Good morning guys! Today we’re tackling one of my favourite areas to declutter, and that’s beauty products. There’s something really satisfying about it. Personally, I’m going to be really focusing on make up in this post, but if you prefer to go a bit more au natural you might want to tackle your toiletries or other beauty products instead – tailor these tips to suit you.
1. Gather it all together. If you have enough make up to warrant having an everyday collection and then an everything else collection, this may sound like a large task. Gather it all into a communal space so you can see exactly what you’re dealing with. Please, please, please make sure the surface is wipeable or that you’ve laid out a towel, lipstick stains on your carpet aren’t cute.
2. Divide and conquer. Depending on how much make up you have, your categories might differ. Personally, I do face, eyes, lips and tools, but you could take that further and go as far as foundation, concealers, bronzers etc – it depends how much you’re dealing with.
3. Do your make up. While you’re putting on your face, set aside the products and tools you’ve used, this is the beginning of your keep pile.
4. Everything else is negotiable. Start with one of your categories (personally I find the biggest category works well, sorting it gets you over the hump fastest, for me it’s always lip products). When you’re going through your items, here’s a few things to think about:
- Expiration dates (Is it still hygienic to use this product?)
- Duplicates (Do you have a few similar shades/functions amongst your products?)
- How does it feel? (What’s the pigmentation like? Is the formula nice? Is it hydrating? Does it wear well? etc)
- Does it match your current style? (Emphasis on the current part)
5. Clean up. Take this chance to clean out your make up storage, wash your brushes, clean off your mascara wand etc. It’ll feel like a whole new collection!
6. Give away/discard. If you have a sister or a friend, offer her the products you’re getting rid of. If they don’t want them, or if they’re unfit for use, just get rid of them. I know it’s going to seem wasteful, but if you’re not using it, there’s no point letting it hang around.
7. Consider going cruelty-free. If you were here last month, you’ll know I’m currently trying to transition into cruelty-free make up. This is the perfect time to do your research and start thinking about ethical repurchasing, if that’s something you’re interested in.
Great job guys! You are now officially a quarter of the way through this challenge, I’m impressed you’ve made it this far! Make sure to send me pictures of your new culled make up collections on Instagram and Twitter with the tag #FeBoost – I’d love to see how you’re getting on.