Everyone is cleaning up and cleaning out this time of year. I’m no exception. The biggest task I’m undertaking right now is purging and organizing my beauty products. I’ve devised a plan to help me figure out which beauty products to toss before the new year, and which to keep. I know I can’t be the only goo-hoarder in the bunch, can I? I have a very odd affliction that causes me to form emotion attachment to my beauty products. But I’m NOT DOING IT this year. This year, I’m tossing these beauty products for good.
Which Beauty Products to Toss?
Any expired beauty products.
Duh. That’s a no-brainer. When it doubt, throw it out. I put a 3 month cap on my liquid eye makeup (liner and mascara, mostly). I throw out any concealer or foundation older than a year. I typically keep lip glosses around for no longer than a year and a half. So basically, anything liquid goes within a year for me.
Me personally? I never throw out dry face products or eye shadows. That’s probably bad… so this is where I tell you that you should probably do that. Do as I say, not as I do on this one, ok?
Beauty products that are the wrong color.
I get it. Last summer you were a bronze fox. What about now? If your makeup doesn’t match your skin, throw it out. You don’t need that kind of baggage in your life.
Pro Tip: Unsure if your makeup is the right color? Take a small amount and swatch it along your jaw line. Different color than your skin? WRONG COLOR.
Those hot rollers you haven’t used in 3 years.
I see them – they’re buried below the tampons under your bathroom sink. Get rid of any gadget you haven’t used in a year. Trust me. You won’t miss it. Plus, most of these items are pretty darn affordable these days.s
Every extra half used bottle of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash.
Why do these accumulate so rapidly? If you have more than 1 of each of these in your shower, it’s time to downsize. Oh, and while we’re at it… your loofa needs to be changed monthly. #bacteria
Any makeup item you haven’t touched in 3 months.
If you haven’t used it in 3 months, it’s safe to say it’s not a staple. Throw it out. If it’s still a good product, but you never use it, pass it along to a friend or family member. Make someone’s day!
Your Clarisonic Head.
My gosh. Have you seen what color it turns after you remove your makeup? You need to change these things out every 3 months, so if you’re trying to get by with it longer… just don’t.