Things have been pretty slow around here. I'm back and I want to talk about living slowly.
WHAT DOES 'SLOW' MEAN?
I've seen this word popping up often lately. I'm not sure if that means it's becoming a trend, or that I'm paying closer attention to a slower lifestyle, but it's a term that has left me thinking.
Slow living. Slow beauty. Slow fashion.
I first saw "slow" being used to describe a movement to combat fast fashion. And let's face it--much like the fashion industry, the beauty industry moves fast. Every day, there's a new product, a new company, a new collection, a new collaboration, a new trend, or a new shade of your favorite lipstick.
I've been committing to slower, more sustainable steps in my lifestyle, including the clothing I purchase, the food I eat, the waste I create, and my beauty routine. I have to admit, slow beauty is the newest concept for me, and it's something I've struggled with the most.
More than any part of my life, my consumerism runs most rampant when it comes to the beauty industry, and makeup in particular.
I think I've been avoiding admitting that for some time.
I created this website and blog to encourage accountability in the beauty industry, but I haven't been entirely accountable myself. I've always been hesitant to post beauty hauls on my blog--I've always been hesitant to create posts just talking about new, more, better, cheaper, prettier products, period. It has never felt right to focus on constantly buying and having more and new things. But the truth is that even though I don't blog about it, I do buy more and new things--often. So how can I begin to live more slowly? And how does this relate to my beauty routine? Where are my politics?
Let's make slow beauty a thing.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
COMMIT TO COMPLETELY FINISHING A PRODUCT BEFORE BUYING ANOTHER NEW ONE.
BUDGET A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FUNDS FOR MAKEUP EACH MONTH. AND DON'T GO OVER THAT AMOUNT.
SPEND TIME RESEARCHING NEW PRODUCTS. LOOK UP SWATCHES. WATCH YOU TUBE VIDEOS. IS IT REALLY SOMETHING YOU NEED? SOMETHING YOU WILL USE? SOMETHING THAT WILL ADD VALUE INTO YOUR COLLECTION? DOES IT FILL A MISSING GAP IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE? OR DOES IT FILL A VOID?
RESIST IMPULSE PURCHASES.
HIT UNSUBSCRIBE FROM EMAIL LISTS.
SPEND A DAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA BEAUTY ACCOUNTS.
SHOP YOUR CURRENT BEAUTY STASH.
SHOP YOUR FRIENDS' BEAUTY STASHES. SET UP A SWAP OR TRADE WITH A FEW OF YOUR FRIENDS.
How do you plan to practice slow beauty?
in lipstick & solidarity,