I have this terrible habit of never throwing out stuff. Like a lot of people, I am guilty of keeping products waaaay past their expiration date. I also have this problem with buying things on impulse and only using them a couple of times before forgetting about them. Even though I tend to stick to drugstore brands (aka relatively cheap stuff), it all piles up and ends up a waste of space and money.
Today, I decided to go through my drawers and throw out makeup and products I haven’t touched or used in a while. It wasn’t really hard but I found it silly how I would hesitate over parting with some of them. When I was done, that’s what my trash bin looked like.
Most embarrassing was to find this at the bottom of an old paper bag:
I had already gone through my hair/shower products last week and chucked out non-essential stuff (there was a moldy tube of St Ives Apricot Scrub in there, gross). I have a tiny bathroom that I share with my brother (third world living, wassup) so space is precious. I threw out a couple of bottles of conditioner and shampoo and pared down everything to the important hair stuff:
I still have bottles of organic shampoo and conditioner that I didn’t throw out because I figure my mom or brother could use them. They dry out my hair and I can’t seem to find organic shampoo and conditioner that works well with bleached and color-treated hair. Anyone? I’ve tried Human Nature, Organic Care, and Nature’s Organics.
What was left of my make-up after the big sweep:
THOSE EVER BILENA PRO SHIMMER LIPSTICKS ARE THE BEST! Well, Rose Berry is (row 4, column 1). I’m not liking Rosette (row 4, column 3) much because it’s more greasy than creamy. Most of my current lipsticks are pinks because I find reds to be a bit too strong for my face. Or maybe it’s all in my head.
Now that I’ve minimized all my makeup to a measly 21 items, I’m torn between keeping it that way and just having the basics/essentials or buying more, just so I’d have options. If I decide to give in to my spending problem, I’m hoping that I at least do some research (Will it suit oily skin? Is it any good? etc) before making a purchase.
And here is what’s left of all my other products (crap photos, had to use my camera’s built-in flash):
I’m a bit ashamed to have products from L’Oreal (night hair serum) and Maybelline (makeup remover) in there since both companies test on animals. I bought the hair serum when I was desperate to repair my super fried bleached hair (it didn’t work but then I only used it a couple of times) and the makeup remover because I read good reviews about it online (plus it was cheap at 199PHP).
I’m sorry, Thumper; it won’t happen again.