Maybe it’s that fresh New Year feeling kicking in a month late, but I’ve been a on a mission to downsize + organize everything in the house lately.
It probably also has something to do with the fact that I started reading Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Anyone else reading this? I’m thinking we should all get together so we can talk about this phenomenon of a book. Bring your own beverage. :)
Anyway, my bathroom drawer has been the focus of late — I wanted to get my makeup bag down to just three products: mascara, eyeliner, and tinted moisturizer. I mean, I usually only use three or four products on a daily basis, but I still had extra makeup floating around in my bag.
You know, just in case I need that charcoal grey glitter eyeshadow one day.
It’s hard to get rid of “just in case” things. I’ve gotten to the point where I can ruthlessly edit a closet … but I still tend to get stuck when I try to reduce other stuff in the house.
However, makeup has an expiration date, and I can’t actually remember the last time I wore eyeshadow (much less glitter eyeshadow) so I have a feeling I’m not going to reach for it over the next two years.
So I let it go — along with a lot of other stuff.
Although … I did keep a blush and a couple of fun lip colors in a separate spot for special occasions. Date night and stuff.
All in all, I ended up with five products in my makeup bag.
It feels so good to open my makeup bag and see just five things. It makes me want to breathe deeply — much the same as when I open my closet and see a small wardrobe.
Here’s what I settled on:
- Smashbox Primer + Redness Reducer / Don’t panic when you see the color of this stuff. It’s awesome for reducing redness — my skin has all kinds of red undertones, so it’s excellent.
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer / MEGA thanks to all of you who took the time to share your tinted moisturizer recommendations with me on Instagram. I walked around Sephora, phone in hand, referencing all your comments. :) I ended up going with this one because it blended so easily. No egg sponge needed.
- Elf Mascara / This stuff stays on forever — no raccoon eyes. And … it’s $1. I’ve been using it for a nice long while.
- Sephora Retractable Eyeliner / Now that I have bangs, I don’t have to worry about the top half of my face — I have to tell you, it’s pretty nice. So I just use this super handy two-in-one tool to lightly line my bottom rim + smudge it to oblivion for a softer, lived-in look.
- Burts Bees Lip Balm / Always and forever.
You know what’s really cool about this? It takes me about a minute and a half to put on makeup now. No blending tools needed, no tricky products. It’s simple.
Also! I’m now and forevermore a fan of travel sized makeup. I’ve never actually finished a regular sized bottle of foundation because it ends up going bad before I can use it all up. So I got a little too excited when I discovered these travel sizes. And if you’re trying to transition from drug store brands to department store brands, they definitely make it a little easier on the ol’ wallet.
Do you have a minimal makeup bag? What’s in it?
P.S. Wondering why I’m not going organic? Over the last two years, I’ve been slowly adopting a more natural approach to beauty — starting with what I put in my body + mind.
But, when it comes to products, I give myself room to change my mind. Sometimes, I choose not to color my hair or use makeup. Then other times, I decide to play around with all things beauty. I’m okay with this. For me, right now, that’s my happy blend of naturalness + made-up-ness. My own way of celebrating life + honoring what I’ve been given.