Then I turned around and remembered this.
It's not Katrina. It's my makeup table. (Remember my non-existent bathroom storage?)
I find myself in this situation every 6 months. The mess of makeup and pharmacologicals hits a crescendo and I just give up.
But this time, I didn't want to just put everything back in its place; I wanted to purge and simplify. I've been craving less stuff. Less to store, less to clean, less to choose from at 7AM. Just like in my closet, I only want to see things that I'm excited to wear.
So I started chucking things. Except for one brown and one black, I threw away every single mascara. I'm only going to use my favorite kind anyway, not one of those those 500 Clinique or Benefit bonus sizes rolling around the drawer.
I weeded out some Back2Mac containers and threw away lots of sticky, dried out eyeliners and lip glosses. (How did I get so much lip gloss anyway? I don't even wear it.)
I used to be obsessed with nail polish. Then I started spending hours of my life washing dishes. I've come to like the look of bare fingernails and I only paint my toenails one of two colors: Tomato red or black currant. So I kept Zoya's Sookie and Essie's Wicked. The other 75 bottles went on eBay.
|This is ALL of my nail polish.|
A few days ago, I made a huge skincare breakthrough. (Pats self on back.) It suddenly became clear to me that Vitamin C-based products are making me break out in deep, untreatable red cysts... usually around my mouth... and do they leave a whopper of a scar. Really attractive, right?
And what does nearly every BB cream and chemical exfoliant use as a primary ingredient? What is the biggest trend in skincare right now? Vitamin C. So I made a pile of the offending products to give away to the un-afflicted.
(For any skeptics out there: 48 hours without Vitamin C products has already made a noticeable different in my face. My cysts are less inflamed and the rest of my face is clearer and smoother.)
Cruelly, in the course of my cosmetic purge, Sephora sent me three emails. I'm not going to stop buying skincare or makeup; I love this stuff. But when you're surrounded by products that you don't use anymore, it's hard to focus on what you're trying to achieve.
I know that a lot us makeup-obsessed hoard our limited-edition products and keep every blush and lipstick we've ever bought. But I mean... really? I'm not a makeup artist. I don't need 30 different red lipsticks. 25 is enough. (Joke. I kept 6.) I still see makeup as a consumable, and you wouldn't keep a can of green beans forever because the manufacturer doesn't make that style of label anymore... right?
Bad analogy, but what I'm trying to say is, it's just makeup. And they're just clothes. There will always be more to buy, so cut your losses. Throw away the dusty, doesn't-fit, don't-like-it-anymore stuff. And in the case of the zombie apocalypse, when the economy has collapsed and you actually can't buy clothes and mascara... will that really be your priority? Will it?