For anyone with a large makeup collection, the prospect of rotating between beauty items on a daily basis can feel daunting. Moreover, for anyone actively trying to use up products (like me), constant rotation can make it harder to finish products before they expire. However, putting together a weekly makeup basket, you can still make an effort to work on finishing up products while you rotate through your collection. Keep reading to learn about how to organize a weekly makeup basket.
Who Should Try a Weekly Makeup Basket
Anyone with a large collection will benefit from trying to ”shop their stash” or maintaining a weekly makeup basket. Keep in mind that large is a subjective term. In fact, you don’t need a collection as large as mine to justify starting a weekly makeup basket series.
Also, weekly makeup baskets naturally lend themselves to beauty lovers who are Project Panning, trying to finish products up. You prevent boredom or frustration by rotating in new products alongside the ones you’re actively trying to use up. Read about my experience trying Pan That Palette in 2018 or my 20 in 2020 Project Pan.
Weekly makeup baskets are beneficial to beauty lovers who aren’t participating in Project Pans, too. In fact, by gathering together your products for the week, you’ll cut down on the time needed to get ready in the morning.
How to Organize a Weekly Makeup Basket You’ll Want to Use
The most important element in organizing your weekly makeup basket is to include a diverse mix of products. What do I mean by this? Choose a mix of products that you know you love using as well as some products you are less inclined to reach for.
Second, keep your basket small. More specifically, only include 1-2 options per product category. For example, include only 1-2 lipsticks within one weekly rotation.
Third, do not be afraid to swap out products you hate. Although I try my hardest not to waste beauty products, I refuse to use products that I truly hate. Moreover, I refuse to use products that cause irritations. If you discover that you hate a product in your basket then get rid of it!
Please note I ended up, shortly after taking these photos I decluttered my CoverFX concealer. As the concealer formula aged, I broke out wherever I applied it.
If I don’t finish my CoverFX Illuminating primer (now the Dewy Skin Primer,* $38.00, CF)) or Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller* ($14.99) by the end of 2018 I will likely declutter them. At this point, I’ve owned these products for close to two years. Finishing the primer should be doable. However, the eye roller is tricky since the packaging is opaque. Therefore, I can’t see my progress.
The second picture is my RMS Beauty Living Luminizer* ($38.00, CF), This balmy highlighter is one of my favorites of all-time. Although I do not want to finish this highlighter by the end of the year, I want to see a much larger dip in the jar. I love the glossy, dewy finish that this highlighter provides the skin.
Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dolly
Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb
In a matte world, I’m a gloss girl. I love lip glosses. Don’t believe me? Read my intense lip gloss ranking. I’m excited to be so close to the end of my Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly ($21.00, CF). If I didn’t already own a mini of this lip gloss, I’d repurchase a full size.
My Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb is a wonderful product that is just getting too old. However, I may have considered repurchasing Rhubarb. Sadly, Bite Beauty discontinued this line in 2017.
Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, MAC Blush in Warm Soul, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Deluxe Sample in Paaarty
In an ideal world, I would finish each of these powder cheek products in 2018. However, given the sheer volume of powder in each pan, I will settle for hitting pan on each product. Warm Soul is one of my oldest and favorite blushes. However, I can’t seem to make any progress despite my constant usage. See where the Butter Bronzer ranks in my bronzer ranking for fair skin.
Benefits of Shopping Your Stash
All-in-all, there are two main benefits to keeping a weekly makeup basket. First, by ”shopping your stash” each week you will be less tempted to make new purchases. Instead, your collection will feel fresh. Second, you’ll be more successful in finishing up products.