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Remember my very bold, very enthusiastic announcement from THIS post??? To recap, here was my proclamation:
"I'm not buying anymore shadows for the rest of the year. Challenge??? Yes. Accepted??? Uuuuuuh, yeah. I mean, YES. Just to make sure I was in-it-to-win-it, I unofficially officially announced it on Facebook. Now that it's in a post, it's officially official!!
Seriously I don't need anymore shadows. Between my singles and palettes I have way more than I'll ever use even in a couple of years. Or longer. It's time to dig into my stash and make good on what I keep telling myself to do...use it or lose it, lady! :-)"
That was over four months ago. August 17, to be exact. F-O-U-R. That's a dirty word, isn't it?!!!
Four months. 4 Non Blondes. Ok, maybe that's a stretch of a reference, but the song lyrics are quite appropriate. I wore Doc Martens, got a sweet lower back tatt and started going to off the wall coffee houses when this song came out and I committed it to memory. So did everyone else. Except for straight men that wished their girlfriends would stop listening to what they deemed as sh*tty music. What do they know anyway!!! LOL! Just kidding! Sort of. My Husband hates this song btw...but he still knows every word haaaaaa ha!
Ok, and maybe I only went to one particular coffee house because I wasn't cool enough to know what was what. And I never did get that sweet lower back tatt. The ink dolphins are so sad.
Eeeesh...getting way sidetracked here!! Song lyrics!! Let's dissect and apply to my situation...
25 years 4 months and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of [makeup] hope
destination silly no buy
I realized quickly when I knew I should [stop looking at shadows]
That the world was made up of
this brotherhood of man too many awesome blogs with beautiful shadow swatches
For whatever that means [insert bug-eyed emoji here]
And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed [bc I've stayed up too late looking at shadow swatches and new palettes coming out that I don't need and told myself and all of you I wouldn't buy]
Just to get it all out, what's in my head [SERIOUSLY...how much longer?]
And I, I am feeling a little
And so I wake in the morning and I
step outside get online to look at shadows AGAIN
And I take deep breath and I
get real high have regrets about doing this stupid shadow no buy
And I scream from the top of my lungs [pretty accurate]
What's goin' on?
And I say hey, hey
I said hey, what's goin' on?
And I say hey, hey [I really say hey a lot]
I said hey, what's goin' on? [I say what's goin' on a lot too]
And I try, oh my [makeup] God do I try
I try all the time [not to look at shadows]
institution makeup pit of despair
And I pray, oh
my God anyone who will listen do I pray
I pray every single day
a revolution someone to say I don't have to do this anymore!
Still with me? Or are you feeling like Nacho...
Ok, here's what you really came here for...to see how I've done so far!!
I did end up falling for Tom Ford Platinum cream shadow from the Fall Collection. I blame it on an irresistible GWP. I actually really love this formula...wears like iron with primer. Unfortunately this was purged to the blog sale because the color simply disappeared into my lids. Even trying to build it up I just didn't feel like it did anything for me. And I want to try to only keep makeup I love! So Platinum was a fail, but semi redeemed the no buy because I ended up not keeping it.
The little mini Dior palette was a promo code on Sephora. I got it purely to give to away...promise! I knew I wouldn't use it!
Also not pictured is a MUFE shadow - one of the new colors. I bought a My-Lids-But-Better shade that ended up not being too flattering. So I returned it.
...and here's the one that stayed. Tom Ford Nude Dip. Way long story how I ended up with this, but let's just say I feel like it was fate for me to have it. I love it :-)
While I may not have had 100% success so far, I still consider this a great victory. Here's the thing - I looked at TONS of shadows online and in person. I mean, I even had several in my cart at one point or another but never bought them: Dior Cuir Cannage, Burberry Nude Blush palette, several Gucci's, tons of the new MUFE, the Viseart palettes when I saw them finally on Sephora and by chance actually caught them in stock, the Cle de Peau Holiday Coffret...need I go on?!!
Point is, look at everything I DIDN'T buy vs. what I did buy vs. what I've actually kept...hardly anything!!! Edit: PLUS I purged a bunch of shadows too...that counts for something?!!!!
Good, right?!!! I mean, it's been F-O-U-R months!!
The strange thing is, I'm kind of not so much into shadow anymore. I almost want to chuck everything but a few special ones and use the heck out of those. I see shadows I think are beautiful, I mean, I'm not dead. But I see them and in my head I know I won't wear them. Part of it is lack of interest in trying to keep trying new shadow colors and looks. Feel like I've been doing that the last couple of years and I always come back to the same things because that's what I like on me.
There's also this - my lids are even wrinklier than they were before (edit: remember THIS post)!!! OMG!!! And I feel like they've sunken in even more too!!! In the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal, but as far as applying eyeshadow I find it very difficult. Placement is continually a challenge, blending...not to mention colors. Most colors and eye looks just make me look tired. It's like trying to drive my car down a street going 50mph that now has speed bumps every 20 feet. Not a very smooth ride. At all! I'm tired of fighting it.
Then again, maybe I just need someone really talented that knows how to do makeup on my kind of constantly changing lids. Where do I find one of those???
Anyway, I'm in this stage where I mainly want to try to have awesome looking skin, a little something on the cheek, and a fantastic, semi bold to very bold lip. And then I'm trying to up my fashion game a bit to balance out my waning eye makeup interest. Oh, and nails...I've been trying to always keep my nails painted :-)
So that's it. Part confessional. Part I'm over it. Part yay but there are other things I can concentrate on! There's still a tiny bit of time until the end of the year, but I'm confident I won't be purchasing anymore shadows... Yay, me! Ha ha!