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I’m trying to put myself on a buying ban because I have accumulated too many products, especially makeup and beauty products. Just take a look at the alarming collection of palettes I have. I know, this might not seem like much to some “collectors” out there, but this is definitely excessive to me. I don’t think I will ever be able to finish or hit pan on all these palettes before their expiration dates!
After looking through my current stash, I have decided to stop purchasing for a while and start enjoying everything I have! And what better way than to internalise it by taking these necessary steps:
I really dislike clutter. And I have a thing for clean table tops. So the idea of makeup strewn all over my dresser, is pretty much a deal-breaker. I have always made it a point to store things away so my table top is as clear as I can possibly keep it. But that doesn’t work with makeup – if you store it away, you’re going to forget about it and only reach for the same items. So, I’ve learnt that one way to keep things fresh in your mind is to store them in a visible yet organised manner. How?
Enter the trusty book stand. One thing about this is that the palettes will be at risk of falling off stands and will need to be dusted off regularly. Also, if you have an enormous collection, this might not offer enough space. But it is an option worth exploring.
Another way to showcase one’s collection would be to hang it all up, in a photo frame or a magnet board. While this is a pretty looking solution, this would only work if your collection is relatively small. However, the DIY process involved in a project like this, would possibly turn me off too. I know I’ll stop halfway, magnetising only half of my collection and give up.
Reorganising one’s makeup is one way of keeping one’s makeup collection fresh in one’s mind. I have seen many people use cake stands, craft tools and various cardboard boxes to compartmentalise and categorise. The key objective would be to optimise the available physical space yet create maximum visibility using inventive solutions.
I have decided the best way forward for me would be to use book stands or magazine racks. And so, I will be shopping around for one (or two) that work for my space.
Shop Your Stash & Rotate
This is my current favourite but to effectively ‘Shop My Stash’, I will need to reorganise my makeup in a manner that will allow me optimal visual recall of my collection in order to really fully utilise my collection.
Currently, I am also beginning to create my own ‘look cards’ using palettes in my collection. I figured this would be a good exercise that will encourage me to play with all the shades and also come up with new combinations for looks. No doubt a time-consuming exercise, once completed, these cards would go into my catalogue for quick reference.
I have also started rotating my makeup on a weekly basis, swapping out the palettes I wish to use throughout the week and place them in the area dedicated for my ‘current go-to’ makeup. This helps spread out the wear, creating more even wear for individual palettes. Personally, there is nothing more daunting than ‘breaking into’ a new palette and overcoming the fear of not having a pristine palette to admire: a habit I have to break.
Keeping an inventory or makeup catalogue
Which brings me to my next option: keeping an inventory or makeup catalogue.
I have done this with my shoes, accessories and now, I plan on creating a similar catalogue for my makeup. What I mean by this is simply a clear folder containing pictures of individual accessories. I find this has been most effective in allowing me to pick out accessories for all my various outfits. Likewise, with my shoes, I did the same thing many years back. I also included thumbnail images (to mimic Polaroid shots) outside each shoe box, making it easier to identify the shoes inside.
I have started taking pictures of all my palettes and swatches of the shades which I will consolidate and display in a clear folder. I will also intend to make a copy of these images and store them on my phone so each time I am shopping online or am in-store, tempted to purchase a new palette, I will refer to my catalogue. Being able to recall items in my collection like that would keep my stash fresh in my mind, and possibly, also create some level of guilt.
Do you sometimes feel like you just need to try new products? This craving just creeps up and you look at your current collection and go, ‘hmmmm…I need something new.’. Well, that craving for new things has contributed directly in an excessive stash of samples. I now have a drawer stocked full with product samples which started from beauty box subscriptions. Since then, I have learnt to ‘Shop My Stash’ by going through all my samples.
Sephora and some online stores also give away product samples with each purchase. I have learnt to use these samples when travelling or just when a craving hits.
I have also given away samples to co-workers, friends and family members by packaging them as ‘beauty hampers’, saving me some money and time with having to purchase gifts to mark occasions such as promotions or good performance at work.
I shop online. A lot. Sometimes, I am ashamed to look at all that I have accumulated. I think online shopping gives one a false sense of the sheer volume of one’s actual consumption. What I mean by that is, we don’t physically lug our purchases around when we shop online. In addition to that, everything gets delivered to our doorsteps, at different times. So naturally, we don’t see the sheer volume of everything until we take it all out at once.
I have learnt to limit my purchases. Also, I have learnt to ‘window shop’ online. Meaning, each time I am hit by the shopping urge, I browse items on online stores and place them in my shopping cart. Then, I just leave the items in my cart and close the browser. I take a moment, distract myself with other projects or tasks and after an hour, a day, or even a week, I go back to that particular online store and see if I still want those items I had previously picked out. I have found that most times, I would reconsider my shopping cart items and not purchase anything.
I find this is the most effective way to satisfy the urge to shop without committing to any purchase.
If you find yourself in a similar position and are looking for tips on how to maintain a buying ban, then I hope you find the above suggestions useful. Do share any tips you might have, and thanks for reading!