**Disclaimer** remember this is not intended to belittle or minimize real addiction. Thanks.
Hubby got the new closet organizer installed and got to work. I started by swatching my shadows and made three piles - keep, maybe, get rid of. If there were similar shades, I'd keep one. It took about three days of all day swatching to get through them. I tried to make as many instant decisions as possible.
I reduced my mineral shadow spares by a little over three hundred. They were all unopened, unused, full size shadows. I'd claimed a few times that it was around 100, but I was embarrassed to admit how many it really was.
The ladies of the old AL Anon group were thrilled to snap up everything I was ready to part with. I charged what I thought were reasonable prices - less than what I'd paid for the items. Lots of ladies wanted trades only, but since I really didn't want to accept any more shadows I'd give the items away, asking only for a few dollars for shipping.
Another 250-300 shadows were opened, used full sizes that I got rid of in other ways, giving them to friends and coworkers or tossing them if there were no takers. I stopped counting those so I'm unsure, but hubby thinks it was over 300. I had loads of sample baggies, which were also given away or trashed. Some unused samples were passed along to a couple of women's organizations, although not always officially.
I took all but a handful of the full size shadows and dumped them into their matching sample bags, then put them in my binder to conserve space. I knew I still had way too much, but it was a great first step in conquering my hoard. I felt so much better, like a weight had been lifted.
I've had a few times when I opened the closet door and thought, ok, time for the next purge. I've tackled one category per day over the course of a few months, so I could be thorough instead of trying to do it all in one sitting. One day I got rid of all the mineral foundations and finishing powders. I sorted through my shadow palettes. I went through my lip products, then blushes. Traditional foundations were next, and lastly my brushes.
Here's my current stash, and ideally I'd like to get it to a point where it'll all fit in just one of these 9 inch by 6 inch plastic organizers. Yes, I realize some of you are feeling faint over that thought. I also have a Tarte Maracuja oil and a Stila One Step primer which aren't pictured. The Holika Holika cream is going to a friend next week, btw.
The majority of the bags are full sized containers poured into the baggies. I did switch from a 3 inch binder to 2 inch one. Eventually it will be gone.
I have a 3 drawer Sterilite organizer, which is 9 inches tall, 8 3/4 inches across, 9 inches deep; it contains spares and some nail polish.
There's also one more plastic organizer with more dupes and some full sizes in baggies. No, you're not imagining things, there's 18 of the same shade in this last container.
These duplicates are my elephant in the room. I know they're there, but don't acknowledge them daily. I firmly believe in grabbing the bull by the horns and my inaction on these really irks me.
I need to spend a day or two swatching them all, and finally decide keep or go. I've been slowly going through the binder, selecting one or two shades every few days. I wear them and decide, and most are going.
Do I feel I've conquered my makeup addiction? I don't know. I believe I've made good progess; I don't know many who'd willingly reduce their stash this much. I feel like I have to stroll through the makeup aisle, but I have done really well sticking to a low buy for a few months now. I also started a no buy while doing a Project 10 Pan.
I do read several blogs, and joined the NTMS FB group. I do like the ladies there and I think it helps me to be on the fringes - I get a vicarious fix and that's plenty for me.
The $50 Sephora gift card from Christmas is unspent. I'll use it for LaVanila sunscreen, which is a health care item for me, not a beauty item. The money I'm not spending on makeup is going to another fund. I'm not ready to tell the world about that, but it's a good thing.
Let this be a lesson to my fellow makeup addicts. It's wonderful to have a great collection, but don't allow it to consume you.
Thanks for reading. Part 3 is here.