I am so glad I decided to go purchase a clean new pouch from HomeGoods, and clean out my makeup bag. I can only take so much of a dirty and messy bag before I lose it. I had enough of my mascara getting crusty around the applicator, and eyeliner smudging all over my brushes. Once I would finish my routine, I think I had more makeup on my hands than my face. So, I decided it was time to clean out my entire makeup collection. 

I went through everything I owned, and  talk about years of collecting makeup. It all started when I turned 13, and I never looked back. (How did I last so long without eyeliner?) I couldn't believe I still had the first starter kit from BareMinerals. Those were the days! Well, over the years I've purchased more eyeshadow palettes than I know what to do with. It has been so freeing to de-cluster everything, and have a fresh start with items I love and can finally start using. So here is a post to explain why I threw away my makeup, + some tips for how I did it, and hopefully you will too! 

1. // OLD, CRUSTY, USED UP PRODUCTS. Boy did I have a lot of these. I'm talking about all the mascara's I had, eyeshadow primers that were all dried up, and cheap brushes. Also note that sometimes depending on the product and brand, it's not good to keep certain ones for too long. I try to stay within 3-6 months of my mascara, 6 months on eyeshadow primer, and switch out my brushes every few months, and I've heard foundation/beauty blenders every 3 months. 

2. // DO I REALLY NEED IT? I had to ask myself so many questions regarding my makeup because just like everything else in life, makeup is something that we women can connect with from past memories, or our true identities making us feel like ourselves again. So, I went through old eyeshadow palettes people gave me that really don't suit me anymore, and glitter products I no longer enjoy in my daily routine. 

3. // BE INTENTIONAL. For me, the best part of this de-cluster splurge was noticing all that I do have. I don't need anymore makeup for a while, and I need to begin playing with what I do have. Getting rid of old products, made others stand out! I literally just hit pan on my first Naked palette, crazy right? I also love how light and intentional my makeup pouch is now, and now I know exactly what to reach for. 


  1. This is such a great idea ... my makeup has been fairly minimal and my mom is like .. why don't you wear makeup anymore ? And I'm like I do it's just not as heavy ! I love neutrals and naked palettes ! My makeup bag is a mess too!

    1. Yes, me too! I love neutral colors, and simple products.

  2. I really need to do this! I don't wear much makeup on a regular basis and have a lot of old stuff!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. I love this! I recently cleaned out my makeup. I somehow find myself with several shades of eye shadow, yet consistently reaching for the same one or two shades. Why do I even bother with the rest? It definitely felt better to throw out what I wasn't using. It also helped me think about what I do like to wear, so it saves me from buying makeup that just really isn't for me.


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