Hello again! Happy Thursday! When trying to decide what I was going to post about today, I decided to do kind of a “get to know me” post. I touched on this in my intro blog post when I started this blog, but it’s going to be the focus of today. I have always loved makeup. I remember getting my first real makeup in middle school and just being so excited about things like mascara and eyeshadow. Eyeliner was a HUGE love for me, which is funny because nowadays I kind of hate it, just because I struggle to make it perfect. In the past couple years, I started going to Ulta and I learned about a whole new world in the makeup industry. Before that, I only knew of mac as a high end makeup brand. I had mac gel liner and a gel liner brush my mom bought for me in high school and I was obsessed. But Urban Decay, Too Faced, Tarte? I had no idea they even existed. So when I learned about them, and I tried their products, I was blown away at the quality of a lot of their things. Suddenly, I could TRY ON foundation before I bought it. I could have eyeshadow palettes that had a huge variety of colors and that looked absolutely amazing. It was mind blowing to me. And so, I became a little obsessed. I started wanting so many different eyeshadow palettes. I couldn’t believe how many options there were! I love being creative with makeup, and I think that played a part in me wanting a collection. I liked the option to have many different eyeshadow look possibilities in front of me. And I enjoyed playing around with different formulas and different brands. It’s so crazy how fast your collection grows without you even realizing it. I don’t know what my maximum amount was, but it was a lot. I also had a LOT of lipsticks. Different formulas, different finishes. But like 70. That’s insane. Makeup expires. And realizing this helped kind of wake me up a little bit. I have all these things that are going bad faster than I can keep them. I also had eyeshadow palettes I never used because I forgot about them. That’s crazy, guys. I don’t do makeup professionally (yet!) so having all that makeup for me only was just insane. So then I decided to add up what I had and see how much my collection was worth. I had already gotten rid of some things, but I was pushing almost $1800 worth of makeup. I also had quite a few repeat shades in shadows and lipsticks. Now, I haven’t spent that much on my makeup (I’m a bargain hunter in all aspects of life. Most of my purchases are on sale, with a coupon, or with Ulta points) but that’s still a lot. So I decided to destash. I went through and got rid of things I never used, things that were repeats, and things that were expired. It’s been a process but I have been getting rid of a lot of things and replacing them with fewer items that are better curated to what I’m looking for in my collection. I am working on getting my collection down to under $1000 and I think by the end of the 12 Pans of Christmas, I will be there. I’ve made goals for myself. They started small but have grown each time I sit and do a destash. I purchased organizing things for my vanity. If a product doesn’t fit into the designated spot for that type of product, it’s not purchased. I’ll probably do another post about this and go into more detail about it, because it has really helped me visualize what my collection looks like. I have also started panning my makeup, from oldest to newest in each category (especially face categories!!). I used to be almost “scared” of panning makeup because I didn’t want it to be gone. Then one day, I realized it meant that I could just replace it. Makeup is replaceable. Even if you can’t get the exact product, you can get something similar, especially in today’s market. Since I’m currently on a replacement only low-buy, panning items is like a challenge. If you pan something, it means you get to replace it. You get to go buy a shiny new thing at Ulta or Sephora or wherever, and you get to know and love a new makeup product. Makeup is fun to me, but I was beginning to get overwhelmed. Making the decision to go through, destash, and then pan what I have kept has completely changed my opinion of makeup as well as the beauty industry. When you’re trying to talk yourself out of a new product, it becomes easier and easier, because you start to realize how much companies are trying to just get your money, and how most new releases are just copies of old releases. It’s rare I see something unique and original. That has been eye-opening to me. Deciding to pan has changed how I look at makeup, and it has made makeup fun again. I am in a constant battle to be happy with what I have, especially when I’m feeling down or anxious. Forcing myself to minimize what I own and really get to know my products and try different looks it letting me be happy with what I have. You don’t need 50 eyeshadow palettes to be happy. If you love makeup, then you should give your purchases the love they deserve. Hit pan on that eyeshadow palette you’ve had forever. Remind yourself why you purchased it in the first place. When a new release catches your eye, go sit at your vanity and look at what you already own. You’ll be surprised how often you havea dupe for what you want in your collection already, you just have to look at your products a little differently. Don’t keep falling for the “more, more, more” mentality of today’s society. Enjoy what you have, Love it and use it up. Remember, there’s always more when you empty what you have.