That Time I Didn’t Buy A Lipstick

So. The other day I watched all of the Makeup Breakup videos on YouTube because I was bored with Netflix and also these ladies are funny and remind me so much of the fun Aussie babes I used to work with on Tasmania.

And of course I fell in love with the lipstick worn by Kat (the brunette) in one of the videos.


So I made a little plan to head downtown to the MAC shop and get this lippie, because it just seems like the perfect summer colour, and wouldn’t wearing it just show that I am a fun pretty summer person who has fun and looks pretty while wearing the perfect summer lipstick and doing summer things.

Except that… Before I made it downtown, I read this anti-haul post on Faceonomics, and this anti-haul post on Bad Outfit Great Lipstick, and then poked through the BOGL archives, and I started to think about the emotional roots of my desire for the MAC Darling Clementine lipstick, and I managed to decide against buying it. I am a fun person all the time regardless of what is or isn’t on my lips, you know? And if I’m not feeling fun, it has nothing to do with lipstick or the lack thereof.

Not only did I not buy the MAC lipstick, I was even inspired to clean my bathroom and reorganize my makeup… which… just… Mad props to Bad Outfit Great Lipstick. Not that my bathroom was gross, but I don’t usually dig into that task with that much enthusiasm, shall we say.

So I took my (somewhat dusty, I’ll admit) over-flowing jar of lip products, and divided them into summer colours and winter colours. The winter colours got tucked into the linen closet to await their day, and the summer colours got prettily organized in a little bamboo bin.

Look at all of those summery aren’t-I-a-fun-summer-person-who-has-summer-fun colours! At left: a couple of Sephora lip glosses which I received as a gift. From top to bottom: Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Grapefruit (highly recommended); Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg; Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi; Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (ugh that name) Balm Stain in Rendezvous; Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart Valentine.

Lining all that up was so great, I actually [poured myself a gin and then] tidied up my shelf of skincare products, and dug into the linen closet to tidy up the makeup and random junk lurking there. So satisfying! I will admit to throwing out some old products–things that I just never used and were likely long past their use-by dates. And chucking out products–even just deluxe samples from Sephora–really reinforced that I do NOT need to buy more makeup. I just do not get a lot of wear out of this stuff, and already have plenty of fun things that just need to be enjoyed more often.

tl/dr: Don’t buy more shit; just use the nice things you already own!

3 thoughts on “That Time I Didn’t Buy A Lipstick”

  1. I know it’s taken me forever to stumble on this and say thanks, but: thanks! 😀 The idea of separating your cool weather and warm weather colors is honestly brilliant.

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