So lately I’ve been on a real decluttering kick. I don’t like to throw useful things away, so I’ve been selling, donating, and giving things away. I’m also committed to using up my consumable goods.

In the last year, my skincare and makeup collection exploded. It’s what happens when you start being a beauty writer. Storage was becoming an issue, so in November, I inventoried all my skincare products and created a routine that would help me use them up. It was deeply nerdy and I enjoyed every second of it.

Here’s a very pleasing pile of empty bottles and jars that have resulted from this project:


Since November, I used up

  • one daily moisturizer with SPF
  • one daily moisturizer without SPF (which smelled deliciously like orange rind)
  • one night cream
  • one eye cream
  • one body butter
  • one foaming face wash with AHA
  • one serum

The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum is highly recommended by Sali Hughes. I second this recommendation and would happily buy more, except that I have two Korean serum-type products stockpiled already.  (If you can prove that an essence is different than a serum, I’ll give you a dollar).

In fact, I don’t need to buy anything despite using up seven products. That’s how I know I have too many products.

This project has multiple goals. I want to

  1. Stop the skincare sprawl and reclaim precious storage space in my apartment
  2. Tame the collection so I pretty much know what I own (and what I lack)
  3. Use up products before they lose potency
  4. Save a bit of money

Thinking about these goals made me decide that I need to lose my Sephora VIB status in 2016. You have to spend $350/year at Sephora to maintain your VIB status, and that doesn’t seem compatible with these goals!