The Purge

DILLIGAF

Well-known member
So I've been a bit overwhelmed lately with the number of lip products I've purchased in the last few weeks. So I thought I would do a purge to make more room for my new goodies. I love watching decluttering videos as much as I love watching haul videos. So let me know what you are getting rid of and why.
 

DILLIGAF

Well-known member
Let me get us started


  • Barbie hearts Stilia Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Tickled Pink: I loved this color but this is really really old and I'm not a fan of glosses
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London: Tyrone Biggums that is all
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Instanbul: Tyrone Biggums in pink
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee: Not crazy about the color
  • OCC Lip Tar in Anime: Old, Change in formula
  • OCC Lip Tar in Digitalis: same
  • OCC Lip Tar in Memento: same
  • Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 541: This was one of those transforming lipglosses. The formula changed it's old. I wish Inglot did not discontinue these
  • NYX Round Lipstick in Chaos: Too creamy, too slippy
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria: She broke :( I will be repurchasing.
  • Sleek iDivine Palette in Chaos: The mirror broke and I just don't trust it.

What are you getting rid of?
 

shellygrrl

Moderator
Staff member
I tossed all the makeup I couldn't sell or swap. Truth be told, though, I'd had a lot of it for close to 4-5 years, so it had to go. Most of it was drugstore stuff. I also tossed a few old lipsticks and glosses (almost all drugstore, too) from my current stash, and I still need to purge some more stuff.
 

Audrey C

New member
I've purged a ridiculous amount over the last year or so; I've cut back on beauty purchases as a result because it's clear that I reach for the same core set of products/shades over and over. I built a bigger collection only to discover that a lot of what I had didn't get much use. I've BTM'd, gifted and sold a ridiculous amount and I don't want to do that again.

My new 'rules' (more like guidelines):

1) No more highlighters - I only wear them occasionally and I have more than enough to last me for years
2) No frosty or sparkly powders - they are not flattering to my aging skin
3) Avoid buying near dupes
4) Avoid buying bold colours that I'll virtually never use - I might be longing for spring, but I'll never wear a bold neon lippie no matter how good it looks on the model
4) Don't be loyal to one brand (re: MAC) - I now turn to Guerlain for bronzers/Meteorites/powders, UD/KVD for eyeshadows, UD/Tarte for liners, etc. I have lots of MAC products I own and love, but very few new purchases are that brand
5) Within reason, buy what I love even if it's more expensive (Guerlain pearls and bronzers) because they're the products I reach for again and again

I have way too many blush (high teens) so want to trim by finishing some off. I'm almost through Deep Throat and have deep dips in 3-4 MAC products. It will take a long time, but I'd be happy to get down under 10. That's still more than needed, but allows me to have a few gorgeous blush powders (Hourglass Ambient Blush, Guerlain bronzer/blush combos) as well as core favourites.

My sweet spot for lippies is about 15-20. That allows me to have 3-5 in my core shades (nudes, warm pinks, corals for summer, berry for winter and reds). That's enough to allow for plenty of variety without having too many (completely subjective amount that differs by person).

I have lots of eyeshadow and liners. Love them all and just got rid of a palette I rarely used and some bolder shades. I'm feeling happier with what's left. It's a lot, but I have a lot of fun with my stash so it's all good.

I have about 50 nail polish which is arguably way too many. Although my daughters both have their own as well (much less), they use my stash too. Many of my colours are shades I absolutely adore (particularly A England, Butter London as well as some Zoyas and Essies) so I don't see much point in getting rid of them. I never pay for professional manis or pedis, so I see my collection (that fits into a clear acrylic carrying case very nicely) as the family 'nail salon'. My daughters' friends also enjoy using it. So, while I won't add much to it (other than the odd gorgeous A England shade) I'll leave it where it is for now.
 

JulieDiva

New member
This thread is a good idea. I am overwhelmed by my stash, even with my selling, giving away and trying to reduce spending.

I buy too many lipsticks, they are my weakness. Also, I need to avoid the highlighters that I hardly ever use, and the dupes in blush shades and shadows. How many neutral eyeshadow palettes
can one pair of eyes use????

I am trying to shop my stash, and to not hoard back ups, or special items.

I also have to stop the whole bonus/gifts/extra goodies train...they usually end up getting given away....
 

LiliV

New member
I go through my stash twice a year and get rid of anything really old, and give away good stuff that I just don't wear. The biggest buying lessons I learned are- 1) no more hot pinks, I never wear them. I'm just not really into pinks! 2) No frosts. I hate frosty lipsticks, I always feel like they look like cheap 1980's lipsticks (I know others love them that's just me), 3) no pink, blue or silver eye shadows. I never wear those shades. It's eye opening when you go through your collection and see what you're getting rid of always follows a pattern!
 

LV2EVOLVE

New member
Let me get us started
  • Barbie hearts Stilia Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Tickled Pink: I loved this color but this is really really old and I'm not a fan of glosses
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London: Tyrone Biggums that is all
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Instanbul: Tyrone Biggums in pink
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee: Not crazy about the color
  • OCC Lip Tar in Anime: Old, Change in formula
  • OCC Lip Tar in Digitalis: same
  • OCC Lip Tar in Memento: same
  • Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 541: This was one of those transforming lipglosses. The formula changed it's old. I wish Inglot did not discontinue these
  • NYX Round Lipstick in Chaos: Too creamy, too slippy
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria: She broke :( I will be repurchasing.
  • Sleek iDivine Palette in Chaos: The mirror broke and I just don't trust it.
What are you getting rid of?
Did they really discontinue the Inglot AMC glosses? I saw them at Macy's Inglot recently.
 

katred

Specktra Bestie
I need to follow this thread so that I can learn. I have a tendency to never throw anything away, which means pretty soon, I'm going to need to take over a bedroom for my makeup...
 

Goat Goat Etc.

New member
Love this thread! I'm not going to be throwing makeup on anyone else besides myself soon. I have quite a few pencils I could chuck and quite a few e/s that don't have dents in them. And I still have "Go For It" lipsticks and original greasepaint sticks I need to get out of my life.
 

shellygrrl

Moderator
Staff member
Newly tossed: MAC Dame and Electra. Both quite old, neither had seen much use. Won't repurchase either of them.
 

DILLIGAF

Well-known member
I had this bag near my vanity that I would throw product I wanted to get rid of into. The plan was to let family and friends take what ever they wanted from the bag. Every now and again I would pull things back out. Today I got the balls to put two more product back into the bag after I took them out last week.


  • Rock & Republic Saturate Eye Color in Electric: I love the packaging on these shadows but this color is just meh. I don't use it. I won't use it. I've got better blues in my collection that get much more love
  • Sigma Eye Shadow in Indian Girl: I swear this is the 1st shadow that Sigma ever made. I got it as a gift with my first purchase ever with them. It has a screw lid and is in black packaging. Sigma doesn't even use this packaging anymore. It's a lovely color akin to Satin Taupe but I like Satin Taupe a lot more. So this one will go.
 

Goat Goat Etc.

New member
Wouldn't you know my dog would help me purge stuff? I left for a date and came back, I gave my dog the benefit of the doubt of being out of their kennel since I had sealed the kitchen. I forgot to close my bedroom door. Hours go by, I'm feeling really high and wonderful from my date. This is guy I really liked, he kinda called it off last year and then made it clear that we were back on that night. Anywho, come back and one of running shoes is chewed to shit in the living room. Go to my room and it looks like I have been raided. My barely used Studio Sculpt has two big teeth marks in it, q-tips are scattered all over the floor, a small tub of shea butter is bitten into, the lid to a deep con is bit off, lid to a primer is destroyed, IT cosmetics flat top kabuki handle is chewed to shit, my beauty sponge is chewed up, my elf makeup mist is chewed up and empty on the couch...child you bet this dog got his ass chewed out and whipped with that remaining running shoe.


So yeah my dog chewed all my new, actively being used stuff. #boltingthedoor
 

shellygrrl

Moderator
Staff member
Oh noes! I ended up tossing several eyeliner pencils due to age, along with a brush. My Sigma F40 had some weird green stuff on the bristles next to the ferrule -- not sure if it was glue residue or what it was. But it was gross. So it had to go.
 

DILLIGAF

Well-known member
I actually purged more out of my lip drawer. I need the room for the new things that are coming in.

  • Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creme in Bordouex: I wore it recently and the formula didn't seem the same.
  • Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creme in Sancerre: Same here It moved less when I orginially bought it. Since these are food grade ingredients I think we need to check them more often
  • MAC Lipglass in Revealing: This is the first lipglass I've had separate. EW.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara in #1: I've had this mascara for way too long. It's dried out but I love love love the weight of the packaging so I've been holding on to it. I use mainly drugstore mascaras so this was a big splurge for me back in the day. I think I'll just pick up a fresh one. Once I work through the bunch of other mascaras that are sitting here staring at me right now.
 

DILLIGAF

Well-known member
I put my MUFE Aqua Cream in #22 into the purge bag. She is still creamy and usable and I hope someone else shows her the same love I thought I would.
 

purplerinne

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I've stopped buying every MAC LE lipstick since I probably have a dupe somewhere. I am slowly stepping away from MAC as they just don't make my heart beat fast anymore and the stalking has gotten ridiculous! Last collection I stalked was Cinderella and ended up selling everything I bought bc it didn't work for my skintone and I'm about an NC35. I will probably sell most if not all every bright MAC eyeshadow I have. I think I have about 4 or 5 15 palettes of colorful eyeshadow. I reach for browns and taupes and it's all I think I will use. I'll have to do more cleaning later as I just rearranged some of my drawers because they were beyond full. Things I don't sell will be handed down to family members
 

LotusEater00

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I recently have created a pile of lipstick to back to mac. All my coral/ brown tones that really don't work that well on my skin tone.
Impassioned
vegas volt
doubenet
bombshell
 

Twinkle_Twinkle

Active member
I moved abroad a few years ago, returned to the States and moved to another city so I purged A LOT and was able to get my collection into two large IKEA TROFAST towers (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30171123/) so it is nice and contained and more organized than it's ever been. I ended up selling/giving away and throwing out:

- All of my Urban Decay Loose Pigments
- Becca Jewel Dusts, Becca Loose and Pressed Face Powder and Foundation Sticks, Becca cream blushes
- Stila loose eye shadows, Stila All Over Shimmer Powders, Stila Powder foundation (and tons of backups), Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid
- Prescriptives Custom Blend Bronzer, CB Pressed Powders, *magic liquid potion, *magic finishing powder, Prescriptives AnyWear Powder (and backup), Prescriptives Mineral Foundation Powder
- So much foundation/powder: NARS Sheer Matte, NARS powder foundation, Lancome Dual Finish, Bobbi Brown foundation, IMAN Powder, MAC Studio Fix, Studio Tech, Select SPF, Liquid MSF Foundation,
- A lot of drugstore products: Black Radiance baked blushes and bronzers, Milani Stripped Highlighters, the old school Milani Baked Eyeshadows, Hard Candy Eyeshadow Duos and Bronzers, NYX Blushes, NYX Glitter Liners, NYX Eye crayons, Maybeline BB, Revlon Bronzer and baked eye shadow, and miscellaneous items.
- Most of my MAC MSFB
- I sold my backups of Perfect Topping and Brunette MSF, Parrot Eyeshadow and I can't even remember what else.
- Original Kat Von D palettes (I think I gave away 6 or 7, it was an impulse decision and sometimes have a tinge of regret but life goes on)
- Some CARGO blushes (about 3), and Hard Candy (original Sephora, not d/s) eye shadow quads, maybe 3 or 4
- Several Two Faced shadows, baked shadows, and random products.
- a Smashbox Quad

And then just the basic stuff, lipsticks that have gone bad, nail polish, etc.

Whew...

I still have quite a lot. And I'm glad I got rid of so much. It's one thing to have a lot of products that you don't often use, because then you go through your drawers and get excited about what's in them. But I hated looking at hoards of products that I didn't want to use.
 

DILLIGAF

Well-known member
A lot has come into my collection over the last week. That Sephora VIBR sale will get you every time. So today I took the time to tackle my nail polish. I got rid of


  • Orly in Calypso Breeze
  • Orly in Purple Crush
  • Orly in Lunar Eclipse
  • Orly in Liquid Vinyl
  • OPI in Did It On 'Em
  • Zoya in Carey
  • China Glaze in VII
  • China Glaze in Seduce Me
  • Formula X Illustrious: this came in the VIBR clutch but I wasn't fond of the color. One of my friends will give her a good home.
  • Nails Inc Special Effects in The Donmar
  • Nails Inc Special Effects in The Wyndham
  • Nails Inc Special Effects in The Old Vic
  • Bling Nail Appliques in Pink & Purple Gradation
  • Bling Nail Appliques in Pink Polkadots

A lot of the polish mentioned were separating or too thin. I know it's an easy fix but I had a good hard look at the colors I already had that tried to eliminate anything that I already had in a formula I like more. As for the Nails Inc. I'm not a fan of flakies anymore.
 

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