Sephora Whore: Breaking my makeup habit.

September 11, 2014

Hello everybody. My name is Kate and I am addicted to make up.

I am that girl that always has a flawless face of makeup, no matter where she goes. I always get “Who you tryna impress?” and “Why’d you get all dressed up?”. If I leave the house without my makeup for touchups (which I rarely ever do), I either pull a dangerous u-ee and speed back to the house, or buy replacements at a drug store. I am a V.I.B. Rouge at Sephora. And if you don’t know what that is….look it up because I am too ashamed to admit how I rose to that status.

No, I am not a makeup artist, nor am I youtube tutorial sensation. I am just a girl that has been using makeup as a crutch for almost 10 years now. I run the whole gambit every morning; cleanse, scrub, acne lotion, moisturizer, primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, eyebrows, eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipstick. Fin. From that description you must think I am one of those cakey, giant lashed, sticky lipped monsters. It actually looks quite natural on me. To prove, here is a selfie.

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I have chronic resting bitch face, deal with it.

This is my standard, go-to look. I use cat eyes because I have round eyes, and this look makes them look bigger. I shape my eye brows because they are so light you can’t really see them. My lips are violently red, naturally, so I wear nude lipstick, and I wear foundation because I have very bad skin; oily, scarred, pimply, and I have bags under my eyes. I have covered myself with makeup for those reasons for a very long time, and I’m trying to break my habit.

Because I see myself to be so inadequate, I have an arsenal of makeup and products. Literally, an arsenal. I have seven left over Pro-Activ bottles of treatment that have backed up over the years. Tiny lip stick samples and full size lipsticks, from dark purple to red, from peach to violet. I have eyeliners galore. I have foundation for when I am pale, when I’m tan, when I want full coverage, or sheer coverage. I have more for when it’s hot out, or cold and dry. I have free samples (which are never really “free” from Sephora, come on now, let’s get real), some of which are not labeled, so I don’t know if I wash my face with it, or dab it under my eyes.

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$100’s of wasted dollars.

But I digress. The point I am making is that, I have all this makeup, all these products, and I use the same regimen daily. Why do I need all this surplus? Why do I surround myself with all this crap, that is probably not good for my skin in the first place? Listen, I like makeup, I really enjoy it. But I have to draw the line somewhere. So I decided that I am going to stick to the basics, and disregard all the Sephora emails, the urges to go try new makeup, and just try and live a clean-faced life. If I can eat clean, I might as well treat my skin the same way as well. After all, it is the largest organ on your body.

Here’s what I did:

  • I re-subscribed to ProActiv. I have cystic acne, and keeping to a simply regimen with a consistent product is the only way to keep it at bay. Trying samples that only last a week is no way to clear it, and trying a new regimen every month doesn’t help either. So I will stick with ProActiv, which comes every month with a fresh supply.
  • No more Clarisonic. I think it has become a germ gun. I feel like every time I scrub my face with it, it’s just pushing germs that grow on the bristles farther into my pores. I can’t afford to keep buying brush heads, and I certainly can’t afford to buy a new one. So, I’ll just stick with my good ol’ fingers to scrub my face with.
  • Less is more: As my skin starts getting clearer, I will start using less and less foundation. And when I do, it won’t be the $58 4oz bottles. It will be simple, clean, possibly even vegan. I am going to start researching more natural solutions for makeup.
  • Work on healing my skin from the inside and outside: I need to take control of my diet, wash my pillow cases more, make an effort to stop touching my face, no over-wash my face, and to drink more water.

And more importantly, I have to realize that no one cares if I wear makeup or not. I’m the one that is making myself insane over my own skin. It’s going to be hard to change a habit I’ve had for 10 years. But I’m going to keep trying.

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