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Monday, 13 November 2017

Is owning less better than owning more?

Comparisons aside, I would consider myself to have a fairly decent sized makeup collection, however, whether or not I use everything is a different matter. Recently I have been wondering whether owning more is actually better than owning less.

Realistically, I gravitate towards the same products everyday, especially on work days. So 5 out of 7 days of the week, the vast majority of my makeup is simply gathering dust. Most makeup expires in a relatively short space of time as well, and there's no way you're going to get through a whole bottle of foundation before it expires, if you're only using it at weekends. If you didn't even know that your makeup goes off, here's a list of how long products should generally be kept:

Eyeliner: 6 months to 1 year 
Mascara: 3-6 months 
Powder cosmetics: 1-2 years 
Foundation: 6 months to 2 years 
Lipstick: 2 years 
(Huffington Post)

I mean, I don't know about you guys, but I definitely have mascaras that have been abandoned after a few weeks, and have been hanging at the back of my Muji drawers for the past 8 months or so. I also most definitely have a MAC Eyeshadow palette that hasn't been touched since I was back in school.

And on another note, it quite frankly stresses me out every morning looking at my lipstick collection and wondering which lipstick to wear, and so I will always wear the same one (Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow...if you were wondering!). I am basically owning all this makeup for it to eventually go off and have to be thrown in the bin, I mean...what is the point?

So basically, I suppose what I am trying to say is why do I have all this stuff if I don't use it? What is the point in buying more and more if it's just going to eventually end up in the back of my drawers gathering dust? I think in the new year I am most definitely going to put more of a ban on buying cosmetics, until I've got through a bit more of my collection, or at least had a clearout. Owning less seems like a much better idea at the moment, especially living in my parents house where I have one room for all of my stuff. Perhaps when I am living in my own place, with more space, and am comfortable enough in my job to wear MAC Heroine to work, then having a larger collection will be more appealing.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this, large collection vs. small collection?

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