Beauty: How I condensed my Makeup collection

Monday, 6 July 2015


Type 'Makeup Collection' into youtube and you'll come across a multitude of videos from beauty lovers showcasing the delights of their vanity tables. The majority of these videos include vast amounts of products, more than one could ever use up in their lifetime. Back in the day, I would be envious of these girls, purchasing products in a variety of shades to build up the numbers. Nowadays however, I have realised that it's just a tad unnecessary & it's much better to have a smaller selection of products that will actually get used rather than a huge assortment of products that often get neglected. 

My makeup - with the exception of a couple of eyeshadow palettes is now all housed in this little set up pictured above. Considering it took up the entirety of the Ikea Malm dresser drawer before, I would say I've done pretty well to condense it down. It was a pretty easy process in the end, but does take some time. Something to bare in mind when you start it - especially if your current collection is above the average! Something to get your teeth stuck into on a Sunday perhaps. 

So how did I do it I hear you cry? Well lets explain. 

1. First, get everything out. I mean everything. Tip it all out on the floor, on the table, on your bed wherever suits you. Seeing that pile of makeup in front of you gives you that motivation to sort and organise it all - we've all been there when tidying organising... stuff is still on the bed and you want to sleep. This will ensure you get the job done! Once you've done that you will need to separate it all into different categories. Blush, Base, Bronze etc. This will make it easier for you to sort through. Taking one category at a time. 

2. Within each category start by getting rid of the expired products. Unless you are exceptionally good at product rotation I would suspect that there may be a couple of things that need to be thrown away. For advice on how long you should keep your products, check out this blog post as a guide. 


3. Once you've got rid of the expired products, it's time to evaluate what you have left & get ruthless. Look at your products and decide what you really use. If there are eyeshadows you dont tend to reach for anymore or lipsticks you wore once before deciding the colour wasnt for you sat there all neglected then get rid. Ask friends or family if they would like them. My sister is often pleased to see me turn up at the house with a bag full of unwanted makeup goodies! If you have barely used products or some that are still in their packaging look into donating them to a local womens shelter. Give and Makeup is a popular choice among bloggers. 

4. By now you should have condensed your collection down a bit. Maybe by lots, maybe by a little. Either way its a good start to get you on track. When it comes to re organising and putting what you have left away you can either put it back in the storage solution you previously used or try something different. In my case I picked up this cute drawer set from TKMaxx. It is similar in style to these drawers avaliable at Ikea, so if you like the idea of them you could always try there! By having less space avaliable for the products it helped me be more strict with myself when it came to sorting. Each drawer has just enough room for my makeup items. Maybe with a little room for the additional product or two. 

5. To keep on top of my collection and ensure that it doesnt get out of hand again I have taken on the mantra of one in one out, which I first heard Vivianna mention in one of her posts or videos! There a few products I do this with anyway - Concealers & mascaras but now I implement it with my other products too. Sometimes having less choice when it comes to your makeup makes it easier too! 

Have you tried condensing your makeup collection down. What are your tips and tricks?

Much love 

21 comments:

  1. Good job, working on my extensive collection too :)

    passingfancyblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a lovely collection you have, I definitely need to condense my collection, far too many lovely things going to waste!

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's so silly to let products go to waste in my opinion. You need your collection to be managable so you can have a good product rotation going on! :-) x

      Delete
  3. I really need to do this! I have a slight foundation & blush obsession x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I used to have a blush obsession, now I think I have less than 10? You can do it! It can be done! x

      Delete
  4. Ooh well done on condensing your collection! I've wanting to try condensing mine for a while but I'm a little too attached to my makeup (I realise that's quite sad) haha but I just can't get rid of some things. I bet that it's quite refreshing to have a smaller collection now.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I completely understand about being attatched to your makeup. I once was. I just had a bit of a wakeup call and figured so much was being neglected which was such a shame! The smaller collection is much more manageable! x

      Delete
  5. Love your setup, think it actually looks more organized than the clear MUJI drawers that I was debating getting. Amazing post and tips, I'm moving in a couple of months and need to do a clear out myself.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have had the clear acrylic storage before, but I do prefer this, everything is hidden! I just need to get a label maker for the drawers now! x

      Delete
  6. Love how you store your makeup - so organised. I have been having a clear out over the past month & have reduced my makeup stash my quite a lot. I still want to pass on a few more bits but it already feels more manageable
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well done on reducing your stash, its a great feeling once its done isnt it! x

      Delete
  7. Great post! good job on throwing out so many products. I'm a make up hoarder and although I don't own as much as some other people do, I can never seem to get rid of some things. I'm playing with the idea of throwing some old eyeshadow palettes away but I'm keeping them for a little bit so I can do a post on my entire eyeshadow history first ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Youve got to really want to reduce your stash. No point going about it half hearted. Do it when you are ready. Everyone is different! x

      Delete
  8. Great post! I really need help condensing my own collection -it can get overwhelming to have too much makeup and it just looks nicer to have everything all tidy. :) I just found your blog and I love it, it's so cute and I can see how much work you put into it! I love the way you write. I look forward to reading more! <3

    Hanna | www.LipstickLovely.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your kind words Hanna, really appreciate it! x

      Delete
  9. Well done you! It looks very neat and tidy now.
    I condensed mine when I found out that I was pregnant, I had to get rid of loads of stuff and the amount of make-up that I had taking up storage space was ridiculous!
    I donated loads to Give & Make-Up and also look events, just recently I donated a load to go on a tombola stall at a local funday raising money for Velindre Cancer centre.

    Tomorrow I am having another de-clutter, I'm picking up some glasses from Specsavers and am going to drop the 20 odd pairs from years gone by into their recycling point!

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life Wales

    ReplyDelete
  10. Good job! How I wish I have the time to do that too. My things are all scattered and its really hard to find something that I need especially when I am in a hurry. I guess I have to find time to get things organized upon seeing this.

    ReplyDelete
  11. These are such good tips! I always rotate my makeup around to get use out of everything but if I come across things I just have no inclination to use these have to go and also if anything looks old or gross xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.