Hello, G Beauty readers! I'm Alyse from Lumière & Lens and I am obsessed with makeup. Like most other beauty obsessives, I have amassed quite a collection of red lipsticks, eyeliner, foundations... you get the picture. Recently, I embarked on a mission towards living more minimally and had a massive clear out. If you love makeup as much as I do, you probably have a collection that needs minimising as well! If you fancy a declutter then I have a few tips to share with you!
Use It or Lose It
I have only one rule when it comes to decluttering and it is, "If you don't use it, throw it out." If you're like me, you may hang on to products because they look good on your vanity, they're designer, or they were expensive. Chances are, you have the same tried and true products you're probably reaching for, right? For example, if you have 15 red lipsticks, keep the few you always reach for and toss the rest. Will you really use them all up before they go bad?
Keep An Eye on Expiration Dates
Yes, makeup goes bad! Buzzfeed provided a handy guide to makeup expiration dates. Most beauty and skincare products have a small symbol located on the back that tells you when it expires from the day you opened it. For example, my Laneige sleeping mask expires in 12 months as does my NYX primer while the nail polish gets a solid 36 months of use. However, it's a good idea to use common sense with regards to what you keep. My mascara has an expiration date of 6 months, but it will dry out long before that. Creams and liquids tend to go off faster. If a products smells, changes colour, or doesn't look right, toss it! Your skin will thank you.
Sanitise the Keepers
While I make no exceptions with creams or liquids, most solid products such as bronzers, eyeshadows, lipliners, etc. can be sanitised with 91% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. I keep a bottle of it handy and liberally spray down eyeshadow palettes, blushes, and setting powders with it. Eyeliner and lipliner pencils can be sharpened and sprayed to clean off their tips.
Preventing Future Clutter
Once you've downsized your makeup collection, you can take steps to avoid future clutter. I know full well how easy it is to TREATYOSELF to new makeup. The next time you're tempted, ask yourself: how much wear will I realistically get out of this? Is it worth the money? Do I have something similar and do I use that product often? Am I buying it just to have it? If you're going to pick up something, make sure you'll get good use out of it.
Everyone has their own methods of decluttering, but these are the guidelines that worked for me. I hope you find these tips useful! Do you have a huge makeup collection or ideas on how to declutter?
A huge thank you to Alyse for writing a guest post for me. How beautiful are her pictures and how handy are her decluttering tips?! I know I'm hugely guilty of holding onto products and forever buying new ones, despite not needing them. I will definitely be looking to follow some of these tips to save myself some money!
Make sure to go and check out Alyse's blog - http://www.lumiereandlens.com/ for more great tips. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you for reading.
Love, Gweni xxx