Simplify: Puttin’ On My Face

Is it just me or does anyone else’s make-up drawer, bag, or entiiiiire bathroom look like this??

It’s like I woke up one day and I had cosmetics everywhere….in my purse, both bathrooms upstairs and downstairs, my dresser drawer, my car, and even in my office drawers at work! How many products does one girl need? 

Well, that was a question I was about to ask myself.

Most people don’t think about this, but make-up can be a source of bacteria if it is kept long enough. We do so much to prevent bacterial growth in our homes, we are encouraged to wash our hands 24/7, when somebody around us is sick we try to keep distance to hopefully keep ourselves well. But what about the makeup that we’ve been keeping around for who knows how long?!?

Beyond the powdery cosmetic-ness it probably looks more like THIS!

Gross Gross Gross!!!

So this is where  part two of my spring cleaning happened.

My personal secret to reeeeaaallllly deep cleaning is asking myself some key questions. Here are several that I tend to ask myself….

1. How long has it been since you’ve used that?

2. Do you love it?

3. Would you remember you had that if you weren’t looking at it right this second?

4. Can you do without it?

5. Is it worth moving to the next place?

and this is the one I most commonly ask myself….

6. Is it worth dusting around?

And as you’ve already guessed, when I really think about the answers to these questions, it really gives me a reality check as to what I really need or use on a daily basis.

So, after going through at least 2 full drawers of cosmetics, I really paired down to products that I both 1)use all the time and love as well as 2)are relatively new.

Wanna see the after? Sure you do…

Thats is IT! After going through 2 drawers of cosmetics, these 9 items are the only things I kept. I have a few lip products in my purse, but essentially this is all of the make-up that I own. To some people this may be crazy, but to me it’s liberating!

So here’s the breakdown…

1. Almay TLC Foundation (buy here)

-I use this lightly underneath my normal powder occasionally for a little extra coverage.

2. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Translucent Powder (buy here)

I have fallen in LOVE with this powder. It is not only healthy for my skin, but it’s also light as a feather and blends better than any other powder I’ve ever used! Oh and you just have to you a smidge to get good coverage.

3. Kirklands Signature Mineral Blush

I’ve had this unopened blush for quite a while now and just recently pulled it out this past January. It really is a great blush. I am a bronzer person usually, but this has totally changed my opinion about blush. It definitely gives you a flush of color without looking old-ladyish or too pinky. Since I am switching to all organic products, I probably won’t buy this again, but I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for an inexpensive, light blush.

4. Physicians Formula Hazel Eyes (buy here)

I recently picked this up with my Ulta coupon. I have started to really love Physicians Formula and this product is no exception. Although I am still on the lookout for an all natural, organic eye shadow this one is hypoallergenic and I am ok with using it until I find an organic one.

5. Ulta Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette

Eye shadow is my weakness when it comes to make-up. I’ve had this palette for about a year(about the time you should start thinking about tossing them), so this one probably won’t be around for much longer…but I really do love it. I kept it because of the darker shades that I haven’t used. As you can see, I’ve just about used the most neutral shades like the bright champagne color, the neutral tan, and even the light violet color. I figured the darker shades could dress up my eye shadow routine in case of a special occasion. I got rid of everything except this palette and the hazel eye palette, so that was my compromise.

Unfortunately Ulta doesn’t make this palette anymore or I’d be all over it.

6. Eyelash Curler (buy here)

I probably use one of the cheapest eyelash curlers out there. I like that I can use it and then toss it without feeling bad when I need a new one. I pay around $3 at Target and probably get a new one about every 2-3 months. Nothing fancy here!

7. Define-A-Lash Mascera (buy here)

I have used this mascera for yeeeeaaars. I love it because it never runs, flakes, or smears. I do want to try some organic masceras that I’ve read about, but honestly it’s going to be hard to give this one up. If I could only choose one product, this is the item I would choose out of all my make-up. I also usually but the waterproof formula for extra stay-power.

8. Trim Wide Grip Tweezers (buy here)

I’ve had these tweezers for years and I haven’t found any that I like better. The wide grip is comfortable for my fingers and they are also very affordable at $3.99.

9. EOS Organic Lip Balm (buy here)

This is the most awesome lip balm ever. It is organic as well as gluten-free. It also is probably the softest lip balm I’ve ever used. After trying this, I pretty much gave up all other chap-stick type products. After I’m finished with my make-up routine I use I quick swipe of this just before I run out the door.

And that’s IT! I thought pairing down my makeup routine would be a lot harder than it actually was. Now I know where everything is and I’m not fumbling around in the morning trying to find a specific product.

Has anybody else done this? Do you have a million products in your bathroom? or do you have under 10 like me? or maybe you’ve kept products for years without even once thinking of what might be growing in them! Do tell…

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  1. Brenda Bennett

     /  March 16, 2012

    I love your blogs.. I really enjoy reading them. Hey how about the subject of books. Books you have bought and couldn’t wait to read so you have a few you really want to keep, what suggestions to you have for all the rest. To cut down on clutter now what? Too good to throw away????????

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