I’m not an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I want a little bit of this and a little bit of that, especially when it comes to beauty. Let’s face it: organic isn’t always better.
There, I said it.
It doesn’t always perform, and it isn’t always accessible. If I’m being honest, a lot of the natural products I try, I end up hating and selling on Poshmark later. It got me thinking – is going fully organic with your beauty routine really worth being only semi-satisfied with how you look? Both sides can be argued and both present valid points. Organic is, overall, better for your health in the long run. Conventional, however, usually performs way better and is better for your wallet. So where do you draw the line?
Like anything in life, it’s important to practice balance for both your sanity and your financial health. It isn’t feasible for most of the population to ditch all the products they’ve ever known and get entirely new organic ones. And that’s okay. I’m pretty sure my NARS concealer isn’t going to kill me and believe me, I’ve tried to replace it with everything under the sun. Nothing compares. Frankly, I’m tired of throwing money out the window in hopes of a miracle product that’s clean and won’t break me out.
In fact, I refuse to keep doing it.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Take the best of what you can find in both categories. Phase conventional products out when you can, but don’t beat yourself (or you wallet) up when you don’t want to leave behind your old faves. There’s something to be said for nostalgia after all. Just like perfume, a tried-and-true makeup product can transport us back in time. It can take you back to playing in your grandma’s makeup drawer as a kid (Estee Lauder Double Wear), getting your first kiss (Trish McEvoy lip gloss – not the best choice for the occasion TBH), going to prom (BareMinerals beauty blush), or falling in love (self-tanner – 2010 was a vibe). Call me overly romantic, but that’s part of the reason why I love beauty so much.
So here’s to not settling and not feeling guilty about it. I’ll take my NARS concealer with my RMS skin trio, my Redken All Soft with some Jason conditioner, and some Carmex lip balm with my Fitglow lip serum. Why? Because I can.
In the words of Gossip Girl: All I want is everything.