If you’re a regular reader of my blog; you’ll know I absolutely adore trying new beauty products. I love trying new ranges of my favourites, and branching out into products I’ve never used before. As well as being your average makeup lover, I also write about beauty products on this blog every now and again. This means over the years I’ve really totted up (what I’d consider) quite a collection of beauty products.
Now of course I still love trying new products, and I’m absolutely over the moon if my favourite brand want to work with me; however I decided a few months back to really cut down on my beauty spending. I have all these amazing products, and they barely get any use. Even if I use a different eyeshadow palette every day of the week for example, if I continued to buy every new release (not that I’m lucky enough to be able to do that!) or keep branching out into new ones; I’ll never ever use up my collection, and that bothers me.
I don’t want to hoard products away, or let some absolute wonders collect dust or go out of date. I want to hit pan much more often, and I want to feel like this huge collection is being used to bring me joy. So with that in mind, I made many changes, and they’ve made me so much happier over the past 3 months. As I’m a blogger who writes about beauty sometimes, I’m still accepting some beauty products from brands; but only ones that are truly special to me, ones I feel I really need, or ones that are so new and different that it would be worthwhile to review.
I’ve found so much success with this, that I wanted to share my tips for making the most of your beauty collection today.
I hope it helps you guys too! 🙂
1. Make a list of what you need.
As much as it might be tempting to check out the Superdrug 3 for 2 deals when you see those colourful signs as you pass by, sticking to a list of things you NEED rather than want, will help SO much! I suggest keeping this list on your phone, so it’s always with you to refer back to. Maybe you’re lacking in foundation, body moisturiser, or razors? Cool, get those and skip the new must-have highlighter!
2. Challenge yourself each day.
If you’re like me, you have loads of makeup options when you sit at your dressing table each day. So try to challenge yourself by using a base/highlighter/bronzer/eyeshadow that you never have before, OR very rarely use. Creating new looks can be so much fun, and you may realise you have some hidden treasures!
3. Put away your favourites.
Those trusty products you always reach for every morning? Hide them! Put them at the back of the cupboard, or away in a makeup bag somewhere. I’m sure they’re brilliant, but why have a collection of stuff if you aren’t going to use it? Branch out!
4. Give away anything unused/unwanted.
If you do the first few steps mentioned, you’ll no doubt come across products you forgot you had or ones that may not be as great as you once thought they were. In this case, stop wasting space and find them a new home! Assuming it’s hygienic of course, make up a bag of goodies for a friend and see if they want any of it. You’ll feel amazing once you’ve purged your collection.
5. Consider every single purchase.
Try to limit impulse buying by considering the following: Why do I want this? Is it worth it? How often will I use this? Do I have something like this already? Could I use my money on something more worthwhile? Just taking even 30 seconds to think this over before a purchase has helped me SO many times! It means I come away feeling much more confident when I do purchase something too!
I’m not saying stop treating yourself, or trying new products if that really makes you happy! But if like me, you want to appreciate your collection a little more, and save some pennies; then I hope this helps you! 🙂
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