Many of us have them -- beauty products galore. But how many do we really need? How many do we actually use? Wouldn't it be nice to simplify, making more room in your bathroom or vanity area and your beauty routine quicker, while saving money at the same time? Let's look at products:
Foundation, cover sticks, etc.: Do you have bottles of foundation, tinted moisturizers, and cover products that just don't work for you? Too dark? Too light? Too thick? Too thin? Pick out the few you need (a tinted moisturizer, your favorite foundation, perhaps 2 to mix for color perfection, and a cover stick; keep seasons in mind) and toss the remainder.
Blushes, powders: How many do you need? Perhaps pink, coral, brown, a bronzer, a mattifying or setting powder. Pick out what works for you (think seasons) and toss the remainder.
Mascara, shadows, etc.: This can be the most difficult category. Mascaras, shadow, highlighters, etc. Did you know that mascara should only be kept for 6 months max? That is because it may grow bacteria causing a nasty eye infection. So immediately toss old mascaras. Now, how many items do you need? Keep one of each kind (think colors, volume, etc.) and toss the rest. The same with shadows and eyeliners. Keep only those you actually use. Toss the rest.
Brushes: There are so many types of makeup brushes -- blush, powder, highlighter, eye shadow, eye liner, lipstick -- the makeup brush industry loves us! How many do you own, and how many of them do you use? Think about whether you can pare them down. And, most importantly, keep them CLEAN. A dirty brush can mean clogged pores, breakouts, etc.
Hair products: Which products do you use -- shampoo, conditioner, a mask/hair repair conditioner, hairspray, mousse, gel, etc.? Keep your shampoo and conditioner in the shower; store other products in a cabinet or under the sink. It's the perfect time to rid yourself of all of those bottles of hair products you don't like or use. They are only taking up valuable landscape.
Storage: Ideally, you sort your makeup for ease. Here's an excellent solution --a drawer for everything: eye makeup, blushes and powders, foundation, brushes. And it looks nice if you decide to keep it on your countertop.
Do you keep purchasing products only to find you already have something to use? If you clear out your stash, you will KNOW what you have and what you may need, saving you money by not repurchasing items you already own.
Not comfortable tossing products? Donate them to women's shelters! They love them.
So take a long, hard look at what you own and determine what you need versus what can go.
I think you get the picture: simplify your beauty products to save money, space, and time!
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