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.
I’ve done a makeup inventory for the first time this year in order to see where I’m actually at with my collection. Below you can see the nitty gritty of how many products I own and in which categories. I’ve also included the count from before I started decluttering this summer, in brackets.
- Liquid: 1 (1)
- Powder: 1 (1)
- Blemishes: 1 (2)
- Undereye: 1 (1)
- Pressed: 1 (1)
- Loose: 1 (1)
- Palettes: 1 (1)
- Powder: 11 (12)
- Cream: 0 (2)
- Liquid: 1 (1)
- Powder: 3 (4)
- Cream/Liquid: 2 (2)
- Bronzer: 1 (1)
- Contour: 1 (1)
Total: 26 (31) = 17% fewer products
- Eye primer: 1 (4)
- Brow products: 3 (3)
- Open: 1 (1)
- Unopened: 1 (1)
- Liquid eyeliner
- Black: 1 (2)
- Coloured: 3 (3)
- Glitter eyeliner: 3 (3)
- Pencil eyeliner
- Twist-up: 4 (5)
- Traditional: 7 (11)
- Gel eyeliner: 0 (2)
- Palettes (6+): 6 (7)
- Palettes (2-5): 6 (8)
- Singles (powder): 4 (8)
- Singles (cream): 5 (16)
- Eyeshadow sticks: 4 (7)
- Lipstick (traditional): 29 (36)
- Lipstick (jumbo pencils): 5 (10)
- Liquid lipstick: 11 (16)
- Lip gloss: 1 (7)
- Lip liner
- Twist-up: 6 (7)
- Traditional: 1 (1)
- Lip balm/treatments: 5 (5)
- Lip scrubs: 1 (1)
- Sharpeners: 1 (1)
- Eyelash curlers: 1 (1)
- Tweezers: 1 (1)
- Face brushes: 9 (11)
- Eye brushes: 23 (25)
- Lip brushes: 4 (4)
- Lash glue: 2 (3)
Total: 49 (81) = 40% fewer products
Total: 59 (83) = 29% fewer products
Total: 41 (46) = 11% fewer products
That’s a total of 175 products, as opposed to the 241 prior to my decluttering efforts – a 23% reduction overall. I want to keep at it (a 1/3 reduction would be ideal), as well as to be very choosy about which new products I bring into my collection – but for now I’m pretty satisfied. I got rid of a quarter of my products (and had way fewer items than I would have thought, anyway). Also, as an unplanned side effect of my decluttering mindset I bought hardly any new products in the second half of 2015. Slowly but surely, my makeup collection is becoming made up only of products that I love and cherish.
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