Recently, I’ve been cleaning and organizing my stash (I do this approximately every month or two), and very often I would find an item for which I had no idea when did I purchase it. It made me think back, when I first started to buy make-up.
I’ve been a make-up lover ever since I was 8, but I’ve been living in a small place where there wasn’t much available. When I started the university, more brands became easily accessible, but it wasn’t until three years ago that I got an idea of what my stash should consist of.
Therefore, three years ago, I have gotten rid of 90% percent of my cosmetics (this was cheap drugstore stuff that I got during high-school). I’ve devised a system of what my stash will look like. I despised hoarding, settling on less is more. I wanted to have only one foundation, one blush, two or three lip products, maximum ten shades of an eyeshadow, etc. I think you get the point. I wanted a small stash, but in which almost every item would be used daily. My moto was „I’m too poor to buy cheap“ and I’ve decided that I will only get high-end product, thinking that, for example, I’d rather buy one $30 lipgloss, which I would love and use constantly, than six or seven $5 lipglosses, which would just take space.
The pictures on the top perfectly illustrate my ideal stash (the pictures AREN’T mine – I’ve borrowed them from a public forum). I’m so envious that these girls have such a self-control. I cannot enter the perfumery without buying something:)
Anyway, my system has worked for a year. Later, I don’t know what had happened. My stash has grown rapidly during the period of two years. When I look at it, I can’t figure out when and how did I find time and money to get all this stuff.
My Project 10 Pans was just an introduction, but I think I need to reconsider the way I invest money in the cosmetics. I think I should redirect my spending to other directions (primarily clothes – until last week, I havent bought a single item of clothing for one year!!!. Sometimes is incredible how I have no problem with giving $50 on a lipstick, but I consider a $50 dress which fits me perfectly as too expensive. I wonder if any of you have encountered this paradox?).
I have some ideas on how I should organize my stash so that I end up using most of the items, but I will talk about it later. For now, I’m giving you my stash in 2008 and my stash in 2011 (+ my current Guerlain stash). I will post pictures for every section – foundations, lip stuff, eyeshadows, etc – some other day.
P.S. I like looking the stash pictures, so if you know anyone with great stash, feel free to let me know.
And now here it comes:
My stash in 2008:
My stash NOW (I believe that some items are missing?):
Here are the links for my stash posts (will be updated as I post all):
Thanky for looking:)