So, look what happened the other day when I did a MASSIVE cleaning of my room. Mind you, those in the pictures are the products which stand on my desk daily, not including 3 boxes of samples and sachets, not including 3 drawers full of makeup and 2 drawers of unopened skincare...
this had to STOP.
My obsession with makeup waned a bit, now I just want the bits and bobs here and there from a few brands only, I think I did relatively OK. My skin had changed considerably (and for the worse I'm afraid) during the past year and I've had crazy moments hauling skincare and all that, hoping they'll help improve my skin. Wrong.
I've thought about it long and hard lately. With an urgency to de-clutter my stash since I'm running out of space; to curb my expenditure since I realized this consumer habit is rather wasteful; I came up with the following beauty resolutions for the 2nd half of 2013. By the end of 2013, I'm hoping to do an evaluation of how these help to address the spatial and monetary concerns, if they work out fine, I'll stick to them.
(I hope documenting this semi-epic moment because more acknowledgement and presence might help me commit to it, I also want my loved one to know I'm doing it for our future. If it fails, at least I tried.)
Don't worry about blog content because a) I will continue to review the products I already have in the stash / will have on the blog; b) I have more than you imagine probably; c) gifts / PR samples will continued being accepted; d) I'm not on a spending ban and the following are by no means rigid rules - you will see the categories under #2 aren't exhaustive; e) I will still buy what I REALLY fancy, BUT the products are gonna either be REAL good or; if I run out. Put it simply: I'll think thrice of the following before handing out money at the cashier.
1. No backups for makeup and skincare (aka same product same brand) - I don't think I have backups of anything related to makeup, because I hardly finish anything, plus there's always something new on the market. As for the much sought-after LE products, one is enough. If I missed it (I'm looking at YOU - Le Metier de Beaute Melange Palette), so be it. Skincare-wise, stocking up on HGs might get you a better deal on the receipt, but I've learned during the past year that my skin did not need advance notice before it started going crazy, what used to work for my oily skin now suddenly made my skin excessively dry. Unopened stuff that won't be needed anymore gives me headache, not to mention it's a waste of money. Stuff that work well for me, they'll most likely be around on the store shelves, and I don't live hours away from stores, plus I'm sure I'll have samples accrued to last me for those 'gap' moments, so.
2. No-buy on the following items (unless in the highly unlikely event of running out). I might add things to it as I come up with new things, but for now:
a) Eye Creams - holy sh*t, don't even get me started. There are 4-5 full size and 6-7 deluxe samples, these will be enough for 3 years without buying. Need I say more?
b) Cleansing Oils - 3 full size to go. No buy until finish with them. No more mineral-oil based cleansing oils.
c) Cleansers & Toners - 3-4 full size unopened.
d) Eye Makeup Removers - 3 full sized unopened.
e) Sheet Masks (except tube/wash-off masks) - I"m pretty good with using frequently the wash-off and tube masks, so no problem with buying and using them. Sheet masks however, are my real enemy because there are 100+ pieces in the stash, and I prefer wash-off masks due to laziness.
f) Primers (including eyeshadow primers) - There are a few deluxe samples of eyeshadow primers which shall last me for one good year; 7-8 face primers in the stash and I use only 1-2 regularly.
g) Mascaras - 10+ unopened full size in a box lying somewhere, and I don't even use once per month.
h) Eyeliners - 40+ liners in a box somewhere, I use 2-3 regularly, and they're usually the same color family.
i) Loose/Pressed powders - here's the deal: I have never finished a loose powder, and I have a few jars. Pressed ones I've used up 2 so far and I"m sticking to the current one since it's working.
j) Lip Balms - I apply once per day, if at all. There are 8+ in the stash.
k) Lipsticks - I've always love them but hardly wear any now (due to skin condition truthfully).
l) Blushes & Bronzers - YES, can you believe it? I'm not moved by blushes anymore now. There I just said that! >100 blushes in my stash, period. >5 bronzers in the stash and I already found Chanel Notorious for perfect contouring, no more room for bronzers.
m) Hand Creams - I have a theory for this and body lotions, they're magical and have legs. They'll find their ways to my stash even if I don't buy them. Majority of mine come from gifts from lovely ladies, so there's no need to buy.
n) Body Lotions - read above (m). Do note that I would not buy any body lotions even when I run out, because I simply don't need them either. I read somewhere that someone doesn't feel much different with or without body lotions applied in chilly winters, and seriously, the weather here hardly gets below 10C.
n) Makeup Brushes - my brush holders are bursting, and I already found what works. No point in getting more really.
o) Highlighters - the most applied area is my browbone and nose bridge, and I don't need 10+ colors/sheen/finishes.
p) Hair Masks - 2 tubs still going strong and think they'll last me for another year or more.
q) Nail Polishes - I don't even wear them, maybe once or twice per year.
Right now maybe I should point out that beauty resolutions doesn't necessarily have to be of a "reductive" nature, resolutions are also about branching out and experimenting with new things, and most importantly, to improve my current skin condition.
3. Slowly experimenting with facial treatments done at beauty salons - I have come to realize the immense benefits of having facials done at beauty salons. Not only the feeling of being pampered totally rocks, if the treatment is improving my skin condition, I consider it a better investment than throwing $ in hauling skincare.
4. Stop picking/poking my skin - I'll let the beauticians at the salons do their job, instead of spoiling and ruining my skin with my own fingers.
5. Don't over-exfoliate - Yes there's such thing. Especially for sensitive skins and irritated skin folks. Chemical peels might be less abrasive than physical exfoliants but too much exfoliation will actually damage pores and spread germs if any. I"ll reduce my frequency of using to maybe once per 10 days/14 days (I usually do it once per week).
6. Read/study more about various ingredients in beauty products - this is a tough one because there's one thing known as over-studying (aka paranoid) which can be counter-productive and inefficient, not to mention there's no-fun without experimenting. I don't want to be "THE freak" or geek on this subject.
With 2013 half gone, what are your beauty resolutions and are they working out as you planned? (It could be expanding your collection or whatever you had in mind originally!)
If you are also aiming for downsizing of stash, I'm interested to know what are your tips/suggestions! Are there anything you skimp on? Anything you will not buy? Anything you would always keep an eye out for? Any inputs would be welcomed :)