Although I’m not strictly a beauty blogger, when I saw that my friend Taylor from Dear Friends had answered the Procrastinating Beauty Bogger Tag, I was mildly interested to answer, especially as I am not really into beauty routines and regimens. Then I got to the bottom and saw she had gone and tagged me, so here I am, the non-beauty routine sustainable vintage gal about to answer some questions about procrastinating beauty.
Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do.
Easy: That would be everything.
I don’t have a beauty regimen. When I remember, I exfoliate my skin. Before I apply make-up, I moisturise. Before going to bed, I remove my make-up. Sometimes I moisturise afterwards, but sometimes I don’t.
Is washing your make-up brushes something that you regularly do?
Since recently making the switch from brushes I’d had for years (a hostess gift I received in the early 2000s…whoops) to investing in brushes that are aligned with my principles, I would say yes, I am taking much better care with washing these new brushes.
How long do you last with chipped nail polish?
Not long at all! Chipped polish is one of my pet peeves. It’s either perfect or not at all. I very rarely pay for a manicure or a pedicure, so when I do paint my own nails, I will stop doing anything around the house (unless I can wear latex and powder free gloves) because I will last maybe a day at the most with chipped polish. I haven’t painted my nails since The Mister’s step-sister’s wedding in January. At The Mister’s insistence, I’m going to get a mani before our wedding, but I’m going to get stuff that doesn’t chip because I can’t bear to not use my hands! And by stuff, I think I mean shellac or gel. I don’t really know because I usually just paint my own nails with OPI.
How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty product if you need it?
To be honest, it really depends on what the product is, as well as how the bank balance is looking. The thing about living sustainably is not living beyond your means. If that means I forgo replacing make-up and beauty products in order to keep a roof over our head, pay bills, and keep food on the table, then so be it. I don’t wear make-up every day, mostly because I have very sensitive skin, so it’s not a huge issue for me until I know I have an occasion that requires me to wear make-up, or that I want to wear make-up for.
What’s your worst beauty habit?
Squeezing pimples. It’s the worst thing but the most satisfying thing. If I’m at home, I will always make sure I put an ice cold press on it as soon as I’m done to reduce redness and swelling (ice cold, wet cotton ball; ice cold, wet face washer).
Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.
Hmmm, tidying my desk. I love it being tidy but it’s a flat surface so makes for a good dumping ground in our small 1 bedroom flat. It gets overwhelmingly messy. It accumulates all the small things that don’t have a home or are being re-homed within our home.
Can you commit to no make-up buys?
Easily. I’m the kind of girl who buys when she needs, or if an offer is too good to refuse. I’ve recently updated and overhauled my make-up collection, so unless I run out of something soon, it’s unlikely that I’ll need to buy anything.
How organised is your make-up and nail polish collection?
Our bathroom storage space is very limited, so I have to keep my make-up neat and tidy. I have one small cosmetics bag for lip sticks/liners/balms/glosses, and another for the rest of my cosmetics (eye shadows, blush, foundation, eye lash curler). I then have my mascara and eye brow stuffs in a cute little pencil case that I had to purchase from kikki-k a while back in order to bring the EFTPOS transaction to their minimum spend (not cool at all, it’s actually illegal for any business to impose a minimum transaction fee on EFTPOS here in Australia). My make-up brushes are in their own pouches.My nail polishes are stored in one of the closed compartments on the door of our fridge. Some fit inside a small Ferrero Rocher case which sits inside the compartment, and those that don’t fit the container just sit inside the compartment.
There you have it: Confessions of a lazy person when it comes to beauty.
I don’t do it often, but I love it when I do. I make sure I keep to my sustainability principles when I’m purchasing make-up and the tools required to apply it.
I’m not going to tag anyone in particular because I never quite know who to go ahead and tag, but if you see it and you want to do it, go right ahead!