So, personally and professionally it has been a tumultuous six months for me. It’s been rough. I’m happy to say that I have come out on the other side and am in a much better place now. This blog has been a casualty of the ups and downs, but I am still here chugging along and trying new beauty products. Too many actually, I have accumulated quite the beauty stash.
Some background – at the beginning of August, I turned in notice to my old job and took a month long sabbatical before starting a new job in September. During that month I made a lot of bad art, spent time with my family, took a vacation to Mexico and did a lot of thinking about what I want the 5-10 years to look like. I don’t bullet journal or anything like that, but I do think it’s a good idea to write your goals down. I started doing this in my early 30’s and it has really helped me focus on what I want to do and achieve. There are so many day to day concerns that occupy our time and energy, like work and family and friendships, that is good to have a list of things you really want to do running in the back of your mind. One of my goals was to be in place where I could take a sabbatical, and when I could I jumped on the opportunity. Not only that, but I enjoyed every moment, knowing that this was a rare occurrence.
But back to beauty… during my month off I did a lot of organizing and purging my beauty stash. I took a hard look at what was worth keeping and what I needed to toss. Some things I gave away and others were so old they needed to go. I also had too many bottles that were partially used and taking up space. So, the past two months I have been using up products left and right.
A few items I used up:
- Living Proof Hair Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment (glorious)
- Johnson’s Coconut & Shea Butter Baby Oil Gel
- Matrix Total Effects Blondecare Shampoo & Conditioner
- Acure Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
- The Body Shop Aloe Moisturizer
- The Body Shop Green Tea Tree Gel
- Boots No 7 Melting Gel Facial Cleanser
- Countless bottles of partially used sunscreen
- Rene Furterer Absalue Keratine Sublime Leave in Cream (it WAS sublime actually).
- Curel Itch Defense Body Moisturizer
- A jar of NOW Coconut Oil
Ooof. I finished up a lot of half used product. And what’s up with all the moisturizer I use? I need to drink more water! I would like to say that I will never let products pile up like that again but I know myself too well. Let’s just say I am going to make an effort not to beauty hoard. From here on out I vow to use what I like and toss or pass on what I don’t like.
Am I the only one who does this? How do you manage your beauty stash?