Decluttering my Collection

petek, april 14, 2017

About once a year I go through my collection and do a bit of a purge because even though it might not seem that way, I don't enjoy having quite such a large collection as some Youtubers boast on their channels. It's not that there anything wrong with those, but I like to go to the drugstore and still be excited about makeup because there's still shades and products that I don't own. I usually include these declutterings in my empties posts, but since this one was considerably more extensive than any time before, I made it into a proper post. How knows, maybe someone is interested in it, though I admit I haven't sat through one video of these declutterings myself. The current state of my stash is not all my fault - Slovene beauty blogging became more of a thing last year, meaning plenty of PR products were sent out, which honestly I just feel some other blogger would deserve a lot more than me because I don't enjoy them as much as I do things I pick myself and are on my wishlist, even though a majority of products are lovely and I do truly love some bits (I actually repurchased Max Factor's Voluptious mascara and use it every day). They just land in my mail box and I feel obligated to do a review even though it takes so much of my time, making me even less happy with that part of blogging. Including the products I had for my blogging job and products I intentional kept for comparisons/potential posts, things got slightly out of hand. So about a month ago I packed all the products I don't use much, or have dupes/similar products or they don't work for my skin type/tone and all the rest of the reasons (some things were also really old, but I warned my friends about that and told them to chuck things away if they are too weird) in boxes and took pictures during my destashing. The box went to my friends and family, and I hear they were very happy about it - and I got plenty of chocolate as compensation.

View this as a sort of an empties post where you can gasp and silently judge at the amount of makeup that's been hiding in my cupboard. Oh, who am I kidding, you probably started scrolling after the first sentence of my useless intro of this pointless post. Just proceed.


I'm not giving away that many foundations because I use them almost every day and all in my stash, even the dark shades since I have lightening products, but these two are too matte for combination dry skin. I also kept giving Clarins' Flash Balm new chances, but I just don't care for it. I don't use mattifying powders and colour correctors, so those had to go too. 


I had to reduce my stash of blushes - I mostly use just my favourites and Essence blushes are just so meh I gave them all away. I know people love them, but I want more from a blush (I adore their cream eyeshadows and mascaras, though). I also trimmed down my peach blushes because I never wear them and I'd prefer someone else to give them the love they deserve (I kept Wet n Wild Apri-cot - that glow is spectacular!). From my highlighters I only use theBalm's Mary and my ancient Jemma Kidd one, so the rest deserved a new home where someone will use them. Contours and bronzer are of course simply too warm for me.


My lipstick stash needed considerable trimming. For one became almost exclusively a matte liquid lipstick girl, but I've also fallen out of love with bright lipsticks. I just find them too much and I rarely wear them. A lot of these were also PR products, meaning shades weren't picked by me, so they were only used to make a review.

Not done with the lips quite yet. Again it's a collection of shades I either have similar shades of (I had so many burgundies), or they aren't my colours (I really don't like purples and browns) or they are glosses which I never wear. Don't be shocked by the L'Oreal Lip Paints - these aren't my shades and I kept my favourite 102 Darling Pink.


Since I got theBalm and Too Faced palettes I scarcely pick anything else, so I reduced my collection considerably. I decided to give away Catrice palette despite the fact I love them (I kept my fave Matte one, even though I have UD's Naked Basics), but they were just sitting there unused since I got my high-end palettes. The rest is mostly gifted products or mega old (I told my friends to just throw those away if they look weird to them).


I also decreased my nail polish stash by a half, mostly because I have similar shades and some shades didn't turn out the way I wanted. I'm also not a fan of effects shades. Actually I tend to wear the same shades - nudes, reds, vampies and mint greens, so I felt bad for all the nail polishes that haven't been worn in a long time.


This box has only a few bits because I have a separate box in the bathroom for anyone to pick up and use (mostly stuff from my disappointing products post). I marked everything with a big post tip note describing their basic function and use, so even the least cosmetic savvy person understands what it is - it just had to be done because too many times people used a bubble bath as a shampoo. So in this box I gave away are skin care bits that didn't fit my skin type or I found something better. I gave away my John Frieda Beach spray and Bumble's Pret-a-Powder because they weren't used and I knew someone else will like it. I also included some dry shampoos because I never use them, but they aren't in the picture.

Have a great day!

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  1. Ravno imam planirano Makeup Declutter objavo za ta vikend haha :D Je pa ogromno manj produktov, večino takšni, ki jih imam že par let in jih je res bilo treba vrečt stran. Moram pa še it skozi lake, ker tudi nosim tistih par odtenkov, ostalih pa ne.
    Pri nas bo tudi treba začet označevat stvari v kopalnici, brat je najmanj dva tedna uporabljal moj balzam za lase namesto šampona, dokler nisem ugotovila, da mi ga že pol manjka :D

    1. Kot da bi se zmenile :D Z veseljem jo bom prebrala :) Pri meni je bilo kakšne 75% stvari mlajših od leta in pol, je pa bilo par še zelo starih stvari, sploh nekaj lakov je šlo direktno v smeti. Lake sem v bistvu imela že leta v posebni škatli za komu dat, ampak sem jih kar imela v omari za brezveze.

      Nikoli mi ne bo jasno kako ne razumejo besede "shampoo" :D Enkrat mi je nekdo zatežil da nimamo šamponov in da jih moram it kupit, potem sem šla pa v kopalnico in jih zbrskala sedem. Zato imam zdaj sistem listkov, pa čeprav izgleda prav retardirano :D

  2. I totally understand how you feel about your PR products. I am also happier about the products that I pick myself - I rarely get my shades in those PR boxes, especially when it comes to lipsticks. It's nice to be able to test out all those things, however, it just has some disadvantages, too ;) Reviewing takes time, for me it's a bit disappointing when I can't keep and use things I got for review because they don't suit me. But anyway, I also try to declutter my collection at least twice a year and give all those things to my family and friends as well :)

    1. I'm glad I'm not alone in this boat :). I was afraid I'm going to sound like an ungrateful brat, even though I am grateful to be noticed, but having products arrive announced always messes with my plans. My pet peeve is actually getting dark foundations - how am I supposed to properly test them? If I mix them it's already not a good test. And as you say writing a review takes so much time and when the product doesn't work for you, you've just done all that work for free.

      I regularly give away things, but mostly to the same person :)

  3. Jaz sem prišla čez cel intro, haha :).
    Tudi jaz imam predal stvari po katerih nikoli ne posežem, ampak se ne morem pripravit do tega, da jih podarim naprej. Vedno si mislim, da bi bodo že prišli enkrat prav, grozna sem haha.
    Z vsemi temi izdelki si pa mogla zelo razveselit prijateljice in družino :D.
    Zanimiva objava! :)

    1. Sem vesela, da si prebrala <3 Prijateljice mi kar odkrito priznajo, da se jim ne da brat moje nakladanje :D
      I feel you, tudi jaz sem imela kar nekaj stvari nekje v predalniku za "vsak slučaj", sploh ko sem morala delat ogromno objav na drugem blogu in sem rabila material. Točno te stvari so zdaj vse šle in sem jih imela itak namen dat predvsem kakšnim mlajšim puncam, ki še raziskujejo mejkap in iščejo kaj jim paše :).

  4. To pa tudi mene še čaka. Jaz sem tip človeka, ki se izredno težko loči od stvari. Nimam neke sentimentalne navezanosti, bolj razmišljam, da bom mogoče enkrat rabila za nek look ravno ta odtenek, pa ga potem več ne bom imela. Stupid, I know, ampak taka sem. Ko pa mi vse pride prek in ugotovim, da več nimam prostora za nič, potem pa vedno nekaj mečen vstran. Ampak vedno po malo. Nikoli se tega ne lotim masivno :D.
    Še najbolj se vidim v kategoriji senčil. Tudi sama uporabljam bolj kot ne samo Zoevo, theBalm in Too Faced. Imam sicer določena enojna senčila, ki jih tu in tam uporabim, drugih palet pa več skoraj ne primem v roke. Imam pa rada več izbire pri šminkah, sploh več zanimivih odtenkov :).
    Te razumem glede PR paketov. Sploh, ko dobiš nekaj kar je res čisto mimo tvojih zanimanj, npr. podlago, ki je za 3 odtenke pretemna. Izguba časa. Po drugi strani pa rada testiram nove izdelke, ki si jih mogoče sama ne bi kupila in mi je všeč, da jih dobim, da jih lahko preizkusim. V vsakem je nekaj dobrega in nekaj slabega, vsekakor pa veliko dela :).

    1. Yup, točno zato sem jaz šparala stvari - kaj pa če bom rabila za objavo. Še zdaj imam Sleek paletke "za vsak slučaj" pa čeprav se jih nisem dotaknila že leta :) Prostora imam vedno veliko, ampak takoj ko se nabere ena masa stvari postanem živčna, potem pa vedno prelagam stvari.

      Pri senčilih sem pa sploh "basic". Vzamem eno kremno senčilo, ga v pol sekunde zabrišem in sem fertik za ta dan :D Če se počutim bolj fensi potem pa celo vzamem theBalmovo ali Too Faced paletko, občasno kakšno enojno Mac ali L'Oreal senčilo, drugo pa ne pride na vrsto.

      Pri PR me moti že sama količina, ker lani je pa kar eksplodiralo pri nas. Pri mojem načinu dela rabim ogromno časa da vse naredim in ko mi pride nenapovedan paket, mi ponavadi podre vse plane, plus potem niti svojih najljubših stvari ne morem uporabljat dalj časa. Sicer je trapasto, ker mi itak noben ne reče da moram naredit objavo, ampak se vseeno čutim dolžno da jo. Pudra mi pa do zdaj ni še noben poslal v uporabnem odtenku, imam pa vsaj za družino jih vedno na zalogi :).

  5. Joj ne morem verjet da si naprej podarila od essence le cinderella blush. Jaz ga pa at the time nikakor nisem mogla dobit in mi je se vedno zal xd tko mi je za par essence izdelkov kjer je bilo vse izropano xd drugace pa bravo da si se znebila tako veliko izdelkov, kakor je "in" zdaj imet cele beauty youtuber zbirke se mi cedalje bolj zdi da je fino da imas malo manj pa res lahko uporabljas izdelke ki jih najbolj obozujes:)

    1. I know, I know. Ampak sem cincala ali naj ga dam komu ali ne. Kvaliteta itak ni bila neka top in tudi embalaža mi ni bila nič posebna, tako da ga niti nisem imela nekje razstavljenega in je bil samo v predalu. Se pa nisem nič trudila najti to kolekcijo in sem ga kupila kar tako, ker je Leclerc imel par mesecev po hypu še nekaj kosov in to znižanih za 50%. Evo zdaj veš kam iskat kolekcije, ki so druge že zdavnaj pošle :D Pa če si kje blizu NM, v DM nasproti Revoza.

      Treba je bilo zmanjšat zaloge, predvsem zato ker so bile stvari, ki jih nisem sama izbrala in seveda tudi ne uporabljala.