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The Beauty Purge

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Jun 20, 2016
The Beauty Purge

Some women are addicted to heels, others have an obsession with the gym, and well if you’re like me, your vice is beauty products, and you have a massive collection to prove it.

If you’re not careful, beauty products can pile up in your home and become an erosion of every woman’s dreams.

Sure, you want that red lipstick you’re never actually bold enough to wear or the blush your friend gave you as a gift that you don’t have the heart to toss out, but ask yourself this: Do you really need all the beauty products you have right now? From the dry shampoo to all of Sephora’s sample-sized goodness?

If you answered no, keep on reading.

It can be such a tug-of-war to organize your vanity. I mean, part of you is saying just let it go, and the other part is holding on to that foundation (the one you never use) for dear life.

But the act of a beauty purge is completely necessary. For one, a clutter-free space is a great way to start off any day and two.

Beauty Purge 101, class in session.

  • Take it all out

Remove all the beauty products you have and place them in one big area where you’re able to see everything clearly. The first step in the process is recognizing you may have a little problem. I mean, with all your products you’ll end up like this:

  • Organize

After seeing what you’re working with, start organizing the mess by separating all the products according to the type. This means placing all hair products in one pile then separating those by oils, serums, shampoos, and hair treatments (you get the point.)  Do this until you have neat little piles of all your beauty products.

  • Toss it, Keep it, Give it

This is the most important part of the purge. Go pile by pile and start the purging process by removing anything you don’t need. That cute little bottle of hair serum that you’ve never touched or the rainbow highlighter that you only bought because it was in, I’m going to need you to get rid of them. I know they brighten up your vanity and smell divine, but if you don’t need it, get rid of it. Have a few bags that you can easily place the products into based on what you plan to do with it.

Pro Tip: Only give away items that you haven’t used and those that don’t have an expiring date of the next week.

  • Separate the good stuff

If you’re the type of person who pulls out the high-end makeup for special occasions, separate those products from the ones you use on a regular basis. Create a beauty stash that’s left out in the open with the products that you use most frequently. Anything else can be neatly put up in beauty bags or travel kits. This is a great way to get duplicates out of the way and keep the good stuff in one place that’s easy to reach for a fancy date night or wedding.

  • Use up, then replenish

Finish the product you started before going out and buying another one. No matter how tempting that new avocado masks looks, you still have three other masks sitting in your stash. You don’t need a bunch of different shampoos sitting in your shower. As best as you can, try to use up all your products before running to Target or Sephora. If you’re absolutely bored with a particular beauty product or it’s just no longer working for you, make the decision to toss it out or hand it over to someone else. But whatever you do, don’t have three half empty bottles of body wash laying around.

What are some things you do to keep your beauty products organized?

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