I’m not gonna sugarcoat this. I have a problem. It begins and ends at Sephora.
I have too much make up. Too too much.
Here’s the thing..not only do I love make up, I am relentlessly fickle. As soon as I find something I love I am immediately on the search for something I love more.
The thing about being fickle, though is that I am also weirdly loyal…I find something new, but can’t seem to say goodbye to the old…which leads me to today and a big old pile of cosmetics…
The organization of all that make up consisted of multiple bags filled stuffed under my bathroom sink. I am not proud. I had an “everyday bag” and then lots of other bags where barely used products went to die.
I am also a victim of buying essentially all the same colors ALL THE TIME!
I went on a search for a make-up organizer and was honestly appalled at the prices of some. APPALLED! BUT I happened to come across this Caboodle that might possibly be the exact one that I had in 8th grade at Target.
Now, when you have an organizer, start by separating your stuff into piles…foundation, skincare, eye shadow, liner, bronzer etc…
I threw out everything that was over a year old…AND I threw out anything that was a duplicate, saving only the best of the best.
Here are my piles…the before and afters.
Staring with skin care:
I was able to get rid of over half of my stuff…half empty creams that I always told myself I would finish finally got the boot.
I saved a heavy cream, a lighter cream, my night serum, eye cream, eye firmer, alpha hydroxy pads and my night-time treatment. These are things I use everyday. And yes, I am going through a bareMinerals faze right now.
Next up foundation…
I ended up keeping two, a cream and a powder foundation. My skin tone doesn’t vary too much between summer and winter, so I don’t have to keep other shades, But if it’s older than a year old, get rid of it.
Now powder and concealer…
Next up bronzer. I use bronzer everyday…
Here’s my blush collection…
Now onto eye shadows. Things are starting to get a little scary…
As you can see I had a lot of eye shadows in varying shades of brown. I decided that since I invested in a good Stila palette I wouldn’t need all those individual shadows. It was hard, but I did it. Also in there is my favorite everyday eyeshadow, MAC All That Glitters... and I also kept a smaller palette for traveling too. So that’s still a lot of colors, but much less space.
While on the subject of eyes…here are my eye pencils:
Moving onto mascara. Here’s one item that I am not bad about throwing out…reason being is that I either love mascara or hate it. My initial stash wasn’t so big, made up of recent purchases that I was ready to purge…
Next up are make up primers.
And now probably my most embarrassing addiction. Lip gloss.
Disclaimer ~ this does not include the lip glosses that are safely stashed away in all my purses.
As you can see I kept 10, which we all know is still too many. BUT my latest favorite is the Buxom from bare Minerals. It’s not sticky and goes on smooth. The color I like best is Dolly. It says it’s a plumper…I’m not so sure about that, but it does have a slight tingle when you put it on.
Now. Let’s get to caboodling…
Plus there is even extra room, which I will desperately try to not fill up.
For my skin care I am storing it in a roomy canvas zip up container that I got as a freebie. I try and get rid of the free make up bags that always seem to come with giveaways, but having a few on-hand is a good idea.
While it was hard to say good bye to all my old stuff, having just the essentials feels freeing. We all know that chartreuse eye shadow I bought was never gonna see the light of day.
Don’t be scared. If I can do it, so can you!