Concealers that reveal every line and crow’s foot (feet?).
Lipsticks that make my teeth look yellow rather than pearly white.
Face powder that makes me sparkle but not in that “cool” Edward Cullen way.
Skin care that irritates rather than soothes.
Hair care products that don’t work.
Make up brushes I don’t use.
“Healthy” snack foods that taste like tree bark.
T-shirts that don’t survive one round in the washing machine.
Calendars I don’t need.
“Luxurious” underwear that leaves very little covered but does provide wedgies of truly epic proportions.
You may think I’m merely sharing (unnecessarily) a list of personal items that have recently let me down. That is true…sort of. More embarrassingly, I’m actually sharing a list of some of my latest YouTube inspired purchases.
Before I continue, I would like to clarify that I am not suggesting YouTube is bad. It’s a thing; it is neither good nor bad. (Some of the people on YouTube? Well, that’s another matter entirely.) What I am saying, however, is that for some of us, YouTube should be used with caution!
I have addressed the perils of watching too much YouTube in a previous blog post (see below), and yet, here I am, still talking about it. This time, however, I think my latest attempt to break it off with certain areas of YouTube will prove more successful because I have finally realized this “YouTube made me buy it” behavior has slowly eroded my confidence in judging what products work best for me. This annoys me – a whole lot.
After all, I survived my teens without deferring to someone else’s recommendations for makeup, hairstyles, or clothing choices. (Although, perhaps I should have – it was the 80’s, need I say more?) I also managed to endure my twenties, thirties, and early forties without frantically searching online for someone to tell me what to slap on my face, what shampoo I should use, or what underwear works best under denim.
After dedicating what is probably an inappropriate amount of time admonishing myself, I have now adjusted my YouTube watching habits. I no longer watch the “big beauty gurus” or lifestyle channels as those tend to get me into trouble. Instead, I look for inspirational channels (such as Dr. Charles Stanley) along with channels that address frugal and simple living. These are areas I want to focus on rather than accumulating endless amounts of make up that I will never use and that will certainly not make me look like the 25 year old YouTuber hawking it.
If you are anything like me, I hope you’ll remember that no one really knows you, like you know you. Trust your own judgement about what works and doesn’t work for you. Don’t get bamboozled into thinking you need to look like your favorite YouTuber. We have enough YouTube look-a-likes in this world. You are enough, just as you are and if there are things you want to work on, be sure they’re the things that really count.