One of my 43 challenges for this year is not to buy any make-up or beauty products unless I actually run out of something**. I didn’t realise how bad my shopping habit had got until I took stock of the amount of stuff I have hoarded away.
First of all there’s a drawer in my bedroom of face creams, deodorant, body creams, hair stuff etc – things I use regularly:
And then in the bathroom, there’s my basket of make-up:
Then there’s another drawer full of things that I’ve bought but not started using yet – perfumes, face masks, make up, etc. Also lots of make up brushes, eyelash curlers etc etc in this drawer:
Then – oh yes, there’s more – there’s a shelf in the bathroom cabinet full of more stuff:
And I’ve got a storage box in my bedroom full of body lotions and butters that I haven’t yet used:
There’s also another storage box full of nail polishes and hand creams which I haven’t taken a photo of (I actually forgot about it until I started writing this post!).
And last but not least, there is a large plastic box in the cupboard on the landing, full of yet more new and unused products:
This last one is considerably deeper than the picture shows, and there are – I’ve just counted – over 30 bottles of various stuff in there.
The ridiculous thing is, I don’t quite know how this happened. It was over a period of a couple of years, and I guess it was a mixture of not being able to resist a bargain (80% of it was bought in a sale/discounted/some sort of special offer), wanting to try new things, and not knowing when to BLOODY STOP!
Anyway enough is enough – if I’d carried on, I could soon have opened my own small branch of Boots – and hopefully a year of abstaining from purchasing will reduce my beauty mountain to more realistic levels.
**This self-imposed ban does not include ultra-cheap bargainous finds at car boot sales, although I will try to keep these to a minimum as well and only splash out when it’s a can’t-leave-without-buying-it bargain.