Well, January is close to it’s wrap. I hope your 2016 is off to a great start, and my Get Your Act Together series are helping you to find your most organized and well focused state of mind. We’ve already covered the importance of organized work space and a stress-free wardrobe. Today, we’re digging deeper and opening up our Beauty Cabinet. Are you up for a change?
GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. PART 3 : BEAUTY CABINETIZATION
Raise your hands if you feel like your beauty cabinet could be more organized and less cluttered! Don’t be shy, we’re all in this together. Mine felt like a dark forest lately, and I am not liking that. One beauty intervention later, it feels lighter, tidier and even more important than that – I know what I have (and what I don’t). Knowing what you own is an essential step that keeps you away from spontaneous buying. I believe beauty cabinet is one of those places where less is definitely more.
Open your doors and drawers, let’s hit it!
Here are 5 essential Beauty Cabinetization steps that I figured out during my own process:
1. Expiration Dates. Beauty products don’t last forever. It’s a well-known fact but somehow some of us tend to forget that. This can have quite harmful consequences, so let’s just remind ourselves to check the bottoms of the products once in a while and heartlessly throw away everything that is out of expiration dates. Clean and green beauty products have a shorter shelf life due to no preservatives used in the formulas. So keep an eye for that in the future. But now, forward expired products to your trash can.
2. Organization. Now when you can see your shelves clearly, start organizing your belongings. Every one has it’s own routine and preferences, indeed. My beauty cabinet is relatively small, thus smart space strategy is extremely important. This is where beautiful, coordinated containers come in handy (take a look at some of my current storage favorites below). I approach the beauty cabinet space shelf by shelf, one for skincare (day / night), another for special treatments and masks, another for tools (brushes, q-tips, sponges, face towels etc), another for my husband’s grooming stuff. My major beauty stash is stored at a separate closet and is divided into containers labeled “face”, “body”, “hair”, “makeup” etc. My go-to makeup items fit one medium sized makeup bag, which is up for periodic rotation / refills.
These may help you to clarify and beautify your beauty cabinet space* :
3. Essentials. Goal : to narrow down your beauty routine! It’s for the best interests of your skin, your beauty cabinet space and your decision making process every time you feel confused by choosing between 8 different moisturizers / shampoos / foundations. Listen to your current skin needs and seasonal changes, leave your beauty routine products on the shelf and store everything else for future rotation.
4. Makeup Intervention. Basically, same simplifying process here. Yet I think your makeup stash may require a special treatment, and special scale of beauty intervention. After getting rid of expired products (let me guess, only a few dry mascaras?), you may still face a very beautiful mess. My approach is harsh, thus effective. I know that my color palette is calm and earthy. So just as I did during the Wardrobization process, I let go of that collection of turquoise nail polishes and random fuchsia lip colors. You may have friends who would appreciate your colorful gifts that don’t match your style/beauty direction anymore. Not only that will help you to clear more space, but also to get to know what you have and encourage new makeup experiments within the chosen color palette. I’ve picked some neutral beauty essentials for y’all below.
Consider these neutral makeup items for your refined makeup bag*:
5. Detox. I always try to mention throughout the blog that I am leaning towards cleaner and greener beauty choices. However, I am not a big fan of fanaticism. I am a big fan of balance. My current beauty routine is a mix, that works good for me. I would say 80% clean beauty, 20% not super organic makeup products that I am loving for a number of reasons (color, performance, packaging etc etc etc). No beauty judgements here! With that being said, if you’re ready to step up your beauty game and get rid of harmful chemicals, this is the perfect timing! Apps like ThinkDirty can turn your Beauty Cabinetization process into a fun game (scan, throw away, repeat) or you may take some guidance with the Villain Ingredients List that Beauty Heroes have thoughtfully put together. Choose what’s right for you.
* and clean your brushes!
Here’re few other things that you may want to explore:
- Get Your Act Together. Part 1 : Organization (how to organize your space, your head and your masterplan and start accomplishing your goals)
- Get Your Act Together. Part 2 : Wardrobization (5 essential steps towards a stress-free capsule wardrobe)
- Inspiration : my Pinterest Green Beauty and Makeup Folders
- Education sources : I’ve gathered all my beauty articles into Beauty Lounge, categorized by Brands (lots to read though!)