Even though I haven’t really mentioned it lately and even though I’ve already reduced my makeup stash considerably, purging is an ongoing process that I continue to tackle. I’m now down to only three lipsticks in my collection which I think is quite amazing considering the fact that I started off with over 100 lipsticks, the majority of which I’ve sold off on my blog sale.
When all’s said and done, Soap & Glory’s Sex Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons came out on top. They are by far my favorite lipsticks in terms of texture, finish, fragrance and colors. Sadly, they’ve been discontinued but a few online vendors still carry them. Out of all of my lipsticks, they were the ones I found myself reaching for time and again and I rotate through the three shades I own — Nudist, Plum Jam and Fuchsia-ristic — on a daily basis.
Would this qualify as a capsule collection? Not counting nail polishes but including brushes and tools my current collection totals 35 pieces. I feel like capsule collections are usually even smaller than this but I’m quite satisfied with how much I’ve eliminated from my makeup stash over the past two years. For a girl who started with 100+ blushes, 100+ lipsticks, and dozens of eye shadow palettes and highlighters, I think I’ve come a long way.
I’ve been gradually purging makeup since 2014 in an effort to streamline my makeup regimen. It had gotten to the point where I felt burdened by the sheer amount of makeup I owned. When I realized I could literally use a different blush or lipstick everyday for four months straight with no repeats I decided I needed to make a change. A kinder person (or an enabler) would’ve called me a makeup collector but the truth was I was a makeup hoarder. Even though I had so much makeup, I was really only using a handful of products regularly. I decided then and there that I had to edit my stash, keep only the items that I truly love and use, and get rid of everything else.
Letting go was, and is, a constant struggle especially when it comes to purging limited edition makeup but I’ve done it and I have no regrets. If you’re considering purging but feel hesitant, just know that the process gets easier the more you do it. It’s the first step that’s the most difficult.
My local CVS carries a small selection of NYX products. I’ve tried several of their face products but, aside from a couple of chubby lip pencils from ages ago, I don’t believe I’ve ever used any of their lipsticks or lip glosses before. I thought it was about time I rectified that.
For the past few weeks CVS has been running a 25% off promo on NYX, so I decided to grab two of the more nude/neutral NYX Butter Gloss (on sale $3.47 each, regularly $4.99 each) shades from the select few they had on display.
e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Coral ($3) I’m not the biggest fan of matte lips but I remember hearing positive things about this line of lipsticks.
NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine (on sale 25% off for $3.47, normally $4.99) Everyone’s raved about this line of glosses for years but this will be my first time using one. I have high hopes.
Stridex Alcohol Free Maximum Pads (2/$5 or $5.99 per box) What’s going on with Stridex? Are they getting rid of the red box pads because I love them and I’d be sad to see them go. They’re always hard for me to find but when I could find them they used to be $4.49 for a box of 55 pads, then they were 70 pads per box, then 90 pads per box, and now they’re 110 pads per box for $5.99 (or 2/$5 at CVS). The price has barely gone up but the quantity they give you has doubled and availability has decreased. Is demand for the product so low that they’re trying to entice people into buying it by offering more pads per box? I hope this isn’t a sign that they’re going to be discontinued soon because I’ll have to stock up.
Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers (on sale $2 with $2 ECB, normally $2.99) Have I been living under a rock? Why have I never heard of these until just recently? If you love gummi worms and Sour Patch Kids, you’ll love these because the Sour Brite Crawlers are the perfect combination of the two. The flavors are a bit different but they offer the chewiness I love in gummi candies and the sour kick I crave from Sour Patch Kids. The only downside is some of the worms occasionally clump together and I have to separate them piece by piece but it’s so worth it. I polished off an entire 8 oz bag in a day. So addictive!
I’m proud of myself. Sephora’s recent sale didn’t tempt me at all. Admittedly there were a few items I had my eyes on but 15% off just barely covered tax, so the discount wasn’t really worthwhile in my opinion. Instead I picked up a few bareMinerals sets that had been on my wish list for awhile.
I purchased the Work, Weekend, Wow kit direct from bareMinerals when they had a flash sale and the Obsessed With Nudes kit from QVC.