As many of you know, I’ve been on a decluttering kick over the past year and a half. It’s been kicked back into high gear again due to recent developments. I’m really trying to cut my possessions down into a manageable amount that can, in theory, be easily transported if I were to, say, move halfway across the world again. (NOTHING OFFICIAL!!!!! But it’s in the works…)
So, here’s my last round of decluttering for 2015, as well as a makeup inventory for the year.
Bourjois Little Pot Blush in Rose Amber is a beautiful colour and comes in adorable limited edition packaging from 2013, but it’s developed a hard layer that makes it impossible to get to the colour. I could scrape it off, but frankly that’s too much work for me when I have other blushes I can be using without hassle! It makes me sad to get rid of it because I specifically asked Aisling to send it to me for Christmas two years ago when she was first in the UK and I was excited at the prospect of trying some brands I can’t get here – but the fact is that it’s become too difficult to use.
I just don’t like glosses, and although the L’Oreal Extraordinnaire glosses in Plum Adagio and Molto Mauve are lovely, I never use them. I do love and use my Lancôme Fever Gloss in 100 Degrees, it’s started to smell really off.
Getting rid of two liquid lipsticks here: Joe Fresh Long Wear Liquid Lipstick in Rouge because I cannot stand warm reds on myself, and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery because it bleeds out of my lip lines something fierce. I’m pretty bummed about that one since it was pricey and I like the three other colours I have in the Stay All Day range, but I suppose these things happen.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling (discontinued) is very pale and washes me out. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rigukien is a beautiful colour, but I have similar colours and the staying power is abysmal. Got CoverGirl Outlast lipstick in Red Rogue from work, but I’m not in the market for any new reds, so I’m setting it free. (It hasn’t been worn, so one of my friends can give it the love I cannot.) No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Fire is a bit dry and I like my Rimmel Red Diva lip liner better.
Three single eyeshadows that are lovely but that I never reach for: L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Flashback Silver, Annabelle eyeshadow in Violish, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk. I’m kind of bummed about these because they’re all gorgeous colours and nice formulas, but I can’t have stuff I don’t use lying around! Getting rid of the Eyelure lash glue (not pictured – it escaped from me in the bottom of my declutter bag!) because I think it sucks. The Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black never worked out for me; it transferred like crazy!
In terms of pencil liners, I can’t remember the last time I used either Annabelle Metallic Kohl Eyliner in Curacao or Sephora Flashy Liner in Flashy Brown. Out they go.
Eyeshadow sticks: the Stila Smudge Crayons in Antique and Kitten are lovely colours and I used to get a lot of use out of them, but they’ve dried out quite a bit and I have a newer Lise Watier shadow stick in a similar colour. I’ve never used the Kiko Eyetech Look Eyeshadow in 114 and probably never will.
I never reach for the Too Faced Matte Eye palette, and I have too many other shadows to keep something that gets no use.
Up until now my discerning eye has not passed over my brushes when decluttering, but I’m getting rid of four. From Real Techniques, the Brow Brush (way too thick for brows or eyeliner; I never touch it) and the Foundation Brush (weird shape that doesn’t work with any product I use). From ELF, the Powder Brush (has literally been gathering dust for years), and the Mini Blending Brush (not a blending brush at all, WTF ELF; never use it).
I received LUSH Comforter Hand and Body Lotion at a LUSH event, which was very nice! Sadly, I can’t stand the scent – and I have body moisturizers that I love and that smell nice to me. I’m sure one of my friends will love it, though.
Makeup inventory under the cut, for those interested.
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I never quite know where my makeup collection falls, in terms of size. Compared to the average human, it is quite large, especially in the categories of lipstick and eyeshadow. But compared to YouTubers or bigger beauty bloggers, it’s miniscule. There are categories that are downright minimal – for example, I currently have one liquid eyeliner, one mascara, one eye primer, one foundation, one concealer for blemishes, and one concealer for undereyes. But I know that there are products I don’t use, and it does make me guilty to have things sitting around that I never touch.
I’ve already purged twelve lipsticks this month, so here’s the end of this round of decluttering – mostly eye makeup, with a few face products thrown in for good measure.
Eye primers/bases: LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, ELF Eyelid Primer in Champagne, Lancôme La Base Paupières Pro Aquatique in Nude. The LORAC creases terribly on me, I’ve tried the ELF before and didn’t like it, bought the Lancôme last summer and have yet to open it. (I only took it out of the box about a month ago.) I love the NARS primer so much that I feel no need to test anything new. One of my friends is about to get very lucky, though – that Lancôme base is brand new and not cheap.
Liners: Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Precious Gold (don’t like the colour on myself), Sephora Flashy Liner in Flashy Silver (I’m more likely to reach for greys than silvers; silver tends to look very stark against my fair skin), Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Eyeliner in Noir (transferred on my eyelids like basically every eyeliner in the world besides Stila and Kat Von D), Smashbox Cream Eyeliner in Picasso (also transferred), Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl (smudges ridiculously – I understand wanting smudgy eyeliner, but I cannot imagine wanting your eyeliner to get all over your damn face).
Eyeshadow: Stila Stay All Day Wet-to-Set Eye Trio, Kiko Colour Sphere Eyeshadow in 03 Gold Beige, Wet N Wild Color Icon Glitter Single in Brass, J.cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette, Stila eyeshadow in Copper, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Sunwashed Sky. The glitter palette and single had to go because I never use straight up glitter; on the rare occasions that I want glittery gold on my eyelids, I just use a glitter liner over gold eyeshadow. The Stila eyeshadow and Color Tattoo simply didn’t suit me; every time I wore Stila Copper I looked undead, and Sunwashed Sky was too stark and frosty to flatter me. The Kiko shadow is actually really nice, but I have so many similar colours already that I use more regularly. Finally, I was always incredibly disappointed in pigmentation of the Wet-to-Set shadows when used dry. I know they’re really meant to be used wet, but I don’t have time for that. Plus, I rarely use those types of colours on my eyes.
I never quite figured out how to use this Physician’s Formula Happy Booster powder – is it a setting powder? Is it a highlight? It seemed to work as both, but it wasn’t outstanding at either. It just wasn’t a product that excited me, and I HATE that gaudy packaging.
The Revlon Photoready Cream Blushes in Pinched and Flushed are a decent formula, especially for the price. I decided to purge Flushed, a hot pink, awhile ago because it was too easy for it to become too much on my complexion. In the end, I realized that after giving Pinched a lot of love last summer, I barely use it anymore. I think cream blushes just aren’t for me. There are a few powder formulas that I love and that I will always reach for above any cream formula.
Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose escaped my last purge, but only just. I put it on the other day and was overwhemled by the artificial watermelon scent, which lingered all day. It’s a nice colour and the formula is pretty good too, but those things just do not make up for that smell.
Finally, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer seems to work for many a YouTuber, and I was excited to get my hands on it. But it just never blew me away. Sure, the coverage is good, but it’s nothing special. I also absolutely cannot get over concealers with doe-foot applicators because I find them completely, revoltingly unhygienic. The packaging is so cheap, too; the black letters rub off almost instaneously. Finally, the colour was never quite right for me, although that’s certainly not unique to this concealer – it’s rare that I find a foundation or concealer that isn’t at least a touch too dark for me. I don’t have a picture of it as I seem to have thrown it away already, apparently hating it too much to keep around for photography purposes!
That’s 19 products this round, 31 overall. Compared to the size of my collection, I’d say this is a good start – but I definitely want to get it even further under control. This round was the easy stuff, I suppose – the things that I absolutely never used and that had glaring problems. Next time I’ll have to be more ruthless, but that’s a problem for future Clem to deal with!
I’ve spent the last year decluttering – and quite successfully, at that. I started before I left for Scotland, paring down all the clothing that I felt I no longer needed. When I got back from Scotland I got rid of about 90% of what I left behind without donating, reasoning that if I’d managed seven months without missing any of it, I didn’t need it.
This bag is full of clothes that I’m donating. It is very heavy.
It’s cliché, but everyone’s new favourite book, The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, kicked this into high gear for me. I definitely do not subscribe fully to the KonMari method, but the simple idea of letting go of things that don’t spark joy has helped me immensely. I was able to be quite ruthless in my first round of culling, but giving myself permission to donate perfectly good items that I simply don’t love has been freeing. My wardrobe is a lot smaller – but I don’t find it any less versatile or workable, since I wasn’t wearing at least half of what was in it, anyway!
For some reason, I have been really stuck on decluttering my makeup. I want to hold onto everything. It’s been incredibly easy for me to let go of clothes, books, knick knacks, and other possessions, but I’ve had a huge mental block when it comes to makeup. Even when it comes to things that I know, logically, that I don’t love or use often, I have an automatic “No!” response when I think of letting them go.
However, it’s time to pare things down. I’ve been enjoying living with fewer things I don’t love sitting around, and, like many makeup collectors, I have from time to time felt guilty about the products I have but simply don’t love. So I started out with what is, by far, the category I collect most profilically: lip products. Here’s what I’m getting rid of.
First up, we have my fuchsias, which I tend to collect with wild abandon. Most of these survived this purge as I wear this type of colour often, but NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa and Revlon Balm Stain in Sweetheart both got chopped. I already have two fuchsia liquid lipsticks I like better, so Addis Ababa had to go. As for Sweetheart, I prefer the slightly deeper Revlon Lovesick (which was my favourite lip colour for ages). Marcelle Cleopatra (which is much brighter and pinker than it appears in this swatch – the lighting was weird) is a “maybe” – I don’t often reach for it, but kept it because I don’t have a colour quite like it. It’s on the chopping block, though.
Next, this Rimmel Apocalips in Meteoric Matte. I bought this in Edinburgh in the fall, wore it once, and abandoned it. It’s very similar to my OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet, which I prefer in terms of both colour and formula.
A few neutral-ish colours: Lipstick Queen’s The Hustle – which is an unflattering shade and packed with gritty glitter – and L’Oreal Extraordinare by Colour Riche in Rose Melody – which is really more of a peach than a rose, and which I just never reach for. (I probably would use it if it were rosier!)
More glosses: Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Gloss in Cashmere Rose and Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Kiss Me Coral, which are two shades that I never wear because I basically never wear lip gloss and I don’t love these colours on me anyway. Also, does anybody in the cosmetics world know what colour “rose” is?!
I basically stopped using all other true reds after dropping £23 on my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, so we can say goodbye to Jordana lipstick in Garnet and Revlon Matte Balm in Standout. I actually did quite enjoy Standout, but Charlotte Tilbury > Revlon in the hierarchy of my reds. Garnet was never particularly great, in my opinion; I bought it on a trip to the States last summer mostly out of “I CAN BUY JORDANA HERE!” excitement. The packaging is hideous and quick to dirty and the watermelon scent is revolting, in my opinion. If I’ve worn this twice I’d be shocked.
Two products that have been sitting in my “get rid of” bag for months. First up, Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry, which SUCKS SO MUCH OMG WHY DOES EVERYONE ON R/MAKEUPADDICTION GO WILD FOR IT WHEN IT IS THE PATCHIEST LIPSTICK IN THE WORLD! Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Back to the Fuchsia clearly did not make it through my initial “Shit I have a lot of fuchsia” purge back in the winter, mainly because I don’t tend to love more slippery formulas and because I don’t think the packaging is pretty. I’m shallow, I know. If you’re less shallow and you’re into lip products that feel like the Revlon Lip Butters, the Moisture Renew lipsticks are nice (mostly opaque) alternatives.
Finally, one self-purge: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 012 decided it had had enough of being a part of my collection. (Or, you know, I put it through the wash and it’s probably salvageable but it was on the chopping block anyway because I just don’t wear orange. Which is ironic because the reason it was in my pocket is because I wore it yesterday to try to make myself like orange lipstick, which I didn’t. I guess it’s a sign.)
I’m 12 products lighter, which I don’t think is too shabby! Next up will probably be eyeshadows – since my informal Color Tattoo declutter I’ve purged one more, and I have a few single eyeshadows that will never again be touched.