I love makeup. When my alarm goes off each morning before work my first thought is “NOOOO”, my second thought is “…. but yay, I get to play with my makeup”. This past year, I have spent an insane amount of money on buying new makeup. Prior to this year, I used to be able to fit my entire makeup collection in one of those cute Caboodle’s that you can buy at Ulta. I had one foundation, one bronzer, one mascara, zero eyeshadow palettes (only a few single MAC eyeshadows) and I would only purchase more makeup when I finished a makeup product. It’s funny to think that I used to be so sad when I hit pan on a product, whereas now I get frustrated that I can’t hit pan on a single product. You would think my very large makeup collection would make me happy but to be honest I miss the days when I had a smaller makeup collection full of products that I absolutely loved.
I realized I had a problem when I found myself FORCING myself to use makeup products in my collection. I have so many products that I absolutely love to wear – so why on Earth do I have products in my collection that I have to force myself to use?!
The second thing I have realized is that I need to stop buying drugstore makeup. Now don’t get me wrong there are some really great products that you can find at the drugstore, some of which are even complete dupes for higher end products. However, I found that I was reaching for my higher-end products over the drugstore products. This is partially due to the fact that I enjoy higher-end products. They are usually prettier, have nicer packaging, and USUALLY are better products. The other thing is that when you have a large make up collection, you feel like you need to focus on using up the more expensive products because they cost more money and therefore if they expired you would “lose” more money than you would if a drugstore product expired. If my $60 Dior foundation expires, I will be PISSED. If my $1 ELF product expires – who cares?!
So, I recently went through my makeup collection and pulled out any product that doesn’t make me happy when I use it. I am selling these products on Poshmark and I plan to use that money on future makeup purposes. (Because let’s remember, not only do I love makeup – I also have a makeup blog and Instagram account to maintain).
In the future, I’m going to be a lot smarter about my purchases. For example, Estée Lauder Double Wear has been my holy grail foundation for 10 years. I have tried so many other foundations and I don’t like a single one of them as much. So, I don’t really need to purchase EVERY new foundation that a YouTuber or beauty blogger raves about. I’m also going to get better about returning makeup products that I don’t enjoy. I actually didn’t realize until recently that you can return make up products to Sephora.
Now, I look at what is left of my make up collection, which is still large and excessive for one person, and I find that every single product makes me happy. I guess in this case, less is more 🙂
PS: Let me know if you’d be interested in a follow-up post that includes which items from my collection that I got rid of!