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Spending money on memories not makeup.

It’s come to my attention lately that my beauty blogging days have passed me by. There I said it. I hold my hands up. I’m no longer bothered by the latest weird beauty trends, the must-have products, or the looks that are taking Instagram by storm. In fact, I have a number of holy grail products that I use on the daily, a few gorgeous palettes that I save for events and nights out, a range of lipsticks and glosses, and… that’s pretty much it. 

Honestly, there are a few reasons that my makeup haul, and I guess my interest in makeup in general, has lessened. Firstly, I don’t have the space for hoards of makeup in my flat. I’ve got a drawer in my bedroom where I stash my hair and beauty products, and that’s all I can give. Secondly, makeup costs so much money. Now that I’m starting to think about buying a home of my own I’m trying to save as much as I can spare each month, and that new £60 palette just ain’t worth it, honey. I dread to think how much I’ve spent on makeup that’s barely been used over the years. And finally, I’ve just realised that I’d rather spend my money on memories than makeup. 

When I first started blogging I was obsessed with finding new beauty products. I’d try all the big beauty bloggers’ recommendations, regardless of whether I actually wanted to try it or not. I would buy products for the sake of buying, for something to blog about, something to Instagram. Now, I think it’s safe to say from my last few month’s worth of blog posts that my interests have changed completely.

I think it really hit me when we went on our trip to Paris (read all about it here), and I walked out of Sephora empty handed. It was my first time visiting Sephora, after missing the closing time by a mere ten minutes when my mam and I were holidaying in Greece, and while it was exciting, I felt pretty underwhelmed by it all. We spent about three minutes scouting the shelves and, much to Dan’s delight, I decided it was time to leave so that we could explore more of Paris. 

Maybe it’s something that comes with age? (Lol, totally aware that makes me sound eighty-seven, not twenty-four.) I’m far more keen to travel, to learn, to invest these days. I want to spend my hard earned cash on something that will last forever, or at least longer than the durability of a Kylie Lip Kit.  

There’s no denying that makeup is important to me. I wear it daily. I love experimenting. I spend lots of time perfecting different looks ahead of events and nights out. I even enjoy rocking vibrant lip shades on a basic day in the office. I’m not, in any way, trying to undermine the amazing work that so many fantastic beauty bloggers do. I think I’ve just moved away from that category, due to lots of changes in lifestyle, I guess. And that’s fine. People change, and interests change. I just don’t really know if I fit into a strict beauty blogger category anymore…

Do you have a makeup obsession?

Lots of love. xoxo

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24 Comments

  1. Beautylymin
    February 15, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I think it's only natural that interests change! I'm still makeup and skincare obsessed but I love reading a range of blogs outside of beauty! xxBeautylymin| CharlotteTilburyBlush&BronzeGiveaway

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 15, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      That's very true! Thank you for reading 🙂 xx

  2. Amber Gregory
    February 15, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Loved this post. It's so honest. But I totally see what you're getting at! Experiences are something that will stay with you for a life time xAmber | http://www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 15, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      You're so right! Thank you for reading xx

  3. Shannon Boyce
    February 16, 2018 / 1:11 am

    There is nothing wrong with that at all! I think once you have a certain amount of makeup (or you have tried a certain amount of makeup) a lot of the stuff out there doesn't seem as interesting or necessary. There are a lot of new releases and hyped up brands that I never bother to try, simply because I have SO MUCH already. And once you travel and start doing other things…there is less of a desire to add to an already overloaded pile. I totally get that. I definitely buy a lot less than I used to! the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Thank you lovely 🙂 I totally agree – the overspending I do is just not necessary. It seems we're not the only ones too! xx

  4. Eve Johnson
    February 16, 2018 / 8:23 am

    I totally get where you're coming from – I think it's only normal that we want to go down a different route after doing it for so long! My blog has gone far more lifestyle/health/advice etc over the years. At the beginning I was trying to post about things I thought people would want me to post about, but then I realised if you're not enjoying putting together the content for your blog then there really is NO point! Do whatever makes you happy – I LOVE your lifestyle posts xxxEVE | haiaeve.blogspot.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Yes, you're so right! It's so important to post what feels true to you 🙂 thank you, Eve! xx

  5. Fa nny
    February 16, 2018 / 9:32 am

    I can totally relate to this post as this is exactly how I feel at the moment, memories are far more important, especially when the makeup drawer is already pretty full! Lovely post 🙂 http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Thanks for reading lovely 🙂 xx

  6. Jasmine Lauren
    February 16, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    This post is so relatable. A few years ago I'd spend all my money on makeup when really I was never using it all. Would rather save my money and use it for experiences, than own like 15 blushers that I'll never use up!Jasmine | http://jasminelaurenfancy.blogspot.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Yep, I was exactly the same! I feel so much better not wasting money now. xx

  7. Julie Ly
    February 18, 2018 / 9:33 am

    I've felt like that for ages now, that's why I switched up my content a bit. I do still love beauty and won't stop blogging about it, but it just isn't my sole focus now. xxJuliewww.rainingcake.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:12 am

      It's good to switch up content I think. I always love whatever you post 🙂 xx

  8. Victoria
    February 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I'm totally with you. I didn't even go to Sephora when I was in Paris or Dubai – I just wanted to enjoy my trip and see as much as I could without being drawn into a shop to buy makeup. I think the other thing with me now is that I do still love beauty but I love the things that work for me and when I do buy something new I tend to invest in something a bit more high-end so it's more of a purchase of love than just endless consumption which is where I was before!

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:13 am

      You took the words right out of my mouth. For me, it was just endless consumption and it got to a point where I'd actually feel guilty for buying things. They just weren't needed! xx

  9. Tamzin Swann
    February 18, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    This is so relatable, I can't remember when I last bought loads of make up like I used to! Don't get my wrong I still love it but I can't justify the waste anymore! Memories are so much more important xx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Same, I think there's just too much waste from it! xx

  10. Charlotte Carter
    February 19, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Sooo relate-able! I have just about had it with make-up. I love a foundation for a while and bam, just doesn't cut it anymore. I would much rather experience the world than find a new face base!Charlotte-Nicholex

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 19, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Thanks lovely 🙂 I'm lucky that I have my go-to products and I just stick with them now! xx

  11. PetiteElliee
    February 19, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Oh my god I LOVE this post! I used to spend my whole paycheck on new lipsticks or the 'it' palette but my mindset has now changed so much! Great post bab ewww.petiteelliee.com Ellie xx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 20, 2018 / 9:16 am

      Thank you so much! I think a lot of bloggers have changed from this mindset xx

  12. Abi Street
    February 19, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I completely relate to this, although makeup and beauty blogging has never been my strong point, and I've never owned a piece of high end makeup in my life. I am so over attempting to obsess over the latest makeup trends. I'd much rather invest my time into something elseAbi | abistreetx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 20, 2018 / 9:16 am

      Yes I totally agree – it's so expensive and so time consuming xx

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