Every year I like to go through my makeup and de-clutter. I know many of us makeup junkies have so many products that sometimes things can get shoved aside and forgotten. It is easy for items to get lost and go unused; so on days like today when Toronto is under a heat advisory and it is miserably humid outside I took the time to go through some of my makeup and do some organizing.
I usually have backup items stored away in a drawer so that when I am running out of something I don't always have to run to the store or order the item.
Usually I find old items that I either have never liked or no longer use. Some makeup is older and needs to be tossed which is great because it makes room for new things!
I usually also take this time to go through my brushes, toss out the old ones that are no longer usable and clean the ones I use regularly.
If I have MAC empties I collect them because they have a wonderful recycle program at the store where 6 empties = a FREE product and who doesn't want free makeup?
I always have older nail polish that either needs to be thrown out or tweaked with some nail polish thinner.
If I have items that are still in good shape, new items, or just things I don't want I usually give them away. My mom usually gets the numerous bottles of MAC foundations or concealers that were never a good match for me and have passed their return date at the store. She also gets things that didn't work for me like those Xpress stick on nails that were too short, and things that I don't need (right now) like anti-aging skin care samples. If I have anything else I give them away as well.
What do you do with your unused makeup? Do you clean out your collection often?