Thursday, February 28, 2013

Consumption Galore

I wonder if I've truly lost my makeup mind and if in short order, I've already lost my blog focus.  I wonder if as you peruse my posts you can readily see how much I enjoy beautiful luxury products and sharing with you, but I do so with a bit rueful shake of my head.  How many pairs of lips, eyes, brows, lashes and cheeks does one person have?
Only a very small fraction of recent purchases
In looking at my past posts, I also see that I am super focused on a handful of brands (you can easily see that on my tags on the right of the reading pane).  I might as well change my blog name to the Suqrougeford blog.  It must be a bit tedious.  I think it's reflective of how tunnel-visioned I get about brands I like.  I suspect I will move on and latch onto some other things over time.

I've made some big purchases lately so eventually most (some? all?) will end up on the blog.  I made a gigantic wallet-squeezing buy of Spring Summer Suqqu, a Dolce & Gabbana lipstick, as well as Shiseido and Rouge Bunny Rouge.  I also never put up the rest of the Tom Ford color I own.

Writing that list of purchases is really eye-opening.  Because I've definitely left things off, and that's a big list there.  Seriously, who needs that much?

Oh, makeup-loving internet, when do you say to yourself ENOUGH mindless consumption?

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  1. Stop reading blogs and spending time on MUA!!! LOL!! :-) JK!

    I'm actually pretty good at getting rid of things I don't use and don't like anymore, beauty products and everything else included. But I've also never been a super sentimental person either, and it's rare that I get attached to things. While I have purchased a LOT recently, I do feel they are items that will add value to my stash rather than being redundant. Exception being the 2 Chanel illuminators - I'm pretty sure I wanted them only because they are pretty!!

    So I've acquired a lot of goodies, and at the same time have purged a ton. My overall stash size has grown, but I don't feel it's entirely excessive to the point where I need to say enough is enough. Even at this point if I posted pics of my entire stash, many would say...really...that's it??!!! Actually I did show Bronzer Bunny...she can attest to it!! LOL! But I do want to keep my stash manageable - manageable meaning all products get enough love at some point to warrant keeping them.

    All that said...paying more attention lately and following more blogs, I've started noticing a pattern. PR's send product to certain bloggers...awesome reviews...then to the message boards...continued frenzy...then I go out and buy HG Ambient Lighting Powders before i can even swatch them in stores and am entirely disappointed!!! LOL!! But that's just an example. I've noticed it with a lot of products lately, which I'm sure the veterans out there already were aware of this cycle but I've only really started paying attention the last few months. Soooo...realizing this I'm trying very much to not get caught up and to be more level headed about future purchases and things I try!!!

    Gawd...this is kind of a tangent...I'm sorry!!! Back to your question...when is enough enough??? I think when you realize you are collecting vs actually using what's in your stash, and you still have products from awhile ago that sit in their boxes, untouched and gathering dust... *sigh*

    Now, if you consider COLLECTING makeup your hobby...well that's an entirely different thing altogether!!!

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    1. There is definitely that pattern for sure, Gummy! I'm really trying to be restrained about seeing the makeup in person, or waiting and seeing more volume of reviews/swatches before I take the plunge. (thanks for doing the HG review!)

      The only way not to be sucked into mindless lemmings is no internet (period) and no idle lunch-break walks for me! But I love reading blogs, and chatting it up on MUA. I have no spine, really. Also blogging itself seems to justify spending more in a nutty way. Here we are though, as bloggers! I bet we do a good deal of enabling ourselves.

      Show me your ways, master! How do you purge so well?! I keep on thinking that if I used the product longer, tried it a few more ways I would grow to love it. Inevitably, it ends up unloved in the drawer. D:

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    2. lol gummy I hate it when that happens
      hehe

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    3. Even worse is when you love something, buy so much more and then you forget that thing you loved!

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    4. Thanks for your comments about the PR+blog+review cycle, Gummy. You've given me some good food for thought. I knew about it, but it's good to be reminded to be *aware* of it. You know what I mean?

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    5. Hi, BooBoo!

      Yay! You're welcome! And yes I know exactly what you mean!! I'm considering putting a post it note on my keyboard...lol :-) Think you guys would be proud of me though...today I went & swatched the new NARS satin lippies & concealer & decided not for me - no buying sight unseen! Progress!!

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  2. btw...how are you liking those Shiseido lippies??? I've been wanting to swatch them!!! :-)

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  3. The suqqu haul I did was excessive too because I also got some Three and Addiction products to go with it and it summed up over $1000. I still have makeup I have not tried.
    I said to myself that is the last haul but that is like saying no more alcohol ever.

    I need to find a less expensive and useful hobby haha.

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    1. Hi Selphia,
      Of course I saw your gorgeous pictures on your blog and ended up splurging a tiny bit bigger than I thought I would on the Suqqu. :-)

      I kind of think I need a more productive hobby, too!

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  4. I am not going to lie but I pretty much ignore most of the "bigger blogs " mainly because they seem more like ads for brands . I love reading reviews/experiences from a fellow beauty lovers perspective and not pr pitches lol
    For example crappy mac pallete = F
    but sheer Cle de peau palette with zero pigmentation = A
    Seriously? lol

    Also , why must we all smile in every pic or look dazed hehe . Its ok to be goofy or just relaxed -_-

    I digress , I am so in love with Burberry , d&g and LM at the moment . I need to order addiction shadows one of these days !
    I donate/sell/swap/giveaway products I dont like and I have actually started returning produCts I dont like *Shock horror* .

    I think as long as you are using what you own then you are good IMO . I try to keep a monthly budget or $200-$300 which I obv go over sometimes but most months are successful :)

    xoxo

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    1. Hey babe,
      You have an awesome perspective and ease with yourself. Am I making sense? I love it!
      Overall I don't spend an amount that would ding my finances in a significant way but I have such a warped view of spending money especially on such a trivial pursuit. That said I do love makeup and all beautiful things!!
      Xoxo

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    2. woah that was a rant ! LOL I apologize for oversharing/being too blunt hehe
      I know pretty things are hard to resist and dammit instant gratification feels good.

      xoxo HUGS

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  5. I'm trying out a low buy this year, and I'm not sure it's working so well. (Was going to try only buying 15 new color products this year, and as I just bought 4 Suqqu today and am at - 8, I think - by the end of February... uhhhhh. But look, too much, really too much i.e. going into debt is crazy, but it's your outlet! It's beautiful! You're keeping the economy afloat! Etc. Everyone has a hobby/outlet, and this is yours!

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    1. :) Adele,
      I suspect I'm keeping a small cosmetics factory humming along. Well maybe that's not so bad.
      Suqqu was particularly enticing for this collection for you and me!

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  6. I haven't reached the point where I feel enough is enough. Some have told me it'll happen sooner or later LOL! I guess it's part of growing up and getting old or simple change of life style. It's really that simple to me. On one fine day, I might feel like that and stop buying makeup and blogging. But for now I blog to keep the memories about that part of my life.

    When I first got REALLY into makeup about 5 years ago, I didn't even read beauty blogs. I listened to SAs' suggestions, tried and learned the lessons by myself. It was the age of solely consumer buy. I purchased whatever most popular say at Sephora. Then after about 2 years, I started to budget my beauty spending and became more knowledgeable about different brands, texture, wearing and especially my skin and my style. That was when my beauty addict grew and it grew together with the number of blogs I read and followed. Gummy talked about buying the lemming. I was one of those. I spent 2010 and 2011 chasing seasonal collection from Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier etc... After for a while, I felt saturated with repeated themes, colors, textures, patterns, design. Now I focus on a few brands that I really adore. While I still follow all the brands that I generally love, I stop buying from them.

    My spending and beauty style have definitely evolved and changed over the years. I always tried to keep my collection manageable though. I have splurge a lot but I can still remember every single piece in my collection, even the name of all of them. I have several back-ups that I finally put up for my blog sale. Some of my stuff got gifted away from time to time. I want to actually use every item in my stash. So I try hard to only buy colors or texture I've already have. I prioritize color buying, say among all the seasonal blushes or eyeshadows, what is the one. Then I go only for it. It's been helpful to have certain amount or number of items a month too. Having huge collection makes me panic when I look at it :D I can't breathe. LOL!

    Blogging is a great excuse for my shopping habit and it consumes a large chunk of my free time. But at the same time, I have built a much better knowledge on beauty products, made friends and sharpened the self-control. It's hard to feel enough when there is a good excuse and there are so much more to discover. hehehe

    x

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    1. You had a real beauty journey! I really do remember going to physical counters and talking to the SA's and trying things on! For a while I was very internet (e-commerce) driven thinking I don't need people interaction, but lately I've been taking a lot of pleasure in visiting physical counters and talking to very informed SAs. Had a great experience at the Saks Shiseido counter yesterday.

      I love the guardrails (or preference guidelines) you have set for yourself! I really is a beautiful way of streamlining from the get go. I also go nuts when I feel my stuff gets overwhelming, too! I've generally passed up on the seasonal buying frenzy (except for Suqqu & Spring Burberry which I've been planning for months), but I'd like to figure out how to define what rules I'm playing by and I think it's going to need to be more than a financial budget.

      Thanks for your awesome comment!!

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  7. For me, enough was enough when I bought a Clear Cube and realized that it *almost* held my entire collection. I do feel that having finite storage has significantly culled my shopping habit -- I don't want anything that won't fit in there! Now when I buy makeup, it's almost to replace my cheaper makeup with something better -- for example, I'm slowly leaving behind more trendy brands like TooFaced and hopefully moving onto Burberry since the colours are more what I'd wear and the texture seems much better. I'm hoping I'll still stick with a few cheaper basics, but I can see myself slowly switching out my collection to make it the best it can be. Would love to see a storage stash video from you one day!

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    1. Physical storage is a good way to *STOP*. Sadly, I purchased an Ikea Alex drawer for my vanity and there is LOTS of room left!
      It's nice to switch to quality you're looking for (which is not necessarily according to price).
      I suspect my stash is smaller than a lot but bigger than some.

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  8. I have thought a great deal about this issue- and actually wrote about it last year:

    http://lolassecretbeautyblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/makeup-collecting-or-hoarding-its-fine.html

    I definitely think that as beauty bloggers we have really lost touch with what it means to purchase rational amounts of makeup. First of all, we are makeup magpies and as such want to bring as many shiny pretty baubles back to our nests to gaze at lovingly. I know for myself personally, that I can throw down a ridiculous sum of money without batting an eye-- and only periodically have pangs of guilt for spending that much. I agree that it is all too easy to justify the expenses in the name of the blog, but we all know to well that we use blogging to justify unnecessary and often duplicative purchases-- at least I know that I do. I am trying to take a more sensible approach to my excessive purchases, and doing my Empties Posts help me stay on top of using what I have (whether I purchased it or whether it was sent to me by PRs). However, I find it much easier to use of skincare, body care, and hair care products than makeup-- so excessive makeup purchases are a little crazy when I consider how long it takes me to use a lipstick, lip gloss, or hit the pan on a blush or eyeshadow. While I don't institute makeup bans on myself- I do try to engage in a cooling off period in order to evaluate how badly I really want something. I also try not to buy things sight unseen- though in some cases- like with RBR that is rather difficult.

    I also try not to let the two little letters LE influence my purchases UNLESS it really is something that I love and will use on a regular basis. I also have forced myself to stop buying back ups-- because I hopelessly fell into that trap, and now have plenty of unused, unopened products that are probably destined for some future blog sale because I have barely made a dent in the duplicates in my stash of products currently in rotation. When I look at my sister's stash of makeup (a normal sized stash for a non-beauty blogger) I sometimes get a glimpse into how outlandish my stash actually is-- and it actually makes me stop to wonder how many mortgage payments my stash actually represents-- I shudder to think of that- LALALALALALALA!! <3

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    1. <3 I loved your post!!! I went back and re-read it because I read it when you first published it. I love how you provide the context as well versus my own which was a lot of navel gazing. We definitely do love the pretties but I notice the thrill of the acquisition has been going down. Hmm. Since having gone on my recent big binges, I will need that cooling off period, too. If only to think about loving and using the stuff I've purchased.

      So I'd avoided LEs often and passed on Guerlain Cruel Gardenia when it was out and hyped up and then had such regret for many months. I somehow randomly ran into one in a Duty Free shop and bought one on the spot. I think one of the reasons I love this one item so much is that I had a long time to think about how much I wanted it and was feeling so happy to run into one.

      I love your thoughtful comment! thank you for taking time your thoughts for me!! xoxo

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    2. ^^ SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS. Ugh. So glad it's Friday. I am epically tired!

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    3. You were hardly navel gazing! I think that your post is exquisite, and you certainly addressed the issue that we face. I'm glad that you loved my post. At the time that I wrote it- I really had to sit myself time because I was buying way more than I needed, and really needed my "higher self" to intervene upon the spending habits of my inner makeup magpie. Some rational voice of reason needed to hold that credit card-- because the makeup magpie is one impetuous girl who just glazes over when staring at all of those shiny pretty things!

      Your example of the Guerlain Cruel Gardenia exemplifies a rational makeup purchase- because you really had plenty of time to think about it! I am no longer willing to succumb to hailing a whole collection- just to have a complete set-- it's just a stepping off point for a very crazed existence. It becomes an obsessive kind of OCD makeup consumption- which may be great for the GNP, but definitely is no good on my wallet. It is something to be enjoyed, but hopefully not fetishized to an irrational point. There is so much more to life than obsessively thinking about the LE lipstick that got away, or spending an inordinate amount of time trying to track something down that appears to have sold out everywhere-- I just want to stay off of that crazy train!!! While I have no intention of imposing a makeup purchase ban on myself- I do want to try to use my head as much as possible each time that I think about buying the next best thing!! Of course I say this now, and there will be huge temptations awaiting me around the corner-- but I just hope that rational and pragmatic Helen is holding the credit card-- not that impetuous Lola!! LOL!! <3

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    4. Me too! I still totally lethargic from what is left of that cold (plus still coughing) so my doctor gave me yucky antibiotics to knock it down once and for all! Have a restful weekend! <3

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    5. :) thank you!! Lets vanquish these lingering sickness this weekend.

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  9. This subject definitely plaques my mind. I feel like our family hamster on her wheel constantly chasing the next collection. The other day I went back into my drawers and rediscovered my collection of Nars duos and am now revisiting them with much love. I am trying to be more selective, but as you know its very hard! Sometimes I need to sit back and actually enjoy the products I have. But as a makeup lover it is very hard to try new cult brands that everyone raves about- the texture, the colours- oh boy! what a conundrum.

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    1. typo- *meant* to say hard NOT to try new cult brands-- lazy typing hand!

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    2. It IS really hard! I agree. The more research you do, see pictures, read descriptions it becomes too hard to resist.

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  10. Sriously it's very hard for me to say NO to a beautiful new products! Especially when I am constantly looking at beauty blogs. Sometimes I am feeling very guilty looking at my make up collection, but at other times those make up collection makes me feel very happy.
    In my current stage, I try to pick the brands that I am going to appreciate, love and use for a long time. I try to resist the new collection which I knew I won't be using as much.

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    1. Me, too!! I dually feel happy and D: when I look at my stuff!!

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  11. I don't find your blog at all tedious and I hope you continue writing -- I think you have a great voice and I trust and value your comments and insights. Also, I share your brand preferences so I don't mind that kind of focus :).

    That said, I do completely understand that feeling of being overwhelmed by make-up consumption. I really don't want to be drawn into buying more than I already would just to write about it, so I try to a) not feel compelled to post too often and b) write non-review posts. It helps that I am generally interested in the shopping process, so I like writing about the shops & cosmetic market in Japan. I also find writing lists of things I want to get helps -- it means I actually think about it more and make fewer impulse buys. I find half the urge to spend is sated by just writing it down :).

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    1. Rosy, I really love your travel and shopping posts from Japan! It's such a fantastic chance for those of us from so far away to get a glimpse of the beauty culture and general beauty of Japan.

      I think I will need to figure out how to write more about stuff I own as opposed to stuff I've just purchased, since there's so much involved in writing that maybe it will suck some joy out of the purchasing part. Maybe?

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