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Are the message boards dead?

Just a casual observation here but it seems like there aren't as many new posts as there used to be.  Is this just me or does it seem that way to other people, too?  Don't get me wrong, I know a lot of the new posts used to be the same topic over and over again, but it seems a little dead around here.  You can tell me if it's just me!  🙂

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@WinglessOne I understand. I’m still not sure if I’m going home for the holidays this year. Covid has definitely affected my mental health. I work had to keep it on track though. Basically the instant I started working from home last year I shifted from going to the therapist every two weeks to every week. They’re video appointments but I just didn’t wanna get too weird and isolated and I was afraid I would get depressed. I don’t get to wear lipstick all the time like I used to. I DO find that organizing my collection has made me use barely touched items much more though. And you were kind enough to recommend the lipstick carousel I bought, so thank you. I feel you. Trust me.

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I feel you @WinglessOne @and its hard to  deal with the anxiety we are all going through atm. You are definitely not alone. Its happening now,  but you will get through it no matter how long it takes. I hope you are doing well enough 🤗 .   I have ups and downs all the time and I wish I never had the down part but it happens and there is norhing wrong with it.

 

Take care and Im sending positive thoughts to you! 

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@WinglessOne  Virtual hugs! I’ve missed you on here. And I’m always here if you need to talk/vent. I also deal with anxiety and I know exactly how you feel. I also think it least for me the whole pandemic has definitely added an extra layer of anxiety on me that has become worse the before. I definitely miss doing all the things I use to do and it is hard when I can’t even see my friends and family. You aren’t alone and I’m always here if you need anything.

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@WinglessOne I hope you’re doing ok.  The holidays are stressful and I’m sure COVID isn’t helping anyone. We’re two months out from the holidays but I already had my meltdown yesterday thinking about all the obligations and expectations I’m going to have to live up to, manage, and disappoint. 

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@itscarin - I definitely noticed a slowdown in posts on BIC!  I thought it was just me.  I'm not an Instagram user so I'll always be here.  I'm teleworking so haven't worn makeup since March of last year.  I do draw on my eyebrows most of the time when I go out, but that's it.  I've bought a few smaller sized eyeshadow palettes that I haven't used and one or two lipsticks (a nosedive in both areas for me).  I see no reason to spend the money when (a) I don't know when I'm going to be able to go back to wearing makeup, (b) I'm teleworking, and (c) I'm looking at retiring in 5 to 7 years.

 

I'm always happy to talk makeup even if I don't wear it.  

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@Titian06 @I agree with this - I am an Instagram user but I really only use it for my personal life and rarely post. I used to be super into the YouTube beauty community but I think I got too old to tolerate all the drama and lost interest haha. A lot teens and such seem to have moved to tik tok as well 

 

I’ve definitely noticed a bit of a slow down here, but I still like to talk about all the beauty stuff as well, even if I wear it less than I used it because I’m not in the office everyday. But I’m sure that’s contributed overall to less posts. 

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I am considering retirement also @Titian06 . Every time I bring it up with my husband he always reminds me of all of the money that we save on our health care and prescriptions. I am considering cutting down on my work schedule just to keep benefits. I know that I would regret retiring completely but a reduction in working hours would keep me active enough. I always worked throughout the pandemic even though it was a reduced schedule. Because I deal with the public I have always worn a full face of makeup. The biggest difference is that I am gravitating towards lighter colored lip glosses.

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@Titian06 cheers to your future retirement!  I love make up but I also love being able to go to bed without having a drawn out procedure for taking off my makeup. I pretty much only wear makeup when I have a meeting with boss so I can fake looking like I cares about my appearance.  I’ve got an old school boss who cares about things like that. 😕

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I've noticed that things have slowed down for a while now, and I mostly stop by to check out the promo codes thread before making purchases or if I get an email that someone messaged me or tagged me in something or other.  

 

But after years as a Rouge member, I'm not sure I'll reach that level for next year because I'm just not buying as many products. I spend most of my time at home after my job went permanently remote, and since I'm usually wearing a mask when I venture out, I only wear eye makeup and maybe a tinted lip balm. But really, I'm trying to buy fewer things in general and go more minimalist. 

 

And I tend to keep up with some of the people I've met through here on Instagram these days. But it seems like most of them are no longer active here, as well.

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@txcatx @I never get emails or messages anymore! I don’t know why but it also makes me forget to come back and see what’s up.

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@txcatx  I rarely wear lip products anymore because of mask wearing.  It definitely helps cut down on the spending!

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@itscarin  I have definitely noticed that there are way less posts lately. I haven’t been as active on here because I changed jobs and don’t have as much free time. 

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Starting a new job is always stressful @faeriegirl ! Hopefully it’s going well and will settle soon!!

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Thank you @Kim888! It is definitely getting better❤️

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@faeriegirl  How is your job?  Do you like it?

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@Ispend2much6  It is going well. It is a lot busier than my old job, but I’m getting used to it. My old job was a very toxic work environment so I’m definitely in a better place now.

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@faeriegirl I'm glad that you're in a better place now!  Can I ask what you do?

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Thank you @CookieGirl1!  I went back to being a pharmacy tech.

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@faeriegirl that's awesome!  

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@itscarin yeah, I miss some of the people I used to talk to here.  I post almost exclusively at night, unless it's the weekend or a vacation day, and I think a lot of people don't post at night.  I have IG but I don't post much, I just usually follow people.  I'm a bit old and a bit late to the IG game.  I'll still be here!

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@curlychiquita  Yay!!!  It wouldn't be the same without you.

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