Massive Beauty Declutter 2018 | 50+ Products Gone!

Makeup Mnimalism | Massive beauty declutter

After a year of buying and trying many new beauty products, it was time to evaluate what I owned. I meticulously combed through my beauty collection. In my massive beauty declutter I got rid of the cosmetic, skincare, and haircare products that I didn’t like, wouldn’t use or expired.

The below items are headed for the trash. Most of these products are now expired or too heavily used to pass on to someone else. Unless otherwise noted with an asterisk, an item is expired. Products that went bad developed a repugnant smell or the formula consistency changed.

My massive beauty declutter is a roundup of all the items I decluttered over the year.

Massive Beauty Declutter – Eyes

End of Year Beauty Declutter - Eyes
EOY Eye Product Declutter (all expired)
  • MAC – Pro Long Wear Paint Pot (Painterly)
  • Milk Makeup – Eye Pigment (Hotel Lobby)
  • Stila – Magnificent Metals Pigment & Mixing Medium (Metallic Peach)
  • Maybelline – Master Precise Ink Liner (Stellar Sand)
  • Stila  – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (Brights)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – Dip Brow Pomade (Chocolate)
  • Smashbox – Mini Trio (Callback)

Massive Beauty Declutter – Lips

2018 Beauty Declutter - Lipsticks
Lipsticks – Joah, Clinique, Tarte, NARS, Smashbox
  • Joah Beauty – I’m Your Jelly Bae Matte Gel Lipstick Mini *Didn’t like formula or shade on my lips
  • Clinique – Almost Lipstick (Black Honey) *Came Broken
  • Tarte – Lipsurgence Lip Tint Mini (Classy)
  • NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Cruella)
  • NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Dolce Vita)
  • NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Never Say Never)
  • bareMinerals – Marvelous Moxi Lipstick (Fly High)
  • NARS – Lipstick (Barbarella)
  • Smashbox – Be Legendary Lipstick (Latte)
  • Smashbox – Be Legendary Lipstick (Tangerine)
  • NARS – Limited Edition Lipstick Mini (Mayflower)
  • NARS – Limited Edition Lipstick Mini (Mayflower)
2018 End of Year Beauty Declutter - Liquid Lippies
Liquid Lips & Glosses – Too Faced, Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Buxom, etc
  • Too Faced – Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (Melted Fig)
  • Too Faced – Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (Chocolate Honey)
  • Smashbox  – Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick (Driver’s Seat)
  • Smashbox – Be Legendary Lip Gloss (Disco Rose)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – Liquid Lipstick (Pure Hollywood)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – Liquid Lipstick (Dolce)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – Liquid Lipstick (Kathryn)
  • BECCA – Lip Topper *Didn’t enjoy formula, felt sticky on the lips
  • Buxom – Full-on Lip Cream (Dolly)*Potentially Expired / Burned my lips
  • Too Faced –  Lip Injection (Milkshake) *Potentially Expired / Burned my lips
  • Dior – Lip Maximizer Mini *Burned my gums
  • It’s Skin – Mini Macaroon Lip Balm (Pineapple)  *Made my lips feel drier than they already are
  • Kiehl’s – Mint Lip Balm  *Burned my gums

Massive Beauty Declutter – Face

2018 End of Year Declutter - Face Products
Hourglass, Too Faced, Smashbox, etc.
  • Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette
  • Too Faced – Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (original)
  • Becca –  Back Light Priming Filter Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Full Coverage Camouflage Concealer *Creased and caked up
  • Smashbox – Contour Palette
  • Cover FX – Illuminating Primer
  • J. One – Jelly Pack

Massive Beauty Declutter – Skin

End of Year Declutter - Skin Care
Garnier, SMD, Drunk Elephant, Lush, etc
  • Garnier – Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
  • SMD – Saromae Snail Serum Concentrate *Caused a breakout
  • Drunk Elephant – C-Firma Day Serum
  • Drunk Elephant – T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
  • LUSH – Tea Tree Water Toner
  • Clean & Clear – Persa Gel 10 Acne Spot Treatment
  • StriVectin*Burning sensation under the eye
  • CVS Health – 5 Minute Whitening Gel *Didn’t whiten my teeth

Massive Beauty Declutter – Hair

2018 End of Year Declutter - Hair Care
Chi, Dove, R+Co, Bumble & Bumble, Ouai
  • Chi – Iron Guard
  • Dove – Style + Care Extra Hold Hair Spray
  • R+Co – Tinsel Smoothing Oil *Left my hair frizzy and greasy
  • Bumble and Bumble – Surf Infusion Sea Salt Spray
  • Ouai – Wave Spray
  • Ouai – Finishing Cream

Final Thoughts on my Massive Beauty Declutter 

Although I hate throwing out products, decluttering is a necessity when you own a large collection. Unlike clothing, makeup, skincare, and haircare go bad. It is impossible to own this much makeup and go through it all.

My goal is to eventually use more of what I own and purchase less.

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2018 Massive beauty declutter

For more beauty declutters, check out my Spring 2019 declutter or Summer 2019 declutter.

What products did you say goodbye to in 2018? Did you have to toss any favorites? Let me know in the comments below.

35 thoughts on “Massive Beauty Declutter 2018 | 50+ Products Gone!

    1. Thank you so much! 💜 I wish these things weren’t going to waste, but I can’t change the past – I can only make better shopping decisions moving forward!

      Decluttering really is the best though (especially when whatever you’re getting rid of can be donated or repurposed)!

      1. Thanks again! I will definitely have to look through my piles of makeup and see what can be given away rather than thrown away. Have a good rest of your week! 😊

  1. ahhh I really need to do this!! I hoard so much shit, especially skincare as I feel like I have to keep everything, even skincare that didn’t work for me in case one day I might need it or one day it might work for me, which is so stupid haha!

    1. That’s how I was for the longest time, but the last couple of years I really have been trying to change that mindset! Honestly sometimes I’ll put on cleaning-related shows, like Hoarders (or more recently, “Tidying Up with Mario Kondo”) to help motivate me to get rid of things!!

    1. Thank you so much!! I really tried to be brutal this year since I purchased way to many items in the latter half of 2018. In some ways I was lucky that some of these items had expired because it made the process easier for me to let go of things!

  2. Ah, shoot. I really need to go through my things now. It’s hard for me to part with lipsticks though. I did get rid of my Bane lipstick by Melt. I opened it one day and it was completely melted to the tube – and even that was hard to do! I’ve been lucky to be close to finishing Diva and Ravishing lipsticks from MAC. And who knows what’s in my makeup case… I’m a bit terrified to declutter. It’s very impressive you’ve been able to clear so much out!

    1. For me the hardest category is eyeshadow! 🙈🙈🙈 I buy too much and want to keep it all! But there are certain products that just hold such sentimental value that I can’t imagine finishing them, but I’m impressed that your close to finishing some lipsticks! Eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush/bronzer are truly the hardest things to finish!!

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  4. You were so good getting rid of all that! I need to be ruthless and go through mine. I tend to hang on to old makeup, just in case. silly really as it does have a shelf-life! You’ve inspired me to sort mine out. x

    Samantha |

    1. Thank you so much, Samantha! 💜 Decluttering Makeup is the hardest thing for me – but there is no use in keeping things that have gone off or that didn’t work for me!

      Good luck in going through your collection!

  5. Wow that’s quite a bit of products, I’ve never even heard of most of them but I read it like I had lol. I never caught on to make up for some reason. Lol I’m weird 🙈

  6. Ooh I love a good declutter! I did this with my collection too, made me realise I need to stop buying make up ! 🙈 I would love to hear your thoughts on the hourglass ambient palette I’ve been debating getting it for ages! Xx

    1. Thanks for your comment, Laura! 💜 and Lol I took of pic of all things I’ve bought that I still in the process of trying or reviewing …. and I seriously need to cut back!

      And I liked the Ambient Powder, but I found that I wasn’t reaching for the blush or bronzer shades. The Ambient Lighting Powder provides the sheerest amount of glow for a lit from within/radiant look. However, in retrospect, I wish I had just bought a mini single of Dim Light or Diffused Light rather than the whole palette.

      1. I’m about to start a project pan on my blog to try to get through some of the products I own. Thought it might give me the motivation to stick to them 😂

      2. Ohhh yess! I try to do monthly makeup baskets for project panning! 🙂 It is definitely helpful for getting use out of what you own. Can’t wait to see how you get on with your project!

  7. I hate throwing things away but sometimes you just have to! I have one lip liner that I’m holding onto and hoping that I will like it. I keep trying it every now and then. But, sadly, I have a feeling it’ll go into the bin.
    Christine Xx

  8. I did this earlier this year. I was surprised at how much I had and how much had actually gone bad! Some makeup I kept for almost 10 years thinking makeup doesn’t expire…oh yes it does!

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