My introduction, my current state of affairs and my plans for the future.
If you have just stumbled upon my blog, welcome. Welcome to the madness, the craziness that is my hobby and collection. Sit down, buckle up and grab the popcorn. I feel like this is going to be a long ride.
First things first, my name is Helena. I am a 22-year-old makeup addict from a small country town just outside the capital of Canada. I was raised with an older brother by my two lovely parents in the country surrounded by corn(depending on the year).
My makeup addiction started around 4 years ago, when I moved into the city to live with my grandmother. I suffered(and still do) from acne pretty severely, especially around my lower cheeks. I was incredibly self-conscious about it growing up but somehow never got into doing anything more than washing my face and applying some topical cream until I moved to the city. Something changed in my perceptions of myself, which had been happening for awhile, but really came to a head then.
Looking back now, I realize how unhappy and uncomfortable I was with my body and face. It sucks, but I’ve accepted that and now have learned to love myself, in part because of makeup. It was a slow process of learning what to buy and how to use it, but it made me realize that I could actually be pretty.
My downfall with makeup was seeing Shoppers selling discounted products at the end caps and in little displays. I bought so much stuff because I wanted to try them and they were so much cheaper than they originally were! So much money saved! Of course, now I know that’s not true, but I can convince myself of anything.
Now, onto the positive. I bought an Ikea Alex drawer about a year and it has made a world of difference for organizing things. I am happy with the size of my collection, except for my lipsticks. I really need to pare that down. But otherwise, it is good. I have destashed and given away or thrown out a ton of stuff that was either terrible, not the right colour for me, poor formula or just something I had a billion similar things.
I started the destashing process somewhere around 5 or 6 months ago, before I moved in with my lovely boyfriend. I have also stopped purchasing stuff because it is cheap and really discounted. I have ways of convincing myself to walk away, which work rather well. I am doing better and going through my collection and getting rid of things that I don’t truly love.
As of right now, I am on a no buy for January. I’m a poor student and have very little money at the end of the month that must go to paying off my line of credit, which was used for my tuition. Being in debt is terrible and I need to control my spending. January is my trial month. I haven’t finalised my plan for the rest of the year, but at the end of the month, I aim to have a real plan ready. No buy, low buy, whatever the case may be, I need a plan.
I also plan on posting my official collection with photos. I want to write reviews for my products to see if I really like them or not, which is something I struggle with. I need to really see what actually looks good on me and how it lasts. By the end of the day, I just want it off without actually paying attention to what is still there.
So there you have it. A bit of who I am and where things stand. Now let me go stare at my pretty makeup…