As a beauty blogger and lover, I’m constantly trying out new cosmetics, skincare and hair care products. Whether I’ve made a purchase myself, receive a gift or a free sample, my collection has been expanding beyond my control. In an attempt to curb my waste and make use of what I own, I document my yearlong Project Panningupdates and seasonal declutters.
Although I prefer to work through products, it is super hard to work through certain types of products. In particular, it is hard to work through powder products. If you’re interested to read about the 60+ products I decluttered this season, please keep reading.
I’ve already found new homes or tossed some of the beauty products I decluttered this season, so not all items are featured in my photos.
For the last nine months, I’ve struggled to get along with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Gel Pomade. The brow gel is unreliable – it smudges and it is easy to go overboard. I realized that every time I used this brow gel more than two days in a row, my eyebrows would break out horribly.
*GASP* Believe it or not, there is something about the Riviera Palette that hasn’t quite clicked with me. The colors are beautiful, but in the nine months that I’ve owned this palette, I’ve seldom reached for it except to swatch it and to take photos.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Master Palette by Mario | $45.00 USD, CF
It pains me to declutter my Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette, but it was time. I’ve owned this palette for more than 3 years and it is well-loved. However, the formula is not the same as it used to be. If this were a permanent palette, I would buy another one.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance | $42.00 USD, CF
The Modern Renaissance is one of my most well-loved eyeshadow palettes even if it doesn’t translate that way in the photo. This palette is more than 3 years old and the formula has not held up well with time. I am considering repurchasing this palette, but I am going to give it some time.
The bareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lipsticks are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas. These are creamy, comfortable liquid lipsticks. However, these are now approximately 4 years old. I cannot remember the last time I used Juju or Swank.
I received this mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in a Sephora birthday gift. However, I haven’t used this in the last year I’ve owned it. I don’t reach for lipsticks this tiny.
Bite Beauty – Mini Multistick (Cashew) | TBD, CF
I’ve owned the Bite Beauty Mini Multistick in the shade Cashew since receiving it in a Sephora Play Subscription Box in 2016. In the four years, I’ve owned this multi stick, I’ve never used it.
No brand was safe from my huge Fall Beauty Declutter!
Bobbi Brown – Crystal Drama 12-Color Eyeshadow Palette | $59.00 USD
Although I love purple shadows I do NOT need the Crystal Dream palette. I should never have purchased it. The color story is beautiful, but I’ve reached the point where looking at my collection actually makes me feel uneasy. Before touching this palette or letting it sit for too long, I’ve decided to let this go.
ColourPop x Disney Villains Super Shock Highlighter (2x) | $10.00 USD each, CF
I never reached for the ColourPop x Disney Villains Super Shock Highlighters were not a formula that I enjoyed. While I really like the Super Shock Highlighter formula, I did not enjoy the duo-chrome effect of the Disney Villains highlighters.
ColourPop – So Juicy Lip Gloss (for the Clout) | $7.00 USD, CF
The hype surrounding the So Juicy Lip Gloss launch was unreal. Sadly, I never use my So Juicy Gloss. The formula is sticky and drying. I thought about forcing myself to use this, but I would never reach for this over the similar shades I own from Persona or Fenty.
Marc Jacobs – Provocative Blush (Shameless) | $38.00 USD, CF
I received the Marc Jacobs Proactive Blush at a convention a couple of years ago. I never used this once. It was time to let this blush go.
Maybelline – Soda Pop Palette | $13.99 USD
The Maybelline Soda Pop Palette was a palette that I lusted after, but I realized I would never use it in my collection. After months of owning it and not using it, I finally decided to let this go.
Melt Cosmetics – Blueprint Stack | $48.00 USD, CF
The Melt Cosmetics Blueprint Stack was a major disappointment for me. I was hyped for this little blue and copper stack that kicked off this year’s blue eyeshadow trend. Sadly, the blue shades don’t last on my eyes so I reach for my $12.00 USD ColourPop Blue Moon Palette over this. Click here to read my Blueprint Stack Review.
Even new makeup products were ousted from my collection
I fully regret purchasing the Celestial Highlighter Palette. If I’m being honest with myself, I know I purchased this item just to purchase it. The formula is a 100% dupe for the ColourPop Super Shock Formula, but the colors are too metallic for my taste in highlighters.
I realize that it is SHOCKING for me to declutter the Milani Soft & Sultry Palette because I do enjoy this palette. However, I NEVER reach for this over my higher end palettes. Therefore, it is time for this bad boy to go.
Ofra – Mini Treasure Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick | TBD, CF
The Ofra Mini Treasure Long Lasting Lipstick was a mini that I received in a kit along with a mini version of the Pillowtalk Highlighter. I bought the kit solely for the highlighter. While I used the mini-setting spray that came in my kit, the liquid lipstick appeared to have gone bad.
I received both the Bitten Rose and Pink Petal Mattelustre lipsticks at Beautycon LA and NYC, respectively. The formula of these lipsticks is fine, but these two lipsticks are not colors that I typically gravitate towards. Time to let them go.
Pixi Beauty’s RozeBronze Glitter-Y Quad isn’t a horrible pressed glitter palette… I’ve just realized that I do not love pressed glitter. If I’m going to wear glitter, I’m going to reach for a liquid glitter. It was time for this to go!
Revlon – Super Lustrious Lip Gloss – Fatal Apple | $6.29 USD, CF
The Revlon Super Lustrious Lip Gloss was a freebie I received at Beautycon L.A. in 2018. Personally, I don’t wear red glosses like this so I didn’t want to use this once and toss it. I decided to finally declutter this shade.
I received the Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eyeshadow Palette as part of the make good that Beautycon sent after the issues at the NYC ’19 event. Given the size of my collection, I knew that I’d never use this palette. I decided just to declutter it.
I was initially excited to purchase the Rude Cosmetics Whatever Forever Palette at Beautycon NYC, but I don’t reach for this palette. I reach for other colorful palettes before I reach for this one. Therefore, I decided to let this go while it was still in good condition.
There is very little from Rimmel that I’ve tried. Sadly, I do not love the Scandalizes Wow Wings Mascara. Not only do I find the wand strange, but the mascara causes my lashes to stick together and this formula smudges so easily. Rather than forcing myself to use this up, I decided to just let it go.
Tarte – Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette | $36.00 USD, CF
Again, I should never have purchased this palette from Tarte because I didn’t need this. Also, I sadly swatched this palette once.
I received the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crank as a gift a year or so ago; however, I just don’t wear bright lip colors like this anymore. There was once a time that I did rock colors like this, but I’ve never worn this lipstick. It was time to go.
The Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream was a must-have release last winter that took me all year to use up. This is a high-power retinol cream that needs to be applied with a buffer, like a thick night cream, only one to two times a week. While I did enjoy this cream, I didn’t see any noticeable results. I’d rather use a nightly glycolic serum over a product like this, so I am not planning to repurchase at this time.
Despite yearning for this skincare goodie for some time and receiving it as a gift, I rarely reached for the Drunk Elephant Sukari Baby Facial. Unlike other masks in my collection, the Baby Facial has a strong formula that can only be used once a week and should not be used in conjunction with any chemical exfoliants. Sadly, I never remember to reach for this mask and it expired.
Korres Firming & Antiwrinkle Body Butter | $5.99 USD, CF
I purchased the Korres Firming & Antiwrinkle Body Butter at Marshalls earlier this year. Sadly, I do not like this body butter because it did not soak into the skin properly.
Sol Body – Soft Gold Dry Body Oil | $15.00 USD, CF
The more I tried the Sol Body Dry Body Oil, the more I disliked this product. The glitter transfers and it is hard to fully remove the from the skin. Plus, as shallow as this seems, I can’t stand seeing the way the glitter and oil separate in the bottle. I wish this was more of a luminizer than oil with glitter infused.
Old haircare finally had to go in the bin
I purchased this bottle of castor oil well over a year ago and seldom reach for it. I highly doubt that I ever will reach for this, so it was finally time for this to go to the bin.
Love Beauty and Planet – Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Hairspray | $6.99 USD, CF
Within this declutter, there was one product that I keep changing my mind about keeping. As a result, I’ve put this product in “purgatory” and will decide whether or not I want to keep it as the year progresses.
ColourPop x iluvsarahii Through My Eyes Palette | $23.00 USD, CF
Given that iluvsarahii is one of my favorites on YouTube, I wanted to love the Through My Eyes palette so badly. However, I am sad that this palette never became a “love” for me. Knowing how big my collection is right now, I felt like it was time to let this go. Check out my review of the Through My Eyes Palette.
Decluttered Products: 61
Decluttered Product Value: $1,418.44 USD
Final Thoughts on my Fall Empties & Declutter
Unlike previous quarters this year, I started my Yearlong No Buy journey this November. As a result, I finally feel like I’m starting to make headway with getting my collection down. Over the course of the Fall Season, I decluttered or finished 59 products valued at $1,207.44 USD.
When I started the quarter, I had 414 products valued at $9.1K. At this point in the year, I own 505 products valued at $12.5K, a 22% increasein volume and a 26% increasein value compared to last quarter. The drastic spike can be attributed to several key factors:
A ton was gifted to me | Both my birthday and Christmas occurred during the Q4 period, so I was gifted a number of items and a few more items will still be arriving post-Christmas.
No Buy Panic Set In | Right before my No Buy started, I panic purchased a ton of products knowing I’d be unable to buy new makeup within the color cosmetics category for quite some time.
$350 USD+ came in my Boxycharm Subscription | I joined Boxycharm in early September, so I receive 5 full-size products a month now. Although not all of them are beauty products (some items are tools like sponges and brushes), I still include the full retail value in my spreadsheet.
I found tons of lost products & products I forgot that I purchased | I feel embarrassed typing this out, but I own so much makeup that there are quite a few products that I didn’t even realize that I owned.
As I continue on with my No Buy, I expect the volume and value of my collection to continue to decrease as I will hopefully be able to finish many more products. Inevitably, I expect 2020 will be a big year of decluttering because I typically declutter much more during No Buy periods. This happens naturally as I have more time to figure out just how much I enjoy certain formulas or products.
Disclaimer: I calculate the value of my collection based on what each product is actually worth… not the money that I’ve spent, so freebies and samples are included in my calculation. Also, I list the value at the full retail price (not the price I paid).
Have you tried any of these products before? What products did you use up this Summer? Please let me know in the comments below.