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Monday, March 28, 2016

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

It's Bank Holiday Monday (here in the UK at least) and if you are anything like me, you are nursing a belly full of chocolate and debating what t.v show to binge on next. Well I am going to ask that you step away from Netflix and Spring clean your make-up stash. Yes it is time to chuck out all those old, neglected products and finally get your house, well beauty house that is and let me help you with a small to-do list. You can of course neglect all your beauty duties, have another Creme Egg (I won't judge you) and bookmark this post and tackle your make-up bag at a later date.

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash
How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

Liquids
Generally speaking liquids as in shampoo, general haircare products, cleansers and even moisturisers - although they may loose potency over the months - do tend to age the best and equally show tell tale signs of spoiled products too. For liquid lipsticks and glosses it is time to wave goodbye to any shades that have separated (look for a water-like substance at the top of the product) and a change of smell and/or colour. The same applies for skin care products - should the product have change in scent or texture then it is best to let it go. I realise this may be a little extreme but I do scribble my start date on the back on any face care product with a Sharpie, that way I have a general idea how long I have owned and used the product; I realise that as a beauty blogger I have a larger stash than most but it may be a helpful tip none the less.

For mascara and any product you apply to the eye area I recommend that you are vigilant with use by dates, which is six months in regards to mascara. However should your mascara dry up or irritate your eyes before such time span is over, let it go.

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

Nail Polish
An easy one in terms of deciding if the product is spoiled or not - look for changes in texture (lumpy, dried-out or generally gunky polishes), typically speaking I don't inhale polishes (nor would I recommend it) so I don't look for fragrance changes. Once you have de-cluttered your no longer fit for use, I am going to suggest that you are ruthless and let go of those nail shades that you have used once or twice and know you will not return to. My plans are to create a staple nail polish collection: a few nudes shades, a bright pink and red, a vampy shade or two, a white polish and maybe a few flirty bights for the Summer months.

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

Powder Products
Powder products can be tricky as they don't really tend to change in texture or scent, there are of course exceptions to every rule; baked powder products can form a firm film at the top of product and indicate that it is time to place it in the recycle bin. Otherwise I would sift out any powder item (blush, eyeshadow and face powder) that you can not recall purchasing (or ever using), as powder products over the years can retain moisture and breed bacteria - pretty gross, it is better to be safe than sorry, particularly with eyeshadows.

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

Fragrance
Super easy - once it no longer smells like it once did, it is past its use by date, it is that simple.

How to Spring Clean Your Make-Up Stash

Beauty Tools
Along with sorting through your stash and have let go of all the brushes that are damaged, splayed or never used, I of course then recommend that you deep cleanse each brush and your make-up sponges too. Why not also sharpen any pencil lip and eye liners - I always find I am more likely to use them this way.

Here's to a smaller and altogether more used and loved beauty collection.


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22 comments:

  1. Def have felt like I need a little spring cleaning in my makeup vanity and this post was just the encouragement I needed to start! I'm a bit of a pack rat and just end up with a mass amount of things that I don't even end up using sometimes. It's good to have a clean out every now and then! And esp in regards to things being old.

    xoxo
    http://www.hellohimawari.com/

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  2. Just popped by because of your photos, they really draw the eye. Very beautiful.

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  3. Just popped by because of your photos, they really draw the eye. Very beautiful.

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  4. I'm the worst at cleaning my makeup stash, it's good to know how to do it properly aha
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  5. I need to do a little spring cleaning with my collection for sure. I have a bunch of lip glosses that I know has gone bad but I still have them in my drawers.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

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  6. I like to do a huge clear out every 6 months, I really have been trying to use them all more though, so hopefully things will be used up before they expire (well that's the plan anyways!)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  7. This is a great post - and perfectly timed, as this is EXACTLY what I'm going to be doing today!

    Clare x

    www.ruthandclare.com

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  8. I went through a huge cleanout a month ago, but as I'm moving cross country in a few months, I need to keep cleaning out stuff!

    www.makeupmusicbooks.com

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  9. It's such a good idea to jot down the date you start a product on the packaging. Most of the time I have no idea how long I've been using a product for or underestimate how long I've been using it for x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  10. Oh I love a good makeup clean out! Just did mine, and threw out an absolute tonne!

    www.luxelist.me
    http://bit.ly/1URmSzD

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  11. I love the shades of the nail polishes! So pretty and perfect for spring season! Lovely post x

    Have a great day x

    itsnatt.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh my gosh I spring cleaned my makeup stash yesterday and managed to clear about three products! I'm so bad at throwing things away but have so much I don't use. Unless I have a friend that I can palm unwanted things onto I feel really guilty. I really must start being harder on myself haha.
    xx
    FloralsAndCoralsx // Our Blog

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  13. I've been doing some Spring Cleaning. I have way too much stuff and it's been sitting there too long. Time to say bye!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  14. I get so jealous of how gorgeous you photos look! im totally full of chocolate too haha

    www.beautyandtheboy.com

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  15. I need to spring clean my makeup stash, I need to get rid of the ones that I don't use for a long time, at least then some space will be open for new stuff :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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  16. How do you clean your sharpeners, especially if they don't come apart?

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    1. I use cotton buds, I swirl them around and clean the blade. I hope this helps.

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  17. Thanks for doing this post!
    I've been planning to sort out my Makeup stash for so long and this guide will definitely come in handy :) xx

    Laura // get-ready-with-laura.blogspot.de

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  18. <> haha no, there're some polishes that I haven't been using much just because I have tons of others and I just have 10 fingers and 10 toes and this much time :D but I see your point. I give unwanted polishes to my friends (making more room to the wanted ones!)

    made-make-up.blogspot.com

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  19. Fantastic tips! It's something I try to do every 6 months or so - it also helps me to see what I haven't used in a while and rotate through my products so everything I decide to keep gets some love. xx

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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  20. you can see more information about cc cream on to make up
    https://evawiki.com/know-best-cc-cream/

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  21. I'm going to Spring Clean my makeup on the weekend! I know I have LOADS that I don't recall buying!
    sirensandbells.co.uk x

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