Drugstore makeup is a drug

September 18th, 2014

This column is devoted to girls who know what’s good for them, who sometimes enjoy being vain and buy more makeup than they will ever need. I wrote this for us.


There are days where I get really bored, so I decide to go shopping. I also shop when I’m in a bad mood. I’ve also gone shopping when I’m in a really good mood.


But there’s one type of shopping in particular that I hate to love –  shopping for makeup.


Going to makeup stores like Sephora or Ulta is different. I don’t even know how to use half of the things they sell.


And I’m not usually inclined to buy makeup brushes that look like dental tools and cost more than the security deposit on my house.


No thanks.


The drugstore makeup is where the real problem lies.


It’s affordable and there’s a ton of it. Everywhere.


Grocery stores. CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid.  And the mother of all drugstore makeup shopping – Target.


Like I said, I shop all the time. But the worst time to shop is when I have a lot of time on my hands, which is often.


I’ll spend hours in the four aisles designated for beauty and cosmetics.


But only buy waterproof. You don’t want to be out on a Saturday night without the waterproof mascara for three reasons – boys, college and beer.


One thing I can’t stand, though, is when people make fun of girls for wearing makeup.


“Girls that wear makeup are lying to us, that’s not what they actually look like.”


Shut up. Yes it is.


I don’t believe that girls should only feel secure when they wear makeup. Of course I want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin with our without something covering up a zit.


But the key word here is “with.” If makeup is what gives someone an extra boost in the morning, then that’s that and nobody should have anything to say about it.


And no, just because we like makeup does not make us vain.


We do go overboard sometimes, especially when we pick it out. I have never taken a guy makeup shopping with me before  – and for good reason.


It’s embarrassing. I get so indecisive and excited, yet nervous about breaking the bank all at the same time.


It’s a really anxious experience.


I think the most ridiculous aspect of shopping for makeup is the stream of lies girls tell themselves when they’re trying to justify buying this stuff.


I can see myself needing this at some point. I should get that.


That looks weird, I want it.


Bouncy blush? Absolutely.


This matches my skin tone perfectly, they made this for me.


That’s such a good deal.


I am losing money if I don’t buy this.


I think I might literally need this.


I don’t know about you, but I want to get the “London Look.” I want it.


Plus, it’s way easier to pick up an eyeliner at CVS than actually going to England. So I’m saving money in the end.
Maybe not every girl is like me in this regard, but I know I can be semi-crazed when it comes to shopping.


The bottom line is to say no to drugs.


Unless it’s discounted mascara at Target – because that’s a steal.


I believe that every girl should indulge in makeup, sometimes. Especially if it makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.


And never let anyone tell you otherwise.