Finally some odds and sodds. The Santa lip scrub was in a goody bag from Lush, and I wanted to love it, but the taste... *shudders*, the lush eyeliner was a gift from a friend, but it's expired - the others are also old and unloved...
Every now and then I have a big clear out of my makeup. Well, now that we have a baby on the way, we'll be losing our spare room to turn it into a nursery, and my makeup collection will be moving with me into the bedroom, which means I won't have enough room for about half of my makeup. So, yesterday I began the process of starting to *nest* and sort out my makeup.
Over the last couple of months I've been leaning towards using the same makeup most days, and whilst I don't like to do that, it has made me realise all the things I have that I don't want or use. So I began with throwing out makeup that was too old to use, some of it was really old (years) and some was possibly still in a useable age (within 2 years) but getting close to that cut off, and it wasn't makeup I'd used in that time or could see myself using again. A couple of items were just ones I really didn't like and decided it was time to get rid of them, as I wasn't going to wear them again. A few others were ones I'd tried selling in a previous blog sale, but didn't sell.
When I posted pics of these on Facebook and Twitter (everything grouped together marked as 'bin') I had quite a few comments about why I was binning them - but considering I no longer have room for all of them, and how 90% of them were too old to use, I didn't see it as a big deal. I know when you see it all together it looks quite shocking, I've never thrown out this much makeup in one go before, but it needed to be done. I've also had conjunctivitis from wearing makeup that's too old back when I was about 18/19, I had no idea it went off - at that point I threw away all my makeup and bought a few new pieces, something you should always do if you get an eye or skin infection.
I'm hoping to use more of my collection now I'm not so overwhelmed by choice. I managed to put a couple of pieces to one side for a friend too - none of which were too old, just products I hadn't been using and didn't see myself using :)
Here's how long makeup tends to last:
Foundation - 6-12 months
Concealer - 6-12 months
Powder - 2 years
Blusher & eye shadow - about 2 years (in some cases, up to 3)
Eye pencils - 2 years
Mascara - 3-6 months
Lipstick - 2 years
Lip gloss - 1 year
Hope you've enjoyed this post, when was your last clear out?