Resolution LOW-BUY 2019

shellygrrl

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First face of 2019...

* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Kevyn Aucoin SSE - SX01 (I ended up keeping this)
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Grey and Cool Brown (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* MAC Paint Pot - Camel Coat
* Covergirl Lash Blash Full Lash Bloom Mascara (quite a bit thicker and fuller than the Nourish mascara, lashes look more prominent)
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* MAC Lipstick - Fanfare
 

lenchen

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What is thus about a re-release of Wayne Goss brushes? Which ones??
The old WG number 20, the older version of the fan rush, and the WGA version of the MAC 239, however I have learnt since my last post beautylish already sold out of their old stock, and never informed me as promised. Oh, well less cash I'll have to put towards the Sonia G face set when it comes out.
 

lenchen

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Let's see... I spent 2.5 x the amount needed to make obsessed at MAC, was a little over $100 short of making Rouge at Sephora, close to making rouge at Sephora Mexico (they are separate), and also placed numerous Beautylish orders as well as Neiman Marcus when they had 10% Ebates. I spent a lot, and I do feel I spiraled out of control in 2018.

I need to reign myself in... Just need to.

However, a lot of the companies are switching over their brushes to synthetic, so I really, really want brushes this year. I feel like the brushpocalypse is upon us, and I want all the brushes.

I set up a low buy for me this year of $200 a month, which is a lot, but compared to 2018 is still a low buy...

And I already broke this month's budget at Hakuhodo, when I ordered $244 in brushes, so I only have $156 to spend for February. If I spend lower than my allowed $200, it will not roll out to the next month.

I also have a lot in some categories:

-Primer: I have several full sizes, about to use up a MAC Natural Radiance one. Also I have tons of samples from orders placed with MAC and I chose that as my sample, so I can not buy primer all through this year. I need to use everything up, full and sample sizes.

-Mascara: I just tossed one tube and have two open. One of them I am about to hit the 3-month mark on, so I will toss. I have two unopened full sizes and two mini sizes. I also have lots of sample MAC Upward lash that I chose deliberately because I do like it. So I will not buy mascara until I have run out of everything, samples included.

-Same for Cleanse off oil. I have my full size, a mini I got free with a MAC order and about 8 samples. I will use it all up before allowing myself to buy more.

I went overboard with the eye shadow palettes in 2018, so I need to use those. I just cannot resist eye shadow and all the pretty colors, same for blush, I have too much. I need to keep using things up. I would also like to make a dent in my lipsticks and face powders.

So I will repurchase items and skincare as I need, and only one and must be a favorite I know I will use up. I have brushes from 20 years ago that are still very much loved and in great condition, but this is brushpocalypse and I want to be stocked with natural hair before it all runs out.

Skincare: I do a pretty minimal routine that works for me. AM: wash with Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Eye Gel, Dr. D Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol serum for sun spots and unneveness, and Avene sunblock. PM: Take off makeup with MAC Cleanse Off Oil, wash with Avene Gentle foaming cleanser, the eye gel, the serum and moisturize with Avene Cleanance Hydra. I get the Avene products at drugstores here and they are not that expensive compared to department stores and counters. I will replenish products on need to basis.

So, that's it for now.
Great goals! and smart to purchase your Hakuhodo brushes now as their prices are going up to 40%
 
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lenchen

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You all have some awesome goals.
Here what I have in mind for 2019
NO- Buy till April (VIB Sephora Sales)
In April i might have to buy Skin Care and some makeup mostly eye primer, foundation and I might add something for fun
Brushes: I want the Sonia G eyeshadow brushes set and maybe 2-3 Wayne Goss or Chikuhodo still not sure

Shoes in May i will probably buy a pair of shoes I like a certain Canadian shoe designer and he always have a sale for the Birthday of his company
Clothing: I will probably make some purchase in April during a local designer event happening twice a year. Also in June I usually buy a couple of pieces during my street sidewalk sale (I always find the most amazing piece in those little boutique)

next will be in Oct-November it is my birthday month in November so I always take advantage of the Black Friday sales for my gift from me to me ;)
So again I give me the right to buy (skincare, makeup during the VIB Sales) and clothing during the event

I need to stay away of pretty much everything except Foundation, primer, concealer and Mascara
I usually do not have any problem with skincare and hair product and even nails
Clothing and shoes I need to be careful I impulse buy a lot this year and i need to be more thoughtful about it.
My credit card is 'low' compared to last year at the same time i'm amazed of the number I want to pay it up by March and start putting money aside for my shoes and clothing purchased in April. I already have a saving account (and have money in it!!!) but I usually use it for Family vacations and emergency , not for fun money so I need to build something for that purpose.
Great goals!
 

lenchen

Active member
@lenchen ~ I swear you and I are beauty sisters in many ways!

:tee: I have long used Tretinoin and I firmly believe it not only helps with acne, but also aging / wrinkles. I am also a fan of CeraVe products: Foaming cleanser, Eye Repair cream and the Skin Renewing Cream Serum.

My future daughter in law swears by her Korean 10 step skincare. But she is also super fair skinned. I have to say she has beautiful skin.

For me, too many products led to serious irritation. I think because I wasn't giving my skin a chance to recover / heal. Since I have simplified things are going better.
Beauty Sisters! I love it! :) I can't wait to start using Trentinoin! I'm excited! I'm loving the CeraVe items I'm using at the moment. The Korean 10 step routine, while I loved it, just wasn't sustainable for me financially.
 

shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face...

* MUFE Step 1 - mix of Mattifying and Smoothing Primers
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette
--- Grey (lids)
--- Cool Brown (lashlines and brows)
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* Covergirl Nourish by LashBlast Mascara - Very Black
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (contour)
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* MAC Lipstick - Blankety
* Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon - Glacé
 

fur4elise

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:tee: Here's to some solid goals!

I love that some of you are also super mindful about shoes, accessories and clothing. For me, I will be engaging in another round of Marie Kondo. While on vacation, I still did my daily morning cardio. I ended up watching several episodes of "Tidying Up" during that time. I really think the episodes compliment the book. By seeing her work with people and then watching them put her principles into action was illuminating and inspiring.

Personally, my consumption of "fashion" has come to a slow roll over the past few years. I no longer feel compelled to have the new spring, summer and fall handbag...I already have a closet full that needs to be addressed...same with clothing, shoes, accessories. I find myself willing to commit to a single better quality garment or pair shoes/boots. But the rule is: If something new comes in, at least one of the same type of item must go. More often, I am letting several things go at the same time. It has definitely led to better organization and access...but I can do better!

I really need to get everything out of my closets and let the "spark of joy" help me further dekrappify and better appreciate what I have! I already solidly do that now with my beauty stash! Having uncluttered several spaces and places in my home and at work, has led to uncluttered mind space. It feels good. Anymahoozy, I just wanted to share these thoughts.

x0x0x
 

Alysse011

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I have been in the process of placing items aside to donate and sell for a couple months now. I finally pulled the nicer pieces that I thought would sell well and brought them to a consignment shop. I definitely didn't earn my money back on them, but it did pay me back for a weekend girls trip. Now I need to bring the rest of the stuff to donate.

Oh, and I spent my Sephora gift card. I lasted from Christmas until January 12 lol.
 

r0mini0n

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Here comes a long post, I promise to not make it this long ever again but I need to write it down somewhere and keep myself accountable this year.
I've been spending so much on make-up these past years it's honestly horrible. I've decluttered many products over the years but I still have a million things. My problem is that I buy a lot of brands we don't have in my country online, and I can't return opened make-up. Plus I buy things to try, even if I know there's a chance I won't like it. That needs to stop!


2019 fail and resolution
Here's a fail: My 2019 resolution was to mostly buy replacements or a low buy, when possible buy only with a discount and to only buy from new collections from 2 brands (Chanel and Nars). I already gave in January 1st (I'm sure that's a record). There was a sale of 19% for 2019 so I thought it was an excellent opportunity to buy a backup mascara (the 3D Chanel one, I really liked the samples I used) and a replacement of the Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzer... Which I hardly ever used because I don't really like cream products, I just wanted to have a fresh one to have it. Then I fell for the new Nars eyeshadow palette and the Velvet Teddy collection. Combining this with the fact I bought a lot in December to "prepare" myself for the low buy...

So I'm here committing to a low-buy year from this point forward! I followed last years thread and you are all so strong! I'm hoping by reading this thread I can find some motivation to change my ways. I've read the reddit mu rehab for a few years but it's not for me, some people overreact there way too much for my taste so it only irritates me.


Here are some of my rules for myself:

- Stop buying when stressed or bored. Try to only buy things you can test out in stores and buy smart, do not fall for the millionth discount code. Take advantage if you need something but don't browse a site or store just to make use of it because it's "'the chance, too good to pass up, .."

- Don't buy cream products. Even if you think you're going to use them to be a cooler version of yourself, you will not use them. Must resist that Chanel Baume thing. You will not wear that glossy eye.

- If you end up buying something new, then the rule is: one in, one out. If you're not willing to part with anything then it's not the right choice. Only buy if it's special and if you know you will use it, not just to own it.

- Be honest and declutter the things you never use, don't keep something because of the money you spent on it. The money is spent, it's too late anyways.

- Keep rotating and if you find you don't want to use something, get rid of it. A lot of my collection ranges from 2-5 years old, and I want to get the most use out of it I can get.

- Foundation, mascara, eye primers, all type of eyeliners, concealers and face powders need to stay replacement only

- Stop buying for the packaging and look at the actual product

- keep a log of the cost of everything you buy make-up, haircare & skincare



Decluttering log
I loved the purge post of Twinkle_Twinkle, so will post mine here to remember to not buy again. I love declutter videos and kept off decluttering because I wanted to save it to make one of my own - but I need to be honest and face I'm never going to do that and just get on with it

Here is what I decluttered today, I still have ways to go but I couldn't get myself to part with more. I'm ashamed this is already such a long list.

- Anastasia BH Contour palette in light-medium
- Kat Von D Shade & Light (I was convinced if I bought this palette I would never want another palette again..)
- Bobbi Brown artstick in Pomegranate & Harlow Red (I don't wear these shades plus they smell really bad and have probably gone off)
- Marc Jacobs lipstick in Georgie girl
- Essence Velvet matte Lippencil in Peony star
- Anastasia BH Lipgloss in butter scotch (too light)
- Fenty original lipgloss (I hate the smell)
- Chanel Rouge Allure gloss in Super nude (hate the formula and it's a fancy tube but I hate you can't actually see the product)
- Nars audacious lipsticks in Julie, Dominique (I bought this knowing I would never wear it) and Anna. I don't really like the formula and prefer their other ones
- Chanel cream blush in Destiny
- YSL cream bronzer les Saharrienes
- Clinique blush in plum pop & berry pop (the original four were the first blushes I bought, I wanted the set. Sadly they never released more shades in my country, these were def. not mine)
- Burberry warm glow bronzer #3 (this was a Youtube inspired purchase but I hate the Burberry smell and never use it). think my mom would like.
- Bobbi Brown blush in Berry
- The body shop bronzer in #2 (I don't dislike it but I have a million bronzers and it's a bit too light. I have gotten use out of it though, but it's old)
- Bobbi Brown long wear Cream shadow in Praline and Slate (I hate the container, too tiny)
- Kiko brown eyeshadow in Wet & Dry. It's not bad but I have a million shades like this, I think my mom will like it
- Kiko sparkling trail eyeshadow stick in burgundy - again, think my mom will like
- Nars velvet shadow stick in Reykjavik
- Mac Paint pot in Camel Coat (dried out)
- Dior Fix it concealer in 001 and 200 (peach one)
- Smashbox contour & highlight stick set (3 pieces)
- Burberry cream contour stick
- Benefit what's app highlighter
- Estee Lauder Highlighter in Soft Pink (one of those cream stick designs like touche eclat)
- YSL face palette in Gypsy Opale (got this for the packaging and the way the product looks inside. never use it because it has some sparkles and I hate sparkles)
- Mac Sheer pressed powder in NC20 - save for Back2Mac


Used up
And here is a list of products I used up in the last year (apart from foundation)

- Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham khol pencil (black side is 100% finished, I'm tossing the nude because it's from 2016 and I have a backup waiting)
- nearing the end of my Bobbi Brown bone eyeshadow - only the edges left. I have others like it so debating if I should just toss it as it's a few years old. This thing will not end. Then again I keep powder products forever

1 product... What a waste!


I'm sorry to bore you with this long ass post but I'll try my hardest to resist temptation and when I buy to log and keep myself in check. I don't only feel sick for the money spent, but for all the landfill waste as well. Need to change those habits!


(eta: enters... too long a post!!)
 
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lenchen

Active member
Here comes a long post, I promise to not make it this long ever again but I need to write it down somewhere and keep myself accountable this year.
I've been spending so much on make-up these past years it's honestly horrible. I've decluttered many products over the years but I still have a million things. My problem is that I buy a lot of brands we don't have in my country online, and I can't return opened make-up. Plus I buy things to try, even if I know there's a chance I won't like it. That needs to stop!


2019 fail and resolution
Here's a fail: My 2019 resolution was to mostly buy replacements or a low buy, when possible buy only with a discount and to only buy from new collections from 2 brands (Chanel and Nars). I already gave in January 1st (I'm sure that's a record). There was a sale of 19% for 2019 so I thought it was an excellent opportunity to buy a backup mascara (the 3D Chanel one, I really liked the samples I used) and a replacement of the Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzer... Which I hardly ever used because I don't really like cream products, I just wanted to have a fresh one to have it. Then I fell for the new Nars eyeshadow palette and the Velvet Teddy collection. Combining this with the fact I bought a lot in December to "prepare" myself for the low buy...

So I'm here committing to a low-buy year from this point forward! I followed last years thread and you are all so strong! I'm hoping by reading this thread I can find some motivation to change my ways. I've read the reddit mu rehab for a few years but it's not for me, some people overreact there way too much for my taste so it only irritates me.


Here are some of my rules for myself:

- Stop buying when stressed or bored. Try to only buy things you can test out in stores and buy smart, do not fall for the millionth discount code. Take advantage if you need something but don't browse a site or store just to make use of it because it's "'the chance, too good to pass up, .."

- Don't buy cream products. Even if you think you're going to use them to be a cooler version of yourself, you will not use them. Must resist that Chanel Baume thing. You will not wear that glossy eye.

- If you end up buying something new, then the rule is: one in, one out. If you're not willing to part with anything then it's not the right choice. Only buy if it's special and if you know you will use it, not just to own it.

- Be honest and declutter the things you never use, don't keep something because of the money you spent on it. The money is spent, it's too late anyways.

- Keep rotating and if you find you don't want to use something, get rid of it. A lot of my collection ranges from 2-5 years old, and I want to get the most use out of it I can get.

- Foundation, mascara, eye primers, all type of eyeliners, concealers and face powders need to stay replacement only

- Stop buying for the packaging and look at the actual product

- keep a log of the cost of everything you buy make-up, haircare & skincare



Decluttering log
I loved the purge post of Twinkle_Twinkle, so will post mine here to remember to not buy again. I love declutter videos and kept off decluttering because I wanted to save it to make one of my own - but I need to be honest and face I'm never going to do that and just get on with it

Here is what I decluttered today, I still have ways to go but I couldn't get myself to part with more. I'm ashamed this is already such a long list.

- Anastasia BH Contour palette in light-medium
- Kat Von D Shade & Light (I was convinced if I bought this palette I would never want another palette again..)
- Bobbi Brown artstick in Pomegranate & Harlow Red (I don't wear these shades plus they smell really bad and have probably gone off)
- Marc Jacobs lipstick in Georgie girl
- Essence Velvet matte Lippencil in Peony star
- Anastasia BH Lipgloss in butter scotch (too light)
- Fenty original lipgloss (I hate the smell)
- Chanel Rouge Allure gloss in Super nude (hate the formula and it's a fancy tube but I hate you can't actually see the product)
- Nars audacious lipsticks in Julie, Dominique (I bought this knowing I would never wear it) and Anna. I don't really like the formula and prefer their other ones
- Chanel cream blush in Destiny
- YSL cream bronzer les Saharrienes
- Clinique blush in plum pop & berry pop (the original four were the first blushes I bought, I wanted the set. Sadly they never released more shades in my country, these were def. not mine)
- Burberry warm glow bronzer #3 (this was a Youtube inspired purchase but I hate the Burberry smell and never use it). think my mom would like.
- Bobbi Brown blush in Berry
- The body shop bronzer in #2 (I don't dislike it but I have a million bronzers and it's a bit too light. I have gotten use out of it though, but it's old)
- Bobbi Brown long wear Cream shadow in Praline and Slate (I hate the container, too tiny)
- Kiko brown eyeshadow in Wet & Dry. It's not bad but I have a million shades like this, I think my mom will like it
- Kiko sparkling trail eyeshadow stick in burgundy - again, think my mom will like
- Nars velvet shadow stick in Reykjavik
- Mac Paint pot in Camel Coat (dried out)
- Dior Fix it concealer in 001 and 200 (peach one)
- Smashbox contour & highlight stick set (3 pieces)
- Burberry cream contour stick
- Benefit what's app highlighter
- Estee Lauder Highlighter in Soft Pink (one of those cream stick designs like touche eclat)
- YSL face palette in Gypsy Opale (got this for the packaging and the way the product looks inside. never use it because it has some sparkles and I hate sparkles)
- Mac Sheer pressed powder in NC20 - save for Back2Mac


Used up
And here is a list of products I used up in the last year (apart from foundation)

- Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham khol pencil (black side is 100% finished, I'm tossing the nude because it's from 2016 and I have a backup waiting)
- nearing the end of my Bobbi Brown bone eyeshadow - only the edges left. I have others like it so debating if I should just toss it as it's a few years old. This thing will not end. Then again I keep powder products forever

1 product... What a waste!


I'm sorry to bore you with this long ass post but I'll try my hardest to resist temptation and when I buy to log and keep myself in check. I don't only feel sick for the money spent, but for all the landfill waste as well. Need to change those habits!


(eta: enters... too long a post!!)
Welcome!
 

LadyBug13

Active member
Happy (Belated) New Year everyone!

I spent $2,324.64 (!!!) in 2018 on makeup, skincare, and hair care. I don’t remember how much I spent in 2017, but spending over $2K doesn’t sit well with me. I spent most of 2018 spending out of stress, store sales, and boredom. Plus, I did a lot of traveling for family and my business and lost several beauty items, which never happens. There were months where I didn’t buy anything, and months where I went overboard, so I don’t know if the solution for me is to put myself on a monthly budget or figure out a way be more mindful in how/when I make a purchase. But I do have a few goals for 2019:

My 2019 Goals:
1- Focus more on using up items (especially in categories I have a large number of) and use the “one in, one out” policy when purchasing items
2- Resume giving myself challenges (I gave myself some challenges in 2017, like working on my smokey eye, cat eyes, etc.) so I can play with my makeup more
3- Being mindful of when and why I’m purchasing something. A “temperature check” to evaluate how I’m feeling in the moment (sad, neutral, bored, happy...or am I’m only buying because there’s a sale happening?)
4- Create panning challenges for items that have been difficult for me to use up in the past. I think I will focus on panning or completely using up one blush, a highlighter, and a few of my eyeshadows)


Current Inventory (items in bold indicate my goal to not buy anything from that category):

Primers- 7 (3 samples, 2 for face, 1 lip, and 1 eyeshadow primer)
Foundations- 4 (3 liquids, 1 powder foundation)
Correctors/concealers- 3 (1 corrector, 2 concealers)
Brows- 3 (pencil, pomade, clear setting mascara)
Setting powders- 2 (1 loose, 1 compact)
Bronzer- 1
Blush- 2
Highlighters- 2
Refresher/setting sprays- 2
Single eyeshadows- 28
Eyeshadow palettes- 2
Liners- 4 (1 eye, 3 lips)
Mascaras- 4 (3 travel sizes, 1 full size)
Lip treatments- 2 (1 lip balm, 1 lip scrub)
Lip gloss- 5
Lipstick- 11 (3 liquid, 8 bullet)
Makeup remover- 2
Fragrances- 5 rollerballs
Polish- 23 (21 polishes, 2 base/top coats)
Brushes and sponges- 28 (1 beauty blender, 27 brushes)
Shampoo- 1
Conditioner- 2
Hair stylers/treatments/moisturizers- 9 (1 gel, 2 oil, 4 creams, 2 pomades)
Face cleansers- 1
Exfoliators- 2
Toners- 2
Essence- 1
Face moisturizers- 4
Masks- 7
Serums- 3
Treatments- 5
Eye cream- 1
Face oil- 2 (includes 1 sample)

Out of my inventory, the biggest change from 2018 is my number of eyeshadow palettes. I sanitized and gave away most of my palettes (which were primarily Naked palettes) to friends and family. I never thought I’d see the day where I would let go of my Naked palettes, but I discovered that I much prefer single eyeshadows over premade palettes.

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress!


 
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r0mini0n

Active member
little rant / inventory / question

Sephora (France) sent another 25% off of nearly everything apart from some brands and discounted items. I was so tempted to get the Natasha Denona Gold eyeshadow Palette, as it's so expensive (113€) so money off is always a good deal (would be just under 85€). But then I remembered how I am always so easily won over with some % off and I couldn't do it. I did pick up little eye patches from Pathology (sp?) and a trial Laneige sleep mask and lip sleep mask... Super tiny but it was all they had. So basically the percentage off was the shipping costs I needed to pay, so I see that as a break even. I do want to try that lip sleep mask, my lips are always so so dry... I ended up paying 25€.


Then I had the bright idea to follow the current trend on youtube and start back up with a make up inventory. I did eyeshadows first and all my eyeshadows together (singles, palettes from 2-4, palettes from 5-X and cream eyeshadows) already put me nearly at 2500€. I was so shocked at first... but now the shock has worn off. However, I hope it's enough to make me realize that no, you don't need more eyeshadow in your life. I'm anxious to do everything now and face the real number. And nothing of this includes the many things I bought and gave away to my mom because I didn't like it...

And most of them are a few years old. My oldest singles are from Mac from 2009 (I keep them for nostalgia) but the majority of my stash I bought between 2013 and 2016. So it's getting up there in age... Do you guys throw away old eyeshadows? I want to keep them forever lol.
 

JerseyGirl

Well-known member
I’m scared to do an inventory.
I personally think powder products can stay a long time beyond their “date”. It all depends on how used they are and how they’ve been stored. Are they are lightly used and have only been used on yourself? You can probably sterilize them if you are very concerned. Of course if anything smells weird or looks weird discard it.
 

shellygrrl

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Staff member
My oldest singles are from Mac from 2009 (I keep them for nostalgia) but the majority of my stash I bought between 2013 and 2016. So it's getting up there in age... Do you guys throw away old eyeshadows? I want to keep them forever lol.
I recently threw away a pan of MAC Copperplate because it (to me) wasn't performing as well as it once was. On the other hand, I have a pan of Indian Ink that's been in my stash for quite a bit longer than Copperplate was. Copperplate was used quite a bit (I had quite a dent in it!); Indian Ink is used more sparingly.

If they're not performing as well as you remember, of if they've changed in texture, toss them. If you use one and you react badly to it, toss it. If they're still working well for you, and there are no other issues, you can probably keep them.
 

r0mini0n

Active member
I’m scared to do an inventory.
I personally think powder products can stay a long time beyond their “date”. It all depends on how used they are and how they’ve been stored. Are they are lightly used and have only been used on yourself? You can probably sterilize them if you are very concerned. Of course if anything smells weird or looks weird discard it.
I'm determined to finish my inventory, I hope the sticker shock will help me stay focused on the low buy and not fall for the discount codes all the time. I've done it once before some years ago, but I would just write down what I had and count, and give up after a while. It wasn't useful for me because I never really forgot what I had, I just don't use it enough.
Yes, the products were only used on myself. Most of my products are just lightly used, the ones that I've used more seem to have grown a bit more of hard pan. I just see people decluttering things because it's 3 years old and surely expired, while I'm sitting here with 5 year old products that I can't bare to get rid of. I think I need to realize more that makeup shouldn't be a collection, but something to enjoy and use. And to stop searching for something better and enjoy what I have!
 

JerseyGirl

Well-known member
Exactly!! Enjoy what you have!! I totally agree...we are so often chasing the new shiny thing, but often we already have the same (or almost the same) shiny thing already...
 

fur4elise

Well-known member
Exactly!! Enjoy what you have!! I totally agree...we are so often chasing the new shiny thing, but often we already have the same (or almost the same) shiny thing already...
BINGO! :tee:

Doing an inventory, while hard to do if you look at it fiscally, is a great thing. You will know what you have in your stash. For me it has been easier to:

  • Let things go that I am not using
  • Dispose of things definitely past date
  • Know what is not performing up to par
  • Get things I love into rotation
  • Know what basics are getting low and need to be replaced

Above all else, I am finding happiness and joy in my makeup.
 
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