I need to stop this shopping madness! (Or: How I bought 50+ lipsticks in 12 months and regret it.)
So, I started blogging roughly a year ago. And I love it. I love taking pictures, writing posts, offering unsolicited advice and uttering my opinion all the time. However, there is one side effect that comes with (fashion/lifestyle/beauty-)blogging that I'm no longer willing to take: trying to keep up with all the Chiaras and Estées out there and shopping my little mind out.
I've never been a compulsive shopper. Yet, what I've been doing during the last 12 months is definitely bordering on compulsive behavior. Every time I saw some cool new lipstick/sweater/bag on someone's blog or YouTube channel, I HAD to have it, too. It was crystal clear to me that I had to get my hands on it asap. Not because I needed it (*duh*, obviously), but because it was cute. And I deserve it, what the heck?! Time has come to finally indulge in the sweet offerings of capitalist consumerism.
And I bought and bought and bought stuff. 1.5 years ago, I owned exactly two lip products: a lip balm and a red MAC lipstick.
And now this:
Fucking 50+ lip products!!!
This is definitely more than a lifetime supply. What the heck was I doing?
I virtually never paint my nails, but I still own 40+ nail polishes:
And these are my t-shirts:
All this is too much.
This needs to stop.
I'm not a radical person, by any means. So, I won't be like: "From tomorrow on, I will stop shopping./I won't buy any lip products. Ever."
Radicalism is for stupid people. Or visionaries. I'm neither of them.
I am, however, a person who deeply believes in a sustainable and responsible lifestyle. And what I have been doing during the last 12 months is neither sustainable, nor responsible. It is INSANE!
I'm not sure how exactly I'm going to change my behavior, but there will be a change. For sure. I'm even thinking of cutting down on my (very heavy) YouTube consumption in order not to be exposed to so many products, any more. ("Favorites" videos are my doom!) Not being aware of the existence of a product is a blessing for me. Like, I honestly don’t want and don’t need anything until I see it. Then, I need it urgently and fervently. Although I didn’t even know it existed a minute ago. Yep, I’m the perfect influenceable person for influencers. Also, browsing "for fun" on Asos and other online shop definitely needs to stop. Ugh.
Okay, so this is the new path I want to take. Let see how it goes.
Fellow bloggers out there, I'm really curious: have you noticed an increase in your purchases since you started blogging? Do you shop more? Do feel you're being influenced by blogs/YouTube videos when it comes to shopping?