10 Signs You’re a Beauty Addict

Hello Monday! To kick off this week of VDM posts I thought I’d start by injecting a little humour into the morning with some self-observed actions I’ve discovered recently all cobbled together under the ’10 Signs You’re a Beauty Addict’ umbrella…

  1. You read the title of this post and thought ‘yep, guilty‘.
  2. MUJI comes up in your most visited sites. A makeup addicts second passion is always storage. A girl’s got to sort her stash, you know?
  3. After perusing the above pictures your heart rate beats a little bit faster and you are already on the MUJI site browsing storage solutions. Again.
  4. ‘No’ automatically corrects on your iPhone to ‘NK’.
  5. The staff in your local Space NK know you by name and treat you like an old mate discussing work/family/holidays whenever you wander in.
  6. You know your way round the maze-like Selfridges Beauty Hall like the back of your hand.
  7. When a mate asks to borrow an lipstick you give them 10 options and then proceed to demo a live YouTube video-esque intro to them all. Resulting in you conducting a full-face makeover.
  8. You ignore all other marketing emails, but ones from Cult Beauty, MAC, Space NK and/or Feel Unique are read as if they are an oracle.
  9. Your other half knows of their own ‘spot’ to congregate with all the other bemused partners when you do your thang in MAC.
  10. Your skincare routine has a mind of its own; often growing to a point where it will no longer fit on the bathroom shelf. Finding a spot to store your toothbrush becomes a problem.

How do you score with the above? It’s fair to say my traits apply to 10 out of 10. Dur. Anymore to add? Pop ’em in the comments below. I do love a chuckle-inducing comments section.


  • Sarah

    Oh my god that’s me … Very well put together so true and my local space nk girls also know me by name ha ha

  • Jo Sharma-Stray

    Love this! So true, made me giggle!

    Jo ★ | A Little Pop Of Coral

  • Sophie ♥

    Making sure a limited edition release is put on hold for you because you know it’ll sell out-and still making sure you’re at the store to get it not long after they open.

  • Anna Blush

    Agree with these 100%! Thanks for the Monday morning giggle x

  • Ella

    This is hilarious! How about having the notes section on your phone full of wishlists.

    Topshop giveaway on my blog!

    • Ella

      Also getting Bruno Mars spellchecked to Bruno Nars

  • Hahah this is a great post! Beauty addiction defined in 10 points.

    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Candace

    I’m onto my fifth “make up wish list” document on my computer, with the items organised into sections and by store, plus I keep the old ones for nostalgic purposes. Also never made a no-buy last more than a few days, oops! I always have to stop by the cosmetics section of a store, if there is one… and if there isn’t, I’m bound to find something that can be used in vague conjunction with cosmetics! I know about product releases before some brand reps that I’ve talked to! Oh, I could go on…

  • Hannah

    This post is hilarious! I definitely do 90% of these.

    Hannah xxx

  • Kim Clark

    This is me in every way!

  • So true!!! Especially points 4, 6, 7 & 8 for me!!!

  • I think the ultimate sign is when you start a blog! 😉

  • Ifa Yvhae

    so me LOL


  • I’m not so much a beauty addict, but this post gave me a good chuckle 😛

    xx Nicole

  • Hahaha! great one though some not really applicable to me who stay in Malaysia here. 😀

  • Chloe McFarlane

    10/10 for me!

    Thanks for the Monday morning chuckle Anna! 🙂


  • Jo Cannon

    You pause YouTube videos to nip over to Cult Beauty and buy … stuff
    If there is even a whiff of a stock shortage on something, you panic and buy 5 backups
    The phrase ‘Gift With Purchase’ causes a surge of adrenaline, second only to the phrase ‘Limited Edition’
    You spend an entire Sunday poised over your laptop, waiting for the Benefit Advent Calendar to go live *who me?*
    Love this post, Anna! xx

    • Kingdom of Tides

      I don’t think the girl working at the YSL counter got what I meant when I said “I’ve only used drugstore dupes.”

      • Jo Cannon


  • Haha loved this post! I’m so guilty of charge! x

  • the french beauty corner

    OOPS : 100% Guilty …

  • Kat_HJ

    Brilliant! And yup, guilty – especially of number 7!
    And also what about using beauty terminology and acronyms to family and friends who have no idea what you mean like HG, contouring, crease, MUA etc. Any other ones? xx
    Kat xx

  • Really enjoyed this post and had a little giggle to brighten a Monday morning x

    Lauren | What Lauren Says

  • hhahahahahhaa amen about the muji products! xxx

    Life of Verity

  • em

    having a current total of 40 beauty products on your wishlist… that you *will* buy

  • Supria

    Loved this post! 😀 I ALWAYS read emails from cult-beauty!

  • catherine titcomb

    10 out of 10!! well and truly beauty mad….wooo! xxx

  • Definitely guilty of no. 10, but in me defense, my bathroom shelf is pretty small? 😀

  • Kelly

    If I had a Space NK or Selfridges in this country I would score a 10/10. Great little post.

    Kelly | secondhandspring

  • HM

    11. VDM and Beauty Mouth are your bible.

  • Tenneil

    Guilty as charged. This is so me all over! When talking about makeup to my friends in real life, I sometimes find myself talking like a YouTuber and I have to stop and think to myself, “Wait, this isn’t normal” haha. Also when watching YouTube videos, you always find yourself adding another 14732657463 products to your wishlist!

  • Lia Scior

    haha priceless!

  • Mimi Wi

    Love it. Absolutely guilty.
    –> when your other half calls your part of the bathroom “the lab” 😛

  • Zazie Bibi

    uh oh, i think i’m one!

  • roshkud

    Sounds about right, hilarious post 🙂 <3

    Roshni’s Journey

  • georgina.kent

    Yup, that pretty much sums me up! I’d also add to the list:

    11. Only buying some magazines for their great makeup freebies
    12. Having a very colorrful back-of-hand or arm after visiting Boots/Superdrug/Debenhams etc 🙂

  • When you find yourself justifying to friends and family why you need another neutrals palette that to them looks the same as all the rest. They are all different, honest! And I need them all, it’s like collecting Pokemon. Collect them all!!!! Lol

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post! I’m definitely guilty of this…. ♥

  • Victoria Reilly

    Unfortunately I only score a 9/10, purely for the fact that my partner refuses to venture into the depths of places like Space NK and Selfridges with me… he also almost had a heart attack when he realised I’d happily spend a whole months wages on beauty products. Oops…

    Vickie xo | vickieblogs

  • Luuurve it!

  • NelleShoeGirl

    Buying a new palette and then not touching it for a few months because you have SO MANY other things to be trying. ahem. Who? Me? :-/

  • Ky

    You are on the infinite and unending hunt for the perfect taupe eyeshadow. No matter how many you own, SOMEHOW each one could be improved upon.

  • Dar Diamant

    I’m going to go a bury myself somewhere… just reading this makes me feel guilty 10/10, oh no!

  • Julie

    When you have trouble deciding what eyeshadow and lipstick to use for the day because you have to many…

  • Kingdom of Tides

    You pay more attention to what Beauty bloggers post on your Newsfeed than your friends…

  • Ellen Findley

    You purposefully hid Sephora and Ulta’s shortcuts from the Chrome home page because their presence there reminds you of your obsession.

  • Siti Fatimah

    guilty as charged..also your heart skips when there’s a new product just want to buy everything!!

  • When you come down from your “makeup high” after a trip to Sephora and realize you bought a bag full of products you don’t need.

  • Natalie

    When you end up with 15 highlighters and realise there is no way in your life time you will be able to use them all but still go and buy another one as it is holiday collection?

  • Natalie

    When you bought brand new product and dying to try it but have to wait untill you take pictures for Instagram 🙂

  • Not Your Ordinary Lookbook

    Yep, I’m an addict too 😛

  • Cassie

    I’m definitely guilty of knowing my way around Sephora.

  • Prettysnoopy

    Glad I’m not the only one who struggles to find somewhere to put the toothbrush, I’m quite relieved when it’s on charge (ie. not in my bathroom!) xx

  • Alison Hope

    You buy four copies of the same magazine for all the varieties of nail polish/hand cream/ lip balm.

  • AgentSmyth

    Haha I laughed so much at the marketing emails one! My nearest Selfridges or Space NK are like a 4 hour drive away sadly so I failed on that one, but I do know my postman’s name due to the gazillions or parcels I get a day, and my local courier tells me I keep him in business…

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Anna Belsham

    My toothbrush holder stores my most used makeup brushes, no room for the actual toothbrush…

  • Katie

    I’d say I’d definitely be a 10 out of 10 if you used some US stores! If I lived in the UK I’m sure this would apply to me. Love this post Anna! 🙂

  • Hayley Campbell

    haha this is my life! x

  • Liz

    I did a really similar post a few months back! “10 signs your addicted to makeup”

    And how can you not love MUJI storage! Just bought some and on the hunt for some more!

    Liz xx

  • Amy

    This is great Anna! My toothbrush barely fits in my little (not so little anymore) skincare basket in the bathroom.

    Amy x
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Clara

    When a face full of spots because you’ve had an allergic reaction to some new thing means you’re suffering for your art.

  • Lyndsey

    My problem is makeup minis. I LOVE them (and love collecting them) but don’t want to use them because they’re just too cute.

    • daylemclaren

      I love minis as well, theyre so dinky!

  • Beth Bradley

    This is me all over and I’m guilting of my phone changing no to NK!

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  • Spritely

    When speaking your other half, you reference beauty bloggers by their names in a conversation as if I actually know them, IE: “Today Anna & Lily said…”

    • Emma

      even worringly my other half knows the names himself. Recently at the Mac counter he comes out with ‘doesn’t the pixiewoo sisters use this’? So proud.

  • Marleen

    Haha, very guilty! I confess!

  • Heels Forever

    Lol so true about the MAC counter x

    Heels Forever

  • Maya Matthews
  • Oh the skincare routine, sometimes I am a lazy slacker and let it shrink a bit, but if I am being a real goodie goodie then my skincare routine definitely takes up far too much time and space. Ah well! xx

  • Vasiliki An

    Guilty as well!! ;D Very nice post!Loved it!!xx


  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Gem

    Yep, hands up! But we wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

    Gem x

  • Guest

    When Bruno Mars gets spellchecked to Bruno Nars

  • Jo Cannon

    When your spellchecker recognises “viviannadoesmakeup”.

  • Emma W

    When you have to buy a new make up bag because you jammed so many things in that you busted the zip :-/

  • When you go to the mall for clothes but come back with a giant bag from Sephora instead….

  • coisaseoucenas

    Guilty as charge, I’m afraid.

  • Alicia Daniels

    Hahahaahaha when your drawers wont fit and I need a new makeup bag because I broke the zip of the other cramming things in! X

  • Georgia

    Loved this post, made me giggle!

  • The makeup bag gets bigger in size every time I buy a new one, so I won’t have to cram everything in. BUT I still end up cramming everything because I decided to carry around few more items, since there’s more room. Also when it comes to makeup/ beauty, I value the opinions of the bloggers/youtubers more than my friends because I know they aren’t as makeup/beauty crazy as me.


  • Em

    For me it’s the regular appraisal of the ‘day to day’ make up collection in my bathroom because it’s grown to such a size my storage can’t take it and some things have to be moved into my secondary make up storage!

  • Zaahida

    Where are the storage drawers from? I need them!

  • Sylvia

    “Your other half knows of their own ‘spot’ to congregate with all the other bemused partners when you do your thang in MAC.” HAHA I love this one.

    For me, one of the weirdest signs that I’m a Beauty Addict is that I need different specific kinds of cotton to do different tasks. The soft square Shiseido ones for toner, Equate brand quilted cotton rounds for eye makeup removal, Target exfoliating ones for the face… the list goes on.


  • This is the story of my life, haha. So true! Except sub out Sephora because I dont actually a Space NK near me in the States.

  • This made me laugh, but it’s all so true!! xx

    Leanne | |

  • “Your skincare routine has a mind of its own; often growing to a point where it will no longer fit on the bathroom shelf. Finding a spot to store your toothbrush becomes a problem.”

    That is a total problem!

  • circafashion

    Your are a beauty addict, when your friends are scare to ask you for advice on one item, like say blush because they end up buying blush, blush brushes and lipstick, because you convince them everything is a must have

  • This is so true! I am guilty of most of those things! x

  • Christina Abdilla
  • philippa

    All very true – I’m very much addicted to MUJI storage.. it’s all so pretty!


  • Lou

    oh so true!! I relate to them all! A friend of mine recently asked to borrow a nail polish ( she knows where to go! ) in a red/coral shade….so I present to her a sweet little makeup bag with 11 different shades/variations of red/coral, throwing in a few pinkie corals, peachie corals, pastel corals and neon corals…I amuse even myself sometimes! Lou xo

  • Claire F

    Oh lordy haha everything is true apart from the Space NK ones just cus there isn’t a Space NK in Liverpool! So, so guilty!

    Loved this post, Anna!
    Claire | Shining Like Silver

  • Claudia

    I said “yep” to all of these. Love your funny posts, these are all totally true!
    You know you’re a beauty addict when you say “Just want to go to Boots to have a nosey” then come out with a bag full of 3for2 items 🙂 Guilty!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  • Carrie Ward

    I recently cleared a wee bit of space on the bathroom shelve so I could take a picture of the new nars palette to text to my other beauty obsessed friend, to enable her purchase of it. (It has the best light in there) I remove the palette and go to the kitchen to cook dinner. Five mins later my husband walks into the bathroom and asks immediately: “What’s wrong?!”
    Me: “What do you mean?” (up to my elbows in Spag bol)
    Hubby: “There is a space on the bathroom shelf are you leaving me?!!”
    Me: “No what would make you think that?”
    Hubby: “There is NEVER EVER space on the bathroom shelf usually there is like fifty face cloths there instead!”
    Lol He knows me well enough to know first thing to be packed would be my skin care stuff and face cloths.

  • Hayley M

    …11. When you can’t
    stop thinking about your wish list on the Space NK website …check! Lol

    Hayley x

  • Preeti Sundaram

    When you open Google Chrome and the list of most visited websites on the new tab page are all beauty-related .

  • Jackie Jean

    When you have nothing to wear, yet you buy make up instead on clothes. Story of my life!

    • Hahaha! I thought I was the only one who did this! 😀

      Asmaa || JustPeachy

  • Jessie Cardella

    How about when you’re out at an event and you go to comment on someone’s nail polish or lipstick and accidentally spill the name because you know it by heart. Even worse if you also have another one to recommend to them!


  • Sarah Johnson

    When you go to other countries you make sure to shop for makeup that you cannot get where you live. I am dying to travel to England so I can get some stuff there! Also, I’d love to meet all of my favorite bloggers.

  • Faith Castle

    So guilty of number seven especially. I love a real-live YouTube demo haha x

  • My best friend basically brings an empty make-up bag when she stays with me, preferring to treat my make-up stash as a free chance for a makeover with some products she hasn’t tried. To be fair, she does the same thing with my wardrobe…

  • Rachel

    Very guilty – I am definitely a beauty addict!

  • Victoria

  • yes yes and yes! I hate my phone autocorrecting to NK lol.

  • PeonyandPeach

    When you hear the word orgasm and the first thing you think of is the Nars blusher?

  • Emma

    Absolutely fantastic post, Anna – I agree with far too many of these!

    Emma xx

  • Felicia Aw

    OMG!! Thats what I’m doing right now 😛

    Felicia Aw |

  • Cæcilie Bachdal

    Damn you, Vivianna 😉 I’d never heard of (what world am I living in?!) before reading your blogpost. And now I’m 32 punds poorer, but five products happier 😀

    Us scandinavians (Copenhagen Denmark, that is) have THE smallest selection of makeup products in the world. But thanks to the internet (and your lovely witty blog) I step into the brave new world of makeup 🙂

    • Mille

      Vær forsigtig at der ikke kommer told på når du bestiller derfra. De sender desværre fra øen Jersey, som ikke er en del af EU, men hvis du er uheldig og får en regning, kan du sende den til dem, og så betaler de for den :))

      • Cæcilie Bachdal

        Wow 🙁 Tusinde tak for tippet! Sikke noget møg egenligt, troede lige jeg havde fundet mit nye beauty-yndlingsted. Har du oplevet at være blevet opkrævet told?

        • Laila Heldal

          Jeg har handlet på feelunique mange gange og har kun en gang oplevet at blive opkrævet told. Jeg lod pakken gå tilbage, skrev en mail til dem og fik pengene retur uden problemer.

          • Cæcilie Bachdal

            Hej Laila,
            Jeg er så uheldig at blive fanget i tolden, ved mit første forsøg på at købe via feelunique.
            Men du havde erfaring med det. Hvad gjorde du præcis?
            Jeg har nemlig fÃ¥et en skrivelse fra PostDanmark om, at jeg kan afhente pakken mod et importgebyr – hvilket jeg selvfølgelig ikke er interesseret i.
            Jeg har sendt dig en privat besked pÃ¥ Facebook, hvor du kan svare (den ligger i din “anden mappe” under beskeder).

  • Ashleigh

    This is so so funny and true! Love it xx

  • Mille

    When you’re going on vacation, and the thing that excites you the most is buying makeup, that is unavailable in your own country :ii

    • Cæcilie Bachdal

      Ha ha, story of my life – so true!

    • Laila Heldal

      So true… I am going to Paris next summer and are already scanning the internet for good places to buy makeup and skincare products.

  • Sandra G

    Number 7 though. When I was in high school my junior year (I’m a college sophomore now) I was one of the ones who looked like I didn’t care for makeup. For my choir group, the girls were doing their makeup and hair last minute. No one had any lip products besides chapstick. Lo and behold, I opened my backpack and had all sorts of glosses and lipsticks and every girl in the choir was lining up to have me demo something on their faces.
    Probably one of the first times the “popular” chicks noticed I existed lol xD

  • Laila Heldal

    I was in the toothbrush situation yesterday. Organised all my cabinets and drawers in my bathroom and ended up with a toothbrush that didn’t really fit in anywhere. Felt a bit annoyed when I had to remove some skincare products to make room for it.

  • Arpita Bajaj

    I’ve gotten full marks here too, which I’m not sure is a good thing!

  • beccabirdx

    guilty guilty guilty.

  • Sophie

    Oh man, guilty to the extreme 😉



  • Giulia Viti

    Hahahaha that’s SO accurate 😀 I’d add boring our soulmates to hell by describing to them the secrets of contour when they just asked “how can some girls change that much with make up?” and deep inside you perfectly knew they didn’t really want an answer 😀