I only joined specktra in sept of 2011 so I haven't been here for that long but I have also noticed how sweet and helpful this community is. I've loved MAC for a long time but my routine was a basic 1 color eyeshadow (no primer...lol) eyeliner and mascara. Blending? Forget it. Thankfully in my high school years I had pretty great skin so I didn't look like a TOTAL hot mess.
Anyway, I joined because everyone seemed so darn sweet and helpful. I've loved watching how people have gone from "I can't wear that color it's not in my comfort range" to people rocking something they wouldn't have pre specktra. Myself included. Ive learned so much in the few months that I've been here including how to properly stalk a MAC collection
I'm going to get a smidge personal here... Without specktra and all of the confidence boosting, I'm not sure where I would be right now. I have suffered from major depression for a long time now (years). Sometimes it's impossible for me to get out of bed. Sometimes I can get out of bed but won't leave the house for weeks. It's terrible. Being here has helped me in that I wake up and say, "ok, just shower.... Now that you're showered try some new makeup out for fun... Now that you feel confident in your looks why not leave the house and do something productive?" Even if I'm tired and feel like crap I feel better knowing I don't look like complete hell. Haha. So yes, even if I don't respond much I do lurk and pick up techniques. Many of you have helped me.
As a side note about not being able to talk to friends about this, yes, most look at me like I'm crazy. DH and I were out on a double date and my BFF said she liked my nails. I said thanks and told her how I've been practicing and make my manicures look almost professional. She turned to her BF and said, "Aren't you glad I'm not like that?" So basically my poor sweet husband will sit down with me if I ask him to so I can show him my new products, but no one else. Apparently I'm vapid and materialistic.
Ok now I'm just rambling lol
You know, for vapid and materialistic girls that we are, this is the most supportive forum I know. Ironical?
I am glad you shared that about depression. I struggle with that too, and yes, putting on makeup keeps me feeling a little bit better about myself. When a person is depressed and has low self esteem, every bit helps. I am glad your DH understands the make up thang and that mine does too. Even if he calls me a hoarder LOL