What’s a good age to start being a minimalist?!

My friend came to visit me recently and brought her young, teenage daughter with her. My friend and I chatted, and her daughter sat quietly, contentedly scrolling through her phone. Obviously a You-Tube fan, she asked her mother about a new nail varnish she had seen on one of her favourite channels.

This led to her asking to see my ‘make-up collection’!

Now, long-time readers of my blog will know that the following trip upstairs to my bathroom to view my ‘collection’, lasted but a moment! The poor wee girl was so disappointed. I don’t know if this is an isolated experience, but she certainly thought that every bathroom in the country housed an entire collection of make-up and skincare, all of which must sound glamorous and exciting to a teenager. I suppose frequent views of You-Tube must give that impression and I was a sore disappointment.

Make-up 2With growing incredulity, she looked at my (single) foundation, (solitary) mascara and (sole) eyeliner. She momentarily gathered hope when I produced not one, but two lipsticks but that hope was dashed again pretty quickly with the introduction of my only blusher.

If only she had visited me a few years ago! Then I would have had plenty to show her. Dozens of products – some of which were crumbling powder, some greasy creams, some which didn’t suit my colouring or complexion – but all, all of them absolutely vital and necessary.

Or so I thought at the time 😉

What I really wanted to do was to tell my friend’s daughter that she’s beautiful, that she’s so lucky that she doesn’t need a jot of make-up, that her skin is smooth and her hair is shiny. But no teenager would believe that and I wouldn’t have believed it at her age!

Instead, I encouraged her to buy the minimum of make-up and think ‘enhance’, not ‘cover’. It’s never too early to start thinking of these things. I wish I’d found minimalism at a much younger age and the one thing I would have de-cluttered was caring so much about what others thought of me or how I looked!

Have a great week 😊

  6 comments for “What’s a good age to start being a minimalist?!

  1. November 13, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I love this concept so much. What if we taught our young people that we don’t need all those fancy make-up accessories to be beautiful.I myself grew up in a household where my mother seldom wore make-up beyond a little lipstick now and then. So I didn’t really learn how to use it properly and was not allowed before I was 16 anyway. I have pressed powder for my nose and some lipstick for when I am feeling kinda pale. Also I like the occasional nail polish. But I never got the hang of eye make-up so I just don’t bother, and I don’t enjoy spending time on that. So I guess I’m the only one that has to accept my face, and if others do not, it’s their problem! Lol. Clearly those beauty lessons I learned in my teens and 20’s just slid off me. I color my hair, however, because I like to have fun with that, lest you think there is no “vanity” in my life. Brene Brown once said that if women looked in the mirror and said: “omg, awesome” instead of disparaging their faces and bodies, entire industries (make-up, skincare, fashion, diet and weight loss) would fail. I guess I would have no problem with that. 😉

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    • November 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Hi Cristy, I love the way you’ve developed this idea and brought it forward to a whole different way of thinking. Women are judged on their looks so much, it’s become an inherent part of society. But it’s heart-breaking to think that some teenagers may not think that they are ‘enough’, even though they are judging themselves by others’ standards. Thanks for your insight on this, Lxxx

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  2. November 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    One and a spare of the tried and true products I use is my rule. It’s no fun to have one eyebrow due to that last bit of product not making it! However, using this rule makes buying a snap too. When the spare is opened, time to buy the next one. Fail proof for consumables…and not too bad an idea for clothing too.

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    • November 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Good point Laurel – it must be great to be in a place where you are confident of the ‘tried and true products’! Lxx

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  3. November 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I found it through you lol! I wish I’d found it much earlier also. My life is complicated enough by my husband’s condition. I can’t control that BUT I can control our environment. The simplified environment has proven helpful for him and thus to me.
    I used to have multiples of everything. (What was I thinking?) it didn’t matter if it was shoes, kitchen ware or makeup. I never used eighty percent of what I owned. Wasted money, waste of space….. I was becoming weighed down by stuff.
    I’m weighed down enough by “life.”
    Now less cleaning of said stuff, a peaceful environment and a lifestyle that doesn’t burn the budget.

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    • November 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you for your beautiful comment, my friend 🙂 As you say, we have enough to contend with living our lives, let alone dealing with our stuff! A goal of a ‘peaceful environment’ is more worthwhile than an overflowing house. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Lxx

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