Today, I decided that it was time to take on a beauty purge. Makeup, lotions, brushes, sunscreen, toothpaste, deodorant, the whole shebang. Full disclosure, I have already tried this once before and it didn’t go very well. The ‘before’ photo in this post actually of the items I decided to KEEP during my last purge, which is a little scary.
With that being said, today is a new day and I knew I could do better. I started in Marie Kondo fashion by dumping everything into a pile on my living room floor (pictured at the top of the page). I emptied out my medicine cabinet and the vanity. I also went through the rest of my apartment and found any other items in this category. In the end, it was a big, glorious pile of stuff. I couldn’t help but wonder how much money I had spent on it all.
For this purge, my method was to pick up each item and asked one simple question: How often do I use this? This seemed like the most practical approach to assign value to the items in this category. It allowed me to part with items I hadn’t been using no matter how much I loved them in theory. Goodbye, amazing neon purple eye shadow. I had a lot of fun thinking about wearing you, but I never did.
Sorting through each item and asking this question led me to create three new piles:
- Items that I use at least once a week. These are the items that I use regularly and want to keep them around. For now, anyway. This pile included my remaining makeup, hair care, dental care, skin care and one bottle of fragrance.
2. Items that I use occasionally. These are the items that I use every so often, but not consistently enough to clutter up my space with them. This pile included my sunscreen, medicine, travel items, razor blades, band-aids and a two new bottles of my lotion and foundation for when the current bottles run out. I’ll be storing this on a high shelf in the bathroom for easy access, but out of eyesight.
3. Items that I do not use. These are the items that I managed to part with. Although most of these things truly hadn’t been used in a while, some were occasional-use items that I decided to take out of rotation. The makeup in particular was challenging because most if it was practically new. Also, that little canvas bag contains a brand new set of gorgeous makeup brushes! If I’m being honest, they’ve been brand new for about three years; I’ve just never used them. Time to find a new home.
Sometimes, I think we buy beauty products for the person we want to be, but not the person we actually are. Perfect example: liquid eyeliner. I have never successfully worn liquid eyeliner outside the walls of this apartment, and yet I always have a bottle just in case I ever learn to do that cute cat-eye thing. That could be my new style! Well, it isn’t. I finally trashed it today. I was not, am not, and will never be a liquid eyeliner person.
In the future, I hope to be much more intentional with new beauty purchases. I’d like to have a more natural collection of products and steer clear of anything that is tested on animals. It’s tempting to go out and buy a bunch of new stuff that meets these standards, but that isn’t necessary. I have decided to use what I have. As items run out and need to be replaced, I can take that opportunity to be more thoughtful with my next purchase.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with my progress today. There is still some work to be done in this area, but I do feel like a lot of clutter has been eliminated and it is hugely satisfying. Here’s a shot of the medicine cabinet after the purge: