Beauty: January Sort-Out

I’d been putting it off for ages. Living between my ‘spareroom rental’ in Surrey, my parents house, and W’s house means that I have a lot of stuff. I’d accumulated a full makeup bag at each place, but if I’m honest I rarely used it. I just bought my favourite bits and pieces with me. The last weekend I got everything together,worked out what I no longer wanted, switched up products, and generally had a good ole organisation spree.

 photo 3a47ad62-21fc-471b-9feb-22282eb1a565_zps0ceb687e.jpg photo 10d1d699-24e6-44c1-863f-2b767cc39246_zps3c58802d.jpgFoundations were the easiest. I threw out my bottle of Maybelline Better Skin; it’s a little dark for me, but more importantly it’s gone off. Its thick, lumpy and it smells. BIN! Rimmel Wake Me Up moved from my regular makeup bag to W’s house. To be honest, I nearly chucked it out as I really don’t like it. It feels like it sucks the moisture out of my skin, and I hate the finish of it. But it’s barely used and the student in me can’t waste money, so it’ll do for the lazy days. Or until it goes off…

 photo b277c7c3-d2b6-49ed-8eb8-18f71b6ed428_zps7efe44b7.jpgI also chucked my MUA Creme Blusher. I love the shade of this, but it’s dried out since the summer. I’ll probably just repurchase another when the weather warms up as it’s so cheap!

 photo 0a7d91e5-d8ed-437a-b385-71a7c6ce04fe_zps96c5504a.jpg photo 66e082e4-ed9d-43f0-9d38-a51311a3aef2_zps337b9542.jpgClearing out nail polishes really defines my style. Out with the pastels (there were five other bottles), keeping the berries, the neutrals and the greys. I do love my red nail polishes, but having three was excessive so I tossed out this Bourjois one as the brush is a little too wide to paint neatly. The Ted Baker one hit the bin as it consistently turns my nails yellow despite wearing a base coat.

 photo d30cd3cf-cd39-49e2-bd76-723f9fb35d36_zpsf6320282.jpgEye shadows are my weakness, but I have to admit I find the quality of high-street ones really poor now. They irritate my eyes, don’t last nearly as long, and take forever to blend. I’m in love with my Naked palettes, and I’m 50p worth of Boots points away from a very much anticipated purchase. Sleep palettes are the very best of the high-street, but I’ve moved my Storm and Vintage Romance home to clear space in my small room. And now I’m not carrying palettes up and down the country every other weekend…Almost all other eyeshadows got tossed. I kept my one and only creme offering – from Bourjois (and I’ll probably buy a lighter shade soon), and a matte brown from Sainsbury’s thats the perfect shade for my brows. The Bourjois smokey palette got a place at my parents house, though I’m pretty sure I have two of these as this looks unused.

 photo 842b0c0c-20e5-4d42-8d71-b7dd6639ee95_zps5441d970.jpgI anticipated getting rid of far more lip products than I did, but it turns out I’d been doing that gradually anyway! Among the three tubs of vaseline, this MUA lipstick didn’t make the cut. It’s a lovely, lovely nineties nude shade, but it’s also ridiculous drying and difficult to apply. I bought it to see whether I suited the style, and I’ve since added two MAC shades to my collection…

My makeup collection feels a little more focussed now. I’ve gotten rid of things that aren’t ‘me’, I’ve thrown out those bits that are unwearable. It’s clear that the past 12 months I’ve definitely gone high-end, but I have no regrets. Makeup is definitely more a considered purchase now, rather than a trip into Superdrug when I get bored…

Have you had a clear out recently? How do you decide what to chuck out? Find any forgotten favourites?

  • I love my Naked palettes too! I also had a big January make up clear out- got rid of quite a few glittery nail polishes that are just such a pain to take off. And most of my lipsticks- I never wear them and some were starting to smell a bit weird…

    • ninegrandstudent

      I agree about glitter nail polishes – a nightmare! x

  • jeniferjamie

    Get idea, I think I should take a leaf out of your book! I’m due a clear out but I’m such a hoarder! Might grab a friend to help me be more ruthless!

    Jen xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m a hoarder too, so it was really difficult! x

  • I’ve been really really cutting down on the products I wear lately, so I did a big clean out a while ago. (I still need to do nail polishes though!) I have such sensitive skin and I feel like I’ve finally hit my skincare groove where it’s looking really good, so I don’t want to mess it up and use old, crappy products. As a treat to myself because I threw so much out, I bought the Naked2 Basics palette though and I love it!

    xx Kathryn

    • ninegrandstudent

      I really want to try that palette, do you recommend it? x

  • I probably need to do this too. I have too much random bits I never use, but Im a hoarder and don’t want to get rid of things! I might ‘lend’ them to my housemate and see if i miss them or not!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m a bit of a hoarder too, so it was difficult. Sounds like the lending thing is a great idea! x

  • This is such a great post, I love seeing the things which are a bit rubbish as well as the things which are awesome. I was considering trying the wake me up foundation, but as my skin tends to be dry anyway, I don’t think I’ll bother now!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    • ninegrandstudent

      I just don’t think it deserves the hype – try the 10-hour Sleep Effect for one that doesn’t highlight pores or dry patches! x