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Show Me Your Declutters!

I received an order today with four new lipsticks,

(Lancome L'Absolue Lacquer...I will never ever stop mentioning these every-dang-where 😄😍)

but had absolutely no room for them in my containers. While the thought "buy more containers" crossed my mind for a brief second, I quickly dismissed it as I'm starting to feel overwhelmed with too much stuff. I'd been pulling out one or two here and there, but today was the big reckoning!IMG_20180706_201441032_HDR.jpgSorry I didn't stage a better pic, but that's 55 lip items that are now gloriously gone from my stash!

This is only the stuff I pulled today; I have a small train case packed full of the other lippies (and some palettes) that I've been slowly pulling over the last couple of months. Do I still have more I could get rid of? Yeah, most likely...if I was on the fence, I erred on the side of keeping it rather than tossing. And I didn't swatch every single keeper to weed out similar shades, so there's probably still a good bit of overlap in my berry-heavy collection. But my oh my, I feel soooo much better now. I found not only things I had forgotten about, but things I really had no clue I even owned in the first place 🤣 you have too much too? Ready to clear up some space and salvage a little sanity? Share your declutters with us; we wanna see it! 

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Found some more things to declutter. My sister and niece don't have much makeup so they were very happy to take these off my hands! 😉482FFAD0-F5AD-40AA-9632-A79B21692272.jpeg






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@Shosh85 They will appreciate it so much. You’ll save space, they’ll save money. Win win 😊

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@PinkEvergreen Exactly👌 That's how I look at it! 😉

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@Shosh85 They surely are happy to receive your declutters ! I only have a nephew and he’s not into makeup! When I declutter, I give them to my mom! She appreciates it 😉 !

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@keana1 3 out of 4 of my sisters that live close by, my teenage niece and just about everyone at work, are all candidates for my declutters! Ha! 👍


Im glad your mom is able to be the recipient of yours! 😉

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@RGbrown Okay, I’m doing the unthinkable. I’m decluttering unopened backups 😮


I've finally come to the conclusion that, for me, backups are just not a good idea. First, some of them are getting old (coming up on a year) because it takes time to get through the opened ones. Second, better formulations seem to be coming out all the time, and I find myself wanting to move on from my existing products once they run out — and often before they do 😬.


I have unopened backups of blush, highlighter, and even an eyeshadow palette. A friend’s birthday is coming up and she is a new makeup enthusiast, so I think I will gift her several of my unopened backups. She doesn’t have a lot of makeup, so I know they’ll start being used well-before they expire. 

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So very sweet of you, @PinkEvergreen! Your friend is going to have so much fun with all of her new goodies, thanks to you Smiley Happy

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Did another pass through my lipsticks and came up with quite a few more to get rid of. Found a few liquid mattes I missed the first time around, and after wearing bullet mattes the last few days, I'm coming to realize I just don't like them much. They have a tendency to settle in my lines and crack, and while I can make them work with primer and gloss, I'm not keen on the extra steps...I want lipstick to be easy. I'm sad I'm losing several great colors, but the reality is I wouldn't be reaching for these anyways, so there's no point in keeping them. ☹️


I haven't cleared out my MAC mattes and NARS velvet matte pencils yet...gonna do a wear test on some of those over the next few days, but I have a feeling my MAC and NARS collections are about to be gutted too. 

IMG_20180821_161117294.jpgShu Uemura isn't matte; they are glossy lacquers similar to the Lancome I love...but they are patchy and gloopy and sticky instead of soft and smooth. Meh.




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@RGbrown I also had a crazy "buy all of the things" stretch in 2017 so I'm not adding too many new items to my makeup collection (skincare is still fair game though!). However I'm the total opposite of you on the mattes thing. In fact, I don't think I own a single lip gloss or glossy finish lipstick. I basically only buy liquid lips now (which is why it broke my heart so see that KVD in your first pic) and the occsional matte lipstick. Although I always see people rocking glosses on the street I can't seem to make them work on myself. Somehow my hair would inevitably end up permanently glued to my face and it was always too much of a hassle. 

But anyway, I'm happy for you that you've been able to clean out your collections, it's something I've been dreading doing for a while but definitely should.

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@RGbrown  That's great that you're able to figure out more about what you like through the declutter process. Do you keep a spreadsheet of the names of the lipsticks you declutter so you don't end up repurchasing them?

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Nah, no spreadsheet. Since most of my declutters to date have been based more on formula than anything else, I know at this point not to buy a single matte, ever again 😅


At some point it may not be a bad idea though, once I start turning a critical eye to what's left and start deciding if certain shades in formulas I do like just aren't quite right.


I'm also doing pretty well with my low buy goals, and buying very little anyways...outside of gwps, Lancome Lacquers and a Clarins Lip stain are all I've intentionally added to my lip collection lately. I'm hoping to keep that momentum going...declutter more than I I can get this down to a collection of loves, and not a massive collection of everything lol.

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@RGbrown Great job! Meeting those low-buy goals is a great feeling isn’t it? After an unrestrained 2017 (😬), I’ve been decluttering and shopping my stash a lot, and so far have reduced my spend by 75%.


It feels really good to be loving what I already have and just being happy for others here trying out things that interest me 😊

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2017 was "buy all the things" for me too. It feels nice to knock some of this down to a more reasonable sized collection 😁

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@RGbrown I totally feel you on the mattes.  I hate how drying they can be and how flat they look.  Give me a lip color with a bit of shine!  Glad to see you're weeding out the ones you don't want.

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Yup, I need some shine in my lipsticks! I'm keeping a very few liquid mattes that are metallic...I can handle the dryness every now and again if it's glittery, but otherwise, mattes are out for me. I just hate that I went so overboard on the matte trend 😅

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I am with you on simplifying your daily options, @RGbrownIt’s like going to the grocery, I don’t need 15 mustard options, 2-3 works. It’s too confusing and stressful! Less is definitely > more😉

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Yeah, it was getting overwhelming. I think this round finally gets me under 200 lippies, so I definitely still have a massive collection, but I'm getting there 🤣

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Decided to clear out a few items last night. Interesting that 3 of the 4 are tarte🤔B598A75F-6BAA-46C2-942F-14CE17F26550.jpeg



The B.B. primer is almost full. It was a backup and I haven’t used it in close to a year. I love the Shape Tape formula, this is just too light. The concealer is too creamy and won’t stay put. The Korres is ok, but like so many of their moisturizers, pills on my skin. I had it in my 10 by 10/10 but am tossing in the towel on this one. I tried to use it on my arms and legs but it stuck to my clothes😝


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@eshoe Good to know about that Korres– I have a sample I’ve meaning to try– nice to know what to expect!

It seems I’ve been slowly straying away from Tarte products lately– I think I’m just bored with the brand. I have an eyeshadow palette that I’ve entered in the Pan It! Challenge Thread, but it’s just sooo boring, I’m seriously thinking of tossing in the towel!

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Which palette? I am working on the In Bloom one, on ‘Flower Child.’ I’ve come to realize it’s a little too powdery after using it for quite awhile🙄

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