another episode of my make up reset series, today tackling my eye pencils and crayons and such.
if you can’t tell, my favourite brands for are Nabla, Make Up Forever, 3ina and Kiko, Essence (Longlasting), with a especial reference to Sephora Collection and KVD for that black and brown basics super similar to the Marc Jacobs Highliner formula.
going through my highlighters, realising how many I’ve collected and how many I don’t gravitate towards anymore… this was tough and I’ll probably revisit my decisions later on, but I’m overall pretty satisfied with the amount of space I’ve recovered in my make up drawers :)
just a gentle reminder that each person will have a different relationship with their make up (and stuff in general) and I’m doing what feels right for me at this point in time. I just can’t with all the high horse “you’re doing this wrong” videos at the moment. declutter in your own terms and only if it feels right for you. it’s your money, your space, your brain and your freedom. I’d just suggest to be mindful of donating/passing stuff along to friends (as far as hygiene allows it) and recycle when possible because this is, all in all, a wasteful practise, and we should try to minimise its impacts whichever way we can… your relationship with stuff is none of my business, but the planet is all of our businesses ;)
another day plowing through my make up and decluttering those products that just don’t work for me anymore, for whichever reason, leaving the hoarder’s guilt behind and curating my collection to a more manageable – even pan-able – status.
today, concealers. those tiny helpers that, not being as interesting as make up palettes, are there for me even on no-makeup days, helping me out when I want a bit or a lot of coverage. absolute staples, my friends.
I love single eyeshadows – they allow you to create your own colour stories and palettes, are great for travelling, and you can pick individual shades to customise your collection without the bulk and redundancy of buying pre-made palettes.
nowadays many brands provide magnetised palettes, from which you can pop out the eyeshadows and use them as singles, so I decided to compare my singles to those “pop-able” shades… it took me more time and effort, but I ended up with a far more accurately curated selection of my truly favourite and unique shades.
on this video, I’m focusing on the bright colours.
another stage of my Make Up Reset is done: I’ve gone through all my blushes and decluttered over half of them. I usually say I’m not a blush person, but dang, have I accumulated so many throughout recent years…
don’t forget, if you know of the perfect dupe for the colours Dusk (Glossier Cloud Paint) and Thrrrob (Benefit Boxed Blushes), let me know!
*note: I keep some products that are obviously over their “use by” timeline, but these are for personal use only and I keep track of what not to borrow to friends. I also get rid of anything that has changed texture, colour or scent, of course, since those are great giveaways that the preservative system has definitely subsided. in recent years, with the advent of misinformation and fear-mongering marketing taking precedent over formulation, preservative systems aren’t nearly as safe, long-lasting or reliable as they used to be, so keep that in mind when buying new things too quickly… all the products that don’t get to be relocated to new homes will be emptied out, their components will be separated and recycled as much as possible.
quite self-explanatory, this is another (quite exciting) part of my Make Up Reset Project.
I thought I’d ease my way into it by decluttering my eyeshadow palettes first, since I knew I could actually be quite assertive with them… many of the next categories will be a lot harder for me to go through, I think.
I created 4 piles: staying, going, nostalgia (for those I’m not using anymore but from which I can’t separate for emotional reasons), and the chopping block (for those that I’m not sure I want to get rid of, so I’ll give them a good go before deciding – so, more videos eheh).
I’m happy to report that almost half of my palettes are leaving my collection!
so… I’ve been brewing on this subject and all its variables for a long while and I had finally made up my mind regarding the approach I feel is the best for me. and it would make for great new video content for you, so everything was fine and dandy… all I had to do was an intro video about this… and it took me MONTHS to finally get something out that I thought vaguely encompassed all my thoughts on this subject. still cluttered with my rambles and lacking some details, but hey… at some point, I have to let it go.
it’s a chat about my relationship with the beauty industry, how it has evolved over the past decade, and how I’ve been feeling I need to do some changes and adjustments to rekindle my joy when it comes to both discovering and revisiting make up, to consolidate my collection, keeping what is really essential/joy-sparking in my drawers and very clear in my mind, to help me reign in my impulse purchases.
I want it to be a catalyst to sparkle new behaviours in my life for the long haul, so it will be a new series in my channel (don’t worry, I’ll keep doing all my empties, reviews and Up Close and Poresonals), having as main characters a mindful declutter of all my collection (friends, it’ll be open season to loot my stash!), several “second chances” episodes, revisiting products I’m not sure I know I want to get rid of; and repotting/de-panning into empty palettes products I know I want to keep for a while longer but without the clutter of keeping the clunky packaging.
I’m still undecided if I want to do a project pan, and I’d love to know how you’d go about something like that. The same about a videos on make up news/launches, with a strong “but let’s not get carried away and buy stuff” vibe… for the time being, I’m not doing a no-buy, since I feel it would be too restrictive.
but who knows what the future holds?
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