Wednesday, 1 June 2016

HOW TO AVOID BEING STUCK IN A MAKEUP RUT



I love makeup, I really do, but sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in a little rut, using the same products over and over because I'm in a hurry and I have no time to sit there and choose something different. This is totally my fault but I'm pretty positive that we all fall into this hole at some point. To store my overflowing collection of beauty products I currently use the famous Alex drawers from Ikea (so original, I know) and a couple of acrylic containers from HerClutterBox* so you can say that my collection is pretty big, or above average. Whilst part of me knows that I live in makeup heaven, why did I get so bored of it..? 

A few weeks ago I had a minor epiphany and decided it was time to sort my stash out and get excited about makeup again. I thought it' be nice to share my little experience of getting out of my yawn-worthy routine and tell you how I started giving love to products I hadn't touched in months. 


- GO ALL OUT 
This is the little process where you get all your things on the bed/ box/table/ wherever you feel is best to fully observe your collection. Remember products that you may have in your bags or pockets, it's essential as you want to put them on a break from your daily use and pick something else after. 
Whilst I'm on this stage I put some music on, set the tone and pretend I'm in a shopping isle at Boots. 

- SPLIT IT IN PILES 
Just like you may do with clothes when spring cleaning, you should form a 'yes' pile where you put all the products you love, a 'maybe' pile with things you are unsure of and a 'donate/sell/toss' pile which should consist of things that you never use or stuff that is totally out of date. If it smells funny or the consistency changed you better wave goodbye to it. 

- DE-CLUTTER! 
Probably the most important step of them all. Get rid of things you don't use or don't like. The feeling of owning fewer but loved pieces rather than 100 things you don't particularly adore is game-changing. You'll have more space to stock new things (hello, an extra excuse to shop) or if you're gong minimal just less clutter to stare at. 

- RE-ORGANISE IT
Changing things up can really help you as it refreshes your outlook and your perspective. If you can, swap where you kept your lipstick with something else and vice versa. I realised that I'm more willing to use certain products if I SEE them which is why I love using MyClutterbox because I have everything organised in compartments but it's all visible. Certain lipsticks used to be stuck at the bottom of my drawer, hidden from everything and everyone. What's the point? The use of my acrylic storage was a game changer in terms of lip products because I could clearly see everything I own and since the packaging is pretty and most of the time shows colours, it was just pleasing to the eye. 

- SWAP IT REGULARLY 
Every week if I can I re-organise a certain compartment just to freshen up my memory. Even small changes like placing the lip liners in the top drawer and the lip balms at the bottom makes me go "ooh I haven't used this in a while" which clearly shows how much it helps. 

- WHERE'S THE LOVE? 
Create a little space where you put products that need more love. It can be a dish, a container or just a tiny organised pile on your dressing table to force you to use these things. A friend of mine has a heart-shaped plate where she puts blushes or bronzers that need to be used more. Again swap it up weekly or whenever you feel like it, but challenge yourself to use this product daily if you can. I have many palettes so I place a palette on my beauty area every week and make the time to use it in the morning or in the evening if I'm going out. 



I'd love to know how you store your makeup and any tips you may have on keeping things interesting! Thanks for reading. 

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  1. Omg! Firstly I need to get clear drawers as the difference in SEEING what you own makes such a difference. Your collection looks fab AND these tips are so helpful to keep your look fresh. Love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
    www.fashiondujour.co.uk

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    1. Aw thanks! Acrylic storage is awesome and that collection took ages to build haha xxx

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  2. I use similar acrylic stacking drawers from Muji for my makeup storage too! I try to keep my makeup collection a little more minimalistic, but you've done a great job organising all that stuff and making it look really tidy!

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    1. Thanks :) I tried!
      If it starts to overflow I know it's time to downsize again xx

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  3. That is an amazing make up haul. I am a firm believer in decluttering and also going through my make up, sanitising and chucking out old items

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    1. Absolutely! It's essential :) I should do it more often really x

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  4. I'm a big decluttering fan! I have so much less, but I do like to keep it neat and organised.

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    1. That's good :) being organised makes you feel better as well! x

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  5. I really need to de-clutter, I have so much makeup at the moment its a bit overwhelming! great post :)

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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    1. hahah I know the feeling! Thanks for stopping by lovely xx

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  6. Completely agree with having less than more - I'm slowly getting rid of products as hard as it may be. But giving good condition items to friends and family that'll get better use out of them definitely helps soften the blow!

    I keep all my makeup organized in drawers and have a 2 drawer setup at my mirror where I swap items in and out of. This definitely helps me use more as I'll reach for the products in front of me. Also helps me use more products up which is just as satisfying a feeling!

    PS your lip collection is sooo enviable. Love!

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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    1. Ah thanks Cindy! It took me a long time to build up haha and the drawer setup at your mirror is so good! I keep my makeup on the side so my beauty table is like on its own which is probably why I always reach for the same stuff haha x

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  7. Girl, your collection is on point! I don't really even organize my makeup. I mean they're just stored in some IKEA boxes and that's it. And the problem I face is that sometimes I find products I had completely forgotten about at the bottom of the box. I'll definitely start re-organizing my makeup every couple weeks or so, I'll also do a de-clutter!

    www.saarasofia.com | Bloglovin’ 

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    1. Giiiiirl, thank you! haha
      I used to store my makeup that way like two years ago and I remember digging in and finding stuff I even forgot I had haha
      Definitely organise it :) You'll get so much better use after x

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  8. What an amazing collection! And I thought mine was big haha I keep everything on my dresser or in a drawer chest, with a few of my favorite/aesthetically pleasing products out. To get out of a make-up rut I usually go through my collection like you suggested and then try to plan out my make-up the night before using some newer products!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  9. Great tips, Have to admire the beauty, organisation and size of your collection - it's something else.


    A Girl Called Glasgow

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  10. I'm definitely guilty of using the same products and getting stuck in a rut with them. These drawers would make it easy to remind myself of what makeup I've got and may have forgotten about!
    Amelia | ameliamaryx

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  11. The ikea trays are really cute, my stash is just hidden away in crates and random draws. I am honestly so unorganised with my make up, so these tips are great!

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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  12. This post came right on time for me! I feel like I've been using the same products over and over again lately, but now that's definitely about to change! :)

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  13. Loved this post as I'm totally guilty of this myself. If I find something I love I use it to death, and abandon all else. Going to put some of these tips into practice and shake it up!

    Kara
    xx

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  14. I like to give my extra makeup and nail polish to my friend's daughters to play with. They absolutely love it (and so do their friends)!

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