According to franchisehelp.com, the beauty industry generated $56.2 billion in 2015 alone. That's huge! Now in 2018, other beauty and skincare trends have emerged, creating and promoting products that are organic or made with fewer ingredients which continues to push the industry forward by catering to a more targeted consumer. So, I definitely understand how you can feel compelled to try out different beauty and skincare products with there being so many options.
I also understand that temptation can creep in and prompt you to purchase every product you may come across; however, buying more than what you need can be costly and have the potential to create clutter within your space. The absence of an effective storage system of your beauty and skincare products can make getting ready for the day stressful if you're unable to easily locate them. Why bring on additional stress when you don't have to? Being an adult and navigating through life can be stressful enough so adding on stress that could have been prevented would beand navigating thrNow, I'm not saying to stop buying products that work well for you but I'm saying to be more intentional about how you shop and to properly manage your products once you're home. I want you to be able to wear your favorite bronzer, understand which moisturizer works best for your skin, and overall just have more of an effective system and approach when it comes to shopping for beauty and skincare products. Therefore, I compiled a few practical solutions that you may find useful.
Use It Up
I understand that there is something exciting about opening up a new product and being anxious to test it out. It's almost like unwrapping a present that someone has gifted you. So, let's say that you're in the store and come across a product that you've seen advertised with amazing reviews but you fail to realize that you have a similar product already at home. You're probably wondering where the problem comes into play. But if you continue to shop for products with that mindset of having to own every product on the market then your beauty and skincare products could eventually pile up. I recommend taking the time to use up the current products that you own before making a new purchase. When you have finished using the product or if it looks like the contents of the product are almost empty then that will serve as your prompt to restock. The idea is to use up what you have so that you can determine which products work for you and which ones don't provide the best results. It doesn't make sense to continue to add to the collection if there are unopened and unused products waiting to be put to use.
Sort Through Your Products
Before making any new purchases be sure to sort through the products that you currently own. I recommend pulling out all of your products and assessing what items should be kept, donated or discarded. You will need to determine if there are multiples of the same product and if so then try to consolidate, if possible, into the container with the least amount of product. While sorting through your products, it's likely that you will come across beauty and skincare products that may have expired or dried up and those may be best to discard. I have definitely encountered dried up foundation that has just cracked into pieces and I had to toss it because it was so old and no longer useful. In addition, you will want to check for an expiration date and if the date is approaching then I suggest using that item up first. Another recommendation is to use the grouping method and group items together that are alike after they have been properly sorted through. For instance, if you own multiple moisturizers then group all of them together which will make it easier to find when it's time for them to be used. The object of sorting through your products is to eliminate what is not being used and to stablish more order within your products.
Giveaway Your Products
I'm sure that you have grabbed a few beauty and skincare products from a hotel stay or maybe you received samples while attending an event and these products have never been used. I have attended events such as Essence Festival where I've walked away with a bag full of samples and whatever I didn't use - I gave away. So, after you are done sorting, you may come across items like that and may not have any use for them. If they have not been open, then I suggest donating these samples and smaller size products to shelters. Be sure to check your local shelters and see if the items you have would be useful for those individuals who reside there. Yes, soap and toothpaste are essentials and are donated regularly but perfume or a specific skincare product would also be appreciated. Or maybe you have a relative or friend who admires your beauty and skincare collection, so consider giving them the products you don't intend to use or have plenty of. There is nothing wrong with gifting items that you own especially if they are unopened and for hygiene purposes are safe for others to use. There's no need to be wasteful if you don't have to be.
"If you own multiple products that are similar or produce the same results then be sure to group them together. This makes it easier to find them and establishes order."
How to Organize Your Products
It doesn't require an extensive system to organize your beauty and skincare products but you do need to implement a system. For my everyday skincare items, I use a tray from HomeGoods to store my day/night eye-cream, facial mist, perfume and mask so that they're easily accessible. The tray doesn't take up too much counter-space and I'm able to monitor when the contents of my products are running low which will alert me when I should re-stock. The system is simple but effective and the great part is that I paid no more than $10. The tray is really heavy and sturdy which shows that its a quality product. I added a sachet from Burlington which makes the bathroom smell good and I love the style and design of it as well. I love seeing the message, "hello Gorgeous" when I'm preparing for the day!
I love acrylic organizers because they're equipped with various sections to store your make-up products. I owned a larger, acrylic organizer but after I purged much of my make-up products I came to the realization that a smaller, acrylic organizer would suffice. So, I went to Tj Maxx and purchased an organizer. Personally, my make-up style is very simple not to be confused with basic and I only need a few of the essentials such as mascara, eyeliner, bronzer, lipstick from The Lip Bar which I'm totally loving and other beauty tools like nail clippers and tweezers. The acrylic organizer allows me to easily glance at my make-up and tools that are neatly contained. For example, I know which color lipsticks I own, so when I'm out shopping I'm already referring back to what is currently stored in the organizer which serves as a reminder if I should purchase another lipstick or hold off.
Let me reiterate that I'm not saying that you should stop buying products that make you feel good but start shifting your mindset to be intentional about your purchases. If you know you already own five moisturizers that are completely full then it doesn't make sense to purchase a sixth. I also suggest purchasing travel-sized products if available which will allow you still test out the product without spending a whole lot of money and it won't take up much space. This will help you to determine if you even like the product and if you do then you can purchase the full-sized in the future. If you don't like the product then you just saved yourself a few bucks. Be sure to group liked products together to make it easier for you to quickly retrieve what's needed as opposed to sifting through every item. Stop being greedy! Remember to use up what you have at home before you make another purchase. Or if you discover that you have unopened and unused products then give them away. Remember to be mindful of the goal which is to manage an orderly space for your beauty and skincare products.
Bathroom Tray Brush Nickel Threshold
Bathroom Tray Natural Threshold - Target
Simple Pleasures Acrylic Makeup Organizer - Kohl's
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