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How I Pared Down My Makeup Collection

 I think it's safe to say that I have more makeup than the average woman. However, my collection is nowhere near 'professional makeup artist status', and it probably never will be. Especially considering that a few days ago, I got rid of more than half of my collection. And it felt good.

See, a funny thing happens when you have too much makeup. You get tired of wearing makeup. Ironic, huh? There are simply too many choices and you can get bogged down, which results in a makeup slump. You end up wearing the same few products over and over again, never actually using all of that makeup that you amassed, which is kind of pointless, right?

Wearing makeup and playing with makeup, it should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. When you open up those vanity drawers, it should feel like opening up a box of chocolates. It should be exciting. Not daunting. A makeup collection should be well edited and full of the things you love the most. The things you can't wait to use. Not things you only ended up using once, or kept using because it was kind of expensive, or was the wrong color but you never returned it. Those things zap all of the fun out of the situation real fast. So, I bit the bullet and spent a couple of hours one weekend, sorting and purging all of the junk. So what made the cut?

EOS Lip Balms// It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Je Ne Sais Quoi// Nivea Lip Butters// Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer// Benefit Porefessional Primer// 

BeautiControl Eyebrow Kit

Mac Single Eye Shadow Tempting// Wet n Wild Single Eye Shadow Nutty// Sephora Eye Shadow Trio Sunset// Maybelline Color Tattoo (Barely Branded, Inked in Pink, Tough as Taupe, Bad to the Bronze)// Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Trios (Knock on Wood, Silent Treatment, Sweet as Candy, Walking on Eggshells)//

Naked 2 Palette// Naked 2 Basics//

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black// L'Oreal Shocking Extensions// Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama// Milani Eye Shadow Primer// Jordana Fabubrow// Wet n Wild Coloricon Eyeliner// Rimmel Eye Kohl Jet Black// Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner//

Milani Luminoso// Milani Rose D'Oro// NYX Pinched// Nars Orgasm//

L'Oreal Collection Privee (Julianne's Nude, Jennifer's Nude)// Rimmel Lasting Finish (Temptation, In Vogue, Airy Fairy)// Mac Lipstick (Viva Glam V, Viva Glam II, Ruby Woo)//

Milani Color Statement Lipstick (Rose Hip, Fruit Punch, Flamingo Pose, Dulce Caramelo)// Revlon Balm Stain (Honey, Precious)// E.L.F Matte Lip Color (Rich Red, Nearly Nude, Natural)//

Rimmel Stay Glossy (Don't have the names)// Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss (Peach Pango, Supernatural)// L'Oreal Le Gloss (Golden Splash, Baby Blossom)// NYX Butter Gloss (Tiramisu, Eclair, Creme Brulee)//

L'Oreal Fairest Nude// NYX Thalia// Revlon Certainly Red// Wet n Wild Fergie Daily// Maybelline Make Me Pink// Flower Beauty Babys Buttercup// Rimmel Showoff Celestial// Buxom Lip Gloss Dolly// Bonnebell Cappuccino// Flower Beauty Lip Gloss Baby's Breath// Milani Lip Gloss Puttin' on the Glitz//

Obviously this is still a lot of makeup to the average person, but it feels like a small collection to me. In some categories I only have one or two of something which feels really, really weird. I do have to say that since I pared everything down, I have been loving it. It brought the excitement back to my collection, and I've been using some old favorites that I forgot I even had. I don't miss what I got rid of at all.

So.. does all of this purging mean that I'm no longer going to buy any more makeup? Um. No. No way, Jose. Not even close. There are some gaps in my makeup collection. Gaps that I plan to fill slowly, over time. Many of these items are holy grail products for me, but many are not. A large number of these items will be re-purchased after they run out, or I will purchase something very similar. I also plan to upgrade a few items as well. I love my drugstore makeup, so my collection will always be a mix of both drugstore and higher end stuff, but there are so many great items out there that I've had my eye on for years and want to take for a spin. I also plan on adding to my collection more items from brands that I've had a good experience with, and want to try more of, like Nars and Urban Decay. They make amazing makeup and I've loved a few of their products, so I want to find more. And then there will be items that I purchase because I just want to, but those will be fewer and farther between. The whole point is that I'm going to be more thoughtful with my makeup purchases, more honest about what I really do and don't like, and return what doesn't work for me. I want to be able to keep adding items to my tried and true list, not my toss pile.

So there you have it. My makeup collection. As of today at least. In the future I'm sure I'll do an updated post. I'll be interested to see what changes. Oh, and don't worry, I told my best friends they could have whatever they wanted from the huge pile that I was tossing so it's not all going to waste. 

What's your makeup collection like? Are you a product junkie? Or more of a minimalist? Do you ever do a big makeup purge? Or are you building a collection right now? 

P.S. I just realized that I didn't include my now one and only lip liner. It's this one. Can't do red lips without it. ;)


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