So that was a long ass title.
I’m not going to lie – I love makeup and skincare and all that but there are (were) some things that took me forever to add to my beauty routine. My reasoning behind it isn’t much more articulate than: w h y. It wasn’t even a minimalist mentality; if I thought I had no reason for it then I didn’t think there was any point to buying it. And for me, that was quite a few basic products.
For instance –
Thankfully, I grew up with pretty good skin so when it came to skincare or skin types (I had no idea I had a dry skin type), not only was I a complete and utter BABY, I also didn’t think I needed anything. I didn’t have discernible problems that make me think buying a product would actually help me. Whaaaat, skincare is a thing?
Even after I realized that paying attention to my skin and products would actually benefit me, I wasn’t sure where to look so I kept putting it off for the longest time. It wasn’t until I received the Valentia Brightening Moisturizer maybe about a year-ish ago that I started to crack down on moisturizing.
This is the first to come to mind because the memory of going through Target’s aisles for neutral, slightly coral-y pink lipsticks is so vivid in my head. My first lipstick that met this requirement was Revlon’s Coralberry, which I fell in love with.
Because then I decided, hm, why not get something a little bit less bright but a little more color?
BAM. My strong lipstick obsession had begun.
Let me start this off by saying: I had no idea spot concealing was a thing. Concealer was like a smaller version of foundation for me. But then all my YouTubers started talking about the Maybelline Age Rewind, and because occasionally I like to be in with the cool kids, I decided to try my hand with it. Although I like it, frankly it’s only reassured me that concealers are always going to be the less used part of my makeup collection.
Eyebrow makeup in general took me awhile to get into, even though I have, like, no eyebrows to begin with. I started with powder, which was my go-to for a few years at least, as I loved how easy it was to use and powders last forever. I STILL have the very first one I bought, which was close to five years ago now. And I do not skip eyebrow day.
My first pencils were the Wet N Wild brow pencils – I figured if I wanted to explore more eyebrow products these would be a good place to start. They were $3, and I figured if I couldn’t use them for my brows, I could use them as eyeliners, which is what I think they were also advertised as.
Cue me realizing that I don’t have to stick with one product until the end! I love the Wet N Wild pencils, even if they can be a bit messy to work with, and now I use both these pencils and my brow powder.
With dry skin, primer wasn’t a priority for me. My biggest problem isn’t fading or the oils on my face making a matte finish look dewy; it was dry patches. And even now, that isn’t so much to do with the primer than it is having moisturized skin and a good foundation, because even with primer some foundations don’t sit quite right on my face.
To be honest, the only reason I started getting into wearing them was because I got the Smashbox Photo Finish as a gift for my birthday a few years back (even though it works MUCH better with oily skin peeps, which is why I gave my travel size to my friend), so I wanted to start trying them.
What products took a long time for you to add to your beauty routine?