The really nice thing about blogging about beauty is this – I meet a ton of women (and men) out there, who share my fascination with makeup, skincare and beauty stuff in general. That is the one positive thing about putting yourself out there, because you will soon realise that you aren’t alone, even if it feels that way in real life.
The thing is that few of us are truly alone in the way we think and/or feel about things. We often may feel that we are, until we go on online and voice our thoughts, only to have them echo back at us from a kindred spirit. Over time, some of these kindred spirits become friends, and it’s always nice to have someone you can go to, to talk about “frivolous” stuff, the way beauty talk is perceived to be.
But online friends aside, do your other real-life friends share your fascination (or some might even say obsession) with beauty and/or makeup?
Personally, at the beginning, I’d say no. My real life friends, all the way to adulthood never expressed an interest in makeup or beauty products, and we never even talked about them. Through college and university, we shared lots of other interests, but I didn’t even own a lipstick back then, and neither did my friends!
When the time came that we had to put on a little lipstick and powder, we would just pop into the local pharmacy, pick up something by Maybelline (because it was cheapest) and wear it for that one event. Later, I’d go to The Body Shop for their powder foundation and a brick red lipstick. Those were my earliest forays into makeup.
We didn’t stand at the counter, dithering and comparing the different merits and demerits of each colour and formula. We didn’t think about checking out other brands, or textures. We just picked up what was light on the wallet, and didn’t look too ghastly when worn. Besides, it was only just for one day, or one evening. Other times, we went bare-faced.
But to say no for me is strictly not true as well, because my friends who I later met online and who are now real life friends I meet up with both regularly and infrequently, do enjoy their beauty products and beauty talk. At the beginning, it was mostly what we talked about – what that newest lipstick was, whether we should get together to buy stuff online so we save on shipping, collecting the latest pretty blush.
These days, we sit around the dining table, talking about where to find good quality and affordable groceries, and sharing tips on household matters, or where to go to eat some delicious food, or just how we should be exercising. But inevitably, some beauty talk will creep in – in the most recent meetup, it was Meteorites powders, lipstick and whether the newest limited edition makeup was worth spending on.
And you know, it’s nice having people you can sit around with, who don’t judge or give a side-eye to your beauty purchases, and with whom you can discuss skincare or makeup with. Quite often, I find myself enabled to purchase something that was discussed, because my friends love them. We all hunt our beauty in different hunting grounds, so it’s nice to be able to share.
I’ve come to realise that not everyone enjoys this foray into beauty. For some, it’s frivolous talk. For others, it’s obsessive. I like to straddle that middle ground. So, it’s nice that I have friends with whom I can discuss serious matters, or even to find out where to buy groceries, and then in the next breath, discuss that new Chanel blush.
Do your friends enjoy talking about beauty? Do you have friends who do?
So yes, my friends do share my fascination with beauty and/or makeup. It’s a big part of why we became friends in the first place, except that we’ve also now grown beyond that, which is even better 🙂