Alexandra's Makeup Collection: What You Own vs. What You Actually Use
I've confessed this before but I am a huge makeup hoarder. It's made even worse by the fact that I love to shop and try out new beauty products. I also like to buy back ups of products that I love, 'just in case' or if I run out. And I have a tendency to purchase products 'because it's new and I need to know about it for work'. I'm excellent at rationalizing. The result of this is a sizable makeup collection with unused or long forgotten products.
While I've been trying to curb my shopping addiction by shopping in my own, existing collection, one of the things I have come to realise is how little of my makeup collection I actually (like, actually) need. I decided to take a look through my makeup collection and figure out what products I use on a daily basis and which ones I seem to have lying around for that 'just in case' day (that never actually comes).
First, here is my entire makeup collection:
I have my collection organized in small buckets and jars from the dollar store as well as one large makeup case. My larger makeup case contains the items I use most often and the small buckets contain extras of lipsticks, eyeshadows, liners and products that I might use once in a while. I would have gone through and counted everything for you ladies but, let's be real, I did not want to find out how much makeup I really had. Doing the math on how much money I had spent over the years would most likely have put me in a coma.
Now, here are the products I use on a daily basis:
It's a small haul compared to my collection, right?
It's important to note that some of these products are things I am trying out and they aren't a regularly used item (the Gosh BB Cream) and some of these are interchangeable (i.e. I will use either of the concealers). To take you through my everyday products, here is a list of my basics in order application:
Gosh BB Cream (C$22.00)
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller (C$19.99)
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (C$46.00)
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (C$26.00) or Hard Candy Glamoflauge (C$6.99)
Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter (C$34.00)
MAC Sheer Loose Powder (C$29.00)
NARS Blush (C$32.00)
Physician's Formula Happy Booster Bronzer and Blush (US$19.99)
Urban Decay Primer Potion (C$24.00) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin (US$16.00)
Urban Decay Urban Ammo Eyeshadow Palette (C$46.00)
L'Oreal Mono Eyeshadow - this one is an oldie and I got it on sale so I think it's been discontinued. I would recommend L'Oreal Paris Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Time Resist White (C$10.99) instead.
One liner in black and one in brown (my preferred brand changes pretty much every month and I usually purchase whatever is inexpensive)
Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara (C$26.00)
Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara (US$6.49)
Plus, I also use one blush brush and one powder brush. For my eyes, I use a small eyeshadow brush and a fluffier brush for blending.
If you want to check out these products in action (or similar products in action), head over to my Before and After article where I am wearing my 'everyday, basic face'.
As much as I'd like to say that this article has inspired me to do away with all the unnecessary products I own, I can't truthfully say that it has. I just love the process of getting ready and even if I only use a product once in a blue moon, it's fun to experiment and play around with makeup. I need some reassurance chicks, let me know if you're in the same boat.
How much makeup do you have compared to how much you use on a daily basis? Do you toss unused products or hoard them like me?
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i don't have a collection of make up, i'm more into nail polish, lol.
Every girl should have a make up collection of some sort!
I am very interested in that GOSH BB cream!
I love the Illegal Length mascara, I use it on a daily basis. It adds great length, and separates the lashes nicely as well. My make up collection is pretty small. I keep it nice & simple!
I actually just went through and purged all my old make-up and some I never used. Now I'm down from four tupperware drawers to two! It feels good to do that every once in a while..
I can relate, what I have vs what I use everyday makes me look like a crazy makeup hoarder
Great range of products,you could even try dermology brightener cream.You truly look like a makeup hoarder.
I'm a total hoarder in terms of make-up. I have so much stuff and like you, I use probably a sixth of the complete collection. I have also tried to start going through all of my stuff to use it up now, especially that I have a lot less money living on my own.
im a hoarder too. i have so much, i'm trying to quit it but i'm tempted by nail polish every now and then
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