So I've become a serious product hoarder! And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one - right girls? It only hit me the other day how much make up and how many beauty products I actually own. I wouldn't class it as excessive but it's definitely heading that way....
So I decided to 'shop my stash' so to speak, have a little clear out and really make the most of my beauty stash. It was actually quite therapeutic I'd highly recommend it - so here's a few tips to help you out.
Donate / Sell / Throw
Go through your make up (yes all of it) and your beauty bits and divide them into three piles, Donate, Sell or Throw. Donate any products, that you don't need/want any more. Give them to family and friends - who knows that fuschia pink lipstick you've thrown to the back of your draw may really suit your Aunt May / best friend (insert friend or family member here) and the little donation could really make their day!
Selling unused products is a great way to make some pennies towards your next CT lipstick. Ebay and Depop are both great for online selling. That hyped up product you brought into but now hate; may just make a sale. I know it's time consuming but if you download the apps on your phone it takes no longer than posting on Instagram!
Throwing old products out can be a little heartbreaking, but beauty products do have a shelf life. Generally speaking there's no golden rule but here's a few general guidelines:
- Cleanser - 1 year to 18 months
- Toner - 1 year
- Moisturiser - 1 year
- Serum - 1 year
- Lipstick - 2 - 3 years
- Lip Balm - 1 year
- Primer, Foundation and Concealer - 1 year to 18 months
- Mascara - 6-9 months
- Powders (highlighter, eye shadow, bronzer, setting powder etc - 2 - 3 years.
- Nail Varnish = 18 months to 2 years.
Make sure you always replace caps and lids to stop products from drying out sooner then they should and try not to display products in direct sunlight.
Create a Usable Storage System
Keep the most used items you reach for daily on your dresser and neatly store all other products in product order (eye shadows together, palettes together, lipsticks together etc). Muji storage is a favourite amongst bloggers, the acrylic draws are just perfect for storing all your favourite products they also stock some great draws dividers to help keep your cosmetics neat and tidy. Failing that, reusing gift boxes and packaging can work just as well. My dresser is full of old Jo Malone and Net-a-Porter boxes!
Used candle jars make pretty pencil / brush / cotton wool holders, and bowls and trays look chic and organised. I picked up some pretty bowls from Anthropologie which are currently homing my everyday lippies and base products. Ikea is also a great inexpensive place to shop for storage a stack of draws are perfect for keeping your beauty products tidy yet accessible.
Rotate Your Stash
Rotating your products is a great way for re-loving some old forgotten favourites. I like to rotate my products seasonally now that it's 'summer' (looks out the window at the wind and rain) and have been pulling out my coral lippies bright eye shadows and body oils. But if you up this to a more regular rotation; it will result in using up more of your products, thus giving them some extra love and ultimately you'll be more economical and cost effective. After all no one likes wasting money on unused treasures. Have fun creating some new make up looks and use up those products.
I hardly ever depot. Mainly because I'm a sucker for packaging. But after a recent sort out of my mac individual eye shadows a friend suggested I depot them into a Z palette which is my next project. Such an excellent idea, this way I can see exactly which colours I have straight away and then I'll have tons of empties for the Back To Mac scheme (6 empties = a free lipstick). Win Win!
Use Every Single Scrap
We've all been there scraping out every single drop of our favourite cleanser or moisturiser, or manically shaking that foundation bottle knowing there's at least one more use in there. Cutting the top off tubes (for liquid products) enables more access to the product and a good few more applications. Keep the part you've cut off to use as a lid or store in a small plastic bag so the product doesn't dry up. Cotton buds or spatulas (like the ones you get with face masks) make really useful tools for scraping out hard to reach product from glass bottles (foundations etc). Take out the pump dispenser and scrap away - it's amazing how many uses may still be left in there. Thrifty eh?
Hope you have found this post useful. I've had loads of fun shopping my stash and finding old loves! I hope you do too.
How do you make the most of your beauty stash? Which storage do you use?
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Much Love L xx