Since the start of the New Year, I've been trying to make more of an effort in streamlining everything and minimising junk and items which I no longer use. This week while I'm off work I'm tackling my skincare and my wardrobes. I'm not going to give you an update on Lent until later in the week, but if you've seen my facebook post, you know how that has gone. 

Before I bought my house, I'd happily admit that I would spend far too much money on make up and would always buy into blogger hype. These days I feel like my purchases are more thought through and I purchase items which I want and which I know I will use. Don't get me wrong I still do like the occasional splurge, however that is 99.9% of the time reserved for Sephora and American Drugstore hauls. 

I've made it my mission to constantly go through my make up collection and if there are opened products which I haven't used in 6 months they get donated to friends and family. Once upon a time I would make excuses to hold onto products (take for example the MAC MSFN in Medium Dark - no idea why I bought it or why I wanted to keep it). I have kept three make up items purely for sentimental reasons, however I do think they won't survive the next cull. There are a few items I initially kept for comparison posts, yet as I never got around to photographing them, they got binned.

What I have found alarming whilst doing this is the sheer cost of products which I have binned - take the 24 empty MAC containers I have. No idea why I was keeping 15 lipsticks in shades which quite frankly don't suit me or have gone off. Instead I've done a Back to MAC and redeemed these for 3 lipsticks which I know I will wear. I don't even want to think about how much I have spent on products which I've barely used. However this has given me the kick up the arse to get things used and if I don't want them or they don't work for me, to donate to someone who will get use out of it.

I've actually surprised myself at how much I have downgraded my make up and I know that I can get rid of more products. Lets just hope I can keep this momentum up when it comes to getting rid of my skincare and clothes as I know that's going to be a killer for me. Hopefully this has inspired you to take a look at things around you and get rid of things - it could even be people if you want haha.