Tuesday, February 16, 2010

decommissioning the cosmetics

Lip liner, eye shadow, face powder, foundation, concealer, eyebrow pencil, mascara, lipstick. Radiance enhancer. Pearl powder. Eau corrective. A hefty collection of chemicals, but in recent years I've used hardly any of it.


No, don't strike me off your guest list; I haven't abandoned enhancement entirely. Here's what's still in the makeup bag after my clear out:
  • mascara: black or dark brown, any half-decent waterproof brand
  • eyeshadow: a few simple colours, used only for soirées, award ceremonies and the tv appearances in which I speak of there being three people in this marriage
  • lipstick: Benefit, essential at all times, because those of us who move in blogging circles with the current owner of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's potato-masher must never be caught unawares.
The rest can go. Next time the glossy magazines get in touch wanting to run a feature on the contents of my makeup bag, I'll borrow yours for the photoshoot. You have fine classy pencils and ampoules for your beauté max-correction totale and multi-perfection needs, right?

46 comments:

  1. I have two bags full of make up and I use the same five products almost every day. Maybe I could do with a clear out too :)

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  2. hahaha, you're such a fun writer...love your vocab. I did a clear out years ago. Now I run the other direction when the make-up lady passing out free products at the cosmetics counter approaches me...

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  3. most of mine clogged up or went whiffy years ago.....now if I need to look glam to greet the postie I borrow of 15 year old daughter who has a suitcase full of crud.

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  4. I'm not sure why but I still can't bring myself to decommission mine. I graciously receive new shades of turquoise eye shadow every Christmas and toss them straight into the maquillage abyss because my love for the colour turquoise in my home simply does not extend to wearing it upon my eyelids. The make up bag staples are lucky to get an outing about a once a week these days so maybe it is time to throw out those vanity cases crammed full of crumbling turquoise eye shadow and ageing anti-ageing cream?

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  5. Lately the only thing I've been using is my mascara and eyeliner...clearing out my make up last year was the most liberating feeling.

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  6. It looks as if us females (and perhaps a few males!) are all the same when it comes to make up.
    I can never throw any of it away. I do throw my mascara away and buy a new one, only because it ends up so dry and doesn't do anything. Also, it smells very suspect and should never be taken anywhere near my face, let alone eyes !
    You have made me look at myself, Mise and I will go and throw a lot of it away. Thanks for the kick up the proverbial regarding my make up....I think that I was nearly at the Make-Up Annonymous stage !! XXXX

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  7. I love lazy weekends when I don't need to wear make-up. It can be such a lengthy process in the mornings and there are days I wish I could chuck the routine. Then again, these dark circles won't go away on their own. ;)

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  8. on a completely unrelated make up note i'd like to man things up by talking about guinness...

    but maybe i'l de-man things again by talking about cakes...

    just to tell you - the half donut shaped cake in my sharing the love post is indeed my attempt at a guinness cake...

    thanks for the inpsiration...it was a valentines day creation for the in-laws to be...and it went down a storm...

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  9. Ooh, I like Guiness too, CustardByDesign...more than make-up. I stopped buying make-up when I realized I had half a drawer of never used eye shadows, brow liners, lipstick, etc. I have just the basics now....

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  10. An excellent point there from Paula: why should anti-ageing creams age? Do they really need best before dates? Could a commentator with a white lab-coat, clickety heels and a reassuring voice step up to the podium and explain this?

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  11. Richie, I'm glad that cake got you in-law points. Very enterprising. I'll show you how to trim a steering-wheel with ric-rac and lace next time I'm over at your blog.

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  12. I did that in December. I am a simple face - concealer for tired under eye darkness, the odd blemish (still at this age!) a hint of blush and like you..lipstick. It's a must. Mascara is on stand by fancy occassions or a business meeting. The rest was shockingly unused and pointless.

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  13. Mine isn't much better, though. I've never been able to wear lipstick - it just doesn't sit right on my face. Or something. Mascara and a litle bit of sparkly eyeshadow - in earthy tones, mind you - and concealer for blemishes (will they EVER go away??) Sigh.

    xo,
    -maria

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  14. Mise, the bag!! Too much guff in that would knock it out of shape and get it all grubby, so it's a great move you've made.

    I can't be seen outdoors past 9am without having drawn on a face- the pasty white face and the in need of highlights white hair merge into one big blank without cosmetic magic.

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  15. I whole-heartedly approve of your minimalist approach :-) After all, some of the most stylish make-up bags are too small to contain much more than mascara, lipstick and a small collection of eye shadow and/or blusher... And concealer, of course. The most important product of all.

    Anti-aging creams should surely only improve in time???

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  16. I have an insane amount of eye shadows that I never wear. I think I'll need to take it over to my sisters and let them have at it.

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  17. I need a clear out in my cosmetic bag, my closet, my kitchen, my bath cabinet... Oh, on second thought, I don't think I want to begin down this road ;)

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  18. And obviously the pancakes have been ditched as well- they might smudge the lipstick, darling! Good for you!

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  19. Yes, when Anna Wintour calls, you can borrow my super maxe true match touche magique concealer in natural beige. Because you're worth it.

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  20. Well it's all a rubbishy scam my friend who works at Estee Lauder in NY tells me so (no actually she says earnestly to me 'seriously that $500 moisturiser REALLY works and you should buy it'.)

    I don't have a cosmetics bag I have loose lipsticks floating around in my handbag. I have always worn lipstick everyday but now its more a casual slick of gloss rather than a heavy matt 1940s thing.

    I am mostly an eyeliner lipstick mascara girl.

    I only just at the age of 40 started wearing foundation, and that was because I looked so so tired. And it does help. Those little micro crystals of crushed up ants and diamonds or whatever it is are amazing they make my face look blurry.

    Anything else just takes up too much time. Throw it all out I say. xoxo

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  21. I find myself wearing less and less makeup (when really I should be wearing more and more!) so I could do with a good clear out but for some reason I can't seem to part with most of it.

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  22. I'm down to a simple tube of lip balm that I transfer from bag to bag. But of course it never seems to find its way into the bag I'm carrying. Moisturizers, soaps, and shower gels though, they are an entirely different story. A clean out would make my clean up much better, I'm sure.

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  23. Well Mise

    I think I have some old stash that needs discarding.. perhaps I hold onto it just in case I may go out one night... but then I would have to find the contact lenses and I don't suppose they last 10 years!! haha

    Well all I bother with is eyeliner and a bit of powder [sounds archaic... sound like my mother!] and sometimes a bit of lippy!!! only red!!

    You know with blondish eyelashes I should do the mascara but can't quite manage it in the mornings.. so it is eyeliner for me!!! I once forgot to wear it to work.. and didn't realise till midday.. apparently my workmates had been huddled in concern... thought I was deathly sick. couldn't figure out what was different!! Eyes!!! I had no eyes!! hahahaha

    Ok... enough of that... Have fun unloading... I'd better do mine!! xxx Julie

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  24. I just cleared out all my old, unused makeup a couple of weeks ago. I'm down to a few essentials, mascara and lipgloss being the most essential of those. The one thing I don't seem to be able to pare down is my nail polish collection. I just bought a new bottle over the weekend of a color called "commander in chic." How could I resist, especially when the color is this great brownishgreyish shade? xo

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  25. Since I came home to work, my kit is a lot simpler ~ pretty much like yours, Mise! No use asking me for a loan of my Zippedy-Zing Eye Brightener or Zippedy-Zat Concealer. I do still cling to my eye-liner, though. I find it says, "I put on makeup today," nearly as well as my mascara does.

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  26. I'm like you mise - I wear the same things all the time, and sometimes go all out with a new lipstick colour (and it wouldn't be red). Why then am I still such a sucker at the makeup counter??

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  27. My sister is a beautician so always has lots of products for me! And I find it very hard to throw stuff out! I always have a flick of black eyeliner and despite my irish pale skin I still find it hard not to use bronzer.Lovely bronzer.I think I'm addicted.
    Well done on the spring clean! It'll totally cut down on your getting ready time too as you won't have to rummage through a load of stuff!x

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  28. I think I'm in the minority here. It's only in the past few years I've started wearing eye-shadow and blusher. As the years pass nature stops being kind (40 next month). A good blusher can do wonders. But I'm back in college so usually it's a rub of foundation and lip gloss to keep me looking more like a student than the ex-office worker with a morgage that I am.

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  29. Somewhere, sometime, probably after pregnancy number 5 and ten years of chronic sleep deprivation, my make up ceased being an enhancer and morphed into full-on camoflauge. So, boo sucks to you with your smug minimalist approach ....it's so unkind to brag. Although, I am prepared to overlook this character fault as you are the bearer of a wicked guiness cake recipe and like to wear your hat at a jaunty angle. I like the cut of your jib. Meredy xo

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  30. I have quite a small nmake up bag, and a tube of glitter for nights out on the town. thats it. keep it simple i say! I just started to use bare minerals which is lovely- it has reduced my make up bag drastically and its cheaper then my other stuff. and no they are not sponsoring my blog!

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  31. This post coincides with the new 'coloured in' you, wot i've noticed is your new avatar....very fetching you are too...in throwing it all away, .are you sure your not being a bit hasty?

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  32. Yes, Jaboopee. I have just noticed the very same thing. I'm sure the new coloured-in avatar shows much eyeshadow and lipstick, in quite glam shades. Was this taken at one of those awards ceremonies or tv appearances?

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  33. Good for you! When I had my little crumb, I cleared all the bad stuff out and began fresh with mineral make-up. Never looked back! And what a load I let go - ahhhhh, the perfect Spring cleaning!

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  34. Mise, truth be told I could probably do the same but it is so hard to let go! Every morning I grab the same few things.. either Laura Mercier or Bobbie Brown..mascara, lipstick, light foundation, blush, two shades of eyeshadow and eyebrow gel all of which I will happily lend for said photo shoot!
    Jeanne :)

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  35. It's true, Amanda. That photo must have been taken one day when I had completed my preparations for visiting your blog. I like to make a bit of an effort with my appearance when commenting internationally.

    Speccy, you sound like a lovely Timotei ad woman and bless you for clocking the bag.

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  36. I adore your humor. I try to never let cosmetics take their hold on my life & certainly not be a cosmetic snob. But, I'm sadly just one of those girls that looks better with all that gook. D :

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  37. mise

    i finally just figured out how to wear the stuff in the last few years when my daughter said " mom, its time you learn "
    but, i can only manage the essentials anyway haha

    have a good day
    ~laura

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  38. My name is Millie & I love make-up. I'm sorry, I do promise to do better in the future. With these little piggie eyes & their white eyelashes, I've left instructions with the embalmer to not hold anything back on that final day.
    M ^_^

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  39. mise
    i laughed so hard when i read your comment. that fragoli business is dangerous!
    but then again, i do have half irish blood haha
    have a great day
    ~laura

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  40. Ah, even in your uncluttered state you still out-make-up me. i'm crap at make up. i won't embarrass you or any of your fine readers by going into the details of my regime, suffice to say i regularly use lipstick as blusher.

    The masher, however, always makes an effort. Not unknown to hear clattering in the utensils drawer in the early hours of the morning as it prepares itself for the day(a la dolly parton, apparently)

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  41. Benetint by Benefit....that's all i'm sayin'...it makes me happy. ;O)

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  42. Oh I laughed so much with this post!!! You'd be horrified, or maybe not, to see my bag... I think I have unidentifiable 'stuff' since I was single... that was more than 9 years ago..!! I don't think you would want to borrow my bag..

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  43. I totally relate to this. I use mascara, green eyeliner and lip pencil (which handily doubles as a lipSTICK).

    The rest has probably dried out and cracked up by now, so I really should chuck it...

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  44. Your makeup bag looks similar to mine. I have never been a big makeup fan. I am happy to hear there is another out there, a minimalist.

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  45. Well done you! I did the same two year's ago and I have never felt deprived... or even feeling like I want more. Sigh - it's nice to feel light too!

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  46. I do good to get the eyeliner on a few times a week - often not until 3 p.m. or so.

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You're looking particularly well.

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