Blogging On A Budget And The Tyranny Of New Releases

The other day I was telling someone  “I don’t know what to write about on Friday. I want it to be a beauty-related post but it’s not that easy to write because I’ve already told the readers about my all time favorite products and my budget doesn’t really allow me to get new stuff constantly“. That’s where I thought, here’s a post idea!

I buy the products I use myself and to be honest, I’ve been really into fashion recently, so my pocket money goes into dresses, jeans, and I’ve been trying for ages to find sandals that actually are comfortable and look good, not an easy task let me tell you! So there’s nothing new for me at the moment, makeup or skincare wise. And guess what? It’s fine. Especially because, I have a few articles all about what I use and love, and maybe you haven’t read them yet…

Buy new stuff turns into new discovery, turns into research online, turns into “oh I did not know that product, oh what’s the brands, oh it sounds like it’s going to change my life”, turns into well, buy new stuff.

Ha! Also, truly, it’s fine because why would we always have to get new stuff you know? I have a friend who’s as fund of makeup and skincare as I am, and we text and talk about it a lot. It’s great, it’s like when I was a kid, playing, it’s SO MUCH fun to get to share this passion. We both get really excited about new releases, new trends, makeup items, skincare discoveries. But I think it’s fair to say how aware we both are of how much of a “vicious circle of consumption” it can be.

That’s how it works for me : Buy new stuff turns into new discovery, turns into research online, turns into “oh I did not know that product, oh what’s the brands, oh it sounds like it’s going to change my life“, turns into well, buy new stuff. That’s one of the reasons why I loved skincare more than makeup when I first started to get into the beauty world. So many products feel like they’re going to make you bloom into a new version of yourself.

I remember back in December, having a couple of weeks where I felt quite down, and all I could think about was buying skincare. (…) I kept ordering stuff that I couldn’t wait to try, but hey, breaking news, I was still depressed, with a little less money in my bank account.

A version with a glow, healthy looking skin, fuller brows, plumped lips, smooth legs and bright under-eyes. I still deeply believe that skincare does actually change the way your skin looks and feels because there’s so many amazing products out there. Still, when you find a routine that works for you, that you sometimes switch up a little but mainly stick to, what’s left to talk about, when in the meantime, the beauty industry releases new products almost every single day? Honestly, I’ve completely screwed up my skin at some point because I was trying everything under the sun so I’m done doing that. Here’s the thing as well, I’m into this new trend thing, that you might have heard about… saving money!

I remember back in December, having a couple of weeks where I felt quite depressed, and all I could think about was buying skincare. I guess in a way I wanted to take care of myself, not just on the outside though. The action of applying skincare products really relaxes me and comforts me. That’s when my skin freaked out in a major way. I kept ordering stuff that I couldn’t wait to try, but hey, breaking news, I was still depressed, with a little less money in my bank account. Sometimes I buy a serum, I research it a lot, take the time to think about whether or not I’m going to buy it and I get really excited about the product, the idea of using it, the action of using it, and usually, I love the result. But when feeling down, it simply doesn’t do the trick. Regarding makeup, it’s a game I LOVE to play, but I simply can’t spend more of what I’m able to on it, and I have to stay wise, you know? Also, I’m quite low-key with makeup. I don’t wear tons, and for example, one eyeshadow palette is all I need. However, blush? It gives me life and I could buy a new one every week.

I just thought I’d share my view on this here because maybe you’re feeling the same or maybe you think this is old news, either way I’d like to know your point on view!So, let’s review the situation here : I don’t need anything at the moment skincare and makeup wise, because I’m all set, got a nice routine at the moment , AND, because I only buy stuff when I finish a product.

Regarding skincare, the last thing I bought was the Clinique Take The Day Off balm because it’s great, doesn’t irritate my skin, it’s basically a safe purchase that I “needed” because I have just finished my Oh My Cream Cleansing Balm. My last makeup purchase is from Glossier, I got the Haze Cloud Paint Blush thanks to a friend who brought it back for me from the US, but I don’t have my hands on it yet. The other stuff I got from Glossier? Well, old favorites. A Milky Jelly Cleanser, Boy Brow in Brown, the Glossier You solid perfume which will be a new discovery, and Cloud Paint in Puff that I already own but have almost finished.

I have a few skincare discoveries in the making but I haven’t been testing them for long enough to tell you about it. Though I do mention what I’m using at the moment on my Insta Stories if you fancy watching that! Do let me know your thoughts on this topic and let’s start a conversation, shall we?

My new found love for khol eyeliner

I’m not big on eye makeup, I never have, and never thought I ever will. Until a few days ago, when I realized that I sometimes forget how fun makeup is, and get stuck in a strict flawless base makeup routine that feels good but not too creative.

I’ve had the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl liners for a few months now. When I London, I bought 4 in Boots, a gorgeous brown with golden shimmers, a deep blue, a crazy purple and a emerald green. I purposely never wore them because I kind of decided it actually was not for me. I have brown eyes, quite dark lashes and eyebrows and because I’m the worst not the best at eye makeup, sort of instantly gave up to be honest. But with spring rolling around, sunny days lifting up my mood, new horizons and all that… I mean, I know it’s just makeup but as you may know if you’ve been reading the blog for a while, makeup for me is way more than just makeup. It’s how you present yourself to the world, it’s something to play with, it’s inspiring, exciting and deeply profound I think.

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That’s why I want to try new things! Get out of my daily routine and play! So, the other day, I decided to put a bit of the Rimmel Kohl in the brown shade on the top of my lash line, and smudged it. I basically start from the outside and work my way right into the center of the eye. Then do the same on the lower lash line. I then added a tiny flick, that I kind of, you guessed it… smudged. It really adds depth without looking too harsh, and it enhances the color of my eyes, which I actually really enjoy. It makes me feel different but like a better version of myself, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I wear makeup.

These eye pencils are super long lasting yet creamy so I’m glad to say it’s easy to replicate. I’ve been doing this look for the past few weeks and I’m not bored of it yet. I now want to play with the different colors I told you about and experiment! Sometimes I even add mascara to this chic/easy smudged look, I KNOW!

Will keep you posted on my eye makeup journey of course! Do you find that you’re sometimes too quick to think, “meh, that’s not for me” when it comes to makeup?

A story about mascara

fullsizeoutput_1fae I feel like in any beauty interview of a celebrity, beauty editor, blogger, fashion designer, I read, the number one item women would not get rid of in their beauty routine is mascara. It’s either that, or red lipstick (which again, does not come naturally to me, more on that soon).

When I was younger, I did not want to feel left out in high school, so I did wear mascara sometimes, but I always felt like it would make my features look too harsh. I kept on trying because all my girl friends would wear mascara, and it’s something everyone knew about. It was easy to get hold of, not too extravagant, something I could borrow from my mum or friends.

At the time, I was not even considering wearing blusher or concealer, it was all about the eyes. I grew up in the 90’s, and makeup was “there”, noticeable, quite full on. It was not really fashionable to wear “no makeup makeup” at the time. And on TV, the only makeup ads I seem to remember were mascara ones. Ads that would show extremely long eyelashes, darker, fuller, than anything you’d seen before.

Mascara, does not make lashes look like real lashes.

Consequently, I do understand how important it became in women’s every day life. But in my life, it did not feel right.

I mean, I do understand that it makes lashes longer, fuller, nicer, Bambi-er…

But I can’t seem to know how to apply it without it looking fake. I love fluttery, soft, full lashes. Unfortunately, to me, mascara is always noticeable. You might argue that any makeup is, but I feel like if it’s blended well, concealer, foundation and even blusher can look natural and more importantly they look like real skin. Whereas mascara, does not make lashes look like real lashes.

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fullsizeoutput_1fadThat said, I have tried a bunch of mascaras, and one I really like is the Dior Show mascara in black. One of my friend uses it, and it looked amazing on her, so I tried it, and decided to buy my first fancy mascara ! It’s as close as it gets to looking fluttery without too much product just sitting there around your eyes.

To be fair, I have to say, but don’t hate me, that I have quite long and dark lashes. But still, they’re not insanely curled or anything. They’re just there, and sometimes I’d like them to be more present, you know ?

But I just have not found anything to actually create that effect yet. Also, how do you not rub your eyes when you have mascara ?

Anyway, now you know, I never wear mascara. And when I do, it ends up running down my face, and even if I double cleanse, there’s still some left under my eyes the next day.

So, non, I just don’t get mascara. Sorry.

What I do do, for special occasions, is use an eyelash curler. Mine is from Sephora, and it’s alright, not groundbreaking. I’ve been thinking about getting the cult Shu Emura ones, or the ones from Kevin Aucoin. Because I believe this item could be a game changer. It would make my lashes look curled, and potentially longer because they would truly be enhanced.

Do you have any good recommendations maybe ? Or do you also not wear mascara ?