As you know this year I’ve been concentrating on purging and organizing small spaces in my home. Yesterday I decided it was going to be a cosmetics spring cleaning sort of day! It’s been awhile since I’ve tackled my ensuite bathroom and it was well overdue to be done. However to avoid overwhelm I decided to start with the makeup and brushes and then go from there based on my time and energy. But of course you know what happened once I got into it right? Yep I just kept right on going until I was done. Well not entirely done I guess, I still have to give the bathroom a good cleaning but there’s always tomorrow for that. Or the day after that :)
Cosmetics Spring Cleaning
Makeup Brush Cleaning:
I’m terrible at remembering to clean my brushes but I always know it’s time when my makeup doesn’t go on as smoothly anymore. It’s also important to get it done because bacteria likes to do its thing over time, gross. The two tools I use to clean my brushes are this makeup brush cleaning bowl (affiliate link) and baby shampoo.
First, I pour some shampoo in to the bowl then add a little water and swirl my brush over top of the ridges in the bowl.
It’s quick and easy and the smell brings me right back to when my kiddos were teeny tiny. Gosh, I miss those days.
I dry the wet brushes by rolling up a hand towel and laying the brushes on it pointing down. I only know to do this because well Pinterest told me to :)
So while the brushes were drying, I gathered up all my makeup and dumped it out on a towel on the floor to sort. My most often used makeup is kept on the bathroom counter in an acrylic divided container. I then also had a stash underneath the counter in some plastic drawers. As you can imagine the stuff stashed away hadn’t been touched in awhile. I grabbed the handy makeup expiration date cheat sheet that I keep tucked in my bathroom drawer and started tossing. And tossing. And tossing.
As a general guideline:
Liquid Foundation: 1 year
Powders/Minerals: 2 years
Lipstick: 1 year
Mascara: 3 months
Eye/Brow/Lip Pencil: 1 year
Concealer (liquid): 1 year
I also keep a mini Sharpie in my bathroom drawer and I try to remember to write the date on any new products coming in.
Also did you know that some products have this symbol on the back to indicate its lifespan. It’s handy but only if you can remember when you bought it. That’s where the Sharpie comes in handy.
When I turned 40 I realized the makeup I had been wearing up to that point was no longer cutting it for me. I needed more bells and whistles and promises to make me look 20 again. I bought into all of it. It took me a few years but I eventually found what worked for me and stopped believing the promises of pretty packaging with cleverly marketed words. Oy! I’ve now got my few favorite products and don’t feel the need to venture too far from those anymore. I guess we’ll see what happens when I turn 50. Ha!
Here’s what I parted with. Goodbye and good riddance.
Hair Product Purge:
I was on such a roll that I then attacked all the hair products I also haven’t used in years. I used to be quite the hair product junkie (some of you that have been here awhile will remember my weakness) but since I discovered Kenra 25 Hairspray (affiliate link), my search for the perfect hairspray ended. It’s everything I ever wanted in a hairspray except maybe for the price. I wish it was less expensive but it’s so fantastic that I can’t give it up. I won’t. It’s made all my hairspray loving dreams come true, for real!!
Rearrange and Organize:
I ended up with a huge garbage bag full of crap that had to go. Gosh did that ever feel good. Letting go of so much also emptied quite a few of those plastic drawers in my cabinets underneath the sink. Woot, woot! That freed up all sorts of space that I could now use for other things. As I like to do when I do any sort of organizing project, I switched things around in the cabinets so it all felt fresh and new and tidy.
My most frequently used products before:
The acrylic container I purchased from Dollarama here in Canada. I use some of these same containers in my bathroom drawer. Here’s what that space looks like now. Sorry I forgot to take a before for you.
The cabinets under the sink now look like this.
Those cloths you see on the cabinet door are my favorite face cleaning cloths (affiliate link) that require nothing else but water to take off your makeup. They are just awesome! The baking soda is for my hair about once a month to remove hairspray build up. I still need to put the new labels on the drawers.
A couple of weeks ago Morgan shared her Five Tips for Bathroom Organization and one of those tips was to add a clock to help you stay on time. I couldn’t agree with this more and wanted to show you mine. It makes such a huge difference! The clock is from Winners.
So after a couple of hours, my bathroom was feeling so much lighter and I was feeling pretty happy with myself. Oh organization. It’s such a beautiful thing!
Does your bathroom need a good cosmetics spring cleaning?
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