I acquired a lot of makeup and skincare products over the last year. I’m not going to pretend I don’t like to shop for girlie sparkly things. I totally do! But a couple of years ago, I went through a major change in my skin. It went from oily to dry in a matter of months. So I had to figure out how to deal with a new skin type. I did some experimenting with a lot of new products. It affected, obviously, the skincare I use but I also had to take into consideration the way I use cosmetics as well.
My skin is in a more normal, happy state these days, but I several drawers full of products that were not ideal, didn’t work the way I thought they would, I didn’t like at all or I didn’t really need but I bought anyway because they were pretty and I wanted them. (No apologies!) I don’t want to waste something I paid good money for. So I decided, for 2015, to make a concentrated effort to find ways to make use of everything in my collection and to use products up.
The rules for these four projects will be as follows:
- This is not a no-buy. I know now what kinds of products work for me and what doesn’t and no longer need to experiment.
- I don’t have to use the product for its intended purpose. Concealers as primers? Yeah! Bronzer as eyeshadow? Why not? Some items will require some creativity because I can’t use them the way they’re supposed to be used.
- I can give up on a product as long as I exhaust every possible use option.
- I can give up on a product if it begins to smell, dries out, or exhibits other signs of spoilage or states of being that prohibits use.
- I can give up on a product if it is harmful to me.
- Once I use up a product, I will celebrate and rotate another one in until the end of September. At that point, I’ll make a push to finish everything in the project before the end of the year. (The Palette, of course, is exempt from this.)
- I will use a product until it is reasonably used up. I will do my best to make use of every last bit, but I don’t have to potentially injure myself or spend a lot of time cracking into packaging to do so.
- I will post progress reports here every 2-3 months or as needed.