Almost all of the self-proclaimed beauty junkies out there have accumulated and amassed and collected entirely too many skincare and makeup products. To the point where they occupy the medicine cabinet, the drawers, the bags, and the extra cabinets that populate any bathroom. And the insuing struggle ends up being how to use them up without wasting what they have already paid good money for. If you Google several search word variations of this issue, it can be difficult to find many results on using up skincare and makeup products. So here are a few compiled tips that might help in reducing the junkie accumulation in your own bathroom cabinets.
- Face creams that you do not find yourself reaching for — Consider using them as hand, foot, or body creams. The skin on these parts may be more tolerant to products, but they do still need a little Tender Loving Care, so make sure to slather on those lotions and potions.
- Makeup removing wipes that irritate your complexion — Again, take this one below the neck! Keep a packet in your gym bag for a quick refresh, or your desk at work to dab on in the ladies’ room before headed out to an evening function.
- Lip balms that do not do the trick for your lips — Keep it at your desk or in your purse anyway, and use it as a quick brow gel or a cuticle cream instead, or to even tame those loose flyaway hairs from your ‘do.
Makeup is a little more difficult to repurpose, but it can be done.
- Foundations or concealers that turned out too light or too dark — If the shade is only one or two shades off, try using it for contouring or highlighting your skin. With the too-dark shade, dab a little of it in the hollow of your cheek to slim your face. With the too-light shade, add a touch to your brow bone or the top of your cheek bone. As with any contouring or highlighting product, just make sure to blend it into your skin tone well enough so that there are no definitive lines of demarcation.
- Lipsticks that just were not what you thought they could have been — Consider mixing it up. If your new bold red was just way too bright, blend it with a touch of Vaseline for a sheer lip tint instead. If the perfect nude turned out to be less than perfect, dab a touch on your cheeks to see if it could actually be the perfect nude cream blush.
Now obviously, if you had some sort of reaction to any of the products that occupy valuable vanity space, go ahead and toss it outright. No sense in duplicating that result! I would love to hear back if you have any suggestions to add to the list! The way I figure — the quicker I use things up, the quicker I can shop for more!