I was browsing my feeds recently and came across this interesting post on Musings of a Muse. Basically, she asks if you keep looking for new makeup out there to play with, all the time? After all, we do enjoy makeup and wearing and playing with makeup. Brands keep releasing new stuff every now and again – although they now seem to come in fast, concentrated waves – and this fuels the addiction to newness.
I think social media has a lot to answer for as well, for it is through social media (Instagram, in particular) that pretty flatlays and makeup looks fuel the addiction so an “I want”quickly escalates to an “I need” by the time you shut your Instagram page.
Are you addicted this way? Do you crave newness in your makeup collection? Are you in a happy place with your makeup?
10 years ago, when I first started getting into using makeup, my answer would have been “Yes, I crave newness!” I want everything that’s new and wonderful and sparkly and shiny. I want them all!
And I’d go through extraordinary lengths to get them too. I’d hunt them down online (no broadband and little information made for some exciting times!), I’d participate in swaps, I’d ask for CPs (custom purchase) and I’d coo over my new goodies…. until the next new thing came along in a day or two. Yes, fickle was my middle name :D Looking back, this was pre-Instagram, so I really have no one to blame for my obsession, except myself! Blogging was a good excuse – everything was “So I can blog about it!” LOL! Gosh, those were the days.
Over time, this borderline obsessive behavior naturally waned. I think a lot of it has to do with my finding other interests, as well as eventually figuring out that quality trumps quantity. Also, I figured out what worked for me and what I liked.
These days, I don’t chase all that’s new and shiny and sparkly anymore, and I haven’t done so for a while. I do take note of what’s new and file it away for reference, but I don’t pursue it. This explains why sometimes, when I’m contacted by some of you to ask about the availability of a new collection or a new item, I’m often left scratching my head. I’m not quite as on the ball as I used to be, but I’m happy this way.
I’m happy not chasing everything that’s new anymore. A lot of it has to do of course, with the fact that I’ve had 10 years of chasing behind me, so there is little that’s really new LOL :D
I’m not saying that fueling our addiction for newness is a bad thing, of course. It’s just human nature.
If you’re starting out in the beauty world, chasing that makeup unicorn, pursuing all that’s new and shiny and wonderful is fun! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, or put you down. It’s your interest and your money (I hope) and your time. Not everyone understands, but they don’t have to.
Give yourself 10 years and then you might find yourself slowing down, like me :D
Do you chase and lust after all the new makeup products and releases out there?
As with all new hobbies, it’s quite normal to keep watching the horizon for the next new thing. But remember to enjoy and use what you hold in your hand right now. Remember, a unicorn doesn’t exist ;)