Back in august I wrote a post about how I wanted to downsize my makeup collection and how I would update you on the process after a few months. We then proceeded to buy an apartment and got caught up in all things moving related, and it is now 6 months later and I am slightly embarrassed by my lack of an update. But better late than never, right? Get ready for some #shittyminimalism!
First of all: I really regret not taking a photo of my entire makeup collection back in August, because the lack of before-photos makes it really difficult for you to compare my old collection to what I have now. Truthfully though, I didn’t forget to take those photos: I was too embarrassed to show you how much makeup I owned. Total makeup shame. I don’t even have numbers for you! I know, I know, I should have my blogging license revoked. Anyway, for those of you who don’t remember, here are the photos I took back in August before I started decluttering:
Just the fact that I didn’t show you the actual contents of that vanity case is such a cop out, because you can’t really tell how much it actually holds. I can assure you though, I did get rid of a lot of makeup. When we moved into our new apartment I wanted to use the little IKEA 3-drawer chest as my bedside table, which meant I now had to fit all my makeup, hair care and skin care into one bathroom drawer. It isn’t a small drawer by any means, but it still meant I had to do some serious culling to fit it all in there. I did it little by little, as it turns out I am weirdly sentimental about makeup. I can usually remember what each item cost, and man, it is painful to realize how all that money was wasted. So much money.
6 months later, and this is what I’m left with.
And now I’m really kicking myself for not taking those before photos, because you have no way of telling how much makeup I actually got rid of. I mean, that is still a lot of makeup by anyone’s standards, even though I got rid of so much. Oh well, at least I’m showing you the full picture this time around. Here are some better shots of the stuff that still hangs around in my vanity case and drawer:
Can you tell my weak spot is eyeshadows? I still haven’t met a warm brown I didn’t like, let me tell you that much. Some of these palettes are still on probation, like the two small palettes in the middle and the one with 12 shades on the top right, but I do use them all every once in a while. I probably got rid of 5 eyeshadow palettes and a handful of single shadows before ending up with these.
These are my base products. I use the BB cream on its own in the warmer months, and mix it into the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in the colder months. The Guerlain gold primer was an extravagant birthday present, and I would never buy a primer that expensive for myself, but I will enjoy it while it lasts.
Blushes, bronzers and highlighters. Still a bit excessive, but as you can probably tell they are all being used and loved and I even hit pan on some of them. The little Stila one (“Kitten”) is technically an eyeshadow, but I use it as a highlighter when I travel because the large highlighters are really prone to breaking.
Eye and brow products. There are some samples and gift-with-purchase things here, but all in all everything is being used.
Lip products. This is where I did the most culling, as I probably had three times as many before I started. There are a few here that are a bit too similar, but I’m still working out which ones I prefer, so I’m letting them all stay for now.
And a few things I forgot to include in the proper photos: a concealer quad and a beautiful Becca Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette.
And that was it for my 6 month makeup decluttering update. I’m not anywhere near the simple 10-15 product collections of your favorite internet minimalists, but then again I really really love makeup, and for me this is a pretty significant downsizing. I’m sure my collection will shrink organically over time, because I definitely wouldn’t repurchase all of these if they broke or ran out, but for now I will enjoy them while they’re here.