Time To Get Real
One of the reasons I had originally “quit” beauty blogging -way back before some asshat decided to steal my old content and publish it as their own- was because I just wasn’t fitting into the whole definition of a beauty blogger anymore. And you know what? I still don’t HAHA.
And here’s WHY.
1. I’m not obsessed with every new makeup release.
What’s a Fenty? That was my response when Marky(my daughter, in case you forgot haha) started talking about Fenty Beauty. I honestly had NO IDEA what she was talking about, until she explained it was Rhianna’s line of makeup being released. It was kind of a WOW moment for me and a huge realization: I now have no idea about new products at all until someone I know mentions it.
How did I do this?
2. I don’t really follow a lot of beauty blogs anymore: blogs, Instagram, or Twitter.
If I’ve unfollowed you on one of those platforms, please don’t be offended. It’s not personal, but I’ve found since I’ve detached myself from the beauty community, I have become un-obsessed. And less stressed out too. Ya, it can be stressful trying to keep up with every new piece of makeup that’s become a MUST HAVE according to everyone around you #bbloggerproblems
Removing all that beauty “noise” helped me a lot. And again, I’m sorry if I hurt you by unfollowing you, but it was for my own sanity.
3. Wearing less makeup
Since detaching myself from the beauty community, I’ve found I don’t have the want to wear so much makeup anymore. What I do for makeup most days, is just spot conceal any redness, and any spots. Sometimes I’ll use a powder to set it, sometimes I won’t.
I rarely wear a full face of foundation these days. If I reach for a foundation, I’ll use it ONLY where I need it-to cover up redness, or a spot. So, that means it has to be a foundation that’s pretty seamless and very skin like, and there’s not a lot of them to be honest. I’ve been going through my foundation stash, and when I’ve figured out the ones that are good for this? I’ll let you all know.
I never use a primer(they don’t really work, let’s get real here, which is the point of this post), and? I NEVER put concealer or foundation on or around my nose anymore. What for? That’s the first place that any makeup wears off, and most of the time my pores just eat it all away. I’m done trying to pretend that I don’t have any pores. I’m fucking 50 years old. My pores are here to stay. Time to love them 😀
4. I hardly wear eye makeup.
If you are a long-time reader, then you might remember how I used to get really bothered by eyeshadows and eye makeup removers. I’d get clogged tear ducts from them, that’s what I finally figured out. Probably because of all the testing and putting on stuff, and taking it all off to test something else… it really took a toll on my eyes. I think I now know why most popular bloggers just show swatches. They don’t want to put their eyes through the grief that I’ve experienced. So, I decided to stop wearing eyeshadows for the health of my eyes. Yup. Full stop. And you know what? That also helped in stopping the makeup obsession, because I wasn’t wanting every damn taupe eyeshadow I came across anymore.
I wear mascara still-not every day though. It depends on how my eyes feel that day, because I still suffer with the eye problems. Occasionally I’ll line my upper waterline with a black liner. And if I’m feeling fancy, I might use a bronzer to define my crease a little. But that’s only if I feel like dirtying an eyeshadow brush, and that isn’t often lemme tell you.
5. What’s a makeup brush?
Honestly, I just don’t give a rat’s ass about them. Never really have? I don’t own any Hakuhodoo(how the heck is it even spelled because I have no idea since I don’t own any LOL), any Wayne Goss brushes-any other fancy brushes-I just don’t care. Brushes always seemed like an expense that I just could never justify because I already have the best tools ever: my hands. I use my hands a lot now, and I really do think they are the best tools around. I’ll use a Beauty Blender too, because that is worth the money in my eyes. It does a great job of really pushing product into the skin, so that it LOOKS like skin. And it lasts a long time without breaking, like cheaper knock-offs do. Most of them last like a week and are in the garbage can after that. I can get my Beauty Blender(with proper washing) to last me 6 months, HIGH FIVE YA’LL. I still use a brush to apply powder bronzer and blush. And if I use a powder blush or bronzer, I’ll use a kabuki brush to blend and blend some more, to make sure that everything looks like it’s part of my skin.
6. I don’t watch YouTube Beauty “Gurus”
God, I just can’t anymore? Who the HECK has time for putting on all that makeup? All that concealer under the eyes, are you FUCKING KIDDING ME. And then powder it all too? Yeah…big NO from me. And then they wonder why it all creases too… give your head a shake ladies :O
Most Youtube makeup is drag queen makeup in my eyes, and that’s fine for the stage, under lots of lights, for a few hours. But for walking around in daylight? Every day? It’s ridiculous. And all that damn highlighter…on every piece of bone on your face…WTF PEOPLE. The tip of your nose? Leave it the shit alone. You’re not Rudolph and Santa ain’t asking for your help tonight. Any night for a matter of fact.
7. I’m Old.
By beauty blogger standards, I am ancient. Most are under the age of 30. That was 20 years ago for me, when Smash Mouth was singing Walkin On The Sun, to put it into some kind of relatable context for some of you that aren’t close to my age.
Most products are meant for the 20-35ish year old user base, before any real wrinkles start to appear. And if you’re having real wrinkles appear before then, use sunscreen like I’ve told you to, for god’s sake. I’m way above that timeline now, and unfortunately, it’s the timeline that most beauty companies just don’t care about. As soon as I see visible glitter in any product, I run away. I don’t need any help to illuminate my wrinkles, and in turn, my age to all of those around me. And I don’t want to look like I’m “pretending” to be young either. I’m not fooling anyone anymore, and I don’t want people saying: look at that old lady with the glitter on her cheeks, doesn’t she realize she’s not 25 anymore? Believe me, I KNOW I’m not 25. I feel it in my bones every morning I’m lucky enough to wake up and walk. And I’m fucking glad I’m not 25 right now, so thanks for asking. I’m quite content being 50 years old actually. It’s kind of weird.
So, yeah. I’ m not really sure what the point of this post was, other than maybe to say that if you’re here for reviews of all the new stuff, I’m not your blogger. But if you’re here for some truth, some snark, some fun? Then welcome the heck back!
Guys, I have a toothACHE. For like a week now. And I hate going to the dentist, like SO MUCH. But I went today. And $105 later, one x-ray and lots of poking with a sharp metal stick… my dentist…who is a REALLY NICE CHICK…found nothing. Yet, I still ache. Fuck my life. And my teeth.
So tell me-has anything changed about your makeup habits, addiction, loves? Share!