Yes, make-up! I mostly like to collect high-end make-up, especially seasonal and limited editions. I started collecting the odd pieces when I was in junior high or high school and my mother introduced me to Elizabeth Arden. At that time I think I only collected a couple things from that brand, but I do still have a trio of eyeshadow compacts that is based on the Pageant of Beauty mural that Elizabeth Arden herself had commissioned in 1935, honouring the beauty of 125 women throughout the ages. Those came out in 2006.
In the same year, I had discovered Dior, a brand I had chose for myself and bought a small lipgloss set in the airport. While I had noticed Dior's limited editions year after year, I had yet to buy anything from Dior till that year where in the fall I got my first two limited edition palettes, the face and eyes Detective palettes in Beige Vibration and Pearl Reflection. That was the slow start. In the summer of 2007 was really got the engines going as I had also discovered beauty blogs at the time, including a couple of my favourites that I still follow like A Touch of Blusher
Beauty blogs certainly fuelled my interest as I browse my blogroll of them daily (sometimes twice) for any news of limited editions or upcoming collections like you've seen in my last post. I'm starting to slow down quite a big in my collecting as I have too many products so I have to really love and be intrigued by a product before I'll fork over the dough for it. While there was a time I once bought one to look at and one to use, I now just buy and use one. Some may say before I had more money than sense (and I have been given this impression or told in different words) but really, what's the difference between this and any other joy in the world? It would have been less sense for me to be buying anything frivolous if I didn't have savings and was short on cash for living expenses. A roller coaster ride or movie theatre food isn't cheap either but people still spend on those on occasion for the most part because it makes them happy. It's a bit of indulgence and my one other main indulgence other than books.
Some people, mostly guys but a couple of straw feminists at least, have been disdainful, slightly mocking, and seem to enjoy turning up their nose at what they don't call a hobby or real collecting. Guys I can get because I've only met a handful who understand why I enjoy make-up, including my boyfriend (we have a mutual agreement: he lays off on my make-up, I'll lay off on his video games and arcade parts). Now the straw feminists...I just want to whack them with a heavy-duty train case thank you very much.