Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Belly, a Blogger and a Consumer Walk into a Vanity

And they all say: "WOAH!  THAT'S A LOT OF MAKEUP!"

Or maybe they say: "Ow."

I don't know.  In any case, this Belly, this Blogger and this Consumer did walk into a vanity and note that indeed, there is so much stuff she's consumed, blogged about and salivated over piling up on her vanity.

Why so much so that she's completely overwhelmed.

I suspect I had a good reason at the time I bought any one of those masses of things.  Maybe I really had a hankering for the new limited edition such and such from some fancy brand.  Maybe I needed some awesome new foundation for change of season and maybe I just wanted something nice to feature on the blog.

Whatever the reason, the rate at which I acquired new stuff was too high and here I am with so many nice nice things.  Hey.  Hey.  Is it ok since everything I have is so very nice, so very high quality and I do use pretty much everything?  But if all I own is so much that even if I rotate through everything I use an item only every few months then my personal calculation says: "WOAH!  THAT'S A LOT OF MAKEUP!"

Funny enough, I am not all that motivated these days to purge, although there are things I definitely want to get rid of.  I am also not all that much in the mood to buy, though will Fall releases starting to glimmer out there in the horizon, this is subject to change.

I am also not all that exciting about blogging either.  It's been really educational and edifying reading blog posts from other beauty bloggers writing things about buying, about beauty and about blogging.  I'm glad to know I'm not the only one feeling some ambivalence about the whole enterprise of being a consumer/blogger/makeup freak.

While I think I can continue to squeeze the lemon (figuratively) on blogging, I'm not sure I'm dying to keep at it.  Oh, as many of you mentioned to me in comments, I can still do more stuff and you had such fun creative ideas.  But also as folks as said, Do what makes you happy.

One thing definite is that the blog will or will continue to be slow.  I'm insanely busy these days.  I think when stuff starts to pique my interest, I may put some posts out there, but I'm not going to try to encourage my bloggerly fingers to type posts out.

Not a goodbye or anything, but wanted to share the muckity muck in my head.  Thanks for being such wonderful support, for being good company and so much freaking fun to hang out with.

Oh gah!  Watch me post a hundred more posts in quick succession right after this.  This is because I am unreliable in all regard.  But that's me, Belly.

25 comments :

  1. I think half the fun of blogging is putting out these sort of conflicted thoughts. Review after "objective" review of products that a thousand other people write about can get boring quickly. (I force myself to do it sometimes because I like wrestling with boredom and trying to pin it under my clown makeup face. Like, if I had to do this as a job, I'd still be bored, right? Money will only help a little. Gotta find a way to make it fun. Beat it into submission!) I think we blog because we want to get into those cracks of thoughts that can't be expressed much in person. It's safer here in the beauty blogging world because we don't judge you for buying that new lipstick twice, buying and purging, buying and purging. I had a moment of self-consciousness about hosting another blog sale, but I wanted to get rid of stuff more badly than I wanted to keep them. It happens and that's okay.

    Some time off and extra wine and bacon will cure ya.

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    1. Oh Liz, I am such a weak person. I gave away a rouge bunny rouge eye shadow two years ago and someone developed a zombie lemming for it even knowing it's terrible on me. I know other beauty crazies understand me, but I really need a big step back. :)
      But I think wine & bacon sounds excellent. Actually this weekend, we are hosting a big thing at home and there...WILL..BE...PORK! Hopefully friends will be generous with the gift of booze.

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  2. I think most of us have the 'What the F*ck* moments when it comes to looking at the size of our stash, or specific products bought a while back that don't get much use anymore. But it happens, and it's human. I'm with Liz - do what's comfortable, and do it with bacon. Or that red chicken with chickpeas.

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    1. Monika, moar chikin with chikpees please!

      I think you're totally right. Anyone that has a sizeable stash would totally experience a few what the feckity feck moment. Though I think I'm seem to be in a throes of that moment, so I look at everything with a certain level of contempt. STOOPID STOOPID SO MENNY MAKEUPS!

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  3. Oh Belly, I am going to the same phase as you. So glad I'm not alone in this but it's not the first time going through this phase honestly. I don't like the feel that I need to write a blogpost at least five times a week. It sucks the fun right out of it for me. While I love and feel respect for bloggers who blog on a daily base, I know that I'll never become that kind of blogger. And yes, those fall collections!
    Just continue at your own pace, we will always love you and whenever a new blogpost pops up we're just really happy to read it!

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    1. Gosh Teri, you have such a polished and beautiful blog. Everything you post looks so gorgeous. It's interesting to hear your perspective, too since I consider you a "big" blog, ykwim? Big but with your personality in it. And yep, blogs are run by real people, not robots, so it makes a lot of sense that everyone goes through these similar phases.

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  4. I don't blog but I'm a total makeup junkie and consumer and I go through some of the same feelings about that and even about blog reading (don't hate me!) if you can believe it. I look at how much stuff I have and use (or don't use, as the case may be) and I think "do I really need/want more of this?" And then I get busy too just like everyone else, and maybe go silent for a while from the little commenting world. But I usually come back because let's face it, I love makeups and I love chatting about them with the fun people I've met through my reading. Just like I hope people will understand my reading/commenting at my own pace, I think all of you lovely bloggers (that I enjoy interacting with so much!) should definitely do what feels right for you and at your own pace too. Enjoy what you want to enjoy and blog what/when you want to. I look forward to whatever you post whenever you post it, and if I'm not right there then I look forward to catching up. :)

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    1. Hi Rachel! Never any hate. As a matter of fact, I just had the fortune (opportunity) to expose my phases of ups/downs and crazy consuming/low buying on the blog but likely in all the same ways as a non blogger. For the reader side of me, depending on where my mood/interest/head is, I may unsubscribe from blogs, stop reading all together, comment less/more... All the same stuff. :D

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  5. Hides in deep dark cavern of denial... that is formed upon too many discard makeups that at one point or another screamed Needs!! at me.

    PS: I haven't even done 10 posts on my blog and already I'm a little sick of it (never could keep up a diary) so I can imagine how much more blauuurrrgh you feel about it sometimes too. Still, I'll take whatever you can give us :)

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    1. Those makeup things, they sure are noisy. "You need me!" "I will make you sooooo pretty!" "I am so LE that if you don't buy me you will have so many regrets" "OOOOOH shiny!"

      I don't like having obligations and at some point it became kind of all obligatory. As we say, NO BUENO!

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  6. We love you, Belly! Things in life come in waves, as you already know. We'll miss you for sure, hope you get to enjoy your summer, makeup/not :-)

    Re. makeup rotation, I feel the same way. Each time I try to pick my MOTW, I am faced with a daunting task of giving each makeup item the "love" and use that they deserve, and this is solely self-imposed. I realize that I only get to use a few items a few times a month and yet I'm not willing to purge. I also realize that, apart from the two Fluid sticks that I bought, I haven't bought anything for ages (including the Spring collection, from which I usually pick an item or two). So yeah.. like I said, I think things come in cycle, the cycle of life... o.k. peace out, Simba!

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    1. the CYYYYYYYcle of lifeeeeee. Maybe after a big casting my makeup back out in to the wild in the patented Belly Release to the Wild program, I will feel a bit better.
      I'm looking forward to this summer. Learning to ride the bike better, lots of outdoor time, barbeque...beer. friends. :)

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  7. I am an occasional blogger at best due to a hectic work schedule and right now my focus on the World Cup so I don't feel pressure to post regularly, and neither should you - life should always come first! We do this because we love it and as a hobby, and if at any point it becomes more of a burden or a chore than a pleasure it is definitely time to rethink things. But we do love you! xx

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    1. I think its my latent competitive crazy nature that makes me want to BLOG BIGGER BLOG MOAR AND BETTEERRRR. Obviously, it didn't work too well for me because it's sucked the pleasure out of the exercise. But in addition to my blogging hobby, the makeup buying hobby seems to have gotten a bit out of control. It...became...too..hot...to...handle. FOOOM *bursts into flames*

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  8. Oh man, it seems like I started my blog at the exact moment when my favorite beauty bloggers collectively decided they weren’t feeling it anymore. But I get it, I really do. Even my short period of blogging has given me doubts. When did I become so materialistic? Has a post “succeeded” if it convinces people to buy more stuff? I’d like to think, no, I just want to discuss pretty things and self-presentation with people who also care about those topics. But you usually have to buy pretty things to talk about them. And so it goes.

    In any case, if you’re not feeling the blogging spirit, you shouldn’t force it, though you should know that I’d read even quarter- or eighth-assed posts. :D

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    1. Auxie, have I told you lately how much I've been reading your blog? Esoteric and so fun because...MAKEUPS! :D

      Right, there's a lot of conflicting feelings about defining blog success. *nods* I found it hard to keep my motivations simple: "I have stuff. Let me show them to you." It became, I have stuff and I showed them all, so now I have to get more to show some more to you. And then since I did that, I need to post extra more frequently because WOW gets big pageviews. Yeah yeah. All my neuroses baked into blogging makes it an ordeal in some regard. :)

      I will always love makeup! (I think) so hopefully something interesting moves me enough to post some more perky asses.

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  9. No advice, just big smooches!

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  10. Well as they say, quality over quantity. Mojo or not, your writing is fun to read.

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    1. thank you! I do love to write when I get the time to do it. It is a great fun creative outlet.

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  11. I have no other choice than to slow down myself these days. So much things to do today, my shower is broken (I'll have to wash my long hair in the kitchen sink when I wash vegetables... o_O) and yet here I am trying to catch up on blog posts!

    I've been wanting to comment ever since I read your post the other day... Stoopid iPhone!

    Do what you gotta do to be peaceful and happy, summer IS the time to take it easy. As for the "no need to purge" why would you if you like what you got? I myself have a few nice things but I'm not a big buyer. I mean I have pruchased more beauty stuff since starting blogging but I don't think I've gone overboard... yet! The stuff I have I keep! It's probably a "little" more than the average girl but it makes me feel good, period.

    Now why is it almost every time I read you I think of FOOD??? *planning a roasted chicken with bacon flavored chickpea salad" supper for tonight! :D

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    1. :) when the beauties makes you feel good and you are happy, then life is in balance. For me, at the point when stuff makes me feel bad, life is not in balance.
      I am living life, having parties, being outdoors, working hard so things are good.

      OOOOOH BACON flavored chickpea salad sounds amazing. Sadly my family not into beans, legumes, grains but that sounds right up my alley, Helene!

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  12. I totally feel you, the past months have been terrible for me and my blog... I'm just very busy at work and been using my running trainings to take out negative vibes from work. I still love makeup, I still buy it, I just don't have the inspiration to write that often :(

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  13. It's been slow going for me the past few months as well, partly due to how I've been feeling about beauty in general and partly because of just feeling kinda blah and some other stuff going on. But I think I've come up with a few ideas...may just be awhile before I actually implement them lolol :-) Love you, Belly boo...I'll read whatever you post...no pressure...just whenever you feel like it!!! Actually some of my favorite Belly posts don't have much to do with makeup anyway - or are more contemplations of makeups and stuff!!! Smooches & hugs, beautiful lady!!! xoxoxo :-)

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    1. big hugs to you, Gummy! seems blogging, beauty obsessing and stuff just ebbs and flows. I'm just going to go with it and do with this blog what I feel like it...which is less pressure and more fun.

      Looking forward to your new ideas on gummyvision!

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