So…Houston, we have a problem! I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but I am sure I’m not alone (please back me up on this fellow makeup junkies)!
I have way too many makeup products with the same exact color. I’ll use my lipsticks as an example. In the burgundy/wine family alone, I have 9. Now, I know all the brands are different, but you guys, this is essentially the exact same color hitting my lips. I am wayyyy too embarrassed to show the pink lipsticks and nail polishes.
I go into the cosmetics aisles thinking that I don’t have a particular color or maybe even being a little more drawn to certain colors that I don’t even realize that I have 9 others just like it at home – all in heavy rotation too! And in my head, I swear I’m picking out something new. There has to be a name for this disease.
After my latest, “Oh wait, I already have this color” moment, I was kind of irritated with myself. I soon realized that it was because I simply did not have my makeup organized. I have lipsticks in every purse, completely forgotten. I finally pulled everything out and took a serious inventory and that’s when I knew that it was not just the burgundies *shaking my head*.
Here are 3 ways to save money by not mistakenly buying duplicate beauty products (unless you absolutely want to and I am not judging you!):
As mentioned above, pull everything out of those bags, purses, cars, bathrooms, closets, etc. in order to get a good look at what you have. Note: Lipsticks and lip pencils normally have a shelf life of 2 years before needing to be replaced. I’ll do a separate post about that later.
Seriously! How are you storing your makeup? I went into an inexpensive store and racked up on plastic makeup storage containers. This 3-drawer set cost me $4.00. Win! I plan to use this one just for lipsticks – all sorted by color. I actually need to get a couple more of these.
This will give you a clear visual of what colors and brands you actually have, helping you to save money on duplicates. It also gives you a better idea of what colors are lacking and which items may need to soon be replaced.
I know this seems pretty simple, but it’s a great start for getting organized and saving some coins. My makeup stash is growing more and more and I need to be able to keep up. Some of us also have subscription beauty boxes and have been getting new things every month that need a “home”.
Take inventory, get organizational tools and sort your stash. Easy peasy!