My minimalist makeup challenge

My minimalist makeup challenge

I’m having a bit of an internal struggle with all things beauty at the moment and questioning how my approach to makeup fits in with my desire to enjoy a more minimalist, mindful life.  With less physical and mental clutter.  I’m a contradiction, I get it; I love – and get a lot of pleasure out of collecting – Charlotte Tilbury and I love going through my (clichéd) Ikea Alex drawers and looking at my makeup collection, all separated into neat, beautiful categories. However, I’ve been feeling a little bit out of sorts with my approach to beauty and over consumption over the last few months; I’ve gone back to plant-based eating and we’ve started to be more consciously aware of waste and our environmental footprint friendly as a family, so continuing to amass mounds of products to write about – and largely to sit unused in drawers – isn’t sitting well with me.


So, I’ve decided to do something about it and start consciously using up my makeup so that I can get the satisfaction of finishing a much-loved product and rediscover some old favourites along the way; I’m even considering a one in one out policy with some categories e.g. foundations, as they’re all going to expire before I get to them if I’m not careful.  All with a view to reducing my collection to a more capsule makeup wardrobe.  I guess I could simply de-clutter/downsize and significantly reduce my collection in one fell swoop but that seems wasteful – and it’s all used so not really appropriate for me to give away – so I’m going to enjoy using every last drop as it’s quite honestly doing my head in that I have about 8 mascaras on the go and generally multiples across each category!

So, how am I going to attack this? I’m going to pick out 10 products across most categories and finish them up before picking the next 10. And so on. And I might document my progress on Instagram to keep you posted and inspired if you’re thinking of doing the same. I’m having a ponder about that.

Have no fear, I won’t be abandoning the rest of my collection totally – if the items are more natural/day time appropriate and I need an evening look for example – but I am going to opt for these the majority of the time and see if I can actually finish products rather than keep mindlessly adding to the pile. Because I don’t need 50 eyeshadow palettes and I don’t want to perpetuate a cycle of buying new releases to review them. Don’t get me wrong there are certain new releases and launches that really excite me as a makeup lover and collector and I will invest in those, but there are other things that I buy which promptly end up in a drawer and get merrily forgotten. And I’m not proud of that. And as a reformed vegan, who is really enjoying being back on the plant-based wagon, I’d like to start exploring the more zero waste, cruelty free options and curate my collection with that in mind.


So, here are my first 10 products in the hot seat:

MAC Face & Body

This is an OG foundation, loved by makeup artists, makeup lovers and well everybody for a very good reason; it’s awesome! But I’ve passed it over for the likes of Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder and L’Oréal Pro Glow lately and would really like to finish this bottle off so that I can enjoy it before it’s well past its expiration date.

MAC Eye Brows Styler in Fling

I’m having a brow moment and this is an oldie but goodie that I’ve repurchased time and time again.  I’m really keen to try MAC’s Shape & Shade Brow Tint but am determined to finish this one before I buy another and invest any more on the brow front.

Lancôme Monsieur Big & Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascaras

I’ve been having a real love in with volumising mascaras and in particular Hourglass Caution and Nars Climax of late and have totally pushed these two minis to the back of my drawer. Mascaras definitely have a shelf life and I remember really liking these two before I got sidetracked with newer, shinier things so am determined to finish them up before they dry out.

Dior Lip Glow in Pink & Urban Decay in Ex-Girlfriend

These are two of my lip options. I’m right down to the bottom of the bullet of my original Dior Lip Glow and would like to finish this off so that I can have more of a play with the Coral and Matte Pink versions that I bought recently.

As you can see the Urban Decay lippie is well loved. It was part of the original Urban Decay/Gwen Stefani collab and the packaging is mostly rubbed off so it’s no longer looking it’s best. It’s the most beautiful, creamy nudey pink which I couldn’t get enough of when it came out; I’ve nearly finished it and have at least 10 other nudes waiting in line behind it so think its time has come!

Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Piece of Cake

I’m a big fan of Lancôme’s Shakers and Piece of Cake is a pretty nudey pink lip balm that I used exclusively when I first got it. I then moved on to newer things and forgot about this one but think it’s time to get it back out.

L’Oréal lipliner in Beige A Nu

Finally, on the lips front is my little L’Oréal Beige a Nu lipliner. I typical reach for Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk when I want a nude liner, but this is a cracker and deserves a time in the sun.

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer

As you can see I’ve already hit pan here which is a new one for me, but I’d like to finish it properly as it’s the perfect bronzer for fair skin which I lived in back in the day; let’s be honest I also have a drawer full of bronzers just waiting to take their turn so this one needs to be used up and sent off to the makeup graveyard.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon

And ending on a luxe note, I’m adding my By Terry Bronze Moon to the list. It’s a foolproof, paint by numbers, scribble on the lid and blend out for a pretty eye option stick of loveliness and I can’t remember the last time I reached for it. And when isn’t a bronze eye a pretty look?

I work from home for most of my working week, so quick and easy school run makeup is the way forward; this lot will do the trick, I’m looking forward to using them all up and will keep you posted on how I get on!

In the meantime if you’d like to read makeup reviews and tips and tricks, head on over to my Beauty pages.  Happy reading.






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