Before anything else, let me clarify that when I say “toss”, I mean, either sell or give away — not literally toss in the trash, unless the thing is expired.
Last May, I did a foundation inventory. I had 10 face bases at the time and at some point I was able to bring the number down to 5.
Now I’m back up to 13 (Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation not in the photo):
I thought of doing the project pan strategy where I would deliberately use just one product until I use it all up. But then, I thought, that would take me forever and there’s not enough time before some of these products expire.
I can’t also just choose which ones to keep and just toss everything else away. Believe it or not, I like using every single one of these foundations, some more than others, but still!!!
If there’s a makeup product that I can’t get enough of, it’s foundation. I wish I could have all my foundations loaded with an extra dose of parabens so I could keep them forever.
Anyway, I decided to do it toss or keep style. A mash-up of how Pink So Foxy* (Christine) did her decluttering project + Project Pan.
Christine did a vlog series where she went through ALL of her makeup (literally, she went through them one by one) and decided which ones she would keep and which ones she would give away to family and friends. She might have done several passes before she was able to really trim everything down to a manageable number (e.g., from 100+ lipsticks, she only has around 20 now.)
But as I said, I can’t decide which ones to toss in one go. I have an unhealthy attachment to my foundations because it’s hard for me to find a match (Yeah, I know, it doesn’t seem apparent by the number of foundations I have.)
With Project Toss or Keep, I would use 1 foundation for most of the month and then decide if I’d keep it or not. That way, if ever I decide to toss the product away, at least I get to — uhmmm — bond(?!) with it before we part ways. Maybe it would be easier to let go, too, because I had time to have fun with the thing. Don’t laugh. Please.
I’d be doing this eventually to other makeup products but for now, I’ll just stick to foundations.
For January, I’m doing Becca Luminous Skin Colour because my skin is dry recently and this foundation is quite emollient.
PS. Hmmm, this project seems like it could provide material for some good quality content… If I make a decision before the month ends, I’ll write a review.