I’m making a bit more progress with the decluttering as the week goes by. I do a little bit a day and make sure I’m conscious of what I’m keeping and throwing out, trying to notice patterns in what I like and dislike.
I’m also making a conscious effort to document everything in photos so that if I ever go off track in terms of maintaining a minimalist lifestyle, I can refer back to the photos and realise how much stuff I’ve wasted.
In terms of makeup especially, I have watched waaaayy too many Youtube videos about makeup and as a result bought a whole heap of stuff I rarely use. I wear make maaaybe once a fortnight, if that. So having 6 different foundations and 20 different lipsticks was probably not the best set of decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
Skincare I actually use, however I always fall into the trap of buying skincare products because there’s a sale or a special offer or because it smells nice. I always tell myself “it’s ok to buy this because I do use moisturiser all the time so I’ll eventually use this”. But when you’ve got like 5 different bottles of body lotion, 3 toners, 4 face moisturisers and a whole bunch of body mists you realise sure you could eventually use up all of it if you didn’t buy anything else for the next 2-3 years and if the product doesn’t expire or go off by then.
Next came nail polish. Again I don’t use nail polish very often. Sometimes I’ll go through a phase for 2-3 weeks where I’ll be bothered to consistently have my nails painted and then it’ll be followed by 3-4 months where I don’t paint my nails at all. However when I’m in a store or at the airport browsing duty free, I always end up getting nail polish. I guess because its a small purchase I tell myself its ok as its only a small treat and won’t take up much room. And then the next thing I know, I have close to 40 bottles of nail polish, all of which vary between 3-4 main colours – nudes/light pinks/peach, red, black, white and turquoise.
Lastly, fragrances. I love buying new perfumes and having a new scent so over the years I’ve collected quite a few perfumes. Usually the ones I buy are more on the expensive side so are of good quality which means they do last for quite a while. However, it’s really only been in the last 2-3 months where I’ve actually gotten into a habit of wearing perfume everyday. Before that it was sporadic at best which means it would take me years to go through a bottle of perfume. More often than not, I’d have to throw it out because it went off or the fragrance had changed.
Below are some pictures of the decluttering process.
This was at the beginning where I tried to put all the makeup, skincare and fragrances I owned in one gigantic pile to sort.
In terms of nail polish, because it’d been so long since I’d used some of the colours, I’d kinda forgotten what they looked like on which meant I had to try on quite few colours before I could decide whether I wanted to throw them out or not.
Not a great application, but because I was only interested in seeing what they looked like on, it didn’t really matter.
In the end these were the colours I decided to keep. The colours I threw out were hot pinks, oranges, yellows and purples. I realised that even though they were all pretty colours, they were not pretty against my skin.
Also because I work 5 days a week, I realised a lot of the colours I liked to wear were the nude/skin tone colours and also red. The fuchsias, turquoise and coral colours are more for weekends and summer holidays.
This is the pile of stuff I decided to get rid of. Most of what I got rid of was because the product had expired rather than the fact that I didn’t like it.
I still have quite a lot of makeup left, but I have made a commitment to myself that I will get rid of at least a quarter of it within the next 1 – 2 months. Mostly, I want to actually try all the foundations and lipsticks properly (e.g. wearing it for a whole day at least) before I make a decision on whether to throw it away.
I feel like I am making progress towards becoming more minimalist. I’m glad that it’s the weekend now which means I can focus more attention and get more decluttering done at a faster rate.
Overall, I want to have a very curated set of holy grail skincare and makeup products – basically a capsule makeup collection and skincare collection. Right now for my facial products I’m using a line of popular toners, serums and moisturisers by Japanese brand Kose combined with some Korean skincare products. Altogether it’s working wonders on my skin with less pimples, lightening of scars and tighter pores. I love it so much so I think I’m going to stick to it rather than trying anything new.
In terms of makeup I haven’t found anything I love as much, although I purchased a new BB cream lately which I have high hopes for. I’d really like to create a capsule makeup collection of all things that I love, except I haven’t really found much that I love as of yet.