I love playing with beauty products just as much as anyone else, but in the past few years I’ve come to find that with less – I’m happier! I appreciate my products more, save money, and feel more creative than I did when I had over 20 eyeshadow options. If you think the same might be true for you, here are a few tips to help you cut down.
1. Think about what you have really used and separate products into piles:
Look through your stash and make a note of what products you’ve used the past few months and what you haven’t. Think, why did you not use these products? Was it because they weren’t for you or because you honestly forgot you owned them? Is anything really old? Become familiar with what you should throw out for safety reasons. See something you think a friend would like? Put that aside as well.
2. Have a beauty party:
Have your friends and family come over to look through the makeup and beauty products you’ve put aside. It’ll be a fun night full of bonding, sharing, and maybe even champagne! Have them take what you aren’t using and then if there is anything left, consider selling it.
Some limited edition products, like special makeup palettes, can be sold online even if they are used. Just make sure to specify in the listing that whoever buys the product will have to sanitize it before use. This is a great way to make some money back if your products were barely touched.
Whatever isn’t sold or given away, you can throw away or even donate to a battered women’s shelter. You’ll have to check if they accept gently used products, but many organizations would be happy to take your beauty products out of your hands and give them to the less fortunate.
3. Create a buying ban:
Now that you have minimized, make sure you stop buying products for a few months. Try to make sure to rotate the products you are currently using so that everything is in rotation again. In these few months pay attention to what products really work for you and make you happy.
Start having a Spa Sunday, for example, where you spend extra time doing hair and face masks. Or make an appointment with yourself once a week to do your own nails. Creating a buying ban and spending time with your products helps you learn to appreciate more of what you have.
Now that you’ve tried everything out again, start making those piles again and start from the beginning. You’ll now have a more clear picture of what to keep and what to let go of.
There, you’re now working with less and are, hopefully, happier for it.
Let me know in the comments, what products do you think you can do without? I recently let go of half of my nail polishes and feel amazing for it!