Okay, I finally did it. I finally sat down, dumped all of my lip products (and nail polishes and eye liners) on the floor and asked myself if I would ever actually wear them. This led to a one of the most aggressive makeup purges I’ve ever undertaken. The above picture was what I had to start with. I keep my makeup in stackable boxes, and the lipstick was starting to take over one of them. I vowed to be rid of half the colors, and I mostly succeeded. There were tubes I’d never worn. There were tubes I had only swatched. There were tubes I hadn’t so much as swatched. There were multiple tubes of the same shades. I had nineteen different shades of RED. I don’t even wear red that often. What on earth do I need with nineteen different ones?
Needless to say, I hope I have some happy friends soon. I keep Beauty So Clean at home and regularly sanitize my collection. The bulk of the tubes I’m getting rid of are still perfectly wearable.
Here’s a picture of what I’m getting rid of:
Y’all there’s Chanel in there…that I’ve worn once. Why on Earth did I throw my money away like that?
Anyway, here’s what I’m keeping:
I can’t help it with the stuff from Bite. There’s a ton of similar colors in there, but the formula is just so good that I can’t manage to part with any of them.
I’m actually going to break out the big lights and do proper swatches of all the shades I’m getting rid of and explain my reasoning for omitting them from my stash. I said at the beginning of the year that I would account for everything bought or disposed of, and I’m sticking to that promise. This is going to take some time to type everythig out, but it feels quite liberating to finally be rid of things.
I moved to New York eight years ago with three suitcases, a backpack, no clue where I would live and a week to find an apartment. Everything worked out for me, so since then my joke has always been that I could move with three suitcases and a backpack. In recent years, though, this makeup collection has begun to feel like it has taken over my life. I had invested so much time and money into it that I couldn’t imagine ever leaving it behind. Getting rid of the products I don’t need is the first step in proving to myself that I can leave stuff behind, and it’s okay to not buy things purely for the sake of buying things. I don’t need most of this.
I hope that I can eventually work up the nerve to do an eyeshadow purge by the end of the year. That’s going to be the hard one. I’m so attached to those shades, but I have so many, and there are so many duplicates that, deep down, I know I need to do something about it. Lipstick is the first step. I’ll get through the entire collection eventually, but I feel like that was the first big step in the right direction.
Here’s to you guys seeing many, MANY lipstick swatches in the coming days and weeks, and me getting back to the point that I could REALLY move with three suitcases and a backpack again.