Approximately 1 year and a half ago, it was during the new year, I was talking to my friend on the phone. I was in dying need of a company since it was a semester break at the time. So me being oh so lonely, decided to ring that particular close friend of mine who was thousands of miles away from me, America to be exact. Irda, if you're reading this. Yea, you're a part of the start of my makeup craze. We talked about basically anything that popped up in our mind, including how she had recently started to play with makeup. And she gave me this crazy idea that I should do the same. And you know what, I did exactly that. I started to watch countless of makeup video tutorials on YouTube, like it was my very own version of How I Met Your Mother. Yes, while everyone was still raving about the ending of HIMYM, I was on my laptop, or iPad, watching beauty gurus doing their thing and not a second was I not amazed by their amazing talent. From the addiction of watching such videos, I couldn't help but wanting what they have.
Urban Decay, Too Faced, Dior, you name it. Everything that is sold in Sephora is like calling my name to buy them. With the little money I had at the time, shame to admit, but I did use some to buy those to-die-for goodies. It felt like whatever the beauty gurus have, I need to have it, maybe not all, but at least some of them. Even for my birthday I asked for a Naked palette from my brothers. Something I knew I couldn't afford while still having that role as a student. I started collecting lipsticks too, all kinds of colors (mostly wearable ones, no Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass-like colors). I even started experimenting on different formulas of products. Come to think of it now, what was the purpose for me to even "test the formula"? I'm not a beauty guru. I'm not a famous YouTuber who has tons of followers seeking beauty advises from me. FYI I have 10 followers on my YouTube channel. You're free to check it out and hit the Subscribe button while you're there *wink wink* Just search Awin Zulkarnain and bamn! you're there. Okay, back to the topic.
A few months have passed, and to be honest, I still do feel excited when I pass by Sephora. I do still want to check what's new or what's on sale. Before this, I would end up contemplating to buy a specific item of choice. I'd probably spend a few minutes holding the thing while staring into space, pretending there was a magical whiteboard in front of me, doing the math. And I think you know what usually happen next, I ended up buying whatever I was holding, all the friggin' time. But time has passed, and I am proud to say I'm not doing such activity anymore. Well, rarely. Sometimes I just have that burning desire to buy a new lipstick and I felt sorry for myself, so I'd buy one. Out of pity. For myself. And no, it's not always black and white stripes for me, I usually go for drugstore brands. Because come on, we all know that that's the only range of brands that I can afford and still have something left for me to spend on less necessary items, like I don't know... Food? God, what was I thinking. I'm slowly coming to my senses and realize that Awin, you ain't rich. Stop spending on unnecessary stuff. Besides, I would take 1 hour extra if I have to do my makeup. And since I am working now, I have to take lesser time getting ready, say 15-20 minutes? Nowadays, I'd just put on some primer; concealer; foundation (for days that I need extra coverage), or just a dab of powder, lipstick, blush (when I'm in the mood), and my holy grail mascara. And that's about it. Plus, I want to cater for my lazy-I-don't-feel-like-putting-any-chemical-on-my-face days. If I put too much makeup on a daily basis, trust me I'll look like a different person when I suddenly feel not to. From here, I'd feel obliged to wear heavy makeup every. single. day! And there's no fun in putting on makeup anymore. What I usually do is, I'd put on something light today, and when I'm feeling a bit laid back on other days I wouldn't bother putting anything on my face (except sunscreen) and still feel confident with how I look. So here are some of the things I did to stop my obsession for makeup.
1. Spend less time watching beauty guru tutorials on YouTube
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2. Make sure to reach all makeup products that you already own
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3. Make a list of Need Vs. Greed
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4. Less spending, more saving
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5. Give them away
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Good luck, love!