I am a bigger fool than I thought – didn’t end up going to bed until 4am. I don’t know why – there is no satisfactory explanation for this. Hence it has been another somewhat groggy day, though enjoyably lazy. I managed to rouse myself for about 20 minutes tidying up and then flopped back on the sofa. I couldn’t make up my mind what to do for my challenge today and then remembered I’d been meaning to sort out my make-up for ages.
It’s amazing how much I’ve hung on to for no good reason. What could I possibly want with dried out mascara? Foundation that turned out to be the wrong colour? Lip gloss that makes my lips go funny? I threw out anything that there was no way I was ever going to use. I have a large make-up box where most of it lives, a large make-up bag that I use every day and a very small bag that goes in my handbag which are all now neatly arranged. I also washed my make-up brushes like a good girl.
Make-up is one of the things I decided to stop buying back in January. I still wear it and I will still replace it when something runs out but I’m not buying anything until I need to. I have a bottle of foundation that has nearly run out and a replacement for it ready and waiting. I have a nearly full pot of powder. I have one mascara wand left which has nearly run out. I have two or three lipsticks left that will need to be replaced before long. And yet I have over 20 eyeshadows! Bizarre. So I won’t be needing to buy any more of those for, I don’t know, a million years?! I mostly wear the same sort of colours every day anyway – pale golds, shimmery beiges and muted pinks. Maybe a bit of silvery-grey, brown or olive green for a change.
I never used to go mad on large purchases. When I’ve bought things like my laptop or digital camera it was always after a lot of research and deliberation and I don’t regret a penny spent on those type of things as I get so much use out of them. But I’m glad I’ve stopped throwing money away on mad stuff like piles of magazines and make-up. It is such a waste when I have so much of it already. Despite this, there was a part of me today that wanted to throw all of it out and start again with a simpler set of things. But I won’t! I’ll use everything up first and then make more thoughtful purchases when things need to be replaced.
By the way, if anyone does want to buy make-up without breaking the bank I can recommend ELF (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) where everything costs £1.50. I didn’t like the foundation or mascara but found that the make-up brushes and eyeshadow quads are really good and a total bargain. Well worth checking out!
Not a penny spent
From the challenge-a-day list:
- Decluttering/Making use of what I have: sorting my make-up supplies!