No news today, no swatches. Hopefully tomorrow my new Satin trio from Zoya will be arriving and I’m excited to see those in person.
Nope, today I want to talk about one’s stash and saving money. Take from this what you will.
At the beginning of every season I want new makeup, new nail polish, new clothes, and new accessories. This is intensified every January 1st when I also want a new face, a new body, and a new head of hair! Like the saying goes, if wishes were fishes the sea would be full. I don’t have the money to buy everything I see, and that’s OK.
What can you do when you see a dozen new fall makeup/polish collections or palettes and you want them all? I’ve got a few tips.
Number one, try to be patient. Stop and mentally take a deep breath and wait for a bit if possible. Many’s the time I’ve seen a preview of a new big nail polish collection and I think I want them all. Months later when they actually come out and I see them in person, maybe they don’t look as good as I thought or I already own dupes. It’s the purpose of a company’s marketing or PR department to whip up enthusiasm.
Secondly, and the title of this post, shop your stash. That means go through what you already own and I mean go through it all — what’s stored in your bathroom, your bedroom vanity table, your purse, your other purse, your other other purse, your travel bag, and your personal desk drawer at work. Do you already have fifteen shades of coral lipstick, and if so, do you really need another? Since you bought and never really liked Company XYZ’s first four palettes, what makes you think you want their fifth one? Really think about what you love and what you got suckered into buying just because it was a trend or a fad.
While you’re going through your stash, get real when it comes to “clean and fresh.” Is there a stick concealer that’s dried up yet you can’t throw it away because you remember how perfect it was? When it comes to personal products that have dried up or gone bad, believe me, they’re dead and they ain’t comin’ back. Anything liquid or creamy such as foundation, mascara, lotion, moisturizer, lip gloss, and nail polish can separate, discolor, or spoil. Do yourself a favor and say bye-bye.
You may find it useful to rotate your stash and store a big chunk of it away for part of the year. I do this, partly because of limited display space and partly because I like to be generally seasonal with things. Not saying this is the right way to do it or the only way to do it, just what I enjoy. I have peppermint body lotion that I like to use in the winter but not in the summer, I prefer brown nail polishes in the fall, and so on. Sometimes when you get things out every few months it’s like having something brand new without spending more money.
Another idea is to keep a tote or container with samples or minis you’ve received, plus items that are almost used up (that nearly empty eye cream, the bottle of nail polish that only has one manicure left in it). Next time you take a trip, pack a handful of those, use them, and then throw them away before coming home. Kind of hard to dig something out of the garbage when it’s a thousand miles away.
I’d love to know what tips you all have when it comes to organizing your stash or keeping the “new stuff cravings” at bay. Some say to write the date on everything you open but I’m not quite that OCD…. yet.