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.
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.
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