One thing I’ve minimalized quite a bit is my make-up collection.
See, even that word – ‘collection’!
I had different types of foundation, mascara, lipsticks, blushers ….
I had foundation for winter; I had foundation for summer. I had mascara that lengthened, that volumized, that did both and very frequently, did neither!
But – shocker – I ended up wearing the same handful of products every day.
A bit like my clothes, then!
So, I de-cluttered. Let me draw a veil over whether some of the products were even within their use-by date (‘red face’ – no extra blusher required for that!).
I found also that I had duplicates of some items. Now, these were what I considered to be so important and irreplaceable that if they were ever discontinued, I wouldn’t know what to do. My back-up collection! Oh yes, another collection.
I mean, what was the worst that could happen if I didn’t find the exact same product next time? Well, I could do without or try something different. Neither of those two options sound scary now but I think they were at the time.
I cleared out my make-up and donated a lot of it to my friend’s two little girls, who had a marvellous time playing dress-up. (But I discarded all mascaras, having a horror of potential eye infections and any out-of-date items.) Even the little I kept lasted me a long, long time. That’s the thing with make-up, it does last for ages.
All of this coincided with my changing to cruelty-free products.
I reduced to a tiny pile of make-up and replenished any gaps from cruelty-free brands.
It feels so much better now. I don’t tend to wear a lot of make-up, but I do like to wear some. I have a minimal collection and enjoy wearing what I have. It’s also much easier to pack when I go away!
Anyone else experimented with minimalist make-up? Have a great week 😊