Friday, 6 May 2011

Hopelessly Devoted....Or Maybe Not??

This week we have Jenn from Hopelessly Devoted To Makeup is dishing the dirt on her own bad habits. Just a word of warning, if you're averse to clutter or revolted by the idea of other people's dirty pores, you might want to look away now....

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Confession is good for the soul, go ahead and unburden yourself! I promise I won’t judge.

Ok, bear with me this may seem odd. At least to most people, I am…I am…a hoarder, a beauty hoarder. I’m not talking about the actual beauty products. I’m talking about their packaging. Yes, the freakin’ box and/or bag it comes in. It’s silly really. I literally have 90% of every box my makeup has come in, and I also have a pretty unhealthy accumulation of shopping bags that these boxes came home in. It gives me some strange comfort to surround myself with these things that the normal person tosses as soon as she gets home. They can be high-end shopping bags to the low-end I really do not discriminate when it comes to bags.

Hmm.....I'm saying nothing.

Also, you know those Bioré pore strips? Well, I seriously get some drug-induced high after using one and seeing all the black heads it has ripped out of my nose. It is strangely satisfying knowing you banished that gunk from your pores. I could stare at that thing for hours in amazement!

There, don’t you feel better now?

Perhaps a little, if not embarrassed, and I can’t help but wonder if people think a) my house is in an episode straight out of the TV show “Hoarders” (it’s not, I assure you) and b) that I’m a twisted sicko (I don’t think I am, am I?).

Aunty Brown has a few more questions though; it’s true that I’m the nosy type.

When was the last time you visited the hairdresser?
It’s been far too long. I think the last time was in November. I’m terrible at remembering given the fact that my hair is longer and pulled up into a bun or ponytail 22 hours a day. Now please excuse me while I go and call up my hairdresser to rectify this. 

Alright up there Rapunzel?

Which bit of beauty trickery couldn’t you live without?
I like the look of false eyelashes but have always found them to be too bulky when wearing them. I’ve recently discovered eyelash growth serum. I apply it to my eyelashes every evening and seeing the results really work is rather addicting!

You’ve overslept and have 5 minutes to get out of the house. Are you going out with dirty hair or no makeup?
I’m going with dirty hair all the way. I think there is a reason the baseball cap was invented, and it has zero to do with baseball. I also think dry shampoo and headbands are quite ingenious!

Which trend still makes you cringe?
Well, I still haven’t forgiven my mom for perming my hair twice as a kid, she did it herself mind you. She fancied herself as a hairdresser apparently. I’m a child of the 80’s so I’ve had perms, side ponytails, puffy bangs—I’ve done it all. Thankfully, I was far too young to realize how big a beauty sin I was committing. 

Also, I still cannot understand why people use foundation that is a good two shades deeper than their actual coloring, and yet they don’t even bother to blend past their jaw line?!? I shudder when I see that.


Thank you for sharing Jenn, MOST illuminating!! I have to hold my hand up and admit to box hoarding too. I've finally removed most of them from the products themselves but I have flattened them all and put them in a carrier bag, just in case! Just in case of what I'm not entirely sure.

If you would like to take a turn and unburden yourself in the Friday Confessional you can email me at It's open to everyone: if you have something to confess, I'm happy to hear it!

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  1. A fellow bag hoarder! In the eaves of my house sits a tiny rocking chair from my infancy, and on that chair sits a huge bag full of ... shopping bags. I have no idea what I am saving for but there they are. As for the biore strips, people are generally quite interested in what gunk comes out of them, so you are not alone. ;-) Thanks for turning the spotlight on people just like us, Aunty Brown.

  2. Zuzu, you have actually reminded me that I used to do the pore unblocking in a professional capacity! I would put superglue on a glass slide, press it on to the forehead, let it set for 1 minute then extract. I didn't just inspect with the naked eye, I had to use a microscope and take pictures under high magnification. Ah, who says all jobs are boring? ;)

  3. LOL! I have a stash of bags, boxes and tissue! I mostly do online shopping- so I don't get the in-person shopping rush- I have to do it with gift boxes and tissue. I love designer tissue! SICK, I SAY SICK!

    I too have that fascination w/ pore strips! I haven't used one in some time.... thanks for the reminder.
    Thanks for the fully entertaining read. Someday, maybe I muster the courage to do this but I don't keep too many secrets. x jeanie

  4. LOL great post! I too hoard boxes! I have them all flattened out and hidden in a bag in my closet. If hubby saw all the boxes ie. purchased makeup, he'd probably have a heart attack! No pretty shopping bags though. I do all my shopping online so everything comes in ridiculously large cardboard boxes ;-) *sigh* and now I have an overwhelming urge to go buy some pore strips!

  5. I can totally emphasise with the pore unblocking - it's a shame those Biore strips don't really work on me for some reason. Jane, that sounds like the perfect job (and I'm being serious)! extracting pores for 'research'! Fab! x

  6. Hi BBB! Oh yes, that was about the most perfect research project for me ever!x


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