I feel like this post needs no introduction, it speaks for itself.
This has definitely got to be the most irritating thing I have to do in the name of beauty. Whether you shave, wax or pluck, hair removal is literally the pits (excuse the pun). I have had so many beauty disasters when it comes to hair removal and the worst thing about it is it never ends, it always grows back. Even if you try to avoid the DIY disasters by going to the salon, that is still a pain in the backside; you have to navigate getting to the salon, park (which if you are me, it isn’t easy) and then do the whole ‘I haven’t met you before but I have going to show you how much I look like Chewbacca’.
It takes time
I am always in a rush because it takes ages to get ready; even when I set aside a couple of hours when I went out for the first time in years I still ended up late because I could not get my eyeshadow blending right and I had an eyeliner transfer disaster.
My hubby is forever cursing at me whenever I reach for my makeup bag, they say you cannot rush perfection but my hubby certainly gives it a good go. Also, with my time being limited (I need to clone myself to get stuff done)I have to pick what parts of beauty I do; my nails are currently unpainted and will remain that way because I need to dye my eyebrows and my ‘me time’ that I have every so often is going to be filled with doing that first.
My nails have remained unpainted for months (I have quite a large nail polish collection) because between being mum, working, blogging and just general ‘adulting’ I have not had the time to do it.
Picture this; smashed pans, broken off lip liner, scratches in highlighters, smudged lipstick and spider leg eyelashes, it’s a makeup addicts worst nightmare.
When things go wrong with your makeup it can feel like your heart has been gripped in a vice. We have all been there, the mascara transfer, the eyeliner wing that would give Amy Winehouse a run for her money or the lipstick on your teeth.
As I mentioned in ‘Are Beauty Gurus Bad Influencers?’ sometimes peoples opinions in beauty are not always honest and can be ‘bought’. There are also the cosmetic brands that are less than truthful with the ability of their ‘wonder products’.
Deceit in beauty is rife and spreads like wildfire. It is hard to spot the genuine ‘good buys’ because we are being forever swamped with magazines and bloggers being paid and coerced into bigging up the brand’s new releases.
Just look at how many people talk about a new release on their blogs and YouTube when they are just out but then never speak of or use the products again. I always find that waiting out the ‘hype’ is usually the remedy for deceitful advertising.
Hit and miss
The idea of everything being so ‘hit and miss’ in beauty really frustrates me, you get it with products and makeup looks. I know that life is all about ‘trial and error’ but when you have spend a fortune on a product and find out it is rubbish or runs out really quickly.
Also, you buy a product from a brand and think ‘I will try a few more’ only to find half of them are good and the rest are bad. No wonder people stick to buying the same products when they find something they like (like me with my holy grail concealer).
Another thing that is hit and miss are actual makeup looks; one day you can be rocking a look and feel fabulous and another day, even though you have the same skills, you end up with a look that makes you feel not up to the task.
I found this with a cut crease that I did today, it just was not sharp enough and considering I have done plenty of cut creases in the past two years I was very dissappointed because that last time I had done one I had smashed it straight out of the park.
Anyone who wears winged eyeliner will understand the concept of hit and miss in beauty, no wing is ever the same and unfortunately some wings are better than others.
The idea of perfection
Why do people try to peddle this idea of perfection in beauty? Perfection does not exist, it is a subjective concept that is as different as everyone on this planet is. Even the most beautiful celebrities are being enhanced in post production and being airbrushed to look ‘perfect’, but why? Why are people’s natural faces not being celebrated?
We are all different and we all have our own beauty, whether we have wrinkles, spots or age spots, it is part of our ‘real’ lives. Why ‘Filter Beyond Reality’ when you can be ‘imperfect, but in reality’
Too many products
There is so much choice around in the beauty world, with the big brands now fighting with the smaller indie brands for your custom, I get so confused with it all. The market is absolutely saturated beyond belief with new releases, limited editions and special offers that I get so confused about what the ‘on trend’ product is that week (its so bad it changes weekly now rather than monthly). I wrote more about this in my ‘Too many choices’ post, so if you want to read more about my dislike of over saturated consumer markets then be my guest.
Wherever the is makeup, there seems to be makeup drama; whether it be between friends, beauty groups on Facebook or the actual cosmetic companies themselves (got to love Jeffree Star drama). Drama seems to be everywhere; it lurks in dark corners, observing the internet for a nice juicy piece of meat it can pounce on; a remark is made and then.. Boom, drama explodes everywhere, covering everyone in it’s wake with negativity and anger.
The drama llama’s parade around with vengeance and start desperately screen shotting ‘receipts’ to back up their argument. Other people get tagged and dragged in left, right and centre, tempers fray and phrases like ‘Troll’ or ‘Keyboard warrior’ are banded about while some people sit there not having a single clue about how the drama started in the first place.
Warning; if you seem any drama occurring, run immediately in the other direction before it sucks you in and spoils your day.
Running out of your favourite product
This is a massive thing for a makeup addict, especially if the item was expensive or limited edition. The same thing goes for perfumes and other luxuary consumables. The sense of emptiness as you pump the last drops of that Dior foundation you got for Christmas onto your beauty blender.
The horror and shock as you realise you have run out of your fancy ‘special occasion’ perfume that you got for your birthday and have to use your cheap and cheerful ‘work’ perfume (or is that just me?) What products would get you upset if you suddenly ran out of it and could not buy it again?
This one makes my blood boil, there is so much ignorance in society in general and the makeup world is no exception. I have seen it in abundance and no topic is off limits, ages, gender, skill level, physical attributes, money are all hot topics for people critising and berating.
I have seen people be insulted and laughed at because of the level of their makeup skills, their facial features, how young or old they are and how much they spend on makeup. I heard things like ‘I don’t buy drugstore because the high end stuff is so much better, you know you are getting quality.’, ‘your makeup looks like a disaster’ and other gems like that.
I always think that if people start their sentences with ‘I’m not being rude but.. They are being rude. If you have to preference your sentence with ‘This is just my opinion but… then chances are you are going to upset someone. Please, stop being ignorant of others and just keep your comments to yourself.
Well, that sounded like a rant and a half. I don’t want you to think that I am one of those ‘grumpy women’ (you all know one), I am merely getting my frustrations off my chest as there are a lot of things about the beauty and makeup world that ‘wind me up the pole’ as one of my lovely friends would say.
I would love to know what your dislikes about the beauty world (or the world in general) are, let me know in the comments.
Ciao for now makeup fans xx