I like looking pretty and enjoy trying a new beauty product, technique, or style. When I took a salon receptionist job as a teenager, I learned that I really loved makeup, hair color, and the perfect skincare/hair products. I think nothing about this is wrong! But just like all good things, it can be taken to an extreme. For me, this can happen in two different ways:
1) I can buy (literally BUY) the lie that there is no such thing as natural beauty, that women need the latest and greatest to be considered beautiful. When cosmetics become my NEED instead of a way to enhance what’s naturally there or express personality, I’m going down a dangerous road.
2) I can take my purchasing habits to a materialistic extreme. How much money am I willing to part with over mascara? moisturizer? What else can I use that money for? Buying these items is not bad; I use both every day. But I don’t use 50 of them at a time. And I don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars.
Also, I can’t travel frequently with so many products. I pack a small cosmetic bag for trips and am completely satisfied – why should home life be different? Tackling my beauty products was my first step in striving for the minimalist life. I attempted a “realistic” approach since I still truly enjoy using lots of beauty products. Keep in mind, I just downsized in February before a move. This was 10x worse a couple months ago! Yikes.
1. Take Inventory
My makeup drawers were overflowing, so was the cabinet under my sink. It wasn’t until I pulled it all out that I realized how many products I actually had.
#MillennialMinimalist Challenge: A good way to take inventory is to “pack” one cosmetic bag as though you were going on a trip. Use only what you packed for a week. See what you missed and what you didn’t. If you never missed it, do you really need it?
*not pictured: shower products and my lipstick collection*
2. Create Throw-away and Give-away buckets
Throw away anything past its prime or empty. If you’re like me and have a handful of younger female family members, you can easily put the good stuff you no longer want/need in a bag and pass it along.
3. Get Rid of the Duplicates
Slimming down on the repeats is an easy place to begin if you don’t know where to start.
Exhibit B: 13 Eye shadow palettes and 4 singles. I cut it in half.
4. Put all the near-empty items toward the front
I still had some high-quality cosmetics that I enjoyed using, but were almost empty. Throwing them away would be throwing away money. Instead, I placed these items toward the front and committed to using them first. In a month or so, my collection will be even smaller without waste.
Ongoing! But I managed to throw/give away over half of my products. I went from my makeup not fitting into five drawers to fitting comfortably in three drawers. My nail polish now fits in one small container, my shower products take up a tiny corner of the shower, and my hair care bin is half the size. Once I get through my almost-empties, samples, and my “I can’t believe I bought this, it’s so unnecessary, but I’m going to use it up anyway” products, I’ll have a collection that’s more manageable for me. While still having fun cosmetics to play with. I’ll post an updated picture once that happens.
Other steps I’m taking:
– Replace expensive products with cheaper and more natural options, like coconut oil as a makeup remover. And use essential oils I already have for beauty boosters.
– Stop buying things I already have. I don’t need to buy lip products for 37 years or so. I have enough. STOP THE MADNESS!
If any of my other fellow Millennials are minimalists, or are in the process of minimizing (like me!) – let me know! I’d love to hear your tips and possibly even link up to your work!
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling face. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Life your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. – Ashley Smith
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