Spring Cleaning: The Beauty Edition

By xgirl | January 19 2012 | 43 Comments

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I imagine I’m not the only one who gets the whole “out with the old, in with the new” feeling at this time of the year. It started with my wardrobe and when that was done I moved onto my makeup collection. I knew things were bad when I couldn’t actually access half the drawers of my storage system due to the makeup piling up outside them and when I opened some of the drawers only to find makeup I didn’t even remember buying, it was definitely time for some serious weeding out.

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The yesses, stored in Muji and Habitat containers

Much like my wardrobe edits, I did my makeup cleanout in phases. Phase one involved dividing the collection into three piles – yes, no and maybe. The “no” pile went straight into the bin. Phase two involved a closer look at the “maybe” pile. Because I wasn’t sure, these products were worn once for testing before a final decision was made. Those that didn’t pass the test after one wear were out.

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And so I was left with an edited collection of “yes” products. Products I love and am much more likely to actually use now that I can easily access them and actually know they are there. I’m trying not to feel guilty about the number of barely used products that were chucked out, but hopefully this feeling will last a while and prevent me from making any mistakes when next I feel the urge to buy something I’m unsure of.

In case you need some support to do a clearout of your own, here are my criteria for items that needed to go:

  • AGE
    I don’t always follow the guidelines for how long to keep makeup (as long as it looks and smells fine), but where lipstick or other cream products were concerned and we were talking years and especially if they are rarely or never used, it was time to go
    Why some items stayed put despite the fact that the colour never worked on me, I don’t know, but if I was really unsure they got one last try and then were out if I still didn’t like them on
    Yes, I like taupe eye shadows. A lot. Did that really mean I needed 48 of them? Probably not. The ones with the best texture or finish stayed – those that didn’t quite meet the grade went
    The eye pencil where I loved the colour, but hated that it didn’t last? Bye bye. The cream eye shadow that made my eyes sting whenever I wore it? See ya! If I didn’t love wearing it, why was I keeping it all this time?


How about you? Have you done any spring cleaning lately, or do you always keep your collection in tip-top condition? Let us know in a comment!

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43 Replies to "Spring Cleaning: The Beauty Edition"

  • Daisydaisy says:

    Love the storage units…I need these in my life badly!!!!

  • praxis says:

    Is it odd that I really really like posts/magazine articles about storage?

  • Chris says:

    I think I should pay someone to clean out my makeup drawers. I have 3 storage carts to go through! THREE! :P

  • SparkleSparkle says:

    Where did you get the storage boxes, they look really handy. Only the other day i was trying to figure out what to do with all my brushes, i can never find the one i need in my make up bag.

  • Hazie says:

    Ooh, that storage unit it class.
    I need to do some spring cleaning too, clothes mostly, lots of worn out/washed out tshirts and tops to go!
    I need a good system for storing my make up too, at the min it’s all over my bathroom and bedroom!

  • Daisydaisy says:

    Would anyone have a link to where I might get those storage containers or ones like them? Thank you :)

  • Fiona says:

    Are your storage units from Muji? I’ve got some great ones there!

  • le smurf says:

    Oooooh Beauty Storage Envy! What are you doing on Saturday XGirl? Dont suppose I could tempt you to make my stash look all pretty like yours???

  • Joy says:

    Muji is just off grafton street down one of those side streets I dont know the name of! Near Boodles I think! Best shop ever!!! I cant bear to part with any of my makeup :(

  • Andrea says:

    i’d say everyone is drooling over the storage units… me included!

  • red*razors says:

    i need a spring clean. i seem to accumulate testers and travel sizes and actual products, and i squirrel them away in a drawer beside my bed. every now and again i’ll move something into a hard case that i keep under the bed, it’s like a nursing home for makeup. i should go in there right now and do something! and should swap siopa stuff…

  • dreamgirl says:

    storage and stationary are my two secret loves! Totally envying that storage unit…
    I’ve attemped to clear my make up out nuumerous time but I always feel guilty throwing out stuff that I’ve had for ages and not really used (except mascara of course!)

  • Fiona says:

    Ah jaysus, captain thicko here just spotted that the storage is indeed from Muji.

  • Nicola jackson says:

    I cleared out a lot before christmas, was ruthless….sort of! i had ‘invested’ in a storage unit many years ago in Woddies would you believe. Its a simple 8 drawer unit that is meant to be for screws and the like and its perfect! I adore the units above but i wouldnt have the dressing table space for it i dont think, whereas my unit sits discreetly under it!

  • Avicakes says:

    I noticed on an episode of the Kardashians that Kourtney has the same sort of storage system in her bathroom. I mean, the girl must have TONS of makeup (most of it on her face at any one time). But I think I’ll be making the same trip to Muji this week that a lot of others will. They’ll see a boost in sales thanks to beaut.ie!

  • Princess Lisa says:

    I love looking at peoples stuff – you’ve some lovely things!
    the coveteur website is also good for nosey parkers like me!

  • Principessa says:

    *cough* SwapSiopa SwapSiopa SwapSiopa SwapSiopa SwapSiopa SwapSiopa SwapSiopa

  • Pinkrose says:

    I’m kinda the opposite to this i need to boost my collection rather than getting rid of anything. I use the same products over and over and rarely stray so i don’t really have much stuff. however i’m obsessed with storage! love the Muji storage :)

  • Aisling says:

    Oh xgirl will you come to my house and sort out my dirty/messy/cracked containers

  • Serena says:

    Muji is on Chatham Street for those wondering – the street in between Dunnes and HMV on Grafton Street! Addicted to their storage – use it for my jewellery too!

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