A word on Decluttering

Decluttering is something I’ve always struggled with, whether its clothes, books, random things from my childhood or makeup. It is something I really want to get better at and I’ve been pretty good with clothes. If it doesn’t fit, it’s donated, if it’s broken, it’s fixed or I fix it then I donate it. With makeup and with having a blog, I find myself acquiring items for posts, for comparison, because of hype and then never using it again … or consistently reaching for something else over it because it suits my current makeup style more. All of the items in this post are items I’ve decided to declutter. They are all great products. They are all beautiful on the skin and easy to use, but they just aren’t getting the use they deserve in my collection. Many of these items also dupe items in my collection so as with other areas in my life, I wanted to pare it down.

I am decluttering a lot of ELF products … ELF is a great brand, one of my favorite drugstore brands but I find that the items I own from them dupe other ones and that was mostly the purpose I bought them, for posts I never got around to writing. For example, their pressed highlighter dupes pretty much any other gold/champagne highlighter in my collection. So I decided it was time to part with it. Same with the Wet n wild and Maybelline master chrome. These are both wonderful metallic see from space highlighters, but again they are similar to ones that already exist in my collection and those cover that metallic look when I’m in the mood for it. I am also finally decluttering blushed gems from ELF because while it’s beautiful, I just have others that are a similar shade. The essence highlighting stick is a lovely cream highlighter I included in last years underrated drugstore products, but again I just haven’t used this as much as I should so alas it shall find a better home. I’m also decluttering one bronzer, which was also in my underrated drugstore products. This is underrated and it is a beautiful bronzer, but it’s just not getting the use in my collection it deserves.

highlighter clockwise: ELF shimmering skin highlighter, essence prism highlighter, Maybelline master chrome highlighter, ELF baked highlighter in blushed gems, Wet n wild highlighter in blossom glow.
Clockwise: ELF prism palette in bronze, Joe Fresh neutrals, Illamasqua palette, ELF baked eyeshadow, Essence eyeshadow stick in mauve.

I’m also decluttering 5 eyeshadow products. A single eyeshadow from ELF that is great, I just find myself gravitating towards other purples in my collection as well as the ELF prism eyeshadows in the bronze. I love this, but I also have the Maybelline rooftop bronzes that have a few more shades I use more than this one. I’m also, which I didn’t think I would, am decluttering the Joe Fresh neutrals palette. I KNOW. I barely used this since I bought it last year … so I’ve decided it’s time for it to go. I find myself gravitating towards more warm neutrals and pinks so alas it is time for it to find a new home.

Blushes left to right: Milani Luminoso, ELF Berry Merry, Annabelle, ELF Twinkle Pink blush

We have four blushes and one cream blush. Again, these are all similar shades I have in my collection in other formulas that have been getting more use than these ones. My mom has already taken all the blushes so it was easy to find them a new home! As for the cream blush, I bought this for a post that never happened … so I decided it was time to finally get rid of it.

Left to right: the ordinary coverage foundation, Maybelline stick foundation.

I am also getting rid of two of foundations in my collection. One is the Ordinary coverage foundation. I simply don’t prefer this one compared to the serum. This one isn’t drying at all, I just gravitate towards the serum one because I can easily slap it on. The Maybelline SuperStay Foundation stick. The one I wanted to love, but the one that was just too drying for my skin. I decided to part with it because I prefer the L’Oreal shaping stick.

My point of this post is that decluttering makeup is hard, especially as a blogger. I almost feel like when I declutter something, it was either intended for a post I never got around to making or something I reviewed and it fell by the wayside. I’m trying to strike a balance between new products and shopping my stash and creating blog posts to create content.


Things I liked and did in February

Ah February, or as i like to say, the shortest month in the universe. It was a decent month. I had reading week (my last one ever, tear) and it was basically my last month of semi – relaxing. March is all the events and all the assignments. But you know what, I am also (hoping) to start training for my half marathon. However, I had an incident with the stairs so I’m put on hold currently.

Whittle Buttons bo-boosk. My wee kitty bitty! I saw her on reading week, (my very last one) and I also got to see my mother and my bestest friend. Whenever I go home, I really appreciate the home vibe. I love the throwback to when I used to skate, and the easiness of having an at home gym set up and laundry. Back to Buttons, she is a lovely wee bean and is just such a little girl and is so affectionate! She also has the cutest meow (okay I will stop now but just look at this adorable photo) IMG_0755.jpg

While I was at home I did some cardio workouts in the basement because my town was an ice rink and I wore my blue gymshark seamless leggings. I have to tell you they didn’t show my sweat – at all. This was so impressive to me because I have long since been a hardcore black or super dark blue workout pant gal; but these impressed me. Good job gymshark, thank you for diversifying my bottom half of my workout wardrobe. 

My physicians formula butter bronzer. Gee I forgot how great this was. Fun fact: this was my first bronzer EVER that’s right it’s probably 2 years old when I got it at Walmart two summer ago. It’s LITERALLY the never ending bronzer. It’s more of a sculpting bronzer than one that warms you up but I really like it for daily use, and then layer on a shimmery bronzer if I feel like it. They came out with a few more shades which is tempting but I must resist!

Decluttering lipsticks. Ahh letting go of my liquid lipstick phase. I finally parted my Colourpop liquid lipsticks, they just smelled so bad and same with my Too Faced one in Queen B! The only ones I haven’t brought myself to get rid of are the NYX soft Matte lip creams…they are just so good and creamy! I have tried time and time again and I just find myself not wanting to get rid of them. They are probably (embarrassingly) around two years old so its probably time for them to do, but I predict during spring cleaning I may have to part with them. But decluttering has really been enjoyable and at some point I’m going to have to move so decluttering was inevitable!

My project pan. This has really made me think about product, value and what I gravitate towards (hence my ongoing decluttering of products to pass onto friends). And it’s not that the colours or formulas of the products I’m not using are bad, but they are just not things I gravitate toward in my everyday. Which relates to the first point: when moving I want to lighten my load in all aspects of my material life.

What have you been liking and doing this month?