After nearly a year of beauty blogging—a year when I amassed more makeup than I could ever use up on my one face—I find myself becoming almost desensitized to new product launches, collections, and all the pretty little things that spread like wildfire around the blogosphere. I'm not completely immune—I will always love makeup—but I am no longer so easily led over that cliff. A friend who had once been an actor told me that there are only four original story lines in Hollywood, and I often remember that when I think about makeup and The Next Big Thing. It's already been done. Carry on.
Though formulas and textures will continue to improve, and more and more makeup will contain treatment, there are only so many minky-grey or shimmering petal or rosy red colors designers can come up with. Even if this season's new packaging is beautiful, like Dior's Garden Party clutch compact, don't I already have cool pale pastels just like them in my own stash? And would I ever use such anemic lip gloss? No.
|Drool, drool, and more drool. Too bad the formula and finish are awful|
In my goal of making more discriminating purchases, I have been paring down in parallel: taking in less new stuff while whittling down what I already have, specifically to the items I tend to use all the time. In a massive purge, I moved more than 90% of my excess to a blog sale drawer, a sale I intended to hold this past Christmas, and yet I still haven't done it. Why am I hanging on? Because I am FICKLE. What if I like that thing again, I whimper. But surely it must feel liberating to let these perfectly-good-yet-abandoned items go to someone who will actually use and appreciate them.
Let's face it. Letting go is hard. I bought said item for a reason, and one would assume that reason is still valid. So I have decided to let my instincts guide me when I am thinking of parting with an item I haven't used in a while (if at all):
- If I had put the item into the Purgatory Box practically unused, it's safe to let it go. Life is too short for blah makeup.
- If I put something away that I got a fair amount of use out of, a product that once did, indeed, wow me, then that is probably worth keeping. Fickle can come in handy here.
Obviously, the best to come out of all of this is shopping my own stash. Sometimes putting things away for a few weeks (or longer) lets me fall in love all over again. So its like getting something new. And that's where a palette system comes in handy. I can move items in and out as the mood strikes me. Sometimes Hannibal helps me choose. (Click to see how cute his wee paw is.)
Are you a ruthless reductionista (buy-use-toss/gift) or do you tuck items aside and later shop your own stash? Or (OK now, be honest), have you ever repurchased something you threw away? More than once?
All photos mine except the Dior palette from stock