Bear with me for a moment, there is a point to this post that goes beyond just makeup talk. I promise.
Recently, Ulta had their 20% off your entire purchase sale. You know, the good one where actually almost everything is on sale. Not those sales that exclude the “prestige brands” that confuse countless numbers of uninformed, new-to-Ulta shoppers.
Typically when these sales come along (for Ulta and Sephora it’s usually about twice a year), I either already have several new products in mind that I want to try out or I comb the website identifying the products that I want or “need.”
This year I when I got the coupon in the mail, I was less than inspired. I recently bought a new camera and I don’t really have the money to be spending on new makeup products. Around this time last year, I realized that my makeup collections was “complete” and I have only bought a few frivolous products since then. For this sale, I ordered a few items to replace a few that had run out, but nothing out of the ordinary.
While I looking at a beauty blog today, I saw a newly released lipstick color that I instantly thought, “ooh maybe I should get that and try it out.” However, I quickly stopped myself and reminded myself that I already have a color nearly identical to it that I never wear. Tonight, I dug this lipstick out and I was aware of how few times I’ve actually worn it since I bought it in Sephora’s sale one or two years ago. I realized that although the color was not my favorite to wear, it is wearable, and I should use it more often. I once again reminded myself that I didn’t need a new lipstick.
As I applied the lipstick and pressed my lips together letting the color blend in, I stared at myself in the mirror in realization. The more I look at makeup websites and beauty blogs, the more I want what I don’t have and really can’t afford. I want what I don’t need. Makeup lust.
I realized that, yes, last year I told myself that my makeup collection was complete.
Instead of wanting all these things that I don’t have, I should make use of what I do have. Don’t let it go to waste. Get creative with it. Stop spending so much time on makeup websites. What I have is a product of my choices and I can live with that. Go ahead and appreciate everything I’ve got. Like I said, I have all I need.
This is not some earth-shattering realization, I know. But it is a money-saving one. ;)
More importantly, this realization translated to something else that I do that more frequently than not leaves me feeling bad about what I want and don’t have. I spend far too much time perusing various outlets of social media, like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I peek into other people’s seemingly perfect lives, as defined by their statuses about and photos of how wonderful their significant other is, how perfect their child is, or how fabulous they are traveling to all areas of the world. (Though, I do know these pictures really only tell half a story. Facebook is about creating and portraying an image of your choice). Then comes the seemingly natural comparison to my own life and suddenly everything feels dull and inadequate. I want what I can’t or don’t have.
And I feel bad about it.
So I tell myself:
“Instead of wanting all these things that I don’t have, I should make use of what I do have Don’t let it go to waste. Get creative with it. Stop spending so much time on
makeup social media websites. What I have is a product of my choices and I can live with that. Go ahead and appreciate everything I’ve got. Like I said, I have all I need.”
If you couldn’t guess, my blog post title is take from the Rolling Stone’s song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” :)