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*First posted 1 year ago*

I’ve decided to do something positive and have a product Spring clean. Sorting through your skincare and makeup stash was one of my tips in my post 6 Simple Beauty Tips Which Make a Big Difference what a good day to follow my own advice, ha!


This was all of the skincare products I owned and as you can see they are pretty much all over the place, with face, body and hair, old stuff and new stuff all mixed up. After going through everything this is what I learned…

  1. I had so much oil! I could easily just use the same one for my hair and body and a lighter one for my face.
  2. Out of all of those products I only had one face moisturiser.
  3. I found products that had changed consistency or were nearly empty and all of those were expired.
  4. I still had tanning oil from my twenties! o_O
  5. I buy face masks because they are on offer in pound shops and NEVER use them.
  6. I thought I needed to stock up on miceller water and cooling eye gel as I was running low but then realised I’d originally bought them in two’s to save on postage.
  7. I had a stupid amount of body butter.
  8. I’ve rediscovered cruelty free beauty brands I’d totally forgotten about!
  9. I had bits and bobs from various razors and waxing kits that I stopped using ages ago.

I’ve reduced the above to a single crate and the cute wicker basket. The rest is either in the recycling, the bin or my dressing table so I actually remember to use it daily.


Here is all of my makeup, apart from what I’ve thrown out and repeats of the same thing and yeah, it’s still a lot!


Here’s what I’ve thrown out.


A slightly smaller pile, heehee.


Here’s my main big-ass makeup case, my daily makeup case and my travel/wash bag with miniatures and samples in. Here’s what I’ve learned…

  1. Even though I treat my makeup fairly well, there were still spillages and products that felt sticky – eeew.
  2. If it’s really broken, through the damn thing away! You are not Stig Of The Dump or a Womble.
  3. If it doesn’t suit your skin tone or texture and it can’t easily be mixed with something else, then throw it away or swap it/give it to someone.
  4. There are lots of reasons why buying two of the same thing can be a good idea but hoarding the same type of product, or buying several before you’ve even tried if the product works for you is not a good idea.
  5. How many golden-brown eyeshadows and copper-brown toned lip products can one person reasonably own!? Five eyeshadows and eight lip products it would seem ;0)
  6. I still have products I bought before I went totally cruelty free. That was TEN years ago!

As you can see, I still have the big makeup bag but now my little ‘everyday makeup bag’ includes the best of my base, mascara, tools, contouring kit (I missed out the wonderful Pixi contour kit in the first photo) and three eyeshadows and eyelinners that I rotate on a monthly basis. This means that everything is easy to keep track of/clean/sharpened, quickly to hand, and I don’t forget to use all of the lovely colours I own.

I hope this helps with your declutter! Let me know if it has or if you also do some of the bad habits I’ve mentioned.






8 responses to “Spring Cleaning my Beauty Cupboard”

  1. Monthly Life Update – February | Vamp It Up Manchester Avatar

    […] reposted Spring Cleaning My Beauty Cupboard from last year because I’ve done so well with keeping it ordered and thinking thoroughly […]


  2. Hunida Avatar

    I cleaned out my skincare recently and noticed that I had no face moisturizers but, a lot of oils, and sheet masks, too.


    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      Hmm, maybe Moisturiser as we know it is no longer actually needed? What do you think?

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      1. Hunida Avatar

        I think I don’t have any because I use ’em all up the most!


      2. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

        Oh right, that’s interesting. Also, what difference do the sheet masks make to your skin? I use Hyloronic acid for moisture and hydrating face oils so much that my skin isn’t thirsty anymore. Ooh, I’ll use moisturiser before bed instead and see what that does….

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      3. Hunida Avatar

        I really only use moisturizer on my face which keeps it hydrated but probably not as well as your acid & oils! The sheet masks usually just make my skin really soft for a day or two & some tone down red spots.


      4. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

        I like the sound of the sheet masks. Which ones do you use?

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      5. Hunida Avatar

        I try all kinds, usually ones I get sent in my sub boxes lol. My favorite so far were the Acure brand ones!

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