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I’m much more informed about makeup than I used to be. I don’t think that X brand is the only brand I should buy. I know more of what I like in a product and how to buy products to suit my particular needs, such as my super oily, hooded lids and allergy prone eyes.

5 years ago, I was ~16 and I never actually thought that makeup would be such a huge part of me now. Since I was in middle school, all that mattered was school and friends and makeup was not even in my mind. Since graduating high school, I have started collecting makeup as a hobby (especially limited edition ones) & since I began, I now know more of what I am looking for in makeup & ingredients.

10 years ago I was just getting into makeup. Gosh I was such a failure, I thought if only my mum would let me wear makeup that I’d become mega popular and have a bf and all this stuff. It’s hilarious looking back because that’s so vain and untrue. Plus I was really awful at putting it on.
I feel as though makeup has always been a topic of interest and something that I’ve been curious about but I didn’t quite fall in love with it until 2008 or so when the awesomeness of YT broke out onto the scene and I found Leesha.
Up until I watched her videos I didn’t think someone as pale as myself could wear color or make it work but she showed me how to do it.
I love the creativity and artistry behind it, I love that it isn’t all vain.
This year I finally landed a job at Sephora and I LOVE it. I love being able to teach people that they can be creative and try something new. I love making people feel beautiful. :3 I think the relationship has certainly become more rewarding.
At the same time I’ve become a lot more critical than I once was. My collection, in my own opinion, is rather large – it takes up two shelves of my dresser and I’m really picky when it comes to buying new things because they have to be really unique and special for me to want to pick them up.

Well 5-10 years ago I was only 10-15 years old lol! But I NEVER thought I would get into makeup. My friends would try to put it on me, but I would literally swear it off like it was the devil. It’s funny how obsessed with it I am now! And that was only about a year ago. I became obsessed really quickly.

This one is easy – five years ago I didn’t wear makeup. I’m currently on year two. I’ve learned a lot since I started and I’m still learning what works for me and what doesn’t, and how to be smarter with my purchases.

I think I’m a lot less willing to spend large amounts of money on makeup. I’m a lot more thoughtful and careful with where I invest my makeup money, and I really want to be getting a good value. I have a lot more restraint when I see something that I like. I really consider the cost and if I really need it/don’t already have something similar.

I think I “discovered” make-up back when all the youtube makeup gurus just talked about MAC collections 24/7, but I never truly bought into the hype. One major collection (Disney Venomous Villains!) was enough for me, and then I just got overwhelmed. And thanks to sites like this, youtube gurus, blog sales, hautelook, etc, I’m a lot more informed and careful about making purchases. And I know to wait for the Sephora F&F! =)

The biggest for me is not buying every dang LE item out there. I am a lot more informed and careful with the products I buy. I am more prone to check out drug store make-up more often then high-end. And lastly, having more brushes. I think I only had maybe 10 +/- brushes for quite some time. It wasn’t until about 8 years ago I started buying more brushes (which come in way handy when I am lazy and don’t wash them until the weekend). OH! Nail polish!! For a long time I used to get my nails done. I’d buy an OPI here and there (maybe 3 – 5 a year) Now that I do my nails, I am a nail polish junkie. It’s turned into a sick obsession with me. I’m loving nail art, frankening and buying polish ๐Ÿ˜ก

Five years ago I was just finishing high school and my taste is makeup ran to heavy mascara and lipgloss and not much else. I hadn’t discovered eyeshadow primer so I never wore eyeshadow as my skin would eat it.

10 yrs ago i was 14 and knew nothing about makeup except my Mom used to say not to touch hers Coz it’ll spoil my skin. 5yrs ago i was 19 and that’s when i started to wear sheer lip glosses, water lining my eyes, mascara and blush. But now thanx to my love of makeup and ofcourse Temptalia i am more informed about makeup and my purchases or should-be purchases.

My relationship with makeup was “closeted” 5-10 years ago because my mother still considered me a minor and didn’t allow me to wear any. Once I got into college she didn’t have anything to say until I became obsessed with it. Oops!

First and foremost, I care a lot more about what’s in my products… more and more, I’m using as many body products as I can with ingredients that, in general, I could eat without dying (not that I would ;). So, for example, a coconut hair mask or a diy scrub.
In my cosmetics though, while I still have a lot of high end staples, I’ve also learned that there are a lot of basic, drug store products that do the job just as well as their competitors with the better marketing department. Not all the time, but often enough to warrant as many trips to the drugstore as I would to Sephora.

I’m less inclined to make impulse purchases, and I do more thorough research before buying an item (such as looking up online reviews and swatches and looking for special deals and sales).

I’m more willing to spend money on quality products than spend less money multiple times (and end up spending more) trying to find a product that works.

Oh, and I discovered indie cosmetics whose owners accept custom orders. That has helped me a lot in finding some of my HG shades while not actually spending hundreds at a time.

10 years ago I was 15 and I wore really bad cakey white makeup covergirl powder and a cheap concealer that was totally the wrong color for my face. I was really into goth makeup so I always had black eyeshadow and eyeliner on. I put it on secretly in the bathroom and school. In my first years at college all of my makeup could fit in a little tiny bag. I only had one foundation, concealer, a covergirl blush, an eyeliner and one frosty white covergirl eyeshadow.

It wasn’t until 2009 that I really got into makeup thanks to youtube. Now I have a sizable collection and I really am passionate about it. I look sooo much better than I did back then, mainly because I wear stuff that is my color and really started to wear eyeshadow and stopped doing the raccoon eyes thing. I wear neutrals and play with colors on occassion. It seems it actually helped me to develop into an adult, or at least look like one anyway… lol.

10 years ago it was not so vital ! Now I have 5 large boxes where I store all my makeup, it has become a passion ( 10 years ago I was younger but I would buy every beauty cream I saw, and perfumes as well ), now I love makeup/beauty care/perfumes at the same level !

Well 10 years ago I was 13, and I wore lipgloss (only on the weekend) and I’m pretty sure that was all! At 18 I had started to get really into makeup but I was still very inexperienced, though I did love it and wear it all the time. Now, I would say I’m still just as passionate about it, but I’m more experienced, savvy and just plain GOOD at it.

10 years ago I was a single mother who was working full-time as an ABO/NCLE certified Optician/Contact Lens Tech while simultaneously working on finishing my English Lit (British & American) BA which I followed with an English MA. I was also raising someone else’s two daughters, so I certainly had my hands full! The doctor I worked for had a very high-maintenance wife; she called me and my coworkers into a staff meeting over our lunch break one day and told us that we had a new dress code: we had to all start wearing a full face of makeup every single day or else be fired. I was not very into makeup at the time (who had the time??), and what few products I did own were all drugstore brands that I occasionally reacted to (rashes, eczema, breakouts, etc.) I was enraged by the new rule since I had worked hard for my certifications, and I was good at what I did. In protest, I told them that I could not wear cosmetics because of allergies and eczema. I didn’t wear ANY makeup for 2 years. Looking back, I can’t believe I went an entire 2 YEARS without so much as a little mascara or a pale lipstick or gloss, but I did it. I’m very stubborn, and I resent being forced to wear makeup with the threat of being fired if I fail to comply when the job has absolutely NOTHING to do with cosmetics!

Fast-forward 10 years: I left my Optical career after 13 years, and I worked for 3 years for state universities and community colleges teaching first-year English Composition. Unfortunately, my MA was officially earned about 6 months after the housing bubble exploded and the great recession began, and one of the biggest victims on the hit-list of government cuts on all levels–federal, state, and local–has been higher education. Suddenly, my “new” career became my “old” career, and it happened so fast I didn’t know what hit me. I tried to go back to Optics, but the field is too dynamic, so too much had changed already; I was out-dated, and unemployable.

During the time I spent unemployed and struggling, I turned to my makeup to relieve stress and have some fun. I have been a painter/artist for many years, and suddenly, makeup became my new medium for creating art. One thing led to another, and before I knew what hit me I had become a freelance Makeup Artist. It’s not what I’d like to do for the rest of my life, but I deeply enjoy doing this for now! Sometimes, I just can’t believe I went from a staunch feminist anti-makeup (in the workplace by force, at least) who only had a handful of Covergirl and L’oreal products, to a ridiculously over-educated, unemployed woman with a monstrous collection of high-end cosmetics that is about to move me out of my own bedroom because there simply isn’t enough room to store it all! I have my personal makeup, my professional kit makeup, and my airbrush system, all taking over my little universe, and still I want more more more. I love how my knowledge skills, and bravery have exploded from where they were 10 years ago, and I really love having another face to make beautiful other than my own mediocre self. From ignorant rebel to expert collector, Not a day goes by where I don’t play in all my makeup, even if I’m sick in bed. Long gone are the days of refusing to wear cosmetics for 2 days, let alone years! I don’t think I’d change any of it, though. I appreciate what I did 10 years ago as a means to stand up for my daughter’s rights in her future, and now I’m proud of all the effort I have put into developing my art just as much as I am proud of all my college degrees.

Now to finish my MBA! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I can relate to using makeup as a means of stress relief. My interest in makeup also skyrocketed when everything in my life just seemed to be falling apart. Within two years two family members passed away and a third was diagnosed with cancer. Makeup was one of the things that helped me get through this difficult time.

I had absolutely no confidence in my ability to wear makeup, which translated to zero makeup skills at all. I would experiment occasionally, but not enough to discover my preferences or develop any habits. Like, for a job interview, I would wear eyeshadow. But not on any other days of the year.

Thank goodness I’ve evolved beyond that – I feel much more confident now!

I was all about subdued neutrals and getting the best deal possible. I am now going brighter and wearing colors I never thought I would put on my face. Not talking bright orange or “shades of clown” but pops of gold and teal are ruling these days!
Thanks to this blog, I am also willing to spend more for quality…for me that’s more than $5 for an eyeliner…so long Bonne Belle, hello Urban Decay! I am better educated in terms of price not always being relevant to quality, and will seek out reviews about products before shelling out.

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