Makeup Minimalism | 2018 Rolling Project Pan & Declutter Finale

Makeup Minimalism | 2018 Rolling Project Pan & Declutter Finale

I am a beauty addict. Although I love the beauty industry and I love buying new products, my spending got out of hand the last few years. I’ve been making a big effort over the last two years to down-size my collection.

I’ve been trying to stop impulse shopping through meticulous inventory tracking, project panning, and intermittent shopping fasts. If you’re interested to see how I did this year with my 2018 Rolling Project Pan, then please keep reading!


I’ve been tracking my beauty collection through a comprehensive spreadsheet system since 2016. This system allows me to accurately track what I’m spending and what I’m finishing or decluttering in an easy-to-follow and easy-to-update manner.

Tracking my beauty collection better equips me to refrain from unintentinoally purchasing duplicate items.  Also, inventory tracking lets me keep track of what I’ve spent and how much money I’ve wasted.

I use my spreadsheet to log the products I’ve finished, donated, decluttered or sold. I keep track of both the product’s monetary value, as well as the product count. This meticulous tracking enables me to see my progress.

Within my inventory system, I use countless charts and graphs to keep track of my progress. The detailed tracking keeps me motivated to keep moving forward.

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Inventory System Rules

To help me accurately track my progress, I use the the number of items in my collection at the end of the previous year as my starting point for calculating my progress. For example,  I ended 2017 with 192 total products, so that number became my base number when calculating my progress in 2018. If I finished 10 products then that would mean I used up 5.2% of the collection I had at the end of 2017.

However, there are obvious cons to this method of tracking. The biggest issue with this type of tracking is that it doesn’t take into account fluctuations in my collection size. Fluctuations happens for a number of reasons including:

  • Finishing & repurchasing products I use continuously (ex. face soap, shampoo, etc)
  • Receiving gifts from friends, family, and coworkers
  • Acquiring freebies while traveling, attending events, or due to shopping reward programs

2018 Rolling Project Pan Goals

I had several goals for my 2018 Beauty Collection – in terms of both the percentage of products I wanted to move out, as well as the overall number of products I wanted to finish. My “achievable” goal was to finish or declutter 20% of the collection (40 products) that I had at the start of the year, while my “challenge” goal was to finish 50% of my collection (90 products). So how’d I do?

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2018 End of Year Beauty Empties
2018 End of Year Beauty Empties

2018 Rolling Project Pan Results

I have mixed feelings on my results this year . While I am proud that I far surpassed my goal to finish or declutter 90 products, I am seriously bummed out that my collection size didn’t decrease – in fact, it increased by 13 items! How did this happen?

First, I received a ton of free products at conventions. Second, I repurchased necessities such as shampoo.

Unfortunately, the biggest reason my collection grew was due to my old shopping habits creeping back in. After a lot of consideration, I decided to try brands that were new to me. Also, I wanted to try newer releases from beloved brands. Finally, I review products so it was inevitable that I would accumulate new products throughout the year.

Nevertheless, I am satisfied with the sheer volume of products that I moved out of my collection. Please see the below for the complete breakout:

  • Finished Products: 114 / $1,321 USD
  • Returned Products: 0 / $0 USD
  • Sold Products: 12 / $138 USD
  • Give Away Products:  46 / $431 USD
  • Decluttered Products: 68 / $1,325 USD

Products Gone in 2018:

  • Total Count: 240
  • Total Value: $3,215 USD

2019 Beauty Collection:

  • Total Count: 206
  • Total Value: $4,075 USD

Final Thoughts on my 2018 Rolling Project Pan

The best thing about tracking my beauty collecting and spending habits is that I learn so much about myself and what I like / dislike in a product. This year, I realized:

  • If I don’t like something, I don’t need to finish it. I’m done torturing myself using products that don’t work for me or don’t inspire me just for the sake of finishing them.
  • I’m not obligated to keep gifts or freebies. It’s okay to let things go – especially when there are others who could benefit from my donations.
  • My beauty collection is never going to be conventionally “minimal” because I truly love this industry. I love playing with new products and testing new formulas, so I need to stop trying to fit myself into someone else’s mold.
  • I need to do another No Buy 🙂

Beyond my 2018 Rolling Project Pan, my ultimate goal is to develop better shopping habits. I want to curate a refined collection of beauty products. I’m tired of looking at and using products that I don’t like, but feel obligated to finish.

I want to waste less money on things that I do not need. I want to spend more on experiences and less on makeup that I’m hoarding. I do not want to be a makeup collector.

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2018 Year-end Empties/Declutter

Are you a beauty addict like me? Do you participate in project panning? Please let me know in the comments below.

27 thoughts on “Makeup Minimalism | 2018 Rolling Project Pan & Declutter Finale

  1. I am SO impressed that you keep a spreadsheet for all of this! I can barely keep my life together with one. Your ultimate goal is probably the best way to achieve some sort of makeup minimalism in the long run – and better for your wallet. I’m still so frickin’ impressed by this.

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  2. Wow, it;s so cool that you keep track of all of your beauty products like this! I’m terrible at throwing products away even if I don’t like them/don’t use them. You’re right though, you don’t need to force yourself to use a product you don’t like. Great post!

  3. So I admit I’m a very, VERY basic make up purchase but reading about how you track your collection is so interesting! If everything in your collection is in use then hey, keep enjoying what you’ve got. It seems like you did a good job recognizing the things you didn’t want so don’t beat yourself up over growing your collection is you’re putting everything to use!

  4. I love that you have a spreadsheet for this!! I think I need to do the same as you. I love makeup and I buy so many products compulsively. I seem to buy a lot of concealer, so my task this year is to actually get through the ones I have and finish them before buying a new one! I also have the same problem with lipstick and eyeliner 😂 I think it’s great you’ve been working on this and identifying how much money you actually spend on makeup!!

  5. Uhm, this is going to sound weird AF, but I’d be interested in having a look at your spreadsheet.

    Also, where/how do you sell products? Is there a way to sell second hand makeup or?

    1. Hah! I have been thinking about uploading a template to Google Docs for others to download! ☺️

      I sell gently used makeup on Poshmark, but there are other platforms like Mercari and Glambot where you can sell, too. I’ve never sold anything to make a profit, but rather to recoup some of the losses and (hopefully) reduce waste by re-homing items that are in good condition.

      I’m hoping to eventually put together a post that outlines all the different places where people can sell or donate used makeup!

  6. I adore your organizational methods with tracking everything. It gives me so much inspiration. I’m hoping to get that organized once I start doing reviews- if I ever successfully break into that for my blog 😂.

    But seriously, amazing post! Props, girl!😊

    1. Thanks girl! 💜 I always feel so out of place when I’m not totally organized, but I wasn’t always at this level! But gotta keep organized in order to make sure I’m rotating and working through any new items!

  7. Girl I LOVED reading this!! Wow you extremely inspired me on doing the same. I have a huge makeup collection and it’s just impossible to empty products (well I do empty products but for example, I never empty a lipstick because I have so many of them).. I would be very interested in your spreadsheet so I can use it to track my spending etc.

    1. Awe thank you!!! <3 I'm so glad this is motivating to you – and trust me, I understand having too many products to work through / hard products to work through in general (like eyeshadows, lipsticks)!

      I will be sure to work on an updated spreadsheet post. 😀

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