Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time For a Reality Check: The Year Long Ban

A fraction of the makeup portion of my collection...
I've known that my beauty shopping habits have become an addiction for awhile now. My makeup stash is out of control and I have way more product than I will ever use up. The picture above shows about 65% of my makeup collection. I'm too ashamed to show my entire collection in this post so you don't see my drugstore eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, highlighers, base makeup and palettes. Don't get me started on the skincare backups, nail polish or pile of samples I have stowed away....

I spend not only an exorbitant amount of money on beauty related purchases but also a gross amount of time researching products and adding to a never-ending shopping list. Honestly it's embarrassing to own the amount of makeup I do which is one of the biggest reasons I hesitate to tell people in real life about my blog. I think of all the money I could be allocating to better causes and how much I am wasting since a good portion of my collection will expire before I can use it up.

I've embarked on things like Project 10 Pan and no buys before but those attempts have been mostly futile. This time is different though. I'm serious about actually using up products and halting my hoarding. So my year long beauty ban will start today. I am banning myself from buying all kinds of eye, cheek and lip makeup. I will also abstain from purchasing base products unless for some reason I happen to run out of a type of product like concealer or foundation (highly unlikely). 

A year and a half ago my lip product drawer was mostly empty....
After a year, I can only purchase something in the eye, cheek and lip categories if I have finished a product from said category. For example, I can only purchase a new cheek highlighter if I use up one from my collection. This will be extra incentive for me to stick to a few products and get them out of my stash. Exceptions to this ban are any press samples or sponsorship products that I am sent as well as any gifts or giftcards I might accrue from my birthday or Christmas. I might work retail and if I get discounts on cosmetics you know I'll use 'em! If I happen to travel abroad (this is probably very unlikely), I'll allow myself an exception as well. Also, I've been wanting to attend IMATS for years but never got a chance. If I attend the 2014 IMATS which will be in April, I'll allow myself to purchase some goodies. Perhaps whether I go to IMATS or not will depend on the success of this ban....

At the moment I am feeling very confident about this challenge (bar the exceptions) and hope this continues for the upcoming months. I know that even after a year I will hardly make a dent in my makeup drawers so perhaps this will be an ongoing project. But for now, here's to hoping that my collection does not grow for a year!

Do you ever think you have way too many beauty products? Did you ever consider a buying ban? How do you keep your beauty products from multiplying and growing out of control? 

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