This summer I decided to limit the amount of beauty products I purchase. Sometimes I’ll stroll into a store for one or two things and then it happens…those little red or yellow stickers with those magic words, “clearance”, “sale”. It’s truly a problem that I have and that I know many suffer with; seriously, how much blush can one person wear or how many eyeshadow palettes does one need?
I have accumulated products from Christmas, my birthday, event gift bags, and my own purchases. Even if the colors repeat, one package may be prettier for my dresser display, one may promise better results. This year I have also been trying a new skincare routine, so I haven’t been focused too much on makeup.
So being surrounded by products and wondering what helps contribute to my breakouts, I went through my beloved stash of products. I couldn’t believe I had foundation from 2007! Why did I buy 4 eye shadow primers? I lost count of the colored eyeshadow as I only wear brown or nude which is very rare. After throwing away my old, used makeup, I collected everything that was unopened. I was shocked that I had so many repeats and just stuff I didn’t remember buying.
After picking out a few items I really wanted I decided that the best idea would be to donate them to people who would appreciate and actually use the items. My donated products went to my university’s theater company. Here are a few ideas that can help you declutter and put to use your unused beauty products:
1. Donate-One of the best feelings in the world is helping another human being. Several women’s shelters, job readiness programs, and youth groups accept unused products for people to help boost confidence and teach hygiene and personal care. Always make sure to reach out to the organizations to check for special policies and procedures. I gave mine unused products to a theater company and many local productions may accept as in-kind donations.
2. Gifts-Creating a beauty bag or basket is a great idea to give away your beauty products. If you have friends or family members that like switching up their look or style, try collecting a few products you think will work well for them and surprise them with a girly gift. You can use this as an opportunity for an easy at home spa day!
3. Throw away-Lipstick smells funny and feels dry and thick on your lips? Check the expiration date. Cosmetics are full of various chemicals and materials and over time these chemicals don’t work as well as they did before. Most cosmetics have expiration dates printed on the packaging such as “12 mo.”, this means that the product will start to lose its ability by a year. Once you open a products, the clock starts ticking, and the more you use a product the more air and bacteria it comes into contact with. Never share your eye and lip products and its best to have a regular cleansing schedule for makeup applicators and brushes. Dirt and oil can irritate the skin and cause breakouts so be sure to always wash your hands before putting on makeup, avoid touching your face during the day, and cleanse at night. No matter how cheap or expensive a product is, it can still break down and become old.
Parting with my makeup was hard at first, but when I look at my current “collection”, I still have a decent amount. I admit, I went through my unused products several times, wondering if I really wanted to give it away, but in the end I knew I couldn’t use it all. I now will only repurchase an item when it’s about 75% empty and hopefully I get to the point where I only have one container for all my needs.
Decluttering is a great way to give yourself some space and also allow you to become more aware of spending habits. I am sticking to my shopping list now and fighting against my makeup hoarding.