Impulsive Buyer Probs

I’m still learning how to manage my money. Such is a key woe in the life of a twentysomething. Sometimes I look for bargains on a few goods I need or enjoy… for the past couple of weeks, that’s been lipsticks. I used to buy candy all the time–if it was being sold where I was, you better believe I bought some. I didn’t wanna stay on the road to Diabetes Central, though. Anyway, these small purchases do add up. But after these latest ventures, I think I’m through buying these for a while. Long story short, splurge a little on yourself… it’s okay as long as the purchases are something you will consistently use!

I’ve had full lips all my life. Au naturel, baby! In my years of learning to apply make-up (which are still occurring), I always shied away from lip color because I thought I would look like a clown. But recently, I decided to own it!

This morning, I left my apartment with these in my purse. Depending on the day, this might be 4 too many lipsticks.

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I eventually found myself at Target picking up some last-minute travel necessities. Then I remembered I’ve been meaning to find some lip primer. I usually like to stand in the aisles and research some products on my phone. But I was short on time, hungry, and had to pee so today was not the day to find the best lip primer bang for my buck. After quickly scouring lipstick sections, I found a single lip primer for sale.

NP Set Lip Primer, $14

NP Set Lip Primer, $14

I normally put on chapstick before lipstick or gloss, but my lips get dry quickly, giving my lip color a cracked, uneven look. When I got home, I spread some of this new lip primer on (without any chapstick) and then applied some of the dark lipstick I recently bought (NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice color). Hours–and some snacks!–later, the dark lipstick is holding steady! I’m pretty excited about this, as I have a weekend full of adventures and new lip colors coming up.

After I settled in for the night, PJs and DVR on lock, I got to showing my mom my purse full of goodies. Realizing it was only 8pm, we moseyed on over to CVS for some more lip awesomeness. I had decided on 4 colors, but Mom picked out 2 more for me. “They’re so cheap, who cares if you don’t like them?”

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I’m certainly hoping these drugstore buys don’t have too many harmful chemicals in them! But I do plan on adding some higher end pieces one I find the shades that really suit me. Refinery 29 provided a great place to start–definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some killer lipsticks.

Sure, I am getting out of control buying all these… Okay, yeah, it’s getting out of control. But my birthday is coming up and I think I will be satisfied with 10+ color choices for a while. Also, I’m about to paint my nails, which means I’m not spending money at the nail salon.

Thank you for sitting through this rant of vanity. Now go out there and buy some lipsticks! Or whatever relatively cheap products give you fleeting happiness. Happy weekend, all!

A Thought on Wedding Dresses

I’ll admit it, I am on a wedding show and bridal magazine binge. I’m sitting here, watching “Say ‘Yes’ to the Dress” and getting frustrated by the lack of reflection about what a woman wants from her dress. A wedding dress can say SO much about a woman from her style and personality to how big her dreams are or what’s really important to her.

Sure, many people don’t know the names of all the cuts, necklines, or fabrics. Even if a woman has grown to think she will never get married or she hasn’t been planning her dream wedding since she was 5 years old, she has to know that she must own her dress because 1)she is wearing it for most of the big day and 2)all eyes are on her. You could say that she shouldn’t care what other people think of the dress, as long as she likes it. This is true for me. But those searching for a dress have to think one step further than that–what kind of statement does this woman want to make on her wedding day?

And what is with bringing a million people to a dress fitting? Of course there are those certain people we need there, be it a mother, sister, best friend or what have you. But do you really need more than 3 or 4 people to weigh in on your dream dress? Methinks not. I am the type of person who would love to have a lot of people there to let them share in the fun, but still be able to stand up to whoever has something negative to say towards something I like. I like attention, okay? Sometimes I really can’t catch some detail or style that doesn’t suit me and that’s why I would have a handful of people there… but I just really want to love my dress and if I find the one, then it doesn’t matter what other people think. People can say whatever they want about my dress, or any of my wedding details for that matter, but if people are so set on judging the big day instead of enjoying it… then they probably shouldn’t show up. Maybe I don’t need so many guests after all!

It’s crazy to watch the staff work on SYTTD, because they realize how much emotional investment comes from all parties involved. There are also so many other issues to consider from body image to family tensions and asserting independence. All brides can agree on one thing: we should all look and feel perfect on our wedding day. But whose opinion, style, and vision mold that image of perfection is another story altogether. The SYTTD consultants can read people, situations, and styles so well–it really is a talent! To gain a sense of all the dynamics at play and pull a dress that speaks to the bride’s needs and influences… all in a single appointment? MADNESS, I tell you. Just one of the many reasons why there is so much money in the wedding industry.

Who knows, maybe I’ll just throw all of this out then window and be a total wreck trying to find the dress. One thing I do know: I will own my wedding dress. Happy dress hunting to all the brides-to-be!

Anna Campbell Gowns | Image from weddingchicks.com