🙂 I think I’m going through something similar. I’ve collected so many new things in the last three months (which is about the time that I really started using makeup), that I am now slowly beginning to have makeup fatigue. I don’t think a no-buy will work for me, as I will constantly just pine and look forward to the day I can start buying stuff again. I’ve decided to create a budget and stick to it instead.

    1. Happy New Year to you too Pavithra! 🙂 Budgeting is also a great idea which I couldn’t follow to the T but yes it does atleast pinch you when you tend to go overboard! 🙂 Let me know how you go about it! 🙂

    1. Thanks Fiona! Peachtwist is more of a reddish-peach which on my complexion comes off more of a warm pink. Its shimmery in the most beautiful way and I think it’ll be great on you too! 🙂

  13. That’s exactly how I feel at times too! New makeup products release every season, but keeping up with all the brands as well as all the products they release can have a dent in our wallets for sure! Even though that’s what bloggers do, I think it’s also important to inform our readers that there’s no need to spend on a new product release aaalll the time. Love this post Divya! Btw how’s the NARS creamy concealer for under the eyes? I want something that hides those bags, but be high coverage and not crease or feel too heavy. I’m really considering getting this one! Thanks 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you thank you so much! I am so happy to know that there are others who are going through this as well and share my thoughts on the whole makeup hoarding thing! 🙂 I really really like the Nars concealer for under eyes, I have combination skin and normal under-eye skin. I usually extend my moisturiser in the day tie under the eyes before I pop on some concealer and blend it with the RT setting brush. I get the most natural finish which is seamlessly blended. Highly recommend trying it out yourself. One tip: less is more with this concealer! 🙂

  14. Hey Divya, this is a great post! I most probably already own everything I can possibly need, but my curiosity still gets the better of me sometimes. I have become better about not buying something just because it’s new, because there is a lot of new stuff I know I just won’t reach for very often once the hype dies down, but the truth remains that I can’t possibly use up even a small percentage of my collection before it goes bad. Food for thought!

    1. Hi Sunny! Your situation is certainly way more complex being such a big and successful beauty blogger! Atleast I don’t have to manage stuff from brands or PRs as of now! ha ha! I’d hate to see expensive makeup go bad and get thrown, that’ll be such a waste! I am really hoping I can get through most of my stuff I have spent so much of my income on!

  15. I’ve been thinking along the same lines recently, Over the last few months I’ve bought a lot of makeup and received a lot as presents both for my birthday and christmas. I always feel if I get lots of new things at once I don’t appreciate them as much as I would if I’d just got one thing and nothing else, is that just me? I also had a bit of a clear out over the hols and picked a few products to try and ‘use up’ before buying anything similar. I’m doing a post on it soon!

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

    1. Thats a good point Divya! Buying or receiving too much stuff at one time makes you appreciate things less and it ends getting wasted more often than not! Would love to read your post!

  16. I couldn’t choose better products, especially the eye palette, stunning! Of course I’d wear the same blush and lipsticks! 😀
    I haven’t tried any Kiko make up yet, we don’t have it here!
    Lovely photo and post Divya! 🙂 <3

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

  17. That’s great, Divya! You don’t always have to blog about the latest and greatest when you have something to say or an oldie but goodie to share! I love your skincare posts. I also love that you set items aside to use during the month – that is such a good idea! Happy 2015!

  18. I totally agree on being content with the makeup you own. Although I haven’t been as good as you have been and bought some little things throughout the year, I am happily shopping my stash, and instead of rushing out to buy new releases, I try recreating the looks with products I already own, which works surprisingly well. (Apart from the inevitable insight that it is more than makeup that sets you apart from the model in the picture)
    Organizing my collection made me realize I own six (!) brown-golden blushes and countless red lip products without ever getting close to finishing one, so the rule is: Finish something, than replace it.
    I am not good at sticking to rules, though.

    1. There is absolutely nothing wrong in buy stuff a little at a time throughout the year (In my opinion!) 🙂 Its healthier than hauling a LOT. Going through one’s stash is the best way to use whatever you have and cutting down waste! I wish you all the best and hope you can stick to your resolve for long! <3 🙂

  19. Love the Kiko eyeliners and the Chanel Les Beiges powder!

    That blush sure looks interesting. I will have to check out that and the Mineralize Warm Soul one next time I visit the store.

    And it seems that half the blogosphere is in love with that NARS concealer!!

  20. Wow! That’s impressive. I’m slowly turning into a makeup hoarder..especially ever since I’ve started earning..must consciously keep a check on that.
    Btw, I miss your FOTDs! 🙂

    1. Hi Sivani! I would highly recommend not to fall in the consumer trap we have all been a victim of! 🙂 Think of the many things you can do with the money instead! 😉 I am missing my FOTD’s too! I am certainly going to get something done soon! Promise! 🙂

  21. I absolutely command you for not getting sucked in into buying new products. I am guilty of that- not because I need to blog about it but because I just fall in love with so many products that come out. But in 2015 I am going to be better about my purchases, I really have more makeup than I could ever use and I have a really hard time parting with any of it.

    That blush looks very pretty in the pan. Is it similar to Mac’s Style?

    Happy weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Agata! All of us have different reasons for buying new stuff frequently but nothing ever can justify hoarding right? 🙂 I hope you can manage thing better in 2015! Good luck! <3

      Also Peachtwist is darker more reddish-brown than Style and probably on my complexion it looks like what Style would look on lighter complexions like yours! Does that make sense? ha ha! 🙂

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