Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Cleaning: Declutter Your Make Up Bag!

It's daylight savings and time to declutter your life! I will be posting two "declutters" per week for the next month. 

Since makeup is one of my favorite things, let's begin with a makeup declutter. First, get some tissues or paper towels and rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. Now dump out all your makeup out of your makeup bag, drawer, Kaboodle, purses, etc. onto a flat surface where you can spread it all out, like a coffeetable or the floor. 

Now sort into categories, like eye makeup, blush, face (meaning powder, concealers, foundations) and lip stuff. 

Start throwing away anything you don't wear. You and I both know you have makeup you just pass up all the time because you don't really like it for whatever reason. Just toss it! Don't worry about being wasteful or your bestie gave it to you three years ago. Toss it! 

Now look at your favorite things, which are probably all worn down, the cases may be broken, the pencil less than 3 inches long now, the favorite brush all splayed out and gunked up with too many eyeshadow colors. Decide what needs to be replaced. if you can afford it, replace it all. If you want to use it all up first or get new items slowly as they go on sale, take your tissues and alcohol and clean and wipe all the cases. Wipe a little bit off the tops of all your powders in a flat, gentle wiping motion so you reveal a fresh new surface. Sharpen all the dull pencils. Squeeze the fluffy parts of brushes in a paper towel dampened with alcohol and wipe a few times. 

Now may be the time to toss your nasty makeup bag! Go for a Ziplock freezer bag for now, and pretty soon treat yourself to a new handmade bag from Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, or the Vera Bradley makeup bag that I really like because it's lined with plastic and you can toss it into the washing machine! 

xo Dani Wendy

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