Before I started blogging and when I'd just found the online beauty world on YouTube and my make-up collection could fit into a little cube. I also couldn't properly apply concealer and had no idea about powder, but that's a different story.
The day after I watched my first video (it was a Tanya Burr one) I went down to my local Superdrug and tried to find products that replicated the ones she used in the video. I bought some brushes that looked similar, an eyeshadow palette and a new lipstick. It was all very exciting; well until I realised that the way I did it looked nothing like how she did.
I then watched more videos, ones to try and hone my technique, ones that showed different ways of applying make-up and in each one I was shown countless products, brushes and make-up accessories. Oh I lusted after MAC palettes and Dior lipsticks.
I then started thinking why can't I have them? I had money (well a student loan, and we all know that's not real money) so decided I was going to start buying these products used in videos. So I did; and that is where my make-up buying began.
Once my make-up buying started to happen I also had this blog, and fully believed I had to have every product under the sun so I could review it on my blog and share my thoughts with the world. I didn't see anything wrong with it, and why would I? Everyone else was doing it! I was presented with blog upon blog and video after video of people spending the majority of their money on Topshop clothes and high-end make-up and I wanted to be like these people too.
It was fun having a different make-up look each day for uni, spending the time to plan out what eyeshadow would go with which blusher and what lipstick would compliment the look. But you see, I've grown out of that a bit now. Watching a haul video doesn't make me want to run out to Selfridges and I haven't used my last two lots of Boots points vouchers. I've changed.
I've come to realise I don't need any new make-up as I already have far too much. I've had a good clear out recently and my make-up is still in drawers, no chance of fitting in the little cube I once started with.
I think I was finally struck by the realisation that I'm not a make-up artist and no-one really needs that much make-up, especially if you don't wear it daily.
So for now, whilst I haven't restricted myself from buying anything new, I'm making a concerted effort to not buy anymore make-up until my collection is back to being able to go into a cube.
It just seems right. Plus, there are so many better things to spend money on.
So, if you're reading this, new to the blogging world, please, take my advice; don't buy every make-up item you see mentioned, you really don't need it all.