It’s a #BeautiesOnFire day! And this week’s theme was one of my suggestions and something I’d been wanting to do for quite a while. As with every week I want to give you guys something that you’ll walk away feeling different or knowing something new, so we’re gonna talk about:
The 7 Deadly Sins of Makeup Addiction
OK maybe not deadly… but your credit card is crying.
Greed is one of the most prominent sins of makeup hoarding. New palettes come out, new limited edition items, and we have to have them, even if you have enough eyeshadow to last us through the next 10 years… even if you don’t wear eyeshadow often, or you only wear certain colors. Makeup collections quickly become HUGE, expensive… and wasted.
How to combat it: Set yourself a system to use up what you have and make it fun. Use things like Project Pan or other Makeup Challenges to get yourself interested in what you already have so that you can resist the urges to buy more that you don’t need.
Pride is what might be filing your Instagram feed with selfies… pride in showing off hauls, makeup skills, obsessing on getting better not for yourself, but to show off and get more popular. That thought that followers and likes matter? That’s pride.
How to combat it: Do things for yourself. Not for anyone else. It sounds cheesy, but doing your makeup or anything else for YOU, makes a world of difference.
Envy of those perfect blending skills, that amazing makeup collection. Envy of someone having more followers, or someone that does xyz better than you.
How to combat it: Stop comparing yourself. Appreciate people for what they offer. Learn, thank them, ask questions. But don’t be envious. You can learn anything you’re envious of, and that big stash is probably due to Gluttony anyway.
Gluttony shows through in the size of your collection, even moreso if a significant amount of your collection doesn’t get used. Having to have every color of lipstick, in every formula, even ones you’d never wear out? When you run out of storage space, or things expire before you even make a dent in them? Sound about right? Got a bunch of foundations that probably don’t even work for you, but you keep them anyway?
How to combat it: Complete a full makeup destash. Go through your stash and get rid of everything expired, that you have to force yourself to use, or that you have dupes of that you’ll never get through all of them before they expire. Then pull out everything you actually use and ENJOY using, set it aside, and really reflect on what’s left and if you need it in your life or not.
Wrath. Oh the joy of Wrath. Product bashing if we have an allergic reaction to it that a company couldn’t begin to help. Finding one thing wrong with a product and instantly deciding you hate it. 1 star reviews because of ONE thing wrong with it that you expected without reading about what it promised anyway… Getting upset over celebrities or brands doing catty things that don’t remotely reach you to effect your life in any way…
How to combat it: Stop. Take a breath. Celebrities crap doesn’t effect you. Brand crap rarely effects you. Was the problem with the product something you could have researched? Can you just return it? Can you re-sell it or pass it on to someone else that would like it despite the problem? Is it really a BAD product because you had different expectations? Maybe, maybe not.
Sloth is extremely prevalent everywhere you look, especially in millennials. Too lazy to take an in focus photo, too lazy to take off makeup, too lazy to SPELL CHECK (let alone grammar check), too lazy to do research on a product to learn about any issues you might have with it (and then being mad about it later…)
How to combat it: Take Pride in what you do and how you do it. Don’t put up work that you would look back on and be ashamed of whether it’s a photo or an article, it’s like going out with lipstick on your teeth every day for the rest of your life. Use spell checks, zoom in to 100% on a photo to make sure it’s in focus, and find a balance between being prideful, and not putting effort in. If it’s being lazy about a product, remember that you should spend as long considering and researching a purpose, as it took you to make the money you’re about to spend on it.
Lusting after products is another thing that will flood your Instagram feed. There’s food porn, but there’s also product porn. Those Jeffree Star highlighters? All the LE palettes? Even if you don’t end up spending the money on it and being Greedy or Gluttonous, you’re still wasting Lust on it.
How to combat it: Look for dupes in your own collection. Whether it’s mixing two lipsticks, or something you like better anyway. Decide if things are ‘different enough’ that it’s worth spending x dollars and having Another product that starts expiring the second you open it.
What’s your makeup addiction sin? Collection too big? Lusting after products you might not even use or that aren’t designed for your needs?
Let me know in the comments, and make sure to check out my fellow lovely bloggers 7 Deadly Sins posts in this week’s Beauties On Fire collab through the image below!
Remember! You can always join in the Beauties On Fire collab at any time, just message our lovely hostess through the link in the image above!