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Ha! I never thought I’d see the day, honestly. Here I am writing a post about downsizing my makeup collection, who would have thought it?! It’s been a long time coming really and I have been regularly bemoaning the sheer amount of stuff I’ve amassed over the last couple of years. Yes, some of the products were investment buys that I can’t be without but there’s also a lot of rubbish in there that I never use, limited edition MAC things I’ve been sucked into buying and so on.

The last few months I’ve given away so much stuff, and although my personal collection isn’t half as vast as it used to be there’s still a lot of products that I just don’t use anymore, and they make me feel guilty! So, from now on I’m on a mission. I’m going to be one of those super cool women who have one of those stunningly minimal personal makeup collections, with all lovely high quality products that never leave me wanting for anything else. I will not be sucked in by limited edition products (unless they’re amazeballs of course!) and I will have a ‘must have used it in the last 6 months’ rule on all products when I begin the ruthless culling of what’s left.

Here’s some of my current collection below that I have easy access to (I can’t face opening the storage cupboards underneath my desk yet) – it’s a bit of a mess which is good as it usually makes me realise that I do in fact have too much stuff that I never use. I don’t know what’s happened to me over the last few months but I’m really into having a much smaller selection of products. Eyeshadow’s are historically, my Achilles heel and there’s a whole drawer of them that I rarely ever use, and as for foundations I’ve definitely whittled them down quite significantly but there’s still too many in there that never see the light of day. Skincare is a whole other story though, so we just won’t go there for now…

Now, it doesn’t actually look that bad does it? But if you look a little closer, there are six bronzers in one drawer sitting alongside er, 6 blushers. Who needs six of either of those? Not me and not at the moment anyways. There’s also five foundations in another drawer, two on the counter top and another two in the Muji drawer set. I’d like to point out here that ‘past’ me would literally die at all these flippant things I’m saying; am I actually admitting that I don’t need all of this makeup? Yes, yes I think I am.

So there we have it, stage one of the cull begins. I’ll post an update in a month so you can see how my minimalistic er, fabulosity is coming along!


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  • Reply Marina K

    Ahh good for you Simone, I find that very therapeutic and I have been trying to do the same for the past few months, ebaying and giving away stuff that was just sitting there, gathering dust. I still have a long way to go though, but I’m getting there.
    What I dread are those shit-I-feel-so-bad-let-me-buy-something impulse purchases, but I’m working on that, too.

    Now, on another note, is that a Perricone bottle I see in that first picture up there? Have you had experience with the brand? I’ve lately been buttering up their No Foundation foundation & No Concealer concealer but I am behaving, so far. Any insight??

    July 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Niamh McNally

    Yay, so proud of you! Once you’ve gradually whittled down the collection, it’ll be much easier to resist the impulse purchases, as you’ll know that you’ll just be getting rid of the thing again in six months, and that €6/€12/€24 will have been much better spent on a slice of cake/a day at the zoo/put towards a fund for a Chanel bag (depending on how long-term you can orient your goals 😛 )
    Of course saying that, I’d be happy to take any homeless makeup off your hands- I can still fit all of my makeup in one drawer 😀

    July 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply jessicafrench

    I loved this post Simone! There seems to be a trend at the moment, a lot of beauty bloggers have been doing this (including me) and it feels so refreshing! I love being loyal to products and I’m not really the sort of girl to use different ones each day, I know what suits my skin and my skin tone and I stick to it! Quality not quantity is the way to go 🙂 xo

    July 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Alice

    I am doing the same thing at the moment. Its quite rewarding I find, but I still have loads more than one person needs. lol. great post. 🙂

    July 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Katieelisabeth21

    Lol I did this too and posted about it yesterday! Still horrified with how much I have, and I too can’t wait for the day when my collection is small x

    July 11, 2012 at 4:19 am
    • Reply KatieElisabeth

      I have no idea why my name came up as youtube name lol! disqus is crazy sometimes x

      July 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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