My minimalism journey began in around 2010 when was back from my summer trip in Australia. Around that time, several books (by Japanese/American authors mostly) related to decluttering were published. Much inspired, I started incorporating the concept the next year.
When I stand in front of my closet today, I can still detect one or two pieces of clothing that I am not perfectly happy with, or I don’t wear very often. Does that make me a less qualified minimalist? Probably. But it’s okay!
It was only a few years ago that I started mindfully shopping. I accept and appreciate the pacing of the whole learning progress. Some people may learn faster than I do, but every person is unique, so is his/her experience.
Life is never a race. If it were, there would only be one winner — the one who possess the greatest amount of assets — while the rest of the population are losers. This is certainly not the way the universe is created to be.
“Beauty” has now become one of the mostly watched categories on YouTube. Some of those videos are so well presented that they just aren’t meant to be missed/skipped. Popular beauty vloggers one by one ventured a lucrative business in the real world, from getting sponsorship, attending events overseas to becoming a spokesperson.
I, too, have subscribed to more than a dozen of beauty channels. Having those videos playing at the background while changing and getting ready in the morning is one of my favourite things to do.
But as much as I appreciate and admire their sweet and lighthearted presentations, I am levelheaded enough to know that not all contents are relevant to me and neither are all tips applicable to me.
Here are some areas I think everyone should pay attention to if they want to truly benefit from watching beauty videos. (I am going to include some of my favourite beauty YouTubers as examples annotated with why I can’t take their advice too blindly even though I admire them so much.)
1. When watching skincare videos, compare your skin type with hers.
2. When wathing fashion videos, compare your commuting route and work environment with hers.
3. When watching makeup videos, compare your facial features with hers.
4. When watching hair-do videos, compare your hair amount, your tools and the time you have in the morning with hers.
In short, be realistic. Know the discrepancies between you and your idols on YouTube and make right adjustments. Beauty YouTubers are afterall much more resourceful than ordinary people as they run their channels as a business. (Don’t forget those videos have been edited for several hours!) It does no good to your self esteem and may not enhance your unique beauty blindly following what those beauty gurus do on the camera. Use those resources wisely for the sake of true beauty. Know yourself well enough first before learning so much about and from other people.