My 5 Step Journey To A Decluttered Makeup Collection

Wednesday, October 12, 2016



A year ago I did The Makeup Addict Tag and in that I posted pictures of my collection back then - it was pretty big with loads and loads of choices per category. After that post, my collection continued to grow too. In fact, I was buying makeup almost every week and collecting hoarding it all up in various boxes, mainly perfume gift set boxes and lids, till I filled up 2 entire drawers (and my chest of drawers is pretty big...eeek!) with all the stuff. As much as I loved my collection, I wasn't using all of it. I had my firm favourites, I had things I adored using and then there was a whole host of things that I had to force myself to use or remember I owned. It became something I did out of fear of it being a waste of money rather than it being something I loved.


5 step guide to help you declutter your makeup collection
My makeup collection last year

5 helpful tips to a more concise streamlined makeup collection
Current makeup collection (only lipsticks & palettes missing)
Primers-Foundations-Concealers-Highlighters&Powders-Brows-Contour&Creams
DrugstoreBlushers-Mascaras-Eyeshadows-ColourPopShadows-HighEndBlushers-LipLiners

1. Change of heart, new philosophy.



Then a few months ago, I had a change of heart. I wanted to declutter. I wanted a concise collection of only things I love AND things I reach for often. I put some guidelines down - namely to stop buying new makeup and to stop browsing the aisles of Boots & Superdrug so frequently looking for special offers just to buy mediocre things that I didn't even know would work for me or not. I've spent so many years just trying out and testing so much makeup that now I just want to have things in my reach that I love using and know will work well for me.

I've told myself this doesn't make me any less of a makeup junkie but it just means I've tried enough now to know what I truly enjoy and what works for me.


2. New storage solution = self-imposed limitation.


Since I was a young girl I've always recycled old Ferrero Rocher boxes, the ones that contain 16 chocolates, and kept them to store all sorts of treasures. I mean, they're plastic containers that seem a complete waste to throw out. I decided I would use these for my makeup as they're spacious but also compact and I would only allow myself that container size for each category of makeup I own. In some cases this is plenty with room to spare. In most cases, it was a tight squeeze, with products over-spilling and needing extra space.

My ultimate aim is to get my entire makeup collection, except lipsticks, into one drawer.


3. To keep or not to keep. That is the question.


Then onto the serious part...I had to get harsh with myself, be honest, and truly decide what I wanted to keep because I loved it and used it often. And what I would get rid of because it was serving no purpose other than being a part of the collection, however pretty it may be. I went through each product and asked the same questions:

When's the last time I used this?
Do I look forward to using it?
Do I force myself to use this just for the sake of using it?
Would I miss it if it weren't here?
Am I just hoarding this for the sake of pictures?


helpful tips for a more streamlined makeup collection


4. A loving new home.


I've been carrying out step 3 routinely with all my products for a couple of months now. And I always end up with a small pile of products that can be sold, given away or donated. If it's something I know a particular person will enjoy more then I keep it aside for them. It it's something of value or something I know people would like to purchase then I've been listing them on Depop. For items I don't sell, I've been sending them to Give And Makeup, a charity set up by Caroline Hirons in collaboration with Refuge to help women who have been left with next to nothing when they need it the most, including makeup which most of us take for granted.


5. Eyes On The Prize.

Maintaining this streamlined collection is proving difficult especially when I have a wish list bulging with all sorts of makeup I want to try from all over the shop. Unsubscribing from brand/store emails has helped as I'm not continually bombarded with the latest offers (I can't resist a sale/discount).

It also helps to have something to aim towards, so for me its working towards getting the entire collection into one drawer but also something more fun. I'm planning to do a massive Sephora order in December, my birthday month, and it's helping me to stay focused and not binge-buy every new release or over-hyped product.


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Overall I'm happy with my progress. I've significantly reduced the amount of makeup I own and the things I've kept on honestly are things I couldn't live without. My blusher collection was out of hand at one point and now I've got only a handful left and I couldn't be happier as they're all the ones I really and truly love and I don't feel burdened to use them.


blusher collection
Only part of my old Blusher collection!!!



The current Blusher collection


There's still room for improvement though. Lipsticks is proving most difficult and although I'd love to have my entire lipstick collection contained only in the acrylic drawers and the lipstick holder I have, I'm struggling to cut down the current collection any more and I know I'm definitely getting some more from Sephora too ;)


lipstick collection


Do you prefer a large and extensive makeup collection or a more streamlined, concise collection? How do you declutter your makeup? What other tips do you have to help me along?



Sal xxx

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36 comments

  1. Love the idea of the Ferrero Rocher boxes xxx

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    1. Thanks love. They're the perfect size for a decent amount of makeup in any one category xxx

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  2. Oh My God, Sal, this is so incredible! Letting go of old makeup isn't easy (even though we haven't been using it for years), kudos for you for achieving that. To Keep or Not to Keep is personally the hardest one for me, but if you can do it, I shall follow after too ;)

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Thank you so much hun! That's the kind of positive encouragement I NEED! :) good luck...I definitely enjoy my collection a lot more as a whole now that I've done this xxx

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  3. I did a big declutter at the beginning of this year and reading this post makes me want to do it again! I'm usually a hoarder but I find getting cute storage makes me want a more compact collection. I like the questions you ask about each product, that seems really helpful!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you find them helpful hun. Smaller and cute storage definitely helps xxx

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  4. Well done Sal! It's so hard to let go of things. I'm a hoarder too, and I've been working on this myself for the past year. We're not perfect, but we're worth it!

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    1. Hahahaha! We are indeed. Thank you beautiful and thanks for reading xxx

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  5. This is absolutely incredible!! I'm so proud of you for taking the step to make this change. It's something a lot of bbloggers try to do but not all succeed. I'm definitely trying to cut back as well and have made pretty good progress, I'm namely tackling all my bathroom haircare and skincare items first. I've slowly been getting rid of makeup and nail polish and have done pretty good on that side, especially from not allowing myself to buy makeup on certain categories that I just have tons of backups for.

    I need to find a good charity to take gently used makeup, bras, etc. as I would want my items to go to a good use and cause. If you know or hear of any in the US, do drop me a line!!

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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    1. I will definitely let you know if I do hear of one. I am so glad we have this one now because I don't feel so bad letting go of those things anymore so it has helped so much with decluttering xxx

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  6. I find that traveling helps me see what I actually use, think is effective, and like. I only have so many variations for my make-up routine. Less is more. I have one make-up bag on my vanity, and a secret stash (but just a small case) under the sink. I virtually NEVER go under the sink. and I notice what I want to replace when it is finished - what I will buy again and what I will not.

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    1. That's a very sensible approach. I don't travel often so of course things quickly build up and I never really have a chance to think about which items I truly need in my life xxx

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  7. I'd much prefer a streamlined collection but blush and lipstick are my vice! I use ferrero rocher boxes for them too and always try to pass products I don't use to my younger cousins but I could definitely get rid of a lot more if I wasn't such a hoarder!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Hahahaha I know the feeling hun. But you're doing so much already to cut down so that's something. I was sitting on the stuff for so long and just collecting more. FR boxes are far too good to dispose of ;) xxx

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  8. I went through a similar declutter over a year ago, and I am much more happy with my makeup situation. It might sound strange but it feels liberating to get rid off the makeup you dont use.

    www.springlilies.com

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    1. It doesn't sound strange at all as I know the feeling. It is like being liberated :) xxxx

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  9. There was a lot of Ferrero chocolates eaten, LOL!
    You did very well, my friend!
    I have reached a point when I feel like enough is enough and I just want to enjoy the products I have instead of adding more every month. I got rid of quite a few products already and I'm still in the de-cluttering process but it's hard to let go of things that are pretty or I feel sentimental about even though I don't reach for them very often.
    I am still tempted by new products, of course! But I'm nowhere close to where I was last year at this time, buying like crazy, haha! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Hehehe! The chocolates were like a little treat for letting go ;)

      That is exactly what happened to me. I just want to enjoy my collection now...no more buying just for testing. It can be really hard letting go though...I miss so many things but now I'm happier with the things I've kept on xxx

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  10. Every 6 months or so, I go through my collection & pass on products that I am just not using to my sister in law's nieces who are in their early teens - they love the bags of goodies I send them & I love doing it! Skincare goes to my Mam or friends!

    I would devour a few Ferrero Rocher now!! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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    1. Awww that is so lovely. It's always a good feeling knowing that the products aren't just sitting there gathering dust but rather making someone else happy :) xxx

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  11. This is such a great post and it came just in time because I have been meaning to declutter my makeup drawers. I love the idea of donating the makeup to charity.
    Beautetude

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    1. I think that's one of the best things that has helped me let go...knowing that someone else who truly needs it will get to use it :) Good luck with your declutter xxx

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  12. Wow you've done amazing work! I like Ferrero idea, then i get to eat loads of chocolates haha. I love my big collection but I should really get rid of some stuff. I have like 20 makeup revolution palettes that i just don't use and can't see myself my using any time soon xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. I miss having all the options though...but now I'm happier with my collection as I'm not forcing myself to use any of it ;) and yes, the chocolates were the biggest perk hahaha! xxx

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  13. I have been stream lining my collection for a while now, it's good to get rid of some stuff now and then, impressive collection :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. It really does feel so good...thank you love xxx

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  14. Wonderful post! I definitely need to organise. I am the kind of person that likes having a big collection because my makeup collection is like my wardrobe for my face but i do have some items that i should definitely give away haha. Once i get my bigger bedroom i am going to have much more space for organizing, especially for my makeup area.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. I would love to have an entire beauty room for all my products..that would be awesome :) xxx

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  15. Your make-up collection has downsized so much it's incredible, just shows to people that when you have the right mind set you can do it! I love how you store yours in the plastic rocher pots that's a great idea!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Thanks love...its been a long journey for me but I'm glad I stuck to it. I can't be throwing what is essentially free acrylic storage away ;) xxx

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  16. I love me a good declutter post and I really need to do this asap. I recently decluttered my entire room and I felt so much better for it. I do a little declutter every now and then but I definitely need a major one. I have told myself not to keep buying any more makeup I don't need and also to stop getting more storage because if I do, I'd be tempted to fill them up. I still can't resist Boots and Superdrug but good a think they are now really far from my work place so no more break time shopping!!! Thanks for sharing lovely...xx

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    1. Oh gosh...yes when you have to pass by a store daily, its the worst because you can't not go in and have a browse and browsing usually ends up in buying lol! I'm glad that temptation isn't there for you hahaha! I feel so much better now for it and with my collection too! xxx

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  17. Thank you for this post!
    I need to start decluttering! I would like a more streamlined collection. I find myself reaching for the same products all the time!

    Cathy
    saveurie.com

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    1. You're welcome. I hope it helps to get you started on your journey xxx

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  18. love this post :) letting makeup go is not easy ..even old one and ...empty boxes ,... god I ave s much that should ended up in garbage long time ago ...

    http://villemo20.blogspot.com/

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  19. Such a nice collection. Loved it. Thanks for sharing ti.
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